November 16, 2010
Dave Niehaus: My, oh my, what a grand voice
Call me nostalgic, but last Friday I got out the rye bread and mustard to make a salami sandwich. It was grand.
But not as grand as listening to legendary Seattle Mariners’ broadcaster Dave Niehaus for the past 34 years. The sandwich helped take away some of the sorrow I still felt for the passing of Seattle’s voice of summer.
When I heard the news of his passing last Wednesday, it was a shock. I had just picked up my son David from work. For a few minutes, neither of us spoke as we listened to radio reports that Niehaus, 75, had died at his home.
I thought Niehaus would be in the Seattle Mariners’ broadcast booth forever. He was the kind of person you wanted in the broadcast booth forever. Niehaus was a consummate professional, the best baseball announcer I’ve ever heard — and I’ve heard a few in my time.
November 2, 2010
NEW — 11:55 a.m. Nov. 2, 2010
When Tim Lincecum came to Rangers Ballpark on Monday he was wearing a bow-tie and dressed as if headed to a party. As things turned out for the former Liberty High School baseball star, he will be doing some serious partying the rest of this week in San Francisco.
February 23, 2010
Issaquah resident Rick Rizzs fulfilled his boyhood fantasy of calling major league games
Dreams do come true. Seattle Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs is living proof. From the time he was able to pick up a baseball bat and throw a baseball, Rizzs dreamed of becoming a Big League announcer.
“I’m one of the most fortunate guys in the world,” the Issaquah resident said. “How many people get to do what they dreamed of as a kid?”
Rizzs grew up in Chicago and was passionate about baseball at an early age.
“I’ve always been a baseball fan,” said Rizzs, who would get together with guys in his neighborhood and play sandlot ball during the summer.
“We would play all day long,” he said.