With MLB’s Opening Day put on hold indefinitely, radio stations are working to fill the void left without baseball. Chicago’s 670 The Score previously announced plans to re-air every game from the 2016 Cubs playoff run, but they’ve also added the twist of making it interactive.
Prior to each re-broadcast, Cubs radio announcers Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer will be joined by 670 The Score host Joe Ostrowski. The trio will go live after the third and seventh inning, as well as following the game’s conclusion, taking calls about the game. Hughes, Coomer and Ostrowski will react to specific game events and offer insight of what it was like being at the ballpark.
The Cubs 17 game playoff run begins Wednesday Apr. 1, beginning with their 1-0 win over the San Francisco Giants and culminates Friday, Apr. 17 with their historic Game 7, World Series victory in extra innings vs. the Cleveland Indians.
Wednesday, 4/1 at 6p – NLDS Game 1, Cubs over Giants 1-0
Thursday, 4/2 at 7p – NLDS Game 2, Cubs over Giants 5-2
Friday, 4/3 at 6p – NLDS Game 3, Giants over Cubs 6-5 (in 13 innings)
Saturday, 4/4 at 5p – NLDS Game 4, Cubs over Giants 6-5
Sunday, 4/5 at 5p – NLCS Game 1, Cubs over Dodgers 8-4
Monday, 4/6 at 6p – NLCS Game 2, Dodgers over Cubs 1-0
Tuesday, 4/7 at 6p – NLCS Game 3, Dodgers over Cubs 6-0
Wednesday, 4/8 at 6p – NLCS Game 4, Cubs over Dodgers 10-2
Thursday, 4/9 at 7p – NCLS Game 5, Cubs over Dodgers 8-4
Friday, 4/10 at 6p – NLCS Game 6, Cubs over Dodgers 5-0
Saturday, 4/11 at 5p – WS Game 1, Indians over Cubs 6-0
Sunday, 4/12 at 5p – WS Game 2, Cubs over Indians 5-1
Monday, 4/13 at 6p – WS Game 3, Indians over Cubs 1-0
Tuesday, 4/14 at 6p – WS Game 4, Indians over Cubs 7-2
Wednesday, 4/15 at 6p – WS Game 5, Cubs over Indians 3-2
Thursday, 4/16 at 7p – WS Game 6, Cubs over Indians 9-3
Friday, 4/17 at 6p – WS Game 7, Cubs over Indians 8-7
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Mike Francesa On Writing a Memoir: ‘I’m Not Bored, I Don’t Need Money’
“The reason we stopped doing it was because of the pandemic and I never got back to it so I don’t know if I ever will, but I would say it is unlikely.”
Don’t expect Mike Francesa to share insight or secrets about his success on radio. He told listeners to his podcast that it is “unlikely” he will ever write a memoir.
The latest episode of The Mike Francesa Podcast sees The Sports Pope answering questions from his listeners. A man named Mike emailed to ask if there was a chance we would ever get an autobiography from Francesa.
“I have no plans,” Francesa answered. “A lot of times people write the books because they’re bored or they need the money. Thankfully, I’m not bored and I don’t need the money right now. Hopefully, I never do.”
For Francesa, there is a certain seediness to writing an autobiography. In his opinion, when people hear that a celebrity’s memoir is coming out, they are looking for juicy gossip.
Readers would certainly be curious to know about the falling out with Chris Russo and the end of Mike & the Mad Dog. They would probably also want to know about his unretirement and what that caused in the hallways of WFAN.
That’s not something Mike Francesa wants to share.
“Do I know a lot of stories? Yes. Have I seen a lot of things? Yes. But you know what? I’m not gonna turn around and tell those stories.”
No plans for an autobiography of any sort is the official position in 2022, but it wasn’t always how Mike Francesa felt. He explained that in 2020, he did have plans to write about his life and career.
“I came close a couple of years ago,” he said. “I met with the book companies. I sent them a treatment. They loved it. They really wanted to do it. They liked the stories I told them, these are the stories I could tell. The reason we stopped doing it was because of the pandemic and I never got back to it so I don’t know if I ever will, but I would say it is unlikely.”
Angelo Cataldi: Pete Rose, Keith Hernandez ‘Made Complete Asses Of Themselves’
“He’s got his own problems. He’s going to St. Louis to be honored and he was suspended for a year for copious use of cocaine.”
A pair of recent media missteps by Pete Rose and Keith Hernandez caught the attention of WIP’s Angelo Cataldi.
“We always love to tell people that ‘Man, back in the day those guys were so much smarter and classier’ and all this stuff. And now we’ve got two guys from the era of the 1970s and 80s who made complete asses out of themselves.
“Every once in awhile they bring somebody into the booth. They know before they put him in the booth with the regular announcer whether the guy’s a smacked ass, don’t they? Do you have any idea what NBC Sports was thinking? Because we all give way more credit to previous generations for being way better representatives of humanity.”
Cataldi then played a clip of Rose at a press conference being asked about his past sexual encounters with a woman who claims she was 14 during the acts with Rose, who contends she was 16. Rose told the reporter “it was 55 years ago, babe”.
“Hold on, we have to stop there. Sorry to cut this short, we’re putting him in the booth in front of a live mic for an inning,” Cataldi joked. “He was so bad in the inning, when NBC Sports Philadelphia did the replay, there was no sixth inning. They just removed the entire inning. These old time guys, they’re way overrated.”
Cataldi, who recently joined the Phillies radio booth for an inning, then turned his attention to SNY’s Keith Hernandez, who recently said he didn’t want to do games in Philadelphia any longer due to the Phillies lack of fundamentals and defense.
“This jackass comes out and talks about how he doesn’t wanna do the Phillies games because they don’t play the game the right way?”
Jon Jastremski, who was a guest on the show and also works at SNY, told Cataldi “that was just Keith being Keith”.
“Keith being Keith is fine, but it’s not like he had a pure record of his own as a player,” Cataldi argued as his volume began to rise. “Don’t be doing that stuff about players doing things the right way with your past. He’s got his own problems. He’s going to St. Louis to be honored and he was suspended for a year for copious use of cocaine. Jon Jastremski! Don’t be putting the higher ground when you’re Keith Hernandez when you’ve got your own problems!”
Seattle Sports 710 Back On Air After Lightning Strike Takes Out Tower
“Between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon, the National Forest Service reported 250 lightning strikes in the area.”
Sports fans in Seattle can once again find sports talk on 710 AM. The over-the-air signal of Bonneville’s Seattle Sports 710 was silent for a while after lightning hit the station’s broadcast tower.
Storms rolled through the Puget Sound on Wednesday. Between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon, the National Forest Service reported 250 lightning strikes in the area.
The social media accounts for Seattle Sports 710 began making listeners aware of the issues with the 710 AM signal on Wednesday morning. Talent continued their shows streamed on SeattleSports.com and on the station’s app.
Residents of the area are certainly happy to see the weather pass. Tacoma and West Seattle were hit the hardest. Tacoma Public Utilities reported more than 9500 residents were without power at one point.