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Wally Backman and my adventures in talk radio

Nov 11, 2010, 6:28 AM EDT

Wally Backman

I’ve come to believe that Wally Backman doesn’t have supporters for the Mets managerial job, really. He has disciples and truthers.  At least the guy I locked horns with last night fit that description: radio shouter Dino Costa, who invited me on his show on Sirius/XM’s Mad Dog Radio.  Sirius itself describes it as “a sports talk radio program with some rabid bite to it.”  It lived up to its name.

I knew generally that Costa is one of the guys who likes to stir it up before I went on, but I didn’t know which direction he was going to take. Turns out he wanted to talk Backman.  OK, I fired a missile or two in that direction yesterday, so why not?  He started by listing the following managers — La Russa, Cox, Guillen, Washington — and asking me if I’d hire them to manage my team. I said yes to all of them, with my usual “I’m not a big fan of La Russa” caveat. Then Costa hit me by yelling that all four those guys have had off-the-field issues ranging from substance abuse to spousal abuse to DUI to, well, whatever it was Ozzie has been accused of over the years, so how on Earth could I say I’d hire them when I would not hire Wally Backman.

Because, yeah, Backman is so similar to two Hall of Fame managers, a World Series champion and an AL Pennant winner.

Seems that Costa’s entire reason for having me on the show was that he believed my problem with Backman was that I disapproved of personal problems he got into back in 2001 or whenever it was. I explained to him, no, my comments that Backman wasn’t a good fit in New York had nothing to do with that stuff. It had to do with the fact that the Alderson/Ricciardi/DePodesta crew has never shown an inclination to hire a guy like Backman, and that they have, at least in the past, made it clear that they prefer calm, middle manager types, not firebrands. I thought I had explained that pretty well in the posts Costa claims he read yesterday, but I guess not.  Anyway, it’s sad when a premise on which you’ve based everything collapses, but at least his premise that I’m anti-Backman on moral grounds collapsing like that led to some fun exchanges:

  • In which Costa demanded that I call Backman today and apologize to him for my irresponsible slander of him. Sadly, he could not identify said slander;
  • In which he asked me “what has Ricciardi and DePodesta ever won?!” My response “what has Backman ever won?” was met with a reference to his low-A exploits. I noted that his lack of experience at higher levels is a big knock against Backman and that citing that experience as his top end kind of proves the point. I was then told that I don’t know Wally Backman personally so I should just shut up;
  • Costa noted that Backman gets rave reviews from former players like Dan Uggla. I said that’s great as far as it goes, but those former players were scared 19 and 20 year-old kids when he managed them, and guys that age are more impressed with the drill sergeant act. I said that managing the Jose Reyeses of the world is different. He used that as an excuse to rip Jose Reyes as a quitter and a team cancer. I asked him if he had ever spoken with Jose Reyes personally because, at least in his view, one has to have met a guy before one can criticize him. I could tell from his frustrated yelling that he didn’t much care for that. Oh, and that he’s never met Jose Reyes.
  • Finally, frustrated at having to deal with this child, I did slip up and — ladies, leave the room — I said the word “goddamn.” My first thought “oops!” because bad language on the radio is bad form. My second thought “wait, satellite radio, so it’s OK.”  But than I realized it was more than OK, because it drove Costa nutty: he shouted at me — this time literally shouted at me — to apologize to him and the listeners “for taking the Lord’s name in vain!” I told him, nah, I wasn’t going to do that. If he’s offended it’s his problem. When he kept ranting I asked him if he was four-years-old or something. At this point it was safe to say that he and I weren’t going to find common ground.

Which is fine. Because Costa closed the show with a comical “I’ll be watching you, Calcaterra. I’ll be reading your blog every day to see what you’re saying!” promise/threat.  Which is great, because I totally want more readers.  Hi Dino!

Anyway, I know a lot of people disagree with me on Backman. Reasonable people can disagree on the matter. It just seems that reasonable people who have taken issue with me on the guy have done so for what I’ve actually said rather than invented fantasy reasons like me thinking that Backman deserves to pay penance for filing bankruptcy or whatever. I don’t give a hoot about that. My team was managed for the past 20 years by a guy who was involved in a domestic violence incident for cryin’ out loud.  I’m not inviting Bobby Cox or Wally Backman into my home, but I’m not going to say that disqualifies them from a job in which it has been proven that even drunk, violent jerkwads can be effective. It’s business, not personal. And if I’m totally wrong about what I think Sandy Alderson wants in a manager and he goes ahead and hires Backman? Great, I was wrong. I’ll admit it and do my best to understand it.

