Additional New Episodes with Hall of Famers to Air Every Friday in November
Secaucus, NJ, November 10, 2010 – A new season of MLB Network’s Studio 42 with Bob Costas premieres on Friday, November 12 with a sit-down interview with Hall of Famer George Brett at 8:00 p.m. ET. The premiere episode includes a one-hour conversation with Brett on his 21-year career with the Kansas City Royals, his keys to hitting, winning the 1980 American League MVP Award, the famous pine tar incident, the Royals 1985 World Series title, playing against the rival New York Yankees and the Royals franchise today. During the interview, Hall of Famer Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage also shares his thoughts on Brett’s career and facing him as a pitcher. A preview of the interview can be viewed here.
“Studio 42’s long-form approach lets us get beyond sound bites and quick glimpses for a full view of the careers and opinions of some of the most significant people in baseball, past and present,” said Costas.
Costas will continue to host new one-hour interviews every Friday in November at 8:00 p.m. ET, including conversations with other Hall of Famers about their careers and significant baseball moments. Studio 42 with Bob Costas is presented by Travelers.
Highlights from the interview with Brett include:
ON WINNING THE 1980 AMERICAN LEAGUE MVP AWARD:
“It was just one of those years where the game was in slow motion for me. It really was. The ball looked bigger than normal, I could pick up the spin on the ball better, lefties didn’t bother me. … I was very confident I was going to hit the ball hard. And the harder you hit it consistently, the higher your average will be.”
ON HIS REACTION TO THE FAMOUS PINE TAR INCIDENT IN 1983:
“I don’t know what happened, I swear. I just remember going in the locker room after that whole thing was over and I couldn’t breathe. They gave me the brown paper sack. I mean, I couldn’t breathe. I was just so gone, mentally exhausted and physically exhausted. That’s the maddest I’ve ever been in my life.”
ON WINNING THE 1985 WORLD SERIES:
“It was more than I ever thought and what I never realized, I’d never been in a town where they’d won a world championship. In Kansas City, the Chiefs won before I got there. In L.A., I never went to the Dodgers’ parade or anything like that. But I never knew the impact of winning a world championship and what it has on the city. Never. That’s the first experience. It gives the city so much pride, it’s something special. And that’s what playing sports is all about. I mean, it’s the pride in your teammates and the pride in your town you represent and you want to do it very well, but it was the greatest three-day celebration that I ever experienced in my life.”
ON WHICH PITCHER THREW THE HARDEST:
“Nolan Ryan, probably. Frank Tanana. When Frank came up, Frank got it up there in the high 90’s, 100 [mph]. … I faced Randy Johnson at the end of my career, he was playing for Seattle and Hal McRae was our manager and Hal, after watching me face Randy Johnson in two or three games, he finally said, ‘Don’t worry, you’ll never face him again.’ Because it was pretty ugly. And then he threw me up one time as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning with two outs.”
ON THE STATE OF THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS FRANCHISE TODAY:
“Times have been tough since about 1988, especially the last five, six, seven years it’s been real tough over there. People that are my kids’ age and Kansas City high school kids have no clue how good we used to be and how competitive that team was. We used to be a pretty storied franchise in Major League Baseball. … The one thing that our General Manager Dayton Moore has done is he’s built up that farm system, and we’ve got a lot of top prospects in the top 100. I think we’ve got about five or six of them and some people say we might have the best talent in the Minor Leagues in all of baseball, so hopefully it’s on the rise.”
HALL OF FAME PITCHER RICH ‘GOOSE’ GOSSAGE ON GEORGE BRETT:
“George Brett was simply was the greatest hitter on the planet for 15 years. And one of my greatest thrills was being able to face him and of course, he hit some shots heard round the world.”
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