For as long as the Blue Wahoos have been playing baseball in Pensacola, only one voice has broadcast the team’s biggest moments.
But this year, Tommy Thrall won’t be the soundtrack to the season, because he got the call-up to The Show.
“The biggest thing is I go back through and think about all the people that have helped me make this happen,” said Thrall. “I’m talking about elementary school teacher, high school teachers that really played a big big part.”
Much like minor league players, the road to the majors isn’t always glamorous.
“There’s been a lot of bus trips and you go through your doubts wondering if what you’re doing is the right thing, but in the end it makes it all worth it,” said Thrall.
But the long days and countless broadcasts have put Thrall in position to work alongside a Cincinnati legend.
“To fill in for a guy like Marty Brennaman, he’s the guy I filled in for last year, I would sit in his chair and think – This is a Hall of Famers chair,” said Thrall with a smile. “You think about the 10-year-old version of yourself and how you’d react.”
Wahoos fans will surely miss Thrall this season, but they won’t be far from his mind when he begins working for the Reds.
“This is a place that I found in college, I came down here for the first time when I was broadcasting college baseball. Northwest Missouri State played West Florida, and that was my first taste of Pensacola. We stayed right on the beach, and I said if I ever get the chance to come down here for a job I’m going,” said Thrall. “It’s been the best 7 years I could ask for, it’s been tremendous. The people and community have been outstanding. I love the town.”