Cronkite Summer Journalism Institute 2012
Miguel Quintana is like many diehard baseball fans. He watches his favorite team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, every day and talks about them nonstop.
The difference is thousands of people listen to him. He and his broadcast partner Oscar Soria bring every Diamondbacks baseball game to life for Arizona’s Hispanic community.
Before a matchup against the Rockies last week, the two broadcasters took time to meet with student reporters from the Summer Journalism Institute 2012. We arrived at Chase Field a couple hours early in order to receive our press passes and see the inner workings of broadcasting for the D-backs.
After Assistant Director of Broadcasting Scott Geyer showed us broadcast complex several students had the chance to talk with Miguel and Oscar. While a few of our colleagues conducted interviews in Spanish, Tynin Fries and I took the opportunity to take footage of the amazing view from the broadcast booth. Finally, I had my chance to speak with Miguel.
According to Quintana most Major League Baseball teams don’t have Spanish broadcasts for their games. Some only cover weekend games or home games. The Diamondbacks are one of the few teams to offer radio broadcasts of all games, at home and on the road, in Spanish. “The organization has been serving the community through these broadcasts for over a decade.”
Quintana and Soria covered the D-backs in 2001, when the team went to the World Series. The two traveled to New York to broadcast the games against the Yankees. Miguel remembers visiting the rubble of the World Trade Center, and how “that was one of the most moving experiences of my life.”
He also recounted the daily experience of life as an announcer. While it is obviously easier to cover games that Arizona is winning, Miguel and Oscar have to maintain an upbeat tone even during tough losses.
Quintana is very thankful for having Soria alongside him during these times to keep up an exciting broadcast for the Spanish community. Miguel told the Pitchfork Press, “That’s when Oscar comes very useful, because he’s got so many stories that we can talk about so many different things other than the game to make it interesting.”
Miguel is very thankful for his job as a baseball commentator. He likes “traveling with the team, staying in the best hotels, and getting to know a lot of players.”
Other perks of the job even include a World Series ring from the 2001 championship year. Miguel also showed us his ring from the MLB All Star Game that was hosted at Chase Field last year.
He told us that he loves witnessing the development of the Diamondbacks organization and said, “I think I am one of the luckiest people alive, to see all this happening.”
By Caleb Peckham and Tynin Fries