Perhaps lost in all the baseball history taking place Wednesday night, Bill Macdonald went out in SoCal style on the Angels’ Fox Sports West postgame show.
No socks. No shoes. No excuses.
Lifting his leg over the desk on the set out in center field at Angels Stadium, following the Angels-Rangers telecast on the last day of the season, Macdonald revealed what Angels manager Mike Scioscia alluded to in a just-aired post-game interview.
“I know he’s not going to leave any socks behind,” Scioscia said when asked to comment about the fact that Macdonald’s run as a full-time staffer with Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket has officially come to an end after 26 years.
Macdonald, sporting jeans and flip-flops on his final Angels’ assignment as he sat behind the desk with Jose Mota, is a Lakers’ employee as of Saturday, taking over as the TV play-by-play man for games on FSW and KCAL-Channel 9 once the NBA season decides to begin.
Macdonald said Thursday that FSW has “left the door open” for him to do free-lance work, which could include play-by-play on UCLA football in the coming weeks.
“There’s nothing on the schedule, but if the NBA lockout stretches, I could be back on a game or two,” said Macdonald. “But they have plenty of guys on staff now who could pick up those things.”
That would include Michael Eaves and Patrick O’Neal. It could soon add Chris McGee, who has plenty of play-by-play experience now as a free-lance employee on several sports.
“Billy Mac has been very influential in my career and has been a consistent face in L.A. sports for so many years,” said McGee. “He has been a mentor, and someone I have looked up to because of his personality, versatility, and his great wit and sense of humor. I am so happy to see him get the Lakers job, he deserves it and can’t wait to hear him as the Lakers’ voice.”
McGee, a longtime fixture on the beach volleyball circuit, does sport the appropriate hosiery. Just so you know.