Giants pay tribute to broadcaster Miller

Giants pay tribute to broadcaster Miller

SAN FRANCISCO -- From his upper-deck seat along the first-base line as a youngster at Candlestick Park, Jon Miller could see broadcasters sitting in the press box eating french fries.

It was then the young Miller decided he wanted a job where he could do the same. Decades later, Miller has accomplished that and much, much more.

A week before Miller will be presented with the 2010 Ford C. Frick Award by the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Bay Area native was honored prior to Friday's game at AT&T Park.

"A guy who grew up just wanting to eat french fries at work and now I'm standing here," Miller said. "Only in America."

Miller's daughter, Emilie, sang the national anthem before Miller threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

A's broadcaster Monte Moore and the duo of Giants announcers Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper had video messages for Miller, while others -- including 2004 Ford. C. Frick Award winner Lon Simmons, broadcast partner Dave Flemming and Giants chief executive officer Bill Neukom -- offered high praise of Miller.

"He's an artist," Neukom said. "He brings the game to life and makes us feel as if we were at the ballpark with him."

Miller will accept the award on July 25 at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y.