Doc Emrick Joins Greg And Steve In Booth For Spring Training Game

The hall of fame hockey announcer will call all 9 innings on Pirates.com Wednesday

February 26, 2019 - 4:20 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Those who listen to Wednesday’s Spring Training broadcast on Pirates.com are in for a real treat!

Not many people look forward to the beginning of another season of Bucco baseball more than NHL on NBC announcer Doc Emrick, and he’ll be in the booth for the entire game with Greg Brown and Steve Blass when the Toronto Blue Jays come to Lecom Park in Bradenton for a 1:05 p.m. start.

Brown tells 93.7 The Fan, Emrick’s love for the Pirates, “goes way, way back and I think he becomes more and more rabid each year . . . he often has the game one during his NBC hockey games. He’s got it on video off to the side or sometimes between periods he’ll pick it up.”

If you listen to Emrick’s broadcasts when he is in Pittsburgh for a Penguins game, it’s no secret he is a huge Pirates fan, taking any chance he gets to mention Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski or any players who might be in attendance at PPG Paints Arena that day.

“Each game he’s going to get it in, that (Pirates) reference, somehow, someway. He’s remarkable at it,” said Brown.

Brown says that Emrick’s preparation, even for a Spring Training game, is phenomenal and that a couple of years ago Emrick wanted to do a game later in March so he could have more time to prepare.

“He’s so humble, so gracious and such a pro that . . . he comes into the booth a couple hours before game time and he sits down to chat and he’s got his workbag and he pulls out this notebook and he’s got pages full of notes on these Pirates players.”

Brown says it will be difficult to hide his excitement, getting to spend an entire game in a booth with a retiring Steve Blass and Hall of Fame announcer in Emrick,

“I get caught up in it, it’s just so incredibly awesome . . . it’s sitting there with a hall of famer and I try to kind of soak it all in.”

Listen below for Browns entire thoughts on Emrick:

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