But I sure would like the crazy faction of Backman supporters — which Costa either is or is pretending to be — to admit that Backman is not the Alpha and Omega of managerial candidates, that he does lack experience compared to other candidates, and that if he is ultimately hired by Alderson, he would be an unconventional pick given Alderson’s track record.  That’s all I’m saying.

But hey, talk radio is fun, ain’t it?

  1. willmose - Nov 11, 2010 at 6:47 AM

    As I have said before, in the clubhouse the odds 12 to 5 against hiring Backman.

    • happyjack62 - Nov 11, 2010 at 8:01 AM

      Clubhouse odds? I thought the clubhouse bookie was just arrested. Fact is Wally is the only guy who is going to generate any fan interest. Opposition to him is soley based on the premise that Managers don’t matter. If Wally is hired and is successful it throws that out the window. So if you get the already failed Terry Collins or Bob Melvin you are safe to ignore the manager and whine about the injuries, the effort and the outfield wall. Waly was the only functioning manager in the system last year. I can’t see them passing on Wally, alienating the fanbase and start tinkering around the edges. No one is coming out to Citi Field if Wally is out in Pittsburgh or elsewhere. The 2006 7 8 9 and 10 malaise will continue unchecked under anyone else in the race.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 11, 2010 at 8:20 AM

        You might be the first fan in history who would go to a game to see the manager. If I were a mets fan, I’d rather go and see Jose Reyes, or David Wright, or maybe Carlos Beltran…

      • Adam - Nov 11, 2010 at 9:01 AM

        What do you mean church? Everyone knows people go to Cardinal games to watch Tony LaRussa walk to the mound approximately 50 times.

      • BC - Nov 11, 2010 at 10:11 AM

        If I were closer to Chicago, I would have gone to games to see Lou Piniella. Watching him go Vesuvius even once would have been totally awesome in a tubular sort of way.

  2. turf24 - Nov 11, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    Well it looks like Dino is doing pretty well for himself since leaving the town of Bedrock. First talking dinosaur on radio, good for him.

  3. Old Gator - Nov 11, 2010 at 8:19 AM

    Wally Backman is ten years older and demonstrably wiser than when his personal life hit its nadir. After he blew a major league managerial job he already had in his pocket, he hunkered down, took the jobs he could get and, characteristically, was successful pretty much all the way back up the line. I watched Wally play for the Bad Guys Won Mets, and if scrappy, hard-nosed, dirty uniform, maximize your talents to the limit baseball is your cup of tea, Wally was your poster child. He didn’t have the Nureyev-like flying pivot of a lot of lankier second sackers but he got those throws off to first even if, as it usually did, it meant taking 200 lbs. of flying baserunner right in the gut. As he did after his previous managerial debacle, he always got right up again. And you could feel the electricity in his eyes every time Keith Hernandez made another WTF play at first, as if to say “Okay Mex, wait till you see what happens to the next ball you think I can’t get to!”

    Craig may have a point that he wouldn’t socket well with a bunch of beancounters and suits like Alderson and company, but he’s probably still incipiently sleazy enough to coexist with Wilpon, at least. And he’ll be like Kirk Gibson with a browfull of shoe polish every day in the dugout. He’ll take those leftover overpriced prima donnas and rubber ducky squeezers he’ll inherit from Minaya and Manuel and kick their asses till every last drop of crystallized baseball juice runs out of their pores – or he’ll bench their asses and go with some hungry kids. And he’ll make them think like winners again. If that’s too much static for Alderson, he can go find another walking Buprion tablet to run his dugout. Backman will find his way to some team that appreciates intensity and guerrilla style baseball. And Citifield, with its soulless corporate name so well suited to a bunch of white shirt and tie types, can continue to be one of the few places in New York where you can go for a little privacy.

