ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – In the Stu Walker Memorial P.A. Booth at Isotopes Park, Francina Walker called the game Monday night as the Isotopes took on the Fresno Grizzlies.
“Mixed emotions,” she said. “It’s very bitter sweet, but I’m excited, and I think it’ll be a fun time,” Walker said.
Francina’s husband of 26 years was longtime Isotopes announcer Stu Walker.
“I can hear his voice, yeah,” she said.
Stu Walker was the voice of the Isotopes for 13 seasons. He passed away from cancer in November.
In a way, his voice was still at Isotopes Park through Francina’s announcing.
“I think he would just think it’s crazy,” she laughed. “But he would also think it was a nice thing to do,” she said.
Francina would be at the games by Stu’s side, but announcing through a whole game like this is a first for her. She did her homework, studying strategy and the rosters. But she learned from her husband’s example.
When asked if she would consider a permanent announcing position, Francina laughed, “I think we should take it one night at a time.”