College: Southern Illinois
Professional Experience: Pro Football Weekly, CBS Sports, ESPN
Odd Jobs: Paper boy, DJ at country/western bar
Favorite Teams: Chicago Cubs, Liverpool FC, Yale football
Greatest Athletic Achievement: The first year of grade-school football, I was riding the pine. We were on defense and we had only 10 men on the field, some kid forgot to go out on D. I ran on the field right before the play started and made the tackle. The coach told me to stay in the game because he was mad at the kid who forgot to go in. I started from then on. I still stunk, but I was like Clint Longley when the Cowboys' Roger Staubach went down ... but I didn't punch out Roger the Dodger to end my career.
Sports Heroes: Walter Payton (He didn't showboat and played hard every week). Also Tony Hawk for making a street sport mainstream -- he gets ripped by skateboarders but he revolutionized sports.
Favorite TV shows: The Shield, Deadliest Catch, Friday Night Lights.
College: New York University Professional
Experience: WFAN (New York), KMPC (Los Angeles), Los Angeles Rams broadcasts, ESPN
Odd Jobs: Camp counselor
Favorite Teams: Denver Broncos, Houston Astros
Greatest Athletic Achievement: Once struck out 18 batters in a six-inning little league game. My team still lost 3-1 due to errors and walks.
Sports Heroes: John Elway and Nolan Ryan
Favorite TV shows: The Honeymooners, The Twilight Zone, All In The Family, Friday Night Lights, Saturday Night Live, Super Nanny
Patrick "Seton" O'Connor
College: West Virginia Professional Experience: Hartford radio, ESPN
Odd Jobs: Security guard, flower delivery person, Postal worker
Favorite Teams: Notre Dame, Seton Hall, and the New York Yankees
Greatest Athletic Achievement: My first year of Little League, city championship, I played for underdog Sanitary Fuel, taking on the heavily favored Progressive Firehouse. Bottom of the seventh, which is the last inning in LL, one out, bases loaded, we were up by one. I was playing left field and caught a towering fly ball (it seemed to hang in the air for hours) hit by Kirk Asterita and threw it in to second to turn two. Game over. When seeing the ball hit in my direction, my father was quoted as saying "Oh Sh**." The city newspaper recapped the game the next day, saying "O'Connor, who hadn't caught a ball all season ... " My big defense over the years has been that I didn't have any balls hit to me.
Sports Heroes: Muhammad Ali, Tony Hawk, Steve Balboni
Favorite TV shows: MSNBC, Cash Cab, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, Law and Order
Andrew "McLovin'" Perloff
College: Dartmouth College
Professional Experience: Fox Sports, MLB.com, NFL, SI.com
Odd Jobs: Butcher's assistant, flower delivery person, grocery clerk
Favorite Teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia 76ers
Greatest Athletic Achievement: Named MVP of Southeastern Pa. JCC (Jewish Community Center) 1982 Little League season. To be fair, I was one of few players in league who didn't have to worry about losing his yarmulke when running the bases.
Sports Heroes: Randall Cunningham, Julius Erving, Mike Schmidt
Favorite TV shows: Simpsons, Larry Sanders Show, Flight of Conchords
Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire joined the show to talk about his new job.
Dan asked how important returning home to Southern California was to him.“Family is everything to me,” McGwire said. “It means a lot.”
McGwire said that he got a call from Cardinals GM John Mozeliak to talk about contract. And Mozeliak told him that the Dodgers reached out to inquire about McGwire. McGwire said he is thrilled to be at home and spend more time with his kids.
Dan asked McGwire how a home run hitter can understand being a hitting coach for non-home run hitters.
“I was born to be a home run hitter,” McGwire said. “But hitting is hitting.”
McGwire said when he was injured relatively early in his career, he got to sit and watch and think about hitting. That’s when he learned to be a more complete hitter.
Dan asked McGwire about his conversation with his two boys about his career. “Some time this summer we sat them down and told them was Dad was about,” McGwire said. “Everybody makes mistaks. Everyone screws up. The big guys are the ones who can confront it.”
If I never had injuries I don’t think I’d ever thought of doing what I did,” McGwire said. “I didn’t need to do anything for any more strength. I was always a home run hitter. … I’m OK with it. I know I’ve become a better person because of it.”
Dan asked McGwire if what he did with PEDs ate away at him when he was playing. “Back in those days you never had to think about it like that,” McGwire said. He said they didnt’ have the same guidelines when they were playing.
“No, not by the guidelines they have now,” McGwire said. “I’ll never fight it. I totally respect the Hall of Fame.”