The longtime Wheel of Fortune maestro now presides over The Pat Sajak Baseball Hour, a weekly baseball talk show on MLB Radio that he cohosts with former big leaguer Billy Sample.
SI: How big a baseball fan are you?
Sajak: I'm a huge fan, but I'm not one of those statistical nuts. I love the pace of the game and the tradition of it, the fact that it connects my childhood and my son's childhood—all that George Will poetic stuff.
SI: You grew up in Chicago and have said you're both a Cubs and a White Sox fan. You've also said that you root for the Orioles and the Dodgers. Is there any team you don't root for?
Sajak: I'm politically correct if nothing else. I could throw the Angels in there as well.
SI: If you were to interview Kent Hrbek, would you suggest he buy a vowel?
Sajak: H-r could use one. Al Hrabosky too. Someone like Doug Mientkiewicz, he's got a surplus and could give away a few. Also, Kazuhisa Ishii could sell one of his i's. That would simplify everyone's life.
SI: You work 39 days a year taping-Wheel. How do you find the time to do a weekly one-hour radio show?
Sajak: I cut back on other things.
SI: What development was more significant—the designated hitter in 1972 or touch-sensitive letters in '97, so Vanna White didn't have to turn them over?