As baseball’s free agent market continues to move at a quick pace following the conclusion of the Major League Baseball lockout, rumors have circulated suggesting that the Houston Astros may be interested in bringing back All-Star shortstop, World Series champion, and 2015 American League Rookie of the Year Carlos Correa.
The 27-year-old free agent superstar is highly regarded throughout MLB and may be willing to take a short-term deal with a high average annual value to return to the only team he has played for. It is a possibility Astros fans and players have clamored for in an effort to return to the World Series for the fourth time in six years.
If you were to put a soundtrack to Correa returning to Houston, look no further than The Sean Salisbury Show on SportsTalk 790. Out of a commercial break, show producer Tyler Soto – also known as “Heavy T” – played a guitar-heavy rock track to introduce the next segment of the show. It is safe to say show host Sean Salisbury was fired up and excited to continue the show speaking over the track, which opens with a sound effect of glass shattering.
“My man – Heavy T!” exclaimed Salisbury in the third hour of Wednesday’s show.
Co-host Michael Connor mentioned a scenario where this music would play to create a sublime experience for Astros fans at spring training in West Palm Beach, Florida, in which a door would open and reveal the presence of two prominent figures in Houston Astros baseball.
“What would happen if we [were] standing out there, and out of the main door where they come out, this music just starts blaring and here comes [Astros’ owner] Jim Crane and Carlos Correa?” said Connor. “You hear the glass-break sound, and then they just walk out.”
The adrenaline-inducing rock track reminded Salisbury of appearances he made in the past on a podcast hosted by former 106.7 The Fan host Chad Dukes. Initially, Salisbury said he had a moment of confusion when Soto played that specific rock track out of the break.
“You freaked me out with that; [do] you want to know why?,” said Salisbury to Soto. “You know my guy, Chad Dukes? He was in D.C. all those years and has his podcast. Every single time I’ve joined his show over the last decade, this is the intro song.”
So what is the name of this rock track? And why had it not been played until March 16 on The Sean Salisbury Show? The answer comes in the notation of the date itself – 3/16 – and the fact that “Austin 3:16” is the notorious catchphrase associated with WWE wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
Since the date is referred to by wrestling fans around the globe as “Steve Austin Day,” and Austin just released a new lager beer in association with El Segundo Brewing Company, Soto decided to play the wrestler’s theme song, called “I Won’t Do What You Tell Me” by composer Jim Johnston, on the air Thursday.
“You caught me off guard; I’m like ‘What are you doing?’” said Salisbury. “It got me, ‘Oh, this is from there…’ I love the fact you played this; I like this cut. That would be a hell of an entry with Crane and Correa.”
“I’m going to open up a can of whoop-ass,” replied Soto in the idiomatic nature of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin on his special day.
Derek Futterman is a contributing editor and sports media reporter for Barrett Sports Media. Additionally, he has worked in a broad array of roles in multimedia production – including on live game broadcasts and audiovisual platforms – and in digital content development and management. He previously interned for Paramount within Showtime Networks, wrote for the Long Island Herald and served as lead sports producer at NY2C. To get in touch, find him on Twitter @derekfutterman.
Dan Bernstein: Media Reaction to MLB Winter Meetings Outrageous
“It doesn’t make any sense to me.“
The MLB Winter Meetings have come and gone, without the sport’s biggest fish — Shohei Ohtani — being caught by any one team. Several MLB writers shared their displeasure with the lack of movement by players at the meetings, which dumbfounded 670 The Score host Dan Bernstein.
During Bernstein & Holmes Thursday, Dan Bernstein shared his sentiment that the expectations from MLB national media members bordered on ridiculous.
”So many people had a problem with (the Winter Meetings). ‘Do something! Entertain us! Do something!’ and this whole group of seemingly unionized national reporters are echoing this ‘How dare that not do something!’ (sentiment),” Bernstein said. “Other sports have a salary cap. That’s the difference. And if you’re advocating for MLB to have a salary cap, you’re doing Rob Manfred’s work for him, and that doesn’t make any sense.”
After co-host Laurence Holmes mentioned that a player making a decision on their future home required due diligence and time, Dan Bernstein continued by claiming that the idea that Ohtani needed to pick a destination during the Winter Meetings to appease the national media showed a lack of empathy from reporters.
“It doesn’t make any sense to me. How dare Shohei Ohtani be careful and deliberate and exercise power when he’s the most powerful person in baseball right now,” said Bernstein. “He’s deciding his professional future. How dare he! What does he owe you?”
Boomer Esiason: Joe Benigno Was Just Doing His Job
“Good for Joe B. for letting everyone know who he is. That was his job. And I guess still is his job to some point.”
Former WFAN host Joe Benigno continues to make headlines after he revealed sensitive text messages he had with New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh. Despite the controversy, Boomer Esiason believes Benigno was simply doing what was necessary.
After Boomer & Gio played a clip of Saleh saying he “still likes Joe B.”, Esiason argued that Benigno was doing his job by revealing that Saleh “didn’t like” Jets quarterback Zach Wilson.
When fill-in update anchor Chris Lo Presti pointed out that Saleh wouldn’t call Benigno by name — referring to him as “Joe B.” — Esiason said “That’s cause everyone knows who he is”.
“Good for Joe B. for letting everyone know who he is,” Esiason said. “That was his job. And I guess still is his job to some point. But man, I would think that Rob Saleh was pretty floored by all of that, I’d imagine.”
Co-host Gregg Giannotti agreed, questioning if Jets owner Woody Johnson spoke to Saleh about ceasing texting with the former WFAN host.
After originally revealing the text messages, Benigno has shared he wishes he hadn’t mentioned the comments made by Saleh in private. He later clarified that he took the coach’s statements out of context and misinterpreted them.
Anthony Lima: People Will Watch NFL Games No Matter Who the Quarterbacks Are
“The ratings show that people are going to watch no matter who the quarterbacks are; no matter how bad the teams are.”
As the NFL begins week 14 with a Thursday Night Football matchup that pits a pair of backup quarterbacks against one another, 92.3 The Fan morning hosts Ken Carman and Anthony Lima agree it doesn’t matter who’s under center, fans will still be tuning in.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are slated to face the New England Patriots as Mitch Trubisky and Baily Zappe will start at quarterback for each team. During The Ken Carman Show with Anthony Lima Thursday, the hosts agreed they’ll still watch the broadcast.
“Do you think fans are bored by the league with this or are they more interested?,” Carman asked, referencing the Steelers-Patriots matchup.
“Well the ratings don’t show that,” Lima said. “The ratings show that people are going to watch no matter who the quarterbacks are; no matter how bad the teams are.”
Indeed for its Week 13 Thursday night game, Amazon Prime Video recorded an all-time high average of 15.26 million viewers, according to data from Nielsen Media Research. The matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys marked the 11th consecutive week of year-over-year, double-digit viewership growth for the property, and helped engender a 29% increase from last year’s 11-week average viewership.
Carman offered an analogy pertaining to wrestling, conveying how many people are interested in the sport when they are younger. He enjoyed the sport in his youth but it then began to phase out until he went to middle school and became interested again. These phases, however, do not seem to apply when it comes to the game of football.
“We line up for years,” Carman said of football. “There’s people who haven’t missed Monday Night Football no matter what incarnation [it is] for 30+ years. Is it an enjoyable thing to sell all the quarterbacks down?”
Lima is cognizant of what has happened at the quarterback position this year and feels that it makes him want to watch a game less, affirming that the starters on Thursday night will need to earn his attention.
“I think I’ll give it a quarter,” Lima said. “I might even be a little late… [but] I’ll put it on and see where the game’s at.”
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