Sorry to go a few days without posting — am on the road in STL, watching my oldest son graduate from HS and also play in the state baseball tournament. He’s a 5-tool outfielder (.470!) off to college ball and with any luck I’ll be pulling his arm to start an MLB player blog right here one day!
Some trip observations during a drive from NYC to STL:
Spent much of PA drive listening to the Pirates broadcasters’ pregame show during a rain delay. It is a real treat to listen to a Major League game on the radio if you don’t usually do that. I’m pretty into MLB.TV these days, along with regular TV. It just felt good to do that again. Of special note was the taped interview with Vin Scully, which was fascinating. Never knew that Scully was scared out of his mind sitting next to Red Barber those first days in the booth…try to imagine that now. Vin also said he has gone out of his way to NOT make friends out of players, so he can be free to be objective in his play-by-play. The one exception, he said, was Ralph Branca; he said each took an acquaintance on a double-date once, and that fortunately he did not have to be in a position to lose objectivity.
Listened to the YANKEES CLASSIC between Pittsburgh and someplace just east of Indy. Unbelievable. And so was the radio broadcast of John Sterling and Suzy Waldman. If you watched it and thought it was incredible, then you should hear how it sounded over the airwaves on a highway in the middle of nowhere, winding through Wheeling to Columbus to Dayton. You could feel the collision between Teixeira and Posada, and you had to wait till it was over before bailing off for z’s at a roadside stop. Apparently Joe Torre said after the game that it was one of the 10 best games in which he had ever been involved — "somewhere in the middle of that list" — and that’s saying something considering how many decades of ball he has seen. It was one of those games you keep talking about long after the night is over…as is happening in this post.
We have Gameday Audio to give fans that radio-broadcast fix, and it’s a great deal. Gotta say that on this drive, it just felt good again to just have the radio on with nothing but four wheels and the Interstate, and the voice of a baseball broadcaster. That’s livin’.
What is something you like to do every now and then as a baseball fan just to flash back to those days when the pastime was brand-new?