Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I grew up in ’80s, back when Tim McCarver joined Ralph Kiner to call Mets games on WOR Channel 9. In the way that Bob Murphy was the Mets on radio, to me, McCarver was the Mets on TV. My dad was a casual fan. He picked up baseball through me. The Mets are why I love this game. The conversations between Kiner and McCarver is how I learned to love it.
In those days, McCarver’s enthusiasm for baseball and passion for talking about it spilled out of the broadcast. He takes his job seriously, I’m told, but he always sounded like he was having a great time back then, enjoying himself, explaining and talking about the game he loved, and that made me love it even more. He described the action between the action with enthusiasm, which is necessary when trying to make baseball into a compelling TV show. I always got the impression he was genuinely excited to see a player doing something smart, and he was equally excited to relay it to us at home. His love for the game and ability to describe it made me want to know more about the details.
These days, it’s popular to rip on McCarver, who is retiring from FOX baseball broadcasts after this season. I goof on him from time to time, as well. He makes it easy lately. But, it’s also fair to say I may not be the baseball fan I am today had he never got in to broadcasting.