FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES
World Champion Yankees Visit the Angels for an ALCS Rematch Sat at 4PM on FOX
Kenny Albert Reflects on Last Saturday’s Mets/Cardinals 20-Inning Marathon
NASCAR on FOX Rolls into Talladega Sunday at 12PM
McReynolds: Childress & Harvick Have Decisions to Make
Strahan and Billick Weigh-In on Roethlisberger Suspension
ALCS COMBATANTS FACE OFF IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – Week three of the MLB on FOX schedule takes FOX Sports to Anaheim, CA for a rematch of the 2009 ALCS. Derek Jeter and the World Champion Yankees are off to a hot start and look to continue their strong play as they take on former Yankee Hideki Matsui and the Angels. In Chicago, the resurgent Andruw Jones and the White Sox host the revamped Mariners. This week, the pregame show originates live from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew including Joe Buck, Eric Karros and Ken Rosenthal as a field reporter.
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GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST COV.
New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels Joe Buck, Eric Karros 86%
& Ken Rosenthal
Angel Stadium – Anaheim, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: Andy Pettitte, LHP (2-0, 1.35 ERA) vs. Joel Pineiro, RHP (2-1, 1.77 ERA)
Seattle Mariners at Chicago White Sox Kenny Albert & Tim McCarver 13%
U.S. Cellular Field – Chicago, IL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Chicago, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle
Probable Pitchers: Ian Snell, RHP (0-2, 5.14 ERA) vs. Freddy Garcia, RHP (0-2, 8.10 ERA)
ALBERT LOOKS BACK ON EPIC 20-INNING GAME OF THE WEEK — FOX Sports’ Kenny Albert is no stranger to working overtime. In 1998, he called a 17-inning game in Seattle and a few years ago he called the last tie game in the NFL (Eagles/Bengals) but last weekend’s Mets/Cardinals 20-inning marathon was the longest game, he or analyst Tim McCarver had been behind the mic for. Albert looked back on what he’ll remember about last weekend’s game. “Even though the game went nearly seven hours, it didn’t feel that long. Part of the reason is it ended at 10:00 PM central, a normal time for a night game. If it had started at 7:00 PM and ended at 2:00 AM, it would have felt different. As far as the preparation and the notes in the later innings, once it got past the 12th and 13th inning that’s when it really started to get fun. We had our production crew and statisticians pulling together graphics and facts and Tim talked about the 19th inning Mets/Braves game he worked back in July of 85 in Atlanta and how Ted Turner still went ahead with the fireworks when the game ended at 4:00 AM. All I know is that for Tim’s first two weeks this season, he’s had a CC Sabathia no hitter until the 8th inning and then a 20-inning marathon. What will happen this week?”
NASCAR ON FOX ROLLS INTO TALLADEGA – FOX Sports heads to Talladega Superspeedway on April, 25 (12:00 PM ET) for NASCAR Sprint Cup racing. Fresh off his remarkable win in Texas and winner of two of the last three races, Denny Hamlin looks primed to challenge points leader Jimmie Johnson. Coverage starts with FOX NASCAR SUNDAY 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
SUNDAY, APRIL 25 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACING FROM TALLADEGA 12:00 PM ET
MCREYNOLDS: SHAKEUP AT RCR RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT HARVICK’S FUTURE – This week, Shell-Pennzoil announced a sponsor shakeup taking their dollars from Richard Childress Racing to Penske beginning in 2011. The move has forced all eyes in the NASCAR community to focus on RCR driver Kevin Harvick whose contract with RCR runs out at the end of this season. Without a sponsor for 2011, is Kevin Harvick staying with RCR? NASCAR on FOX analyst Larry McReynolds believes Harvick’s decision has solely to do with competing for championships. “If he feels like he’s at an organization that can win races and can contend for championships, why would he want to leave? Richard Childress has a very tough scenario: You’ve got to have a driver to sell a sponsor, you’ve got to have a sponsor to sell a driver. He’s got the worst of both worlds staring him in the face.”
PROUD PAPA: LARRY MAC’S SON TAKES ON DEGA — Brandon McReynolds, son of NASCAR on FOX analyst and former crew chief Larry McReynolds, continues his 2010 season racing in the ARCA 250 this Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. For proud father Larry, the event will add to his already fond memories of Talladega and Davey Allison. “Talladega is my home track and where I saw my first race when I was 10 years old. I finally got my first win as a crew chief there with Davey Allison in the 28 Texaco car in ‘92,” said McReynolds. “To have Brandon, my 18 year old son, racing there as Davey’s Godson and to have the support of Ken Allen and the Talladega/Texaco Walk of Fame is really special. It’s going to be a very overwhelming experience for me and my family and I are really looking forward to it.”
STRAHAN & BILLICK WEIGH-IN ON ROETHLISBERGER SUSPENSION — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended today for six games without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy and ordered to undergo behavioral evaluation. FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Michael Strahan and NFL on FOX game analyst Brian Billick react to Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision.
STRAHAN: “It’s in line with what Roger Goodell has done since he’s taken over as commissioner. He’s trying to set a tone for the NFL. If you’re a player in the NFL, you aren’t representing just yourself or your team you are representing the league and the Commissioner is just trying to protect that. I think the harshness of the penalty was to set an example for other players. Your stature as a star in the NFL doesn’t matter. Goodell has consistently been stiff with his suspensions and fines. In a sense the severity of the suspension is warranted and hopefully it’ll give Ben a chance to reflect and make better decisions going forward.”
BILLICK: “The Roethlisberger suspension was necessary for the Commissioner to maintain his steadfast commitment to ‘drawing a line in the sand’ with regards to player conduct in the NFL. Players must be made to understand that they are responsible for their behavior, even in a predatory environment, such is their life. The boorish behavior of Roethlisberger demanded that this type of sanction be leveled.”
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