The Grant Napear Show – May 3, 2012
Major League Baseball ruled most of the day with some brief NFL discussion in the early stages of the show.
Mike Lombardi joined to review the punishments handed down to the New Orleans Saints players as part of the recent bounty scandal, saying the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell might be harsh in his punishments but he’s shown to be fair as well as consistent. Mike also discussed the recent achilles injury to Baltimore Ravens’ star Terrell Suggs that will likely cost him the entire 2012-13 season. He also reviewed the draft, touching on the 49ers’ and Raiders’ selections and explaining how the strongest teams last year had the strongest offseasons.
Later on, Grant took it to the San Francisco Giants for their early-season ineptitude with both the bats and the gloves, soliciting the listeners’ opinion on whether or not the team can be fixed.
Radio voice of the San Francisco Giants Dave Flemming checked in to break down the team’s woes and helped shed some light on why the defense has been so awful early in the season, basically chalking it up to just some rough luck. Dave says it’s fair for fans to be nervous despite the fact that the year is still young, especially with the recent loss of Pablo Sandoval. For the second season in a row, the team is battling significant injuries to some of their primary pieces. The Giants welcome the Milwaukee Brewers to town this weekend, with a marquee pitching matchup Friday night in Game 1 between Tim Lincecum and Zack Greinke.
Grant’s rant today centered around the selfishness that led to today’s nixing of the longtime college basketball rivalry between Indiana University and the University of Kentucky because the two sides couldn’t agree on where the games would be played.
Matt Vasgersian of MLB Network checked in to continue the baseball theme of Thursday’s show. During the broadcast, news broke that Mariano Rivera of the Yankees injured his knee while shagging fly balls during batting practice and Vasgersian shined some light on the situation. He went on to talk about the Giants’ struggles and the success of the Oakland A’s. He was thrilled with their performance early in the season but expects that they’ll tail off and the floundering Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will get hot and make up the ground they’ve lost in the early season.
Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports finished with more baseball talk. Grant and Tim discussed Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals. Washington Manager Davey Johnson compared Harper to Mickey Mantle, sparking some interesting discussion.