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I miss it and I don't?

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I miss it and I don't?

I hope baseball can overcome some of the roadblocks and get back on track…what was I going to write about…oh yeah…I remember…Many of my friends know that I'm a part-time public address announcer, have been since the early 90's…this year however, I, much to the dismay of my family and friends, have cut back drastically on my announcing committments…Do I miss it? Yes and No…My report back to my friends at the halfway mark of my first year WITHOUT doing Division 1 college baseball is this: Yes I miss announcing, not because I like the sound of my own voice, but because I really believe I do it better than anyone else here in South Florida. I copped a bad attitude at the end of last season when the marketing dept had me reading offensive trivia questions that insulted the team we were currently playing. I refused to read a question last year and was suspended for the last 3 games of the season…I was cleared to come back in 06 but thought for a second about it and decided it might be time for me to take a break–so I did…I don't miss the double-headers, rain delays and 90 degree afternoon games…I won't miss the bad food, the idiots stickin their heads into my window asking me for a media guide (NEXT BOOTH OVER, JETHRO!)… I will miss the coach, Kevin Cooney, poking his head out of the dugout givin me a thumbs up during the game after I played a Springsteen song…I miss Billy Riggio's dad comin up during the Rutger's games and handing me a diet coke…I won't miss our pathetic sound system and the rats nest of wires I hooked my laptop into every game…I'll never miss the wasps dive bombing me or the biting spider mites that come out in April like clockwork…I can do without the student announcers play by play, example…"Jones slides into second with a stand up double!!!"…..duh…but for the most part I'm having fun with my free time if only to know I can be around in case my family or my grandson wants to see me…The world can do without me behind a microphone for awhile…
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I miss it and I don't?

I don't know. I kinda like the new guy better…
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I miss it and I don't?

OUCH!
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I miss it and I don't?

The way i look at it, pa announcers are like umpires, if they have a good game you don't even notice that they are there. You must be the best.
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