Originally Posted by Yachtzee
Well, to me, the Yankees broadcasts are unlistenable anyway. Maybe if I were a Yankees fan, I'd feel differently. We'll have to get vaticanplum's take on that.
In any case, I don't want to sidetrack the thread into another debate whether or not we like Marty's style. Unassisted brought up another point. Like ballplayers, should they wait until said broadcasters retire to give bestow such an honor upon them? When is the proper time to honor a broadcaster? What happens if you honor them by putting their name up there before they retire and then the relationship between the team and the broadcaster turns sour?
I say honor them while still going strong. The honor is for them and doesn't mean much if they are gone or too old and feeble to understand or participate. Ballplayers retire in the prime of life and waiting isn't the same in their case. Announcers work into their 70s or 80s and waiting would just be too late. As for the relationship souring, even a sour relationship won't erase the years on the air.
From a business standpoint, an honor while still going is probably better for attendance. Waiting until they are gone would probably be more a footnote than an event.