Springfield Cardinal News: Lucky to have Lindskog

Springfield Cardinals Fans still waiting for their team to get their first win.

Scott Puryear, sports columnist for the Springfield News-Leader, spoke for an entire Ozarks area fan-base when he wrote in his column this past week how lucky Springfield Cardinal fans are (even after loosing their first two games to the Arkansas Travelers in Little Rock). Every piece of fortune that Puryear hit upon was absolutely true. The only problem was, he missed one--a big one--the voice of the Springfield Cardinals, Mike Lindskog.

It is no secret how lucky the newly formed Texas League team in Springfield is to have a brand new $32 million ballpark to play in, which is quickly becoming known as the jewel of the minors, It's lucky too to be owned by the parent team--St. Louis Cardinals. It is lucky to have great fans in Springfield with long-time loyalty to the St. Louis Cardinals and it is lucky that the fans have a first-rate team, management and support staff.

Puryear is well aware of all of this and is obviously glad to be counted among the "lucky." But the luck of having Lindskog call the games on JOCK 99 FM radio may prove to be the luckiest draw of all.

Listening to Lindskog call the play by play for the first two games was more like listening to someone call a hockey game. There is no shortage of people who complain that baseball is too slow and boring. These people have not listened to Lindskog. He can truly make a no-run, no-hit, nothing-much-happened inning sound like the bottom of the ninth, with three men on base, four runs behind and Casey standing in the batters box with grand-slam written all over his face.

He brings an excitement to the radio booth that rivals that of Dizzy Dean, Curt Gowdy and, Jack and Joe Buck--some big microphones to fill and follow.

This season is Lindskogs 13th in minor league baseball and his second in the Texas League. Linkskog was born in Spokane, Washington where he was the voice of his hometown Spokane Indians of the Northwest League for several years.

Beginning in 2001, the High Desert Maverick's fans of the California League became the minor league's luckiest listeners when Lindskog joined the team as radio announcer and remained there for three-and-a-half years.

Last season Lindskog was the voice of the El Paso Diablos of the Texas League, a team purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals and moved to Springfield, Missouri.

Shortly after coming to Springfield to become the '"voice" for lucky fans here, Lindskog said that he was delighted at the prospect of working and living in Springfield (he and his wife have purchased a house in Springfield) and of being a part of the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Just as every young baseball player has dreams of becoming a major league player, Lindskog, who serves not only as the on-air voice of the Springfield Cardinals but is also the manager of media relations, has dreams of becoming a major league announcer. He admitted before the season even began that he is completely aware of the proximity of Springfield to St. Louis and how the possibility of being noticed by the parent team is increased by the short drive down I-44--what Lindskog called "a dream come true."

A simple prediction--Lindskog is going places. A piece of fortune for him, if not so lucky for the fans. He is amazing to listen to and he puts an end to the claims of baseball being slow and boring. Enjoy him while he is here--he will leave a big microphone to fill when he moves up.

Lindskog can be heard live each game on JOCK 98.7 FM or on the Springfield Cardinals website at www.springfieldcardinals.com.

You can write tp John Brayfield at johnb@positech.net.

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