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Red Sox announcers visit Bangor for 10th annual Hot Stove night

January 30, 2013
By Ryan Kimball of RK Sports Productions

Bangor - Joe Castiglione and Dave O’Brien visited the Bangor Civic Center for the 10th annual Hot Stove night.

Monday night had an opening act for the first time ever with world famous comedian Bob Marley. Marley made the all the Red Sox fans fall out of their seats setting up the main event with Boston’s best radio announcers.

Joe Castiglione is starting his 31st season on Boston Red Sox radio. Castiglione is famously known for his call of the 2004 season “Can you believe it,” when the Boston Red Sox ended the 86 year drought of winning the World Series. If you are a true Red Sox fan, you know Castiglione’s voice the second you hear him on the radio.

The Boston Red Sox organization honored Castiglione last season in his 30th year anniversary. Castiglione was given a choice for a vacation with all his years of service. Castiglione and his wife are going on a 11 day vacation to Italy before Spring Training begins in Fort Myers, Florida.

Dave O’Brien currently works for ESPN, Westwood One and the Boston Red Sox Radio Network. O’Brien is busy year round covering basketball and baseball games for ESPN and broadcasting Red Sox games. He covers NBA and soccer for ESPN too. O’Brien won the Achievements in Radio (A.I.R.) award for Best Play-by-Play for his call ofMark McGwire’s 59th home run in1998.

Castiglione and O’Brien talked about the Red Sox offseason moves and some of their expectations for the season. They answered several questions from Red Sox fans. All baseball fans were intrigued to have two great baseball announcers in town.

This will be the last year Hot Stove night will be at the Bangor Civic Center. Dave and Joe wore blue wrist bands in memory of Sam Snyder, a former softball player and student at Foxcroft Academy. Sam’s grandfather Richard Mcquesten really appreciates Joe and Dave for being so kind to support his grand daughter.

Mcquesten has been to five or six Hot Stove events and really appreciates both Joe Castiglione and Dave O’Brien. He has been a baseball fan for his entire life and loves to hear what these two great announcers have for incite in the game of baseball.

Last year Mcquesten made one of his famous chocolate cakes for O’Brien. He has made this cake for his grand daughter every year for her birthday on November 8th. McQuesten now changed the name of his cake to “Sam’s cake” in memory of his grand daughter.

Mcquesten has had great memories with Sam over the years at the Bangor Auditorium going to tournament games with her. This year is especially hard because this is the last year the tournament will be held at the old Bangor Auditorium. He had several memories with her that will last a lifetime. Sam went to her first tournament game when she was four years old in 1995.

Larry Mahoney of the Bangor Daily News did an interview with Joe Castiglione and Dave O’Brien. Check out this interview on the BDN online. http://bangordailynews.com/2013/01/28/sports/announcers-castiglione-and-obrien-think-more-likable-red-sox-could-be-playoff-contenders/

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