  4. Jonny 5 - Nov 11, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    I can only assume that Costa learned a valuable lesson from all of this. Ex Lawyer Bloggers aren’t as fun to verbally berate as other people are. Shame on you Craig dirty mouth boy using the Lords name in Vain.. I guess Costa never does that either… Anyway, what’s wrong with not liking a certain selection for the Mets Manager position? I assume Craig, from a “sports professional” standpoint is giving an unbiased opinion of Wally “the mlb manager” when you look at who else they could probably land right now. That has to be tough when Craig “the Braves fan” would get the equivalent result of baseball Viagra to see Backman get the job in NY. Endless “things” to write about later too. Since I’m totally unprofessional and all and just a fan of a division rival, I welcome this. I hope he gets hired. That team with all of those overinflated egos can’t handle people kicking their asses on a regular basis. I can think of a few guys who won’t be handling it well at all. But when I think about it. This entire discussion is worthless. Wally Bachman won’t get the job afterall.

  5. hermitfool - Nov 11, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Craig,

    Would you make a return appearance on this shouting moron’s show if given the opportunity?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Nov 11, 2010 at 9:01 AM

      Not sure why I would. I don’t mind talk radio hysterics — they can be entertaining — but if there is zero interest on the part of the host to prepare or even attempt to engage in dialogue, what’s the point?

      I guess I’d say that the crazy shouting stuff is fun when it’s a rant, but if you’re calling people in to simply shout AT them, forget it.

      • BC - Nov 11, 2010 at 9:42 AM

        Costa is a chipwich. I listened to Mad Dog Russo out of NY for years, and Costa makes him sound like Red Barber. He’s a dolt, and thank you for putting him in his place.

  6. chrisny3 - Nov 11, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    “I explained to him, no, my comments that Backman wasn’t a good fit in New York had nothing to do with that stuff. It had to do with the fact that the Alderson/Ricciardi/DePodesta crew has never shown an inclination to hire a guy like Backman, and that they have, at least in the past, made it clear that they prefer calm, middle manager types, not firebrands.”

    This appears to be a non-sequitur. You think he wouldn’t be a good fit because 3 of the people in the decision making process have tended to go with more vanilla managers? Huh? What does suitability for NY have to do with someone’s past hiring tendencies? Maybe you should choose your words more carefully. Maybe you meant to say his chances appear low, which is the most logical conclusion of the second part of your statement. Moreover, Gibbons and Collins who were the choices of Riccardi and DePodesta are actually known for being feisty, But enough of the nitpicking.

    In your previous article you said you were against Backmam because of his lack of ML managing experience. I don’t think that is important considering that’s how everyone starts out, even the best managers in the game. And there is no evidence that someone new to ML managing would do any worse than an already proven ML failure and retread such as Hurdle, Wakamatsu, Collins and Melvin.

    Backman has already proven he has basic managing skills and could succeed as a manager in pro ball — which is more than could be said of Willie Randolph and Don Mattingly who snagged ML managing jobs without ever having managed at any level whatsoever. Backman has a hard-nosed personality — an attitude which some NY fans expect of their sports teams. He has proven to be very popular with players which is just the opposite of Terry Collins, who was disliked by Angels players and who quit his last two managing jobs. Just what NY needs, right? A true quitter.

    And, Craig, Mets fans like Backman NOT just because he played for the Mets. That’s just plain silly. Or, do you happen to see “Kevin McReynolds for Manager” campaigns springing up all over the place? Because if it was just about the uniform, he’d be a favorite too, right? So, obviously it is not just the uniform. There’s something more there. It’s the person under the uniform.

    Does the uniform Backman wore matter? Of course. But it’s icing on the cake. Not the whole cake.

    Do you really think Alderson would spend 3 hours interviewing Backman in California and then invite him back for a second interview just to appease fans? Really? You think he has that much time to kill? That’s just another silly idea of yours. Backman may not get the job. But I think it’s clear to those without an anti-Backman bias that he is a serious candidate.

    So, Craig, who do you think would make a better Mets manager for 2011? Just curious if you have any solutions or if you just wrote the piece to try to tear down someone.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Nov 11, 2010 at 9:46 AM

      Ken Oberkfell has more experience, more success and he has been in the Mets system a while. Chip and DeMarlo Hale each have more experience in the Majors than Backman as well. There are likely other candidates, but those are the ones who spring to mind. Personally, I’d try to get someone with Major League experience, either in coaching or managing. That’s what I would want. Not saying that’s the only way to skin a cat, but you ask my opinion, that’s my opinion.

