What makes sports so exciting is listening to or watching them. It comes down to the individuals that are the announcers. There have been great ones and ones that we would wish would replace. To me, it does not matter what race or sex the announcer is. I know that many have their opinion on that. If they can do what they have been hired to do then that should not matter. The biggest aspect that has been showing over the last few years is that we are seeing more females having an impact in sports. I think that it is great to see that. I have seen many comments on why it does matter and why is it a big deal. It is big to see that it does not matter what sex someone is to announce sports. MLB made history.
We have seen a female kicker make a field goal and perform a kick-off at Vanderbilt Anniversary. Sarah Fuller made history last year. Many were happy to see what Fuller did while others said that Vanderbilt did the wrong thing. We had another first this year when the first all-female broadcast team took to the booth. The Baltimore Orioles played the Tampa Bay Rays. The game took place at Tropicana Field home of the Tampa Bay Rays. This was the first time since the Salem Red Sox did the same back in 2019. The Salem Red Sox is not an MLB team. The five ladies that were the announcers are Melanie Newman, Suzie Cool, Sarah Langs, Alanna Rizzo, Heidi Watney, and Lauren Gardner. Newman. Cool, and Rizzo were in the booth or on the field. Watney and Gardner worked the studio.
Melanie Newman has been the play-by-play announcer for the Baltimore Orioles for a while. She was the first female to hold that role in MLB. Her analyst is Sarah Langs who is also a writer for MLB.com. Alanna Rizzo who is of Cuban descent was on the field doing interviews and giving analysts from the field level. Heidi Watney and Lauren Gardner worked in the studio. Watney has been in her role for a while both in baseball and hockey. Lauren Gardner was a great choice to join Watney. Overall, I was excited to see the game on! The game was aired on YouTube for free if you had a YouTube premium account. I live in the Tampa Bay area so I appreciated the sound bites from the all-female broadcast.
How this all came to plan was MLB heard Newman do a play-by-play in June. After that, the idea was hatched. This will be cool for sports moving forward. I know that many will say it does not mean much but to most sports fans it is especially important. The culture of sports is changing some will hate it but others will embrace it and love it. I believe this will be the first of many that we will see in the future. We will see an all-female announcing crew call a World Series game or the whole series. This past Tuesday I watched with excitement and cannot wait till the next time.