Tuesday, October 21, 2008

So Who's Going To Call The Games Now?

Pete Van Wieren announced his retirement from the Braves broadcast booth today.  He's been with the Braves for 33 years and was a huge part of my years living in Georgia and even in South Carolina when I could see the Braves still on TBS.  I personally don't think that it's just coincidence that it happened in the same year that Skip Caray died.   They had been partners for so long that it was common for them to finish each others sentences.  "The Professor" has spent the last year calling games on the radio.  

It's interesting to see that in the past few years that while the team has changed, the whole organization around the team has changed as well.  The old familiar broadcasters are gone as is the GM.  The pitching has dwindled, but the bullpen has been horrible as usual.  I'm hoping they trade for Jake Peavey and get another power hitter.  I'm looking forward to seeing Jordan Schaefer play as the kid can stroke and has put his HGH woes behind him.  The Braves also need to find a consistent closer and not have an entire bullpen vying for the spot.  They also need to figure out fairly quickly if Smoltz and Glavine can/are going to come back next year so they don't spend the first half of spring training trying to piecemeal together a pitching staff if they're not.  There's so many questions for next season.  Hopefully they can be answered.  The Braves haven't seen the post season since 2005 and haven't been to the World Series since 1999 (Eff You Jim Leyritz).  It'd be nice to see October next year.

EDITOR'S NOTE:  The Jim Leyritz home run was in 1996, not 1999.  1999 did feature another brutal moment when Jim Grey interviewed Pete Rose.


dayf said...

Aw man... This is not what I wanted to hear. I'll miss him on the radio broadcasts. How did we lose Skip Pete and Larry in the same year?!?

Lemke better be a regular next year. I can't handle losing Lemmer too.

Captain Canuck said...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again... Skip and Pete are the reason this kid started watching the Braves in '86, and haven't stopped since. Although Chip is doing his damn best to make me stop....