Tonight, the Braves will play their first home game since the death of Skip Caray last week. I am certain there will be a good tribute to him at Turner Field. Here is mine:
The most recent Skip-ism caught me about a little over a month ago. The Braves game was coming on the radio. Skip welcomed the listners to the broadcast with words he'd spoken for a number of years, "Hello again, everybody." I gasped. It finally hit me that Skip used the very same greeting his father employed as he began Chicago Cubs games. It was a subtle tribute every time he was on the air.
Skip very often said "we" when referring to the Braves. He did it win or lose. It makes me a little self-conscious when I catch myself saying "you" in sermons.
Of course, I remember the call in 1995 which concluded the World Series . . .
Skip: There's a drive! Deep left-center! Grissom on the runnnn--yes!
Don Sutton: Yes!
Skip: The Atlanta Braves have given you a championship!
Being in a line of work where I often struggle to come up with the right things to say, sometimes the best thing to do is let a moment speak for itself.