PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES’ RYAN HOWARD & JIMMY ROLLINS FEATURED IN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS ON MLB NETWORK ON JUNE 21
Howard and Rollins are the first current MLB players to be featured on Studio 42 with Bob Costas
Maddon and Teixeira discuss their journeys to the Major Leagues with Tom Verducci and Harold Reynolds in Beyond the Game
Secaucus, N.J., June 17, 2010 – Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and Philadelphia Phillies infielders Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins, four of the most prominent figures in Major League Baseball today, will be featured in exclusive interviews on MLB Network on Monday, June 21 starting at 7:00 p.m. ET. Conducted by MLB Network’s Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, the interviews were a rare in-season opportunity to discuss the 2010 season and life on and off the field.
Continuing Major League Baseball’s “Beyond Baseball” theme about the game’s unique place in society and the lives of fans, Beyond the Game: Maddon, a 30-minute interview by Verducci with the 2008 A.L. Manager of the year, highlights Maddon’s family life, his journey from the Angels organization to becoming a Major League manager in Tampa Bay and his unconventional managing philosophies.
“Joe Maddon must be the most fascinating interview among big league managers,” said Verducci. “Who else can field questions about a 14th century theologian and the crazy place he chose to propose to his wife as deftly as he does his unorthodox game strategies? This is a man who doesn’t just defy convention, he loves blowing it up. Behind the hoodie and funky glasses is a former quarterback with old-school Pennsylvania-bred values, but who also brings cutting-edge thinking to the dugout. Exploring the mind of Maddon leaves only one regret: there is never enough time.”
Following the interview with Maddon, MLB Network will air Beyond the Game: Teixeira at 7:30 p.m. ET, a sit-down interview with Reynolds and the two-time All-Star. Throughout the conversation, Teixeira discusses his life off the field, his love for baseball from an early age, his first encounter with his childhood idol and former Yankees’ All-Star Don Mattingly, and his own development as a switch-hitter.
“What was intriguing about talking with Mark was how he comes off as so personable. I don’t think people really know Mark Teixeira and the purpose of this was so you could get to know him away from the game,” said Reynolds. “We got to talk with him about his childhood and, in particular, a journal he wrote when he was 12-years old that his parents shared with us. Even then, the way he looked up to Don Mattingly stood out.”
At 8:00 p.m. ET, Philadelphia Phillies teammates Howard and Rollins discuss the state of the game in a new hour-long episode of MLB Network’s Studio 42 with Bob Costas .Taped on Tuesday, May 25, Howard and Rollins discuss competing in the National League East, winning the 2008 World Series and defending the title in 2009, the impact performance enhancing drugs have had on the game, and the participation of African-Americans in baseball. Howard and Rollins are the first current MLB players to be featured on Studio 42 with Bob Costas. A preview of the interview can be viewed here.
Prior to Beyond the Game: Maddon, MLB Network will air MLB Tonight, the Emmy Award-winning signature nightly studio show with look-ins at live games, at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Quotes from the Howard and Rollins interview on Studio 42 with Bob Costas include:
ROLLINS ON THE NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST:
It took a long time for someone to finally dethrone the Braves. And I think when that happened, it opened up the door to anybody believing they could win the division and that’s basically what happened. In 2006, the Mets came through and pretty much ran the division. Every team in the National League, especially the National League East, knew they weren’t as good as the Mets. It wasn’t any question about that, but I got tired of playing second fiddle to anybody, especially the Braves. But when the Mets won, it was like, “Not another new team.” Someone can beat the Braves and we can beat whoever is in our division.
HOWARD ON PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS:
I never used performance enhancing drugs. I never would. I never really saw the purpose in trying to do that. I think it’s kind of sad with what has happened in the past as far as all the performance enhancers. … I remember when I was having my good year , when I did hit 58 home runs. I actually knew there was going to be a time when people were going to come and question me about being on steroids. … I think that now, with the plans that have been implemented and put in place to kind of clean up the game, we’re back on the right track and things are kind of weaving themselves out right now.
ROLLINS ON PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS IN BASEBALL TODAY:
I think we all have a feeling that if you’re not doing it right, then don’t play ball. We go out there, work hard every day and get our bodies in shape to put on a show for the fans and to be the best we can be with what God has given us. If you take that and chemically enhance it, then you’re playing the wrong sport.
ROLLINS ON THE PARTICIPATION OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN BASEBALL:
A lot of the fathers aren’t around. My mother played softball, but my father was the one who drilled me to keep playing baseball. Every weekend, we’d go out there, seven in the morning in the rain and mud. … When a father’s not around, it makes it tough on a mother to have to go to work and then try to come home and teach your son the game of baseball.