Texas Rangers games are fun to watch for many reasons. A lot has to do with the team, and how they play. They play like a bunch of kids, and you hear that get thrown around a lot. "They're like kids out there, bob" well it's true when it comes to them. When they get to first on a hit the first thing they do is a claw. Not look at the third base coach for signs, no. They do the claw, and if you watch the games maybe they should be looking at the third base coach a little more. Anyways the point is the Texas Rangers are fun to watch, but not all because of the team. A big part of that is the announcers that call the game, and the Texas Rangers have the best in the business. To me it's not even close, because they get it. Josh is the only announcer who can make you get excited about a pop-fly to right. You've been watching the game for years and you know that ball is in no way going over the fence, yet you get excited because he is excited. When his true brilliance shines is when an actual exciting play is going on. The Molina triple for instance. That call may be one of the greatest of the year, and it's all because of how Josh and Tom announce the game in a fun exciting way. They act how all fans would react in that moment. We were all screaming at our tvs "RUN BENGIE GO GET THERE"
Not only is he exciting, but Josh is a funny dude. A lot of people hate on his jokes not me, though. I love them. The game wouldn't be the same without them. They find stuff during the game that no other announcing crew would, and it makes the games that much more enjoyable. If the rangers are losing 10-1 in the bottom of the 7th, and you're thinking "Why am I still watching?" then Josh and Tom go on some tangent about how Tagdon'ttweet and you find yourself laughing. Your team is getting their ass whipped, but you're laughing. It's because of Josh and Tom. The way Tom will just leave Josh hanging after one of his jokes that don't go over is just amazing. The awkward silence for 15 seconds followed by Tom changing the subject to cookies, and thanking everyone who brought them to the booth. They go together like Neftali Feliz and strikeouts. Like Josh Hamilton, and baseball. Like Ron Washington, and awesome sound bites. You can make a highlight reel after the season of all their brilliant moments, and make it into an hour special. I'd watch every minute of it. When you hear "Ballgame!" you know the rangers just won, and you know you're sleeping easy that night. When you hear "And we go to Jim Knox" you know something very awkward is about to happen, and you'll get to hear Tom's laugh.
They're the best crew in baseball, and there is no doubt in my mind about that. You have the greats like Vin Scully, of course. Still If I had the choice I would choose Tom, and Josh over anybody in the game. I can't wait till Josh yells "ballgame!" followed by "and the rangers clench the west!"
Thank you Josh, and Tom. Thank you for making baseball even more enjoyable than it already is.
"He couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat"
- Tom Grieve.