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Sorry, Reds fans: Thom Brennaman takes over broadcast booth

Dec 3, 2009, 5:19 PM EDT

It seems like a big step down from that high horse he’s usually on, but Thom Brennaman will step into the Reds television booth on a full-time basis next season, replacing the retired George Grande.
Brennaman started out his career in Cincinnati and returned to work for the team in 2007. He had been doing about a quarter of the TV schedule since. Now Reds fans will get to listen to broadcasting’s biggest blowhard at least three times as frequently.
So, thanks for once again taking one for the team, guys. The rest of us were ecstatic upon realizing that we’d no longer have to listen to Jeff Brantley on ESPN when he went to work for the Reds in 2007. Because of his expanded role in Cincinnati, Brennaman is set to have a reduced presence on FOX, though he’ll still be taking occasional Saturday games.
Of course, if FOX is looking for a new No. 2 guy to plug in behind Joe Buck, Chip Caray is very much available.

  1. stanleycadle - Dec 4, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Hey! Thom is not so bad; ask long-time Reds fans. George Grande had become stale, we all knew it, and accept the change. The real problem is Chris “know’s everything” Welsh. He trashes the team (at best middle-of-the-road talent-wise)for not living up to his grandiose dreams of winning championships. We all like winning, but if I was trying to build a ballclub the last thing I would want is a “flunky” like Welsh whose negative rants keep the fan base discouraged and absent from the ballpark night after night. Yes, winning would put butts in the seats. But with greater revenue the team could aquire better talent and hold on to it longer. The Reds are a small market team that cannot ignore economic facts even if Chris Welsh does carry-on like a high-schooler. He’d sound more authentic alongside the beer-infused “fans” that families have to put up with when they do have an opportunity to go to the park than he does from the broadcast booth.

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