I’m a huge fan of Marty Brennaman, the longtime radio voice of the Reds. Many of my childhood memories center around listening to Marty and Joe Nuxhall on the radio, describing the action at Riverfront Stadium. We would sit on the front porch nearly every night to listen, or my brothers and I would play wiffle-ball in the front yard while the game was on the radio in the background.
I always enjoyed when the Reds went on trips to the west coast, because I would lay in bed until one or two in the morning, listening to the ballgames. As far as I was concerned, no one could paint a picture like Marty Brennaman, and I remain a devoted fan.
However, last year I was able, through the magic of the internet (and MLB.TV) to watch some L.A. Dodger games, and thus, listen to Vin Scully broadcast. Only one word can describe Scully’s talent: wow.
I’ve never heard anything like Scully. Even in the twilight of his career, he remains a joy to listen to. This year, I’m going to get the MLB Extra Innings package, mainly to watch the Reds. But I’ll definitely be able to enjoy Scully some more this year, and I’m looking forward to it, even though I couldn’t care less about the Dodgers.
I mention Scully because Eric Neel has this wonderful post about Scully over at The Baseball Analysts. It’s a good tribute to a great broadcaster.
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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
You can email Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org.