Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Headlines segment on Dennis & Callahan, led by Kirk Minihane with Rob Bradford and Jon Meterparel as guest co-hosts.
What started out as a mention of the sleeping Yankees fan suing ESPN and Major League Baseball turned into a discussion of the quality, or lack thereof, of national baseball announcers.
Andrew Rector is seeking $10 million in damages, alleging defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress on the part of announcers John Kruk and Dan Shulman as well as MLB.com. He accused the announcers for an “avalanche of disparaging words.”
“He had a nap and potentially made some money,” Bradford said. “He’s a big winner.”
After playing audio of part of the exchange between Kruk and Shulman from that April 13 game against the Red Sox, Minihane started to question why ESPN has Kruk in the booth to begin with.
“Is John Kruk really the best color analyst you can get for that job?” Minihane asked. “Kruk is awful.”
Minihane isn’t too fond of the Fox broadcast booth, either.
“Harold Reynolds is brutal to me,” he said. “When has he ever said something where you’re like, ‘Wow, this is interesting?’”
Said Meterparel: “That’s a bad booth.”
“Kruk is awful, Reynolds is awful. Those are the two biggest jobs in the country for that,” Minihane continued.
The discussion then segued into a debate on the quality of the Red Sox broadcast booth, particularly play-by-play man Don Orsillo.
Meterparel was especially critical of Orsillo, saying, “Watching a game, you want to hear something you don’t know. You want to be informed. … On a nightly basis, it’s tough, I get it, but on a nightly basis you’ve got to give me a little something.”
Bradford countered: “That’s more [Jerry Remy's] job.”
Minihane gave Orsillo a “solid B-minus,” giving him the benefit of the doubt because he’s had to work with numerous color commentators over the past two seasons.
“I enjoy working with him, because I saw the people go in and out of there and he managed to manage the personalities,” Bradford said. “But also, the big part of that whole thing, and he points this out, is entertainment.”
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Reds, 1 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Dodgers at Tigers, 7:08 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA summer league: Magic vs. Grizzlies, 3 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA summer league: Heat vs. Pistons, 5 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA summer league: Rockets vs. 76ers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Atlanta Dream, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Minnesota Lynx, 9 p.m. (ESPN2) World Cup soccer: Brazil vs. Germany, 4 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
– The Sterling family trial began Monday in Los Angeles probate court, but Donald Sterling was a no-show when called as the first witness. His lawyers explained that Sterling expected a delay of at least a day due to their motion requesting that the case be switched to federal court, which was quickly denied. While Shelly Sterling‘s lawyer requested a bench warrant, Donald Sterling’s attorney promised the banned Clippers owner would be in attendance Tuesday.
Shelly Sterling’s lawyer then called and questioned Dr. Meril Sue Platzer, who discussed visiting Donald Sterling in May and declaring him mentally incapacitated after a two-hour examination that included brain scans.
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Donald Sterling’s attorney repeatedly objected to testimony regarding his client’s medical records, claiming it violates his right to privacy. Judge Michael Levanas overruled the objections.
Donald Sterling is expected to eventually be questioned by well-known entertainment attorney Bert Fields.
“We’re very anxious to get Mr. Sterling here because he’s the guy that keeps doing everything he can to keep his family from getting the $2 billion they are entitled to,” Fields said (via ESPN). “Why? Just because of his ego.
“He’s accusing his wife of fraud. Nonsense. There’s no fraud here. He knows better and we’ll be able to show that.”
– A fan who was caught by ESPN cameras napping during an April 13 Yankees-Red Sox game in the Bronx filed a $10 million defamation suit, insisting he was ridiculed and humiliated by the announcing crew and further embarrassed when Major League Baseball continued to show video of the incident on its website.
Andrew Rector, 26, is suing Major League Baseball Advanced Media, ESPN New York, the Yankees and ESPN announcers Dan Shulman and John Kruk. He was shown repeatedly during the fourth inning of the game and became a lighthearted topic of discussion by the announcing crew.
