6:06 am January 17, 2012, by David O'Brien
January 23rd, 20123:14 pm
WKRP in Cincinnati Thanksgiving Turkey Drop
“As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”
(Hat Tip: Glenn Reynolds.)
January 23rd, 20123:17 pm
And. let’s not forget (which I’d RATHER!) Roseanne Barr!
but then, neither is anyone else [as good as Scully]
The guy who gets bad rap here in the forum is Jon Miller, probably by mere association with Joe Morgan, LOL. But, that guy, in his everyday stuff, is tremendously good.
But I don’t know where that next great group of baseball PBP guys will come from. Just as in broadcasting in general, there’s little room to take a risk on a guy who might be fabulous. It’s safer to take the guy with fundamentals, who won’t offend anyone but is neither going to exactly energize a fan base.
The broadcast version of polished college lefties.
January 23rd, 20123:18 pm
And Robert Goulet forgetting the words…….
gd from nz
January 23rd, 20123:21 pm
Was thinking of my best concert moments the other day for some reason, so I’ll play this game, some clear standouts:
1. Pink Floyd, Western Springs Stadium Auckland, 1989 (I think).
2. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wellington Town Hall, 1986.
3. Jethro Tull, TSB Arena, New Plymouth, 1993.
4. Cold Chisel, Waterfront, Wellington 2011.
5=. BB King, Wellington 1996, Brownie McGhee, Wgtn Town Hall, 1987.
The Cure, U2, REM (1986 they were great, before the decline), Joe Walsh, Dire Straits not far behind
Ah, the memories…..
January 23rd, 20123:23 pm
Sorry,DAP. Anytime you post I shall now remember you like American Idol.
January 23rd, 20123:24 pm
Back to my previous point, Sutton has the softest hands of anyone I’ve ever met. Man, woman, newborn baby… I don’t know what the guy does to his hands, but they were overly soft.
I noticed it when I met him the first time in Houston… Funny story about that trip to Houston. Moments after meeting Sutton we were on the field while the Astros took BP. I was standing near the 3B line taking photos of the dugout when a ball was hit that rolled right to my feet. I looked around to see if anyone was looking, picked it up, looked around again, and proceeded to put the ball in my bag. At that very moment Jose Lima screamed from behind the cage “Hey, wachu tink you doin’, man?!?”
Batting practice came to an instant halt as the entire Astros team turned to stare at me. I managed a “I uh was uh and uh” when Lima screamed “Trow da ball back on da f’ing field!”
I took the ball from my bag and went to throw it out towards the mound. Instead the ball went straight up in the air and landed about a foot from my feet. I turned and walked away towards the dugout. Ken Caminiti was leaning against the dugout rail watching all of this and this and looked at me and said “P*ssy”.
I’ve hated the Astros ever since.
That’s the problem, for me. When I was young enough to hit a lot of concerts, I usually had trouble remembering my name the next day, let alone the quality of the show.
Wellllllll…..that doesn’t necessarily make DAP a BAD person.
January 23rd, 20123:25 pm
I went to a Hurricanes game earlier this year, when we were playing one of the Canadian teams. The singer botched the words to BOTH anthems, and they were showing the words up on the Jumbotron.
January 23rd, 20123:27 pm
Ken Caminiti was leaning against the dugout rail watching all of this and this and looked at me and said “P*ssy”.
Gotta admit Ken was succinct, though. And descriptive.
Hillbilly, January 23rd, 2012, 2:28 pm … “And to this day Love In An Elevator at Barton Coliseum in Little Rock in ‘98 still ranks in my personally-witnessed top 5 concert moments”
Sad to say, my personally-witnessed top 5 moment in Barton Coliseum is a monster truck rally.
As a friend used to say, “It’s got the acoustics of a trash-can.”
January 23rd, 20123:28 pm
Maybe we all should remember Carl Lewis singing National Anthem. Then again,maybe we shouldn’t.
CB, Sorry,DAP. Anytime you post I shall now remember you like American Idol.
heh, thats fine. if the shoe fits…ive grown up enough to stop denying the stuff i like.
I saw Duke Ellington (with his band) at ECU in 1970…Awsome.
January 23rd, 20123:29 pm
Agree Turkeys were live.
Find epispode on Youtube. It’s worth 15 minutes. With all due respect, better than a lot of comments here in this very boring winter of some of our discontents with Braves for not signing Prince Fielder or trading for Kemp.
