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Bob Costas calls Yanks opener, talks baseball voices

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Here is my Friday column, in which I lead with more of what Yankees president Randy Levine considers media-generated whining about the "high home" camera at Yankee Stadium.

OK, I'm sick of this topic and will move on. If YES and the Yankees figure out a solution, great. If not, they will find a way to avoid the problem in the next Yankee Stadium.

I also included items on (Commack) Bob Costas and Jim Kaat, who announced the game for the MLB Network. That account was not seen in New York because of blackout rules.

Costas said that was entirely appropriate, as most fans here would prefer to hear "their guys" on YES.

Click below for his take on the emotional resonance of local announcers in baseball, which follow his recent remarks along the same lines upon the death of Harry Kalas.Here is Costas Thursday: "I have often said, and I hope most people understood what I meant by this: If you took Jack Buck in the prime of his career and Vin Scully and swapped them, there would be people in St. Louis who said, 'What's with Vin Scully? Give me Jack Buck!' And people in Los Angeles would be up in arms. And they are two of the greatest announcers who ever lived, and rightly Hall of Famers. But it's especially in baseball. It's true, people still think the Knicks sound like Marv Albert even though he's doing the Nets. It's true in every sport. But it's doubly true in baseball because there are so many games and just the nature of baseball broadcasting."

Here is Costas Monday after Kalas' death: “Obviously Harry was a great announcer .He’s even in the Hall of Fame because of that, but you couldn’t convince someone from Philadelphia that there was anyone better to call a game than Harry Kalas. You couldn’t convince someone in St. Louis that there was anyone better to call a game than Jack Buck or before that, Harry Caray, and that’s the way it should be. If you live in Cincinnati, than Marty Brennaman is what baseball sounds like to you. And Ernie Harwell is what it sounded like in Detroit. That’s part of the beauty of baseball broadcasting.”

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