“In the course of watching the game plaintiff napped and this opened unending verbal crusade against the napping plaintiff,” the suit reads, adding: “Announcers like Dan Shulman and John Kruk unleashed avalanche or disparaging words against the person of and concerning the plaintiff. These words, including but limited to ‘stupor, fatty, unintelligent, stupid’ knowing and intending the same to be heard and listened to by millions of people all over the world.”
Hairston was issued a summons but will not be arrested. He is due in court Aug. 8.
The 21-year-old former University of North Carolina star — who spent last season in the NBA D-League after eligibility issues with the Tar Heels — practiced with the Hornets on Monday but did not talk to the media, only issuing a statement through the team.
“As this is now a legal matter, I cannot comment on the situation any further,” the statement read. “I am truly sorry for any embarrassment that I have caused.”
The alleged victim, Kentrell Barkley, told police he was twice punched in the head during the game.
“This is about doing the right thing, and Kentrell feeling like he was violated,” Barkley’s guardian, Rich Phillips, told The Associated Press. “[Hairston] did this kid wrong. Kentrell is 17 years old and what happened just isn’t right.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 8, 1994, which Red Sox infielder turned an unassisted triple play in the top of the sixth — and then homered to lead off the bottom of the inning — during a 4-3 victory over the Mariners?
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On Monday’s Three For All on Middays with MFB, Christian Fauria, Lou Merloni and Tim Benz discussed an interesting audition on “America’s Got Talent,” shock jock Anthony Cumia‘s firing and Target Field’s new draw for beer lovers. To listen to the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
– Fauria was watching “America’s Got Talent” with his kids Sunday and was surprised when 84-year-old performer Ray Jessel took the stage and put on quite the show with a politically incorrect, if not hilarious, tune about discovering that his date was really a man.
“He just jumps out there and comes out there with these real witty, comical lyrics and you’re just gut-busting laughing,” Fauria said. “The first thing I’m thinking was, ‘OK, is this a song that he wrote based on his own experience? Or is this a friend with the air quotes?
Fauria continued: “I guarantee you … when you’re driving home or anybody who is listening to the radio show right now, you will be humming this song as you go back to work and your boss will ask you, ‘What the heck are you talking about?’ ”
– While Twitter has been a helpful social media service for millions of people across the world, it can be a double-edged sword.
Look no further than radio shock jock Anthony Cumia of the “Opie & Anthony” show, who was fired by SiriusXM after going on a racist rant on Twitter, claiming that a black woman assaulted him in Times Square when he was taking pictures.
“There’s your message. If you’re listening, Twitter, although it’s good, is very bad. … I’ll tell you what, you should all have rules: No phones at the dinner table, no tweeting in bed,” Fauria said.
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“If I’m buying a pre-loaded card with cash, that means I already went through all the protocol to show that I am 21, I can drink legally. So how many kids who are 18, 19 can get in line to buy this card? How much money can I get by selling them this card?” Fauria wondered.
After averaging career-highs in points (13.8), rebounds (7.2) and assists (4.6) this past season, Pacers guard Lance Stephensonis ready for a big payday.
The gifted but contentious guard will explore free agency, just days after Indiana offered him a five-year, $44 million contract — an offer than Stephenson believed was a low-ball offer, ESPN.com reported.
The Lakers and Mavericks have emerged as suitors for Stephenson, though both teams have not labeled the Brooklyn native as a priority, according to the report.
The story also indicates that Dallas, believing that it will lose out on signing premier free agent LeBron James, has turned its sights to signing forward Chandler Parsons away from the Rockets while also kicking the tires on Stephenson, who led the league with five triple-doubles last year.
While Stephenson was a key piece of a Pacers team that made it back to the Eastern Conference finals in 2013-14, the Pacers reportedly have not increased their offer and may not change their stance going forward.