And ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the channel.
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We have an interview with minor league announcer Ryland Phil Bray.
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Uh, should we just jump into it? Yeah.
What made you want to go into sports broadcasting? Yeah.
So I think, um, I o I played sports growing up and played basketball, baseball, and always kind of knew or wanted to go into sports.
I didn't know what happened.
And I think at a certain point, I realized I wasn't going to be playing at the professional level someday.
You know, I've always enjoyed listening baseball on the radio, I think growing up.
Listen, Teoh, whether was bilking with the A's Can Chorak, um crew king type on the radio John Miller, whoever whoever was in the Bay area I was had upon.
And so I always knew I wanted Thio Thio to talk about sports.
And, um, just listen to those guys.
Really kind of inspired me once I stopped playing, I knew that's what I wanted Teoh wanted to do and learn the craft of it.
And so, uh, I always used to play basketball based on the backyard.
It cannot have running commentary on your own.
Uh, eventually, I knew I did that just without any any sort of, um, and anybody teaching me that is just kind of natural.
Me and so eventually I wanted to learn at actually do it and what I got to school college.
I realized that I could actually do it.
And so, yeah, it's, um it's it's mainly obviated sports of that I was That was really the biggest thinking of why I wanted to go into it.
You will want to be a rock gain in some capacity.
Oh, what made you want to go to Boise State? I think I wanted to do something different.
A lot of my friends had gone to a lean a lot of California State schools.
Uh, and really, they've got Teoh a lot of, you know, places that I was definitely interested in.
But I wanted to kind of, uh, create my own path and do something that a lot of people weren't doing at Boise State was somewhere that I only know a person to it gone there, um, from my area.
And you played basketball there back in 2008 he was on the team that actually went to the tournament that year for boys, he said, I think it was $2 a day, maybe two dozen seven.
And and so I knew about school.
My aunt lives in Boise, and so that was a draw.
Having family up there and and they, um, offer pretty good.
Um, your grades are good enough.
They do a pretty good scholarship for California students, actually.
So that was what initially got me up there.
And then I went there.
The campus is beautiful.
Um, did I mean the facilities? There are top notch and it's growing.
That's a city that I think people don't realize how big it is.
It's getting bigger.
Uh, and everybody seems like some California moving up there.
It's a great town.
I love the people there, and I felt like I had an opportunity.
It didn't have a necessarily ah, full program for what I wanted to dio, but I felt like that because I was going to be one of the a few people going into broadcasting there.
I thought I could carve out my own opportunities Well, at the university.
And so I just felt like it was a great thing.
I was just saying the other day, I think if I was gonna do it over again, I go there again.
Uh, what was the experience like when you were broadcasting for teams like the Boise Hawks and the Augusta Green Jackets? Yeah.
So, uh, I think everything started when I was Actually, it was the year before all its a Boise when I was in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
That was my first kind of big break because I hadn't done a lot of play by play broadcasting.
And so to get the opportunity, there really was big for me because I just needed the reps.
I needed to get on air and and do it.
A bunch in orderto really get better.
And I had applied to a few places, but I actually got a job in Duluth, Minnesota, that I accepted.
And then I ended up getting the job in Kenosha, which I didn't think I was going Teoh and the job in Kenosha was going to give me an opportunity to do play by play on my by myself instead of what partners and I felt like I needed as many as I said, as many reps is possible.
And so I didn't really want a partner in college because I wanted to just do it on my own and really get the full experience.
So I ended up going to Kenosha and they're only reason I bring that up is because before I talk about boys in Augusta is because that was what taught me how to do the job.
I felt like that summer really tested me and I was really you're thrown into the fire.
I hadn't done really a lot of play by play play calling five or six games in college, but I hadn't been a lot.
I had done a lot of hosting my own show and being on the radio in that respect.
But I hadn't done a ton of play by play, so that was 72 games in 75 days.
Then you're you're working every day from 9 a.m.
When you wake up away until about 11 on the game and so that really taught me what I needed to know.
And, uh, if it wasn't for that job, I don't think the other to happen.
But being in Boise and being in Augusta, there were two different jobs because in Boise I was there and it was a 76 game schedule.
And in Augusta when I got that job, that's 140 games.
So it's, um ah, little is about twice as many.
And so the first year in Boise really tested me because Boise is before this team geographically from, uh, all the other clubs in that league.
So the bus rides.
It was about eight hours.
It's pretty much every single team.
And so you're basically playing a four game series.
You're getting on the bus.
You get back to Boise at 6 37 in the morning.
You go home, sleep for a few hours and come back that night.
Broadcast the game and you know you only get three days off during the summer.
So it's It's hard when with that travel schedule makes it even more difficult.
So that was the toughest summer for me because I had never operated on that little sleep I had done to travel the year before, but not like that.
