If you do, what are some specific things that you like about any particular play-by-play guy? What do you not like? What are your expectations from whoever is calling the game? Pet peeves? How often do you like to have the game reset? etc?
I'm curious to know what people like or don't like from their play-by-play guys, and to a lesser extent, color commentators. And again, this is radio specific.
Also, I'm sure this will devolve into a "the broadcasters from my local team are better than yours" thread after a while, but before that, I would greatly appreciate some feedback.
I just listened to the Royals game on the radio. &*@(#(@*#&$^^@&@*(@ ok I'm better..........Its the only way I can here at work. To be honest I don't pay alot of attention to any of the specifics of the announcers. So I'm a bad guy to ask. Just let me know whos up and whos pitching and where the ball went, I'm easily satisfied!
I used to listen to the radio a lot before I moved to college and got cable.
The play by play guy isn't so important for me. As long as you can describe what's going on, and dont use riduculous catch phrases, I'm cool with it.
As for the color guy, I like when he can tell interesting stories that relate to the situation at hand, which Jon Miller is great at on the radio. Stories from ex-ballplayers about the clubhouse or in game experiences are also great.
I listen on the radio quite a bit (via Gameday Audio), and a few things I would mention are I don't like it when a guy is too monotone. There are some guys who don't get excited for big plays or anything and it's kinda boring. On the other hand one of the Red Sox guys from last year (he's gone this year) got way too excited for normal stuff. There would be a flyout to center and the guy would immediately shout "Way back!" and scream as soon as it was hit only to find out, it really wasn't way back, it was a can of corn.
I also like to hear little tidbits and stuff about players. But again there are people who do the opposite and sometimes carry on about themselves or their own playing days.
They have to have some character. Glen Geffner, who does part-time play-by-play sucks, for example. He acts like he's calling a paint drying competition. Dave O'Brien, who fills in the other half of the time, is awesome. Even getting "truped" by Jerry Trupiano wasn't all that bad.
Since listening is all you can do when getting info via radio, the pipes and how interesting/exciting they make it sound is important.
Whenever I'm inclined to catch the Cubs, I make sure to listen to the wgn radio rather than the brain trust of Brenly and Kasper on TV.
I'm sure most Cubs fans would agree.
The excitement level of Ron Santo whenever there is a bad call or a great play is great. He has a ton of passion for the game.
Old_Style wrote:Whenever I'm inclined to catch the Cubs, I make sure to listen to the wgn radio rather than the brain trust of Brenly and Kasper on TV. I'm sure most Cubs fans would agree. The excitement level of Ron Santo whenever there is a bad call or a great play is great. He has a ton of passion for the game.
Very true. The trouble I have is that my TV feed is ahead of my Radio feed so I can see it before it is called. Or is it the other way around? I forgot.
Anyways, Pat and Ron are a great broadcast duo and are very interesting to listen to. Pat Hughes is one of the best play by play guys around as far as im concerned, but if you arent a Cub fan/ like Ron Santo you will not enjoy his commentary. Its not that his info is bad, but he has a little trouble with stuttering/rambling on, but his passion for the Chicago Cubs is what really gets me going as a Cub fan. I guess thats why he's my hero though.
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