What Thom Brennaman said in a new Sports Broadcast Journal interview

Former Cincinnati Reds and FOX play-by-play broadcaster Thom Brennaman has been calling high school football games, hosting a podcast and occasionally discussing how things have gone since he apologized for using a homophobic slur on the air last season and did not return to either job.

In July, he appeared on The Josh Potter Show and discussed a number of subjects, including being able to accept people's jokes about the now-famous "drive into deep left field by Castellanos" call he made during his on-air apology. 

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman sits in a special outside booth before the Reds' baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Cincinnati.

In a new interview with David J. Halberstam that follows Halberstam's column insisting that Brennaman's "career was destroyed with impunity and through a typical rush to judgment," Brennaman offered the following opinions and observations:

* Many people tell Brennaman they wish he was back and they miss him.

If I’m in the grocery or getting a cup of coffee at the local convenient shop, 99% of those I bump into, I’ll hear, ‘We wish you were back, we miss you!’ Let’s say it’s even 90%. Are execs going to make a decision to appease the 10%? Wouldn’t you listen to the massive 90%?

* Brennaman misses football more than baseball.

Football. I liked the broadcast team with which I worked. I loved Chris Spielman like my own brother.

* Broadcasting remotely is here to stay.

I didn’t miss not traveling, not an iota. Arriving in towns at 2:30 am, no. MLB does enough to share needed information. In our studio, I had access to clear camera angles. They were sufficient. Sometimes, it was difficult to gauge fly balls but we got accustomed to it.

I’ll say this. I don’t think baseball teams, except a team here or there, will ever go on the road again. Baseball is a business. Traveling is costly. In addition to the on-air teams there are TV trucks and technical crews.

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