April 2009

A Late Start to Blobbin

Wow, this game is flying and I’m just getting a chance to Blob!  I’ve been distracted by a lot of things tonight, including being partially consumed with the very strange sound coming from a floor below my office…it sounds like…well, like…a big guy with a bad case of gas.  It’s actually, I think, a jigsaw cutting something…but it’s a bit disconcerting every time someone walks in and the sound starts…I get a very sheepish look on my face and I have to say, “It’s ain’t me.”

Chatty Kimmy  I saw the live chat with Kim Jones went well!  A lot of questions, some very interesting and witty answers.  I really thought when she was asked who her favorite YES announcer is to work with, it was me WAY ahead of anybody else, but she did the whole diplomatic, “I love them all” thing.  It’s me, trust me.  I’m sure she’ll get a kick out of me writing that…and I’ll instantly slide down the list!

Call Me Jinxie  Another reason I’ve been away from my Blobbin’ computer is because I’ve been up on the set most of the night, monitoring the Matt Garza perfecto attempt vs. the Red Sox, so I can do updates.  First time I do a check from the Trop, I announce Garza has a no-no through 4 and Michael says, “Way to jinx him, Bob”.  I do another update after 6, the perfect game still intact…then top 7, Jacoby Ellsbury leads off with a weak grounder past Garza for an infield hit.  Perfect game, gone…no-hitter, gone…Michael gets on me for jinxing it…Flash piles on…Good stuff.  Bring it on, I can take it.

Picture This  Also tonight, I was testing the new digital camera I bought so I can take pics around here, as promised, and post them on the Blob.  I’ve been doing tests in the studio, seeing if I need the lights up or down (we don’t always keep the studio lights on), which parts of the studio can be seen easily…and then, at some point, I’m going to go ambush the guys and ladies in the control room, paparazzi-style, and fire off some shots!  I hope to post them soon.  Have a great night!

Grab a Tiger by the Tail

9:35pm  As promised, here is the answer to the new Blob office bowl o’ chocolates pop quiz:  The most popular chocolate among the mini Butterfinger, Baby Ruth and Crunch is….
BABY RUTH!  Running a less than close 2nd place…Crunch.  karinct is absolutely right about the chocolately goodness (or lack thereof) of the Nestles chocolate, especially vs. the Hershey’s chocolate.  And running a very distant 3rd…Butterfinger.  They overwhelmed the half-emptied bowl…and because I didn’t want them to be all by themselves and lonely…I ate about 8 of them…you’ll see them on the WB Mason Postgame tonight…a couple will be in my 3rd chin, and when my top button pops off my jacket, you’ll know where the others went!
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As I sit here preparing to watch the Yankees-Tigers wrap their series in Detroit, with the Yankees potentially leaving town taking two of three, my thoughts are re-directed to grabbing a tiger of my own by the tail …

It never ceases to amaze my how two people can read exactly the same thing and come to completely different conclusions about what was written. I refer to last night’s Blob, Listen To The Man With Lots of Gas. I urge you to read it and then see with which commenter you agree (and, by the way, I appreciate ALL comments … freedom of opinion!)

d.schilero said, “I think you’re missing something here – when you WIN you have fun –
when you lose it is not fun – very simple. Yankee fans want to win!
What I feel is missing is not taking each at bat seriously – that means
going up and THINKING about how they can hit to make something happen.
I realize you are not going to get a homerun every time you bat but so
many times all they needed was a fly ball – make contact. That is what
the old, winning Yankees always did – they knew how to make things
happen. Also what a lot of people are also missing is that the league
has changed and there are other teams that are better than before – it
is not just the Yankees and Red Sox and there is also no guarantee that
there are going to be two teams from the East in the playoffs. So
please don’t minimize things by saying they just have to have fun!”

fran0322 said, “Bob, I agree with you about this team needing to relax and have
fun. But the newspapers and talk radio personalities make every loss
seem like a major crisis and a lot of the fans just buy into it. It is
a long season and people have to realize that teams lose games.
Everyone just needs to calm down.”

