Marty Lurie Talks San Francisco Giants Baseball

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The Best that ever came from Cuba

The Best that ever came from Cuba

By Amaury Pi-Gonzalez

I am old enough to remember, and have seen these very good Cuban-born pitchers who made it to the major leagues, and some I had the good fortune of seen them pitch in the Cuban league (prior to the Major Leagues) and then here in Major League Baseball: Luis Tiant, Camilo Pascual, Mike Cuellar, Mike Fornieles,Pedro Ramos,Diego Segui,Orlando (El Duque)Hernandez and his half brother Livan Hernandez, and many others. I have met and interviewed many of the ones I mentioned here. Yes, Tiant had that deception and wind-up where he spinned like a top on the mound. Camilo Pascual has one of the best curveballs I have seen. Cuellar had a great screwball, Ramos out run the great Mickey Mantle, Segui had a great forkball, but nobody that I can remember from Cuba had the electric stuff of Jose Fernandez, which included a great slider with movement at the very end which makes hitters shake their heads in disbelief.

Jose Fernandez tried to escape Cuba on three occasions, but that is nothing new, other players from Cuba (not necessarily pitches) like Kendrys Morales (Kansas City) tried seven times until he finally succeeded. Many, like Fernandez when he was much younger was arrested and put in prison. This has been the story for many of today’s Cuban players in the major leagues. The very dangerous journey of leaving an island with a government that doesn’t grant freedom and opportunity to its people, and baseball players also are people trapped in that country. The dream of every baseball player in the world is to play in the Major Leagues, and that is no exception to Cuban players. After all Cubans have been playing baseball since Esteban Bellan became the first from Latin-American to play in organized baseball in the US with the Troy Haymakers of the old American Association in the 1870’s.Which by-the-way became the National League, as we know it today, in 1876.

Jose Fernandez was somebody very special, who went to the US as a teenager played ball in Miami in High School, learned English, became a Naturalized US Citizen, and was signed to a major league contract by the Miami Marlins. He died Sunday September 25, 2016, in an unfortunate boat accident in South Florida, shocking the Marlins franchise, the baseball world, Cubans and all Latinos alike in Southern Florida and all over the country. Fernandez had an incredible career record of 29 victories and 2 losses at the home of his team, the Miami Marlins.

This morning I received calls from Miami, one from and old very good friend, a longtime Athletics fan that lived in the East Bay until last year and now retired in Miami, as well as others who told me it was the kind of news that shooked up the whole community, even people that did not followed baseball, knew who he was from many local appearances in Dade County (Miami) in person, and his total involvement with the community as well as on television and even in national television commercials.

Jose Fernandez lived for 24 years a dignified live, with passion for the game he loved; baseball. Because of the circumstances, his lost was like that of Puertorican great Roberto Clemente in 1972 when his plane disappeared north of San Juan Puerto Rico, as he was taking a DC-3 plane, he chartered filled with help to the victims of a very strong earthquake in Managua, Nicaragua.

And just like Roberto Clemente, the young Jose Fernandez helped those less fortunate, and was involved with his community in many ways, not only as a baseball player with the Marlins, but as a regular citizen of Miami.

We will never know what kind of career the 24 year old Fernandez would have accomplished, but it is fair for those of all that follow baseball professionally, that Jose Fernandez was one of the best five pitchers in all of Major League baseball at the time of his death.

May he rest in Peace. Que descanse en Paz.

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September 26, 2016   No Comments

Talking Giants Baseball… Sept 24th + 25th

SUN Sept 25th – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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Alex Pavlovic: Marty chats with Alex in San Diego to talk about the tragic death of Jose Fernandez

Ken Korach: Marty talks to A’s broadcaster Ken Korach about the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez

Rich Walz: Mariners broadcaster Rich Walz talks about the death of Jose Fernandez

Bruce Jenkins: Marty and Bruce talk about the sad loss of Jose Fernandez

John Stanley: Marty talks to author John Stanley about his new book: The Funniest Comedy Icons of the 20th Century, Volume 1

Paul White: Marty talks to Paul White about Jose Fernandez who tragically died in a boating accident

Barry Bloom: Marty chats with national reporter & columnist at MLB.com Barry Bloom

Greatest Game – Game four-1954 World Series : Marty Lurie and Chris Haft, from MLB.com, talk about one of the Greatest Games in Giants History: Saturday, October 2, 1954, game 4 of the 1954 World Series.  Johnny Antonelli’s makes a relief appearance after starting game 2 to help the Giants win the World Series.

