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westofyou
10-24-2012, 04:51 PM
http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/40001770/

Hope Thom reads this:



About two hours before the game begins, Costas writes down the lineups on a giant white cardboard scorecard. In today's iPad world, not many announcers still use the big scorecard, and not many scribble down little facts about each player. Costas does both. He writes down batting averages, home runs, interesting little details. The scorecard is something from the past. Costas does broadcast baseball with the old masters (Vin Scully and Jack Buck and Harry Caray and Ernie Harwell and others) firmly in his mind. Costas thinks there are things that have been lost in modern baseball broadcasting: subtlety; story telling; a genuine effort to allow the rhythm of the game to emerge without overpowering it with bustle and replay and sound.

That probably does not surprise you. People tend to think Costas’ sensibilities are of another time. He has been called a baseball traditionalist so often by now that he lacks the strength to argue about it.

"People will use me as a symbol of a kind of stuck-in-the-1950s fan who doesn't want anything to change," he says. "They will say, 'You know, people like Bob Costas think …' and often, the position I'm supposed to hold in these scenarios is something I strongly disagree with. Are there things that were better about baseball years ago? Certainly. Are there things that are better now? Unquestionably."

Roy Tucker
10-24-2012, 07:28 PM
Watched his 10 pm show on NBCSports network last night. He interviewed Bobby Valentine to lead it off. Good stuff.

cumberlandreds
10-25-2012, 08:51 AM
Costas has been and continues to be one of the best baseball announcers around. Most PBP guys could learn a lot from him. He does games just here and there for the MLB Network. I just wish he could find the time to do game just once a week for that network.

dfs
10-25-2012, 11:00 AM
Costas has been and continues to be one of the best baseball announcers around.

I'm sure you mean to add an "Other than Vin Scully" at the front of that. Positive you meant that.

cumberlandreds
10-25-2012, 12:48 PM
I'm sure you mean to add an "Other than Vin Scully" at the front of that. Positive you meant that.

Oh yea. I did say one of the best in my statement. Scully is still the best and Costas may be number two but just don't get to hear him enough.

_Sir_Charles_
10-25-2012, 01:30 PM
Probably blasphemy...but I prefer Costas to Scully (and any other broadcaster). Not just with baseball either.

redsfan30
10-25-2012, 02:13 PM
Listening to Bob Costas call a game is one of the little pleasures in life. I wish we could get to hear him do it more often.

mattfeet
10-25-2012, 06:24 PM
Listening to Bob Costas call a game is one of the little pleasures in life. I wish we could get to hear him do it more often.

I agree completely.

GADawg
10-26-2012, 11:57 PM
i'll take blasphemy to the next level....I don't care to listen to Vin Scully at all. There I said it. He kinda annoys me...not to the George Grande level by any means but along a similar vein

Dom Heffner
10-27-2012, 12:00 AM
It's too much Scully. I like another voice.

westofyou
10-27-2012, 12:01 AM
i'll take blasphemy to the next level....I don't care to listen to Vin Scully at all. There I said it. He kinda annoys me...not to the George Grande level by any means but along a similar vein

He was better 30 years ago, my take is game one of a series he's good, lyrical etc... after that press notes

I see a lot if Dodger games, he's old but good still

Superdude
10-27-2012, 12:12 AM
i'll take blasphemy to the next level....I don't care to listen to Vin Scully at all. There I said it. He kinda annoys me...not to the George Grande level by any means but along a similar vein

I'll join you. I've listened to a few of his games. I guess I see the appeal, but I wasn't a fan of his style personally.

Red in Chicago
10-27-2012, 02:54 AM
i'll take blasphemy to the next level....I don't care to listen to Vin Scully at all. There I said it. He kinda annoys me...not to the George Grande level by any means but along a similar vein

Let's be honest. He sucks.

Yachtzee
10-27-2012, 12:30 PM
My complaint when it comes to Costas is that he's spent too much time hanging with the Today Show crowd and will crack some lame jokes in the name of "witty banter." He can tell some real groaners. Other than that, he's great. I like announcers who can tell me something new.

camisadelgolf
10-27-2012, 02:48 PM
Vin Scully reminds me of Bob Dylan. After all these years, he's still excellent, but it's just a matter of whether you can tolerate his voice or not.

MikeThierry
10-30-2012, 04:29 PM
I love Costas however I think what's overlooked is Smoltz at color commentary. Costas and Smoltz calls one of the best games I've seen on the MLB Network.

cumberlandreds
11-01-2012, 10:56 AM
Class A Inland Empire 66er's have offered Costas their PBP job for the 2013 season. I doubt he takes it but the article wondered if someday Costas would go the Dick Enberg route and latch onto to a team for a few seasons at the end of his career.


http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/minor-league-team-offers-hire-bob-costas-play-145748137--mlb.html