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by Yinzer Hater » Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:36 am
by waborat » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:14 am
by swerb » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:31 am
by DrPoove » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:38 am
by waborat » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:44 am
swerb wrote: Never understood how some of these guys at KNR got/kept jobs over the last 10-12 years over Sindelar. Unless he just didn't want it.Also, I'm a memorabilia nerd, so I liked Sindelar from that respect as well.
by Cease » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:54 am
by swerb » Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:29 pm
Cease wrote:I'm under the impression that he left radio, not the other way around.
by Squints » Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:27 pm
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by Jumbo » Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:46 am
by Cease » Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:08 am
by jack_tors » Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:47 am
Jumbo wrote:Losing Geoff Sindelar saddens me, like losing a piece of my childhood and my connection back home.It is fitting that the most active topic on the Cleveland Indians forum this week is a discussion regarding whether pitchers throwing first pitch strikes is really important, or merely important. The Professor held a clear understanding of what baseball was about: throwing strikes. It was both maddening and entertaining to listen to him rant about the last night's pitcher who walked three guys in an inning, demanding to know why the Tribe has to settle that meatball. Although statistics have since refined our understanding of the game, reducing all of its magic to numbers would only dim the passion of Sindelar.I have called sports talk radio only twice in my life. When I was nine or ten years old, I called Sindelar on consecutive nights. The first night, I was kept on hold past my bedtime and hung up the phone. The second night, when I told the call screener my name and location, he asked if I had hung up the night before. I told him that I was, but that I would stay on the line that night. Even though I was on hold for an hour past when I hung up the night before, I stayed on long enough to ask Sindelar my three questions about sports, of which I remember two: how to calculate slugging percentage, and what were the first sports franchises of each sport in Cleveland. After hanging up the phone, I rushed downstairs to listen to the end of my call due to the radio delay. When my call had ended, Sindelar did not criticize me for filling the airwaves for such banality. Instead, he thanked the "youngster" for his interest in learning more about sports. It is a credit to Sindelar that, unlike more modern sports yakkers who only want to throw bricks at callers and cohosts, he only wanted to throw a brick into his television after the Indians' closer blew the game in the ninth. (Of course, the Professor could zing callers who deserved it.)To my knowledge, the last consistent sports media position that he held was a spot on the fledgling sportstalkcleveland.com eight or nine years ago. That was not a happy time for Cleveland sports: the Cavs were pre-Lebron, the Indians were crumbling after their half-decade of dominance, and the joy of the having football back in town was wearing off. Nevertheless, it was great to hear the Professor again, particularly over the Internet since I could hear him in Boston. A humorous anecdote: the same commercials would run over and over in between segments of the program. One commercial was Sindelar interviewing Darko Milicic's agent. Sindelar asked the agent to compare him to a current player, and the agent replied, "Kevin Garnett."To learn that Sindelar was only 62 is a further disappointment. I always thought that he had the joy of experiencing a World Series title.RIP Professor, you will be missed.
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