Tagged with "Vin Scully"
ST Saturday Extravaganza - The Voice of Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Vin Scully Eephus Pitch MLB

Vin Scully announced yesterday that at age 85 he would be back for one more year - his 65th -  behind the mike of Dodger baseball.  The smooth talking broadcaster has been one of the most recognized voices in sports over, well, my entire life of watching sports broadcasting.  He covered a lot more than just Dodger baseball as you will see in the video of this top calls.  He was part of the powerhouse broadcast team CBS assembled for NFL football that included great voices such as Pat Summerall and Verne Lundquist.  Vin Scully did not just describe the action, he painted a picture.   The beauty of the Internet is that you can pick up the Dodger feed through the MLB website...it is worth listening to an inning or two just to hear what a true sports broadcast should sound like.

 

What to do when your team stinks?  Find entertainment value wherever you can!  This week I spotted the first Eephus pitch that I had seen since Livan Hernandez pitched for the Nationals several years ago.  The pitch has popped up in an MLB game from time to time over the years.  Vincete Padilla when pitching for the Dodgers threw what Vin Scully named the "bubble pitch."  How it is delivered varies from just being an ultra-slow curve ball (like Werth got) to the more looping softball-like pitch of Kaz Tadano...

 

to my personal favorite, the Steve Hamilton's folly floater....

As a side bar, don't you miss the traditional baseball uniform with the stirrup socks?  I hate the pajama bottom pants players wear today...every time I see a clip from 25 or 30 years ago, I get a little nostalgic for the classic uniforms.

 

A few notes from the world of sports according to ST...

The Capitals finally signed someone to give themselves some center depth (Grabovski from Toronto).  I mention this only because it prompts me to point out that hockey camps open up in about 2 weeks for rookies and shortly thereafter for the rest of the players.  The new NHL alignment has my curiosity piqued....I am looking forward to the new season that includes the always entertaining Olympic tournament.  

Speaking of kicking things off, I landed tickets to the Monday Night opener for the Eagles - Redskins game!  This will be ostensibly the return of RGIII and the debut of Eagles coach Chip Kelly.  Will he go where few college coaches have gone before and make the transition to the NFL or will he Steve Spurrier on us?  As for RGIII, I am not so sure that I would put him on the field until after the Redskins bye-week (Week 5)...wouldn't a little extra heal time be worth it for the guy you want to lead you to promised land?  

Have a great Saturday - see you next week!

ST

My Day with a Radio Icon...
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Vin Scully Dick Enberg Harry Caray Chick Hearn Famous Chicken Wolfman Jack

 

 

My love of radio began in Decatur, Illinois...

 

Just a youngster in the ‘60s...

 

In the morning we listened to Downey Hewey on WSOY...

 

He kept playing this wacky song by Roger Miller...

 

 

At night, it was Harry Caray with the Cardinals...

 

It maybe...

 

It could be...

 

It is...

 

A home run...

 

Holy cow...

 

 

Then the move...

 

To California...

 

And as my teen years arrived I discovered Top 40 radio....

 

 

Then in the evening...

 

I quickly became a Dodger fan...

 

Because of one man...

 

You may have heard of him...

 

 

Vin Scully...

 

And if you asked me back then...

 

I wanted to be a pro athlete...

 

Until the eighth grade...

 

When at a mere 85 pounds...

 

I played junior high football...

 

And then Pony League baseball...

 

Unsuccessful at both...

 

Reality hit...

 

Too small...

 

Not athletic enough...

 

Well, then I’ll go for the next  best thing...

 

Sportscaster...

 

Just like my favorite Rams/Angels announcer...

 

 

Dick Enberg...

 

And that Laker guy...

 

 

Chickie Baby...

 

I was blessed listening to those guys...

 

And well on my way to being a sportscaster...

 

Until I discovered the radio booth at Fullerton College...

 

Complete with turntables...

 

Reel-to-reel tape machines...

 

And the microphone...

 

They say I never met a microphone I didn’t like...

 

And it proved true as I moved on to San Diego State...

 

 

And rubbing shoulders with a future sports mascot legend...

 

We knew him as Ted Giannoulas...

 

You may know him as...

 

 

The Famous Chicken...

 

Then finally...

 

My big break as a professional...

 

The Sound of the Valley...

 

AM 1310...

 

K-L-I-X Radio...

 

Twin Falls, Idaho...

 

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And this is where our story begins...

 

My Day with a Radio Icon...

 

Actually...

 

After a short stint at KLIX...

 

I was selling commercials at K-96...

 

It was 1979...

 

And I had an idea...

 

You see...

 

We had this syndicated disco music program at night....

 

Hosted by Robert Weston Smith...

 

 

But the world knew him as Wolfman Jack...

 

And my idea???

 

Wouldn’t it be cool to bring the Wolfman to Twin Falls???

 

I decided to give it a try...

 

I called and got the price...

 

Then I shared my idea with some local businesses...

 

They loved it...

 

And agreed to foot the bill...

 

We made the arrangements...

 

And Wolfman was on his way to Idaho...

 

Pretty cool...

 

The plan???

 

Pick him up late in the morning...

 

Take him to the Blue Lakes Mall....

 

And then in the evening...

 

The local disco hangout...

 

The Disco Dock...

 

Where he would DJ for a couple hours or so...

 

But I needed a car...

 

No limos in Twin Falls...

 

So we borrowed a nice Mercury from a local dealership...

 

Thiessen Motors...

