Longtime CWS Announcer Talks Baseball, Games


NOW WHILE VISITING T-D AMERITRADE… YOU MAY RECOGNIZE… A FAMILIAR SOUND IS GONE! ACCORDING TO THE LEGENDARY “JACK PAYNE” — THE STANDS — HAPPEN TO BE THE BEST PLACE FOR HIM THESE DAYS… THAT’S RIGHT — THE FORMER STADIUM ANNOUNCER IS BACK THIS YEAR — BUT IN THE STANDS… AS HE TELLS WOWT 6 NEWS: THAT’S RIGHT WHERE HE WANTS TO BE! PAYNE: “I JUST ENJOY GOING DOWN AND BEING AMONGST THEM AS WE SAY AND WALK AROUND.” IT’S A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME FOR JACK PAYNE– THE VOICE OF THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES… NOW 15 YEARS REMOVED FROM BEING THE VOICE OF THE C-W-S! NATS FROM HIS TIME AS A SPORTS REPORTER — TO HIS TIME IN THE BOOTH, PAYNE WAS AT EVERY OMAHA C-W-S SAVE ONE: THE INAUGURAL SERIES– FOR 37 YEARS HE DROVE RAVE REVIEWS…GIVI NG SO MUCH, BUT NEVER DISTRACTING FROM THE GAME ITSELF– OF COURSE THERE WERE THE MOMENTS… FANS GAVE HIM A STANDING OVATION BACK IN 1999 — DURING THE SERIES’ 50TH CELEBRATION– NATS A LOT HAS CHANGED… AND HE GOT TO SEE IT ALL, FROM THE DAYS OF WOODEN BATS… NATS TO THE WAY THE GAMES PLAYED NOW– PAYNE: “THE PING OF THE BAT. WHEN THE ALUMINUM BATS CAME IN. LAUGHS I THINK THAT PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE ON A LOT OF THE OFFENSES CONCERN” BUT ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END– AND FOR PAYNE, IT’S BEEN A FEW YEARS… BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN HE’S STILL NOT APART OF THIS YEARS GAMES — AS ALWAYS, HE’S WALKING INTO THE FIELD… AND TAKING IN THE GAMES — THIS TIME: PAYNE: “I’M A FAN… I’M A FAN.” A FAN WITH A LITTLE MORE TO APPRECIATE– PAYNE: “LISTENING TO PEOPLE, SEEING PEOPLE, WATCHING THEIR REACTION AND PEOPLE ARE WHAT MADE THIS THING SUCCESSFUL HERE IN THIS CITY AND THEY WORKED HARD AT IT AND THEY DESERVE ANYTHING THEY’VE GOT COMING THEIR WAY NOW ” ALWAYS FUN TO HEAR A BASEBALL LEGEND TALK SPORTS… IN CASE YOU WONDERED: HE SAID THE BEST ATHLETE HE’S EVER SEEN TAKE THE FIELD… DAVE WINFIELD BACK IN 1973.

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