When early April hits, there are a few things that remind Ohioans that summer is closer than it may appear: Warmer weather, the start of baseball season, and hearing Cleveland Indians play-by-play man Tom Hamilton on the radio. While some may show dismay toward Hamilton at times, the way he calls home runs can not and will not be beat by anyone.
Wednesday night’s game may have only been the third game in a very, very long season, but it was the chance for the Indians to begin the season 3-0 for the first time since 1998. Throughout the game, there were plenty of plays, runs, and strikeouts, but the only at-bat anyone will remember will forever be Francisco Lindor’s game-winning grand slam in the top of the ninth to give the Tribe a 9-6 lead after scoring five runs in the inning.
What made it even better was hearing Hamilton call the grand slam, the Indians’ first home run with the bases full since September, 2015. Fair warning, Indians fans: You will have goosebumps after listening to Hamilton’s call.
Whether it’s having his own Facebook page of Hamilton home run calls or people throughout social wanting to hear the call immediately following the play, the 60-year-old has a special talent. The Indians have taken notice, giving Hamilton his own bobblehead night over the years. Over his 27 years of broadcasting, he has made quite a name for himself. While WTAM 1100 is lucky to have an announcer like Hamilton, the luckiest people are the fans who get to hear his game-winning home run calls all summer. How. About. That?