- The Washington Times - Monday, June 2, 2008

FIVE QUESTIONS WITH …

Nationals radio announcer Charlie Slowes

Q: What’s your most memorable moment behind the mike? A: The first pitch by [Livan Hernandez] at RFK in ‘05 is right there near the top. That was pretty good. For what it meant, somehow baseball coming back to Washington was like a universal moment for all these people. It meant more to the people than it probably did to the players on the field. You saw people crying coming into the park. So far, nothing’s topped that.

Q: Favorite catchphrase? A: It’s a tie between the two of them. One goes with the other: “Bang, zoom go the fireworks! A curly W’s in the books!”

Q: What does an announcer dread more: A 16-inning game or a two-hour rain delay? A: A two-hour rain delay. Followed by a 16-inning game.

Q: How long has it been since you last worked for a team that had a winning record? A: It would have to be my last year doing the Bullets in ‘96-97. Winning record, made the playoffs. This is my 11th year doing baseball [without working for a winner].

Q: Ever worry you might in any way be responsible for that? A: If I worried about that, I would have been done in this business a long time ago.

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