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OnBaseMachine
11-29-2010, 02:27 PM
Just a heads up, Bob Costas will sit down in Studio 42 with Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez this Friday, December 3rd, at 8:00 PM on MLB Network.

It looks like I'll have to DVR it since I'll be at Redsfest.

cumberlandreds
11-29-2010, 02:59 PM
I'll have my DVR set. I am assuming Rose couldn't do this since he is banned from baseball or he couldn't get of an engagement at a casino?

George Anderson
11-29-2010, 09:04 PM
I'll have my DVR set. I am assuming Rose couldn't do this since he is banned from baseball or he couldn't get of an engagement at a casino?

They probally aren't paying Pete to appear so he has no interest.

I'm being 100% serious to.

cumberlandreds
11-30-2010, 07:47 AM
Don't doubt that a bit. It's too bad. He could give a great oral history of the build up of the Big Red Machine since he was part of it from the start.

Crosley68
11-30-2010, 08:12 AM
Let's keep our eyes on the ball here guys. It is just as possible that the interview if for living HOF members of the BRM. Why not assume Davy or George or Ken are not there for the same reason? Pete deserves alot of what people dish out......but man it gets old.

George Anderson
11-30-2010, 09:53 AM
Let's keep our eyes on the ball here guys. It is just as possible that the interview if for living HOF members of the BRM. Why not assume Davy or George or Ken are not there for the same reason? Pete deserves alot of what people dish out......but man it gets old.

Davey, George and Ken aren't in the same league that Pete was in regards to the BRM. Pete was one of the "Big 4" and those guys weren't.

My assertion is purely speculation but considering Pete's past history where money rules his world, I don't think my speculation is that far off.

Heath
11-30-2010, 09:55 AM
I would guess that the big elephant in the room will be discussed at somepoint.

Chip R
11-30-2010, 10:14 AM
Figures this would be on at the same time Reds Fest is going on.

OnBaseMachine
11-30-2010, 12:49 PM
From Jamie Ramsey's blog:


Throughout the hour-long interview filmed in Cooperstown, New York in July 2010, Bench, Morgan and Perez discuss playing for the late Hall of Fame Manager Sparky Anderson, winning the 1975 World Series against the Boston Red Sox in seven games, where the Reds' dynasty of the 1970's ranks in Major League Baseball history, and if former teammate Pete Rose should be a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

http://ramsey.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/11/bench-morgan-perez-featured-on-studio-42-with-bob-costas-december-3.html

Red in Chicago
11-30-2010, 01:49 PM
Thanks for pointing this out OBM. My DRV is all set!!

Crosley68
11-30-2010, 03:01 PM
From Jamie Ramsey's blog:



http://ramsey.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/11/bench-morgan-perez-featured-on-studio-42-with-bob-costas-december-3.html

So it was HOF related. As I suggested. Now insert Pete dig here_________.

RedFanAlways1966
12-01-2010, 07:28 AM
DVR was set last night to record (thx, OBM). If not for RZ, I'd miss these important things. Look forward to watching it.

mth123
12-04-2010, 07:37 AM
This was a fantastic show. Most I've enjoyed Red's baseball since 1976.

traderumor
12-04-2010, 11:44 AM
My thought after it was over: "This stuff never gets old." I am still thankful that I had the privilege of growing up watching historic baseball played for several years.

cincinnati chili
12-04-2010, 12:11 PM
Thoughts:

1. If you missed it and have MLB Network, I suspect they'll continue to play this the next several days (check MLB network's site). They've already replayed it at least once.

2. I enjoyed it, but I imagine at 2-hour car ride with Johnny Bench would be insufferable. Dude didn't shut up or let Tony Perez get a word in edgewise. He dominated the conversation constantly.

3. I suspect Costas would have loved to have Pete there with the other 3 (and Sparky for that matter). However, it was taped July 24, 2010 at the main hotel in Cooperstown. Pete wasn't invited to the event and Sparky (who probably was invited as a HOF'er hiimself - note that the upcoming Ozzie Smith interview will be along with Whitey Herzog) had dementia by that point.