Now, here’s the deal. I think if you read that Blob, and the comments, you know I agree with fran0322. d.schilero brings up some great points in the mid-section about having to have better at-bats, making contact, making things happen. I agree. But I in NO WAY minimized their problems by suggesting they have fun, as if that would cure all their ills. It won’t.

Let me see if I can draw a comparison. If you had a job where everybody around you beat you down and yelled at you EVERY DAY and told you how bad you were at your job versus a job where you DIDN’T have to hear that every single day, where those around you didn’t panic and scream, but gave you some latitude to do your job and work things out … which job would YOU prefer? And at which job do you think you’d be more productive and have better results? I think the answer is pretty obvious, no? 

When it’s made a simple as “winning is fun and losing is no fun”… well, of course that’s the case. Who likes to lose? But, no team is going to go 162-0. It’s just reality. So, after some losses where your team is brutal, you kick ’em in the can … when they lose a hard-fought game, you don’t. You don’t hand-wring and yell and point fingers if they give an honest effort.  There are some of those games, too. But, I get the impression that, no matter what kind of loss it is, there are some fans smashing furniture and kickin’ housecats in their misery (figuratively speaking, not literally … I hope).

I really hope this Blob clarifies what I mean. If not, fire away … again, freedom of opinion!

Now, some housekeeping
For those wondering if writer/researcher/web sensation Glenn Giangrande watched “Groundhog Day” in the allotted week’s time I gave him, the answer is a resounding yes. Glenn watched it and said he enjoyed it, although I don’t think it made his top 10 list. Meanwhile, from one of my first Blobs, the studio crew at that time DID watch “Jeepers Creepers,” but as yet has not screened “Jeepers Creepers 2”, although spurred on by this Blob, perhaps they will.

And I added some new chocolates into the rotation on my office coffee table. This past week I filled the bowl previously occupied with Hershey’s Miniatures (Krackel is the favorite) with the delectable trio of mini Butterfinger, Baby Ruth and Nestle Crunch bars. So, once again, pop quiz … which of those three was the favorite? The answer later tonight in Wednesday’s Blob, Part Deux …

Listen To The Man With Lots Of Gas

That headline should have gotten your attention…now I’m going to explain so you can “get wind” of what it means.  The guy who delivers the propane gas to our house came by today…he’s a big Yankees fan and we started talking about the 4-game losing streak, what’s going wrong, etc.  And he says, “I don’t like losing 4 in a row, but I don’t understand why everybody’s getting on ’em.  There’s too much pressure on this team to win every single night.  It’s like nobody’s having fun.”  No truer words have been spoken, nor truer gas delivered.  I mean, doesn’t it seem like some Yankees fans live and die 162 times a year, almost to a horrible, gut-wrenching extent?  That’s a rough way to live.  Now, listen, I’m like you…I want to see the Yankees win…so does the Gas Guy…but everybody has to breathe a little bit…air, not gas.  He noticed something I did from last night’s game…Top 9, right after Robbie Cano scored to make it 4-1…still 2 on, 0 out…Cano walks the length of the dugout talking and smiling, but when he notices the camera on him, the smile’s gone…almost as if his demeanor changed to say, “Sorry we’re still down by 3 and I’m enjoying the moment.”  Don’t they need more positive vibes like that?  Yeah, I know they get paid a lot of money to win, blah, blah, blah…but at the end of the day, they should still enjoy the game, enjoy a rally, enjoy a moment…and so should we…you, me, Gas Guy.

On a semi-related note, I’m eating black bean soup for dinner tonight….

Gotta Get Me Some of Those! 
I got home last night and was flipping around the tube when I came across an amazing commercial…for HD Vision Readers…they’re glasses that, I guess, magnify stuff a little bit but in amazing HD vision…all I know is, some really depressed looking people were trying them on, and the second they did….WOW!  Huge smiles come across their faces and, apparently, all the misery in their lives is gone!  BAM!  Instant happy.  Life should be that simple.