Thanks, Dave, for being our Ringmaster. Are you counting the days until you embark for ST?
just pat that doesn’t necessarily make DAP a BAD person.
good to know. thanks pat.
January 23rd, 20123:30 pm
CB – Close call between Carl Lewis and Rosanne Barr…Except he wasn’t trying to be funny/awful.
Hillbilly: That’s because Sweet Emotion is the best song they ever recorded.
My all-time favorite Aerosmith song is “One Way Street” off of their first album and they haven’t played that song live since the mid 1970’s.
I’ve seen them live about 10 times since the first time they played in Atlanta as an unbilled opening act for Mott The Hoople and The New York Dolls. I always enjoyed them, but don’t think I would make the effort to go see them now. It would be kinda like dating Barbara Eden hoping she would still look like Jeannie. Ain’t gonna happen.
January 23rd, 20123:31 pm
That trip was also the first time I had met Leo Mazzone. I had never heard so many f’bombs out of a person in such a short amount of time before. He used the word like we might use “the” or “and”… pretty much every other word out of his mouth.
He didn’t care much for the new stadium to say the least.
January 23rd, 20123:33 pm
Ahh, yes. Good ol’ Barton. Trash can sounds about right. It sounded good calling the Hogs, though,…watching Todd Day, Oliver Miller, and Lee Mayberry destroy whatever cupcake they were up against back in the day.
January 23rd, 20123:36 pm
scoots @ 3:24 pm:
Been there, done that too many times, but it sure was fun.
My only concert comments are just some notes:
1. Was doing a scoreboard job in Charlotte, after my company’s dropping the whole dang scoreboard made the cover of Sports Illustrated and we had to stop working for a George Strait concert. I had to admit he sure had his fans but us guys liked his opening act, Shania Twain. Never had heard of her but we all thought she was going places.
2. Best concert I ever attended, no kidding, was Juice Newton, a local Idaho lady, that came to a small dive just to try out some songs. Maybe it was the intimacy of the small setting, but it was truly a fun time. SHe was so personable – really connected with the fans.
3. Saw a Brooks and Dunn concert with Rascal Flatts, etc and even though I’m not a country guy (my date bought the tickets) it was a fun listen too.
raleigh, I couldn’t imagine anybody inviting Rosanne Barr to sing National Anthem. I doubt he kept his job.
January 23rd, 20123:38 pm
I still like the national anthem sung briskly and classicly. Give me a barber shop quartet singing the national anthem at a good pace – that is how it was meant to be sung. Not slow and drawn out.
It also bothers me when the person singing the national anthem makes it more about them singing than what they are singing. Sing it well and enjoy the applause after. The song is for the Red, White, and Blue not for the singer to show off
January 23rd, 20123:43 pm
Anybody else read Murph’s story (great one by the way) and find it peculiar that Jose Lima and Ken Caminiti both turned up dead in the past few years?
Dude, whoever you are,…I’m sorry if I ever embarrased you. And tell Mr. Corleone I’m a big fan.
January 23rd, 20123:49 pm
brian – I agree…it’s not a time for improvisation. Of course, I’m not actually that crazy about the anthem…America the Beautiful would be my choice…SSB is difficult to sing, but if you can’t do it right, and with the propper respect, don’t do it at all.
That’s the problem, for me. When I was young enough to hit a lot of concerts, I usually had trouble remembering my name the next day, let alone the quality of the show. — ncscoots
Oh, yes. Many dozens, if not hundreds of concerts fall into that category for me. Saw everyone — from Bowie, The Clash, Prince and Neil Young, to REM (many times), Replacements (many times), Nirvana and Jane’s Addiction — predominantly during a long period of my life when I’d not remember most of it the next day. Just knew I had a whole lot of fun. But wish I could remember more.
January 23rd, 20123:50 pm
Anybody else read Murph’s story (great one by the way) and find it peculiar that Jose Lima and Ken Caminiti both turned up dead in the past few years?
I run a legitimate waste disposal business. Never been convicted of a single crime.
Also can’t stand “Happy Birthday” sung like a dirge instead of an upbeat, peppy song.
Hey Murph…I would never call you the p word.
January 23rd, 20124:00 pm
I watched Nirvana: Live at the Paramount on VH1 Classic the other day. How did Grohl ever make it through a show back then. Dude had to be absolutely exhausted every night. He was a flippin’ animal on the drums.
