As I promised a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d review Position To Win by Rays broadcaster Dewayne Staats today.
It took me about 10 days to read the book, which is available the old fashioned way, as it is not on Kindle yet as of the time of this writing. Only fitting that a book about baseball is offered in the traditional sense, no? Another refreshing and traditional thing about the book is, unlike many autobiographies in recent years that attempt to lure you in with lurid details and such-and-such a player or colleague, you don’t get the sense that this book is such an expose. Dewayne discusses his life in detail, as his upbringing is very much part of the story as to how and why he got into broadcasting.
The best autobiographies are the books you can hear in you mind’s ear the person writing the book narrating it to you. In other words, do the words you’re reading match what you can envision the author saying to you? In Dewayne’s case, the answer was yes for me.
Staats comes off as the kind of broadcaster who could work with a wide range of partners, from the more serious analysis of guys like Steve Stone and Tony Kubek to the laid back style of Brian “B.A.” Anderson, to the joie de vivre personality of Harry Caray. As I learned doing some public address announcing in my high school years and just beyond, it’s all about good preparation. In my case, it was just knowing how to pronounce names right. To Dewayne, it’s about knowing what teams and players can do on any given day. Preparation is always the key.
I totally recommend “Position To Win” to you, even if you’re not a big sports fan. It’s a good book in learning what makes an exceptional broadcaster good at what he does.