I love driving in a car and listening to baseball on the radio. That’s a good thing. Because I’m looking forward to tonight’s Game 6 of the ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays AND as the father of teenagers who don’t drive, the weekend means that I run a taxi service. I expect I’ll listen to as much of tonight’s game on the car radio as I watch on television.
ESPN radio carries all the baseball post-season games, with the wonderful Jon Miller doing the play-by-play. Miller is even better on the radio than he is on the Sunday night TV games. He’s thoughtful, entertaining, smart enough to know when to stop talking, and he’s not Tim McCarver. It speaks volumes about what’s been wrong with the Baltimore Orioles under the ownership of Peter Angelos that Miller – only a Hall-of-Famer-to-be announcer – was fired by Angelos as the voice of the Orioles.
So in anticipation of hearing Miller tonight, I’ll repeat a quote of Miller’s from Paul Dickson’s Baseball’s Greatest Quotations:
There’s just something about the game. It spans seven months. It’s good company. It’s not once a week. I also think it mirrors life in that it’s constant and you have to keep going on days when you’re not at your best. You go out and play if your best player is hurting, if you’ve got to call a kid pitcher up from the minors, if everything seems to be going wrong. Everyone goes through periods like that in their personal lives. – Washington Post, April 1, 1994
Turn on the radio and listen to the ballgame. It’s Miller time.
More to come…