I was a guest last night on AOL Sports Bloggers Live, a weekly show put on by Jamie Mottram covering a wide variety of sports topics. I was asked to come on and talk about the upcoming series the Phillies have with the Mets. Also on the show were Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog.com, ESPN's Jason Sobel to talk some golf, and a few others.
I never really got into the upcoming series with the Mets, which seems like a potential season decider, but I did touch on a number of Phillies topics. For those of you who know me, as Vince Vaughn in Old School would say, I'm not a talker. My first foray into being on the radio went okay. I didn't say anything really stupid, but I sound a bit nervous and didn't have any answers prepared. I got my basic points across.
Q: How good is Ryan Howard? My answer: Ryan Howard is legit. Reference to BS&S fact. What I really meant: Ryan Howard is a beast. I would have liked to touch on Charlie Manuel saying Howard is capable of being in the same league as Manny Ramirez and some of the other great hitters in baseball but you can't script radio like you can a blog post.
Q: Do the Phillies have the pieces in place in their rotation to make the playoffs? My answer: No. We don't even have a fifth starter at this point. Gavin Floyd has sucked and we may have to bring him back up. I don't know how to pronounce Eude Brito.
Q: Is Cole Hamels for real? My answer: I stumble slightly with this one, saying I haven't seen him pitch much, which I haven't. People are hesitant to jump the gun on Cole.. mumble, mumble. What I meant: Yes, I think Cole is for real. I just don't want to jinx it.
Q: What's the deal with the Sal Fasano love? My answer: It's really kind of uh, hm, really just kind of a running joke now. He has a Fu Manchu and he hustles so Philly embraces him. What I really meant: He has a Fu Manchu and he hustles so Philly embraces him.
You can stream the whole hour long show here or download an mp3 of the show here. They make a few references to The 700 Level throughout the show, so I recommend listening to the whole show, but my interview comes in at about 39 minutes.