LestersLegends Makes Its Radio Debut

May 13, 2008


I was fortunate enough to be asked to talk baseball on Houma, LA’s ESPN Radio affiliate 1490 AM KJIN with Cade Voisin yesterday.  I was a little nervous as it was my first radio interview ever.  They basically bounced around the league asking for my take on various teams.  They started by asking about Greg Maddux, following his 350th win.  I said that he is a marvel becoming only the 9th pitcher to join that exclusive group.  I mentioned that with 14 more victories he’ll become the winningest pitcher who’s career started after 1911.  That’s pretty amazing.  They also asked my take on the Marlins, who have a track record of winning the World Series, dismantling their team, and rebuilding it for another run.  I said that they have a great bullpen and make good decisions (like trading Josh Beckett for Hanley Ramirez), and getting some decent value for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis rather than overpaying for them.   The finished off asking about A-Rod and the Yankees.  I said that for the pressure to be lifted off A-Rod in New York he’ll need to produce in the playoffs.  I also said that as Captain, Derek Jeter should have nipped this in the bud and asked the fans to lay off him.  It seems like A-Rod lets the pressure get to him, and perhaps he’d have more success if that pressure was lifted.  They asked if A-Rod should appeal to the New York fans himself, and I suggested that may be a temporary fix, but in the end he’s going to have to produce.  Yankee fans are far to knowledgable about baseball, and the vastness of the Yankees’ payroll for the expectation levels to be lowered.

All in all, I think I did fair for a first time interviewee.  It was a rewarding experience and one I wouldn’t mind repeating.  I am going to try and track down an audio file of the interview, and if I get my hands on it, I’ll post it on my site. 

My apologies for not providing any fantasy input with this post, I just wanted to share with you my experience. 

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11 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. mo morrissey
    May 13th, 2008 at 3:21 pm #

    Congrats Ryan. Well done.

  2. Ryan Lester
    May 13th, 2008 at 3:26 pm #

    Thanks Mo.

  3. shaggy311
    May 13th, 2008 at 6:10 pm #

    right on good job!!!

  4. Ryan Lester
    May 13th, 2008 at 7:42 pm #

    Thanks Shaggy

  5. Eric
    May 14th, 2008 at 7:24 am #

    yeah, very cool indeed. I’d love to hear it if you do find the audio. So now the big question is…when is your TV debut???

  6. Ryan Lester
    May 14th, 2008 at 7:33 am #

    Eric – I don’t want to scare the general public.

  7. Kathy Sheldon
    May 14th, 2008 at 7:44 am #

    Congrats, Ryan. Wish I could have heard the interview!

  8. Ryan Lester
    May 14th, 2008 at 7:48 am #

    Thanks Kathy. It was pretty cool. I have to thank SportingNews for giving me the forum to kick this all off.

  9. Chuck
    May 14th, 2008 at 9:30 am #

    Cool man. Wish I could have heard.

  10. Erik J
    May 14th, 2008 at 11:17 am #

    Congrats!!!! Keep working it.

  11. Ryan Lester
    May 14th, 2008 at 11:20 am #

    Thank Erik.

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