SBD/Issue 155/Sports Industrialists
ESPN's Buster Olney Appears On NPR's "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me"
Published April 26, 2010
ESPN's BUSTER OLNEY was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me" this weekend in the "Not My Job" segment, in which celebrities are asked questions about subject matter outside their area of expertise. Olney answered correctly for one of three questions about the life of author MARK TWAIN. Host PETER SAGAL introduced Olney by saying, "What EBERT and ROEPER were to movies, or what LARRY KING is to ex-wives, Buster Olney is to baseball." Olney recounted a story about being inadvertently mooned by former Yankees coach DON ZIMMER following his famous run-in with then-Red Sox P PEDRO MARTINEZ. Sagal asked if people in baseball "let you know about it" after something negative is published. Olney said that while covering the Orioles, he would "get cussed out about 20 minutes every day" by Owner PETER ANGELOS, who "didn't like what was written in the Baltimore Sun a lot." Olney: "I'd call him up and I'd hold the phone about three feet from my ear and he would just wear himself out." Guest PAULA POUNDSTONE asked, "Is there a point at which you've said everything that can be said about baseball?" Olney: "Absolutely not. There's a new game, a new story every day." Sagal: "Whenever we hear people talk about baseball, though, they're always saying the same things. If a guy is hitting, they say 'He's seeing the ball well.' If the pitcher is pitching, he's 'really executing his pitches.'" Olney: "That's why I talk about Don Zimmer mooning people" (NPR, 4/24).