Last year and seasons before that, Tom McCarthy took a pause in his season as the main play-by-play Phillies TV announcer to go and do his football games that he does for both college and professional football announcing. That left the Comcast Sports Network in Philadelphia to find a replacement for him and they tapped Gregg Murphy, who has been doing sideline reporting for the network for a few years now.
Murphy wasn't really ready last year and times prior, when he was elevated to the broadcast booth, his call of the game was kind of off kilter and you could tell that he just wasn't ready to do that job.
Fast forward to this year and last night, and again, McCarthy was gone to do other broadcast duties. His absence from the booth gave Murph another chance at being the play-by-play announcer and surprisingly, he is much improved over last year.
Not only was Murphy's call of the game better, his optimism and positiveness was a welcome change to what we have heard from McCarthy for a good part of the season.
Of course it always helps when the Phillies played as good as they did last night. They banged out 11 hits and 8 runs on the way to a shutout 8-0 win for the 67th win of the year.
The McCarthy-less broadcast booth continues today with the wrap-up game of the series with Miami, it's really a breath of fresh air for Phillies fans.