PS On The Black Bean Soup  I noticed that while I was heating up my soup, I was standing in front of the microwave looking at it like it was TV…what the ???…does anybody else do that?  I would turn around to watch the game in the YES kitchen, knowing there was still about a minute left, but I’d still turn back around to the microwave between pitches…Guess what, Bob?  Still 50 seconds to go!  40!  30!  20!  10!  5!  Soup’s on!   

New City, New Series…Its Grrrrrrreat!

9:15pm Body Double Alert  I do this from time to time…while I was waiting to do the 7th inning cut-in, they showed Curtis Granderson talking to first base coach Andy Van Slyke…or was that Glenn Frey of the Eagles?!  I never really noticed the resemblance when AVS was playing, but now that he’s a few years older and grizzlier…

Man, string some hits together…Top 8, 2 on, 0 out…when the Yankees get CONSISTENT production, they go boom, boom, boom…(little Black Eyed Peas reference there)…and they score…but Damon liner, Tex deep but not deep enough and Godzilla K’s…it’s like when you drive on the interstate and every time you change lanes to speed up, a car moves into your lane in front of you and slows you down…very frustrating…but I think it’s also a sign that this team is on the verge of breaking out….One or two big hits…boom, boom, boom!
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When the Night Began  A little Tony the Tiger reference for ya there…enjoy.  When I was a kid, I actually auditioned for a Frosted Flakes commercial and had to say that very line…”It’s Grrrrrrreeeeeaaaat!”  Didn’t get the job and, to my recollection, never went on another audition.  Bet my parents were glad they spent all that $$$ on headshots.

It is a new city, new series…a chance for the Yankees to purge themselves of the demons from this past weekend in Boston.  Saw a quote from hitting coach Kevin Long that basically said, We had a chance to win 2 of 3 in the series, and we didn’t.  It’s true.  They put themselves in position to win but didn’t close the deal.  They can score a ton of runs, but can struggle with RISP.  They have some really good arms, but sometimes get lit up.  But through it all, they are 9-9 and treading water early as opposed to sinking.  That’s not an excuse for not having a better record, but it sure beats 6-12.

Yes, I Am On The Cutting Edge of Fashion  First thing when I get home tonight, I’m throwing my digital camera into my bag…full disclosure…if you saw the 3rd segment of the pregame tonight, I was standing in front of the desk and and huge projection screen on our set…suit, shirt, tie, shiny black shoes.  But WHAT YOU DIDN’T SEE was the ankle-high white athletic socks I was wearing WITH the suit!  Very GQ…if GQ stands for GrotesQue.  I made quite a fashion statement…that statement was basically, “Hi, I’m a dork with a nice suit and white footie socks on.  Try not to be impressed.”  Here’s the deal…I keep all my suits, shirts, ties, etc. at work…so, for example, when I came in to work tonight, I was wearing jeans, a t-shirt and old school Puma Basket sneaks with ankle-high white socks.  Not a dress sock to be found in my office anywhere!  I was hoping a couple of the socks I always seem to lose in the wash somehow magically appeared here at work…like, clinging stowaway-fashion to the back of my freshly laundered t-shirt.  No such luck.  That’s why, next time it happens, I’ll have the camera for the video evidence and I will post it on The Blob.

Thar She Blows  Always a delight to talk to Kim Jones just prior to our in-show chat during the first segment of the show, especially when the wind is blowing fiercely at whichever ballpark she’s at…which in tonight’s case, is Comerica Park in Detroit…we’re chatting, the wind’s whipping, she’s trying to keep it under control, at which point I always sing a few lines from Here I Go Again by Whitesnake.  That’s right, the same song (if you ever saw the video) where Tawny Kitaen is rolling around a car with the wind fiercely blowing her hair all over.  It takes me back to that magical time of yesteryear when MTV actually showed music videos.  Guess I’ll get back to the video now…not Tawny, the game…Blob ya later…

Revvin Up The Rivalry

1:20am  Wow, that ended up being a really weird kind of night, didn’t it?  Ken and I were only half-joking during commercial break of the postgame when we said it felt like we were doing breaking news on CNN…Bruney’s elbow barking, Ransom’s quad landing him on the DL, requiring one undecided roster move, while Wang being DL’d required another (David Robertson coming up Saturday, at least for a day or two).  All that depth when the Yankees broke camp seems to have evaporated into thin air, doesn’t it?

