FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES
MLB’s Greatest Rivalries Take Centerstage
Yankees/Red Sox at Fenway; Cubs/Cardinals at Busch
Extended Prerace Show For NASCAR on FOX’s Sprint Cup Racing From Talladega Features Carl Edwards’ Ride with Hammond & DW’s 1-on-1 with “Wild Thing”
Larry Mac: All Eyes Are On Jr. This Weekend
NFL on FOX Tweets for Draft Weekend; Billick’s Take on Early QB Picks
MLB’S GREATEST RIVALRIES TAKE CENTERSTAGE – This weekend’s MLB on FOX schedule takes FOX Sports to two of baseball’s venerable venues; Fenway Park and Busch Stadium. On Saturday, April 25 (4:00 PM ET), the Yankees and Red Sox square-off in their first series of the season. The Yanks, paced by the surprise hot bat of Nick Swisher and free agent addition A.J. Burnett, look to get the best of Josh Beckett in Boston. In St. Louis, the NL Central leaders face off in an early season showdown when Aramis Ramirez and the Cubs take on Ryan Ludwick and the Cardinals. Pregame originates live from Fenway Park with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew including Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Ken Rosenthal as a field reporter. For instant updates during the week and during game coverage from the entire MLB on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MLBONFOX.
McCARVER IS ALWAYS READY FOR THE GREATEST RIVALRY IN SPORTS – MLB ON FOX lead analyst Tim McCarver heads to Boston this weekend to cover Yankees/Red Sox. Coming off his first visit to Yankee Stadium last weekend, McCarver talks about what he expects from this early season showdown. “Just because the Rays are in the conversation of who can win the AL East, that doesn’t take anything away from the intensity of when Yankees and Red Sox square off. It’s the greatest rivalry in sports and that’s not overstating it. The Yankees aren’t off to a bad start but it feels worse since they were on the road for so long and then came home to the shock of the home run ball flying out of their new park. With the Red Sox, their pitching is rich. When you have Brad Penny as a fifth starter, you are in good shape. Shapes up for another great series at Fenway.”
GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST COV. New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox Joe Buck, Tim McCarver 78%
& Ken Rosenthal
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: A.J. Burnett, RHP (2-0, 3.20 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett, RHP (2-1, 3.79 ERA)
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals Thom Brennaman & Eric Karros 21%
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton, Houston, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Tulsa
Probable Pitchers: Sean Marshall, LHP (0-0, 4.50 ERA) vs. Mitchell Boggs, RHP (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
NASCAR ON FOX KICKS OFF WITH EXTENDED PRERACE FROM TALLADEGA AT 1:00 PM ET – For the first time this season, FOX Sports presents NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Talladega on Sunday, April 26 at 1:00 PM ET. Following his surprise victory last week in Phoenix, Mark Martin returns to the superspeedway where he’s recorded two victories and ten top-five finishes in his career. With top-five finishes in each of his last three races, Tony Stewart looks poised to capture his first checkered-flag in his new venture as owner/driver. For this weekend, NASCAR on FOX extended its prerace show to make room for the series’ longest, fastest and most exciting track. Prerace host Chris Myers along with analysts Jeff Hammond and Darrell Waltrip bring fans all the news and features from the Hollywood Hotel, FOX Sports’ traveling prerace set. This week, DW sits down for a one-on-one interview with Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch aka “Wild Thing.” Also on Sunday’s show, Carl Edwards pilots his own jet with Hammond sitting shotgun to Talladega while Alabama’s own Larry McReynolds gives fans a tour of the legendary superspeedway.
Once the green flag drops, race announcer Mike Joy will be alongside Waltrip and McReynolds to call all the twists and turns on the track while Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for up-to-the-second reports on teams and pit stops. For instant updates during the week and on race day from the entire NASCAR on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NASCARONFOX.
LARRY MAC: ALL EYES ON JUNIOR TO RUN WELL IN TALLADEGA: In last week’s NQ&A, NASCAR on FOX analyst Larry McReynolds told us to watch out for Mark Martin in Phoenix; that thought was echoed on the prerace show by analyst Jeff Hammond and sure enough, Martin celebrated in Victory Lane Saturday night. Heading into Talladega this weekend, Larry Mac is hesitant to pick Sunday’s winner, pointing to the unpredictability of the superspeedway but says that all eyes will be on the #88. “You can have the absolute best race car and be leading the white flag lap and if your driver isn’t in with the right group he can finish back in 15th. It’s that unpredictable. It’s harder to control your own destiny and Hendrick Motorsports wishes they could do that this Sunday. Hendrick has won the last three races with three different drivers and this weekend will attempt to accomplish something that’s never been done: four consecutive wins with four different drivers. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the man that they’re looking at. I can’t think of a better place for Jr. because he loves Talladega and it’s been good to him. I think he’ll run well Sunday.”
BILLICK: DRAFT HISTORY PROVES THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A SURE THING WITH QBS – NFL on FOX analyst Brian Billick believes the process, odds and history of selecting a quarterback early in the 1st round makes it a unpredictable proposition. “There was no reason to believe at this point before the draft in their process that David Carr, Ryan Leaf and Joey Harrington couldn’t have become elite quarterbacks in the NFL. Imagine the conversation with your owner if you’re the Detroit Lions after taking Matthew Stafford No. 1 overall. If you’re going to be totally transparent and honest with your owner you’ve got to say, ‘We’ve got our guy, we’ve got our quarterback. He’s got less than a 50% chance of making it and by the way you’ve got to give him $40 million dollars guaranteed.’ That’s a tough conversation to have.”
NFL DRAFT PERFECT TIME TO LAUNCH TWITTER.COM/NFLONFOX – Few events on the sports calendar are as tweetable as the upcoming NFL Draft. Bursting with pre-pick opinions, informed guesses, trade possibilities and post-pick reaction, the NFL Draft is a true Tweeter’s dream, and just in time FOX Sports is launching www.twitter.com/nflonfox. Beginning this week and over the weekend, FOX Sports will transmit news, gossip and commentary in 140 character spurts through the trendy micro-blogging phenomenon. People can follow along by logging on and signing up. We’re hoping that thousands of NFL fans join FOX Sports’ newest tribe. Tweeters this weekend include FOX NFL SUNDAY/FOXSports.com NFL insider Jay Glazer, FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Jimmy Johnson, NFL on FOX analyst Brian Billick and FOXSports.com NFL writers Alex Marvez and John Czarnecki.