On The Jake Brown Show this week, I open reacting to my Desi Relaford interview blowing up. It was the talk of sports radio in Philadelphia on Thursday, and I reacted to what was said and false things that were said in Philly. I also talk about the NFL free agency signings, including Kirk Cousins fully guaranteed contract, Teddy Bridgewater to the Jets, and Richard Sherman negotiating his own contract. I also give my NCAA Tournament picks and preview the Big Dance with Reid Forgrave from CBS Sports and GQ Magazine.
Well, I was not expecting a chat with former MLB utility man Desi Relaford to have the entire city of Philadelphia talking about it. When I asked Relaford if he affiliated himself most with the Phillies since he played the longest amount of time there (five seasons), he said no. After that, calling Philly fans ‘trash’ and why he didn’t like Phillies coach John Vukovich came up. I didn’t send the interview to anyone, besides posting it on social media. Someone saw it and then it hit the headlines on NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Philly 10. It became the talk of sports radio in Philly on Thursday on 94.1 WIP and 97.5 The Fanatic.
First off, Relaford wanted it to be known that he wasn’t referring to all the fans, just a small percentage of them. Second, I had him on the show because he had a great 2001 season with the Mets. I was 10 years old at the time and he was one of my favorite players on that team. I always will remember when he came in to pitch in a game the Mets were down 15-3 and threw a scoreless inning with a strikeout against the Padres. Unfortunately, the Mets traded him along with Shinjo for Shawn Estes, and Relaford didn’t see as much success after that. Relaford didn’t have an incredible career by any means, but playing in the big leagues for 11 years is no easy task.
Relaford struggled offensively and defensively with the Phillies…but the whole team stunk and the fan base was not happy at all. Boos were heard daily in that old ballpark that needed to be done with. Right now, Philly is a completely different sports city than it was back in 2000. They got a Phillies title in 2008 and the Eagles just won a Super Bowl. I am more amazed at how mad Philly fans got because of what Relaford said. I understand defending your city and fan base, but everyone says how bad he was, yet still manage to want to attack the guy.
Sure, I will take the pub for the show, but the guy said something that maybe he shouldn’t have. Let the man live. It wasn’t a good time for any of the Phillies then, and Relaford isn’t the only player that has said something bad about Philly fans. He seems to have hit a sensitive spot. The interview audio is below along with the pieces that picked it up. Thanks for the support.
Former MLB infielder and super utility player Desi Relaford joined me on The Jake Brown Show. We talked about coaching the Reds now, his career, time with Mets, his managers, why he hated playing with the Phillies and how bad their manager and fans treated him, how his career ended, and much more.
The Jake Brown Show has entered its final month with CBS/Entercom as the show will be done on March 31st. The decision was made by Radio.com to eliminate its podcasts after the merger with Entercom as they move on with their network, Cadence13. I spoke about ‘famous’ Scoop, the Oscars, the future of Kirk Cousins, and more. In the second half of the podcast, I’m joined by The Ryan Show, including co-host actress Lorena Sarria.
It was a very nice episode 69 of The Jake Brown Show. I go OFF on several non-sports topics in JB’s Beef. I was joined by legal analyst Amy Dash to discuss the NCAA scandal. Pornstar Jennifer White joins me on the final segment of the show to discuss everything porn.
Former MLB catcher Todd Pratt joined me on The Jake Brown Show. Pratt is currently the manager for the class-A Greensboro Grasshoppers in the Miami Marlins organization. We talk managing, his career, memories with the Mets, the game today, and much more.