The first week of the season has passed and I have enjoyed every minute of it in the booth. I could not have dreamed up a more perfect Opening Day scenario than the Ben Sheets masterpiece versus the Dodgers. The energy in Miller Park was off the charts. Opening Day was by far the busiest day I have ever experienced in my career. From TV and radio interviews, personal appearances and preparing for my own call of the game, most of my MLB debut anxiety had no chance to creep in. The game was over before I knew it and I can barely remember a thing outside the final inning.
The highlight of the opening series for me was to share the press box with three Hall of Fame broadcasters. Bob Uecker, Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin. Combined, these three legends have spent 142 years in the booth…and all with one team. Vin Scully recommended I keep this gig, reminding me that, "the job pays well and noooo heavy lifting…" as only Vin Scully can say it. He is such a gracious man.
While the opening homestand has been the headliner, I think I’ve answered more golf questions than baseball questions with the playing of the year’s first major, The Masters. The proud new owner of the green jacket is Zach Johnson. A guy I covered closely in 2003 while he played on the Nationwide Tour. He was the Player of the Year on that Tour in ’03 and kudos to my ex-Golf Channel partner Curt Byrum, who accurately predicted at the time that Zach would not only win on the PGA Tour (which he did immediately in Atlanta in ’04) but that he would contend for Major’s. Now, four years later, Curt was right and Zach Johnson has played his way from the mini-tour’s to the Butler Cabin…earning golf’s most coveted title.
In my opinion, to go toe-to-toe with Tiger on the back nine of Augusta National on Championship Sunday at the Masters…and come out on top…is one of the most impressive feats in ALL of sports. Zach is one of the greatest character-guys I have ever known. A man of faith and a bulldog of a competitor, it’s only fitting he won on Easter Sunday.
Enough about golf…the first road trip of the year begins Monday. An eight game, nine day, three city roadie. Let’s hope the Brewers can put a good run together. See you on TV.
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