I’m not a big sportstalk fan, mostly because the radio guys can’t nevah stop talking or interrupting any caller or guest before they hit that all-important 10 second mark. Which is probably why I somehow missed this radio interview Lance Berkman did with the radio guys on 1560 after he had signed with the Cardinals.
What is interesting to me is not just that he confirmed on the record a whole lot of stuff I had said about the Astros Organization (patting self on back here) but he said something I had never heard a player say – that Carlos Beltran actually WANTED to re-sign to with Houston. PREFERRED to stay in Houston. His not being re-signed was on Drayton (not Timmy-poo) not submitting any offer until the last second and then refusing the no-trade until Carlos had already signed with the Mets. It’s not that I hadn’t heard/read essentially that before, but coming from Lance, I almost believe it – I would have liked to ask how it was that Carlos wrote a book called “My First Year In Pinstripes” even BEFORE negotiations began if he really wanted to stay in Houston. Interesting also, that Lance believed Carlos when Carlos told him he loved Houston and wanted to stay. Either Carlos is a great liar or Lance is a guy who takes what he hears at face value. Or Carlos changed his mind.
And yes, I know that I believe if Lance says it on the record, he is speaking what he believes or believes is the truth. Not real too many people in this world whose word I would take, ESPECIALLY a professional athlete who has to watch every word that comes out of his mouth, and I don’t even know Lance personally.
And also that it was DRAYTON who wouldn’t re-sign Andy Pettitte (not Purpura) because he wouldn’t take Andy’s word for it that Andy would not pick up his player option if he was hurt and couldn’t play the second year of a 2 year deal.
He said that he believes that Barry Lamar Bonds belongs in the Hall of Fame and that he, Lance, believes that Barry used steroids and should go in anyway. The radio hosts asked him about McGwire and Sosa but talked over him – dumbasses and so he didn’t really reply, but he said that he’s looking forward to working with McGwire as a hitting coach. He also said on the record that Andy Pettitte is one of his best friends – not was, IS – and this tells me he may not approve of using steroids as Andy did (or lying about it) but he doesn’t think that roiders are Teh Evull as too many BBWAA seem to.
He ALSO said that the Organization never listened to the players/ex-players and told Nolan Ryan they weren’t interested in his input.
Oh yeah – after 19 games/78 PA, his line is .377/.449/.723/1.173 which is 26 fer 69 with 9 BB, 9 K, 6 2B, 6 HR, 1 GIDP.