June 10, 2004

A.M radio & ahh yes beisbol. me gusta mucho.


This is a pic of Tim Flannery and me. Tim was a very cool second baseman for the San Diego Padres back in the 80's. He used to hustle like Charlie Hustle himself. Yeah that's right--he was the Pete Rose of San Diego without all those messy bookies that seemed to keep popping up during Pete's tenure in the major leagues.
Tim used to take one for team. He really didn't care if he got beaned by a pitch. In fact some folks said he would actually lean right into a pitch to take a base. He was the 3rd base coach of the Pads until he got fired last year. He seems to speak his mind and the politicos at the top hate that sort of thing. They want you to tow the company line. I think the best time I ever had with Tim was up at his surf camp north of Santa Barbara. The playoffs were in full swing and we had just gotten out of the water and the sun was setting over Hollister Ranch. All we had was A.M. radio and hearing Tim comment on the game was goose bump inducing. He was telling me what was going to happen before it happened. Simply amazing. Plus, he makes a good rum and coke.

Tim now has a radio show on 1090 am after the Padre games and he has crazy callers and musical guests. My friends Berkley Hart were on it last week as well as myself. I think I made up a song called 3 Hits In A Row that pissed off some folks. Tim's partner is a big jock named coach John Quintera. He is a lovely man who is just discovering music. This is the only sports talk show I know of that has musical guests and poets. Lizzie Wann recites poems about baseball every week and musicians sing songs. This annoys a few callers because they just want to talk about the game. I love it! Thanks Tim.

By the way--did I mention that my beloved Padres are in first place? They even beat the Red Sox last night. (sorry Joe Daly but you got us the night before. Hats of to Pedro and Wells for a great old fashioned pitching duel) Ever since I was a little kid, I remember talking baseball with my father. If we were pulling weeds outside then we'd be listening to the Dodger game on the radio. Vin Scully would paint a beautiful picture and I would ask my dad all kinds of questions about the game. It took me so long to understand a sacrifice in baseball. I didn't understand why a guy would purposely bunt and get out to advance a runner. My dad would patiently try to explain it to me and I would get angry and say "well, if he had swung the bat, he may have gotten a hit and we wouldn't have 1 out. I think it's stupid dad!" My pops would just laugh and try to explain it to me again. I now finally get it Dad. Thanks for all of those lessons. I still think A.M. radio is the best way to enjoy a game.

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Happy summer to you all

Steven" field of dreams" Poltz

Posted by steve at June 10, 2004 9:47 AM


I can't see the picture!?!

Posted by: ms. p at June 10, 2004 9:52 AM

Nevermind. :)

Cute pic! When you say his "partner" do you mean "partner"?

Posted by: ms p at June 10, 2004 9:56 AM

hi ms p
thanks for that really cool email the other day. you made me smile. the boy with the big head.
no i don't mean his "partner" ha ha. just his talk show partner.
gracias mamacita

Posted by: steverino at June 10, 2004 9:59 AM

dear mr. poltz,

2 things...

1. vin scully is the best baseball commentator ever

2. maybe we should go shirt shopping

love you!

Posted by: mitch at June 10, 2004 10:33 AM

Hey Steve! i love how you love baseball. that's awesome!

Posted by: springer at June 10, 2004 11:53 AM

Do you love baseball more than Lou?

Just wondering


Posted by: Rain at June 10, 2004 1:37 PM

Waitaminit, Rain. Did you mean to ask if Steve loves baseball more than Lou loves baseball, or if he loves baseball more than he loves Lou? I'm cornfused.

Either way, I guess we can be sure that Lou hates Steve. ;-)

Posted by: Frag at June 10, 2004 3:54 PM

Frag, if you follow the old a,b, c logic thing, then we might conclude that:

If Lou loves baseball and Steve loves baseball, then Lou loves Steve.

I think. Now I'm confused.

Posted by: Rain at June 10, 2004 5:43 PM

Then I guess that would explain the pics of the 2 of them together in your tub with Mr. Bubble in all the right places.

