This has been a big year of celebration for the Cincinnati Reds, at least when it comes to stuff beyond the field of play. This was the organizations 150th year of professional baseball celebration. They’ve worn plenty of throwback uniforms in celebration of that. And to a far lesser extent on the field, it’s been a year-long celebration of Marty Brennaman. The radio broadcaster has been calling games for the Reds since 1974, and as the season has gone along, during his final trip around the league, opposing teams have taken their opportunity to recognize his career, and thank him.
And now it’s going to be Major League Baseball doing it, too. MLB Network will be broadcasting the final game of Marty Brennaman’s career on Thursday afternoon. The game begins at 12:35pm EDT. The video feed will be that of Fox Sports Ohio, but they will use the audio feed from 700 WLW to feature Marty’s final calling of a Cincinnati Reds game, as first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) September 24, 2019
While many of us here at Redleg Nation have our own opinions on what Marty Brennaman means to us, and we will be sharing much of that next week after the season is over and we’ve had a chance to hear the final call, Matt Vasgersian had something awesome to share earlier today.
Dear Marty… ???
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) September 24, 2019
While he touches some on his past, and how he was introduced to Marty Brennaman in the piece, he’s now doing his own thing at the highest of levels, too. He calls games for ESPN and he hosts shows for MLB Network.
Update at 4:05pm
In the ultimate and great wisdom of Major League Baseball the MLB Network broadcast will be blacked out in Cincinnati Reds viewing areas.
Ugh. Just double checked. Bad news — it will be blacked out in Reds viewing areas. So, yeah. Dumb. https://t.co/15CTzdyuXN
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) September 24, 2019
You heard that correctly. Everyone in the country will be able to watch the game and listen to Marty Brennaman’s call except for the people in the Cincinnati Reds market.
The business of baseball continues to be the absolutely stupidest thing about the game of baseball.