Isaac Kaplan

"Is it any wonder I've got too much time on my hands?"

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

BASEBALL NATION: Why I'll Miss Murph

In many years from now, we'll be telling our grandkids about a very different age of baseball broadcasting.

We'll be telling them of play-by-play guys who (gasp!) didn't have a cheesy, "signature" home run call in order to appeal to the lowest common denominator of fans. We'll tell them about a time when shtick was not a prerequisite to landing a broadcasting job. Someone once asked Murphy why he didn't have a home run call. "Each home run is different," the Murph replied. Talk about a passion for the game, not the ego.

Speaking of which, we'll be telling them of broadcasters who were truly passionate about the game, not just passionate about one team or about King George's checkbook. Gary Cohen said that Murphy treated a meaningless Mets game in August like it was the 7th game of the World Series. More than just passion, that's called taking your job seriously.

And even though Murphy kinda lost it near the end (calling Vladimir Guerrero "Pedro" and calling pop-ups "near homeruns"), there was still an air of professionalism around him that never left. I was a Yankee fan throughout the '90's, but I knew there was something about Murphy. At least moreso than Sterling and Kay. (Which isn't saying a whole lot, but you know what I mean.)

And when Murph called it quits at the end of last year, it was the end of an era. He will be missed.


Blogger MoChassid said...

I agree with everything you wrote.

Adding to your penultimate paragraph, I agree that Murph stayed on a bit too long. Indeed, the last few years his voice was completely shot and it became very annoying to listen to him. We all gave him a break because of who he was but he would have been better off calling it quits 5 years ago.

3:39 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

louis vuitton, michael kors pas cher, oakley sunglasses, burberry pas cher, sac longchamp pas cher, longchamp outlet, tiffany and co, longchamp outlet, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton, nike air max, kate spade outlet, christian louboutin, christian louboutin uk, louboutin pas cher, replica watches, prada outlet, ugg boots, polo outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet online, chanel handbags, ray ban sunglasses, christian louboutin outlet, replica watches, jordan shoes, nike free, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, air max, jordan pas cher, ray ban sunglasses, cheap oakley sunglasses, longchamp outlet, oakley sunglasses, nike free run, gucci handbags, tiffany jewelry, uggs on sale, nike roshe, longchamp pas cher, nike outlet, oakley sunglasses wholesale, louis vuitton outlet, tory burch outlet, ugg boots, prada handbags, louis vuitton outlet, christian louboutin shoes, nike air max

2:22 AM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

michael kors outlet online, hogan outlet, converse pas cher, michael kors outlet, burberry handbags, guess pas cher, nike blazer pas cher, nike air max uk, coach outlet store online, hollister uk, true religion outlet, nike tn, michael kors outlet online, hollister pas cher, kate spade, north face, uggs outlet, coach purses, replica handbags, uggs outlet, ralph lauren uk, polo lacoste, michael kors outlet online, sac hermes, nike air max uk, true religion jeans, true religion outlet, michael kors outlet, mulberry uk, nike air force, north face uk, timberland pas cher, sac vanessa bruno, new balance, burberry outlet, lululemon canada, nike roshe run uk, true religion outlet, michael kors outlet online, abercrombie and fitch uk, oakley pas cher, ray ban pas cher, nike air max, ray ban uk, vans pas cher, coach outlet, michael kors, michael kors outlet

2:22 AM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

ray ban, longchamp uk, valentino shoes, instyler, iphone cases, vans, bottega veneta, converse outlet, gucci, ferragamo shoes, mont blanc pens, vans outlet, babyliss, nfl jerseys, nike roshe run, reebok outlet, wedding dresses, abercrombie and fitch, hollister clothing, beats by dre, soccer shoes, timberland boots, giuseppe zanotti outlet, nike huaraches, lululemon, hollister, ghd hair, asics running shoes, nike air max, hollister, soccer jerseys, new balance shoes, jimmy choo outlet, mcm handbags, mac cosmetics, baseball bats, converse, north face outlet, louboutin, hermes belt, nike air max, p90x workout, herve leger, north face outlet, chi flat iron, insanity workout, nike trainers uk, oakley, celine handbags, ralph lauren

2:24 AM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

louis vuitton, pandora uk, louis vuitton, wedding dresses, moncler outlet, hollister, barbour, juicy couture outlet, swarovski, canada goose, canada goose, ugg, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, swarovski crystal, karen millen uk, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, barbour uk, canada goose outlet, pandora jewelry, moncler, canada goose jackets, moncler outlet, supra shoes, coach outlet, pandora charms, moncler uk, toms shoes, moncler, lancel, juicy couture outlet, replica watches, canada goose outlet, doudoune moncler, canada goose outlet, canada goose, pandora jewelry, ugg uk, links of london, marc jacobs, montre pas cher, ugg pas cher, thomas sabo, moncler, moncler, canada goose uk, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, louis vuitton

2:25 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home