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Bret Sabermetric
Sep 03 2005 02:06 PM

A caller to Steve Somers' show just offered the news that Ron Swoboda, who has a call-in show on a New Orleans station, has been unreachable (like plenty of others, of course) for a few days.

Valadius
Sep 03 2005 02:27 PM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ron Swoboda and everyone else affected by the Hurricane Katrina tragedy.

G-Fafif
Sep 03 2005 03:11 PM

Strangely enough, one of the first things that occurred to me before New Orleans completely descended into hell was "Ron Swoboda is a sportscaster there." I had never seen him doing the sports as a New Orleans sportscaster but I knew that's where he wound up.

Funny what you see when you look at the world through Mets-colored glasses.

Here's hoping he and everybody find safety and their loved ones.

Edgy DC
Sep 06 2005 02:24 PM

I haven't been able to find anything about this in the news.

Bret Sabermetric
Sep 06 2005 02:26 PM

Maybe I made it up.

Frayed Knot
Sep 06 2005 02:37 PM

Well you can't find anything about it because it's not a news story.
All that has "happened" so far is that a caller to WFAN who claimed to know Swoboda said he couldn't reach him or the TV station he does work for, neither of which seems all that surprising considering the state of phone service and business shutdowns at the moment plus the fact that most people who lived in N.O. got the hell out of there.

'Not being able to reach' and 'missing' aren't necc the same thing.

SI Metman
Sep 06 2005 07:04 PM

Rocky is due in LI for a charity softball game at CitiBank Park (home of the LI Ducks) this Saturday.

I guess everyone can find out then.

mlbaseballtalk
Sep 06 2005 07:08 PM

Frayed Knot wrote:
Well you can't find anything about it because it's not a news story.
All that has "happened" so far is that a caller to WFAN who claimed to know Swoboda said he couldn't reach him or the TV station he does work for, neither of which seems all that surprising considering the state of phone service and business shutdowns at the moment plus the fact that most people who lived in N.O. got the hell out of there.

'Not being able to reach' and 'missing' aren't necc the same thing.


Very true, especially on situations like this where a guy calls up a radio station with a tip. Usually the host gets it, and it gets filed away in the circular cabinent unless more people start calling up with the same questions.

Very rare (unless its later on in the same show) that a host will follow up information with either a verification or non-verification

BTW funny case in point to that, one morning back in the mid 1990's a caller calls up Richard Neer asking how the Mets had Kevin Brown in their system and just "LET HIM GO!" Neer said he hadn't heard anything about the Mets having Kevin Brown (talking about the current MFY of course) and would look it up. Course the situation never came up again

I'll bet you from 1997-2004 there were a handfull of calls wondering how the Mets could have let "Pedro Martinez" get away without the host saying

"Uh, thats not the same Pedro that got his start with the Dodgers, traded to Montreal and is now with the Red Sox. The Mets' Pedro Martinez was signed by the Padres, traded to the Astros (part of the huge Ken Caminiti deal in 1994) aquired for Jeff Barry, released and played for the Reds and his big league career ended in 1997"

Course this was back in the day before baseball-reference.com and ultimatemet.com became vital in studio reference guides

Steve

Frayed Knot
Sep 06 2005 08:23 PM

The caller in this case certainly sounded sincere and it's not like he offered any info that Rocky was in trouble, only that he couldn't reach him and started to wonder. He just brought it up to the radio station in case they might hear something.

mlbaseballtalk
Sep 06 2005 08:52 PM

Frayed Knot wrote:
The caller in this case certainly sounded sincere and it's not like he offered any info that Rocky was in trouble, only that he couldn't reach him and started to wonder. He just brought it up to the radio station in case they might hear something.


I'm not questioning anything, I was merly saying that when the hosts/producers/ect don't get the info by the end of the show, its usually a safe bet that there isn't much info to garner and/or the host/producer forgets to bring up the topic next time

Edgy DC
Sep 07 2005 04:15 PM

This showed up on the Astros site today.

]Looking for friends: Matt Galante, special assistant to GM Tim Purpura, spent many years as the manager of the New Orleans Zephyrs, which was the Astros' Triple-A club for more than a decade until this year.

Galante has been trying to contact two media types he became close to during his time in New Orleans: Ron Swoboda, a former Orioles and Mets outfielder who did radio and TV work in New Orleans, and Peter Barrouquere, a now-retired beat writer who covered the Zephyrs for the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Since Hurricane Katrina touched down last week, Galante has been wondered about the well-being of his two friends.

"I know them both very well," Galante said. "We haven't been able to contact them. I just want to know that they're OK."

Valadius
Sep 07 2005 05:32 PM

It's the short fat man!!!

SI Metman
Sep 14 2005 06:42 PM

[url]http://www.nysportsday.com/news/combined/1126748007.html[/url]

Joe Mac talked to Swoboda on Saturday and wrote this article. A good read.

Edgy DC
Sep 15 2005 12:08 AM

Welcome back to the Baltimore, Rocky.

I actually always associated New Orleans and Baltimore.