Author: Bob Socci

Play-by-play broadcaster for Navy football, CBS Sports Network basketball and Pawtucket Red Sox baseball. You can learn more about me at www.bobsocci.com.

A time for both words and actions

By Bob Socci The two brothers look out from the boxes on the computer screen; Devin at a family home in New Jersey and Jason at his house near Foxborough.  We are a minute or two away from spending the better part of the next hour with an internet audience of Patriots season ticket members.…

Dante Scarnecchia walked away on his own terms

The following was originally posted to “Socci’s Notebook” on http://www.985thesportshub.com.  During his 3 1/2 decades with the Patriots, Dante Scarnecchia proved to be more than one of “the very best assistant coaches ever.”  He showed that one could coach a physically demanding position in a violent game with an uncompromising toughness, all while remaining unfailingly humble and kind.…

Anticipating the unknown

As the 2019 season wound down and speculation about Tom Brady’s future ramped up, I spent a lot of time wondering how a team broadcaster should appropriately address the uncertainty surrounding one of the game’s greatest stars. By Bob Socci There’s an unwritten rule that sometimes goes unheeded when the doors to the Patriots locker room are opened…

This Week’s Podcast: Devin McCourty

On this week’s 98.5 The Sports Hub podcast, The Gridiron and Beyond, you’ll hear from Patriots safety Devin McCourty. I spoke to McCourty last Tuesday, a few hours after Rob Gronkowski’s public introspection on a New York City stage explaining his decision to retire from football.  With the joy Gronkowski usually got from the game…

Autism Awareness

By Bob Socci Invariably, the question would come up.  Whatever the wording, its meaning was the same. “Is he going to follow in Dad’s footsteps,” friends and family wondered, “and be a broadcaster?” Being a first-time father gifted a newborn son — especially given what I do — I understood that it was only natural…

About last weekend, thanks so much!

By Bob Socci So much for putting the phone down.    Reaction to what I wrote about last weekend was personally overwhelming.  There were calls, text messages, Twitter replies and Facebook comments.   Almost all were well-wishes, some were stories of similar if not worse experiences and a couple, unsurprisingly, were critiques of my a.m.…

My Weekend Stress Relief

I have much to be thankful for after a weekend scare and unexpected stay along the Charles River. By Bob Socci The simple pleasures in this life start most days with the morning paper and the first pour of fresh-brewed coffee. Never have I enjoyed that initial sip more than Tuesday, after stepping into the…

My ‘Mother Superior’

Eighty-nine years ago today, on July 7, 1928, the woman who brought me into this world, Marie Socci, was born.  Eight days ago, she was laid to rest next my father, Tony, in a cemetery overlooking Owasco Lake in Auburn, N.Y.   My parents were first generation Americans who never let go of lessons learned…

Remembering Jimmy Piersall

By Bob Socci Since his death on Saturday night, remembrances of Jimmy Piersall’s colorful life have reexamined his nervous breakdown as a Red Sox rookie in 1952 and renewed appreciation for the way he played the outfield upon return. Some rely on word of mouth, while others employ analytics to describe and demonstrate how Piersall’s guile and glove…

Saying Goodbye To A Friend And Mentor

By Bob Socci Without fail, the same question arose almost every time we’d renew acquaintances around the batting cage.  My broadcasting counterparts, especially those who’d been in the International League the longest, just couldn’t help themselves. Understandably.  For years they’d heard from my predecessors about Dave Rosenfield, a man who loved few things nearly as…