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'The kid' continues to impress as Tribe announcer

1:14 PM, Mar 31, 2008   |    comments
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Pritt became one of the Tribe's public address (P.A.) game announcers last year, which included being behind the microphone when the team clinched the Central Division crown. "First of all, first year doing P.A. for a major league baseball team, very cool in itself," Pritt said. "But how many people out there can say they got to do P.A. for a major league baseball team on a day that they clinched the division championship?" Very few. Even fewer can say they did it when they were only 21. "I started doing the graphics for a couple games filling in for somebody," Pritt recalled. "Then a position came open in music, so I got involved doing that, so I ended up doing the music and then on to the PA." Not bad for a kid born just before Joe Carter and Cory Snyder were on the cover of Sports Illustrated naming the Indians the team to beat in the Major Leagues. Pritt admits he only attended one game at the old stadium, and grew up watching the Tribe powerhouse teams of the 1990s. A senior at the University of Akron, Pritt first talked his way into a part-time job with the Indians when he was just 19. He had computer and music skills, and an older, mature voice. Tribe brass added Pritt to the in-game entertainment crew, which included having Pritt doing P.A. work with the Tribe's minor league team, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. "I would have a tape recorder next to me, and I would record myself doing the play-by-play," Pritt said. "I would then go back and listen to it afterwards and try to get better at the art of it." Now, Pritt is part of the home game crew, which includes touching base with the players on what music they want for their batting introductions. The team has several P.A. announcers, including Pritt. On days when Pritt's on duty, he often arrives several hours early to go over the visiting players' names and rehearse. While much of what Pritt speaks into the microphone revolves around batter introductions and pitching changes, he knows that the way he delivers a phrase or a name can incite the crowd to get louder and help the team. Still, Pritt downplays the importance of what he does. "I let the game speak for itself," he said. "Anyone from Cleveland knows that Cleveland is a baseball town. People from Cleveland know baseball. You don't need to make it more than it really is. They understand the significance of the moments. You don't have to go above and beyond what really is necessary." Pritt's real dream job is radio play-by-play, but for now, he's having a great time doing P.A. work for the Tribe's Sunday games while also helping with music and scoreboard operations. All at the ripe old age of 21. "You've got to put yourself in a position to succeed and then just work hard and take initiative once you get there," he said.

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