The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

February 17, 2011

Baseball live on the ‘Net sounds great to my ears

By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
CNHI

Thursday, February 17, 2011 — It hardly seems like baseball season already, unless you are involved with college baseball, which starts in the bitterly cold months of February.

I can remember serving as PA announcer for  Pfeiffer baseball games on a Groundhog Day, wrapped up in more layers than my beautiful wife’s delicious Mexican layer dip (probably played the “Pennsylvania Polka” that day as well).

I have missed being able to catch Atlanta Braves games on radio when away from the house.

The new Fox 730 AM will be doing Braves’ games, but their signal has been spotty at best (at least that’s the case with my Honda radio).

I miss the days of driving home from Atlanta to Hiawassee, Ga., listening to Skip, Don, Pete and Joe.

Skip Carey was one of the funniest curmudgeons that I have ever heard and he never failed to move you, whether he talked about the game or where the fan was from who caught that foul ball. I still wonder who “The Screaming Vendor” actually was.

Baseball has a wonderful rhythm to it that lends itself perfectly to the medium of radio.

Well, I have a tip for those of you with Internet access.

Pfeiffer’s sports info director, Sean Fox, has been adding a radio play-by-play call of Falcon baseball games on the Internet.

Fox called games for the Fort Myers Miracle of the Florida State League in 2007 and 2008, and has announced games at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium as well as Knights Castle and Time-Warner Cable Arena.

I was very pleased yesterday to listen to Fox deliver a professional, entertaining broadcast of Pfeiffer’s 6-1 home win over Carson-Newman.

As I listened, I saw the action on the field in my head, a credit to any play-by-play man, while working on today’s section and the upcoming Spring Sports tab.

Falcons’ games broadcast worldwide is a positive, worthwhile use of the Internet, something that the ‘Net could use, which is a positive story.



Contact Charles Curcio at (704) 982-2121 ext. 12, email charles@stanlynews press.com.