December 08, 2009

Peter Gammons is Leaving ESPN: ESPN just released a statement that veteran baseball broadcaster Peter Gammons is leaving the network this week after working there for more than 20 years. "The choice to move on was made with nothing but the strongest feelings for the people with whom I worked," said Gammons, who made note of how he was treated when he suffered a severe aneurysm three years ago.

posted by rcade to baseball at 03:11 PM - 9 comments

I met Mr. Gammons in the summer of 2004 when the NY/Penn League team I was interning with did a bobble head for him. He was at the ball park a good 3 hours before game time and would sit and talk baseball with anyone who wanted to. And he truly seemed like he wanted to talk with you, not just appease you. He signed autographs well into the game for anyone who wanted one. He is truly a class act and I consider my autographed Peter Gammons bobble head to be one of my most treasured items of sports memorabilia.

I hope from the way the press release is worded that he really is moving on to another network and not going to just retire (although he has more than earned the right to do so if that is what he chooses, and I would respect him if he did) or fade away.

Today is the 29th anniversary of John Lennon being shot and now it is also the day that Peter Gammons left ESPN. I really do not like December 12th.

posted by Demophon at 03:36 PM on December 08, 2009

Your calendar is broken.

posted by yerfatma at 03:42 PM on December 08, 2009

I don't know why I typed 12th, I was thinking 8th. I have a page a day in front of me that say 8th, my phone says its the 8th. I read your comment couldn't figure out what you meant. I have no excuse for the brain fart.

posted by Demophon at 04:42 PM on December 08, 2009

I liked Peter Gammons. I just could not stand hearing him always talking about the Boston Redsox.

posted by twgibsr at 08:00 PM on December 08, 2009

So Mr. Gammons is going to the MLB Network so now I only loathe December 8th. (Don't get me started on the 12th....)

posted by Demophon at 08:18 PM on December 08, 2009

He's also going to NESN to get his Sawx fix.

posted by yerfatma at 08:54 PM on December 08, 2009

I figured Gammons would wind up on the MLB Network. He can now do his thing year-around on an all-baseball channel. Can't blame him at all.

posted by dyams at 09:36 PM on December 08, 2009

Is there such a thing as a non-severe aneurysm?

posted by Drood at 11:11 PM on December 08, 2009

I'm having one right now.

posted by JJ at 05:11 AM on December 09, 2009

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