For fans who believe that baseball is the soundtrack of summer, it's
essential that the voices they hear wear well over a 162-game season.
A's fans are blessed with a broadcaster who gets it. Ken Korach took
over as lead announcer for the locals in 2006, and he tells you what
you're not seeing. "A routine fly ball ... playable" means you can
exhale safely. "That's hit to right center field ... and nobody's
going to get it" means you should turn the volume up. If you tune
in in mid-August and the score is 10-2, you can tell from Korach's tone
without him once mentioning the tally. He delivers the proper
proportion on the game and the season. In baseball, like in life, not
every moment is a 3-2 count in the bottom of the 9th. But when it is,
and Korach's on the mic, you don't want to miss a pitch.