Prime Time Sports Review for Tuesday, April 9, 2013

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting

First segment: Interview with Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated

  • Bob asks Deitsch about the Marlins trading away the players they signed a year ago, Deitsch says he doesn’t feel bad for the players but he feels bad for the fans
  • Deitsch thinks the Jays have too much talent to not be better ultimately
  • Deitsch talks about Howard Cosell and how he compares to current sports media personalities, and says that the media world of 2013 prevents anybody from approximating the next Cosell

Second segment: Interview with Faye Vincent, former MLB commissioner

  • Bob asks Vincent how he thinks Bud Selig should be handling the Miami Marlins situation, Vincent says it’s a tough situation because it pits owners against owners and requires delicacy
  • Bob asks if part of the problem is that the commissioner works for the owners, so therefore Loria is one of Selig’s bosses, Vincent says that Selig has more owner support than he did, but that it is a problem and a weird situation where the commissioner is supposed to work for the owners but also discipline them
  • Bob asks Vincent about what he thinks is behind the decreased numbers of African-Americans playing baseball, Vincent says it’s because baseball is a harder sport to be good at, and that you can make more money faster at other sports, for example going from 1 year of college to the NBA rather than working your way up the minors

5pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, Stephen Brunt co-hosting

First segment: Interview with Alex Anthopolous, Toronto Blue Jays General Manager

  • Anthopolous talks about Lawrie’s injury, says he might return sooner than expected, 2 weeks vs. a month
  • Anthopolous talks about the team’s early struggles
  • Bob asks Anthopolous about the Jays signing Miguel Batista, Anthopolous says that signing was just about minor league depth

Second segment: Interview with Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet hockey analyst

  • Kypreos talks about the Leafs having to re-sign Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri, and that Kadri would probably want about $5 million a year
  • Kypreos thinks that Toronto’s best playoff match ups would be Montreal or Washington
  • Kypreos thinks that P.K. Subban could win the Norris trophy

Third segment: Talk segment

  • Bob and Brunt talk about the dogs Bob used to own and the Blue Jays

6pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, Stephen Brunt co-hosting

First segment: Interview with Gregg Zaun, Sportsnet baseball analyst

  • Zaun is critical of Morrow’s pitch location to Cabrera today, wonders if Morrow doesn’t trust Arencebia to call the game
  • Zaun thinks the Jays aren’t being patient hitters at the plate and are just trying to crush everything for a homerun, says you can’t do that against good pitchers
  • Zaun thinks that they should run out the same line up every day and not worry about left or right match-ups, wants to see Lind and Rasmus out there every day, Bob agrees

Second segment: Interview with Jay Caspian Kang, Grantland.com

  • Kang talks about his article on Grantland.com titled “The End and Don King” about the declining influence and power Don King has
  • Bob wonders if King was younger now would he be able to rejuvenate the boxing industry, Brunt thinks that it’s boxers who do that, and there just are no boxers that capture the imagination anymore

Third segment: Interview with Chris Botta, Sports Business Journal

  • Botta explains the situation on Long Island where Islanders’ owner Charles Wang wants to move out of Nassau Colliseum and into Brooklyn a year earlier than their lease expires
  • Bob asks if Islanders fans follow the team to Brooklyn, Botta thinks they will but not as much, and they’ll go to less games

Thoughts:

People who think the Toronto media is too soft on the Jays slow start will probably greatly enjoy the Zaun interview today, he definitely thinks that the Jays have deeper problems that they need to address and it’s not just “it’s early”.  I find it slightly amusing that Zaun is advocating for Cito Gaston’s style of managing and Bob is all for this when Zaun suggests it.

The Anthopolous interview didn’t reveal very much at all, except that Lawrie might be back earlier than people thought, which should also make Jays fans happy.  But other than that, there wasn’t very much at all.  I wonder if some fans are disappointed that his feet weren’t held to the fire about the Jays’ slow start.

I thought the discussions with Deitsch and then Kang about Cosell and King were interesting even if I don’t really know that much about either person in question.

The one interview that’s probably the highlight today is Zaun’s just because it was very firey and he had a lot to say about the Jays team (whether you agree with it or not) beyond “it’s early”, and that will probably be of interest to Jays fans who need something more after this poor start.  It was a lot longer than I made it sound in my notes.

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Curt
April 10, 2013 1:48 pm

Zaun went on a bit of a rant, didn’t he? He’s never shy to call it as he sees it, and that’s what I like about him.

For me, I never thought the Toronto media was too soft on the Jays. Yes, there are those employed by Rogers who shill – and I think we all know who they are. Likewise, there are some like Zaun, Hayhurst, etc. who aren’t afraid to call b.s. I do think that Rogers made a mistake by amplifying expectations instead of controlling them. Brunt has argued that Rogers didn’t create those expectations. True, but they certainly exploited them to the max, and that is extremely risky if things don’t go well. As we are seeing, apparently, there can be some fan backlash even at this ridiculously early part of the season. To be fair, whenever I heard AA or Beeston interviewed during spring training, they have tried to temper expectations, because they know nothing’s guaranteed.

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