Sunday, April 10, 2016
My pick for the next Vin Scully
Great voice, calls a terrific game, blends well with his partner, and has an actual personality. Imagine -- a baseball announcer who is entertaining, has a sense of humor, knows pop culture, appreciates the history of the game, and projects an enthusiasm and love for baseball that's genuine and infectious. My only question is how did other teams let him get away? That's like the old joke about the CBS sitcom MY SISTER SAM starring Pam Dawber. The joke goes that the CBS executives watched an episode of MORK & MINDY and said, "Get us the girl!"
Jason was hired by the White Sox to do the TV games that Hawk Harrelson will miss. Harrelson will soon retire and Jason will be the man. For years and years to come. He's also a rising star at ESPN and can be seen and heard calling football and basketball nationally.
And there's more to the story. He was born with Cerebral Palsy and suffered through a horrible childhood. But as an adult it hasn't stopped him one bit and in a very real sense he's an inspiration to those having to overcome physical challenges. Oh, and as if that wasn't enough, Jason also has a law degree. He's 32. Vin Scully never got a law degree.
You can find it here.
I first discovered Jason five or six years ago. He was calling games for the minor league Syracuse Chiefs. I keep tabs on Chiefs' announcers since I was one myself many lifetimes ago. In ten minutes it was clear this guy was a cut above. We became friends and I've taken great delight following his career ever since.
Jason grew up in Chicago a White Sox fan and even wrote a paper in elementary school saying he wanted to be the White Sox announcer. Talk about a dream come true.. for Jason and White Sox fans. So congratulations to the Pale Hose. However they finish this year they've already signed the Rookie-of-the-Year. Pull up a chair -- you're going to like this guy.