This season is set to be the 50th and final year in the broadcast booth for Cardinals radio voice Mike Shannon. But according to the 81-year-old, he almost didn’t make it after a severe bout with COVID-19 last fall.
Speaking with Rick Hummel of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Shannon said he spent 15 days in the hospital from late October into November.
“I was going down,” Shannon said. “I was probably going to die.”
His wife Lori Shannon described driving to the hospital the day he became sick, and notably remembered how quickly he took a turn for the worse.
“Within four hours he went from normal Mike Shannon to ‘I can’t breathe’ Mike Shannon to hanging his head out of the window as I’m driving 80 miles an hour down the highway,” she told The Post-Dispatch. “We got into the emergency room and it was pretty much like seven liters, 15 liters, 30 liters, boom, we’re out of oxygen. So they moved him into the Intensive Care Unit.
“Within the next hour, he was so agitated about the thing at that point that he was down for the count and they had to put him into a medical coma. The COVID had taken over so quickly.”
After about five days in the hospital, Lori was told her husband wasn’t going to make it. But then, according to Shannon, he was given “the stuff they gave the President and that turned the trick.” “The stuff” that Donald Trump received was a monoclonal antibody cocktail from Regeneron.
Nearly five months later, Shannon has returned to work after a miraculous turnaround, but he’s still in the process of recovering, receiving physical therapy three times a week while working a lighter six-innings per game. According to Hummel, it hasn’t been decided if the six-inning schedule for Shannon will continue during the regular season.
Shannon’s career with the Cardinals began in 1958 when he was signed as a player. He made it to the big leagues in 1962 and enjoyed a nine-year career which included two World Series championships. After retiring from the field, Shannon joined the Cardinals front office, but quickly transitioned to the radio booth alongside Jack Buck in 1972. Nearly a half-century later, Shannon is set to begin his 50th season as a Cardinals radio announcer.
Last summer, during the modified MLB schedule because of COVID,-19, Shannon worked just 27 games for the Cardinals. The 81-year-old broadcaster is expected to call approximately 50 games without travel in what will likely be his final season in the booth.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”