It might have already been leaked and I missed it, but don't you get the feeling this is George Grande's final year announcing Reds games? I anticipate Thom Brenneman and Jeff Brantley taking on a bigger role next year, especially Thom B on TV (they will keep Chris Welch around would be my guess).
We've had to put up with Grande since 1993 and hopefully this is in fact his last year. I don't like it when it sounds like Reds' announcers are literally rooting for the other team. I don't need a homer (OK, maybe I do) but Grande gets more excited for the other teams' good plays at times. And this is just one of the many things he does that gets on my nerves. Like when he makes an obvious mistake and just keeps right on talking like nothing happened. "Fly ball to the warning track (OF catches ball about 20 feet in front of track)... and that's the second out of the inning. And don't forget to watch the Best Sports Show Question Mark, I mean Period, tonight on FSN. The Reds weren't on the smiling side of the scoreboard tonight. Please join us tomorrow night when I interview 'Golden Hands' (and Fool's Gold Bat) Juan Castro."
(Sorry, meant to include a question mark in the title of this thread.)