Do me a favor.
I think I’ve got a way to salvage something good out of this hellish Red Sox season… but I need your help.
Actually, Joe Castiglione needs your help.
Can you believe it! For the first time in Boston baseball history, a Sox play-by-play guy has made it to the so-called round of 41 for the Ford C. Frick Award. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown presents this award annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
Ford Frick was an sportswriter and broadcaster but is best remembered as National League president for 17 years and baseball commissioner for 14 years.
Frick was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1970 and in his speech that day he talked about how baseball gets passed on from generation to generation. “Anything that connects yesterday with today, and today with tomorrow, bringing out the good things and some of the bad, but keeping that same continuity is very worthwhile. Baseball grows, and will continue to grow because of that continuity…”
Who represents that continuity more than Joe Castiglione. He has seen it all around Fenway in his 30 years of calling games. But, he deserves something a little more this year for hanging in game after game with this bunch of bums. What’s the old saying — it’s hard to make chicken salad out of chicken blank! Joe has tried.
When it gets right down to it, Joe Castig is everything this Sox team is not.
Consistent. A clear love of the game. Appreciates the history of baseball.
Works well with broadcast partners/teammates. Loves his job.
Can you name a player in the Sox dugout with those qualities?
So here’s the deal. 200 broadcasters around baseball were eligible this year. The list is now 41. The next step is 10 finalists. A special panel picks seven and we the people pick three. The Frick Award winner will be announced at the winter meetings in December.
Over the 34 years of the award, broadcasting greats such as Mel Allen, Red Barber, Vin Scully, Ernie Harwell, Jack Buck, Jon Miller, Curt Gowdy and yes, even Tim McCarver have won the award.
Somehow guys like Ned Martin and Ken Coleman were missed. Let’s not let that happen this time.
Go to the National Baseball Hall of Fame facebook page.
Vote early and often.
Vote for Joe!
ITEMS FROM THE DUFFEL BAG:
— Every time I hear John Farrell answer a question about the Sox manager job, he tries to say all the right things about being committed to the Blue Jays. I hear him saying, yes I really want to be Red Sox manager. And I think he will be.
— Remember Heidi Watney. Of course you do. She is out as the sideline reporter for LA Lakers games before doing even one broadcast.
— “Trouble With The Curve” movie… looks interesting.
— John Ebeling didn’t win the UMaine QB job and then moved to receiver and other positions to help the team. Remember Bangor’s John Tennett did the same thing a few years ago and carved out a nice college career.
— ESPN’s Rick Reilly’s story on the other Jerry Sundusky. Gerry, with a “G” Sandusky, the Baltimore Ravens p-b-p guy. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and check it out.
— I’m watching the NFL opener a couple of weeks ago. The Cowboys vs Giants game. Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth are talking about the Forbes magazine article claiming the Dallas Cowboys club is worth $2.1 billion dollars, tops in the NFL. Next series of plays they mention the guy snapping the ball is really a guard. They said the Cowboys didn’t have a backup center… guess a couple of billion doesn’t get you as much as it used to!