I think Marty deserves credit here for letting Nuxey do the Opening Day broadcast. Step aside and let the ole lefthander have a little fun. Good job Marty.
Nuxhall to work opener?
Ol' Lefthander to be back in the booth for 20 games this year
BY JOHN KIESEWETTER | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joe Nuxhall finds out today if he'll return to the Reds radio booth for Opening Day.
"That would really be a thrill," says Nuxhall, 77, forced into retirement after the 2004 season. He missed his first Opening Day broadcast last year after calling 38 consecutive openers.
Nuxhall meets today with Reds chief operating officer John Allen to discuss his 20-game schedule. Nuxhall says nobody has asked him to participate in Monday's broadcast - but longtime partner Marty Brennaman says Nux will work with him and Steve Stewart on Monday.
"Joe's going to work Opening Day. Steve's going to do half the game, and Joe's going to do half the game," Brennaman said.
That was news to Nuxhall - and Rob Butcher, Reds media relations director.
"If Marty says Joe will be in the booth on Opening Day, I believe him," Butcher said.
A WLW-AM (700) promotion saying Nuxhall will be part of the Opening Day radio team also traces back to Brennaman. Darryl Parks, WLW-AM operations director, says "that's what we've been told from Sarasota" by Dave Armbruster, the station staffer producing Brennaman's spring training broadcasts.
Nuxhall's return to Opening Day would fit the "power of tradition" theme of Robert Castellini, the Reds new chief executive officer. "The Ol' Lefthander" has been associated with the club for 62 years, making his debut in 1944 at age 15, the youngest player ever in a major league game.
Nuxhall will work at least one game in the new St. Louis Busch Stadium, the 59th ballpark he will have played in or broadcast from, he says.
"Right now, Steve and I are scheduled to take off 10 games each. I really don't want to take off any more than that. I couldn't stand it. I'd go crazy," Brennaman said.