First, Happy Easter, for those of you who are into such things. Moving on, I guess I’m a radio host now. I’ve never been keen on defining myself by my current job, but that’s what I am now. I still see myself as an economist and a writer, but that’s not really what I do now. I’m a radio guy. Whatever that means.
Well, one thing it means is having the opportunity to make a remarkably human point very quickly and moving on without belaboring it. In the vocal medium, it’s much easier to hit a point succinctly with color and insight. You’ve got your tone on your side, and that rarely requires explanation. The folks just hear it. Then the words. And then, it can be over. That’s not a luxury you really have on the page, unless you’re just an absolute stone cold beast, an Ice Cube or Nas when it comes to word economy.
OK, to my point…check out this transcription of Vin Scully on the death of Nick Adenhart.
If I may speak for every member of the Dodger organization, our heartfelt and deepest sympathies to the mother and family of Nick Adenhart, and to every member in the Angels organization, for the untimely accident and death of young Nick last night at the tender age of twenty-two. Nick, from Maryland, had pitched six scoreless innings and was in a car with three friends, and a driver apparently went through a red light and T-boned the car, killing three of the four, including Nick, and one other member is in critical condition. And if there is one thing I’ve learned in all my years — and I haven’t learned much — but the one thing I’ve learned: Don’t even waste your time trying to figure out life.
Ground ball through for Andre Ethier, and life continues for those who still have it. And with a leadoff single, Russell Martin will be coming up.
But I would say, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take a moment and say a prayer in memory for Nick, especially for his parents. What a shock to lose a twenty-two-year-old.
Andre Ethier at first base, Russell Martin the batter, James Loney on deck, and the Dodgers try to strike in the second inning against Kevin Correia.
Only someone in a vocal medium could do that (and maybe only Vin Scully, actually). Capturing the moment so well, so quickly, so thoroughly, all with an eye to real life as it goes on…wow. That right there is the kind of stuff I wanna say when I grow up.