Thursday, September 06, 2007
Charlie & Dave
Charlie Slowes has bridged the gap between Major League Baseball's Ownership of Our Washington Nationals and The Lerner Group. Since The Inaugural 2005 Season, Charlie's dramatic play by play radio calls of Washington Games has entertained thousand of fans. And, since the beginning of 2006, Dave Jageler has joined him as broadcast partner. Together they form one of THE VERY BEST radio tandems in Major League Baseball. Really, we are very lucky to have both broadcasting baseball in The Nation's Capital.
Whether describing the action, giving insight, reading the "Out of Town Scoreboard" or just plain hamming it up--Charlie & Dave were born to work together. Slowes the lead Play-By-Play Man, Jageler his steady sidekick and excellent all around performer. No one quite raises his voice level like Charlie can with a game on the line. Many times, I have stated that Dave needs to get that oxygen tank ready for his excitable partner.
And, if you ever heard Charlie & Dave talk about their Engineering Booth Partner, Jack Hick's, affinity for all things Ketchup--while Washington was visiting Pittsburgh this past summer--you would understand how special these two are. With PNC Park just a short distance from Heinz Field (The Home of The Pittsburgh Steelers) The Broadcast Duo got into a flat out hilarious stint, about their friend Jack, salivity at the sight of Heinz Field. And, how during dinner the previous night at a local McCormick & Schmicks (A Nationals Sponsor)--Hick's was happy with every thing on the Menu--as long as he could smother The Red Sauce all over his plate. Really, this was GOLDEN STUFF.
Fun, that only happens when folks enjoy working together. Comfortable and Fluid--good descriptions of Washington Nationals Baseball by Charlie & Dave--over the airwaves.
"Bang!! Zoom!! Goes The Fireworks!!" and "Another Curly "W" in the books"--Signature Calls that anyone in baseball recognizes as phrases for Our Washington Nationals. Bellows, which Charlie Slowes first created. Shouts that most every fan enjoys hearing.
Its not going out on a limb to state, Charlie Slowes & Dave Jageler are well respected and liked by Our Fan Base.
But now--there is a possibility both may not return in 2008. Charlie Slowes' and Dave Jageler's contracts are up after this 2007 Season. And, at this point in time--no word on whether negotiations are in the works to retain them. Of course--Our Washington Nationals never discuss business publicly. A Policy I agree with, but it was disheartening to hear Charlie stating he would be "foolish" not to be looking elsewhere for 2008.
Upsetting to a legion of Fans, whom would much rather watch Our Washington Nationals on television--while listening to Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler on the radio. For years now--I have called The Dismissal of Jon Miller, by Peter Angelos, as Play-By-Play Broadcaster of The Baltimore Orioles, "The Curse of Jon Miller". The Orioles have really never won anything, since one of Baseball's FINEST BROADCASTERS was fired--Dumped Unceremoniously.
A Pox that might fall over Our Franchise if Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler are not retained. If this tandem does not return--a HUGE MISTAKE would be made. Charlie soldiered through for Our Washington Nationals--from those very sparse beginnings--as Our Team attempted to right themselves after that difficult move from Montreal. Now, with a positive light at the end of the tunnel--its time to pony up and give Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler what they so rightly deserve. Stability, and The Promise--You are Welcome Here--as long as you want the jobs.
Please Mr. Lerner and Mr. Kasten, Re-sign Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler to new contracts as "The Voices" of Our Washington Nationals. No two broadcasting partners are more deserving. And, No Fans will be more rewarded.
Please, Just Get It Done.