Costas Now

Season 4 Episode 17

Episode 402 - Town Hall Meeting: The State of Baseball

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 16, 2008 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Episode 402 - Town Hall Meeting: The State of Baseball
Bob Costas is joined by panelists consisting of some baseballs greatest to discuss the topics that mean most to baseball, including a look at the Hall of Fame and the current state of baseball. Hank Aaron and Willie Mays also join Bob to look back at their careers.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • As Bob opened the show, introducing the audience, Buzz Bissinger and Will Leitch are seen eating hot dogs and drinking beer together. In the previous episode of CostasNOW they had a heated argument over sports bloggers.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (on if Cy Young is a Hall of Fame pitcher)
      Steve Hirdt: Somebody called me the other day and asked me "What was Cy Young's WHIP." WHIP is walks and hits per innings pitched. I'm thinking, here's Cy Young, he's won over 500 games in his career, and pitched in over 900 games. Cy Young don't need no stinkin' WHIP.

    • (on the decline of African-American fans attending baseball games)
      Curtis Granderson: We joke around in the dugout and we say "count ten African-American people, that aren't working." It takes a few innings to get it.

    • (on teaching younger players the aspects of baseball)
      Willie Mays: It's very hard, when you're not on the field, for me to try and teach a ball player what to do and how to do it. I can show them everything, but they have to go out and do a job for themselves.

    • (on the two kids who ran out on to the field with him, when he hit his 715th home run)
      Hank Aaron: Those two kids are now doctors. They've done quite well for themselves.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The following people also appeared in this episode:

      Scott Kazmir, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher
      Mark Shapiro, Cleveland Indians General Manager
      Curtis Granderson, Detriot Tigers centerfielder

      Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays third basemen