4. Love the story about Bench catching the ball bare-handed when the soft-tosser in the Crosley era kept shaking him off. I'm surprised this scene didn't make it into Bull Durham.

5. I loved seeing the guys busting on Joe (perhaps the best Red ever) and Pete (one of the best Reds ever) about their weak throwing arms. You don't see Joe getting brought back down to earth very often by fellow athletes.



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RichRed
12-04-2010, 03:04 PM
2. I enjoyed it, but I imagine at 2-hour car ride with Johnny Bench would be insufferable. Dude didn't shut up or let Tony Perez get a word in edgewise. He dominated the conversation constantly.


I thought the same thing. I don't think anyone but Bench talked for the first 5 minutes of the show. I kept wanting Tony to get some words in because the guy is hilarious. Overall though, I loved the show. I could've listened to those guys talk all day. Loved Joe and Johnny busting Tony's chops about always being in Sparky's office because he was the real troublemaker on the team.

OnBaseMachine
12-05-2010, 03:07 PM
Looking at the MLB Network schedule, they will be re-airing the Bench/Morgan/Perez interview tomorrow and Tuesday at 1 PM and then again Saturday at 5 PM.

cumberlandreds
12-06-2010, 07:57 AM
It was good. Being a Reds fan and growing up watching these guys play I could listen to them for many,many more hours. They need to do a one on one interview with Perez. he hardly said anything. Bench and Morgan dominated the conversation which is OK but I would have liked to have heard more from Doggie.

Heath
12-06-2010, 09:07 AM
Actually I thought that Morgan was the talker, Bench said hardly anything in the last half-hour.

The ending was classic BRM. Tony was "agitatin". Those guys had fun. That's what the best part about that team. They were professionals, they had fun, and they never got nervous.

Chip R
12-06-2010, 09:09 AM
It was good. Being a Reds fan and growing up watching these guys play I could listen to them for many,many more hours. They need to do a one on one interview with Perez. he hardly said anything. Bench and Morgan dominated the conversation which is OK but I would have liked to have heard more from Doggie.


I love Tony but he's not an easy guy to understand because of his accent.

cumberlandreds
12-06-2010, 02:01 PM
I love Tony but he's not an easy guy to understand because of his accent.

Maybe MLB Network could do another interview session with Perez,Concepcion and Geronimo with subtitles? :p:

Johnny Footstool
12-06-2010, 02:40 PM
I could have listened to those three chat for two more hours. Yeah, Johnny is an egomaniac, but he's incredibly entertaining. I like Joe Morgan's real-life persona much better than his official, "I'm a pompous commentator" persona. Perez does seem like the type to shy away from the spotlight, but run the show when he's with his peers.

I'm glad Pete wasn't a part of it, because if he was, they would have talked about his situation for the whole hour.

RichRed
12-06-2010, 02:47 PM
I like Joe Morgan's real-life persona much better than his official, "I'm a pompous commentator" persona.

Good observation; I noticed that too. Very honest but humble, and with a sneaky sense of humor.

I felt like the guys were all just getting comfortable with the interview, right as it was winding down (maybe that's WHY they loosened up though), so it was kind of a shame it ended when it did. Would've given anything to be in that room after they turned the cameras off.

RANDY IN INDY
12-06-2010, 03:09 PM
All those "big personalities and ego's" kept all those "big personalities and ego's" in check. The makeup of that team, from both a physical and mental perspective was a thing of beauty.

Strikes Out Looking
12-06-2010, 05:33 PM
Maybe MLB Network could do another interview session with Perez,Concepcion and Geronimo with subtitles? :p:

No, they could get Borbon to interpret:)

George Anderson
12-06-2010, 08:59 PM
No, they could get Borbon to interpret:)

Oh Borbon is easily the least understandable of the BRM .

