New York Yankees legend Ron Guidry called in to talk about his new memoir “Gator: My Life in Pinstripes.” We discussed his amazing 1978 season (25-3) and his incredible 1983 season (21 complete games in 31 starts), the continuing fascination with the 1977-78 Yankees, the impact of the loss of Thurman Munson in 1979, and what pitch Ron would use to inevitably strike me out in a Wiffle ball game.Follow @bigwakeupcall
MLB Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt called into talk about his serious battle with skin cancer (Stage 3 Melanoma) and a new initiative from CancerCare, “Your Cancer Game Plan.” It was also a thrill to talk to Mike about baseball memories of him always destroying my Cubs and his thoughts on whether the Cubs can repeat.Follow @bigwakeupcall
MLB first ballot Hall-of-Famer Dave Winfield called in to talk about his partnership with Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, where he and other MLB stars talk about people who made a difference in their lives. We also talked about playing in Wrigley Field as a member of the Padres, why student athletes should play more than one sport (and take time off during the year), and why Cubs fans should climb down off the ledge.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Even though I grew up a Cubs fan, I’ve always had a fascination with and an inexplicable love for the ’86 Mets, so it was great to have Lenny Dykstra on the show to talk about his fascinating new memoir “House of Nails.” Lenny and I discussed his hitting the first night game home run in Wrigley Field (twice), why the Cubs will go all the way, why he chose to use PEDs, and the right way and wrong way to approach the game.
Ron Darling is an Emmy-award winning MLB analyst and of course a former major league pitcher. His new book, “Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life” chronicles his experience as the starter in the deciding game of the ’86 World Series. It’s a refreshingly honest look inside the mind of a top athlete, and we had a fun chat about why he decide to write the book, the vulnerability of professional athletes, and how the 2016 Cubs can possibly live up to expectations.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Andrew Muscato is the director of “Doped: The Dirty Side of Sports,” a new documentary examining the broken system of substance testing in pro sports. We discussed Lance Armstrong, testing in the Olympics, Major League Baseball, and how the systems in place tend to be inconsistent and oftentimes arbitrary.
“Doped: The Dirty Side of Sports,” narrated by Nick Kroll, premieres Wednesday, September 30 at 8/7C on EPIX.Follow @bigwakeupcall