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SAT Sept 24th – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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Vin Scully Speech: Marty plays Vin Scully Farewell Speech to Dodgers fans and baseball

Andrew Baggarly: Marty chats with Andy Baggs about the Giants down the stretch

Phil Rogers: Marty chats with Phil Rogers columnist from MLB.com

Andy Furillo: Marty chats with author Andy Furillo about his new book- The Steamer: Bud Furillo and the Golden Age of L.A. Sports

Bruce Jenkins: Marty talks to Bruce as Madison Bumgarner takes the hill for the #SFGiants tonight in San Diego

Adam Rubin: Marty chats with Adam Rubin who covers the Mets for ESPN.com

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September 25, 2016   No Comments

Talking Giants Baseball… Sept 17th + 18th

SAT Sept 17th – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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John Rooney: Cardinals Broadcaster John Rooney joins Marty before game 3 of the Cards series

Bam Bam Meulens: Marty talks to the Giants hitting coach about the stretch run

Joe Niese: Marty talks to author Joe Niese about his new book- Burleigh Grimes: Baseball’s Last Legal Spitballer

Mark Saxon: ESPN’s Mark Saxon joins Marty and Patrick before game 3 of the Cards Series

Javier Lopez: Marty chats it up with the Philosopher about Giants baseball down the stretch

Bruce Jenkins + Jeremy Affeldt: Bruce Jenkins (phone) and Jeremy Affeldt (Live) join Marty and Patrick at the Public House

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SUN Sept 18th – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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Jose Alguacil: Marty does the minor league report with Jose Alguacil

Johnny Antonelli Part 1 : Marty chats with Former Giant Johnny Antonelli

Ron Wotus: Marty chats with the Professor about last night’s disappointing loss

Bruce Jenkins: Marty and Bruce talking Sunday Morning Baseball

Andrew Baggarly: Marty and Patrick talk to Andy Baggs about last night’s disappointing loss

Alex Pavlovic: Alex from CSN Bay Area calls in before the series finale vs the Cards

Greatest Game – 1973 down 7-1 Giants comback: Marty Lurie and Chris Haft, from MLB.com, talk about one of the Greatest Games in Giants History: One of the greatest comebacks occurred on May 1, 1973.. Bobby Bonds hits a 3-run double to win the game.

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September 18, 2016   No Comments

Talking Giants Baseball… Sept 10th + 11th

SUN Sept 11th – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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Jon Miller: Marty talks to Jon Miller about 9/11 during the Giants pregame

Show Open: Marty opens the show honoring the victims from 9/11

Ty Blach: Marty talks to Ty Blach about being called up in September

Andrew Baggarly: Marty chats with Andy Baggs about D-Backs series and 9/11

John D’Acquisto: Marty talks to former Giant John D’Acquisto about his new book: Fastball John

Greatest Game – Lincecum 1st No-Hitter: Marty Lurie and Chris Haft, from MLB.com, talk about one of the Greatest Games in Giants History: On July 13, 2013, Tim Lincecum throws his first no-hitter vs the Padres. First no-hitter ever thrown in San Diego’s Petco Park.

Barry Bloom: Marty chats with Barry Bloom about being in New York during the 9/11 attacks

Bruce Jenkins: Marty and Bruce talk about 9/11

Bernie Pleskoff: Marty chats up with former scout Bernie Pleskoff about the Giants rookies

Joe Carter Part 3: Part 3 of the Joe Carter interview with Marty

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SAT Sept 10th – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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Joe Nathan: Marty talks to the newest Giant about returning to the ball club

Bruce Bochy: Marty talks to Bochy about hitting mechanics and the stretch run in September

Bruce Jenkins: Marty talks to Bruce about the crazy Giants/D-Backs game Friday night

Bernie Pleskoff: Marty chats with former scout Bernie Pleskoff in Arizona

Barry Bloom: Marty and Barry Bloom take calls

Ted Reed: Marty talks to author Ted Reed about his new book: Carl Furillo, Brooklyn Dodgers All-Star

Al Clark: Marty talks to author and former MLB Umpire Al Clark about his new book- Called Out But Safe: A Baseball Umpire’s Journey

Hank Schulman: Marty talks to Hank about Friday’s Giants/D-Backs game

September 11, 2016   No Comments

Talking Giants Baseball… Sept 2nd – 5th

MON Sept 5th – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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Bob Bolin PART 2: Marty chats with Bob Bolin about what he did during the offseason: Did he play winter ball?

Dave Fleitz: Marty talks to Author Dave Fleitz new book – The Irish in Baseball: An Early History

Paul White: Marty talks to USA Today senior writer about the end of the season awards

Ann Killion: Marty talks to SF Chronicle sports writer Ann Killion about Casilla

Hank Schulman: Marty talks to Henry about the 16-30  2nd half for the Giants

Bruce Jenkins: Marty and Bruce talk about the slumping bats for the Giants

Marty talks about Labor Day: Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country.

