Rick Sutcliffe a former Cy Young award winner and current ESPN baseball analyst, gave a rambling, slurred interview during the local television broadcast of the Brewers-Padres game Wednesday night. Sutcliffe's microphone was eventually cut off, because according to Craig Nichols, general manager of Channel 4 San Diego, the interview was embarrassing.

Sutcliffe was being interviewed by announcers Matt Vasgersian and Mark "Mud" Grant, a former big league pitcher. First, the trio talked about golf and actor Bill Murray, who was with Sutcliffe at the game. The conversation turned to Sutcliffe's daughter, who, the pitcher said, has been accepted to Harvard Medical School. That's when Sutcliffe the interview turned sour:

(Sutcliffe) "She's on her way to Africa tomorrow. How about that? Over there on one of those missions, man. George Clooney - you been reading about all that, you been seeing that?"
(Vasgersian) "George Clooney?"
(Sutcliffe) "Yeah, he's up there with the Congress, he's trying to get everybody to go over there and solve that thing. I'm getting yelled at from Bill Murray in the back. I need to go. I'd much rather hang with you guys."

Grant then thanked Sutcliffe for joining them, to which Sutcliffe replied:

(Sutcliffe) "Mud, you're the best, man, anybody on Earth that doesn't like Mark Grant, they've got problems.
(Sutcliffe to Vasgersian) "Matty, what are you still doing here in San Diego?

Vasgersian attempted to steer the conversation to baseball, but Sutcliffe persisted.

(Sutcliffe) "No, no, no, Matty - everybody on Earth has been trying to steal you - the Dodgers, the Cubs, ESPN. What are you still doing here?


Fri 05/12/06, 6:14 am EST



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