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Good Old Skip

The AJC reports today that Skip Caray had a serious health scare during the offseason. For those of us who are longtime, die-hard Braves fans, it pains to hear the ever-irascible Skip speak in such a somber tone. I’ve been a faithful listener for his entire tenure with the home team — sometimes laughing in agreement with his sarcastic tirades, other times shaking my head at same. It’s the same way I feel about Furman Bisher, who’s a generation older and still writing circles around the young ‘uns. Maybe old Furman can give Skip a pep talk.

In the meantime, do yourself a favor and tune in to Skip as often as you can during the home games this year. A few years ago, I signed up for the MLB.com radio package just to hear Jack Buck’s last few broadcasts, and I cherished the sound of his voice along with the wisdom that only age and experience can bring. Skip’s career also spans the oceanic gap between the transistor radio and today’s technological muddle, and I’ve enjoyed every minute. I know he won’t mind if I raise a glass of spirits and say here’s to your health, my good man.

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