Pat Hughes
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The baseball season lasts a long time. This is a wonderful thing, but even when your team is winning, there are occasional blowouts and slow stretches—and to fill the downtime, every big-league announcer has to develop a knack for creative filibustering. Few are better at it than Hughes, largely because he has a ridiculously precise memory. Someone will note that it’s the anniversary of the day in 1998 when Sammy Sosa hit three homers against Milwaukee—and Hughes will casually recall that Cal Eldred was on the mound for the Brewers, it was about 83 degrees at game time, two of the homers were towering fly balls while one was a line drive to left-center, and he himself had eaten a tuna sandwich for lunch that afternoon. But it’s not just baseball—I’ve heard him go through Bruce Springsteen’s entire discography, accurately predict the week when all the outfield ivy will turn green, and analyze the demand for bottled water during the countdown to Y2K. If I’m exaggerating even slightly, Hughes could undoubtedly correct me with the exact facts, dates, and names. Keep it coming, Pat—it’s often better than hearing what’s happening on the baseball field.