Big decision driving home from work Sunday night. Which radio broadcast to listen to of Game Four of the World Series. It was tied 4-4 going into the 9th when I got in the car.
There was the Yankees broadcast with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on WCBS 880. Out of the question. Not because they’re the Yankees announcers, but because I just can’t handle Sterling’s “A-bomb from A-Rod,” or a “Johnny Rocket,” or a “Tex-Message,” and most especially, “The Yankees win. Thhhhhheeeeee Yankees win!!!” OK, maybe it is because they’re the Yankees announcers.
On ESPN Radio (WPOP 1410), there was Jon Miller and Joe Morgan. I can give or take Morgan, but I’ve been a longtime fan of Miller. He’s currently the Giants’ play-by-play man, and put in his time with the Red Sox.
But I knew ‘POP would fade before I got home. I turned the dial to the left, to 1210, WPHT, Philadelphia. Sadly, the great Harry Kalas left us earlier this year, so I settled in with, ummm, his successor. Name? Dunno. Seemed competent enough, though.
Turns out his name is Scott Franzke. And his color man is the one and only Larry Andersen. If you’re a Red Sox fan with a good memory, the name Larry Andersen should make your blood run cold. He was part of one of the worst trades in Red Sox history. 1990. Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman sent Jeff Bagwell, the pride of Killingworth and a future Hall of Famer, to the Houston Astros for a middle reliever who appeared in all of 15 games for Boston.
Larry Andersen. Larry Freakin’ Anderson. Shoulda gone with Miller and Morgan.