Hello Larry

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.

jon miller


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.


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11 Responses to Hello Larry

  1. God, I’d forgotten about Andersen. Why did you have to remind me of that wretched trade?

    Reminds me of the Mike Boddicker trade. I think the Sox got him from the Orioles for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling.

    Or, on a positive note, remember one of the most lopsided trades of all time? In 1980, the Celtics had the #1 pick in the draft, which Red Auerbach traded to Golden State for Robert Parish and the number 4 pick, which the Cs used to draft Kevin McHale. Whom did Golden State pick as their #1?

    I throw that out as a trivia question. No cheating! (hint: he was a very tall stiff!).

  2. You should have sucked it up and just listened to Johnny and Suzie

    Oh, and may I say..

    Fourth Game of World Series over…
    THe Yankees Win…
    Theeeeeeee Yankees wiiiiiiiinnnnnnn!!!!

  3. hendu says:

    You know me as a true and die-hard sox fan. I am also a huge fan of Bag-pipes, but in retrospect, that trade wasn’t that bad. At the time Bagwell was a middling AA talent who was hitting with no power and an ok avg. Anderson came in and was an immidiate stabalizing factor in the bullpen with an ERA under 2. Now it looks bad but it was the right move at that time. It def. wasn’t as bad as the varitek/lowe for slocum trade

  4. Scott says:

    I did some calculations this morning Gerry.

    Yankees total payroll from 2001-2009: $1,578,299,197 (yeah, $1.578 BILLION – with a B). They deserve one WS championship after spending that much. Only one though.

    And for those interested – the Sox spent approx. half a billion (with a B) less during those years and have 2 championships.

    The Yanks also got a new stadium that cost $2.308 BILLION (with a B). $1.186 billion of that was tax payer funded. The organization pitched in a cool $670 million. How nice of the taxpayers in NY to give the Yankees a new stadium because you know, the Steinbrenners need it…

  5. Couldn’t agree more about the less than Sterling one liners from that Yankee announcer. Tex Message? Johnny Rocket? Haven’t heard those. I’ve heard him bray ” Another A Bomb from A Rod. ” But since moving down here I haven’t listened to 880 on the a.m. dial. And I’m not going to go looking for it on the computer.

  6. Bob Porrazzo says:

    By the way WICC in Bridgeport carried the ESPN broadcast of the game not the Yankees broadcasters. And the Philly play by play man on WPHT is Tom McCarthy, who once called Mets game on WFAN. Ironic ain’t it?

    But if you guys want to talk about a homer for Football…how about Colts play-by-play man Bob Lamey. When the Colts score a touchdown or win he sounds like he’s gonna have a freaking coronary or a vein’s gonna pop!

    I listen to the NFL Radio games on SIRIUS Sat radio, including the Patriots (Gil and Gino–Love them!) By the way the NE Pats added WGCH 1490 here in Greenwich to their CT affiliate list. But the sound I hear from the radio is like from a cheap transistor! Good thing I have SIRIUS.

    But to me the best NFL radio voice is Bob Papa of the Giants. Polished, professional, energetic. He is, upon completion of the Giants P-A-T true blue. The Giants recently however…ANYTHING BUT!

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