Re: I Must Be the Only One
Calling play-by-play, or even color, is very difficult. There is no room for error, meaning, it's live TV so you get only one take. I've never done it at a professional level, but even broadcasting high school sports on the local cable access channel puts pressure on the hot mic.
So, when it comes to pure ability to speak freely, naturally, and call the game with as much fluency as Marty and Thom are able to do, I believe there are few who can rival them, and Reds fans are fortunate to be able to listen to a good story when there's a ballgame being played.
That said, both of them have practically mastered the art of calling games. It's second nature to them by now so the pressure of live TV isn't as intense as it is for someone like me who has 25 games under my belt. Therefore, it allows for more personality to come out. On the official "Marty Brennaman Day" last week, I listened to Marty rationalize the times when he is critical of players, and I thought his explanation was very genuine and also fair. I do agree he has appeared to become more curmudgeonly as he's aged, but isn't that natural, too?
My opinion of Thom is that he is simply following the lead of his HOF father. It's going to rub some people the wrong way (just like Marty) and it won't bother others. There are few broadcasters who can please everybody.
I have also met them both - even played 18 with Marty in Palm Springs before Joe died. He was a hoot on the golf course and an utmost pleasure to be around. I find them both to be likable guys, so I'm sure that forms my opinion of them as broadcasters, too.
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