Behind the Voice: Q & A With Chris Austin

Chris Austin may be a familiar name to some of you. He has been the play-by-play broadcast announcer for years now for Dripping Springs High School athletics. He has covered all sports ranging from basketball to baseball and even lacrosse. However, despite being an accomplished broadcaster, Austin has a more defining trait. Austin is a pitcher and lead-off hitter for the Cleveland Indian’s Fantasy Camp in Major League Baseball.

Q: “What exactly is ‘Fantasy Camp’?”

A: “So really it’s a bunch of 40-year-old, 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys that are invited by the team, in my case the Indians, to come out to spring training … a week and a half before the real pros come, and we just play baseball, it’s pretty simple really.”

Q: “Why do the teams do this?”

A: “Really it’s to get the town that’s hosting that team’s spring training into the baseball mood. We’re also out there to warm-up the field and the [umpires].”

Q: “How did you get involved with this?”

A: “Y’know I’ve played baseball all my life and I just love the game so much, I play in a rec league in Waco with my buddies and somehow Cleveland heard about me a couple of years ago and asked me to join the Fantasy Camp.”

Q: “How do you factor into the team?”

A: “I’m the … leadoff guy and I batted .444 last year with a couple of doubles and I pitch quite a bit as well but I didn’t do too hot in that aspect last season, but I’m hopeful I’ll pick it up next week, when I fly to Arizona.”


By Rigley Willis, Sports Editor

Featured photo from Rigley Willis

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