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.