Top of the Morning, Feb. 17, 2017
SCOTT BEATTY loves baseball. This weekend, Illini Sports Network listeners will find out how much.
The WDWS personality is calling the Illinois baseball games in Beaumont, Texas. The first broadcast is Illinois against Milwaukee at 2 p.m. today. The Illini play Milwaukee and Lamar on Saturday with a single game Sunday against the host Cardinals.
Beatty is subbing for DAVE LOANE for four weekends of Illinois baseball. Loane will be busy calling Illinois women's basketball games.
Next weekend, the team goes back to Texas. Then come trips to Florida and South Carolina.
"This will be my first time as the lead guy," Beatty said. "There is time away from the family, which is not ideal. But I'm looking forward to the trips."
Though he has limited experience calling Illinois games, Beatty is a veteran in the sport. He called minor league games in Sioux Falls, S.D., for five seasons.
Beatty has been to some of the Illinois practices, getting to know the team.
"They're very young," Beatty said. "A lot of freshman and sophomores that they are very high on. It's a question of how do they respond when the lights are on?"
The team will return home each Sunday before taking the next trip. Beatty won't get to stay in the South for a month.
Beatty and his wife, CHRISTINA, a professor at Parkland, have a 4-year-old son, ELLIOTT, and an almost-1-year-old daughter, ELAINA.
On to my weekend recommendations ...
"The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," 10:30 p.m., CBS
The host can turn a bit on the goofy side with some of his guests. But not tonight. Not with legend JULIE ANDREWS sitting down for a chat. Should be interesting.
"It Could Happen to You," 8 p.m., WCIX
An underrated film stars NICOLAS CAGE before he did the "National Treasure" movies. Look for a fun cameo by the late, great ISAAC HAYES.
"The Good Fight," 7 p.m., CBS
CHRISTINE BARANSKI stars in the spinoff of retired "The Good Wife." Early reviews of the series have been positive. It is definitely worth a look.