Sean McDonough ’84


(bat hitting ball) (crowd cheering) – I spent a lot of time here
as a kid at Fenway Park. It was really special. I knew at a young age I wanted to be a sports broadcaster, and when I knew that’s what I wanted to do,
more than anything else, I wanted to be the voice
of the Boston Red Sox. Every part of my experience at Syracuse University was tremendous. The most important thing
that happened to me while I was there was the opportunity to broadcast the Syracuse Chiefs games while I was still in school. I think that’s really what propelled me toward being able to be a Major
League Baseball broadcaster here with the Red Sox
when I was 25 years old. – When you get there, you know the list. You know, when I was there it was Marty Glickman who started it, and it was Marv Albert and Dick Stockton and Bob Costas, and some others. – You know this whole idea of SU as the cradle of sports
broadcasters is legitimate. When you’re around people
with a like-minded interest in broadcasting, and it’s
kinda the cream of the crop, because people gravitate toward it, then you make each other better. It’s a fraternity. It’s an ever-growing fraternity, but we’re all really
proud to be part of it. – And the ball is free! It’s picked up by Michigan
State’s Jalen Watts-Jackson. And he scores on the
last play of the game! Unbelievable! – You talk to anybody in the sports world and I think it’d be hard
to find a sportscaster, people in his field, that don’t say that Sean McDonough is one
of the best broadcasters of our generation. – He hacked at the 2-0, now the 2-1. Line drive and a base hit Justice has scored the tying run. Bream to the plate! And he is safe, safe at the plate. – But, I think what sets him apart isn’t just his talent
and his ability level, it’s how he relates to
people on a human level. He is an amazing storyteller. When we were all privileged enough to do the Syracuse-UCONN
six overtime game, I was a fanboy listening to him. And Bill Raferty and I,
at the end of the game, the thing we were most proud of is that we didn’t get in his way. We let an artist work. – In the corner, Adrien, no. Overtime number six. (upbeat happy music) – You know for a guy that
has been as successful as he has, he’s always willing to give time. He’s very generous with his money. Probably the first time
I’ve ever said that. I hope he doesn’t hear that. And he’s just someone who’s very selfless. – You know ball one, strike one, that’s a first down. That’s not that important. Changing people’s lives, that’s important. I’ve listened to a lot
of student broadcasters over the years. It’s one of my favorite parts
of going back to campus, to see the eagerness in them to learn, and to achieve their goals,
and to achieve their dreams. I want to help them get to that point. You know sometimes you have to
have hard conversations, too. Sometimes you have to say to them, in a nice way, “Perhaps producing “would be a good thing for you.” No offense. – I don’t think there’s any question that Sean loves Syracuse. He talks about it so fondly. There’s nothing for Syracuse
that Sean would not do. There are no lists at Syracuse University, about the impact of great people, not in sports, but in
media that can be complete without the name Sean McDonough. – I’m so proud of Syracuse. I love Syracuse. It was a huge part of my life, and it still is, and it always will be. So to be honored in this
way by the university that I love, mindful of
how many wonderful alumni we have all over the place, this is as meaningful to me as anything.

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