Full credit to Michael Hirn for posting this on Twitter. The Bleacher Report’s Zachary Rymer recently posted a fascinating look at the life of a minor league baseball broadcaster with a dream of making it to the bigs. We all know how difficult it is for players, but it may be just as tough, if not more so for broadcasters.
For a week, play-by-play broadcaster Josh Maurer struggled to control his nerves. He hardly ate or slept. His body only wanted to focus on the job, which he kept reminding himself was basically the same thing he had done hundreds, if not thousands, of times before. All he had to do was call the games.
The difference? Maurer wasn’t in the minors anymore. He was with the Boston Red Sox, an opportunity he had been building toward ever since he was a kid listening to sportscaster Harry Kalas do play-by-play for the Philadelphia Phillies every night. And for minor league broadcasters such as himself, it’s the kind of opportunity that doesn’t often come along.
Not many hear their voices, but they’re out there. Calling games in places such as Lancaster, San Jose, Durham and Pawtucket, all in service of the big dream. While players in the minors strive to be the face of a major league franchise, broadcasters in the minors strive to be the voice.
For them, though, a bit more patience is required.
The full article is here.