September 6th, 2018 at 10:49 AM ^

Well, this is interesting. Sad, but if I had bothered to shell out for the MLB streaming package I'd be watching when they (or at least one of them) came back on the air.

I know that there are people in broadcasting to dislike each other personally but put on friendly airs on the job, and I guess that's part of being a professional. It's hard for me to understand it, but we know it happens. Must be miserable. 

Lou MacAdoo

September 6th, 2018 at 10:49 AM ^

Mario, I see ya big fella. Get on witch yo bad self. I wonder if Rod buggy whipped him with a right with late action and sent him into a wirling dervish. No? Wrong guys?  

Naked Bootlegger

September 6th, 2018 at 10:57 AM ^

Since you brought up the "buggy whip" catch phrase, what's the local feeling regarding the Tigers' radio crew?   I listened to a few games earlier this year (I'm not local, but caught them on Sirius XM) and was personally sick of Price's constant "buggy whips" by the 3rd inning in each game I caught.   I really didn't care for his analysis - just a lot of positive spin without much substance.   I fully get that he's a '68 Tigers legend, but did not enjoy listening to his banter.   I was fine with Dickerson as PBP.

 I'm terribly biased, though, as I grew up listening to Harwell and Carey.    I also understand that everyone has a love/hate relationship with announcers.  It's a very personal taste.

St Joe Blues

September 6th, 2018 at 11:06 AM ^

Well you'll hear it here. I listen to nearly every game on the radio. Most times I love Jim Price's down-home corniness, although at times it does get a little repetitious. I grew up with Ernie Harwell. No one can replace him, so I try not to make comparisons.

I can't stand Rod and don't watch any games that he's calling. When I watch Twitter footage of any big plays, I stop it right when he starts talking. He's one of the biggest boobs in broadcasting.

Detroit Dan

September 7th, 2018 at 1:51 PM ^

I like both Rod and Mario (though I haven't watched them in recent years, as I've avoided the Tigers since their competitiveness slipped).

I always found that Rod was remarkably accurate in his technical commentary.  He'd say something like, "watch for the hit and run", and the hit and run would follow shortly thereafter.  Really knows his baseball, and I found him found to listen to.  Good sense of humor.  Funny thing, I like Mario also.  

Mr Grainger

September 6th, 2018 at 11:09 AM ^

Dickerson is among the best PBP guys you'll hear. He's passionate about the game, well prepared, and has a great conversational style. While Price is no Bob Uecker, I don't mind him. But I agree, the "buggy-whip" thing is waaaaaaaay overdone. It reminds of the first couple years Brandstatter did PBP and kept saying "caught and complete."


September 6th, 2018 at 11:19 AM ^

Dickerson is top notch and I love Jim Price.  One of the tragedies of the Tigers being terrible is that I don't get to spend as much time listening to those two.  I've never understood people's frustrations with running jokes and catch phrases.  It's 162 game season.

I wouldn't be surprised if they sometimes don't get along 100%, there have been times when I've heard them get frustrated with each other but I very much doubt anything like will happen.  

Naked Bootlegger

September 6th, 2018 at 12:02 PM ^

I think all '68 Tigers get honorary "legend" status.  I was not alive to witness their title, but that was an amazing crew that performed Herculean tasks amidst some socially crazy times.   Kaline, McClain, Lolich, Cash, Horton, etc. are the All-Star legends, but every team member gets a legendary participation trophy in my mind.

Price was definitely not a star, but being part of that team is something special to most Tiger fans.  I *really* want to like him as a color analyst, but it just doesn't agree with my tastes.


September 6th, 2018 at 12:59 PM ^

Osterman - and you're right, they were a good combo. Larry's professional delivery was a good mix with George's Arkansas twang. ("Liiiiive, from Tiger Stadium ...")

Got to meet Kell once. Nicest guy in the world: polite, soft-spoken, took a real interest in what you were saying (even though you knew he'd heard it all before). Ernie Harwell was famous for his personality, but George was right up there with him.

Mi Sooner

September 6th, 2018 at 7:48 PM ^

Price a legend on the 68 team.  No, just no.  He was a bench player/backup catcher.  Bill Freehan was the catcher/Star/MVP of that series.  Okay, him and Mickey Lolich shared those honors.  Jim price didn’t get significant playing time until Freehan’s knees were crap; like most catchers of that era — mine Included.  

Ps.  Bill Freehan went to which university?