My father is a long time Braves fan and as a result I grew up listening to a LOT of his calls. A great broadcaster and a hoot to listen to.
Last year during TBS's last Braves broadcast he sang the "Beat the Mets" version of the Mets' theme that the New York papers had scripted during their collapse. It was unscripted and joyous and there are fewer and fewer sportscasters who have the personality that he and his father had.
Such a different announcer than his father, yet still among the best. Losing a lot of great voices lately.
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I really liked the way he called games, and he was a semi familiar voice on my tv growing up being that the Braves were the only other team shown in my area at the time. I actually stopped tuning in to TBS games when he was shuffled out of the lineup because it just didn't seem the same. I hadn't noticed TBS stopped carrying Braves games until a couple of months ago. At least he finally got to call some good baseball teams in the 90's.
He will be in my mind always for announcing the Sid Bream run in the NCLS...just priceless! He also rocked on bad blowouts and long games when he just started to rant whatever was on his mind...I will miss you Skip! Have a Bud with Dad tonight!
Agreed, I also see the Brewers having an improved 2007 season. Although it's still way too early to be making accurate predictions. Wood is a better signing than Ramirez, IMO. In a limited relief role, he could STILL be fantastic as he has been at times....