Or would it?

Posted by: Frag at June 10, 2004 6:01 PM

Picture? Mr. Bubbles? Lou? Steve?
Helloooo oot there -- I'm tit a lated!

Posted by: ms. p at June 10, 2004 6:32 PM

Steve - I'm a friend of Erik Judson's, met you the night you were at the Padres game w/ Flan...listened to you play "3 Hits in a Row" later that night on 1090, I've had it in my head ever since. I live in NY, is there a copy of that song anywhere? I figured you made that one up pretty quick and on the fly, but boy was it good. And true at the time...It's a long long season, gimme one good reason...Thanks Man.

Posted by: Chuck at June 11, 2004 5:03 PM

Watched part of your interview on channel 4 today...nice. Hosting a big party today, need to get going, but decided to look you up via google first...
Need to come check you out in person.
I am sorry I don't have freckles!

Posted by: hennie at June 12, 2004 2:46 PM

Steve, can we get the lyrics to 3 Hits in a Row? I nominate it for official Padres theme song ... :P

Posted by: Claire at June 12, 2004 2:59 PM

Hey Claire,

He's probably forgotten the words already. ;)
Hopefully someone was recording ye olde AM radio that night.

Posted by: Frag at June 12, 2004 6:32 PM

I recorded it on the Mighty Mighty 1090. Even tho I'm almost 300 miles from Sandy Eggo, I can pick it up here.

I'll transcribe when I'm sober.

Posted by: Rev. Spankalot at June 13, 2004 8:23 PM

Dear hennie, Don't be sorry.
Love, Freckles

Posted by: freckles at June 14, 2004 3:49 PM

Go Red Sox!!!

Posted by: westy at June 15, 2004 12:30 PM

With Poltz, it always comes back to Sox.
I wonder why the Red Sox and the White Sox decided to pluck up the spelling of "socks".

I find myself mulling over many things these days. Not the least of is: How many miles are on the EuroVan? Can you drive it to Europe?! We saw one of those boat cars on the road the other day. It looked stupid, but we were still jealous.


Posted by: ms p at June 15, 2004 1:10 PM

OK, I got it!

Three hits in a row
Three hits in a row
Why can't we get three hits in a row?
It's a long long season
Give me one good reason
For not getting three hits in a row

Hey Coach Quintera sometimes I long
For the days of old, dontcha know?
What if we had Floyd Chiffer on the mound
We'd keep them from getting three hits in a row
What about Dave Edwards and Tim Pyznarski?
What if we had Fred Kahaulua on the mound
Pitching to Jody Lansford?


What if we still had Paul Dade on the team
Or Barry Evans dontcha know?
Or Dennis Blair pitching on the mound
Broderick Perkins could bring them around


Do you remember Rick Sweet or Doug Gwosdz?
Jim Wilhelm or Steve Mura?
Miguel Dilone or number 11 Enzo Hernandez
Who bequeathed number 11 to my good friend
Timmy Timmy Timmy Flannery


O Coachy Bruce Bochy
Please come and save our team
You could make this whole night one bad dream
If we still had Ed Whitson on the mound
We'd keep them from getting three little runs

Chorus x2


Posted by: Rev. Spankalot at June 16, 2004 6:17 PM

Dear Steve,

We miss ewe. Tell us what's gnu por favor!


Posted by: ms p at June 30, 2004 7:12 AM

Welcome Casinos Tips!! We sure enjoyed reading your efferverscent comments and all the witticisms therein. You sure were funny, alluring and attractive. We hope you'll come back often as we can never get enough of your "tips".


Posted by: ms p at July 3, 2004 12:09 PM

Now, if it was "casinos tits", I may actually give a durn...

Hi p!

Posted by: Rev. Spankalot at July 3, 2004 6:23 PM

I love our Padres and Tim was always my favorite. I loved that he would do anything for the team. I was sad to see him go. His presence at 3rd base, with his arm swinging wildly to send our boys home will never leave my mind.

Go Pads!

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