Opening Day 2021: Music, Baseball and Bits with Chuck Morgan and Grubes

You’d be hard pressed to find a name more synonymous with Texas Rangers baseball than PA announcer Chuck Morgan. I was born in 1974, just after the Washington Senators moved out of Washington D.C. to the DFW Metroplex. Outside of the David Clyde years shortly following the team’s arrival in Arlington, I’ve seen it all. As a kid, I saw a diving Buddy Bell stab line drives down the third base line. I saw Danny Darwin and Charlie Hough bring their stuff to Jim Sundberg. I watched Pete Incaviglia sprint from left field to take part in a brawl. I witnessed Nolan Ryan throw his 7th no hitter and a young rookie by the name of Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez throw a guy out at second from his knees. I stood in awe as Juan Gonzales hit ropes over the left field wall at The Ballpark In Arlington and Rusty Greer come through with clutch hits. Mike Napoli doubling off the wall in Game 5 of the 2011 World Series was a top sports moment for me. I’ve been a Ranger fan my entire life, and through it all Chuck Morgan was there telling me who was stepping up to the plate. He is the Iron Man, the Cal Ripken Jr. of public address announcers. Last September, Chuck announced his 3000th consecutive baseball game, a feat unmatched in baseball. Put simply, the man is a DFW sports legend.

In 2020 Chuck had another noteable local sports personality join him in Michael Gruber. “Grubes” as he is affectionately called by virtually everyone in DFW, got his start as a teenage intern at Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket in 2002. During his stint, Grubes worked with hall of fame radio personality Norm Hitzges and perfected the art of “the drop,” a short sound clip played at an opportunistic time to acheive comedic effect. He also headlined on legendary Ticket bits and interviews that went off the rails. In 2012, Grubes left the station, taking jobs running music for The Dallas Stars, the Dallas Mavericks, the Frisco Rough Riders and various other special events throughout the metroplex. Like a Forrest Gump, the dude is kind of everywhere, and despite being gone from The Ticket for 9 years, his presence and voice are still heard almost daily, usually in the form of drops that The Ticket board-ops still play.

We love us some Rangers baseball here at Galleywinter and couldn’t think of a better way to usher in spring than to sit and discuss music and baseball with the two guys that run the show at the new Globe Life Field. We’ve got highlights of the interview for your browsing pleasure.

Introductions

Chuck Morgan’s history, ties to Nashville, WSM Radio, and The Grand Ole Opry.

Michael Gruber’s history, the Ticket and running music for DFW sports teams.

The evolution of music as part of the game presentation.

The history of walk-up music.

The incorporation of Texas music and artists into the Texas Ranger game experience.

The history of home run music and “The Natural.”

What we can expect with Grube’s at the music helm.

Transitioning/first impressions of the new ballpark.

The 2020 season at Globe Life Field and hosting the World Series.

Drop Talk. Most incriminating audio of Grubes.

Drop Talk. Chuck Morgan and the fallout of “jarring.”

Recalling the perfect song to match a specific moment. Trolling CJ Wilson.

Favorite Rangers of all time.

Favorite bands.

We also have a little bonus tour of Grube’s nest at Globe Life Field where he runs the music presentation.

Cody Starr

Staff writer and resident website mechanic. Raised in DFW, but recently left the big city for quieter, small(er) town life. Family guy, Aggie, software developer, Ticket's Own. I occasionally write for The Dallas Observer, my editor there probably hates me.