Loyal Readers and Brewers Fans!
My friends, if you don’t have the MLB Extra Innings Package, and if you can afford it, get it.
Last year I had both the cable and mlb.tv package. This year I only have the cable because I don’t travel like I used to.
Still, it is awesome.
It is amazing to be able to watch virtually every game of every team. In truth you don’t get every gam eo r team, but it sure comes close.
The Beautiful Butterfly is a hig Red Sox fan and we have been watching the Boston games almost every nioht. And believe me, they are playing great baseball and it’s been fun to watch.
Butterfly also love the San Francisco Giants. Um, not as much fun to watch, but I love being able to see so many of the teams in the National League.
That, and you get to hear all of the different broadcasters.
For my money, Rock and BA really do a great job. They are funny, they have great energy, they know the game and the Brewers players, and most importantly, they seem to like each other and are happy to be there.
The Big Mac thing in the booth the other night really cracked us up.
Get With It!
Loyal Readers and Brewers Fans!
For reasons known and unknown Yogi Brewer has found itself recounting Vin Scully’s call of Henry Aaron’s 715th home run.
Not so much.
There are several articles today dealing with the fact that Scully may be the one to call Bonds’ record-tying or -breaking home run.
"That time is upon us now," Scully told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday. "And
I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like. I really don’t want to."
And from the NYT.
“This to me is different,” Scully said. “Aaron was received with great
love, affection, adoration. I’m not sure how this one will be received.
The story won’t be what I say. The story will be what the crowd will
say. So I will shut up and let them take it.”
And here, from the AP, via Inside Bay Area.com
Scully now may get a chance to call Bonds’ record-breaker, with the Giants at Dodger Stadium through Thursday.
"If I were to call the Bonds home run, it would be stripped to
its bare bones as far as I’m concerned," Scully said recently. "No
remarks at all about steroids, or about anything. I don’t think it’s
appropriate for me because I don’t think my opinion matters.
play-by-play man, and my own personal opinions don’t belong here. Let
the viewers and listeners make their own judgment. When all is said and
done, you’re innocent until proven guilty, so who am I to play Pontius
It’s also interesting to see how each of these reports color Scully’s remarks.
But kudos to Yahoo! for not sugar-coating it. Jeff Passan nails it by including this line (the Times and others left it out)
"I probably would just as soon it not happen against the Dodgers,"
Scully told Yahoo! Sports colleague Steve Henson. "With Aaron, it was a
privilege to be there when he did it. It was just a great moment.
"With Bonds, no matter what happens now, it will be an awkward moment.
That’s the best word I can think of now. If I had my druthers, I would
rather have that awkward moment happen to somebody else."
I’m back in California.
Yesterday I had a 03:15 wake-up call and a 06:00 flight to Los Angeles and then took a commuter flight to San Luis Obisbo to deliver a lunch lecture to a group of physicians in Templeton, CA.
If you have never been to the (South) Central Coast of California it’s a mixture of beach, hills, scrub oak, cypress, farms, ranches,vineyards, National Forest, hot sun and cold fog. The coast itself is not as beautiful or as spectacular as the Monterey Peninsula (my home away from home) but the weather is better the farther South you go and the hills are higher and more impressive.
Last night I had the good fortune to watch the Dodgers play the Giants and listened to The Master himself Vin Scully.
It is said that Scully earned the highest praise by,
"…By telling stories and weaving them into the narrative flow of a
baseball game, Scully married historical biography with in-game
tensions to create a product of broadcast journalism that was both
informative and entertaining."
I think a better way to describe the genius of Vin Scully, was that he was able to seamlessly weave the description of the action with the interpretation of the action, all the while coupling the narrative with perfect intonation, phrasing, and rhythm.
Listen to how he describes Henry Aaron’s 715th home run (follow the link and click on the little radio to the right.)
"1 ball an no strikes, Aaron waiting, the outfield deep and straight away. Fastball! It’s a high drive to deep left-center field! Buckner goes back the fence! It…is…Gone! [pause] What a marvelous moment: For baseball; What a marvelous moment for Atlanta and the State of Georgia. What a marvelous moment for the Country and the World."
Think about that, a "marvelous moment."
"A marvelous moment for the World."
And that pause. Vin Scully did that so many times, allowing the crowd to narrate the scene for the listener.
Already having been the Dodger’s announcer for 15 years, in 1965 Scully called Sandy Koufax’s perfect game.
In total, Vin Scully has broadcast 28 World Series. Listed are some of the details of those World Series and other great historical moments in baseball called by Vin Scully:
Three perfect games (Don Larsen in 1956, Sandy Koufax in 1965 and Dennis Martinez in 1991) and 18
Johnny Podres’ shutout of the Yankees in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series, which gave the Dodgers their
first World Championship.
- Game 6 of the 1986 World Series when the ball rolled through Bill Buckner’s legs.
- The Dodgers’ playoff win over the Milwaukee Braves and World Series victory over the Chicago White
Sox in 1959, which gave them their second World Championship; and other World Championship seasons
in Los Angeles in 1963, 1965, 1981 and 1988.
Don Drysdale’s 58.2 scoreless innings streak in 1968 and Orel Hershiser’s 59.0 scoreless innings streak
Hank Aaron’s 715th career home run that broke Babe Ruth’s Major League record at Atlanta’s Fulton
County Stadium on April 8, 1974
- Barry Bonds’ record-breaking 71st, 72nd and 73rd home runs.
- Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
Tonight I have to give a lecture on Santa Barbara, and then tomorrow it’s back to Monterey Friday, home Saturday.
I have had the very great blessing of being able to travel for work and pleasure, and when I do, I get to listen to a variety of announcers do the radio broadcasts for MLB.
As I spend a lot of time in the Bay Area, I hear Jon Miller quite a bit.
You probably have heard Miller and Joe Morgan do the Sunday Night Baseball Games for ESPN.
Let me tell you, Jon Miller is fantastic on the radio.
Miller is definitely Old School.
And he’s great.
"The Cardinal’s great slugger Pujols at bat, righty vs. righty, the pitcher looks for the sign, he toes the rubber, and the pitch..."
They don’t make them like they used to.
Tonight I am watching the Brewers on CLTV in Chicago.
No offense to Len Kasper and Bob Brenley, I’m sure they’re both great guys and everything, but they are boring, and so negative.
Of course they have to continually watch the Cubs.
Which I’m sure is one of the undiscovered levels of Dante’s ****.
So, I guess it’s not their fault.
There is someone else I enjoy listening to on the radio.
Yes, he can be crazy, but he’s fun, he’s seen it all, he tells it like it is, and ultimately I find him endearing, like an old friend.
You just have got to love him.
You really don’t have any choice.