I had the chance to interview Fox Sports Detroit broadcaster, Mario Impemba. He took time out of his day to answer the nine following questions for our readers. Here are the questions and his answers.:
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: My office is the ballpark so that is probably the best part of my job. Beyond that, watching the best players in the world on a nightly basis is fascinating and a real treat. Also, traveling around the country and visiting the different ballparks is something is probably wouldn’t have the opportunity to do otherwise.
Q: What was your favorite team to broadcast?
A: Growing up in Detroit, I always wanted to broadcast Tigers games. Getting opportunity to do that beginning in 2002 was a dream for me.
Q: Do you ever get sad when a fellow Tiger player is hurt?
A: Absolutely. It’s always tough to watch a player get hurt. They put a lot of time and energy into getting ready to play on a nightly basis and it’s tough to watch injuries happen. Brennan Boesch and Al Alburquerque were two examples on last year’s team. If they were healthy in the playoffs it might have been a different outcome.
Q: Who is your favorite Tiger of all time?
A: I have several. From the late ’60’s and ’70’s teams i would go with Norm Cash. He was a great hitter and tremendous personality. later in the ’80’s I would say Alan Trammell. I admired the way he went about his business every day. Not flashy, just steady.
Q: How do you feel about Fielder coming as a tiger this year?
A: Well, he gives the Tigers tremendous presence in their lineup. Hitting behind Miguel Cabrera gives the Tigers the most fearsome 3-4 hitters in the game. With the injury to Victor Martinez, he gives the Tigers much more depth in the lineup.
Q: What was your biggest influence to get involved in Journalism?
A: I always enjoyed writing as a kid and beyond that, I would read newspapers everyday so I developed an interest in writing at an early age. My interest in broadcasting was an offshoot of that.
Q: Do you think the tigers will be in the world series this year?
A: I think they have at least as good a chance as any team in the league. They have a lot of good offensive pieces and a pretty deep pitching staff. Any team with Verlander, Fielder and Cabrera has a real shot.
Q: Whats the most difficult part of your job?
A: The toughest thing to explain to people is how difficult it is to make it through a big league schedule. With the volume of games we play and the travel associated with it, it is hard to keep your energy up on a nightly basis.
Q: What is your prediction for this years team?
A: I think they will win the Central Division going away. Once the playoffs start it’s up for grabs. St. Louis proved that again last year. If the Tigers stay healthy, I would not be surprised to see them in the World Series.
I’d like to Thank Mario personally for having done the interview for our readers. The writers for Country Strong Tigers appreciate and thanks you as well. Hope to see more of your exciting broadcast of Tiger baseball and many more to come.
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