Forget announcers, listen to this

BY foxsports • July 30, 2013

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

FOX Sports Detroit offered viewers something during Tuesday night's broadcast that they've been asking for since the dawn of televised sports — a broadcast with nothing but the game, important information and ambient sounds of the ballpark. The alternate broadcast ran on FOX Sports Detroit Plus with no announcing team.

FOX Sports Detroit is calling it "Natural Sounds at Comerica Park."

"Natural Sounds at Comerica Park will feature extra microphones around the park so viewers can hear more of the sounds of baseball — the bat cracks, ball popping in the mitt, vendors chiming in from the stands and the crowd's reaction to every play on the field," senior vice president and general manager of FOX Sports Detroit Greg Hammare said.

If you missed Tuesday night's game, FOX Sports Detroit will do it again for an Aug. 30 game against the Indians.

If you want the announcers, you can still hear Mario Impemba and Rod Allen call the game on FS Detroit. But the option to dump the talking and replace it with cracks of bats and hollers of, "Get your ice-cold beer, here! Ice-cold beer!" is probably going to appeal to anybody who likes sitting at baseball stadiums.