The management of the Inland Empire 66ers, the Advanced Single-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels at best will have the great Bob Costas as their radio voice next season and at worst should get an email from the master of minor league promotions, Mike Veeck congratulating them on their ingenious offer to the legendary announcer.
The 66ers responded to a comment Costas made to SportsOnEarth.com’s columnist the outstanding Joe Posnanski in his Art of Broadcasting column:
Costas enjoys the preparation for a game. He has often talked about a dream — one he insists he still has, even after hosting all the Olympics and winning all the awards — of broadcasting a full season of minor league baseball somewhere. The draw for him is the preparation, it is getting to know all the players and the manager, it is working through the daily stats and stories, it is about immersing himself in baseball.
So, on the 66ers’s website they “are officially extending an offer to legendary sports announcer, Bob Costas, to become the Voice of the Inland Empire 66ers for the 2013 season.”
66ers General Manager, Joe Hudson stated, “Mr. Costas is a legend and we would be honored to help him fulfill his dream of broadcasting for a minor league team here at San Manuel Stadium. Our fans would get a thrill hearing his voice and having him here at the ballpark. Mr. Costas would be very welcomed and we would make sure he feels at home as part of the 66ers organization.”
At this time the 66ers are unwilling to discuss the financial terms of the proposed deal, however the club has guaranteed that if Mr. Costas accepts, he will be entitled to all the hot dogs, soda, and popcorn that he wants. Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #HireCostas to support this proposal.
The 2013 season will kick off on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at San Manuel Stadium when the 66ers take on the Modesto Nuts.