Ernie Johnson's Call
In this week's issue of the Outlook you can read an article I put together about Brattleboro-native Ernie Johnson, simply one of the iconic broadcasters in baseball history.
In my research, it was mentioned that Johnson had gone through some, let's say, "lean years" in broadcasting some pretty awful Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves teams during the 70's and 80's.
However, Mr. Johnson also had the honor of calling Hammerin' Hank Aaron's 715th home run in 1974, breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record.
Imagine that, a man from Brattleboro, Vermont called arguably the most famous baseball moment of all time... and folks, that is a pretty cool baseball fact.
One time Red Sox favorite Nomar Garciaparra announced his retirement from baseball last week and reached out to the Red Sox, asking for a one day contract so he could retire in a Boston uniform. As a Sox fan, I am torn by this situation.
On the one hand, I would just like to remember Nomar as one of the best hitters I have ever seen over the first seven years of his career.
Rookie of the Year, two batting titles, six all-star appearances and the fourth highest single season batting average in Sox history (.372) in 2000.
For several years he was just one of those players that every time he went to the plate, I felt like he was going to get a hit. There were a few years in Boston where Nomar and Mo Vaughn were about the only things Red Sox Nation had to cheer about.
However, on the flip side, Nomar was a very unhappy camper at the end of his Red Sox tenure, and made no bones about letting the media know it.
In fact towards the end, Nomar went so far as to lay down red tape six feet out around his locker, telling the media to "not cross the line". (Although now it is said the tape was the idea of team management)