A once successful and prosperous baseball play by play announcer, Coco Caray found himself jobless, penniless, and hopeless after a string of bad women, bad Old Style, and bad karma slammed him and his career into the pavement. Being a resourceful man, though, Coco climbed out of the bottomless pit he was trapped in for what felt like an etertnity and started his ascent back to the booth. One mic, one Old Style at a time. Jumping behind the mic was as easy as saying "whoa nelly" to a sell out crowd of forty-two thousand strong....his emergence back to fame started with calling Portland Little League games in Southeast Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2004. Calling games for the Tee-ball Cubs was just what the doctor ordered for Coco. His signature "Whoa Nelly!" calls, originally made famous by his long time buddy and pal, Keith Jackson, delighted the Little League Portland fans to no end. And it was this widespread excitement that caught the ears and attention of former Glover Park Co-Ed Softball League Commish, Nick Coston. "I thought the guy had alot of heart...alot of energy....and figured we could use someone like Coco Caray in our very own booth during Tourney Weekend in the Glover Park Co-ed Softball League based in Washington DC." Nick and Coco had several dinners, copious amounts of Old Style, and one foggy night in the spring of 2006, a deal was struck, and Coco packed his backpack and headed for the east coast- DC was gonna get some CC. The rest, as they say, is history. Coco Caray called his first game for the GPCSL during Tourney Weekend of 2007. Granted he got some strange looks and a some expected heckles, but Coco fit right in with the league and the colorful cast of characters. A few seasons later, a deal with ClearChannel was made and the Coco Caray GPCSL Podcast Show hit the podcast airwaves for all to enjoy. "I am a long way from those late summer afternoons calling those Portland Little League Tee-Ball Cubs games, but the trip was worth it. I couldnt be happier....I found a home here in the GPCSL....and I only have to drive four hours to Pittsburgh to buy Old Style as opposed to the twenty-seven hour, fifty-seven minute drive from Portland, Oregon to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Yeah, I think I am here to stay."
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