As for Mo, the point I tried to make with the guys in the booth on the postgame, which came out like “pajoesj flfjvhoiu fjefjdoif jdsli;fj foofoo” when I said it (I’m quite the wordsmith), is that on one hand, Mo’s blown save is understandable…he can’t always be perfect.  On the other hand, it’s hard to just shrug your shoulders at it given the intensity of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry…Mo is really a victim sometimes of his own greatness…there are worse things in life, though, than to be considered lock-down, fail-safe great, right?  Let’s just all raise a glass to Mo and look forward to Burnett vs. Beckett Saturday.  As Singy said, there are still 17 meetings between the 2 teams this season. 

PS  Enjoy the sunshine and the weekend!
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9:00pm  An Italian food update for you on 2 fronts…first of all, with Ken in studio, we ordered out…a little Spazzio’s…Kenny went with the Insalata Caprese to start (and he pronounced it in perfect Italian), and a chunk o’ lasagna the size of yer head for his entree.  I went Broccoli Rabe with Sausage for an app, Penne Alla Vodka after that.  Now, here’s the other thing… Kenny makes pretty good spaghetti.  Know how I know this?  While sitting in my office, post-meal, watching the game, Ken asked me if I had read his wife’s blog…huh?!  Where’s her blog, I ask.  At yesnetwork.com…check out the blog section.  So I point and click, and lo and behold, there it is…”Mrs. Singy”…turns out Ken’s wife Suzanne is quite the accomplished writer!  And she’s already written a few blog entries…the first mused about the renewal of spring baseball and Ken heading off to Tampa.  That’s where I learned about his ability to make spaghetti, along with a variety of other domestic talents.  So I asked Kenny, the former switch-hitter extraordinaire, if he could flip flapjacks with both his left and right hands…Nope, just left-handed.  But I’ll bet they’re delicious!
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Strap yourselves in!  For the next three days, it’s Yankees-Red Sox…first showdown of the season. And for this night…the Friday night opener…hang on extra tight to something, because Ken Singleton is in the hizzouse! (That’s about as “hip” as I can get without actually breaking my hip).

I always love it when Kenny’s in the studio. Last year, he made his first trip here and I was blown away how easily he picked up the highlights and video on the monitors and talked about what we were seeing…not that I didn’t expect greatness from him, but here’s the hook…After Ken’s playing days were over, he was a sports anchor for one of the local Baltimore TV stations! So, OF COURSE he knew how to segue right from being on camera to picking up the video highlights!  I think I can learn a thing or three from him…but hitting from the right side of the plate will not be one of them!  I’m a lefty all the way (here’s where I would normally brag about my lifetime .340 batting average, if it weren’t really, like, .218).  I do, however, golf right-handed. That’s because when I was a pup, my Pappy said, “Learn right-handed like your brother. I’m not paying for left-handed clubs, there, Zippy.” OK, he called me Bobby, not Zippy…but the rest of it’s true.

My Eyes Are Burning!  No joke…as I was typing that last line, I looked up at the monitor in my office and saw Chris Shearn doing a Time Out spot during the Mike Francesa Show wearing a bright yellow shirt, powder blue tie and navy blazer. I have GOT to get him on the Garanimals wardrobe system for sportscasters!  Whew!  (No offense, Chris, but that combo was way outside even YOUR wheelhouse, Bro.)

