Baseball Honeymoon #8
Happy Anniversary! In celebrating 25 years of wedded bliss, Lisa and Wayne talk about some big baseball anniversaries we are marking this season.
We start out giving a little too much personal info, but those of you still listening afterwards will hear us wax rhapsodic about some important, happy and sad events in baseball history that are in their 5 or 0 year cycle. Wayne’s orange and blue blood spills all over the virtual pavement as he recalls the 1969 Amazin’ Mets, the team that hooked him as a baseball fan. Lisa discusses a few important events, including the ruling that allows women in the locker room, something that has allowed her to make a living as a sportswriter. She also reminisces about her 1st year covering baseball fulltime, as a beat writer covering the 1989 Carolina League champs the Prince William Cannons.
One event being actively commemorated this year is the 150th anniversary of the very first college baseball game, coincidentally played by Lisa’s alma mater, Amherst College against their long-time rival Williams. Our guest at 19:48 is Amherst alumnus Dan Duquette, who was also a GM in MLB for the Expos and the Red Sox. Dan is helping to plan a “vintage game” reenacting the look and rules of that initial game, which will take place on the same day as the scheduled 2009 Amherst/Williams game. Dan also gets into a discussion about his sports academy, and the shameful fact that his daughter has rejected her legacy, and is soon to graduate from the hated Williams College. Of course he is very proud of her, but at gametime, they will be on opposite sides of the field. Finally, the extended interview ends with a discussion of the greatest Expo team ever, the team that 15 years ago was robbed of their 1st and only chance to go to the World Series by the work stoppage of 1994. Dan was a major architect of that team, and tells a little of his pride and frustration.
Music 35:38: “No One Else”, the Wayne Wilentz Trio f/Pam Bricker
It’s trivia time at 36:38, and Lisa probably came up with the hardest question ever last episode. Amazingly, someone did get the answer. Wayne’s question for this show revolves around his Miracle Mets, and will be eminently easier to solve. Listener Feedback comes next, and our listeners chime in on the most unbreakable records out there. Lots of great offerings, all debatable, get read and receive the usual BH raspberry. Just kidding, friends!
The 40th anniversary of division play comes under scrutiny at 52:37 by Bill Heid on this show’s “Curly W” segment. Bill painstakingly reviewed all the teams that got screwed by lesser teams in the post-season. Afterwards, Wayne plays devil’s advocate, and rebuts the arguments by the district attorney. In defending his client, Wayne states that Divisional Play was at home playing Xbox with the DH and Infield Fly rules at the time of the alleged infraction. You, the jury, get to decide.
Music 58:19: “And We Talked”- Wayne Wilentz f/Steve Washington
At 59:11 it’s time for our top 5 most unbreakable records. Lisa and Wayne had similar guidelines, but all of Wayne’s list are actual records. Lisa’s are modern day records, ruling out stats that were set before the live-ball era. Wayne simply ruled out those records.
Understand? Nope? Well, maybe it’s clearer when you listen. Doubtful, but what’s a few minutes between baseball nuts? The game has no clock, and neither should you! You didn’t file your taxes yet? BFD. Don’t worry about the government, they’ll just print more money! It’s easy, and sure makes paying A Rod’s salary less painful!
Out Music: “Doin’ It With You”- Wayne Wilentz f/ Pam Bricker.
Next week’s show will be out ballparks and ballpark memories. What’s that falling out of the sky? It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s hot dog rolls? Lisa…..duck!!