The Man Behind the Mic for the Hens

Greetings PawSox Fans!

The PawSox won Saturday evening in a rain delayed extra inning game. It was exciting right down to the wire. It was rainy throughout the entire game but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the PawSox. The PawSox were down to their last out in the top of the ninth with Jackie Bradley Jr. at the plate. He laced a line drive towards left fielder Nick Castellanos who misplayed the ball and was charged with an error and Jeremy Hazelbaker scored on the play to knot it up at 2.

In the 10th Inning with men on second and third, Toledo Mud Hen’s Manager Phil Nevin decided to intentionally walk Hazelbaker and pitch to former Mud Hen Justin Henry. Bad choice as Henry scorched a double and cleared the bases for a 5-2 lead! The Hen’s made a little noise in the 10th, but feel just short and the PawSox are back on the winning track winning 5-4!

Yesterday, Sunday, the PawSox brought out the whooping sticks and plucked the Hens 7-2. The team finishes up the series today with a game at 12 noon. Early games on getaway days are always a good thing. Gives us a little bit of an added cushion for the drive back to Rhode Island.

Going back in time to the year 1975. I was still in high school. Steelers won the Super Bowl, The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series. Teamster Boss Jimmy Hoffa was reported missing and hasn’t been seen since. Bill Gates and Paul Allen created the company Microsoft, The name became a trademark originating from microcomputer software.

All in the Family was the top rated TV show, bread was about 39 cents, Gas was 44-57 cents a gallon, a new car was around $4,500 and monthly rent  hovered around $200 per month. Of course the average annual income was $11,000 and minimum wage was $2.10 per hour.

1975 was also the year that Jim “Web” Weber became the broadcaster for the Toledo Mud Hens. The amazing part…He hasnt missed a game since! I didn’t know this until I saw the Mud Hens magazine The Muddy Times. I saw the Caricature of Web on the cover and laughed. It looked just like him!

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Throughout the years I have gotten to know Web pretty well and even spent time with him for some post-game eats here in Toledo. He is an icon in these parts and is always shaking hands, laughing and telling hilarious stories. He’s an upbeat guy who knows and loves the game of baseball. I knew he was with the Hens for a long time, but I didn’t know this was his 39th year behind the mic. He has been calling the games for the Hens longer than PawSox broadcaster Jeff Levering has been alive!

I stopped by the pressbox to say hi and wish him the best on his quest to reach the milestone of broadcasting his 5,000th game which will happen in August this season. Thats 5,000 consecutive games! He’s often called the Cap Ripken of broadcasters. He posed for a photo for me.

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He even signed the magazine both on the cover and the story.

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When Web joined the Hens I’m willing to bet they didn’t have a production room like this.

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When he started they didn’t even have this stadium. That really is an incredible feat to work that many consecutive games. It doesn’t really seem possible. When we leave here tomorrow after the game, the Mud Hens will be not far behind. The Mud Hens are coming to McCoy to play a 4 game series. 

During the next homestand, there is so much going on. Tuesday we will have the Children’s Museum Big Blue Blocks for the kids to play with. During the homestand we also have the ever popular Armed Forces night with a Camo T-Shirt giveaway, free youth clinic, Bat night, and of course to start the Month of July with spectacular fireworks shows on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd. 

 

Go to pawsox.com for all the info you need. Check out the entire site. Great photos, stories and videos. Come to the park and look at the pressbox and wave to Jim Weber!  He will wave back and reply, “Don’t you just love McCoy Stadium and knowing that everyone is Here For You!”

Love hearing from you!

Yours in Baseball,

 

Rick Medeiros                                        rickm@epawsox.com

1 Comment

Rick, so enjoyed your blog———again! Especially enjoyed your information about the Mud Hens. Back in the 70′s, my Mother-in-law ran the food concessions at the old ballpark where the Mud Hens played. My children & I spent many days & evenings there & always enjoyed it. We lived in Flint, Michigan & were big Tiger fans at the time, & enjoyed watching the developing players there, as we do now with the Paw Sox. Have not been to Toledo to see the new stadium, but hear that it is very nice. Welcome back to RI, sound like a great series coming up!

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