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Nasty Nesty Gives a Spit

Jason Barrett

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Nestor Aparicio has been referred to as “Nasty Nesty” on the radio, where he is known to some St. Louis listeners from his yesteryear days as a host nationally on Sporting News Radio.

But Aparicio, who now owns and appears on a Baltimore sports-talk station, is doing something this summer that’s the opposite of nasty. He’s in the middle of a marathon of trekking to all 30 major-league ballparks in a 30-day period in which he is rallying people to have their mouths swabbed in order to be included in the international bone marrow registry.

The effort, which has been dubbed “Give A Spit,” rolls into St. Louis on Friday and it has a big personal tie. In March of last year Aparicio’s wife, Jennifer, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. She received a bone marrow transplant and is doing fine now.

Jenn is going to about half the stops on the tour, and plans to join her husband in St. Louis after having returned home for a few days at her job as a network engineer for Verizon Communications. This is a huge milestone day. It was one year ago that she had her bone-marrow transplant.

“Meet me in St. Louis,’’ Aparicio said. “Friday’s a really big deal for us. I sure remember where I was a year ago.”

At many stops he has been allowed to set up a table in which fans can have their mouth swabbed to gather saliva, which is sent to the registry. It is analyzed and catalogued to create a profile that will determine if that person is a match for someone who needs a bone-marrow transplant. Other teams haven’t been as cooperative.

However the Cardinals are on the bandwagon after some red tape was eliminated Thursday. The couple is to be provided with a table in the family pavilion area of the Ford Plaza, on the main concourse near gates 5 and 6. The goal is to have fans give a saliva sample to be entered into the registry.

“People don’t understand the swabbing process, it’s so easy,’’ he said. “We didn’t know anything about it 18 months ago, either. For a lot of people it’s Chinese and I understand that.”

Awareness is another big goal of the tour.

“Sometimes the swabbing part is a little bit ceremonial, because you can’t swab 5,000 people at a baseball game,’’ he said. “You can swab 50, you just don’t have enough time. If you can get a person every two minutes to put their spit on a Q-tip, you’re doing pretty damn good. But a lot of people don’t even know about this, so we want to let them know this goes on.”

On the awareness front, the couple is to appear on Howard Balzer’s sports-talk radio show, at 11 a.m. on KXFN (1380 AM). Balzer has been a frequent guest on Aparicio’s programs over the years. And the effort is being backed by a strong social media campaign, including a presence on his Facebook page and on Twitter at #GiveASpit and #JennStrong.

To read more visit STLToday.com where it was originally published

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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