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Listening to Baseball on the Radio


With every game on TV these days the old pastime of listening to baseball games on the radio has become a rarity. Typically people just listen to the radio broadcast while in their cars, some may turn down Chip and Joe but are still watching the visual, but rarely do we sit down and turn on the radio without the TV at all. But I’m here to say it’s a lot of fun to do so.

I can remember growing up and visiting my relatives or going on vacation only to find there was no TBS. How was I supposed to watch the Braves that night? So I’d turn on the radio and listen to Skip, Pete, Don and Joe.

Some of my fondest memories as a child are sitting in the truck with my dad listening to Braves games when we visited our cabin in the rural country. We could only pick up night games, and there was still static over the airwaves. You couldn’t talk – you had to listen. Sometimes just close your eyes and imagine it – let the broadcasters paint the picture.

A couple of years ago I was at a friend’s house, enjoying the evening from their screened-in porch. He had speakers wired throughout the porch and turned on the Braves game. Even though we could have walked inside to watch the game on TV, we listened instead. We enjoyed the crickets, the night air and listened to the game. Imagined what it looked like. Just put our hurried modern day lifestyle aside for a couple of hours and relaxed. It was like the days of old.

I enjoyed that so much I decided to try it at my own house. So I went to Wal-Mart and discovered how cheap radios are these days. I got an AM/FM radio with an audio jack for my phone for only $20. Now I was set. Sitting in my formal living room (no TV in there, ha) or the bedroom or out on the porch on a nice night – listening instead of watching is both fun and relaxing.

I’m a huge college baseball fan. More specifically Mississippi State baseball fan. I’ve got a subscription to their audio and video package to keep up with all the games as 80% of them are not on TV. This past Sunday it was 70 degrees in north Georgia so I sat on my porch for three hours that afternoon and listened to baseball. And since the audio was coming from my phone I couldn’t play on it. I just sat there enjoying the day, listening to the game. I had some peanuts, a beer. My little girl listened with me. It was a perfect afternoon.

There are 162 games this year. I’m sure you’ll find time to go to a few games at the Ted, watch some here or there. But listen to some on the radio – or maybe at least parts of them. It’s a great way to unwind and enjoy baseball.

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  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Well said, and I agree. Of course, I’m almost 50, so the radio days are not too far removed from me, and I’m like you… growing up we listened to sports as often as we could on the radio, because broadcasts on TV were once per week, at best. TV has spoiled us, but there is a definite romanticism and nostalgia to sports on the radio, and I agree that it makes you listen hard, follow more closely, and you might even learn a few things about the game you wouldn’t while watching. Nice piece, and a nice reminder Josh.

    To help with this, I’ll just add a reminder that… “spring training weekday games will be broadcast on 1230 and 1340 AM in Atlanta. Weekend games will be on 680 AM and 93.7 in Atlanta and on the rest of Braves Radio Network throughout the southeast.”

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Hopefully so… via the internet. Regular season broadcasts are banned from internet streaming (though there are a couple of stations that seem to routinely ‘forget’ to disable the feed!). But I will definitely be trying the various methods of streaming this next month!

      • Sealift67

        For $20., up from $15, MLB.com offers a full year of radio
        broadcasts. You choose from a home or away station. A
        bargain, user-friendly.

      • fireboss

        An internet only XM subscription allows you to stream all the games with either feed – home or away. Not selling just sayin :)

  • fireboss

    I lived in Illinois growing up and there were no TV games until we started getting Dizzy and Pee Wee on Saturdays. We listened to the Cubs during the day when they were at home then caught Harry Carey for the Cardinals at night. The Cubs announcers were awful. Lou Boudrou would put you right to sleep but Jack Brickhouse was good. Harry, Jack Buck in St Louis.. I have XM in the house as well as in the car and some nights listen to it instead of watching on TV. The Braves radio crew, Vin Scully for the Dodgers and Jon Miller – he’s much better on the radio than TV – and Ueker are the best to listen to. When I drive to Atlanta and I can listen to one game but on the way back I can get two and sometimes two and half before I get back to West Texas. Too many of today’s broadcasters are homogenized college polished boring or annoying and bland. We used to get baseball fans but now no degree no thanks.