A SIGN OF THE (L.A.) TIMES: CURSES — WHY GEORGE BRETT’S BROADCASTING CAREER ISN’T HAPPENING … IT’S SO ‘BROCKMIRE’
Spoiler alert: Wednesday’s episode of “Brockmire” (IFC, 10 p.m.) exquisitely captures Bob Costas spewing a few choice expletives. Inexplicably, not a single curse word comes out of George Brett.
Apparently, we’ve been too spoiled at this point of Season 3, Episode 2 of the series that began as a mockumentary video on FunnyOrDie.com nine years ago before launching as a web series picked up by IFC.
We are conditioned to hear all sort of vulgarities that surround the plight of the recovering alcoholic play-by-play man played loud and proud by Hank Azaria.
Now a side story centers on the Baseball Hall of Famer Brett angling for the MLB Network to hire him to do a show with Costas.
Jim Brockmire (Azaria) can’t deal with the issue of his longtime friend and “emergency contact” Brett now dating his ex-girlfriend (played by Amanda Peet). Brockmire struggles trying to help broker the TV partnership, especially when he admits to Costas that he was responsible for giving him pinkeye at the Sochi Winter Olympics, then watches the multi-Emmy winning broadcaster erupt in a fairly foul response.
In real life, Brett, married nearly 30 years with three teenage boys, has no interest in TV baseball work.
“I know if I was on TV, I’d be protective of them at all costs. You can’t be afraid to tell is like it is if you want to be successful in that business. … You can always be, ‘Well, you know, hey, that was a really tough play, but …’ But you know you should be saying, ‘Hey, that guy just fuckin’ booted it.’”
There-in lies another reason he avoids live TV.
Brett watched how his older brother, the late Ken Brett, put in eight seasons as the Angels’ analyst from 1987 through 1996. He warned him it’s not easy to break obscenity habits that could curse a career in the media.
“I know I would also be, ‘Oh, my God, please don’t let me blurt out the f-word and shit like that on TV,” Brett said with a laugh.
More from the latest L.A. Times sports media piece that posted this week.