Category Archives: MLB


Tom Verducci (to the left of Mr. Selig) is Robert’s favorite baseball writer. Podcast of their conversation from hour 1 of today’s show after the jump.



Film and TV Legend Rob Reiner and Dodgers broadcaster Charlie Steiner joined Robert in studio today. Podcast after the jump.


You saw it. I saw it. We all saw it. In fewer than 5 seconds, television gave us everything we’ve been BEGGING FOR in the post-millenial media age: voyeurism, cult-of-celebrity, empty calories, salt, beautiful Latinos, and pro football. It may have been one of the most perfectly potent moments in the history of media. It is near-tragic that Marshall McLuhan didn’t live to see it. It’s difficult to believe that it was unscripted.

A-Rod is mad, naturally, because he is the most socially tone-deaf celebrity athlete, ever.

Call Robert: 855.500.WUHL


In the 80s classic film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ferris and crew hit Wrigley to take in an afternoon Cubs game. It had to be an afternoon game, you see, because Wrigley didn’t get lights until 1988.

Baseball Prospectus has gone deep, deep, deep into the Wrigley scene from the movie, and has unearthed some very awesome trivia.

Ferris Bueller and his pals were at the June 5, 1985, tilt between the Cubs and the Braves. The foul ball that Ferris caught was hit by Atlanta rightfielder Claudell Washington (#15) in the top of the 11th inning. The game was tied at two (not scoreless, like the pizza guy claimed) and backup second-baseman Paul Zuvella (#18) was being held on first by Leon Durham (#10) after a leadoff single (the fourth hit of the game, and Atlanta’s first hit since the fifth). Washington would end his at-bat with a flyball to leftfielder Davey Lopes. The next batter, Rafael Ramirez, would wind up hitting a two-run home run and the Braves would go on to win 4-2. The movie, however, cut away before that happened.

Check out a quick clip from that scene after the jump. It’s pretty apparent that it’s a real game.


The Wilpons own the New York Mets. They own 100% of the Mets.

Because of a recent lawsuit stemming from the Benie Madoff Ponzi scheme, the Wilpons may be on the hook for between $300 million and $1 billion.

25% of the Mets is now for sale. The New York Times wonders if that’s worth buying.


This is a fictitious sports agent:

Audio of Adam Katz, non-fictional sports agent, after the jump.


Being a baseball writer can be a thankless job. Prima donna players, manipulative front office figures, low pay, and an intimidatingly rich literary standard to uphold, bound tightly to the game. Memorable baseball writing emerged almost simultaneously with the sport itself from the bucolic mists of 19th century meadows and memories, and remains an expectation – conscious or otherwise – of nearly every fan who has ever read a game story.

Bob Nightengale is a baseball writer for a little paper called USA Today. He joined the conversation in the 2nd hour this afternoon. Audio of the interview with Robert after the jump.


Hall of Fame bound player and manager, Joe Torre talked about not missing Spring Training at all. He also shared a great Tino Martinez story and talked about his ‘Safe At Home Foundation’.

The interview audio is after the jump.


The LoHud Yankees Blog writes about the Yankees finally signing someone.  It’s not a Lee level signing (what is?) but it makes their set up role better and removes a weapon from the sinking Rays.  Why is LoHud tepid on this deal?

That said, it’s hard for me to be completely sold on the deal. Soriano is a great pitcher with a proven track record, but in the big picture, it’s hard for me to see this as a total win for the Yankees.