Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith
I was recently EMailed by an Assistant Associate Audience Producer for Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith. Apparently, our own Dusty Baker will be on the show on Monday, July 24th at 11:15am, and they want some loud, raucus Cub fans to be there to boo or cheer Dusty as they see fit.
No, actually, they just want us to boo him. The AAAP said, and I quote, "You guys can definitely feel free to BOO Dusty if you so please."
Look. I am incredibly unhappy with Dusty Baker as Cubs manager. He's just not the right guy for the job. But this situation strongly reminds me of the Cubs Convention last January. If you may recall, here at GROTA we devised the perfect questions to ask Dusty and Jim. In fact, those questions were very mean-spirited and confrontational. But as time went on and we grew near to the Convention, we revised our questions to be actual, you know, questions rather than attacks, because some behaviors are just unecessary and counter-productive. Attacking Dusty Baker at the Cubs Convention would have been asenine, and booing him on Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith would just be absurd.
Booing him at the ballpark is a different case, but Dusty has been invited onto a show, and he has graciously decided to accept, and how do they choose to handle it? They want to hijack his appearance by getting fans to attack him. How childish. How juvenile.
Their studio is located in the heart of New York City, across the street from Madison Square Garden. The show's date is Monday, July 24th at 11:15am with a 9:30am check-in. For our New York readers who are interested in attending this fiasco, feel free. But also feel free to be above this childish attempt at embarrassing Dusty.
Seriously, if this is Stephen A. Smith's idea, I hope he has a very short career at ESPN. On the other hand, he'd fit right in with the Springer crowd.