Heard the start of the Big Show on WEEI today and listened to Ordway saying exactly what I had told mrs. noternie over the weekend: Frank Viola is pretty good as a color commentator.
He knows the game, he gives thoughts you probably didn't have and answers questions you probably had. He's a bit more entertaining than Dave Roberts, but not nearly as much as Eck. The interaction between he and Orsillo was fine. The humor was a bit awkward, but that's to be expected given they had probably never had more than a 10-minute conversation prior to their first game.
Yes, the New York accent is very distracting. But it's not like he played for the Yankees.
Is he the best in the world? Hardly. But it's much better than the worst.