Last season, the Boston Red Sox lost Fenway Park public address announcer Carl Beane. The Agawam, Mass. native had been behind the microphone for every Red Sox home game since 2003, including games 1 and 2 of both the 2004 and 2007 World Series. Beane opened every game with the words “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Welcome to Fenway Park.”
After Beane’s passing, the Red Sox had guest PA announcers for the remainder of the season, including an occasional tryout, while looking for a replacement.
The Red Sox have gone through a lengthy search with hundreds of tryouts. The finalists have been decided and include Jensen Millar. If the name Millar sounds familiar, it is. Jensen is the brother of former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar.
Kevin played three seasons for the Red Sox from 2003-05. The first baseman was part of the 2004 World Series team that ended the 86-year drought for the Red Sox. The current MLB Network analyst and co-host of Intentional Talk was famous for coining the phrase “Cowboy Up!” Additionally, he called the team “idiots” to keep them loose during the stretch run to the World Series Championship. Kevin last played in the major leagues for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009.
Jensen won the ‘Dream Job’ contest in 2004 and broadcasted a Fort Myers Miracle game. He was in Fort Myers, Fla. on Wednesday, calling a spring training game. According to multiple people, he sounds great behind the microphone.
Red Sox Nation will find out before Opening Day who will be over the PA at Fenway Park in Boston. Will the Red Sox have another Millar in the organization?