Behind The Scenes

Ravech, Edes talk BBWAA event

Note: Boston is one of only three chapters of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) that is home to an annual awards dinner. New York and St. Louis are the others.

BOSTON — Here, baseball is a year-round obsession. The Red Sox are dissected the same in January as they are in July. Even the media are always in midseason form.

One of the signature baseball events in town each year is the Boston Baseball Writers Dinner.

The local writers honor the heroes of the past season and talk baseball with the diehards in attendance.

On Jan. 19, the Westin Copley Plaza Hotel played host.

And every year, one crucial decision needs to be made: Who has the right blend of baseball expertise and Boston roots to be emcee?

This year, it was Baseball Tonight host Karl Ravech.

After all, who better to host an event by passionate baseball writers for passionate baseball fans than a guy who lives and breathes baseball virtually every night on ESPN?

Front Row had the chance to catch up with Ravech to discuss his Needham, Mass. roots and how the Boston sports media prepared him for Baseball Tonight’s national spotlight.

Also, ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes talks about his part in securing Karl for this year’s dinner.

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