Good Out Of Town Broadcasters
It's not very often that I enjoy another team's (or hell, my own team's) local broadcasters. It seems we have way too many Hawk Homer Harrelsons out there and not enough Vin Scullys, too many guys over-invested and rooting for the home team and not simply relating the game as it unfolds. Too many broadcasters try to generate drama rather than simply relate it.
It's even more unecusable on radio when homerism takes over, because you have to rely on the announcer solely for all of your information.
It is with that in mind that I thought I would mention how truly impressed I was with the Angels radio broadcast team. I got a good chance to listen to them last weekend, as during the Saturday game vs. the Yankees I was travelling on my way to the Palm Springs/Cabazon area, and on Sunday I was travelling home and once again got to hear the broadcast.
I was pleasantly surprised by the truly ubiased and honest broadcast of Rory Markus especially, as well as his partner Terry Smith. Markus's voice and excitement level rose when something exciting happened - not when his home team did something well. I've heard the broadcast team before from time to time, but never really sat down and gave them a full game. It makes me wish the Yankees had such honest broadcasters instead of the silly catchphrase of the moment, over dramatic, charactature of himself homer that John Sterling has become.
If anyone else knows of good out of market broadcasters, please feel free to comment. I rip bad announcers and writers here often enough; it's time the good ones get their kudos.
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 1:24 PM