After the interview, the Brewers office fielded some angry calls about the young announcer who was too busy kissing Peter Framptons butt to call the game, Vasgersian says. The next day Ringo Starrs manager called the Brewers to thank them for pairing Frampton with someone who knew so much about music. In my mind, I was totally vindicated.
On another occasion, as Brewers slugger Jeromy Burnitz homered, Vasgersian sang a lyric from a Pearl Jam song, Jeremy spoke in class today. And there was the call in Montreal on a Fernando Vina home run: Let them eat cake!
Similar interjections highlighted Vasgersians five years in Milwaukee, and will undoubtedly continue in his new job as TV play-by-play announcer for the San Diego Padres. I use movie lines and rock n roll a lot, because thats who I am, says Vasgersian, 34. Im a consumer and a classic-rock fossil. Ive never fashioned myself as the MTV baseball guy but, unfortunately, if you connect to young people, you get typecast.
His frequent references to pop culture, Vasgersian says, made it important in Milwaukee, and will make it important in San Diego, to establish that I know baseball, especially baseball that came before me. You have to establish yourself to older viewers.
While in Milwaukee he also handled national baseball cable games for FX and Fox Sports Net, teamed with Jesse Ventura doing play-by-play for the short-lived XFL football league, and hosted a nightly trivia show, Sports Geniuses. But as much as he enjoyed Milwaukee, when the Padres called, he couldnt resist the chance to return to his home state.
I was getting a little tired of spending six months in Milwaukee and coming home for six months, says Vasgersian, who grew up in Moraga, east of Oakland. This is a chance to lay down semi-permanent roots.
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