Monday, August 04, 2008
Remembering A Legend: Skip Caray
Long-time Atlanta Braves announcer Skip Caray died Sunday morning in his sleep at his Atlanta home. He was 68. Skip, the son of Cubs great Harry Caray, was in his 33rd season voicing Braves games. I grew up watching the Braves on TBS and with their rotation of announcers, you never knew who you would get on any given night...but I always hoped for Skip. He had one of the most distictive voices you will ever hear. I can hear him now, "There's a drive! Deep center field! And that ball's gone!" Sends a chill up my spine. It might sound silly, but without Skip commentating Braves games, I really wonder if I ever would have picked up on the great game of baseball. Skip was known for his witty, sarcastic humor and made fans feel a sense of closeness to him. See that's what makes good commentators great. Not only are their voices recognizible, but they truly seem to form a bond with the fan watching the game, and Skip had an uncanny knack for doing that. I remember Skip and Pete Van Wieren always finding some discrete way to sass former Brave Ryan Klesko when ever he would play his old team. Sometimes they would just show a shot of Ryan in the dugout and they'd just start laughing. Things like that, you just can't forget. Skip, we will all miss you dearly.