Fenway Park is empty tonight, and not just because the Red Sox are on the road. Its public address announcer, Carl Beane, died in a car accident this afternoon when he went into cardiac arrest behind the wheel.
I will always remember how he announced the seventh inning “streeeeeetch,” his drawn out enunciation of “Derek… Jeter” so that we could get in our boos, and the rolling of his Rs in Latino players’ names. NESN used to have Beane’s voice open each game broadcast; the deep intoning of “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to Fenway Park” was my cue to get ready for the game. Ever the custodian of the park’s history, he used that phrase to honor Sherm Feller. Perhaps the station will revive this now to memorialize both these Fenway family members, as they should have done for the park’s 100th anniversary.
His voice and delivery was the perfect for Fenway, a balance of gravitas and jocularity. He will be missed.
|Game 29: May 8, 2012|
|Boston Red Sox
||L: Daniel Bard (2-4)|
BS: Matt Albers (1)
|2B: David Ortiz (13), Will Middlebrooks (4), Mike Aviles (9), Adrian Gonzalez (7)|
|Kansas City Royals
||W: Jose Mijares (2-1)|
S: Jonathan Broxton (6)
|HR: Billy Butler (6)|