Tyler Geivett had such a good time in Missoula last summer that he had to return.
It wasn't so much the carefree living, river floats and fly fishing that caught this Californian's fancy. It was more the joy of a hard day's work and the camaraderie that came with his job as radio voice of the Pioneer League champion Missoula Osprey.
Now in his second year behind the microphone, Geivett is hoping his smooth style will lead to something bigger down the road. Recently he took some time to talk with the Missoulian about his Garden City experience.
Q. How did you get this gig?
A. I went to the winter meetings two years ago; they were in San Diego. Living in L.A., it was an easy trip for me. I'd been into broadcasting for a few years. I talked to my boss and he allowed me to finish my year at LMU, then over the summer find a short-season job. So I went to the winter meetings looking for a short-season job. The Osprey were hiring and I applied for the job before I went, then heard from Jeff Griffin, the GM here, who asked if I would be coming to the meetings and he wanted to interview me. I interviewed there and after the interview was over he offered me the job.
Q. Did you send tapes?
A. I put together the first demo I had ever created. It was all LMU baseball stuff and I had only called the road games for LMU baseball. I hand a handful of games over my years there.
Q. With the Osprey making the run to the championship last year, the season went kind of long. Did that conflict with your job at LMU?
A. It did. It was something that when I talked with my boss he kind of knew what could potentially happen. I told him the last game is Sept. 8, if we're not in the playoffs I'll be home the 12th. ... That last week was the only iffy week. I joined LMU for volleyball and they were just about ready to start conference play, about four weeks into the season.
Q. Has baseball always been your passion?
A. That's been my sport. It's really the only sport I follow religiously. I'll watch all sports, but I don't root for any particular teams outside of baseball. For basketball and football, I'll turn them on, but I really don't have the interest in rooting for anything, or even understanding completely how the game of football works.
Q. What makes broadcasting baseball unique?
A. There's a lot of down time. I've called very few games outside the sport of baseball. ... It's a lot slower, which to me I think is great for my style of broadcasting. Something that's really upbeat, you don't have the down time, but you can't really dive too far into stats or numbers, or painting the picture, stuff like that. That's what I really enjoy doing, slowing things down. I grew up in Northern California listening to Giants games. I've always liked the broadcasters they have there. Jon Miller has a slower style. He doesn't fill every gap. He kind of lets the game breathe, which I like a lot.
Q. You mentioned Jon Miller. Do you have any other favorite broadcasters?
A. It would be wrong not to mention Vin Scully. He's obviously the best. Being able to listen to him -- I just finished my ninth year at LMU and by no means am I Dodgers fan. I was a huge Giants fan growing up -- but to be able to listen to Vin Scully and especially this being his last year there's been a lot of publicity about the stories he tells ... there's no one better.
Q. You were broadcasting a no-hitter into the eighth inning on Monday night. The baseball superstition is to not mention it. What did you say on the air?
A. I knew it was a no-hitter. It's a little different at this level than even at college. I've had a couple of deep no-hit bids in college. Connor Grey was on the mound here and he goes four innings and they take him out and he's perfect through four. He's reached his pitch limit. At the college level, starters are already kind of stretched out. It's going to be a combined no-hitter. It's a little different feel there. I remember saying, 'There's a walk, so the perfect game is gone.' I don't think I mentioned still no hits, I think I mentioned like that's the first base runner. I'm not a huge believer in not jinxing the thing, but I will dance around it. Being in radio, there isn't s score bug there all the time that shows a zero. You kind of have to hint to it.
Q. Do you have a home run call?
A. I've used it one time this year. We've had a couple of no-doubt home runs, but the call I've gone to is, 'At the track, at the wall, we're going to need a new baseball.' That's the line I've used. I try not to overuse it.
Q. So you're a Giants fan?
A. I grew up going to Candlestick Park with my family. Now they have one of the nicest stadiums in major league baseball.
Q. Is this something you want to pursue as a career?
A. Yeah. I think this would be what I want to do. The big piece for me is trying to find that next step. I'm in a really good spot right now because I have my full-time job, there's a comfort level there. They've allowed me to come and do the broadcasts, which I'm grateful for. Ultimately, I would like to find a job that would allow me to do this full time.