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Pluto: Enjoy baseball as it was meant to be… On the radio
Pluto says baseball is a game made for the radio
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Amanda Rabinowitz
 
Jim Rosenhaus (left) and Tom Hamilton (right) are radio broadcasters for the Cleveland Indians
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The Indians opened their season Tuesday with a win over the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-1. That’s one game down, 161 to go, and WKSU commentator and sports writer Terry Pluto enjoys tuning in to most of those games throughout the season.


He talks to WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz about why he chooses the radio over television to follow baseball.

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Terry Pluto is excited for baseball season - not for watching it on TV, but for listening to it on the radio.

“I am looking forward to knowing that just about every night, there’s going to be a baseball game on the radio,” Pluto said.

He thinks listening to a baseball game is relaxing because it’s nice background noise.

“I write stories to baseball games. I’ll go through emails and things like that because you don’t have to listen to every pitch,” Pluto said.

Pluto remembers, when he was a kid, falling asleep to late night baseball games on the radio, but thinks these nighttime games now keep him awake while driving.

However, NFL games are a different story for him.

“You never hear anybody say, ‘Man, that was a great NFL broadcast,’“ Pluto said. He said it’s because football games are too technical, loud and busy, whereas you can picture a baseball game happening. It’s a leisurely event.

Pluto said baseball announcers have always been popular among people, and everyone had a favorite baseball announcer when they were growing up. Pluto remembers Vince Scully from Los Angeles and the outrage from Detroit fans when Ernie Harwell was fired.

“Baseball is a radio game,” Pluto said. “Baseball isn’t made for modern America. It’s clunky and it’s slow and it really isn’t as violent as we like our games.”

Pluto thinks one really has to love baseball, and be into it, in order to want to listen to it, but it takes people back to a slower time.

In the meantime, Pluto is looking forward to the rest of the Indian’s season. This year, Pluto said the team spent money on players they think can play, and “they are fast, they strike out and they hit home runs.” 

“I think it will be fun and frustrating at the same time,” Pluto said. “It should be interesting.”


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