(April 24, 2017) Two weeks after retiring from a 30-year legal career, STAA member Rob Shadow has been hired by the University of the Incarnate Word to broadcast all home baseball and softball games.
UIW plays in the NCAA Division I Southland Conference, making the transition from Division II competition. Shadow will broadcast all 27 baseball and 18 softball home games this season. The Cardinals baseball squad is coached by 13 year MLB veteran and two-time World Series winner Danny Heep.
This fall Shadow worked high school football for the Texas Sports Radio Network, broadcasting 15 football games during the 12-week season. He has also made cameo appearances in the Double AA Texas League and in the Short Season A New York Penn League.
“I’m having a great time,” said Shadow, “but I hardly feel like I have retired. Bouncing between baseball and softball is a lot of work.”
Shadow’s debut game was trial by fire when he was scheduled to broadcast the third game of a tournament, which was late getting underway. 15 minutes into his scheduled pre-game show, Shadow was handed a note that the first pitch would be delayed another 40 minutes. “I slowed down my cadence considerably, read the notes on each player, and even threw down some this day in history from the local newspaper,” Shadow chuckles. “Lesson learned – I will always have plenty of material for those unscheduled delays!”