Joe Nuxhall joins Marty for the Saturday Arizona game. I’ll be there as a spectator with my son, John. By the way, Marty’s son will attend Sunday’s game. Anderson High alum (and the TV voice of the Diamondbacks) Thom Brennaman is missing the Friday and Saturday Cincinnati-Arizona games, spending the first part of the weekend in Washington for the Nats-Dodgers for FOX-TV.
I had the pleasure of meeting former UK coach Joe B. Hall before the game. He and his group enjoyed visiting with the many Kentucky-born players between the Reds and D-backs: Austin Kearns, Brandon Webb, Kevin Jarvis and Andy Green. Amazingly, all four umpires for the weekend series have very strong Kentucky ties as well (and, no, it wouldn’t have mattered who was umpiring Friday; Brandon Webb was brilliant, no matter what state the umpires were from).