The Blob Loves PeteAbe Some people rely on American Idol to achieve fame…others Rock of Love…and still others, Flava of Love…for bloggers, it’s getting a mention on Pete Abraham’s World Famous LoHud Blog. First of all, Pete has something like 380,000,000 followers.  His work is terrific AND entertaining. And if he ENDORSES your blog?!  Forget it…it’s like a blessing from the Pope…or Oprah…or Poperah. Kim Jones got the blessing and now, there’s no Keeping Up With the Jones!!!! Her blog’s on fire. Here’s hoping my respectful and overly gratuitous mention of Pete Abe launches The Blob into the stratosphere!

More Blobbin’ to come as the night rolls on….

Its Raining on the Blob

I need some form of new wave light therapy…a mood enhancer…to get me outta this gray-skied, rain-induced funk I’m in…how many others get this way?

Yesterday, I’m all fired up to drive in to work and talk a little Yankees-A’s…next thing I know, I get the call from producer Billy Boles…”Bob, early decision on rainout.  You don’t need to come in.”  So that means…no baseball for me Monday, OR Tuesday (My9 game), OR Wednesday (my one game off this month), OR Thursday (off day for Yanks).  I’m gonna go out of my mind! Is there a list of stuff for me to do around the house? Sure!  But do I really want to get to it?! Of course not!  I love doing the pre and postgames, and when there’s a four-day drought (no weather pun intended), it’s brutal.

But here’s the good news!  Ladies and Gentlemen, in his first appearance of the year, Friday night and Friday night only!…In studio, one of Baltimore’s favorite sons…KEN SINGLETON!!! That’s right, in the most limited of engagements, Kenny will be in studio with me for Friday night’s series opener at Fenway vs. the Red Sox. Can’t wait. Hoping for plenty of Blobbable moments…because let’s be honest…when it’s just me in studio, there’s not as much Blob-worthy material…”Hey, I realized in the C-Block I had lint on my left shoulder and you could see it on camera…in HD!”  Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.  Unless you want to know the eating habits of Chris, Paul, George, Terry and Quags in the studio?  Because I’d be more than happy to share that with you. Goodness knows Kim Jones and the game crew have quite a foodie following every night!  BTW, I’m thinking of bringing a digital camera to work and taking pics of the studio, guys in the studio, Kenny sitting next to me, etc. Things I see from my vantage point. I could even extend that to the control room, break room, bathrooms…no wait, I don’t need any lawsuits…I’ll stay out of the loos…But if the other pics are of interest to you, let me know and I’ll do it.

This WASN’T on my list  Like KJ, I got sucked into the vortex of Dancing With the Stars last night, since we were rained out…I am not a follower or fan of the show, although I do appreciate the, shall we say, athleticism of the female dancers???…But I knew the wife watches the show, so I figured I’d take one for the team and watch with her. And I lived to Blob about it. By the way, I have never read this anywhere, I’m only making this observation from watching, but does Tom Bergeron despise Samantha Harris? Watch how, when it’s her turn to talk, he kinda drops his mike off to the side with a slight smirk on his face and never really looks directly at her. He sort of looks off to the side of her. I notice this because, when I worked in local TV years ago, we had a male anchor who thought he was far superior to his female co-anchor and they didn’t get along, so when they were on a two-shot together ****-chatting, he’d always look off at the monitor to his right, where she sat, and not directly at her as she was speaking. He’d barely tolerate what she had to say, until it was his turn to speak again. Just sayin’…same thing on DWTS?

A Couple Answers to Your Questions
  From a previous Blob comment…both theduchess and makemeshiver would like me to detail David Cone’s game schedule on The Blob. They want to meet him. Oh, but why? David’s awfully shy, doesn’t get out much and prefers to sit quietly in a small room and read a good book….while drinking chocolate milk or a Fresca…but only when he’s visiting Neptune.  And makemeshiver added this…”Please tell A.J. Burnett his pitching is very sexy”. Absolutely!  Next time I see him, it’s the first thing I’ll say to him…”Hey, AJ, what’s up, Dude?  Your pitching is very sexy!  Uh, wait, no…that’s not me saying that!  Come back here.  That’s makemeshiver.  No, I’m not saying YOU makemeshiver…it part of the Blob.  No, I didn’t say you’re a blob, A.J.  You have a great body.  I mean, wait…it’s clear that you work out.  How much do you bench, Dude?”  You know what?  I think I’ll just tell him to read the Blob.  Have a great day!