January 23rd, 20124:02 pm
I, for one, am very greatful for effective waste disposal.
January 23rd, 20124:05 pm
I still like the national anthem sung briskly and classicly.
I remember most vividly a rendition sung by a young man one year that the Red Sox were in the WS, and I guess that must have been the Buckner series (?). In any event, the guy did a slower-paced version that was just incredible. I mean, I was practically crying when the guy finished. At the end, someone came up to lead him off-stage. He was blind.
Sadly, I don’t remember his name, but I can still hear every note he hit.
Bay Area Steve
January 23rd, 20124:06 pm
“I, for one, am very grateful for effective waste disposal.”
Sure wish we had it here. That Dentz guy sure is persistent…
January 23rd, 20124:07 pm
January 23rd, 20124:08 pm
Rod Stewart played a good concert. I don’t remember the exact time we went and saw him,but Columbia,SC right after he and his wife divorced.
Ahh, Caminiti was probably doped on God knows what most of the time and probably nobody would’ve even rememered him at all if he didn’t have all those roids to give him power. Talk about a pu***. And Lima was a big mouth, cry baby prick from what I remembered.
No. Young white guy.
(I think Jose did the anthem a couple of times, though, didn’t he?)
January 23rd, 20124:12 pm
Never saw Rod Stewart in concert, but he did almost run over me in Beverly Hills once in 1987 (well, I was being a typical tourist), and then he shot me the bird as he sped past.
Sure wish we had it here. That Dentz guy sure is persistent…
I could make it look like an accide… I mean, I could have one of my associates speak to him on your behalf if you’d like.
January 23rd, 20124:13 pm
then he shot me the bird as he sped past.
Probably lucky he didn’t go all Ken-Caminiti on you.
January 23rd, 20124:14 pm
What goes in the landfill stays in the landfill.
January 23rd, 20124:15 pm
I told this little story after our visit July 5th last summer to Turner Field about how rude and arrogant Beachy and Venters were acting. During batting practice those two were standing in the outfield. Neither would acknowledge any fan right behind them, even the little kids. Beachy actually turned around and glared for a second at some kids yelling his name and he just turned his head right back to JV and ignored them. I know it was unbelievably hot and humid that day, but a quick nod or hand wave would’ve killed him?
You’re probably right…and there’s no telling what HE was on in those days.
January 23rd, 20124:16 pm
You guys just gonna mention every blind singer you ever heard of, LOL?
No, this kid was nobody in the entertainment world, that I can remember. Just a guy, probably semi-famous in Boston, I guess, who happened to absolutely nail it.
January 23rd, 20124:17 pm
Braves just announced they will give 33-percent discount all season on all food & drinks except alcohol, for those w/ ticket packages of 20 games or more. (They sent a letter to season-ticket holders this morning with that information, but just sent out press release.)
The discount will not be valid at the 755 Club, Chop House, Georgia’s Own Credit Union Club or roaming vendors. It’ll apply at all the fixed concession stands and in-seat service (for those in the pricey seats with waiters/waitresses).
January 23rd, 20124:18 pm
Well,you brought the subject up! lol
January 23rd, 20124:19 pm
Prado was just awesome to us though. Signed our baseballs and whatever else we had for him and did it patiently while ringing wet with sweat after his BP session. Fredi G also kept his word and returned to those kids waiting for him.
January 23rd, 20124:20 pm
Just Pat – if a today equivalent of Marilyn Monroe were to sing me happy birthday, she can sing happy birthday to me however she wants
Best concert I’ve ever been to was Reba McEntire with John Barry opening for her. She had just put out her Greatest Hits Volume 2 Album and had Linda Davis with her on the tour. It was also my first concert.
My favorite concerts are Linkin Park, seen them 3 times and they bring it 125% every time. I’m sure I’ll be the only one on this blog that appreciates Linkin Park lol.
January 23rd, 20124:21 pm
Huey Lewis…oh, wait…you said BLIND, not Blond. As Emily Litella used to say…”that’s very different…Never mind”.
brian – Who is the today equivalent of MM though??
I see where Cody Ross is going to choose his team today! Any chance the Braves?
January 23rd, 20124:22 pm
I spent ten minutes trying to find him…
Had a little hope with a Ken Medema. But, no east coast ties that I can see.