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SUN Sept 4th – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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GREATEST GAME – Ron Pruitt Game 1982: Marty Lurie and Chris Haft, from MLB.com, talk about one of the Greatest Games in Giants History: September 30, 1982, Ron Pruitt game-winning pinch-hit for Johnnie LeMaster in the bottom of the 9th

Andrew Baggarly: Marty talking Sunday morning ball with Andy Baggs

Bruce Jenkins: Looking thru the windows of baseball with Marty and Bruce Jenkins

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SAT Sept 3rd – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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Nick Piecoro: Marty talks to Diamondbacks beat writer Nick Piecoro

John Shea: Shea-Hey Kid calls in to talk about the return of Joe Nathan

Bruce Jenkins: Marty and Bruce Jenkins talk Giants/Cubs ball

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Fri Sept 2nd – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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Paul Sullivan: Marty talking ball with Paul Sullivan  from the Chicago Tribune

Craig Elsten: Craig Elsten of the Mighty 1090 San Diego Joins Marty

Paul White: Marty chats with Paul White Senior Writer for USA Today

Chris Haft: MLB.com’s Chris Haft joins Marty on SportsPhone

 

September 5, 2016   No Comments

Talking Giants Baseball… Aug 27th + 28th

SAT Aug 27th – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

Sep 19, 2013; New York, NY, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Javier Lopez (49) itches during the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Giants won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

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Javier Lopez: Marty talks to Javi about what it feels like to be down the stretch

Andrew Baggarly: Marty and Patrick talk to Andy Baggs about the moves by Dodgers

Mark Bowman: Marty and Patick chat with Braves beat writer for MLB.com

Dave Smith: Marty talks to Dave Smith before game 2 of the Braves Series

Bruce Jenkins: SF Chronicle’s Bruce Jenkins talking ball with Marty and Patrick

Mark Saxon: Marty and Patrick talking ball with ESPN’s Mark Saxon

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SUN Aug 28th – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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Greatest Game – The Count No Hits the Braves: Marty Lurie and Chris Haft, from MLB.com, talk about one of the Greatest Games in Giants History: John “The Count” Montefusco pitched a no-hitter vs the Braves on September 29, 1976

Ron Wotus: Marty and Professor ‘Wo’ talk about the importance of solid starting pitching going down the stretch

Bob Bolin – Part 3: Marty chats with Bob Bolin about moving from the South to the Bay Area

Bruce Jenkins: Marty and Bruce looking thru the window of baseball before the series finale vs the Braves

 

 

August 28, 2016   No Comments

Talking Giants Baseball… Aug 20th + 21st

SAT Aug 20th – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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Derek Law: Giants Reliever Derek Law chats with Marty Lurie

Cory Gearrin: Marty talks to Cory Gearrin about his time on the disabled list

Bruce Jenkins: Marty talks to Bruce Jenkins about Giants/Mets series

Robert Whiting: Marty chats with Bob Whiting about baseball in Japan

Matt Moore: Marty and Matt Moore talk about coming over from Tampa Bay

Joe Panik: Marty talks to the Giants 2nd baseman about “Giving a Damn”

Andrew Baggarly: Marty chats with Andy Baggs about the 2 game winning streak

Adam Ruben: Marty chats with Adam Rubin. He covers the Mets for ESPN.com .

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SUN Aug 21st – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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Greatest Game – 2010 World Series game 4: Marty Lurie and Chris Haft, from MLB.com, talk about one of the Greatest Games in Giants History: October 31, 2010…the Giants sent 21-year-old rookie Madison Bumgarner to start game 4.

Ron Wotus: Marty talks to Professor about this Mets series and the up and coming LA series

Bill Shaikin: Marty  talks to Bill Shaikin,  baseball reporter for the Los Angeles Times about the  Dodgers series coming up

Barry Bloom: Barry Bloom calls in from New York

Anthony Phills: Marty talks to author Anthony Phills about his new book: Designing For The Home Run King

Bruce Jenkins: Bruce Jenkins looking thru the windows of Baseball

Larry Baer: Larry Baer calls in to talk about the stretch run

Kevin Kernan: Marty talks to NY Post Baseball Columnist Kevin Kernan about the Mets series

Will Clark: Marty talking ball with Will “The Thrill Clark

 

August 22, 2016   No Comments

Talking Giants Baseball… Aug 13th + 14th

SAT Aug 13th – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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Bruce Jenkins + Gaylord Perry: Marty talks to Gaylord and Bruce about Gaylord Perry’s AT&T Park statue dedication on  Saturday

