Best of Phoenix 2013: Best Sports Moments
In honor of this year's edition of Best of Phoenix, we bring you the best sports moments of the year.
5.) Joe Garagiola retires
|Baseball Collection via Flickr|
|1952 Topps No. 227, Joe Garagiola|
We'd been hearing Joe Garagiola's gravelly voice our whole waking lives. It was always a comfort to hear him broadcasting baseball games for NBC and, since moving to the Valley, off-and-on with the Arizona Diamondbacks, with whom his son, Joe Jr., used to be an exec. Joe Sr. always was a wise and wisecracking presence. When he retired from broadcasting recently -- to much fanfare by the Diamondbacks -- we got a lump in our throats to think a presence from our sports-crazed youth no longer would be a mainstay.