Anybody who can bring me to tears with The Anthem is worth at least ten minutes, no?
January 23rd, 20124:23 pm
Nah, the braves probably wont offer cody ross a contract…makes too much sense.
Hey, I was just trying to inject a little poignancy amidst the mentions of truly awful anthem performances, LOL.
OMG, WTF could Rod Stewart do to most any other man other than kiss him on the cheek? Only thing that sissy boy could kick hard is a soccer ball. But I do like some of his music and his voice is unique.
January 23rd, 20124:25 pm
makes too much sense…or too much money
Pre-Internet, I imagine, though that’s no guarantee that there isn’t something about it out there. Just that it might be on the last page of a 200000-hit Google search.
January 23rd, 20124:27 pm
It would literally make my week if we sign Cody Ross. He’s nothing special, but he’s much better than Diaz and Constanza. Ugh, I wish Wren would never had gotten Matt back. Sucks at pretty much everything baseball now that he has zero power and can’t hit LHP.
January 23rd, 20124:32 pm
Obvious disqualification, but Smokey Robinson apparently sang before a game in the ‘86 Series.
January 23rd, 20124:35 pm
So, it seems the “Baseball Almanac” has the information. Anybody got a copy handy?
I think I’ve surpassed ten minutes, but dammit…
January 23rd, 20124:38 pm
BAS, Marvin Gaye, NBA All-Star game. A version bound to be disliked by traditionalists, but a keeper.
Those Detroit guys knew how to get a little out of some music.
January 23rd, 20124:39 pm
Murph @ 3:24
January 23rd, 20124:40 pm
Not a great source, but I think Paul Simon and Glenn Close each sang in Boston in the Series.
January 23rd, 20124:41 pm
Ken Caminiti was and to this day is one of the scariest people I’ve ever stood next to. The guy looked like he wanted to kill everyone around him.
I’ve always thought that there was a limit to what you could say to people in real life vs what you could say to a celebrity type person in real life, that the celebrity, be they a ballplayer or actor or whatever, would be used to some heckling and understand that, if they were to react and kill you, their life would basically be over.
We talked to Tom Glavine that dad and my coworker gave him a hard time about something (can’t remember what) and Tommy was very personable. All of the Braves players were great, open to chatting, talking about baseball video games and whatnot.
Not one single person said a word to Caminiti. Nobody made eye contact with the guy. You just knew that he’d kill you if you got too close.
January 23rd, 20124:42 pm
Yeah, but I’ve heard that one many times, scoots. I want the new. Or the new-to-me, anyway. And, why don’t you have the “Baseball Almanac?” I figured you had every book…
Just going to bring up the Marvin Gaye version at the NBA all Star game.
To me that is the best version of the song ever.
January 23rd, 20124:44 pm
Shoot, Simon and Close were in NY.
January 23rd, 20124:45 pm
Good thing I don’t do research for a living. I’m alarmingly bad at it.
Caminiti was an addict on roids, which apparantly make you a nutcase anyways. Probably one of them manic depressed people that never got treatment.
January 23rd, 20124:46 pm
BAS, Baseball Almanac has an online version (which I just checked after the brain-nudge from you). I’m obviously mistaken about the time-frame, so I thought it might have been the ‘75 series (and frankly that seems more likely).
Guess what? For the ‘75 Series, the almanac lists the Anthem singer for only one game; all the rest, no soap.
January 23rd, 20124:48 pm
BAS, even if you were to come up with the guy’s name, don’t you think it unlikely that there is a clip of the performance, nearly forty years later, LOL?
January 23rd, 20124:50 pm
We need that outfield pop from Cody Ross though, got to understand that you pay for what you get, so in order to get something of value then you have to pay for it. In a down year last year for Cody Ross, he hit 14 homeruns which is one more than Prado. Not to mention he got on base at a higher clip as well. Lastly he is a versitle outfielder, can play all three positions and that is what we need that we dont currently have on our roster.
Concession prices slashed by one-third for 20-game-or-more ticket holders. No, booze isn’t included.
January 23rd, 20124:51 pm
I’m obviously mistaken about the time-frame, so I thought it might have been the ‘75 series (and frankly that seems more likely).
See there? You’ve got him all wound up doing research and now you’re p***ing all in his chili. Ha Ha!! That ain’t right, scoots.
