Baseball America published this piece on Jim Weber, who has broadcast 5,000 straight Toledo Mud Hens games. He's the radio voice for the Triple A team since 1975 and hasn't missed a game since 1985.
Sorta puts Dan Gladden's vacations in perspective, doesn't it?
I'm mentioning it here because Weber tells this story about how his lack of scouting ability:
It's 1984, and Toledo is the Twins Triple A affiliate, and the young Kirby Puckett is their center fielder. The team is Maine on a road trip and he's told to get Puckett to an airport so he can catch a flight to go to the big leagues.
"I couldn't understand it," Weber told BA. "He hadn't been with us very long and he wasn't putting up numbers. He was just a young kid. So as he was getting out of the car, I told him, 'If you're only up there a couple of weeks, it's an experience. Enjoy it.'
"I thought for sure I'd be seeing him again in a couple of weeks after I dropped him off at the airport."