Jim Palmer: Hall of Famer James Alvin “Jim” Palmer  sits down with Marty and Pat at the patio in Public House at AT&T Park

Bobby Evans: Marty talks with Giants GM Bobby Evans  about the brand new Gaylord Perry statue that was unveiled today

Javier Lopez: Marty talking to “the Philosopher” about having a Playoff mentality

Gary Thorn: Marty checks in with Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne

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SUN Aug 14th – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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Greatest Game – Giants 2010 series win: Marty Lurie and Chris Haft, from MLB.com, talk about one of the Greatest Games in Giants History:On November 1, 2010, Brian Wilson strikes out Nelson Cruz swinging to clinch the World Series for the Giants

Ron Wotus: Marty and the Professor talk about MadBum’s outing yesterday

Bob Bolin PART 1: Marty chats with Bob Bolin about growing up in a small town of Hickory Grove, South Carolina

Will Smith: Marty talks to the newest Giant about getting traded to SF

Wes Krukow: Marty talks to Weston Krukow, the youngest of the five Krukow siblings, before the series finale vs the Orioles

Bruce Jenkins: Marty and Bruce “Looking thru the windows..” of Sunday Morning Baseball before the series finale vs the Orioles

August 14, 2016   No Comments

Talking Giants Baseball… Aug 6th + 7th

SAT Aug 6th – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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Rich Waltz: Marty chats it up with Broadcaster for the Miami Marlins on Fox Sports FL

Mark Gonzalez: Marty chats with Cubs’ beat writer for the Chicago Tribune

Gerry Schwartzbach: Marty talks to author M. Gerald Schwartzbach about his new book: Leaning on the Arc

Mark Zuckerman: Marty talks to beat writer for the Washington Nationals for masnsports.com

Bruce Jenkins: Marty and Bruce looking thru the windows of baseball sponsored by Truitt & White

Hank Schulman: Marty and Henry talking Giants/Nats baseball: Can Samardzija improve in the 2nd half

Gordy Wittenmeyer: Marty talks with Cubs beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times

Len Kasper: Marty talks to Len Kasper play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Cubs

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SUN Aug 7th – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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Matt Duffy: Marty chats with former Giants 3rd baseman Matt Duffy about leaving SF

Greatest Games – Giants 2012 series win: Marty Lurie and Chris Haft, from MLB.com, talk about one of the Greatest Games in Giants History: On October 28th, 2012,  Marco Scutaro’s RBI single in the top of the tenth, which allowed Ryan Theriot to score, proved the difference in the Giants’ 4–3 victory. With the Game 4 victory, the Giants took the 2012 World Series

Bruce Jenkins: Marty talks to Bruce about this Giants/Nats series

Andrew Baggarly: Marty and Andy Baggs talk before the series finale vs the Nats

Pat Hughes: Marty chats it up with play-by-play voice of the Chicago Cubs Radio Network

John Lackey: Marty and John Lackey talking Cubs baseball

 

 

August 7, 2016   No Comments

Talking Giants Baseball… July 30th + 31st

SAT July 30th – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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Willie McCovey: Marty chats with Willie about his Major League debut on July 30, 1959

Adam Duvall: Marty talks to the ex-Giants outfielder about his success this year

Javier Lopez: Marty talks to Philosopher about this slump that Giants are in

Hunter Strickland: Marty chats with Hunter Strickland about a good cause at the Public House

Bruce Jenkins: Bruce Jenkins joins Marty and Patrick at the Public House before the Giants take on the Nats

Mark Zuckerman: Marty talks to Mark Zuckerman before game 2 of the Nats Series. Mark covers the Washington Nationals for MASNsports.com

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SUN July 31st – KNBR 680 GIANTS pregame with Marty Lurie

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FP Santangelo Jr: Marty talks to FP Jr before the series finale vs the Nats

GREATEST GAME – McCovey Debut: Marty Lurie and Chris Haft, from MLB.com, talk about one of the Greatest Games in Giants History: Willie McCovey’s Major League debut on July 30, 1959. McCovey went 4-for-4, including two triples off future Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts.

Bruce Jenkins: Marty and Bruce Jenkins talking Sunday morning baseball

Barry Bloom: Marty  talks to Barry Bloom before the series finale vs the Nats

Alex Pavlovic: Marty talks to Alex about the trade deadline tomorrow: Who’s headed to SF?

Ron Wotus: The Professor joins Marty in the KNBR bunker before the series finale vs the Nats

Marty Brennaman: Marty chats with the radio voice of the Cincinnati Reds

Bruce Bochy: Marty talks to the Giants manager about the Amici’s event with Bruce & Kim Bochy  to support the Homeless Prenatal Program.

July 31, 2016   No Comments