I had a real problem today. I was supposed to go to a big dinner with a lot of baseball executives in Miami, and of course I had a dental emergency. I looked all around Miami for a good dentist, but it was 3:30 and they had all left for the day.
Out of nowhere I get a call from Dr. Mereos. He told me that although he was out for the day that his lovely and wonderful assistant, Norma, would be waiting for me in their office.
When I got there Norma was wonderful. She sat me down, took a look at the problem, and assured me that I had nothing to worry about and that she would take care of me.
She did an outstanding job!
She fixed me up and got me off to my dinner.
I will be forever grateful to Norma and Dr. Mereos, and they know that when the Dodgers come to Miami to play the Marlins they will be there to watch the games.
Thank you Norma. Thank you Dr. Mereos.
Al asked me to say a few words about him at the dinner, which I was happy to do.
I told this story:
In 1969 I was managing the Spokane Indians of the Pacific Coast League. We played against the Hawaii Islanders, and in those days when you played I Hawaii you would play a seven game series with a double-header on Sunday.
While there I called Al Campanis, our GM, to talk about my players. During the conversation I said that if he was ever looking for an outstanding radio play-by-play man I had just the man. His name was Al Michaels and he is just starting out in the business.
Al asked me how I knew he was so good, and I told him that I had just been thrown out of the last four games and have been listening to his calls on the radio all week!
All kidding aside, Al has had an outstanding career. He is a class man, and I am so proud of al he has accomplished.
In 1980 Al asked the world if we believe in miracles.
I’m not sure if you can describe his life and career as a miracle, but I certainly believe in Al Michaels.