I prefer TV, but I do love listening to baseball games while driving, mowing the lawn, etc. Here in Cincinnati we have the legendary Marty Brennaman, who is retiring at the end of the year after calling Reds games for 46 seasons. We’re also blessed with a guy named Dan Hoard that calls Bengals football and Cincinnati Bearcats football and basketball. He’s not a big name, but I hope he is someday because he is very good.
I often prefer the radio broadcasts to the jabber on TV, especially when one of the networks carries the broadcast and those idiots on Fox or ESPN are bubbling on about god-knows-what player or other team or their own war stories while ignoring what’s going on. I even keep an old Apple powerbook because it can run the program “Bat Crack”, which allows you to sync the radio audio to the usually much delayed TV broadcast. The author developed it during the Giants better years (sigh) to watch the playoffs with the commentary of our local broadcasters.
I also bring a portable radio to the games to listen to the commentary.
For my Phillies, Larry Anderson makes the radio broadcast worth listening to. He’s a bit insane. Their primary radio guy, Scott Franzke, is excellent. Overall I’d much rather be at the game. Ironically, I’ll be at the ballpark tonight but the Phils are on the road. It’s the Carson Wentz charity softball game so I’ll get to see primarily Eagles players on the baseball field.
I watched a game on ESPN a couple of nights ago- they barely talked about the game in progress. I prefer the local radio guys. They explain more and they actually have personalities. Just wish I could sync up the TV and the radio as the are often 5 to 10 seconds apart.
@dhelmick56 Check out the program “Bat Crack” and see if it runs on your computer. It was designed especially for that problem and delays the audio input of your computer by up to two minutes. The name refers to the easiest way to sync up the sound to the picture by the crack of the bat on the ball.
If that doesn’t work, many audio editing programs and app allow you to add delay, just takes more futzing.
I don’t follow baseball anymore. When I was younger I played baseball and softball and I was good. Dad used to take us to Shea stadium and Fenway when we were kids. For me tho, hearing a game on the radio is very nostalgic. Always makes me remember sitting out back with dad or my grandfather while grilling and listening to a game.
I grew up going to Dodgers games and bringing a radio to listen to Vin Scully, just like everyone else in the cheap seats would. You barely had to bring your own because so many folks were tuned into him, his voice was just the ambient noise in the bleachers. Needless to say, I have no more interest in listening to the radio since Vin retired
We have a local guy named Jack Michaels who does a whale of a job on the radio for our local Northern League team, the F-M Redhawks. I know they may not want to hear it, but I’d rather listen to him than go to a game live. When I do go to a home game, I normally have him on headphones while watching the game. Check him out on The Fan Radio
Listen for his home run call…“Track It Down Marge!!”
PS: Jack is the current ND Sportscaster of the Year. Not sure why he’s not been called to broadcast the MN Twins, because IMO he’s much better.