Friday Follies

3:50 p.m.  How’s this for YES karma? I submitted my latest Blob this afternoon just after 3:00 p.m. with a mention of KJ and I co-hosting a Food Network show, and just minutes later she updates her blog with the news that Food Network reps were making everyone in the booth food. Quick, KJ, before they leave … pitch our show!!!

Now, time to answer quickly to a few comments made on this and previous Blobs … Thanks to theduchess for realizing in today’s Blob that I am no sexist. I think the world of KJ AND theduchess! In a previous Blob re: Hershey’s Miniatures in my office, I did answer which was the most popular, but someone asked about it, so I’ll rinse and repeat … the most favorite lil bar in the bowl is Krackel! And for those intrigued/perplexed by writer/researcher/web sensation Glenn Giangrande having never seen “Groundhog Day,” he assured me yesterday that he will see it within a week’s time. I told him the clock was ticking and, actually, he only had five days left. Ya got tomorrow off, Glenn! A whole day off to fit an hour and a half of Bill Murray magic into your life … with a side dish of Andie MacDowell, the very underrated Chris Elliott, and a dash of Needlenose Ned, Ned the Head, C’mon Ya Know Me Buddy!!! (For those of you who DID see the movie, which is everybody BUT Glenn, you get that last reference!
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Well, well, well … instead of just Blobbin’ right out of the gate today, I can’t believe that I have to clarify a remark made by me to the AL blog Leader, Kim Jones. But, because her fingers are the Fast and the Furious … In today’s edition of Keeping Up With the Jones, she revealed that in our pre-show phone meeting with producer Bill Boland (Billy Boles), I said, “You write pretty well — for a chick.” True. I said it. But KJ! You couldn’t add a comma and say something like, “I love it when he makes comments like that because I know that he respects my work and that’s just a fun way to take a shot at me,”? Maybe I need to start editing KJ’s blog. I just want to clarify that it wasn’t a sexist comment because ya know there might be folks out there who think that when they read it. I say it because her work is so good, both TV and writing, that she’s obliterated the line between men covering sports and women covering sports. She’s just plain great at it. Now, look at the body of the first part of this Blob … an 11-line paragraph having to explain a seven-word remark. Thanks for the angst and all the extra work, KJ … ain’t that just like a chick?!  Haha.

Feedin’ the animals
The previously mentioned Billy Boles with a great call today for lunch … a trip to the deli Rinaldi’s. He included me in the order and reminded me that this is the place where I always get the hot pastrami wedge with swiss and spicy mustard. So I ordered the same thing as always…and as always, I ate it like somebody was trying to take it away from me. I’m surprised I didn’t eat the paper and foil it came wrapped in. By the way, people have noticed how much Jones and I blog about food and what everybody on the staff consumes on a daily basis … I think we should be linked to a bunch of food blogs and Web sites … maybe we should co-host a show on the Food Network. “Bites and Burps, coming up next!”  P.S. Billy Boles had the #12 — chicken cutlet with peppers. He looks very happy.

The New…No, Not New…Yankee Stadium

blobstadiumnewoldts.jpgOK, amigos, that’s it!  Throughout the pregame today, and then after the ballgame on the postgame, I referred to the place the Yankees and Indians played as the “new” Yankee Stadium.  But no more. The final out is in the books for the 1st official game, the 1st official WB Mason Postgame is in the books, too. So, starting tomorrow (pregame at 12:30 p.m., only on YES!), I will refer to it only as Yankee Stadium. Because it is what it is…and I’m just guessin’ here… they aren’t going back to playing any games at the OLD Stadium!

