In true demonstration of love, Aaron Goldsmith returns to the Mariners

Fan-favorite broadcaster staying in Seattle



Mariners fans were overjoyed when they learned broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith would return to the team after he withdrew his name from a highly coveted play-by-play job with the St. Louis Cardinals.

SAM TAYLOR, Evergreen sports editor

For Seattle Mariners fans in late January, the possibility of one of the organization’s most treasured broadcasters departing for what many believed to be his dream job of doing play-by-play broadcasting for the St. Louis Cardinals was bittersweet.

Much to the Mariners’ fans’ surprise and jubilation, Aaron Goldsmith chose to stay in Seattle as a part of the Mariners’ broadcasting team.

We often fail to realize how important someone is to us until our time together ends, or at least appears to come to an end. 

Goldsmith is one in a rich tradition of spectacular Seattle broadcast talent established by Dave Niehaus in the Mariners’ inception in 1977 and maintained by his heir Rick Rizzs. 

Goldsmith began broadcasting for the Mariners in 2013 and has brought numerous moments to life with his golden voice ever since.

In addition to his job on the Mariners’ staff, Goldsmith broadcasts select MLB games on Saturdays for FS1, college football for Sports USA Radio Network and Pac-12 basketball for FS1.

Some of my favorite Goldsmith calls include:

  1. His call of Carlos Santana’s home run 2022 vs. Toronto Blue Jays: “Oh Boy! It is high, back at the wall does he get him again? He does! He Does! HE DOES! Carlos Santana!”
  2. His call of Eugenio Suarez’s home run versus the Washington Nationals: “Oh Ho Ho Ho! All the way to the moon! Second deck coming down watch out below!”
  3. Pretty much any of his calls, particularly from the 2022 season. He was so good and definitely deserves any job he wants. Thankfully, he wants the Mariners job and it should be his until the end of time.

Goldsmith does what few broadcasters can do but everyone should do. They make the minor moments on the diamond sparkle and the big plays some of the fondest memories a fan could have.

When the Mariners have not scored a run in two hours (or on Oct. 15 five hours) Goldsmith’s presence gives you hope. His detailed descriptions of the player’s mannerisms make every moment matter and when the bat meets the ball with a crisp *crack* Goldsmith stands up, puts his hands on his headset and lets the entire Pacific Northwest know what just happened.

With baseball season here, more memorable moments enriched by Goldsmith’s golden voice are almost here too.

“There’s a romance, to that you can’t dispute,” Goldsmith said in a Seattle Times article. “That was a gravitational pull, like almost none other that this game has.”

Goldsmith’s decision to stay in Seattle was about love. Love for his job, colleagues and the Seattle Mariners. But mostly, it was about his love for a city, state and fanbase he can confidently call home and his love for his family.

Goldsmith realized that his kids had fallen in love with Seattle and deserved to stay there and that he, himself, had fallen in love with Seattle too.

When you listen to a Mariners game and hear that golden Goldsmith voice we have each fallen for, smile knowing that the man behind the headset loves the Mariners just as much as you do.