I’d been seeing these promos for a new IFC show called “Brockmire”  as the 2017 baseball season approached.  

It’s a story about a one-time, MLB play-by-play announcer named “Jim Brockmire” who lost his gig after airing some of his own dirty laundry about his wife and her infidelities during a live broadcast.  And, his own alcoholism.

Veteran character actor Hank Azaria’s in the lead as the Rye-drinking, public address announcer for the Morristown Frackers.  I won’t spoil the episodes for any of you.  But if you watch more than your favorite team’s broadcasts around Major League Baseball, you cain’t HELP but think that Azaria’s “Brockmire” has the same cadence and delivery as a guy in the Comcast SportsNet Chicago booth.

It is so well-written and so deftly performed without a laugh track, it reminded me of another situation comedy that premiered 30 years ago: The great Tim Reid’s Frank’s Place.

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