The Book of Mike

"This is no junior college. This is the notorious University of Miami.” -- Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis, after getting knocked around for six runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Canes.

Monday, March 01, 2004

Baseball on the Radio in Miami

It's the first day of March and the buzz on sports talk radio in Miami is about baseball. Marlins baseball.

Well, ok. There is a lot of talk about AJ Feely (and not AJ Burnett) and Jay Fiedler (and not Jay Payton) and about who the Dolphins might pick in the fourth round of the upcoming draft. But still there's baseball talk.

WQAM, the Marlins flagship station had a 3-hour season preview tonight featuring Boog Sciambi, one of the team's radio personalities and a relative SABR-metrician. Boog's show featured interviews with Peter Gammons, Gerry Hunsicker, Mike Lowell, Juan Pierre, and Kevin Millar among others. The highlight of the show - in my opinion - was Kevin Millar relating a voicemail that he left for Mike Lowell during Lowell's NLCS game one pinch-hit at bat. Millar started leaving the message for Lowell after Mike took a bad swing and fouled a ball off. Millar was still leaving the message when Lowell homered to dead center field. Millar's account of the story was pretty entertaining.

I also enjoyed this blurb on about Dontrelle Willis. Success doesn't seem to have gone to Dontrelle's head just yet - although I suppose we'll have to see what the season brings.


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