May 7

This one belongs to all of us

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When I was growing up and doing my own play-by-play as I sat at a table playing Strat-O-Matic, my dream job was to be a baseball announcer and I think I could have been a good one, but I realize that for the past 46 years, I’ve listened to one of, if not the, best ever.Last Thursday was an emotional day all over Reds Country as Marty said his final goodbyes from the booth, a class act right to the very end. It was emotional sitting here in the office, remembering all those nights listening to Marty and Joe, all those long drives on the road that were made so much easier by Marty on the radio. But most of all, when I listened to Marty, I remembered by grandmother.My grandmother, who passed away in 2001, was a die-hard Reds fan who carried a little beat-up transistor radio with her all over the house, listening to every pitch of every game. She was a big fan of Ernie Lombardi way back when and then became the #1 fan of #5, Johnny Bench. (She must have had a thing for catchers.) That transistor radio became a cherished item in our household and at my grandmother’s funeral, it was the last thing that I put with her in her casket. I didn’t figure she wanted to go anywhere without it. One of my prized possessions at home is a purse that my cousin made her, one for which I sacrificed some very nice Johnny Bench baseball cards for. And all of that goes back to listening to Marty on the radio.It’s no big secret that the reds have not exactly put a winning team on the field in the past couple of decade, but that never seemed to matter much if you still had the pleasure of hearing Marty describe a game, especially with Joe by his side discussing such pertinent topics as planting tomatoes, just to distract us from the fact that the Reds just weren’t very good.I’ve told this story before, but when I was young, I had the pleasure every year of getting out of school for a couple of weeks (my teachers weren’t all that thrilled) and my family flew to Tampa, Florida were the Reds held their spring training camp. It was a different era then and a young kid could feel like he was really part of the team and guys like Bench, Perez, and Foster made it something special. I remember that my Dad and my grandmother were not big fans of the hot Florida sun and so always sat in the row right below Marty and Joe’s broadcasting booth, along with a blind man named Wayne Ryan. (You can ask Marty about Wayne, he remembers him well). I wish I had been wise enough then to stay out of the sun, but I wanted to be close to the field and in those days a kid could get as close as he wanted. I also got the pleasure of sitting in the radio booth with Marty and Joe, times I will never forget. I also just had to have a scorebook just like the one Marty used and my parents finally found me one. I still have it, with games scored inside, and Marty’s autograph on the front cover.Life leads you in strange directions, directions that you never expect and I can definitely say that in my case. Though I have been writing sports off and on in various ways my entire life, I really never thought I would ever be doing it for a living, and I certainly never dreamed that I would be standing at the Adams County Fair interviewing Marty Brennaman for the radio, but I did a couple of fairs ago. I will admit that interviewing is one of my weak points but it wasn’t that day. Talking to Marty and asking him questions that were so easy to prepare made me feel like a real journalist, best interview I have ever done.It will be different next March to turn on those much anticipated spring training broadcasts and not hear Marty’s voice, but we’ll adjust and maybe 46 years from now we’ll be saying the same things about Tommy Thrall. I may be biased, but in my book, Marty was the best there ever was, and I can say from me and my grandmother’s transistor radio is…thank you for 46 years of your life that you gave us. This one definitely belonged to all of us. Thank you Marty! This one belongs to all of usOctober 11, 2019Mark CarpenterSports0last_img read more