Thursday, February 16, 2006

Pitchers and Catchers Report!

"It's the most won-der-ful time of the year..." (sing along with me)

Spring is really showing signs of arrival, it's the first beginnings of baseball season...yay! I really enjoy baseball, the Jays are gonna do really well this year, woo hoo! It's just the perfect thing for evening (and sometimes afternoon) entertainment. Get some nachos together, a little pop or beer, and you've got some good times. AND, for those games that are so long you can't pay full attention during the whole thing, they make very inoffensive background noise (unlike a lot of what's on TV these days, ugh). Back in the days before we had the sports channels on TV that cover most of the games, we used to listen on the radio to Jerry Howarth and Tom Cheek, they were icons of the Blue Jays, covering virtually all the games in the Jay's history, since the team began. They really made you feel like you were back in the old days, before TV, so descriptive, so you could really visualize the action. You could hear the background noise of the crowd, the crack of the bat, it was fantastic, really made you feel like you were there, in a way that TV doesn't capture. And the duo really played well off each other, each with their own strengths that they brought to the broadcast. Poor Tom Cheek passed away in '05 (brain tumor), so the duo won't be able to broadcast together again, it's truly a great loss. They were amazing. I feel very privileged that I had the experience of hearing them, it's something I'll always remember and treasure.