Here's what I've learned about Boston people from those that have annoyed me through the years. They love to talk about Boston, but they don't actually love to live there so much. Apparently they prefer to take their message, and the thick accent that comes with it, on the road and torture the rest of us with tales of their fandom. Second, they always complain about the lack of doughnut coffee in this corner of the world, when we're not to blame. The third thing is they love some broadcaster by the name of Don Orsillo who was recently fired by their beloved Red Sox.
Look, let me be clear, I don't know anything about Orsillo. Maybe he is good, but the last thing I'd ever want to do is watch a Red Sox game, especially while listening to the home broadcast. You'll have to forgive me for not believing the hype since as far as I'm concerned everything I've been told by people from Boston has been pure hype (ex. doughnut coffee).
Anyway rumors have been swirling all week that Orsillo will soon be announced as Dick Enberg's replacement. I don't doubt it because Padres President Mike Dee gets whatever he wants, whether it be crappy uniforms, an All-Star Game at any cost or a broadcaster from Boston.
Sources outside the organization told the Union-Tribune that Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler and president and CEO Mike Dee flew to the East Coast this month to meet with Orsillo in person. A multi-year contract was offered, and Orsillo is expected to have the opportunity to broadcast a number of national games for FSSD's parent company.
The team owner and the president have to fly to him? I'm guessing somebody just really wanted to get back to his Boston roots.
Dee was a Red Sox executive from 2002 to 2009, the last seven years of which he served as the franchise's chief operating officer. He is known to be an admirer of Orsillo, who has been the Red Sox play-by-play broadcaster for the New England Sports Network (NESN) since the 2001 season.
The announcement of Orsillo's hiring will be tomorrow or the next day. I know two Padres executives that will be really happy.
He joins a Padres organization that is led by executives with Boston roots, with former Red Sox COO Mike Dee currently serving as San Diego’s CEO, and Padres chief marketing officer Wayne Partello having worked for Entercom Boston prior to following Dee to the Dolphins.
Orsillo will likely do the majority of next year's games since Enberg is retiring after 2016 and is only expected to call 60 games. At least we have that going for us.