Just looking at Adam Amin’s October schedule could give you motion sickness.
Amin, who broadcasts locally for the Bulls and nationally for Fox, is traveling from coast to coast to call MLB, NBA and NFL games. These last two weeks in particular have been, as he put it, “kinda nuts.”
On Oct. 3, he called a Seahawks-49ers game in California for Fox. On Oct. 5, he called Cavaliers-Bulls at the United Center for NBC Sports Chicago. Then he worked the White Sox-Astros playoff series for FS1. He’ll return to the UC on Friday for Grizzlies-Bulls, then head to New Jersey to call Rams-Giants on Sunday.
He caught a couple of breaks. MLB Network took Game 2 of the Sox-Astros series, giving Amin a rare weekend at home. And if the Sox had won Tuesday, Amin would have had a flight to Houston at 8 a.m. Wednesday to call Game 5 that night. He would have returned to Chicago on Thursday morning to call the Bulls game Friday.
Amin has no complaints. But amid all that traveling, he has to make sure he’s prepared for every broadcast.
“The job everyone sees is not the job,” he said. “The game is the fun part. There are aspects of this gig that are like a regular job sometimes. You have to try to be as educated as you can and lock into a project. It’s not different than what anybody else does at their job.”
The Sox-Astros broadcasts with Amin, A.J. Pierzynski and Adam Wainwright drew rave reviews for their information, analysis and entertainment. Amin leads a broadcast as well as anyone, and Pierzynski and Wainwright were almost a show themselves.
“Those two got along so well that I didn’t have to worry about anything,” Amin said. “They made it easy on me because I didn’t have to steer them very often. They steered themselves.”