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Postby nsulham » Thu May 11, 2006 7:11 pm

WR or Marver, if either of you guys were watching this game I'd love confirmation on this :-b

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Rick Sutcliffe, a Cy Young award winner and ESPN baseball analyst, gave a rambling, slurred interview during the local television broadcast of the Brewers-Padres game Wednesday night.

Sutcliffe's microphone eventually was cut off. Craig Nichols, general manager of Channel 4 San Diego, on Thursday described the interview as embarrassing.

It was the second time in three weeks that comments during a broadcast at Petco Park drew attention. On April 22, Former Mets and Cardinals All-Star Keith Hernandez, now a broadcaster for New York, said that women "don't belong in the dugout" after spotting Padres massage therapist Kelly Calabrese high-fiving Mike Piazza after he hit a home run.

Sutcliffe, who used to broadcast Padres games for Channel 4 San Diego, dropped by the broadcast booth late in Wednesday night's game and was warmly welcomed by announcers Matt Vasgersian and Mark "Mud" Grant, a former big league pitcher.

The trio first talked about golf and actor Bill Murray, who was with Sutcliffe at the game. The conversation turned to Sutcliffe's daughter, who, the pitcher said, has been accepted to Harvard Medical School.

That's when Sutcliffe began to meander.

"She's on her way to Africa tomorrow," Sutcliffe said. "How about that? Over there on one of those missions, man. George Clooney -- you been reading about all that, you been seeing that?"

To which Vasgersian responded with surprise: "George Clooney?"

"Yeah, he's up there with the Congress, he's trying to get everybody to go over there and solve that thing."

Sutcliffe then said: "I'm getting yelled at from Bill Murray in the back. I need to go. I'd much rather hang with you guys."

Grant thanked Sutcliffe for joining them.

"Mud, you're the best, man," Sutcliffe replied. "Anybody on Earth that doesn't like Mark Grant, they've got problems."

Sutcliffe then asked Vasgersian, "Matty, what are you still doing here in San Diego?"

Vasgersian tried to steer the conversation to baseball, but Sutcliffe persisted.

"No, no, no, Matty -- everybody on Earth has been trying to steal you -- the Dodgers, the Cubs, ESPN. What are you still doing here?"

Sutcliffe's microphone apparently was cut off then, because a voice in the background can be heard saying: "They turned it off."

Neither Sutcliffe nor ESPN executives could be reached for comment on Thursday.

Nichols said Sutcliffe "used remarkably poor judgment. I'm embarrassed. I'm embarrassed for the Channel 4 team, and I'm embarrassed for the viewers. They're trying to watch the latest win. This is all I'm talking about today. The focus should have been on that win."

Nichols said the station received dozens of e-mails and phone calls about the interview.

Based on Sutcliffe's background, "under any other circumstance, I think any other broadcast booth in the world would have invited him in," Nichols said. "He started talking about things that weren't of interest. It wasn't what we wanted on the air."

After Wednesday night's game, Sutcliffe and Murray visited the Padres' clubhouse.

When Sutcliffe introduced Murray to infielder Mark Bellhorn, who was seated, the actor hugged the infielder tightly and the two tumbled onto the ground.

"You were a Cub!" Murray said.

Sutcliffe won the NL Rookie of the Year in 1979 with the Dodgers and the Cy Young in 1984, the year his Cubs lost to the Padres in the NL championship series.
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Thu May 11, 2006 7:30 pm

Oh man..I really hope this is not true.... :-/
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Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Thu May 11, 2006 7:33 pm

DieHardCubbie wrote:Oh man..I really hope this is not true.... :-/


Perhaps he was just doing his best Harry Caray imititation.

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Postby KPucks » Thu May 11, 2006 7:40 pm

Deadspin's post on the subject contains a link to the audio. Let's just say if he wasn't drunk, he must have been on some type of drug.

http://www.deadspin.com/sports/espn/ric ... 173122.php
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Postby baseball6791 » Thu May 11, 2006 7:58 pm

Its definitely true - I heard the clip of it on the Giants radio station :-o
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Thu May 11, 2006 8:03 pm

LOL Dr. DD...maybe you are right... :-b

Thanks for the link KPucks....man that really sounded bad...not much way to defend that... :*)

Check out my www box for an understanding of what the Clooney reference was about...This is a situation that needs much, much more attention than is being given... :-)
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Postby RugbyD » Thu May 11, 2006 8:04 pm

so long as he wasn't on the job, I don't think it should matter. Its not like he actually said anything bad. Unprofessional, but harmless. I'd rather listen to a drunk Sutcliffe ramble than hear Joe Morgan or Chris Berman do baseball.
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Postby nsulham » Thu May 11, 2006 8:09 pm

HAHA that audio was classic ;-D
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Postby Art Vandelay » Thu May 11, 2006 8:18 pm

RugbyD wrote:so long as he wasn't on the job, I don't think it should matter. Its not like he actually said anything bad. Unprofessional, but harmless. I'd rather listen to a drunk Sutcliffe ramble than hear Joe Morgan or Chris Berman do baseball.


Exactly. Former players have just as much of a right to go to a ball game and have a few beers as the rest of us. Although it was clearly not a very good idea for him to visit the booth.
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Postby ThatDude » Thu May 11, 2006 8:48 pm

I've always like Sutt, and this does nothing to tarnish his legacy in my eyes.

In fact, it might even be a positive.
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