Sunday, November 10, 2002

L. L. Beanes Oakland

Must admit I thought the persistence in going after Beane as a GM candidate despite Oakland's flat out refusal to grant permission for any such negotiations was beginning to look silly.

Shows you how much I know. Seems Larry Luchinno's persistence paid off:

Oakland officials confirmed that Beane had been cleared to meet with the Sox and arranged a conference call to address the matter. Two hours after the Oakland disclosure, Red Sox spokesman Kevin Shea broke the club's day-long silence to confirm that the Sox had received permission to speak to Beane and that discussions had begun (Massarotti, Herald).

The door really was ajar after all.

In other news, the HBO documentary on the Red Sox is becoming a reality. I talked with the assistant producer late Friday afternoon who called about trying to schedule my on camera interview session while the same production team in relatively close by in College Park, MD working on another project. I'll find out for certain tomorrow whether I have to drive up to Maryland or wait 'til later in the month to go up to NYC.

I'm still pretty much in awe of the whole thing, especially when I hear the producer casually say things like, "We were interviewing Denis Leary for the film the other day and …" It'll be pretty amazing if I actually manage to say something worth keeping in the movie and not some jumbled, incoherent mess that ends up on the cutting room floor.

Hope I don't turn out like the Eminem character in the move 8 Mile who throws up on himself before taking the mic and then can't get a word out.

His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy …
He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out
He's chokin, how everybody's jokin now …

Speaking of, whether you're an Eminem fan or not, go see the movie 8 Mile. It's superb.