It’s officially the offseason, which means hockey has taken a backseat to vacation and baseball. Now just before Major League Baseball breaks for the All-Star Game in San Diego, the Chicago Cubs take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game series between these NL Central rivals at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. If you’re not from Chicago or Pittsburgh, you’re going to get a treat. Back in March, NHL on NBC main play-by-play announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick took a break from calling hockey to call Pirates Spring Training games. Well, on July 8, MLB Network is gonna let the voice of hockey in the United States and life-long Pirates fan call a game with NBC Sports host/MLB Network play-by-play announcer Bob Costas. (The reason I wrote “if you’re not from Chicago or Pittsburgh” is because blackout restrictions DO apply for the Friday night game) Here’s a few quotes from The New York Times on the upcoming telecast:
“I just want to make sure that what I do is at least MLB Network level. Maybe the bottom of the bar they set, but I want to be halfway professional.” – Mike Emrick
“He’s a lifelong baseball fan and follows the Pirates so closely, he’s not going to be asking, ‘Which one is Andrew McCutchen?’ And he’s an obsessive preparer.” – Bob Costas
“I don’t have a home run call. Whatever happens, happens.” – Mike Emrick
For more information about the upcoming broadcast, check out this article from Awful Announcing blogger Ken Fang.
UPDATE: Here’s the best of Doc Emrick calling the Cubs-Pirates game: http://www.mlb.com/video/v912623983