So my beloved Cincinnati Reds are 5-5, trailing the Chicago Cubs in the N.L. Central by a respectable 1.5 games (4th in division). Tuesday, the Reds embark on the first pilgramage to the "Friendly Confines" that is Wrigley Field, and I can't help but harken back to a year ago when Reds Hall-Of Fame radio announcer Marty Brennaman absolutely LIT UP Cubs Fan during a Reds/Cubs tilt. I'm not talking "Cubs Fan" like as in an individual like say...Steve Bartman, I mean "Cubs Fan" in a collective sense as (& I'm so ashamed of this) Jim Rome would call out the Cubs Nation (but I hate that term too, i.e. Insert Team Name Here Nation).
Now I've been listening to Marty Brennaman since I was but a wee lad, & I 've noticed a change in his sometimes (OK regular) surly demeanor. I could notice him becoming somewhat more dickish as the late, great Joe Nuxhall's health increasing deteriorated. However, after Joe's passing and the full-time insertion of Marty's son Thom, along with former Red Jeff "The Cow-Boyyy" Brantley into the booth, you get the feeling Marty is hiking his leg all over every part of that broadcast booth. I love it that Marty is not afraid to share his opinions with us; hell I agree with him 99% of the time. He has made Cincinnati the baseball town it is, where Reds fans can spot a slacker on the field over the radio airwaves with intuitive ease, and equally gushes over the overachieving, gritty utility infielder just up from AAA. Sometimes he's a little too much to stomach, but at least he is always (brutally) honest...and NOTHING goes unscrutinized in that booth.
Anyhow...love him or hate him, Marty Brennaman (who has the best hair in radio) will always be our guy. While "Cubs Fan" waxes nostalgic over the likes of Hhhaaary Caray & his sideshow, us REAL baseball fans laugh at you. Take a listen to this, Fuzzy Cubbies, and tell me Mr. Hall Of Fame wasn't right...on...the...money. You'll never win!! Watch this & tell Marty & I we're not right. Losers!!