December 31, 2008

The Wild Thing Goes National

News Item: Mitch Williams hired as analyst by MLB Network

A Comcast Sports Net and WIP host for the past two years, the "Wild Thing" had previously been known primarily as that huge-mulletted relief pitcher who gave up the World Series-losing home run in 1993. But then a surprising thing happened- he turned out to be a great, great broadcaster. He'll be missed in Philly- I'll never forget his outraged commentary the night Game 5 of the World Series was suspended ("There was standing water on the field!"), and a knowledgable and authoritative sports media figure in a town with way too few.

Something sort of eerie, though- Williams was originally hired on both WIP and Comcast to replace John Marzano, who was leaving to work for and eventually the MLB Network. Marzano died of a heart attack this year, and now Williams is succeeding him in another job.

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 31, 2008 04:30 PM
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