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05-11-2006, 07:23 PM
An interview for the ages!!

Sutcliffe gives rambling, slurred interview on Padres broadcastBy BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer
May 11, 2006

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 (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/4928/) 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."
Sutcliffe couldn't be reached for comment on Thursday. ESPN executives declined comment, spokeswoman Diane Lamb said.
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 (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/5831/), 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.

Lip Man 1
05-11-2006, 07:24 PM
What did you expect? A former Cub pitcher and a Cub fan. Typical.


05-12-2006, 09:14 AM
I like how he maintains he wasn't drinking. I saw a replay of it on one of the news broadcasts. Don't believe him. He was drunk as a skunk. He was slurring and making no sense at all, and his face looked like, well, drunk.

05-12-2006, 09:22 AM
I was embarrassed just listening to this drunken windbag make a fool of himself!

05-12-2006, 09:27 AM
His statement said that he didn't "drink and drive" (translation: he was hammered) and he admitted he was in no shape to go on live air. Still funny though.

Sxy Mofo
05-12-2006, 09:39 AM

Here ya go. This is gold.

05-12-2006, 09:45 AM
:o:. That was classic.

Sxy Mofo
05-12-2006, 09:49 AM
:o:. That was classic.

Isn't it. I love a good drunk talker, but this is up in joe namath territory. It's gold, I'm telling you.

Speaking of Joe...


05-12-2006, 09:57 AM

Here ya go. This is gold.

Oooffaaa.... that was really bad.

05-12-2006, 10:50 AM
Too funny, I'm crying.

05-12-2006, 11:56 AM
he is ****ing ****faced!:o:

Thomes Forearm
05-12-2006, 03:17 PM
This just in: Ronny Woo-Woo was just offered the #3 starting job and word is, he's got a wicked slurve working for him right now. they say he's a bit old, but with the solid bullpen behind him, they hope he can last 5 or 6 innings. Jim "the Wonder Boy" Hendry is also in talks with Rick sutcliffe for a spot on the Cubtastic 5, whose contract would supposedly dictate him to come out to the mound with no less than a 6 pack of budweiser in his belly and that after every start, he has to wrestle Bill Murray to the ground before he can hit the showers.

A. "waiting for Kerry Wood's arm to literally detatch from his body" Vacek

05-12-2006, 03:36 PM
The funny thing is you can tell he's completely bombed after only 3 words out of his mouth.

05-12-2006, 07:07 PM
What a massacre!

05-13-2006, 11:56 AM
My favorite part is right before they cut off his microphone when Vasgersian was trying to talk over Sutcliffe and change the subject to that trivia question.

Sutcliffe is a moron.