For a night, the unmistakable voice of Carl Beane, who died Wednesday in a single-car crash after suffering a heart attack, was replaced by silence.
The Red Sox honored Beane, who had served as the team’s public address announced since 2003, with a pregame ceremony and then, as they did for iconic predecessor Sherm Feller when he passed away in 1994, went without batter introductions in memory of Beane.
Beane’s death reverberated around the Sox clubhouse. Kevin Youkilis said he found out watching the news Wednesday afternoon.
“It was tough,” Youkilis said. “It was pretty emotional, pretty sad just to see that for all Red Sox fans. One of the best times is when kids come in the booth and he has to try to tell him a name. I always used to love that.
“Carl being up there, just that voice, when you come up to bat, you hear that and all the other players around the league that come up to bat it’s pretty cool. It’s an unfortunate thing and hopefully his family and friends are doing OK.”
Clay Buchholz said he first heard Beane’s voice during a trip to Fenway before he was drafted, and it was the one thing that stuck with him.
“That’s just the one thing you remember whenever you leave the ballpark,” Buchholz said. “Obviously you remember watching David Ortiz and Youk and all those guys come up to bat, but it’s that voice, it’s definitely a distinct voice that everybody knows and everybody’s going to remember.”