Since baseball is an everyday event, sports talk show hosts need to find a way to keep it interesting in order to keep their audience engaged. One personality who has figured out how to accomplish that, especially in Boston, is Jared Carrabis.
After being at Barstool Sports in recent years, Carrabis is now a part of the DraftKings family. At DraftKings, he will be hosting two podcasts: Baseball Is Dead with Dallas Braden and Jared Carrabis: A Red Sox Podcast with Pete Blackburn and Pat Light.
Carrabis was a guest on the most recent episode of the Golic & Smetty podcast with Mike Golic Sr. and Jessica Smetana to talk about the start of the MLB season. He said that thanks to an old colleague at NBC Sports Boston, people started coming to him to get their baseball fix in Boston.
“Over here in Boston, Mike Felger, I love him, we’ve worked together a bunch,” Carrabis explained. “He has it out for baseball. He said I can’t sit here and do an hour of baseball talk. That’s what he said. I was like, you know what, Mike, thank you that you acknowledge that because when you can’t do it, that’s when people come to us. It’s about how you do it.”
As for how to approach talking about baseball, Carrabis said the key for him is to embrace how weird the game can be on a day-to-day basis.
“If you want to do an hour of baseball talk and you are talking about all the geeky, nerdy stats, that’s not going to be appealing to a mass audience,” he said. “What I’ve kind of discovered in doing this Red Sox podcast since 2015 now is that baseball is a weird game.
“You can go to a baseball game every night of your life for 30 years and still see something that you’ve never seen before every single time that you go. It’s really about how you cover it and leaning into how weird it is and how entertaining it can be.”
While Carrabis has had the chance to interview many prominent people, his dream interview is to talk to Barry Bonds. Carrabis interacts on every one of the posts Bonds puts up on Instagram.
“He [Bonds] is my white-whale interview. That’s the one guy out there besides Roger Clemens,” said Carrabis. “Clemens agreed to do it. Last year, he agreed to do it. We just couldn’t link up on dates. That was one of the coolest moments about the day of the DraftKings announcement. Roger Clemens responded to it.
“Barry is my number one, would love to interview guy. We have a mutual friend who said he thinks he could facilitate this. The mutual friend is Christian Yelich… The Barry Bonds interview, let’s bring it to DraftKings.”
Time will tell if Carrabis will land that interview for DraftKings. If he were to get either Bonds or Clemens on the program, it would definitely be a must-listen for any baseball fan.
Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road
“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”
When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.
“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.
No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.
Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.
On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.
“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”
If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.
Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”
Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.
On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.
This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”
McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.
“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”
DeAngelo Hall Explains His Exit From Commanders Radio Booth
“I’m a fan first and it made it hard sometimes to go to work because my vision of what I thought it should be wasn’t ultimately what the decision-makers wanted to do.”
In a case of “you never know who’s listening”, 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. got a surprise on Wednesday. Former NFL pro-bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall texted Brian Mitchell of BMitch & Finlay that he was listening and wanted to join the program.
After discussing some opinions of the Commanders and other rivals on the field, Hall made a point to address leaving the team’s radio booth as a color analyst. In April it was announced that Hall would exit the broadcast booth. At the time it was reported that the decision was Hall’s. On BMitch & Finlay he added more context by explaining that, “it just felt like it wasn’t the right situation for myself.”
Hall went further by adding that a deciding factor for his decision seemed to be the team’s vision for the broadcast.
“I need to see it. I’m a fan first and it made it hard sometimes to go to work because my vision of what I thought it should be wasn’t ultimately what the decision-makers wanted to do. And you know how I am guys, I speak my mind and I just asked to go my separate way. I still love the organization, I’m still rooting for them.”
The former Washington player joined Bram Weinstein and analyst Julie Donaldson when the Washington Commanders overhauled their entire broadcast crew after an organization-wide sexual harassment scandal mentioned former play-by-play voice Larry Michael.
Hall was sure to praise his former teammate taking his role. “But so hyped for London Fletcher. I told Julie and Fletch at separate times man, that Fletch was such a great teammate and an inspirational person in my life and my process of growing as a pro and as a man, that taught me so much about the game. I couldn’t be happier that she gets a hell of a replacement in London Fletcher.
“I’m hyped for those guys but I’m too pretty to be on the radio, guys, I need more face time,” Hall quipped. “I’m fighting to get in one of them booths. When you see Tom Brady making 10-for-375 I said ‘I’m in the wrong business.’ When you’re watching Tony and them guys I’m in the wrong business. I got to get off this radio and get my face in front of the tizzube.”