 

But I had to make a promise...

 

You see...

 

A southern gentleman from Louisiana...

 

Named Emmett Harrison...

 

Owned Thiessen Motors....

 

And he was very emphatic when he agreed to lend me the car...

 

In his classic southern drawl...

 

He warned me...

 

“Ahhhh don’t want him smokin’ no dope in mahhh cahhh!!!”

 

No problem, Mr. Harrison...

 

No smokin’ no dope in your car...

 

Got it...

 

 

So...

 

My manager and I headed to the airport that Saturday morning...

 

And there he was with his manager...

 

Wolfman Jack...

 

Pretty cool...

 

We headed for town...

 

Through the countryside...

 

And ordered us to stop the car...

 

Because he wanted to “moo” at a herd of cows...

 

So we did...

 

And as we continued our trek...

 

He did the unthinkable...

 

He broke out the weed...

 

I was scared to death...

 

I just knew we’d get pulled over...

 

Arrested...

 

And what have you...

 

Here I was...

 

A born again Christian...

 

Who had never smoked anything my entire life...

 

An assistant Sunday School Superintendent....

 

About ready to get booked for transporting drugs...

 

Yikes...

 

Well...

 

We never got caught...

 

And we made it to the mall safe and sound...

 

Whew...

 

That mall was so packed...

 

The air conditioning couldn’t hold the crowd...

 

We got out of there soaking wet...

 

And let him get some rest at the motel...

 

A couple hours later...

 

We picked him up and took him to dinner...

 

At the swankiest place in town...

 

Wolfman and the other guys headed for the bar...

 

I declined and stayed in the lobby...

 

Once we were seated...

 

Wolfman was very direct with me....

 

“Why didn’t you go into the bar with us?” he asked.

 

I responded that I didn’t feel comfortable in the bar...

 

And when he didn’t understand...

 

I was blessed to share the Gospel with him...

 

I couldn’t believe it...

 

I was sharing my faith with Wolfman Jack...

 

Pretty cool...

 

 

We finished dinner and headed for the disco...

 

He was terrific...

 

The guy could put on a show...

 

I was in the presence of an icon...

 

A radio icon...

 

I was blessed...

 

Fast forward about sixteen years to 1995...

 

I was listening to the radio on a Saturday afternoon in Southern California...

 

And the news broke...

 

Wolfman Jack passed away at age 57...

 

It made me sad...

 

I was blessed to know him for a day...

 

But hoped that somehow...

 

The message the Gospel that evening at dinner...

 

Got through to his soul...

 

If it did...

 

Then there’s only one thing I would do...

 

 

Clap for the Wolfman...

 

 

 

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This Ain't Your Normal Blog 4-8-12
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Jerry Dodgers Vin Scully

Since I spoke to last week, things are not getting much better concerning my friend Jerry. I found out the C-Word is now in stage 4, and that he has pneumonia. I will be visiting with him tomorrow, as I know the end is nearing for my friend of 26 years. But on that note, I am also sitting here watching DVT's team the San Diego Padres, or is it the Angels and Dodgers one is never sure. I am being bless right now with the only other voice I could listen call a game 365 days a year other than Ernie Harwell, Vin Scully. The only announcer in professional sports who does not require a color commentator, because he has seen and told it all over the past 40-50 years. It brought back a memory, and I thought I would share it with you.......

And since Youtube did not have the actual video I wanted I thought I would share one of many highlights of Vin Scully's career, Hank Aaron's 715th home run. How many remember or in this case were alive to see this historic moment? I know I was sitting on the floor in the living room with my grandfather that evening, baseball was not televised much that day (before cable television) so they only covered historic events such as this one. The once thought unreachable record set by Babe Ruth.

What the hell is wrong with the Boston pitching staff, along with their entire team? With the ass kicking they took today by Cabby and Prince who bombed Josh Beckett, and a freak inning by Pappa Grande on Thursday spoiling Justin Verlander's 8-inning gem, they would not have scored a run in the first two games of this series. Unless they get their act together soon, all you gabbers who are Red Sox fans are in for a long summer. The series is turning into exactly the opposite of what people and reporters thought, a total mismatch.....

One of things I always knew about my friend, was that he liked all types of music (except for rap). I also know that he keeps a promise, as I inherited about 500 or so records LP's and 45's that cover about 5 decades of music along with the history of rock and roll. A full picture of every Beatles cover that they recorded, and a few things that would make a beer drinker happy.......

This is the only version of this song I like, and every other evening or so at the end of a shift one of our local DJ's would play it so we could listen and enjoy. 

As I stated earlier, this ain't your normal blog, but I thought I would congratulate Steven Stamkos for being the only player to accomplish this during the season.........

This is what I think about all of the dope smokers in the NBA, who are overpaided criebabies, who should be thankful for what they have now. Because it can all go away in snap of a finger. So kiss my ass Dwight Howard for trying to get your coach fired. Get the hell out of Orlando if you do not like him, you are only destroying the chemistry or the lack of your team, along with creating a lack of trust from them concerning you. You backstabbing bitch.

As I found out from the past, people grieve in different ways, Ernie is waiting for you in heaven Jerry. I know he was your favorite announcer, you will have the best seat in the house right next to him calling Tigers games to this day from his favorite spot in Tiger Stadium bro. It has been a great ride my friend, but it is time to say goodbye. I know the end is near for you my friend, so enjoy your seat next to him.........

Until we meet again, thanks for reading my post.........

 

 

 

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