January 23rd, 20124:52 pm
Murph – Roid Rage is a b!tch
January 23rd, 20124:53 pm
Braves aren’t among the teams that Cody Ross is choosing between. Just got that from him directly.
ncbravesfan90, i agree about ross, but do you think he signs for $1mil or less? because that may be about all we got.
im sure as the offseason wears down, the prices on these guys is plummeting, but im not sure its going that low for cody ross. id be surprised, but very happy if the braves figure out a way to get him.
honestly, the ought to give him a back loaded 2 year deal, so that he is cheaper this year, when they have less space.
January 23rd, 20124:54 pm
welp, there you go. thanks DOB.
“BAS, even if you were to come up with the guy’s name, don’t you think it unlikely that there is a clip of the performance, nearly forty years later, LOL?”
Yeah… Uh… It seems I did not think that part of my plan through. Ya try to have dreams…
How ’bout dude ain’t famous-famous, but still sings the anthem on occasion, and there’s a recording of something… somewhere. A lot of games out there, and the Anthem needs singin’ before every one. You sure it’s ‘75, and the Series? I tried baseball-almanac online, and my virus software suggested otherwise. Weird.
Ha Ha!! That ain’t right, scoots.
…and I feel bad about it. A little. Maybe.
January 23rd, 20124:55 pm
Wow I kinda figured that, but how sad.
i think the braves may get a few of these guys on minor league deals. there are still tons of free agents left on the market that arent ready to retire.
January 23rd, 20124:56 pm
An inmate at a correctional facility
January 23rd, 2012
I dont care how poorly Dallas played this year. I got over my hurt a month ago. What matters is that the misery of 49er fans brought me plenty of joy last night, lol!
Karma is a bitch… and she doesn’t like you very much
January 23rd, 20124:57 pm
BAS, http://www.baseball-almanac.com. I’m obviously not certain of the time-frame, since I originally thought it was ‘86. But I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the ‘67 series, and that pretty much leaves ‘75.
January 23rd, 20124:58 pm
Well,Georgie it is.
January 23rd, 20125:00 pm
Well that’s definitely it then. No deals until ST or after is my guess here. If then.
Whatever, just play some damn all already!
January 23rd, 20125:01 pm
BAS, it looks like it is somewhere between ‘67 and ‘85. That should really help.
January 23rd, 20125:07 pm
LOL, CB. Maybe Boston, might-coulda been Des Moines. Come to think it was Vancouver hockey, and the Canadian version…
I see what y’all are doin’.
January 23rd, 20125:12 pm
What’s your recollection of Ken Caminiti? Was he a pleasant person to interview? Did he often tell humorous stories about calling on-field fans *ahem* “less than manly” during BP sessions?
January 23rd, 20125:23 pm
I think I got it.
Though, a small deviance from scoots’ recollection has me worried. I mean, it’s really a small concern…
Jane Morin. Right singer, I think. Just the wrong gender. Now, can I find a clip?
January 23rd, 20125:29 pm
Audio, but no anthem. Shoot. Back to work…
January 23rd, 20125:30 pm
I’m obviously not certain of the time-frame, since I originally thought it was ‘86. But I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the ‘67 series, and that pretty much leaves ‘75. _ scoots
Can’t remember, but had a good time, got it.
January 23rd, 20125:42 pm
Looks like the Red Sox are the front runners to land Cody Ross. Moving Scutaro to add Ross doesn’t really seem like an upgrade. Could they sign Ross, look to move recently acquired Ryan Sweeney now that he has a money tag, so they could sign someone like Oswalt. Ryan Sweeney only makes 1.75 mil this year and plays all 3 OF positions. Could the Braves posibly have interest there?
January 23rd, 20125:43 pm
With it confirmed by DOB that Ross will not be coming here, maybe the Ross talk will stop. Oh wait, whatever amount he signs for someone will say, the Braves could have given him that amount.
In regards to the nat’l anthems, the Carl Lewis one to this day cracks me up. oho, wait a minute.
Seen way too many great concerts to limit it to one favorite, but among the highlights was a Queen/Thin Lizzy show in Hollywood FL, Emerson Lake and Palmer (Tarkus) with Humble Pie, Allman Brothers with Duane in Piedmont Park and Ian Hunter (of Mott The Hoople) with Mick Ronson and singing All The Young Dudes with the other ten people at the show.
January 23rd, 20125:48 pm
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