I really never had much trouble understanding Perez. Davey could be difficult and I don't think Geronimo ever talked.

mth123
12-06-2010, 09:03 PM
No, they could get Borbon to interpret:)

Bench should be able to translate. Maybe this is why everybody keeps telling us that its so important to have a catcher who can speak Spanish. ;)

Reds Fanatic
12-07-2010, 12:02 AM
Looking at the MLB Network schedule, they will be re-airing the Bench/Morgan/Perez interview tomorrow and Tuesday at 1 PM and then again Saturday at 5 PM.

I taped this today but apparently it was preempted by the Adrian Gonzalez trade. It is no longer on the schedule for tomorrow either. So it looks like Saturday at 5 is the next chance to catch this show.

cumberlandreds
12-07-2010, 08:00 AM
Oh Borbon is easily the least understandable of the BRM .

I really never had much trouble understanding Perez. Davey could be difficult and I don't think Geronimo ever talked.

Geronimo did some "mechanics of the game" a year or two ago and I couldn't understand a word he said. I always thought Davey spoke English fairly well and sometimes Perez could be difficult understaning him. I don't remember Borbon talking. Didn't he have an interpreter at his HOF induction ceremony?

camisadelgolf
12-07-2010, 09:25 AM
I hate to 'trash' an ex-Red, but is Pedro Borbon really deserving of the Reds Hall of Fame? According to B-R, he had 5.5 WAR as a Red (and even less for his career). There have literally been thousands of instances in which a player has done that over the course of one season. Did he have off-the-chart intangibles? Was he a major presence in the community? Or is it more about the nostalgia of better times in Reds history?

Chip R
12-07-2010, 09:32 AM
Didn't he have an interpreter at his HOF induction ceremony?

I believe his daughter interpreted for him.

George Anderson
12-07-2010, 09:43 AM
Geronimo did some "mechanics of the game" a year or two ago and I couldn't understand a word he said. I always thought Davey spoke English fairly well and sometimes Perez could be difficult understaning him. I don't remember Borbon talking. Didn't he have an interpreter at his HOF induction ceremony?

I can tell you a quick but somewhat funny Borbon story.

Years ago I went to one of the BRM reunion card shows. I was having all the members sign a metal serving tray with the team photo of the 76' Reds on it. It was funny because several members of the BRM had never seen this particular item. Doug Flynn I specifically remember told me he had never seen it before. Anyway when I got to Borbon to have him sign it he was like enthralled with the tray. He started speaking but I really had no idea what he was saying. I looked at guy next to him who was assisting with the signings to get a clue what Borbon was saying and the guy said "Pedro really likes your tray, he wants to have it" :eek: After he said that Borbon just kinda looked at me and with a glare that was um kinda intimidating. Lets put it this way, Borbon and his scowl looks nothing like Howdy Doody. Also in the back of my mind I am remembering this guy ripped to shreds a NY Mets hat with his teeth during the Rose Harrelson brawl in 73'. Anyway I grabbed the tray and thanked Pedro for signing it and got the hell out of there.

camisadelgolf
12-07-2010, 09:44 AM
I believe his daughter interpreted for him.
Yup. I was there and remember thinking that she was very pretty. It turns out that she's a model.
http://www.onetalentsource.com/portfolio/21397

camisadelgolf
12-07-2010, 09:46 AM
I can tell you a quick but somewhat funny Borbon story.

Years ago I went to one of the BRM reunion card shows. I was having all the members sign a metal serving tray with the team photo of the 76' Reds on it. It was funny because several members of the BRM had never seen this particular item. Doug Flynn I specifically remember told me he had never seen it before. Anyway when I got to Borbon to have him sign it he was like enthralled with the tray. He started speaking but I really had no idea what he was saying. I looked at guy next to him who was assisting with the signings to get a clue what Borbon was saying and the guy said "Pedro really likes your tray, he wants to have it" :eek: After he said that Borbon just kinda looked at me and with a glare that was um kinda intimidating. Lets put it this way, Borbon and his scowl looks nothing like Howdy Doody. Also in the back of my mind I am remembering this guy ripped to shreds a NY Mets hat with his teeth during the Rose Harrelson brawl in 73'. Anyway I grabbed the tray and thanked Pedro for signing it and got the hell out of there.
I was just getting ready to post about this.

