TBS's Stockton: "Nationals Have Excited DC." Plus Game 5 Broadcast Details

James Williams@WordmandcAnalyst IIIOctober 12, 2012

Gio Gonzalez ready for game five of the NLDS
Gio Gonzalez ready for game five of the NLDSDilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Tonight the biggest baseball game to take place in Washington since the 1924 Senators were in the World Series will be played at Nationals Park.

It is Game 5 of the National League Divisional Series, with the Cardinals and the Nationals tied at 2 games each.

The game will air nationally at 8:30 p.m.ET on TBS and the broadcast crew of Dick Stockton, analyst Bob Brenly and in game reporter David Aldridge will be on hand to call all of the action.

Earlier this week I spoke to Stockton about the success of the Nationals as well as his extensive career as a baseball announcer.

JW:  What has been your impression of the Nationals this season?

Stockton: Well as someone who has been to Washington many times over the years doing NBA and NFL broadcasts I am happy to see that the city has rekindled their love affair with baseball.

Washington has such a long and rich history in baseball it such a treat to sit in the broadcast booth look out at the Capitol Dome and look at a sea of red filling up Nationals Park to watch this team.

They are the second youngest team in baseball and of course I have been impressed with the pitching of led by of course Gio Gonzalez and even though he is not pitching in the post season you must mention Stephen Strasburg.

The Nationals have proven that they have plenty of talented young arms both as starters and in the bull pen.

There is the very gifted 19 year old Bryce Harper who has excited all of baseball this year with such a bright future.

Guys like Michael Morse, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche all showing leadership and picking up the team. Look to me no matter what happens in this NLDS there can be no doubt that this team will be a contender for years to come. I am happy for manager Davey Johnson, general manager Mike Rizzo and ownership, the Lerner family.However, I am most of all happy for the fans who have waited so long to see Washington have a winner in baseball.

JW: You have been broadcasting baseball for almost four decades. What are some of your favorite memories?

Stockton: There really are some many wonderful games I was fortunate to broadcast over the years and so many wonderful players that it is hard to list them. I will say that one of my all time favorites came on the biggest stages in all of sports.

It was at Fenway Park in Boston Game 6 of the 1975 World Series with the Reds and the Red Sox. I was the doing the games on TV for the Boston Red Sox and in those days NBC would allow the local announcers to be part of the national broadcast team.

So it was Curt Gowdy, Joe Garagiola and me calling the game in Boston. We were in the 12th inning and the Red Sox were coming to bat and in a grand stroke of luck I called the play by play for that inning.

I was able to broadcast the iconic walk-off home-run hit by Carlton Fisk to send the series to a Game 7. To this day it remains the most famous and favorite highlight of my baseball broadcasting career.

Local broadcast information for today's game. 

As for today’s local broadcasts the Nationals Flagship 106.7FM The Fan with the pregame show starts at 5 p.m. ET with game action beginning at 8 p.m. Meanwhile ESPN 980AM will air the national broadcast with 106.7FM offering an extensive postgame show lasting three hours.

MASN will air a Nats Xtra at 7 p.m. ET with plenty of live reports from Nationals Park. Then after the game on TBS fans can return to MASN for a special edition of Nats Xtra Postgame. 

*All quotes in this story came first hand from a phone conversation set up by Turner Sports        


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