Flipping around at 1 a.m. on a Monday and Star 64 is showing not a re-run of “Entourage” or “The Old Adventures of New Christine” but “The Tim McCarver Show.” Slight *groan* – and only slight because time heals wounds to some extent and it has been 21 years since our buddy Tim was rooting for the A’s while doing color commentary during the 1990 World Series – but I leave it on for a minute to see who the guest is. Sure enough, it’s former Red Paul O’Neill. Nice! Right? No. Please save yourself the aggravation and avoid watching this one if it’s ever on again or if you’re crazy enough that you DVR’ed it knowing O’Neill was going to be on.
Paul was fine, actually, with the exception of explaining during the show that getting traded by the Reds was “the best thing that ever happened” to him. (Wha?? I know what you mean, Paul, but it still sounds bad.) We’re big Paul O’Neill fans, and this show won’t change that. It was McCarver, really. And the questions and the way the interview went. You would think that since the guy came up with and played almost half of his career in Cincinnati, the Reds would get mentioned more than a handful of times during the 30-minute show. Five minutes into the interview, first commercial break, and you wouldn’t know Paul ever played for anyone other than the Yankees. The first Reds mention? McCarver says something along the lines of (paraphrasing) “You’ve been on the winning side of three perfect games. Of course everyone remembers David Cone, and the David Wells perfect game, but very few people know that you were actually on the Reds …” and O’Neill interrupts him at that point and says, “Tom Browning, yes.” *SMH* Like it’s the answer to a trivia question no one at the bar would’ve gotten right.
Interview continues: Yankees, Yankees, Yankees, Yankees, Jorge Posada, Yankee Stadium, Don Mattingly, Don Zimmer, Joe Torre, how brutal it was to be a Reds minor-leaguer (thanks), Yankees, Yankees, Yankees.
OK, I understand Yankees fans loved him. (So did many Reds fans.) I get that he was on championship teams as a Yankee. (He won one as a Red, too.) He hit for average as a Yankee, won a batting title in ’94 and drove in more runs, fine. (He also hit a career-high 28 home runs as a Red in ’91.) Hopefully you get my point. You definitely would if we sat down and watched it together (which I would not want to do to be quite honest … not that I don’t like watching TV with you … these 30 minutes were just that painful.) Just wanted to let you know in case you’re flipping around at 1 a.m. on a Monday a couple of months from now and they show it again.