By Joe Christensen
I’m sitting home, listening to Vin Scully on the Dodgers/Pirates telecast. For me, it doesn’t get any better. He pretty much pays for the Extra Innings package himself. As a friend once told me, ”I could listen to Vin Scully read the phone book.”
If you’ve got the blahs after watching the Twins struggle against Jorge De La Rosa today, you should know that ESPN’s Buster Olney recently wrote in his blog how Royals GM Dayton Moore talked up De La Rosa’s potential all winter. Ramon Ortiz had another strong outing. That’s important in the big picture.
The Twins (11-7) are still in first place with a one-game lead over Detroit (10-8), which won in dramatic fashion today over the White Sox (9-8), who sit a 1 1/2 games back, along with Cleveland (8-7). Big start for Carlos Silva tomorrow against the Indians at the Metrodome. The Twins will face another lefthander, in Jeremy Sowers, and this will be tough on the offense. Entering today, they were batting .248 against lefties, .304 against righties, and that number against LHPs dropped even lower against De La Rosa.
Anyway, those are just some quick thoughts as I get ready to watch Dice-K take on the Yankees tonight. Yes, I mocked ESPN last week for picking up all these Yankees games, but I have to admit, the matchup of Dice-K against that lineup does have me intrigued. For now, I’m settling in for a few more innings of Vin Scully. I’m curious: Who are some of your favorite broadcasters throughout the game (radio or TV)?