When Gregg Zaun decides to put his days in the Majors behind him, his future will be bright in the world of broadcast.
For the second straight year, Zaun shines as playoff analyst with Sportsnet. There is a rare ease to this Blue Jay's on-screen delivery.
His approachability and kind disposition is apparent as he comes into your living room. Approachable, not to mention personable, Zaun is anything but your typical pro athlete.
Here's a quick story to punctuate this.
When the Jays go to Seattle for their yearly western road swing I plan a trip home to Vancouver and wrangle my entire family and closest friends for a road trip to the Emerald City.
The group is stacked with characters -- sports fans all of them --and to say none of us are shy might be a bit of an understatement.
After a 2 1/2 hour trip convoy down the I-5 was complete, our group gathered in the lobby bar of the Fairmont.
Once all were present and accounted for, it was off to the rooms to get game-ready.
All 11 of us hopped in the elevator and at the last moment Gregg Zaun slipped in.
My first thought was, 'Oh dear, here we go.'
Zaun is my dad's very favourite MLB player -- and Dad, being a former high school coach, loves to talk the talk.
As I held my breath -- for 15 floors -- Dad lobbed question after question while Zaun happily answered all.
The coolest moment came when the Blue Jay schooled dad, the expert, as Zaun explained in his southern drawl that while quite endearing "back-catcher" is a completely Canadian term.
Cue the eruption of laughter ... followed by relief for yours truly as the "ping" sounded signaling our arrival to the team's floor.
Ever since that elevator ride more than four years ago, Zaun has greeted each member of my family with warmth and, even more impressively, by name.
This good guy has a very bright future bringing that brand of approachability to a TV near you --something not as simple as some might expect.
-- Jody Vance is a longtime sportscaster and personality with Leafs TV. Her columns appear Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours.