FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES
MLB & NASCAR Doubleheader This Saturday at Special 3:00 PM ET Start Time
McCarver: Manuel Deserves Credit for Mets Impressive Turnaround
Local Broadcasting Legends Take Over The MLB on FOX Game of the Week In The Emerald City This Saturday
NL EAST RIVALS DO BATTLE IN PHILLY – The FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK kicks off FOX Sports’ MLB-to-NASCAR doubleheader with three enticing matchups Saturday, May 1 (3:00 PM ET). Fresh off a successful homestand, David Wright and the Mets head into Philadelphia to take on Ryan Howard and the three-time defending NL East Champion Phillies. In Seattle, one of the games best pitchers, Felix Hernandez, leads the Mariners against AL West rival Rangers. Also, rookie sensation Jason Heyward and the Braves welcome the Astros to Atlanta. This week, the pregame show originates live from Safeco Field in Seattle, WA with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew including Josh Lewin and Eric Karros as a field reporter.
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GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST COV.
New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies Joe Buck, Tim McCarver 70%
& Ken Rosenthal
Citizen’s Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Hartford, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: Mike Pelfrey, RHP (4-0, 0.69 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay, RHP (4-1, 1.80 ERA)
Houston Astros at Atlanta Braves Kenny Albert & Mark Grace 19%
Turner Field – Atlanta, GA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Houston, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Raleigh, San Antonio
Probable Pitchers: Wandy Rodriguez, LHP (1-2, 3.65 ERA) vs. Tim Hudson, RHP (1-1, 3.28 ERA)
Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners Josh Lewin & Eric Karros 10%
Safeco Field – Seattle, WA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Dallas, Oklahoma City, Portland, Seattle, Tulsa
Probable Pitchers: Matt Harrison, LHP (0-1, 5.48 ERA) vs. Felix Hernandez, RHP (2-1, 2.23 ERA)
DON’T LIKE THE NL EAST STANDINGS? WAIT FIVE MINUTES, THEY’LL CHANGE – Just last week, the 2010 Mets seemed hopelessly doomed for another disappointing season. Now after ripping off seven straight wins, ‘The Amazins’ are sitting atop the NL East looking ahead to a critical series against their division rival and defending NL champion Philadelphia Phillies. MLB on FOX lead analyst Tim McCarver calls Saturday’s contest and talks about the Mets impressive turnaround. “Getting Jose Reyes back as soon as they did was very important from a physiological stand point because he is a real catalyst to their offense. Mike Pelfrey has just been sensational and Johan Santana has just been his elegant, talented self and has pitched very well. Ike Davis appears to be a young man with his head on right but you’re not going to be able to replace a whole team so the guys that are struggling have to get straightened out to be successful. Even with his troubles, you can see how much teams respect David Wright and what he can do defensively and offensively when things are right. Jerry Manuel deserves a lot of credit for getting this team back on track. New York was just waiting to lower the boom when the season started and he’s been able to right the ship for now.”
LOCAL BROADCASTING LEGENDS TAKE OVER THE MLB ON FOX GAME OF THE WEEK IN THE EMERALD CITY THIS SATURDAY – During this weekend’s Rangers/Mariners game featured on the FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK some local legends who combined for nearly 65 years of baseball broadcasting experience take over center stage. Mariners’ radio play-by-play announcer Dave Niehaus calls the bottom of the 4th inning and Rangers baseball voice Eric Nadel is behind the mike for the top of the 5th inning. Each legendary broadcaster will have the game turned over during that half inning to their respective radio broadcasts. Niehaus has called Mariners games since the clubs’ inception in 1977 and is inducted in the broadcaster’s wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Nadel was hired by the Rangers in 1979 and was behind the mike for Nolan Ryan’s 5000th career strikeout and the Rangers’ major league record 30-run outburst in August 2007. He is a member of the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame.
NASCAR ON FOX IS READY FOR PRIMETIME IN RICHMOND – On Saturday, May 1, FOX Sports presents NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Richmond. Following last week’s fireworks, the brewing rivalry between Hendrick Motorsports drivers; Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson may be ignited again, this time under the lights of Richmond International Raceway. In contrast to the noise coming from Hendrick, Kevin Harvick quietly captured his first victory of 2010 and vault to second in the Sprint Cup points standings. Coverage starts with FOX NASCAR SATURDAY host Chris Myers, along with analysts Waltrip and Jeff Hammond from the Hollywood Hotel, FOX Sports’ traveling prerace set providing live interviews with drivers, crewmen and officials shaping the day’s action. Once the green flag drops, race announcer Mike Joy will be alongside analysts Waltrip and Larry 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 news and notes.
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Date Event Coverage Begins
SATURDAY, MAY 1 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACING FROM RICHMOND 7:00 PM ET
LARRY MCREYNOLDS: WHEN MR. H. SPEAKS, PEOPLE LISTEN – After this season’s most exciting race on the circuit’s fastest track, two of the sport’s most decorated drivers again bumped heads as Jimmie Johnson cut off Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon sparking a pile up that ended Gordon’s day. In his postrace interview with FOX Sports Pit Reporter, Dick Berggren, Gordon lashed out at Johnson prompting this reaction from NASCAR on FOX analyst Larry McReynolds on FOXSports.com: “The forgotten man in this equation, is perhaps the most important — team owner Rick Hendrick…when Mr. H speaks, people listen — and you can bet those two boys will listen and listen good.” Gordon’s frustration according to McReynolds is warranted and the former crew chief went on to opine that there could be a little jealousy involved in this feud. “The last contributing factor is the success the No. 48 team has had over the last couple of years and that could be taking a toll on the No. 24 team. Gordon has not won a championship since Johnson, Chad Knaus and the No. 48 team came on the scene full time in 2002,” said McReynolds.
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