One of the best moments in baseball this past weekend was the Mariners’ tribute to the late Dave Niehaus before their home opener at Safeco Field on Friday night. (Here’s the MLB.com video of the occasion.) Seattle celebrated the broadcaster’s life as only Seattle can, with local hip-hop artist Macklemore (no, not former M’s second baseman Mark McLemore) performing his song dedicated to the longtime voice of the team.
My favorite calls on visits to the Pacific Northwest — or listening to satellite radio on the way home from work here in D.C. — were “Belted, and I mean belted,” “Fly away, Junior!”and of course, “Break out the rye bread and mustard, Grandma. It is grand salami time!”
To me, he was in the top handful of broadcasters in the game. Vin Scully, Jon Miller and Marty Brennaman are 1-2-3 on my list now, but there are several who do a terrific job, including the Nats’ pair of Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler. Who are some of your favorites?