USA Today reporter, Andy Nesbitt, reports colorfully on Red Sox fans request for a booth review, after hearing that Chris Berman will be part of the broadcast team this year. Though, fans are permitted to express occasional “chorus of boos” at their dismay one can only wonder what we are missing…I’m sure this legendary Broadcaster will bring something special to the microphone:
The defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox will have a few new faces on their roster this year.
And they’ll also have some new faces/voices calling their games, too. Some very well known faces/voices.
The team announced Thursday that the legendary Chris Berman will call some games on the radio, as will Sean McDonough and many others. One familiar face will be back – Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione, who will be calling games for his 37th year.
The rotation will include former SOX NESN TV voice and current ESPN broadcaster SEAN MCDONOUGH, former NEW YORK METS announcer JOSH LEWIN, and former DETROIT TIGERS TV voice MARIO IMPEMBA. Also in the lineup for select games will be ESPN’s CHRIS BERMAN, WEEI’s LOU MERLONI and DALE ARNOLD, NESN’s TOM CARON, and the SOX’ longtime TV broadcaster DAVE O’BRIEN, who will move over to the radio side when SOX games air on national TV.
“As the flagship radio home of the world champion BOSTON RED SOX, WEEI is proud to extend our relationship with JOE CASTIGLIONE and to welcome this elite group of broadcasters to join him in the booth,” said ENTERCOM BOSTON Regional President/Market Manager MARK HANNON. “We are committed to providing listeners with premier and innovative coverage of the SOX and are looking forward to a great season.”a select number of nationally televised Red Sox games.
Berman’s name sticks out, of course, because his legendary broadcasting career with ESPN.
Some Boston fans, however, weren’t thrilled about the addition of Berman, even though it’s unclear how many games he’ll be call.
Though there were some very funny, yet distressed, comments from fans, including, “I hope he will only do the bottom of the ninth of home games,” and “”Back back back back back back to the drawing board please,” one can only hope that Chris Berman will bring some entertaining and innovative coverage to these baseball fans as he has done for all sports fans for the past 40 years.