Every once in a while I will get recognized and someone will say “you are the guy on the phone in Curse of the Bambino, right?”
This is referencing the wonderful HBO Documentary I was in and the story I told about Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, dialing the phone to rub the Red Sox win in the face of my uncle who is a big Mets fan.
My response is always “Yes, I told that story.”
But if you saw the special and remember the story, I was NOT the guy dialing the phone. That would be my brother Ted who dialed after each pitch every number except the last one.
So in truth my brother is “the guy on the phone” in The Curse of the Bambino.
And today is his birthday.
Happy birthday buddy. I promise to call today… and every number including the last one.
For those of you who haven’t seen it, here is my segments from the movie.
We interrupt baseball talk for a second to give a plug to the latest HBO Sports special… The Broad Street Bullies.
The show follows the outrageous, violent and vilified Philadelphia Flyers of the 1970s and how they fought and brawled their way to the Stanley Cup titles in 1974 and 1975.
They follow Bill Barber, Bill Clement, Dave “The Hammer” Schultz, “Moose” DuPont, Bobby Clarke and all the rest of the toothless grin Flyers who were the most polarizing team in hockey history… and took on the Russians in 1976.
Even if you are not a hockey fan, trust me… watch it. HBO Sports NEVER gets it wrong.
Their recent documentary Magic and Bird: A Courtship of Rivals was riveting.
And Broad Street Bullies is directed by friend of Sully Baseball George Roy.
He directed the riveting films City Dump, Fists of Freedom and Mantle.
And oh yeah… he also directed yours truly in the Emmy Award winning Curse of the Bambino and the brilliant follow up Reverse the Curse of the Bambino.
So check out the trailer and set your DVRs tonight!
Seriously… the Red Sox lost today because of me.
If you are looking for a goat, blame me… Paul Francis Sullivan.
I started writing my Sully Baseball blog post during the 9th inning. I wanted to post it the NANOSECOND the Red Sox won.
It included a funny Xanadu reference and the clip “I’m Alive” that made me look clever.
And just as I was typing it, the Angels rallied…
And now the season is over.
And it had little to do with the Angels starting pitching in games 1 and 2 and the clutch hitting in the 9th inning.
It had to do with the fact that I JUMPED THE GUN!
I never learned the lesson of trying to call my Uncle Ron when there were two outs in the 10th inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
To all of Red Sox nation… I apologize.
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