The Braves have played their final game on the Turner Broadcasting Network. This is how Skip Caray said goodbye to the fans.
“The people all over the country who send you Christmas cards every year; the people who when dad passed, 5,000 of them sent notes or condolence cards; when I lost my brother the people all over the country who sent condolence cards as well — how do you thank those people and how do you say goodbye to those people? I don’t know, but I’m trying to do it.
“You all must know how we feel and how I feel about you. You brought me back five years ago when they tried to bury me on television. The executives didn’t [bring me back]; you did.
The Braves were featured on TBS for three decades. People all over the country who lived in areas that didn’t have a team became Braves fans, watching Glavine, Smoltz and Maddux lead the team to the playoffs season after season.
Caray was left off of TBS’s playoff roster. And he was none too happy about it.
“They can do whatever they want to do,” Caray said, “but I’ve done a lot of good work for these people, and it’s hurtful that they apparently don’t think I can do good work anymore.”
“I feel like I can do a better job than a tennis announcer or a football-basketball announcer,” Skip Caray said. “I’m not knocking Ted Robinson and Dick Stockton, but point of fact is they don’t do baseball anymore and I’m there every day.”
You tell ‘em, Skip.
According to the AJC, Caray plans to be back in the booth next season, working some games on Turner’s Peachtree TV in Atlanta as well as radio.