Team, broadcasters facing special circumstances this weekend
The Astros started a road trip on Thursday in Boston, site of the bombings that killed three last week. But listening to new play by play man Robert Ford, there’s very little to suggest an act of terror took place just over w week ago.
“I’ve been to Boston a number of times over the years,” Ford said. It looks about the same as I remember, which is the best compliment you can give the city after what it went through last week.
Ford says there are indications that something happened, but they are subtle.
“I did notice signs by the train stations that told people to say something if they see something. I doubt those signs were there before the Boston Marathon,” Ford explained.
The club and the broadcasters are facing a special set of circumstances as they continue the series against the Red Sox.
One of those circumstances is heightened security. Another is the words used by broadcasters while the games are being played.
The term ‘bomb’ is one that new Ford has used on home run calls. He told KTRH he appreciates people being sensitive, but it won’t change how he does his job.
“Most people can differentiate. Once you start censoring your language based on what could possibly be construed the wrong way, you can really hamstring yourself.”
“You take certain precautions. There are certain things you don’t say. But there’s a real fine line there,” Ford explained.
The series in Boston continues tonight. Coverage on Sports Talk 790 starts with the Astros On Deck Show at 5:30.