      I’m confused by your early point: are you seriously saying that a candidate’s “suitability for New York” is more important than fit with a team’s management, which you dismiss as three random people? Because if that’s the case why not make this a fan and media referendum? That’s what “suitability for New York” means if I’m understanding you correctly. Find me an organization whose executives concern themselves more with public opinion in who they hire than personal compatibility with the management team and the candidate’s ability to carry out the organizational plan, and I’ll find you a failed organization.

      My views on the matter (i.e. what the Mets may do, not what I’d do if I ran the team) are solely informed by what has been the recent preferences by the new management team. They’ve not shown an inclination to go with a choice like Backman. If they do so no, it’s a change in course. That’s all I’m saying.

      As for why Backman backers want Backman: what are the reasons then? If it’s not his history with the team and it’s not simply preferring a colorful, fiery guy, what is it? Success in the low minors? There are a lot of managers who fit that description, and I don’t see anyone lobbying for more guys like that.

      • BC - Nov 11, 2010 at 10:13 AM

        Maybe the Mets could hire that guy (I think from the Braves system, no?) that crawled on his belly and used the resin bag as a grenade. THAT’S colorful.
        Either that or throw 50 bajillion dollars at Lou Piniella.

      • chrisny3 - Nov 11, 2010 at 10:39 AM

        Reply below.

    • Jonny 5 - Nov 11, 2010 at 11:16 AM

      “Backman has already proven he has basic managing skills and could succeed as a manager in pro ball — which is more than could be said of Willie Randolph and Don Mattingly who snagged ML managing jobs without ever having managed at any level whatsoever. ”

      chrisny3,
      Willie R. was one of the Mets most successful managers in recent history. FACT. He proved he can succeed, and the idiots running the Mets canned him. Which is effing great!

      • chrisny3 - Nov 11, 2010 at 11:53 AM

        For most of Randolph’s time with the Mets, Reyes, Wright, Beltran, and Delgado were firing on all cylinders. The Mets also had a very good bullpen in 2006 which hasn’t been matched since. I don’t think anyone believes another manager of average skills couldn’t have gotten the same or more out of that team. Moreover, Randolph had his serious flaws like being almost totally ignorant or allergic to NL strategies.(messing up double switches), losing the support of key players, and, perhaps worst of all, accusing the NY media of being racist towards him. Unfortunately and ironically, he included SNY in his paranoid ramblings, which is owned by the Wilpons who happened to give him the opportunity he didn’t deserve. The first black manager in NY accuses the people who gave him that chance of being racist! The Yankees would never have given Randolph the same chance. So it was a lot of things that cost Randolph his job. And no one was sad to see him go.

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 11, 2010 at 12:12 PM

        2002 with Bobby V. 26 games out of 1st. 2003 Art Howe 34 games out of 1st. 2004 Art Howe 25 games back. 2005 Willie R. 7 games back. 2006 Willie R. 1st place 12 games up. 2007 Willie R. 1 game out of 1st place. There is no denying that the mets had a good thing and let him walk over BS. And stupid Mets fans applauded it. You weren’t sad to see him go until when? Surely you had a moment where you said..” Hmm , maybe Randolph wasn’t so bad afterall?” Right? that’s logical, not that NY is known for that.

      • chrisny3 - Nov 11, 2010 at 12:33 PM

        Jonny, you fail to see that the Mets had a good thing despite Randolph. What part of “For most of Randolph’s time with the Mets, Reyes, Wright, Beltran, and Delgado were firing on all cylinders. The Mets also had a very good bullpen in 2006″ don’t you understand? Any average manager could have done as good or better with the same talent.

        Moreover, you forget that Randolph presided over what is called by some to be the worst regular season collapse in baseball history. Some of that has to be placed on his shoulders for failing to make the right moves and to motivate his players sufficiently. Some say he took things that September too casually. Combine that with his incredibly thin skin and paranoia, ignorance of NL strategies, and the alienation of key players, and it’s a recipe for eventual disaster.

        If he’s such a great manager, he will get another chance. Buy you watch. He won’t get it. Because he’s a poor leader on the field.

      • chrisny3 - Nov 11, 2010 at 12:34 PM

        Jonny, are you a Yankee fan? Sounds like it.

