Vince the Phone Screener

Look! We have a new, daily feature here on The 6th Floor and this is something I had been meaning to go for months, but never had the time to pursue it. Living in between Sacto and “The Gay Bay” I am fortunate to tune in and listen to Armstrong & Getty morning show on KSTE and KNEW on my drive home. The show is hosted by Jack Armstrong, also known as “the bald one” or “the jackass” and Joe Getty. I am what the guys consider a “6 o’clock listener” as I catch the start of their show every morning I leave work for my 75 minute drive home. Sometimes I stretch it to 90 minutes if they are good that morning.

At the start of the show they introduce the team, “because their is no I in team.” They talk to the board op, the producer and the news guy. But each and every morning I am fascinated by Vince the Phone Screener. Yes, you know the keeper of the phone, the guardian of the show. If you want to be on air, then you need to get past this guy. Vince is the phone screener, “who screens the phone” as we are reminded each morning.

So now that you know a little about the show, it has been my intention for a few months to collect sound clips from Vince, because is always has something off the cuff, witty, hilarious and timely to say during his 30 seconds of fame. So check out Vince’s words of wisdom each day. Unfortunately, my procrastination cost me a few months of great excerpts from Vince, but better late then never to start.

Padres and Tigers, Oh My!

Not since 1984 have I tasted the satisfaction I am currently glowing in. For those who follow “America’s pastime” [that’s baseball, Euros] the season is still young, but there have been some great match ups, easy season success for some dubious clubs as we not quite yet begun to sing “the boys of summer.”Let’s start off with my hometown of San Diego [sorry I will NEVER consider myself from NoCal]. The San Diego Padres are in the midst of a very good May, as they have won 15 of 18 games [including 9 in a row] and are atop a mediocre Nation League West [as some say]. Behind solid defense, timely pitching and recently booming bats, the Padres have found any way to win through 41 games. We are still a few months from the All-Star Break, but the Padres are doing everything right.

Probably the biggest surprise and one of the best all around teams in the American League so far this season as been the play of the Detroit Tigers. Yeah, the same Tigers who have been cellar dwellers the past few seasons have come to ball in 2006. Manager Jim Leyland has the Tigers streaking right now, winners of 7 in a row. Pitching and power have combined to give this group of relative unknowns sole possession of first place with a record of 27-13, a full game in front of the defending World Series Champs, Chicago White Sox.

Now, I know its way too early, but could we be see history in the making and a repeat of the 1984 World Series when San Diego and Detroit played? As a baseball purist, it’s great to see small market teams playing well and winning. See George, it can be done on a relatively small budget. We will see if the success of both these clubs continue or if this is indeed easy season success that, in the past, has been followed by a sharp downturn after the All-Star Break.