Rush's Geddy Lee Calls the Blue Jays' TV Simulcast Plan "a Bad and Regrettable Decision"
The frontman's hometown team will be the only MLB franchise without a dedicated radio broadcast this season
Published Mar 31, 2021Rush frontman Geddy Lee once sang about the power of "invisible airwaves" on 1980 single "The Spirit of Radio," so it should come as no surprise that the baseball fanatic is disappointed that his Toronto Blue Jays will be the only Major League Baseball team without a dedicated radio broadcast this season.
In February, Rogers Sportsnet announced plans to "streamline" their Blue Jays coverage by axing radio broadcast coverage in favour of simulcasting their television broadcast.
While the Canadian telecom giant, which also owns and operates the Blue Jays organization, chalked up the decision as "an effort to minimize travel and closely adhere to team, league, and government protocols related to the pandemic," sports media professionals and fans alike soon voiced their displeasure with what they largely felt was a cost-cutting measure.
Lee, who has long been spotted behind home plate at Blue Jays games in Toronto, shared his thoughts on the move with the Globe and Mail, speaking to his own history of catching ball games on the radio and what fans will lose this season as a result of Rogers' decision-making.
"Some of my most memorable baseball memories were not from sitting in the stands or watching the game on the tube, but listening to the radio," Lee told the publication.
He continued: "There are nuances and descriptors that radio broadcasters share with their audiences that are simply not the same as a cabal of TV announcers, no matter how good they are. It's a time-honoured craft that requires a special ability to bring to life what we at home simply cannot see. This is a bad and regrettable decision."
Due to ongoing border closures between Canada and the United States, the Blue Jays will begin their 2021 season in Dunedin, FL, on April 1. That's where the team also shared a spring training tribute to Rush last year.