...the Los Angeles (née Brooklyn) Dodgers opened a baseball season without the incomparable Vin Scully anouncing the game to his devoted radio and television audiences.
Thanks to the "World Wide Leader in Sports," I was able to watch most of the Dodgers... my Dodgers... opening day demolition of their neighbors down the Coast, beating the San Diego Padres, 14-3 behind a masterful performance by the great Clayton Kershaw and a barrage of home runs including a grand slam from hit-or-whiff Joc Pederson and one from each side of the plate from Yasmani Grandal.
Because the cablecast was by ESPN, the audience was subjected to ESPN announcers, and they were uniformly dreadful, their voices in low energy monotones even when they were clowing around with one another instead of focussing on the activities on the field.
(Clearly students of the execrable Jon Miller style of broadcasting!)
The game won't be the same without the mellifluous and informed tones of Scully behind a microphone... I'll miss his presence mightily.
But the Dodgers... my Dodgers... are playing and I'll have to make do with that.
Vin will be missed; I have the MLB radio package a few years and he was the best.
Dean, I think in the West we will return to the 1960s when the Dodgers and Jints chased each other, usually with you guys winning. Should be fun, long season.
I love baseball on the radio, it's the perfect medium for the game.
One more: as a kid I listened to AM radio and "DX'ed" way out of town stations, especially in the Summer when the Ionosphere was active. So I could bring in KMOX radio and Harry Caray, circa 1963, and listen to Cardinal games. Of course it faded in and out but for the most part it worked. Man, gone are the days of those voices.