Monday, July 16, 2007

For those who wanted to hear what I sound like...

... doing baseball play-by-play, a friend posted this on YouTube. It's a half inning of my Seattle Mariners radio broadcast synced to the TV picture. I'll dispense with all the disclaimers and just let you listen. Thanks again to the M's for the opportunity.

18 comments:

Eric Weinstein said...

When Beltre hit that home run, I half-expected to hear "No school in Borneo tomorrow...!"

Great job. Now, if you could come out here and sit with Joe Castiglione for a Red Sox broadcast, that would be a hoot.

Eric

Bob Irish said...

Ken.....thank you for your return to Seattle...even if it was just for one weekend. It would have been nice if the crowd had given you a Griffey-isk type standing ovation.....your career deserves one. You're welcome back anytime!
But the first time I heard you announce an M's exhibition game against the A's?, I thought wow this guy is never going to make it in this business.....you did things unique, odd, etc. Boy was I wrong......you really grew on me BECAUSE of your uniqueness. Remembering back, being sad when you left the M's. Life never stands still. Take care...best wishes in the future.

Bob Irish
skish15@yahoo.com

Will Teullive said...

Nice job Ken! Have you ever written a baseball themed pilot or screenplay?

I would think it would be fun to try with all the diverse characters baseball brings.

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The Crutnacker said...

Ken Leh Vine? I thought it rhymed with Ben Vereen.

I have to admit that I never pictured your voice sounding like this.

maven said...

Ken: You sound just like a real baseball announcer! LOL

Sparky said...

Geez Ken, is there anything you're NOT good at?

Jay said...

Nothing against Rizz, but to me, he and Bob Rathbun will always be the guys that they brought in to replace Ernie Harwell. Thankfully it was only temporary.

Chris said...

I always loved you because of the Simpsons connection, but I didn't remember you being that good at calling games. You must have improved since way back when! Or maybe I've been traumatized by the Ron Fairly years.

CJB said...

Wow! Louie Louie, a foul ball in the booth, a homer, and a great defensive play in the same half inning. I thought it was really well done.

I know Michelle Hinton of Union didn't get seven grand, but did you get the ball?

DodgerGirl said...

Well, you're no Vin Scully but it was a fun listen. Sounds like you were having a great time!

estiv said...

Ken, you're so self-deprecatory about your announcing skills that I was surprised at how good you sound. (And don't quote the last half of that sentence without including the first half!) You've said before that you do announcing just because you love it, and it shows, not in an obvious way, but just in the fact that you're clearly working hard at it. And that includes the true professional's touch--coming across as so relaxed that the hard work barely shows. Nice work.

Fox Cutter said...

I was listening to you a bit on the radio and you did a good job. I even got to impress my roommate's mom when I told her that I knew you and we had exchanged e-mails (though I didn't say about what). Thanks for the reflected glow ;)

Anonymous said...

well at least I'm not the only one who's been mispronouncing Levine... (ever since Alan Sepinwall sent me here)

Anonymous said...

Oh. so it's La-VINE! Meet Dr. Frankensteen...

Brian Howe said...

Ken,

This is off the topic, but I was talking to this person who said that the lovely Nancy Travis hated Mike Meyers and that she despised making the film So I Married An Axe Murderer. I realize you can't speak for Ms. Travis, but can this be true?

Anonymous said...

Ken,

You sound great! Adrian Beltre has never had a better home run call. Okay, maybe, Vinny. But certainly not Rick Monday! Seriously, how bad is that guy's home run call?!

Dan Cohen

The Curmudgeon said...

It's a shame you couldn't put up the first half inning that you wrote about -- the freak play involving "four runners, three missed tags, a missed base, three runs, a bad call, an appeal, all hell breaking loose, everyone scrambling for their rule books...."

Home run in a phone booth -- that's from the Harry Caray playbook as I recall.

Very, very, very cool.