Dodger fan here so take it easy on me but I've been dying to ask this question to some of the more "mature" Giant fans.
I'm in my early 50s (though my wife says I act more like 2 or 3) and grew up listening to the Dodgers on a little transistor radio and could only catch the late innings when sound waves permitted. I fell in love with Scully during those early years and still love to hear him today even though he'll have a gaffe now and then.
I also listened to Giant games and always got a huge kick out of Lon Simmons and before him, Russ Hodges. But I was always a big fan of Simmons' subtle dry humor and his approach to life. Really enjoyed him.
Now and then I'll listen to the current Giant announcers (specifically Krukow/Kuiper) and I just don't get it. Don't like their homerism, don't think their off the wall humor is funny in any way, but I do appreciate their knowledge of the game and what they put into it.
Question to old timers: How do you rate the current Giant announcers crew v Hodges/Simmons?
Dave Fleming and Duane Kuiper are the two best play-by-play voices of the Giants at this point, IMO. I'd rather listen to either of them than Jon Miller, who appears to be deeply in love with the sound of his own voice, and often appears to be bored silly by the games he's announcing. Mike Krukow is a joke as an announcer, IMO.
I grew up on Hodges and Simmons, and I'm not certain I'll ever hear anyone better than them...aside from Bill King calling the Raiders games in the AFL days.
"Now and then" huh? Lol. I think Vin should make a graceful exit at this point.
I have to kind of agree with Lonestar, though I never heard Russ Hodges.
I miss Lon Simmons.
I think Miller is good calling it straight, but tries to be funny too often, especially when he has Fleming to play the straight guy.
I think Kuiper is pretty excellent.
And since Kuiper is in the unique position of being a play-by-play guy who can also provide color commentary, I sometimes wish Krukow would talk less.
I prefer Kuip's more subtle sparse sense of humor...he doesn't joke much, but when he does, he drops a gem.
Big howdy Lonestar!Your take on Jon Miller is one I totally agree with. When he is doing RADIO, and I'm driving down the road, I am so sick of how he is doing his orchestrated low-keying the play by play and THEN all of a sudden screams at the top of his lungs "CUUUUURVEBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!! STRIKE ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" as he jolts my entire car into another lane!Flemming even has "borrowed" his "CUUUUUUUUUUUUUURVEBALL screaming call now.
People say he is maybe one of the, or maybe the best ever, a real HOF'r, how lucky we are to have this guy instead of all the other homers and fakes, and idiots. Whatever. I'll take a trade for an ATBNL - (announcer to be named later).
He is fine for story telling and the game of the week for FOX or ESPN, but take his fancy way of pronouncing the number 3 like a Spanish announcer pronounces the letter "R" in RRRRRRRRRRRAPIDO!!!!!
Flemming and Kuiper are great. Kuiper's low key - smooth and fair play-by-play is natural, NOT "OVERWEIGHT" like Miller's practiced / seemingly scripted approach. Lon and Russ and Hank will never be replaced.
Ron Fairley was BAAAAAAAAAAAAD, but not half as BAAAAAAD as when Lindsay Nelson and Joe Angel, were doing Giants games !!!!!!!!!!
HEY! TED ROBINSON WAS one of my favorites also!! I am so glad he is doing the 49er's games, and sitting-in on KNBR talk shows . Love it.