And then when I got to Augusta, that was a challenge, because it's such a it's so much longer.
It's a marathon, and so you have to really pace yourself.
But at the same time, you have to take a day by day and not look too far ahead and just kind of enjoy the process.
And I really enjoyed being in Augusta because that was allowed me the opportunity to do so.
Many of the Giants, young talent, so much of their young talent and be around them and really get to know that I felt like I made a lot of great connections and I still talk to a lot of those guys throughout the throughout the day.
So they're two different jobs.
But if it wasn't for Kenosha, I don't get the Boise job.
And then, obviously the voice of job, let me to move up a level and get to Augusta.
Uh, what made you want to get your master's degree? Yes.
So I had been doing the baseball for two years after graduating college and I felt like I needed to polish, um, my skill set and get better in some areas.
And I just didn't feel like, um, I was gonna be able to do that.
You are continuing to call baseball games.
I called so much base Boy, I really, you know, a lot of my backgrounds, actually in basketball, And so I wanted to go back and and really work on, you know, my writing and real learning more about the game of basketball.
So I got a chance to go back in Northwestern all night.
I actually was going to happen was it was going to start at Northwestern after the job in Boise.
But I, uh, job in Augusta opened up and I had applied.
And once I got it, I had take that.
So I differed from Northwestern and said, You know, depend on what happens in Augusta because these are always one year contracts, you know, make a decision.
And so they were.
They offered me to stay in Augusta, and I had to make a tough call, and I just wanted to go back to school, and I I absolutely love Chicago.
Um and so I wanted to live there and It was a one year program, and I felt like I could really approve in a lot of different areas.
And so I made the decision, and I'm glad I did.
Because obviously there's no finally baseball season right now.
So would I would be out of out of work if I had stayed in Augusta.
Um, but I think more mawr.
The reason why I'm happy and wants to Northwest is because of the connections I made.
They're such a great university, and I just love living in Chicago.
Okay, um, what are your thoughts on Far Horn and the Giants? Yeah, I think it was really cool for me because when I got hired, which was originally with a, uh oh, that was in October of 2018.
Um, that was right around when the Giants were starting Teoh.
There was rumblings that they were gonna make a move, and then I believe for on was hired in November of that year.
Um and so I remember just watching the press conference, and, you know, when I got to Augusta, you know, I was in Augusta before the players get there because you know, I'm working, doing things for the team, and then the players got there about a month later, and that's the front office and start to get to have conversations with people, and it was really cool.
Tiu see what he's trying to do is he's really doing something that is the complete opposite of what the ownership group are, not the ownership group the front office did before him and obviously that front officers successful.
But they felt like they needed to make a change, and I think morons got them going in the right direction.
You know, they're valuing different things.
They're a lot harder look, um, at the ****ytics, and I think that what he's been able to do just in one year, I know a lot of people talk about all the moves he made and and they might not seem significant last year when they were picking guys up off waivers and whatnot.
But the draft that he had last year was extremely successful.
It doesn't seem like a yet, but a lot of the guys they picked up, I I got the chance to see and they're gonna be really good going forward and then just the Giants of the whole that it was before Farhaan the guys they drafted.
They've got a group right out that I was lucky to spend time with that it's going to be the next crop of talent in San Francisco that's going to win the championship.
I think someday they've got great pitching in the minor league level right now and some bats that are really starting to come along, it's gonna take some time.
But they've got all these guys that are gonna come up, I think around the same time.
And, uh, it could be pretty special.
So I'm very high or what Farahat is done.
And I think the Giants of a great chance the win a World Series not in the next two years, but maybe 345 years down the road.
Our final question.
Have you seen the last dance? I have.
Yeah, I got the opportunity Teoh to watch it, and, uh, I loved it was really cool by Professor Northwestern, which is, um, J a Adande A.
He's been in it.
Um, I think he was in five episodes and then one of my other professors both size extent was also in two or three of the episodes.
So it's been fun from Meteo to be able to pick their brains about it.
And, uh, I actually was on a call yesterday for one of my concerts with the directors of the film the do***entary, and it was interesting to hear their their thoughts on it.
They kind of gave us behind his look, So I thought it was I thought it was great storytelling.
I think a lot of people will complain that they didn't find out anything new, but I think there was There was plenty of things I didn't know about Michael Jordan and that the dynasty.
And so it was exactly what we needed with everybody sitting at home run. Now.
Okay, well, I'm gonna ask you one more question.
This is kind out of blue.
What is your X factor for batting and your X factor for pitching for the Giants X factor? Good question.
Um, I think the guy that got a lot of guys who are really young right now are probably 2021 who are gonna be there in a couple of years.
I can't give you one, because I There's so many bowel give you.
I'll give you two.
At least I could go on three or four.
But one first guy's name is Step Cory on, and he was drafted a high school back in 2017 out of you in Utah.
