Q&A with Joe Castiglione
Time spent with family most important to longtime Sox voice
Joe Castiglione has been a radio broadcaster for the Red Sox for the last 25 years, during which he's called some of the most memorable moments in franchise history. Fresh off being the voice of Boston's second World Series championship in four years, Castiglione spent a few minutes with MLB.com to discuss his thoughts on the holiday season.
MLB.com: When you look back at Christmastime, what are your best memories?
Castiglione: The basic thing you think of is family. We think of the birth of Christ, first and foremost. That's what Christmas is really all about. After that, you think about family. It's a happy time. You think of seeing people. Our kids will all be here, and we'll see my family in Connecticut at some time during the holidays. I think those are the main things that I think of the most.
MLB.com: Compared to when you were a kid, now you see your own kids grown up and you have grandchildren, how much does that add to it?
Castiglione: Yeah, especially this year, because we have two grandchildren now who are still just a little bit before realizing what's going on, but it's still fun to see them. That adds a special touch when there are little kids around.
MLB.com: You're coming off a great year professionally. The Red Sox just won the World Series -- again. Does that make this holiday season even more enjoyable?
Castiglione: I think so. You still pinch yourself that we won again, the second time in four years. It's really different than the first time in some ways. Not that it's any less exciting. It's like comparing your kids. You really can't compare. The first one was more about the miracle and ending curses and winning it for people no longer with us. This year was about being the best ballclub. It was really a wire-to-wire season. It really is special to go into this time of year knowing that you won it all because I certainly remember '86 and '03 and others. Not that you think about baseball constantly during the holidays, but it adds a nice twist to it when you've won it all.
MLB.com: What does it mean to you to be the only Red Sox broadcaster to ever be at the mic when the team has won the World Series? You've now done it twice, and nobody else can even say they've done it once.
Castiglione: It's just a feeling of how blessed I am of being able to be in that position. I've never dreamed about it. I thought about winning it all once, but I never thought about being the first to call the last out. I remember in 1986, I did the top of the 10th of Game 6 against the Mets and I said to Ken Coleman, 'Do you want me to do the bottom of the 10th or go to the clubhouse?' He said, 'It's up to you.' I thought after 20 years, he should call the last out. Plus, I wanted to be down there. But we all know what happened. Yeah, it is amazing. I've been in that position at the right place at the right time. I know a lot of great broadcasters who have never had the chance.
MLB.com: When you were a kid, what is a present that really made your day?
Castiglione: I remember getting an electric football game. I liked that. Those little guys could run around and make plays and throw passes, run the old power sweep.
MLB.com: What is a gift that you gave someone on Christmas that kind of sticks out?
Castiglione: I think giving my son catcher's equipment. He went as far as college as a catcher. Just getting him shin guards and a chest protector and a mask and a real nice mitt.
MLB.com: What are your family traditions on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?
Castiglione: Christmas Eve, we all get together. There's usually a party in the neighborhood -- they put these bags with candles all around our neighborhood and light the candles and paper bags. Then we get together with my two neighbors and all our kids. That's Christmas Eve. This year, we're hosting it. All the kids will be here with their spouses and the grandchildren. Christmas Day last year, we went to [son] Duke's house in Western Mass. Usually they go see the in-laws on Christmas Day, but they come back here later in the evening. We go to Florida right after Jan. 1.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.