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Talkback: Ep 16: On Deck

With Major League Baseball’s return marking the end of this sports drought, host Cooper Boardman dives into the challenges ahead and what the return to baseball means with ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Boston Red Sox TV announcer Dave O’Brien and Houston Astros radio announcer Rob Ford.














Jeff Passan is a 2002 SU grad, who spent his four years at the Daily Orange. As a reporter at ESPN, he has been a key part of the coverage surrounding the league’s tumultuous return negotiations. Passan details that experience with Karl Moeglein.


Dave O’Brien is a 1986 graduate with 30 years of major league experience. Whether it’s historic moments or childhood video games, O’Brien’s voice is known well past Boston, where he still calls Red Sox games on NESN. He explains his approach to the 2020 season in a conversation with Jaron May.


Rob Ford left Syracuse in 2001 and began his journey towards becoming the voice of the Astros. As Ford talks about with Cory Berberian, one of the league’s best and most controversial team will be center stage this season.   

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