For most of us, the connection to baseball comes through the voices of others – specifically TV or radio announcers. Those people who tell and describe and inform are our way into the games and the people and the stories. It’s not surprising that fans are so particular (and critical) about the broadcasters of the teams they follow.
I thought Kevin did a fantastic job this morning talking about Mel Allen – the Gehrig story is absolutely priceless – and it got me thinking about the announcers that resonate for me. Now, admittedly, because of my job I don’t watch and/or listen to a ton of sports when I’m not working (lest my marriage fall apart), but there are two announcers who can pull me into just about anything.
1. Vin Scully: Best pipes in the business, now and forever. Satellite radio has made listening to him in the car on the way home a regular occurrence, but if you want the essence of baseball on the radio than you’ve got to listen to this. I think I’ve posted it on here before, but it’s worth the repeat. It’s just dynamite.
2. Marv Albert: Growing up a Knicks (and Rangers fan), Marv was a staple. I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but to me, Marv meant the game was important. I could listen to him do anything – even if it was “extensive gar-baaaage time.”