Are you superstitious?
I talked with Rockies radio announcer Jack Corrigan about how he handled the tense moments leading up to Ubaldo Jimenez’s no-hitter on Saturday night. He has some experience. He was calling the Indians’ games on television when the Yankees’ Jim Abbott threw his no-no several years back.
The baseball superstition/tradition is when a no-hitter is nearing, don’t eve use those words. Radio is a much greater challenge than television. With graphics all over the screen, shots of the scoreboard and the ability to see anticipation and tension on players’ faces, it’s not as if anyone can miss what’s happening.
So how did Corrigan, working with Jerry Schemmel, handle it?
“I would say, The Braves have had six baserunners in this game, but they’ve all reached on walks. I’m old-school, but I think you can read between the lines what I’m telling you.
“We debated. Early on, Jerry, through about four or five innings, was saying that the Braves don’t have a hit. But he said, ‘You know, I think I’m going to stop.'”
Of Abbott’s, Corrigan said: “It was TV. You could see it on the screen and it was the other side, so we didn’t mind talking about it.”
Let me ask this: When watching or listening a game like that one, do you observe the superstition?