I was listening to the Giants-Pirates game on the radio as I drove into town this evening. I love the Giants announcers. I’ve been listening to these guys (Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper, Jon Miller, and Dave Flemming) for a long, time. Kruk and Kuip learned from another master announcer, Hank Greenwald, who I also listened to until he retired.
These guys all get excited during the games they call. They definitely root for the Giants, but they do not cross the line of being ‘homers’ like I’ve heard from announcers for some other teams. How can you tell a homer? When every break against their team is always somebody else’s fault… you’re listening to a homer.
Tim Hudson, pitching for the Giants, hit Walker of the Pirates with a pitch. Dave Flemming said that Walker leaned his shin down into the pitch and went out of his way to get hit.
If an announcer is a homer in this case, you would have to say “Well…maybe” because everything that happens to their team has to be somebody else’s fault. I’ve heard Flemming call enough games to know that he calls it like he sees it, for or against the Giants. Sure, he gets excited when the Giants do well, but he never lets his rooting for the home team interfere with his integrity in calling the game. Therefore, in this case, I trust him when he says Walker leaned into the pitch.
All of the Giants’ announcers have this blend of passion and integrity, and it’s what makes them the best in the business.