Outta My Living Room

First off, thanks to everyone for your support and words of encouragement as I made my television debut Wednesday night. My primary goal was to not suck, and I think I managed to accomplish that.

Second, thanks a bunch to Troy Johnson, Ed Barnes, Michael Saks, Katy Temple, and all the fine folks at Channel 4 for having me on Outta Left Field. Having experienced firsthand what they do, I’m pretty blown away by their ability to make it happen. Also, everyone made me feel totally comfortable on the set.

So, a few quick thoughts on the show and answers to some questions.

  • I got to meet Mark Grant, who was the first guest on the show. That was very cool. I know folks are pretty polarized on Grant as a broadcaster; personally I like the fact that he seems to have a genuine love for the game and that he never talks down to the audience. Nothing puts me off quicker than a broadcaster who knows it all and isn’t afraid to tell you so. Anyway, meeting Grant was cool.
  • No makeup. It was probably sweat. Very manly, you know.
  • Things you never think about in ordinary conversation but probably should before you go on live television: where to fix your gaze, where to place your hands, how to keep from fidgeting. The upside is I’ve discovered I do a pretty good Katherine Hepburn.
  • I love Syntax of Things.
  • Sorry I didn’t have a chance to take phone calls. Maybe next time.

We talked about blogs and blogging; how to get Xavier Nady into the lineup; and the good, cheap bullpen the Padres have assembled. It was fun. Send more cookies.

As for the game, if you can’t score after a leadoff triple off a guy with career ERA over 5.00, I can’t really be bothered to give much of an analysis. What the Pads are going through right now reminds me a lot of that stretch they had mid-June last year, when they dropped six of seven at Petco against Tampa Bay and Toronto.

It’s irritating, because you know the Padres are better than this and should be putting some distance between themselves and the rest of the NL West. On the other hand, what can you do? These are the same players that were winning 22 games in May. It’s a long season; they’ll get back on track. I just hope it’s soon, because the Dodgers are starting to make some noise.

Thursday’s game is at 12:35 p.m. PT. No television. I’ll post the In-Game Discussion tomorrow morning.

13 Responses »

  1. Just caught the last 10 seconds of your appearance last night. Sorry I missed it, but I’m really glad you had a chance to be on. This is a great spot you’ve set up! Keep up the good work.

  2. Pat, thanks much for the kind words! I hope we’ll see you around here more in the future.

  3. Geoff, you were good last night. Seemed very relaxed. Dex and I were watching you and I decided to call in and ask you a question. But then you left and I had to make up a question for Troy.

  4. Thanks, jbox! Sorry I didn’t get to talk to you on the phone last night. With luck, I’ll get to do it again sometime and we can talk then.

  5. Great appearance! I mean, I got stuck in traffic and missed it, but I’m sure it was great. I should have TiVoed it, but I didn’t think of it. Then when I checked Channel 4′s schedule to see if they replay the show overnight, it was infomercials to the 19th power. Anyway, I suck. I guess I’ll just have to find a way to get my band on Fox Rox to get my Troy Johnson fix.

  6. Congrats on the appearance, Geoff. It sounded like it went well. Of course, I am here in North Carolina, and I would know Channel 4 from, well, any other channel. But congrats anyway.

  7. Kevin you got mentioned… kinda. Geoff said that he has fans from as far away as North Carolina commenting. So you got a bit of love.

  8. I’m in New York! That’s farther than NC! I should get mentioned! =P

  9. Geoff,

    I (like a previous poster) caught just the tail end of your segment. I did call in, but the girl on the phone informed me that you were just getting off and they were going to commercial break.

    Anyway, keep up the great work!

  10. …Scored an interview with Cesar Carillo, check it out – coming Monday-Tuesday

  11. Thanks, Peter. I look foward to the interview!

  12. Hey guys PADS R UP..2-0

  13. Thanks for the warm welcome. Not sure how much I’ll be posting, but I sure enjoy reading the site. Hopefully I will have a chance to meet some of y’all at the Pizza Feed on the 24th.