BANGOR — For any parent, watching a child play a sport can be stressful.
But having to describe the ballgame over a radio broadcast, with thousands of folks listening, can be even more difficult.
WZON of Bangor sportscaster Dale Duff faced that dilemma during the Senior League World Series this week at Mansfield Stadium when Bangor faced South Vineland, N.J., in pool play, and Duff’s son, Greg, was brought in to pitch.
But then again, this wasn’t a new experience for the Bangor East Little League president, who is also WZON’s program director.
“This is the second time I’ve had to go through this, my oldest one, Jason, also played in the World Series,” Duff said. “I do everything I can to not be doing play-by-play at the time.”
That wasn’t the case on Wednesday, but Duff handled it with professionalism.
“It was the seventh inning, and it was my inning and I had to do the final inning,” he said.
In the future, Duff will try to avoid calling Greg’s games. Greg will be a sophomore at Bangor this fall and played on the school’s junior varsity baseball team last spring.
“If we can anticipate a game he’s going to pitch in or pitch in a lot, we’ll try as much as we can to mix up the crews,” Duff said. “I would prefer not to call my own kid’s action, it’s just a lot easier not to do it.”
But Duff has seen thousands of baseball games over the years, so when he had to broadcast Greg’s game Wednesday, he was relaxed and in control.
“I really don’t get nervous I guess unlike a lot of fans,” Duff said. “Mainly because I’ve seen a bazillion games.”
He was certainly proud of the effort the Bangor senior leaguers put forth as they advanced to the championship game before being defeated by Latin America champ San Nicolas, Aruba, 8-1 on Saturday.
“When I see Seth Freudenberger, Luke Hetterman, when I see guys like that, I remember them as 9-year-old kids playing Little League baseball, and that makes me feel good and that makes me feel proud, too,” Duff said.