CLEVELAND — Get to know more about Tom Hamilton as we go "Beyond the Dugout" with the Cleveland Indians play-by-play announcer.
Dave Chudowsky: How did you become a broadcaster?
Tom Hamilton: Because I wasn't good enough to be a professional baseball player, and I had plenty of coaches that told me if you think that's your dream you better start sleeping on a different pillow.
Chudowsky: If you weren’t good enough to play the game and you weren't broadcasting the game what else would it be that you would do?
Hamilton: Well… I wouldn't be a dairy farmer because I'd be the worst farmer in America. So probably something in math, accounting, something of that nature. That's what my mom always thought I should be doing. In fact, when I told her I wanted to become a broadcaster she was like, "No, no!"
Chudowsky: If I say Indians fans, what do you say?
Hamilton: Passionate! But these fans they're not fair-weather. You know what you don't want is apathy. You don't have that in a city like Cleveland. They may be mad at you, but you'd rather have them mad than not care.
Chudowsky: Do you ever sing in the shower?
Hamilton: Oh, God no. If I did, we wouldn't have had the marriage that we’ve had.
Chudowsky: How about practicing play-by-play calls in the shower?
Hamilton: No… You know what, I never have.
Chudowsky: Favorite restaurant in Cleveland?
Hamilton: Cabin Club.
Chudowsky: Plane, train or automobile?
Hamilton: Man, I'm not good at this (laughs). Plane.
Chudowsky: Salt or sugar?
Hamilton: Oh, salt!
Chudowsky: Chocolate or vanilla?
Chudowsky: Hot dog or hamburger?
Hamilton: Hot dog.
Chudowsky: Wine or beer?
Chudowsky: Let’s go get a beer!
Hamilton: Oh, you've got a deal! Thank you, David!
Chudowsky: One thing before you go... Give me a home run call!
Hamilton: Swing and a drive to deep left, a wayyyyyyy back and gone!
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