Jon Miller did his first baseball play-by-play at the age of 10, describing Strat-O-Matic board-game action in his bedroom. Today, Miller, 42, is the voice of the Orioles and the man who would be responsible for filling air time on WBAL Radio if the players strike. A former voice of the Athletics, Rangers and Red Sox, Miller has been doing Orioles games since 1983. With his clever wit and imagination, he should have no trouble keeping the minds of Orioles fans on baseball. He spoke recently with Sun staff writer Brad Snyder.
Q: If there is a baseball strike this season, why have you told WBAL that you would like to spend it broadcasting games in Japan?
A: I've been to Japan a couple of times and really enjoyed watching baseball there. The crowds are real loud and raucous over there.
Q: What were you doing during the last baseball strike?
A: In 1981, I was doing Red Sox games. We started off broadcasting minor-league games, the Pawtucket Red Sox. There didn't seem to be a whole lot of interest in that.
Q: What did you do instead?
A: We picked up the Red Sox's season as if the strike had ended and played the Strat-O-Matic board game. We must have done 30 or so of these until we got sick of them. We got so weary of that that then we had the Red Sox play the '46 Red Sox or the '67 Red Sox. We had Yastrzemski playing Yastrzemski. I don't want to do that again.
Q: What was the best part about that 1981 Strat-O-Matic season?
A: It was funny for me because I was able to call my mom and say, 'Do you know what I was doing when I was 10 years old? You were so worried about my future. Well now, I'm doing the same exact thing except they're paying me to do it.'