A look out towards the bay in San Francisco on a morning that’s partly cloudy and cool. We’ll be across the water in Oakland later today for the Mariners game after that series split in Minneapolis. Don’t forget Geoff Baker Live! coming up at noon today.
And don’t miss our Geoff Baker Live! show, coming to you at The Showbox SoDo next Tuesday prior to the Mariners home opener. We’ll be there starting at 1:30 p.m. and then do a live broadcast beginning at 2 p.m. There will be guests, prize giveaways and a trivia segment. Plus, a Q and A session where the live audience can ask me things on the air. And where you can ask questions from your computer. It will be a great prelude to the game itself.
One of you asked me about an interview Erik Bedard did with Sirius XM satellite radio on Wednesday. He was on The Power Alley with hosts Seth Everett and Jim Duquette — the latter of whom Bedard knew as an assistant GM in Baltimore. So, there’s a relationship there and Bedard was actually pretty funny in the low-key, dry way he can be, I couldn’t get an MP3 version of the interview to post here, but I was able to listen to the recording and took down some notes for you.
I’ll spare the stuff about how he felt good pitching on Tuesday, what he did with the hitters, etc., because he told us the same things. The more interesting stuff came when he was asked about spring training and how it felt this year compared to last. His funnier quotes came when he was asked about his relations with the media.
On spring training: “It was like last year, I didn’t know anybody…we even have a new bullpen catcher. It was just like last year.”
On how camp was run: “It was really laid back. The biggest thing is that we didn’t have as much pressure as last year. Everybody was saying, from the front office and all that, we were going…to be in first place all year and we were going to win the division. And this year, there was a little different talk. Everybody was more relaxed and we played better.”
He was asked about last year’s infamous “four questions” statement set out to the media after one of his spring training games. For the record, I was in Hawaii and missed that part of last spring, so I have no idea of the context other than what you have all heard second-hand. Bedard told the reporters waiting to talk to him that they had a “four question” limit.
When one of them asked why, Bedard quipped “That’s one, you have three more” or something to that effect. Obviously, the line has become somewhat legendary, so he was asked about it on the radio.
“I was going to do it this year,” he said. “I was going to say ‘OK, this year, you guys have got three questions. But, uh, I don’t want to start the year like that again.”
Bedard insisted he was merely trying to be funny when he said it last year. Like I said, I wasn’t around to verify that and the whole thing had taken on a life of its own by the time I returned to camp. The radio hosts asked Bedard, whether, in hindsight, he’d have been better off letting the Seattle media get to know him a little better. In other words, get things started on the right foot.
“I guess I should have done a better job of introducing myself,” he said. “It would have been easier. But I was the same old me and they hated me right away.”
For context, I should tell you Bedard was laughing as he said this. He wasn’t sounding bitter. The whole interview was done in a humorous bent. Bedard talked about how he spent five years in Baltimore and it took a year or two for everybody to get to know him and appreciate his humor. “It might take another year or two here (Seattle),” he said.
On his relationship with the Seattle media this year: “I don’t know. I guess I talk a little more and they like that.”
Most humans like it when people can have two-way conversations that aren’t punctuated by tension. So, he’s right about that. Anyhow, I enjoyed listening to the interview, thought Bedard came across well and was very funny at times. As I’ve told you all spring, he’s made a better effort with the media this year and I know the media types have been working hard at not asking him the silly types of things that tend to tick everybody off. And I know that you, the readers, like to hear him talk or else you wouldn’t be asking me if I could get copies of the radio interview for you. Anyhow, that’s my summation. I look forward to seeing how a healthy Bedard pitches this season. This is an exciting team to watch so far. Let’s see how the next half-dozen games go.
I did manage to get at least some radio for you from last Wednesday. If you missed it, here’s my debut Talkin’ Baseball segment with Mitch Levy on KJR AM 950’s Mitch in the Morning Show. We’re on every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.
Click right here to listen.
We’re going to make this a bit of an audio-visual morning. If you missed it yesterday, here’s a look at our brief video tour of the Metrodome:
April 10, 2009 at 9:51 AM