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 11, 2010 at 1:11 PM

        You’re right. I do fail to see how the Mets did well DESPITE Randolph. Just as you fail to see that he was wayyyy better than he got credit for and was canned unfairly. And no, I’m not a Yankee fan. I’m one of the guys who giggled their a$$es off when Randolph was fired for Manuel. You see I’m a fan of your biggest division rival, The Phillies. I’m not complaining one bit, just calling it as i see it. And as i see it you’ll regret screaming so loudly to hire Backman if he actually does get hired too. Maybe Willie had thin skin? But he got these guys to pull together better than anyone else was able to. Now the window is closed and the Mets are in shambles in a way, with a huge payroll to boot. I’m thinking that most of the decisions they made in the last few, including firing Randolph were mistakes. Had they fired Randolph and picked up a talented manager we wouldn’t be discussing it.

      • chrisny3 - Nov 11, 2010 at 2:10 PM

        LOL, Jonny, just because they fire a bad manager and replace him with another bad manager doesn’t make the firing of the first manager a mistake. That’s your main logic here, and it’s extremely flawed. Neither Randolph and Manuel were good managers. Both were ill-suited to managing the Mets for various reasons. Both were mainly AL-bred baseball people who struggled with the nuances of NL baseball.

        As for “being canned unfarily” … are you joking? Not only was Randolph coming off one of the worst late season collapses in baseball history and had lost support in the clubhouse, but he just dissed his employers immediately before his firing. Uh, I think in most organizations you can’t get away with that for long.

        As for “getting guys to pull together” … well by the time he left he had lost that ability to do so.

        “And as i see it you’ll regret screaming so loudly to hire Backman if he actually does get hired too.”

        You’re entitled to be wrong and you’re wrong here. No manager is perfect. Any managerial hire is a risk. But I’ll take that risk with Backman right now before any other candidate in the running.

  7. chrisny3 - Nov 11, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Oberkfell and the two Hales have ZERO ML managing experience which you said was important. Moreoever, Oberkfell’s ML coaching experience is so minimal it’s inconsequential. So why would Oberkfell be better than Backman? Are you using as your yardstick the amount of games managed in the minors, even though an excessively long minor league managing career would imply someone who has repeatedly failed to step up to the next level for any number of reasons?

    Yes, I am saying a person’s suitability for NY is way more important than the previous hiring practices of 3 executives who I did NOT dismiss as just 3 random people. Apparently, you did not listen to Alderson’s press conference where he went on quite some time about how managing in NY is different (as is playing). Moreover, you mistakenly equate “suitability for NY” with what the fans and media desire. They are not the same thing. For example, being able to deal deftly with the media is not the same thing as being a media darling. And being a fan favorite is definitely not the same thing as being able to deal easily with fan criticism.

    None of these executives ever made hiring decisions for a NY baseball club. They are smart enough to know that what may work in one market might not work in another. So just because they picked some vanilla managers in the past doesn’t mean they are wed to that type of personality. And, as I said, Collins is known to be hard-nosed like Backman. So it’s not even clear that these execs were tied to a certain managerial type as you suggest.

    As for why many Mets fans want Backman, I already gave you some reasons above but apparently you didn’t read them. I quote:

    “Backman has already proven he has basic managing skills and could succeed as a manager in pro ball — which is more than could be said of Willie Randolph and Don Mattingly who snagged ML managing jobs without ever having managed at any level whatsoever. Backman has a hard-nosed personality — an attitude which some NY fans expect of their sports teams. He has proven to be very popular with players which is just the opposite of Terry Collins, who was disliked by Angels players and who quit his last two managing jobs. Just what NY needs, right? A true quitter.”

    In addition, he’s proven he can deal with the media circus in NY. That should be a big consideration. The media can eat up the meek and mild (Howe) and the less adept (Omar, Randolph). I guess as a Braves fan, you wouldn’t understand that as the media coverage of your team pales in comparison to that of the Mets.

    Plus, as I said, Backman’s past Mets ties are icing on the cake. It’s part of the WHOLE PACKAGE.

    Interesting that even though you said ML managing experience was very important, you failed to suggest even one candidate with such experience who would be better than Backman. Probably it’s because you know anyone else would be as deeply flawed a candidate, if not more so, than Backman. And you don’t want to open yourself up to more criticism.

    • BC - Nov 11, 2010 at 10:50 AM

      I still say hire The Resin Bag Grenade Guy.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 11, 2010 at 11:43 AM

      “Backman has already proven he has basic managing skills and could succeed as a manager in pro ball — which is more than could be said of Willie Randolph and Don Mattingly who snagged ML managing jobs without ever having managed at any level whatsoever.

