The Showtime Show About The San Francisco Giants Took A Long, Extended Look At Buster Posey’s Gross Ankle
Last night marked the debut of The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants, a Showtime series chronicling — you guessed it — a season with the San Francisco Giants.
Early reviews indicate that the show might be worth checking out — for no other reason than to hear what Brian Wilson "has to say about each and every thing that happens to these Giants."
Chuck Barney of the Contra Costa Times points out that "Fans won't see a trashy, 'Real Housewives'-like production, but rather an unprecedented behind-the-scenes slice of major league life that is bristling with raw emotion, offbeat humor and colorful personalities."
San Francisco's major newspaper, however, wasn't so convinced, maintaining that the series will most likely prove a delight for Giants fans, but not many others.
Writes The Chronicle's Scott Ostler:
For a series promising viewers unprecedented access to a baseball team, the first installment came off a little puffy.
We can't help but wonder if that pun was intended, as the premiere episode covered catcher Buster Posey's injury and ensuing rehab. In the clip below, we're given an up-close (maybe too close) look at Posey's swollen ankle post-surgery, which is a lovely shade of purple and yellow. Additionally, while most parents tell their kids they can be anything they want when they grow up, the same cannot be said of Buster Posey. When asked what he would say to his kids if one of them told him they wanted to be a catcher one day: "No way."
While Posey's story line undoubtedly adds a much-needed human interest arc to the show, Ostler agreed with the majority of reviewers that Brian Wilson alone might be reason enough to watch the series. Behold: the most Brian Wilson anecdote ever.
Wilson talks about the moment he learned of the death of Osama Bin Laden. He was watching TV and turned to the news because he'd been watching "CSI: Miami" and he figured out the ending so he switched channels. Nobody figures out the endings to any CSI shows. Maybe Wilson really is smarter than the rest of us. You wonder if the editors and producers were ever tempted to say, "Let's just turn this into a Brian Wilson documentary."
[h/t Hot Clicks]
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