w p, in life for that matter,made more sense than the ideaof Mark race trading in hiseye black for ancake makeuhen his days as a great MajorLeague layer ended and thenext hase of his life ickedu. o say race’s style,exerience, it and isdomere erfectly suited for life as an analyst is akinto saying air conditioning might be a comfortableamenity in the desert. e just belongs there, like hedid in a clubhouse or dugout or atrolling rst baseas a Cub and a Diamondback. is resence, eitheron the eld or in the booth, makes fans feel better.Tings are more fun. Lighter. Looser. Less stressful.with racie calling a game, you kno regardless of hat haens beteen the lines, you ill at least beentertained and more than likely enlightened. eck,if something he says oends you, may e suggest youget a life or lighten u. But as easy as he makes thingsaear and as comfortable as he is ith a mic in hishand, don’t get the imression that it as some hocus-ocus magic formula that alloed him to make thetransition so seamless. Yeah, racie has the erfecttools to be a fantastic announcer, but he also hadto ork at it from day one. “ kne had things tolearn,” race told
. “ as very fortunate that had Tom Brenneman as a artner. e gave metough love hen needed tough love, and cradled mehen needed to be cradled. e certainly made mebetter. when rst got started at this thing, asn’t very good at it, and ’ll be the rst to admit that. ButTom, cott nyder, Mark eeder, cotty eyer, andodd walsh, they all gave me a lot of fatherly advice,brotherly advice, hich really heled.”And the other thing that really heled as beinghumble and resectful enough for the job to knothat it is something that takes time. And rearation.
Diamondbacks fansare spoiled in onearea. They get towatch and listen toone of the best andmost entertainingannouncers in sportson a nightly basis. Butbecoming a big-leagueTV talent didn’t comeas easily as MarkGrace makes it look.
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