PITTSBURGH - Pirates announcer Greg Brown was overwhelmed with emotion and suffered severe chest pains while describing a robin’s visit to his backyard feeder last weekend, neighbors said.
“A bunch of us were chatting in the cul-de-sac when we saw Greg running towards us,” said Mr. David Corbett. “He told us he had observed a robin descend from the branch of an oak tree, take a few seeds in his beak and return to the branch. Only he told us about it the way he usually tells us about everything. 'HERE COMES THE ROBIN -- SHE’S HEADING FOR THE FEEDER -- SHE’S GOT THE SEED AND NOW SHE’S HEADING BACK TOWARD THE NEST! SHE’S CHEWING THE SEED! -- AND NOW SHE’S REGURGITATING THE SEED AND PLACING IT INTO HER BABIES BEAKS! OH, MY! I DON’T BELIEVE WHAT I JUST SAW!'”
Mr. Corbett said at that point Mr. Brown began frothing at the mouth, placed his hand over his sternum, and collapsed. He was taken to North Hills Passavant Hospital and released, after nurses complained that he refused to stop shouting at the top of his lungs when providing insurance information. Dr. Michael Loftus, team physician, said the ball club has asked Mr. Brown to reduce the amount of sugar and caffeine he consumes. “Greg is a pretty excitable guy anyway,” said Dr. Loftus. “He doesn’t need any help.”