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People & Personalities: Steve Letarte, Dale Jr.'s Crew Chief, To Join NBC NASCAR Booth
Published January 10, 2014
CALL THE PEN: Former MLBer Brad Lidge confirmed that Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia "called him with regard to the job of Phillies in-game color commentator," the position vacated by Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews. In Philadelphia, Ryan Lawrence reports it is "almost certain" Lidge "will not be in the team's broadcast booth" in '14. Lidge said, "My family and I are finally getting settled in Colorado and it'd be tough right now to change that, even as cool of an opportunity as it is and as much as I love being in Philadelphia" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 1/10).
OS-GOOD TIMES: In Detroit, Helene St. James notes former NHLer Chris Osgood is "half a season into his gig as a TV analyst" with FS Detroit. Osgood said the biggest challenge "is knowing when to jump in, when to jump out, saying something that’s worth saying in a short amount of time. ... Doing color, it’s spontaneous -- so just learning how to say something that sounds important in a short amount of time." St. James notes Osgood is "not shy about his fondness for the organization that drafted him, employed him, and rehired him." Osgood: "I find myself biased towards the whole team, the Red Wings, because I played for so long for them. I find myself sometimes being too protective of the guys" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 1/10).
SHE'S GOT A KLUWE: In California, Michael Lev writes FS1's Charissa Thompson "did a terrific job" interviewing NFL free agent Chris Kluwe on "Fox Sports Live" this week. Thompson "treated the interview with the outspoken former punter with the utmost seriousness, refusing to lob a single softball Kluwe's way." Thompson is "among the bright spots on a network that's still finding its way" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 1/10).