Bremer’s voice has become instantly recognizable to Twins fans, and not just on the air. Whether he is chatting with his wife, Heidi, ordering dinner at a restaurant or describing a double play, it always sounds the same.
“Some people go into announcer mode when the red light comes on,” Lefebvre said. “With Dick, it’s just an extension of his personality.”
As he developed a broadcast style, he found a wide variety of role models in Minnesota giants such as Ray Scott, Al Shaver and Herb Carneal. In them, Bremer saw two qualities he hoped to emulate: They retained their natural enthusiasm and had deliveries that never became grating or dull.
Last season, between his work for Fox Sports North and national assignments, Bremer called 158 games. Bremer prepares meticulously for each one, culling fresh information by reading, surfing the Web and talking with players, staff and visiting broadcasters.
Smith said that during his tenure with the Twins and MSC, he never has received a phone call suggesting that Bremer be fired. Still, sports announcers can be as polarizing as politicians, a fact made clear by two sets of randomly chosen fans at Target Field. One pair said they couldn’t stand listening to Bremer and didn’t know anyone who could. Two others seated about 50 feet away said they enjoy Bremer’s calls, and so do all their friends.
Perkins, a Stillwater native who listened to Bremer before joining the Twins, is in the latter camp.
“He’s a smart guy who knows the game very well,” he said. “But he explains it without going over people’s heads.”
Bremer also is happy to let Blyleven be the star. The two are an “odd couple,” Blyleven said, but their complementary personalities clicked from the moment they were paired in 1995.
“He makes it fun and easy for me to do what I do,” Blyleven said. “He remembers Twins history as well as anyone I’ve ever met. He’s not going to yell, ‘Twins win! Twins win!’ because he’s a professional. But sometimes, when the Twins aren’t doing well, you can hear it in his voice, because he is always going to be a Twins fan.”
Over the course of his 30 years with the Twins, one of the few things Bremer hasn’t done is call a playoff game. The national networks handle the postseason telecasts — giving the professional fan the brief opportunity to return to the ranks of the regular ones, enjoying the view from the second-best seat in the house.
“I know very well how fortunate I am,” Bremer said. “There are 30 people who get to do what I get to do. And within that very select group of very lucky people, how many get a chance to do it for the team they grew up following? What a wonderful feeling that is, to feel you’ve found something that was almost predestined for you to do.’ ”