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Ruth in it. I’d like to have Huey Lewis. And I’m assum- ing everyone would under- stand that I would want Mike in the group. (Editor’s note: When told he didn’t make Mike’s group, Duane shot back, “You know what, that’s fine. This has clearly always been a one-way relationship. Let’s see, then how about JFK.”) •••


Do you have a favorite broadcasting memory or call that you’ve made? KRUK: I stay on the analyst side so I don’t really do a lot of the play-by-play stuff, but I do have one call when I was working with Lon Simmons. He says, “OK, you ready to try some play-by-play?” which I was ill-prepared for, but I agreed. In the middle of the inning, there was a triple play. And it was the worse call of a triple play in the history of baseball. After the inning was over, Lon looked at me and said, “Hey, you got it right, you got all three outs right.” He looked at me and could tell I really wasn’t buying it, and then he said, “Let me tell you something. I learned this a long time ago in broadcast- ing. You’re never as bad as you think you are.” I felt a little better. But then he looked at me and said, “But you’re never as good as you think you are, either.” KUIP: Probably the final out of the 2010 World Series. In 2002 when the Giants looked like they were going to win it, it looked like there was going to be a call for a World Series victory. Once that didn’t hap- pen, I put that on the back burner. If it was going to hap- pen, fine. If it’s not, that’s fine too. I’m still going to really love my job. The one thing I did in 2010 was I wanted to make sure all the facts were correct. When you do make the call, then you have all the facts in front of you. But you can’t script it out too much, because you don’t know how it’s going to end.


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Did you have any favorite broadcasters growing up? KRUK: I loved Vin Scully and Jerry Doggett. They were the guys I grew up with. Vin Scully is as good an education on baseball as there is. Being exposed to a lot of Dodger- Giant rivalries, when I got to Cal Poly, I got to listen to Russ Hodges and Lon Simmons, and Lindsey Nelson and Al Michaels and Hank Green- wald. I just think California has been really blessed by a lot of great announcers, and I’m kind of humbled to be able to follow in some of their footsteps. KUIP: My two broadcast-


dinner on the road, it is two? hours of horse laughs. •••


How do you balance being fair and accurate with your broadcasts vs. rooting for the Giants? KRUK: If you listen to our broadcasts, you know who we are rooting for. I think you owe it to the fan to point out things that go wrong—a physical error is an obvious one. A mental error is some- thing that needs to be pointed out. But I don’t think you should harp on any of it. People want to know


about all the players in the


time—is we know how hard the game is. Once we forget how hard the game is, then we need to stop broadcasting. I think there are people out there who have played, and some of them have forgotten how hard the game is. If a guy makes a mistake, obviously you have to point out the mis- take. But one thing we don’t do if a guy screws up, you call it, you say he screwed up, but you don’t beat the guy over the head with it for the next half hour. You’ve got to let it go. The game moves on. ••• Would you have approached


ers growing up were Earl Gillespie and Blaine Walsh. Those were the two guys I listened to when I was a kid, on radio, with the Milwaukee Braves. As far as I was con- cerned, I thought they hung the moon.


I like them all today. I


know it’s not an easy job and I certainly admire the guys I work with. We are really lucky with our group because there are no egos involved, we all like each other, and when the four of us get together for a


game. There’s not really a good guy or a bad guy, they’re just baseball players. So when there are good efforts and good plays, you need to point those out. If might not always be the guys wearing the same uniform as the home team, but that’s the direction we go. We try to have a positive broadcast. KUIP: I think you have to have the same type of emotion that a fan has. The one thing that Mike and I do—and we keep it on the front burner all the


the game any differently if you were a player coming into the game today? KRUK: When I came up, there really weren’t that many guys that were throwing cutters and there wasn’t much emphasis on having two fastballs. I think the game has evolved in pitching so much. Greg Mad- dux did more for the evolution of pitching than any pitcher there’s ever been. He was analyzed by broadcast teams that had ex-players telling fans what he was doing. This


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