Sports Briefs: 2012 World Series Media Day

(The Gab Four didn't attend Media Day at the 2012 World Series, mainly because there was no Media Day. But had there been, here is what they would have asked members of the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers, sponsored by 3 Spoons Yogurt)

Joe: I would like to ask Jim Leyland if he believes in déjà vu, since the last time Detroit won was 1984, when they opened the series out west (Padres).

Chris: I would like to ask the San Francisco Giants what they did with the St. Louis Cardinals’ rally squirrel. Did they kidnap it? Did they shoot it? Did the squirrel just run off?

Brad: I would like to ask Dave Righetti of the Giants if they feel that the Tigers have a bit of an advantage having their pitching rotation set and a longer rest period before the Series starts?

Ralphie: I would like to ask Prince Fielder if he likes his name or not.

Joe: I would like to ask the entire Detroit pitching staff if five days rest is all that it's cracked up to be.

Chris: I would like to ask Justin Verlander if dating supermodel Kate Upton has any special benefits or privileges, such as unlimited Carl’s Jr.

Brad: I would like to ask Gerry Davis how he feels being named crew chief umpire and opening his 112th postseason game, and also does he secretly hope that one team prevails or is he completely neutral?

Ralphie: I would like to ask Miguel Cabrera how his got his nicknames - Miggy, Cabby, and Cat.

Joe: I would like to ask the San Fran pitching staff if no rest is all that it's cracked up not to be.

Chris: I would like to ask Prince Fielder to wear a velvet jacket and lace ascot and sing “Purple Rain.”

Brad: I would like to ask Giants' manager Bruce Bochy if he feels the home field advantage will play a major role in the outcome of the Series?

Ralphie: I would like to ask Justin Verlander if he always dreamed of being a Major League baseball player.

Joe: I would like to ask the San Fran team if their hair is their mojo.

Chris: I would like to ask Sergio Romo how long he has to sit in the makeup chair before each game to have his beard applied and if it’s ever started to come off during a game.

Brad: I would like to ask Detroit's Max Scherzer is he feeling confident that he is healed sufficient enough to play his best?

Ralphie: I would like to ask Brandon Belt how he feels about being called "the baby giraffe."

Joe: I would like to ask Bruce Bochy if he knows a way to pitch around Cabrera and Fielder.

Chris: I would like to ask Brian Wilson to wear a pair of jams and a lei and sing “Surfin’ Safari.”

Brad: I would like to ask Lou Seal, the Giants mascot, what he is planning to pump up the fans during the Series to give his team an added boost?

Ralphie: I would like to ask Tim Lincecum how it feels to be kind of short compared to the other players.

Joe: I would like to ask Cabrera and Fielder if there is a way to pitch around them.

Chris: I would like to ask Miguel Cabrera what it was like to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Brad: I would like to ask the Tigers' Alex Avila if he feels being able to relax for a bit and spend the extra time with family before heading to the Series will take away any of his teammates’ motivation, compared with the Giants who will be coming immediately into the Series still riding the adrenaline rush of winning their spot?

Ralphie: I would like to ask Justin Verlander how he keeps his pitch so fast even late in the game.

Joe: I would like to ask San Fran GM Brian Sabean if Irish Coffee from the Buena Vista might not have been more appropriate than champagne after winning the NLCS.

Chris: I would like to ask Angel Pagan if his wife ever broached the subject of him assuming her last name or dropping his last name altogether, giving the impression that he was Brazilian.

Brad: I would like to ask Tigers' manager Jim Leyland if he has any worries about Jose Valverde having another meltdown and distracting the team's game play?

Ralphie: I would like to ask Hector Sanchez what he likes about being a catcher.

Joe: I would like to ask Scutaro if he'd like to get rolled into, trying to complete a double play, in the first game of the WS.

Chris: I would like to ask Pablo Sandoval if he considers himself a future first baseman, DH or Jenny Craig spokesman.

Brad: I would like to ask Ryan Vogelsong of the Giants if they will be able to set a strong rotation in the short amount of time available?

Ralphie: I would like to ask Buster Posey what advice he would give me as an 8-year-old baseball player.

Joe: I would like to ask the baseball-playoff Towel Makers of America (TMA) if they could come up with a new idea.

Chris: I would like to ask Drew Smyly if he is any relation to Guy.

Brad: I would like to ask San Fran's Buster Posey is he feeling any added pressure to win, given he is being touted as the “reason the Giants made it to the Series”?

Ralphie: I would like to ask Bruce Bochy how hard it is for him to find a baseball cap, since he wears a size 8.

Joe: I would like to ask the "bookies" if they have figured out the odds of a Giants-49ers parlay to win it all.

Chris: I would like to ask AT&T Park's giant Coke bottle if it ever talks to or swaps stories with the giant Coke bottles at Fenway Park. And if it has ever been embraced by the giant glove at AT&T Park.

Brad: I would like to ask Paws from the Detroit Tigers if he enjoys California as much as he enjoys the Tigers’ training camp in Florida?

Ralphie: I would like to ask Jim Leyland what he did to celebrate beating Tommy Lasorda's record.

Try on a new pair of Sports Briefs with the Gab Four every Friday. Find out more about Joe, Chris, Brad and Ralphie, and read their solo columns on their individual pages.

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