      Can you explain the Willie Randolph hatred that Mets fans have? Is it a anti-Yankee thing? Career managerial record of 302-253 (.544 win%) with 1 division championship and a 2nd and 3rd place finish. Mets fans seemed to laud Manuel’s hiring who proceeded to go 204-212 (.490 win%) with a 2nd, 4th and 4th place finishes. Also, Mattingly hasn’t even had an opportunity to manage the Dodgers yet, so how are you judging how he’s done so far?

      • chrisny3 - Nov 11, 2010 at 12:00 PM

        Re: Randolph, see reply above to Jonny.

        I was never for Manuel, and I wasn’t alone among Mets fans who didn’t want him. Some welcomed him only because he wasn’t Randolph.

        As for Matthingly, yes he did get to manage the Dodgers this summer for all of 15 seconds. And he messed that up! You can expect lots of other screw-ups next season from somebody who has never managed at any level and has played and coached most of his life in the AL. His hiring by the Dodgers is a joke. What were they thinking?

      • BC - Nov 11, 2010 at 12:22 PM

        Mattingly managed like 4 games this past year, and he screwed 2 of them up. That’s a .500 screwup percentage.

  8. yankeesfanlen - Nov 11, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    How did I just KNOW that the link about “drunk and violent” managers would show Billy Martin? He got hired a million times, NY experience, former Yankee (genuflect at Shea). Perfect fit, fills in last dead managers interview list. And George can’t steal him away.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 11, 2010 at 11:38 AM

      I was hoping for another TLR jab, but alas I was disappointed.

  9. bigleagues - Nov 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    So CalcaTerror:

    The question is . . . did you get it?

    And even if you didn’t, do you have the sack to return as a guest on the show? Or are you afraid of a little bar-room style banter on baseball? Or did Dino hurt your feelings?

    JBL

    • Craig Calcaterra - Nov 11, 2010 at 11:46 AM

      Barroom banter on baseball is great. But then again, I tend to drink with smart people. The stuff Dino was doing last night was more like preschool banter.

      • BC - Nov 11, 2010 at 12:24 PM

        You should have pulled a Whoopi Goldberg, declared bullbleep, and walked out.

      • happyjack62 - Nov 11, 2010 at 1:54 PM

        One gets the impression you played AYSO or at best viewed the game as a pre-teen from right field. The “smart people” are rarely so smart as they believe themselves to be. Those of us who took two busses and a train to get to Shea as kids, who were there in 69, 73 and 86 and every year in between are not impressed with smart people. We would prefer a beer with the likes of Wally Backman than with your “smart people”.

      • tomemos - Nov 11, 2010 at 2:22 PM

        “We would prefer a beer with the likes of Wally Backman than with your “smart people”.”

        Flashbacks of the 2004 election. It seems that in baseball as in politics, people are more interested in personality compatibility, and in not being made to feel alienated or inferior, then they are in actual results.

      • bigleagues - Nov 11, 2010 at 10:15 PM

        I should have asked if you can handle locker room banter. Because it is far more rough than what you received last night. That and you appear to be yet another self-made ‘baseball expert’ with an inflated sense of ego.

        Anyway, it seems your answers are:

        You don’t get the show and: No, Yes, No.

        Suggestion . . . eat some humble pie. Dig deep within you and find your sense of humor. Reach out to Dino, write an apology or write a complementary item about something he says. Why would you want to burn bridges with such a large sports radio platform?

        Reading other accounts of yours regarding various media appearances suggests you have a very definite expectation and desire how that interview will be conducted. And when it comes down to it, you are talking about baseball. A game. It’s my favorite game, btw (and I’ve spent all my life either playing, watching or working within affiliated baseball).

        But baseball is not as serious or important a subject, nor or your writings and arguments, as you tend to seem to perceive them. And yes some of your observations are smart and interesting, but complaining about an interview (or interviews) that don’t go the way you wanted it to . . . is not only below you, it’s annoying and demonstrates a lack of sense of humor on your part.

  10. English Breakfast - Nov 11, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    I shouldn’t say this… but what the hell. I’ve never heard of this guy Costa before but judging by his grasp of logic and argument, he’s got to be a conservative…. sorry, jon stewart.

  11. leez34 - Nov 11, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    I love you, Craig. Awesome.

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