BisMan’s Rob Meltzer & Rick Rider – “Theater Of The Sports Minded”
Just for the heck of it, try and do this one time...
...while you are watching a sporting event, like baseball or football...OR hockey, pretend like you are a play-by-play announcer ( on the radio, not television ). You will find out in about 10 seconds just how hard it is. Here in town, at our local high school sports events, there are generally two announcers that you'll hear on SuperTalk 1270 am, The job of the first one is to strictly give you what's happening right at that moment - "Here is the 3-2 pitch to _ _ _ _ _" - his or her partner is referred to as a "color commentator" This person will paint the scene in your head all the details surrounding the game ( stats, weather, vital information some sports junkies gobble up ). The best in town by far is the duo of Rob Meltzer and Rick Rider.
Yesterday I was given the opportunity to sit in the press box with them at the Municipal Ballpark
I had a blast watching the two do what comes so easy to them. I asked Rick what his mindset is when he is working a high school sporting event "To learn as much as he can about the local athletes. I realize just how much the player's family members appreciate it" Well said. Do you know WHY he knows that? Because yesterday his son Hunter played first base for the Bismarck High Demons, and they were faced against St. Mary's at Municipal Ballpark - and Rick and his partner were calling that game. Here is the tough part, the losing team had their season come to an end. Imagine watching the events fold out, wanting to scream out encouragement to a senior ( your son ) and his teammates.
Hunter and BHS lost 8-2
As the last outs were recorded, it had to be a sweet and sad couple of moments for Rick to realize this would be the last time he would see his son play. To remain composed and finish the game with his partner Rob is what true professionalism is all about.