It Is The Colorado Rockies’ Greatest Tragedy That George Frazier Is Retiring
Aug 5, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder C. Gonzalez (5) gestures in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Mariners 7-5 in 11 innings. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies are going to be in the market for a broadcaster come 2016 now that their color commentator is gone. I can’t believe this is happening.
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I refuse to believe that George Frazier is retiring at the end of the season after two decades of broadcasting baseball games on television for the Colorado Rockies.
But, sadly, it’s true. These developments are very sad, and you should be sad, because losing a baseball mind the caliber of George Frazier is unbelievably sad. What the hell are we supposed to do without him?
He will be leaving ROOT Sports and the Rockies, likely to go home back to… where is he from? He never talks about himself. And that’s what I love about George Frazier.
In fact, there are a lot of things that I love about Frazier, because he is the second-greatest color commentator on baseball telecasts today, behind Mr. Hawk “The Will To Win” Harrelson.
One of the things I love about George Frazier is that he always talks about the game, and never goes off on long tangents about where he is from or what he does. In fact, I don’t even know where he is from. Judging by his accent… Texas? Kansas? I really don’t know. Is he from the Midwest? He doesn’t seem like a California guy.
It’s important for announcers to stay on point and focus on games, because the games are why we tune in. When Drew Goodman or Jeff Huson or anybody else (#ToyotaTalk!) tries to get him off topic and discuss his offseason plans or playing career, George never bites.
Stay strong, George. Those other guys don’t know the game or broadcast booth professionalism like you do.
I also love that George chooses his words very carefully. It’s very important for a broadcaster to just let the moment ride sometimes. You know, less is more, and all that. George has never, ever (to the best of my knowledge) succumbed to the verbal diarrhea so prevalent among sports broadcasters today, and it’s a thankful and important tool he’s been using for the last 19 years in Denver.
I love that George wasn’t involved with this debacle. Get your s**t together, Jeff Huson and Drew Goodman. I love that George never tells us about breakfast places where he goes to eat in the mornings, because we don’t care about on-air payola and he knows we are here to keep on focus about the baseball game. Oh, and one of the other things I love about George Frazier is that he doesn’t have an annoying laugh.
Yes, I can feel the tears welling up inside me already. No George Frazier for the first time in 20 years is going to be a complete shock to me.
To be honest, I’m considering throwing my television set out the window, resigning from editing this particular baseball website, giving up the game altogether, and moving to Russia where there is no infield grass, just infield snow, that will perfectly encompass the disappointment and emptiness I will surely feel.
If you couldn’t already tell in the post, this piece was a little something less than 100% serious. Happy Trails, George — don’t let the door hit your Okie behind on the way out.
Oh, and ROOT Sports, goodness gracious, can we get youth in the booth in 2016? Seriously. Jenny Cavnar, Jason Hirsh, Cory Sullivan, and Ryan Spilborghs — pick two of those four, or better yet, rotate them around all season in various matchups.