Definition of a Gamer, TV Style  So, I show up to the stadium early, and Kim Jones is already there. John Flaherty shows up a few minutes later.  We all take a little stroll, along with Ken Singleton, in the Great Hall, so we can get a firsthand feel for the place.  It’s great, by the way. You can tell a buddy or best friend… “Dude, (or Dudette), meet me under the Thurman Munson banner.”  Or the Paul O’Neill banner.  Just take your pick of a host of ballplayers. Cool viewing and a great way not to walk around the stadium on your cellphone going, “Where the heck are you?!  No, I DON’T see you?! Oh, really? You’re in your Yankees jersey?!  Well, so are 30,000 other people, Slick!”  Anyway, back to the “gamer” portion of the program… KJ and Flash got in late from Tampa and the road trip… so did Michael Kay and Coney… and all were working on just a few hours’ sleep. Yet, I defy you, if you happened to see the pre or post, or review either, to see vapor trails coming off any of them.  Now, Flash and Kim did mention that they might be slipping into some form of sleep dementia, ever so slightly, during the game.  But, come postgame… Showtime, Baby!  They stepped it up.  True pros.  Same with Coney. You give ’em the ball, even on fumes, they’ll throw it through a brick wall for ya!  That’s a gamer.
Yo, Paulie, What Are You Doing Here?  If Paul O’Neill were any of us, he’d weigh 600 lbs.  That’s just reality. KJ’s blogging about this, too, I believe, but I’m going to Blob about it, because she and I were in the lunchroom at the same time, and I believe in blog revenue sharing…As we’re in line for food in the media lunchroom, Paul O’Neill walks in…it’s a few minutes after 1:09 p.m., also known as “after first pitch.”  I look at Paul and say, “Who’s calling the game today?”  Well, lo and behold, it’s Kay, Singleton and…. oh, I don’t know… what’s his name again… PAUL O’NEILL?!!!!!  We’re on the air and Dude’s in the lunchroom getting some grub!  Took off his headset, left his boothmates behind, walked into the joint and said, FEED ME!  Or at least, show me where to get a plastic plate and some napkins.  So, Paulie eats then.  After I do my Mohegan Sun Sports Bar pop (in which I took a friendly shot at both Flash and Jones!), I return to the YES broadcast booth… and in subsequent interviews during the game, Bernie’s in… the MLB commish is in… and so is the new Archbishop… Paul GLADLY gives up his headset for them…walks off…and as I look to the right by the door, there he is…eating something!  Almost every time!  I’m just telling you… I know he still works out, etc… but can I just grab a bit of whatever incredible genetic composition is in that guy… and duplicate it in a lab?!  For the betterment of Mankind!!!
Musings From the Field Before I Am Re-Caged in the Studio  Musings…that’s what the Blob is all about, isn’t it?  Wherever I go.  After the pregame, I stayed on the field for the opening day ceremonies… one of the great things about Yankees fans is, they just get it… all the Legends come out, they get great applause and cheers…young fans still understand what the Old Timers did… they don’t ignore it, they respect it. You will never see that from any other organization.  A live fly-over by fighter jets will never get old…it’s amazing to see them quietly approach the stadium, then roar across the sky until they quickly disappear.  So awesome. Did you see during the pregame, KJ interviewing Nick Swisher and AJ Burnett gives him a quick smooch as he walks by?  That’s the great thing about live TV… fun stuff happens that you never expect…and it gives you the feeling that these guys like to work hard but have fun, too.  We should all have that attitude, I think.  Work hard, play hard. OK, if anything else comes to mind, I’ll Blob about it tomorrow. Hope you enjoyed the festivities.  Until next time, keep on Blobbin’….

