SBD/Issue 163/Sports Industrialists

Catching Up With MLB Network And NESN Reporter Peter Gammons

Gammons Plays Guitar,
Sings In His Own Band

PETER GAMMONS is best known for his breadth of baseball knowledge and extensive career in sports journalism that spans over four decades. But Gammons, who works for both MLB Network and NESN, also is an avid musician, playing the guitar and singing in his own band. The Baseball HOFer even released a studio album, “Never Slow Down, Never Grow Old,” in ‘06. Staff Writer Jessica Collins caught up with Gammons earlier this week at the National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association’s Annual Awards Banquet in Salisbury, North Carolina, where he was inducted into the organization’s HOF.

Q: If you could play at any venue with any person or band, where would it be and with whom?

Gammons: I would probably play at the Palladium in New York with Pearl Jam.

Q: What are you more passionate about: baseball or music?

Gammons: Baseball. But I still love the music. It’s good to combine the two. It’s amazing how many musicians wish they were baseball players, EDDIE VEDDER being one of them. (Vedder’s) Cubs song “All The Way” is one of my favorite all-time songs.

Q: What is your favorite ballpark?

Gammons: Other than being a season-ticket holder at Fenway Park … I would say San Francisco, but I’m a little prejudiced because (former Giants Managing General Partner) PETER MAGOWAN and I went to school together. I actually think the greatest venue in baseball is Pittsburgh (PNC Park).

Q: What baseball story are you watching closely this year?

Gammons: I’m really looking at what is going to happen to the franchises in Tampa, Oakland and Cleveland.

Q: Which one is in the greatest danger?

Gammons: Tampa. It’s the best-run team in baseball and they’re not drawing anybody. Without some change of venue I don’t see how they can exist four years from now. It’s really a shame. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say what they’ve done is greater than what any other team has done in baseball.

Q: What advice would you give to people looking to get into the industry?

Gammons: Keep writing and working everywhere. Interning and writing. No one can tell you how to write or how to talk, you have to just practice. I was fortunate to go right from college to the Boston Globe and just start writing and doing a ton right away. Today, there isn’t that type of opportunity, but there are so many places you can write.

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