For years I'd tell you that Boomer and Carton was the worst show on radio, but over the last few months I've started to appreciate them a lot more. I was in the car this morning and listened to their interview with Gary Sheffield and I kid you not when I say that this was maybe the best interview I've ever heard on talk-radio. Maybe it's the fact that Boomer is a former jock and people can relate to him but I think most of the credit goes to Carton who is able to break down the walls these guys have with his ridiculousness. Although half the time he acts like a total fool, when he actually makes a point he makes a great one.
Just a quick breakdown of today's interview..Sheffield is always a pretty candid interview but the detail they went into when it came to some issues was amazing.. The best shock-jock interviewers like Don Imus and Howard Stern have always been able to get more out of their guests than just about anybody because they aren't intimidated by them and are able to go head-to-head with them..
Few things they discussed
*child discipline.. They asked him about ADP and what his opinion was, it'd be easy for Sheffield to knock ADP but basically said that he didn't judge how other people raised their kids.. he also admitted to going to his closet for a belt for his kids, his youngest one is 6
*Gooden.. talked a lot about what it was like for him when Gooden was in his downward spiral. Gooden is Sheffield's uncle but is only a few years older than him so probably was more like a cousin or uncle to him.. Just the thought of a kid looking up to his world-class athlete uncle and then becoming a star in his own right is pretty amazing
* ARod would change out of sight in the video room, seems like he was a total aloof goof
*Joe Torre.. Sheffield has no respect for him as a manager because he moved Sheffield down to the 5 hole after they got ARod to hit 3rd.. he showed Torre the stats about why he was the better option and Torre still batted ARod third. Told Torre that he was going to show him how good he was and hit two homeruns that day, Torre kept him in the 5 hole..
*The Mets.. about his last days when he was hitting .300 and was leading the team in RBI and HR's but they wanted to go a different direction with Reyes, Beltran and Wright.. Sheffield felt like he could have been given a chance to succeed, basically called the entire organization a bunch of no-nothing clowns.
*the other thing that was interesting was that when they were kids, he had to catch Gooden because nobody else was able to (or too scared to).. that's how he became a LL catcher and why he played that position in the Little League World Series. What was cool was that when Carton asked him about catching Gooden when he was a kid and whether he was throwing in the 90's, Sheffield easily could have said that he was but he didn't bite and said that he was probably only throwing in the low 80's at that point but that as a small kid (9 years old or something) it was still ridiculously hard.
*he complained a lot about people assuming that he was into drugs like Gooden but swears he has never touched any of it, including alcohol.
but the best story was about the locker-room stuff.. he hated showering with Greg Maddux because he would rub his penis up against teammates and pee on them..