Back to the Blob

With the game on My9 last night, I got a chance to chill and watch from home.  Just hangin’ in the basement @ Casa de Blob, watching AJ Burnett deal on my big screen, which is the exact same size as the new HD screen at Yankee Stadium…59 feet by 101 feet…yeah, right Bob!  But throwin’ down a brick oven pepperoni pizza was the right call!  Milk was a bad choice…that’s why I didn’t have any.  Enjoyed listening to Kay, Cone and Flaherty work the game…and I loved it when Michael made a comment comparing Flash to a gladiator…I texted Flash that he’s like Russell Crowe in Gladiator…MAXIMUS!  MAXIMUS!  Listen, if you’re gonna be compared to a gladiator, THAT’S the gladiator I want to be!

Another reason why Kim Jones is so awesome  I read this in the comments section of KJ’s latest blog:

“Kim, congrats for the top-10 debut in the MLBlogs Latest Leaders, our
regular rankings of tens of thousands of baseball blogs by page views.
Enjoying your posts!”

I was ranked 23rd….with a bullet.

PS  What’s with all the grilled chicken they eat in the booth?  Mix in a double chili cheeseburger once in a while, you health freaks!  Haha.

Another reason why Jackie Robinson is so awesome  I was looking at our Toyota Text Poll for today’s game and it asked:  Besides breaking baseball’s color barrier, which is Jackie Robinson’s great accomplishment?  Rookie of the Year in 1947?  Winning NL MVP 2 years later?  Leading the Dodgers to 6 World Series appearances?  Or being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962?  And I think my vote goes to winning Rookie of the Year…here’s why and I’m going to make my case drawing a very odd but hopefully understandable comparison.  Going into this season, many wondered aloud how Alex Rodriguez would handle all the distractions of his off-season admittance of using performance enhancing drugs while with the Rangers…plus the book that’s coming out on him next month…plus whatever personal life stuff crops up from time to time….etc, etc, etc.  And people said it might finally break him.  Now, compare that to what Robinson endured…the absolute hatred, bigotry…not only from fans but from his fellow players…the taunts and comments he heard at every single ballgame, every day, maybe almost every waking moment of his life at that point…yet Robinson not only kept quiet and never fought back…he played SO WELL that, even when it would have probably been easier for voters to just vote for somebody else that year, they realized…no matter the color of his skin…Jackie Robinson had played at such a high level that there was no way THEY COULDN’T vote him Rookie of the Year!  And he played at that high level despite all the turmoil swirling around him.  That speaks volumes about the man.  Now, I’m interested in your thoughts and the results of the poll.  

Youve Never Seen That?!

I said that exact thing to 2 people this week…Don’t know if you know this, but before the pregame starts, Kim Jones and I usually chat a bit, just to make sure we’re on the same page, make sure she can hear me and vice versa, and to double check the mikes, etc.  So, tonight, she mentions that she can do with a little less cowbell, because the Rays’ fans go crazy shaking their cowbells.  Well, of course, what’s the line I’m gonna lay on her?!  “Kim, I gotta have more cowbell!”  That’s the key line from the great SNL skit featuring Will Ferrell as Gene Frenkle of Blue Oyster Cult, smacking his cowbell much to the dismay of his bandmates, and much to the delight of record producer Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken).  Well, it seems that KJ is one of the 5 or so people left in the world who hasn’t seen that!  I tried to explain it to her, but I think she glazed over midway through.  I hope she’ll search it on YouTube (or just click the video link below).  Enjoy the magic, Kim.

The other time took place a couple nights ago…I threw out a line from the movie Groundhog Day and our resident writer/researcher/web sensation Glenn Giangrande, who’s also the voice of our Just for Men Hold of the Day on the pregame, told me….no, admitted to me…that he’d never seen the movie Groundhog Day!  Who hasn’t seen that, except Glenn?!  I can’t count the number of times, when a day seems the same as another, I either say or I’ve heard others say, “It’s like Groundhog’s Day”, and everyone knows what that means!  So, right now, I’m issuing a Blob challenge to Glenn…Go rent and watch Groundhog Day or I’ll go out in the parking lot and let the air out of your tires!  I’m just kidding…I wouldn’t do that…I’d get somebody else to do it.