I second everything Rob said in last week's post. Searching for Classic TV Friday clips was one of my favorite blog related things to do. Back when I wrote a lot it was like a mini vacation. When I wrote less, I fooled myself into thinking it was an actual post. In any case, we saw lots of dope shit together, didn't we? I hope historians someday recognize the WoW Collection™ as an important contribution to the curation of stupid old baseball videos. Here are some faves.
Honorable mention goes to Joe Torre Flips Out - 1982, one we posted in July of '08. If it wasn't my favorite it sure was close, but unfortunately the video has been taken down. I'll make a batch of Cakies for anyone who can read the description in that link and find it for us.
Ah, the good old country comfort of Classic TV Friday. A lazy baseball blogger's best friend. It's one of the few features (only feature?) that has remained constant throughout the three-year history of our human condition blogging. After all, what could be easier than popping open YouTube, typing "old timey cigarette commercial with charming milquetoast baseball star" into the search field, and clicking the "FIND ME SOME DAMN CONTENT, MR. YOUTUBE" button?
What could be easier? A Classic TV clip show! Here are five of my favoritest Classic TV posts from the archives, in no particular order:
I maintain that the Mark Attanasio-era Brewers are the most fan-friendly franchise in baseball (just look at their amazing prize raffle!) but watching this old promo video from the 70's makes me think that folks in Milwaukee can ignore their awful team and just have a good time; the team simply knows how to make money off that by encouraging tailgating and in-stadium fun.
If our newest hall-of-famer Robbie Alomar were to make a commercial today imploring us to catch something, I'm sure we'd all feel pretty uncomfortable. This is one of those commercials that's legendary north of the border but possibly never aired in the US. It's the Tim Hortons of baseball-played-endorsed-punch commercials.
It really is sad that Mickey Mantle is playing a pinball game whose ultimate goal is to "beat Roger Maris' record 61 home runs". Also sad: Mickey Mantle in a beer commercial. Also sad: that one commenter who admitted that he still buys Natty Light. Saddest of all: that shirt-vest combination Mickey Mantle is wearing makes him look like a lesbian cowboy.
Happy Classic TV Friday. Here are a bunch of videos of people from Canada in the 80s and 90s that are loosely related to baseball. One has Mookie Wilson but all of them have Canadian people being as goofy as humanly possible. Please to enjoy.
"I like to see Kelly Gruber swing his hips." Said here in 1990 and then not again until his orthopaedic surgeon sent notes to his physical therapist last Wednesday.
How about a tribute to the 1993 World Champs set to the tune of the "Always Coca Cola" song that you'd tried so hard to forget? Stephen Sondheim would be spinning in his grave right now if he weren't surprisingly still alive. Listen to those consonants get stressed in the wrong places!
If only my friends could have nickel for everytime they hear me say "That's together like George Bell" over the next few weeks.
My work here is done. Next week we'll all feast on the low hanging fruit that was The Expo Fan.
This commercial is pretty boring, and Bruce Sutter is a bad actor even for an athlete. BUT everything is redeemed by the breathtaking device at 00:23. And I'm not talking about Schmidt's mustache. America is turning to Walkoff Walk Classic TV Friday.
What you're seeing here, according to the YouTube user, is the pilot episode of a hidden camera TV show called Payback. And since there is as little information about this show as you're likely to find on IMDB, I'm gonna take Chuckzvideo's word for it. The portly bespectacled host sure has to press a lot of buttons to get the show started. They didn't have enough money to hire someone else to do that?
But hey, if you were trying to start up a blockbuster TV program why wouldn't you use the high powered celebwattage of The Candy Man? He had a pretty great 1991 split between Cleveland and Toronto and apparently that gave him license to wear tracksuits to interviews and be pathologically jealous of his poodle haired girlfriend.
When this A+ hoax is revealed, Tom's body language betrays a sense of immense relief almost as if he was about to use his knuckles to make a sandwich instead of throw a floater. YOU ALMOST GOT CANDIOTTIED, LADY.
Classic TV Friday on Walkoff Walk: The Original And Still The Best
In honor of tomorrow's #HEIST I searched YouTube for happy Pirates memories. This did not take very long. But the one I found is Classic TV Friday material all the way. It's the pregame for Game 4 of the 1971 World Series, aka the first ever WS night game. It includes some of my favorite things: funky intro music, funky Joe Garagiola suits, Curt Gowdy, Willie Stargell and Roberto Clemente. Can you imagine how many days of school/work you'd miss nowadays if they still had the playoff games during the day? Remember this video next time you complain about Fox keeping you up until midnight you provincial doofus. Please to enjoy.
Today's Classic TV Friday is a violent one. Are you in anguish over your job/love life/the heatwave? Get some vicarious catharsis through Albert Belle as he beats up people all over the 90s.
The first video finds our permanently disgruntled hero straight laying out Brewers 2B Fernando Vina with a full barreled forearm shiver. The collision is definitely in the basepath, but one doubts that Belle would have hesitated to throw a clothesline or possibly a DDT had Vina been even a couple feet away. Boom.
Our second video is appropriately titled "Albert Belle vs. Royals." I like it because it contains the magically mellifluous phrase "lookin' for a piece of Pichardo," which sounds like something Anthony Bourdain would do on a tour of Mexico City. I also like it because Belle chases down a backpedaling Hippolito and literally runs him over before pounding Mike Macfarlane's head like he was trying to open a coconut.
I think we all feel better now, don't we? Thanks, Albert!
Frankly, I could care less about you Cleveland people. But for you diehard, lifelong residents and sports fans, this may actually brighten your hyperbolically lousy day. I've stumbled onto the motherload of clips from what appears to be some sort of DIY regional sports/comedy show that appeared on Sportsnetwork in Ohio. Tom Lyons & Tony Hall had a press pass and silly questions for players. They also spent a lot of time in the seats talking to the common man. That's how you get this first video which features BOTH Brook Jacoby and some casual racism from a Foot Locker employee at 1:05.
It's like a cross between This Week And Baseball and MST3K and it's pretty great. There are a ton of these and I'll post more after the jump for you to peruse and learn about Cory Snyder's favorite foods. ENJOY.
Well, here's a cool one. I started off by searching for Vin Scully because I love him and want him to be an extra Grandpa. Little did I know I also wanted to see Bo Jackson be totally awesome. After we see a clip of Bo covering 2 miles to make a catch in center he drives a Rick Reuschel meatball to the deepest part of Anaheim Stadium. Yes, the Rick Reuschel finished 8th in the Cy voting that year.
And the whole thing is (kinda) narrated by newly minted ex-Prez, Ronald Reagan. Classic TV Friday: It's a time machine, baby.