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Video: Mike “Doc” Emrick joins the Pirates’ radio booth

New Jersey Devils TV announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick waves  as he is honored by team in NHL game in Newark

New Jersey Devils TV announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick shakes hands with Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek (R) as he is presented a framed jersey while being honored by the team prior to their NHL hockey game with the Vancouver Canucks in Newark, New Jersey, February 24, 2012. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)


On Thursday, Hall of Fame hockey broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick joined the Pirates’ radio booth and called some of the spring training action. has video:

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Emrick is a big Pirates fan. During the broadcast, he said, “You know, I gotta divorce myself from cheering.”

Having done neither, I would imagine it’s difficult to call one sport and then try to do the same with another because you get used to processing information at a certain speed. Hockey is very fast-paced, so you have to inform the listener quickly and accurately. Baseball is much more slow-paced and I’d imagine can be a bit uncomfortable to feel like you have to fill in all of the moments where nothing is happening. Emrick sounded like a natural, which isn’t surprising given his resume.

Emrick will also call a few innings on the Root Sports telecast on March 9 when the Pirates take on the Red Sox.

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