Ah, and he last year, said the old time strikeout record for the Augusta Great Jackets team. I was.
I was with um, and some of the names on that list that eats her past Jon Lester of the Cubs and masking Bumgardner when he was in Augusta.
So this guy, he's got a great fastball.
Curveball is what he was known for coming out of high school, and now he's developing a changeup.
So he's got a legitimate chance to be.
I think, Ah, number one or two starters someday, the major league level and he's a great person above anything else.
I think that was That was my favorite part of last summer was getting to know hand and seeing him work on a daily basis because he really struggled at the beginning of the area.
He ended up being the picture of the year in our league.
The second guy, I'll say it.
He's not an X factor, But he's the guy that people are starting to hear his name or and that Sean jelly and he's six foot 11.5.
If he throws in a major league game, it will be the tallest pitcher to ever throw in the big leagues.
And, um, I got the opportunity to see him for the 1st 2 months of the year last year.
And, uh, he is just as good as advertised strikes and that for how big he is, Motion is really repeatable.
And I again another guy was great hand on his shoulders and somebody that I think can again be a one or two star of the big league level when he gets there.
So those two guys air two guys.
I think people should watch out for here in the next couple of years.
Sean might be there by the, uh, and of our beginning of next year, possibly if he throws it well enough.
Yeah, I mean, he's he's got like, he's pretty tall and he's got some good statistics.
But Seth Corey through ah, 172 strikeouts last year.
Yeah, yeah, that's you got your numbers.
Yeah, he He was striking people left and right, and he really struggled early in the season.
No, you're walking a lot of guys.
I think that was This is Kryptonite earlier this season and he started to figure things out and realized what his shrinks were, and that's his fastball and his curveball.
And then he started working.
I change up and he was almost You really was unhittable for a while, you know, it is only problems when he was walking, guys.
So, yeah, you striking guys out? It was really cool to see set that record in his last start of the year in Augusta, actually, was the day we clinched the playoffs.
And so he did throw well that day.
But, um, it was you got a standing ovation from the crowd, and it was pretty to be there for that.
Yeah, he upped last year.
He upped his ah strikeouts per nine innings ratio by three by like 2.
6, But yeah, with the balls, I do see he upped his his walks off, I believe, around like 30 31 2 from white life.
I mean, I don't know right now, but 27.
41 of pretty sure for anyone from 17 to 58.
So, yeah, I mean, that could be something work on.
Yeah, well, we'll definitely needed to make sure that, uh, you know, he's staying in the strike zone because that's the only thing that's gonna hold it back.
But you don't You don't see many left handed pitchers as solid as he was at the minor league level last year.
I think he'll be able to carry it forward here in the next few years.
I mean, Sean, uh, Sean, uh, jelly.
You know, you never really get to hear him and you don't.
You know, you don't get Teoh pronounce his name right, because it's spelled weirdly, but it's, like, 6 11 to 25.
This dude was suited up for football.
He'd probably go out there and be like a wide receiver and just completely annihilate people.
I mean, this dude, he's so Paul.
I mean, I think he'll be really good for the Giants.
Yeah, Yeah, him and they got some, you know, Julie for is gonna be a great prospect.
I didn't get to see about Augusta, but actually saw it and Boise what he was when we played the Giants affiliate, and, uh, he's he's gonna be, could It has a chance to be one of best players down the road, one of best catchers in baseball if he continues on this trajectory that he's on.
So they've got a lot of young talent and there it's the reason why people have been really talking about their minor league system last few years.
And that's because not only the guys at the top are really good, but the guys at the bottom have a lot of potential to.
It's one of the one of the only systems where even the guys that maybe have been struggling, you can still see one or two tools that they have that could get them to the major league level.
And obviously you're being optimistic about a lot of guys.
But yeah, they've been fun to watch far.
Hans got ah ah, lot of a lot of good players to choose from in the coming years.
Ah, but thank you, Ryland.
And, um I mean, this was some really wise words.
We actually needed this about the Giants.
I mean, you know, you're this has probably been the best interview I've had.
And thank you, Ryland.
Uh, just cover a great day and, uh, stay safe.
Have you all right? I will.
And also Muda linked to the, uh, to stream after.
Okay, great. Okay.
I like my lazy job.
And those were some wides words for Ryland co bray a automatically, probably.
He has the, uh what we like to call here.
Ah, you have 43 60 The magic, the magic career and normally lazing Gilman, the mat with the magic career consists off is, um is from what I've seen with a lot of players and a lot of broadcasters is they start off in the minor leagues with, like, little teams and they, you know, they get off to the start like Rylance had, and then they and then they just take off and they can't be solved.
And I mean, they end up like becoming you're, you know, your home grown broadcaster for a team.
I mean, so just have a great day, ladies and gentleman.
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