Another notable story involving Borbon occured in 1973. After a benches clearing brawl, Borbon started to fight with New York Mets pitcher, Buzz Capra. Following the farcas, Borbon accidentally placed a Mets hat on his head. After realizing what he had done, Borbon removed the hat and ripped a piece of it off with his teeth.

RANDY IN INDY
12-07-2010, 10:01 AM
The best Borbon story is the one about his dog and his apartment early in his career with the Reds.

George Anderson
12-07-2010, 10:06 AM
The best Borbon story is the one about his dog and his apartment early in his career with the Reds.

Do tell.

RANDY IN INDY
12-07-2010, 10:17 AM
Heard this one at fantasy camp a few years back. Long story short, it seems that Pedro had rented a furnished apartment in Cincinnati, shortly after being called up to the Reds. At the time, he had a rather large dog and the Reds were going directly out on a lengthy road trip, to Montreal, New York, and Philadelphia if I remember correctly. Pedro decided to have a family member stay at his apartment to "dog sit." (a nephew or cousin, I believe) Pedro left a 50 lb bag of food and paid the family member particularly well, in advance, to take care of the dog. The family member, with money in pocket, opened the bag of food for the dog to help himself and took off with his newfound riches. When Pedro returned from the road trip, he walked in to find the apartment trashed, as you can imagine. Furniture half eaten and waste everywhere. Needless to say, Pedro lost his security deposit and his apartment.

George Anderson
12-07-2010, 10:25 AM
Heard this one at fantasy camp a few years back. Long story short, it seems that Pedro had rented a furnished apartment in Cincinnati, shortly after being called up to the Reds. At the time, he had a rather large dog and the Reds were going directly out on a lengthy road trip, to Montreal, New York, and Philadelphia if I remember correctly. Pedro decided to have a family member stay at his apartment to "dog sit." (a nephew or cousin, I believe) Pedro left a 50 lb bag of food and paid the family member particularly well, in advance, to take care of the dog. The family member, with money in pocket, opened the bag of food for the dog to help himself and took off with his newfound riches. When Pedro returned from the road trip, he walked in to find the apartment trashed, as you can imagine. Furniture half eaten and waste everywhere. Needless to say, Pedro lost his security deposit and his apartment.

Good story. I never heard that one before.

His poor nephew. If Pedro ripped to shreds a Mets hat for accidentally being on his head I can only imagine what he did to his nephew.

cumberlandreds
12-07-2010, 10:27 AM
I believe his daughter interpreted for him.

Ah yes, I remember. She was the reason I didn't hear him. :D

cumberlandreds
12-07-2010, 10:31 AM
I hate to 'trash' an ex-Red, but is Pedro Borbon really deserving of the Reds Hall of Fame? According to B-R, he had 5.5 WAR as a Red (and even less for his career). There have literally been thousands of instances in which a player has done that over the course of one season. Did he have off-the-chart intangibles? Was he a major presence in the community? Or is it more about the nostalgia of better times in Reds history?

He is very much deserving. Not everything done in baseball can be interpreted with stats. He was tough as nails out of the bullpen. He had a rubber arm too. He could pitch everyday if need be. For that reason Sparky may have used him too much and his stats may not be as good as they could have been. If you needed one person to get one out who you knew wouldn't be afraid of any situation,he was your man.

cumberlandreds
12-07-2010, 10:33 AM
Good story. I never heard that one before.

His poor nephew. If Pedro ripped to shreds a Mets hat for accidentally being on his head I can only imagine what he did to his nephew.


Thanks Randy. I never heard that one either.

Have we ever heard of the whereabouts of his nephew since? :scared:

RANDY IN INDY
12-07-2010, 11:33 AM
At the very least, some voodoo was probably involved.;)