March 2, 2019


Love of calling Red Sox games never wanes for WEEI's Joe Castiglione (Chad Finn, MARCH 1, 2019, Boston Globe)

Castiglione, whose first season, 1983, was Carl Yastrzemski's final season and the summer Roger Clemens was drafted, has worked with just five primary partners during his tenure: Ken Coleman (1983-89), Bob Starr (1990-92), Jerry Trupiano (1993-2006), Dave O'Brien (2007-15) and Tim Neverett (2016-18).

While there have been others with whom Castiglione has shared the booth through the years such as Lou Merloni, Sean Grande, Glenn Geffner, Dale Arnold, and Jon Rish, flagship station WEEI's approach to replacing Neverett (who is now with the Dodgers) offers a new challenge.

WEEI confirmed in mid-February that it will use a rotating cast of play-by-play voices and analysts alongside Castiglione this season, among them Sean McDonough, NESN's Tom Caron and Dave O'Brien (when the Red Sox are on national television), ESPN's Chris Berman, former Tigers voice Mario Impemba, former Mets broadcaster Josh Lewin, and more.

Adjusting to different broadcast partners from series to series might seem like something an established play-by-play voice wouldn't be especially interested in doing. But Castiglione, while acknowledging that it will be different from what he's used to, said he is looking forward to it.

"It'll be an adjustment, working with some people I haven't worked with before,'' he said, noting that he is especially looking forward to working with McDonough, who called Red Sox games from 1988-2004. "But the couple I haven't worked with I know well. They're all friends. So that will be cool. It will be different, but it will be fun. They're all different personalities, so that will be the biggest thing. But I don't see any difficulty in it.

"I've always believed in a conversational broadcast. The games are so long and there's so much time between pitches. There's plenty of opportunity for everyone to get involved. That should work fine. We might be a little more conversational [than in the past], but I think we always have been."

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