But then I don't know what's worse, reading box scores or talking seriously about professional wrestling, which was what Jody McDonald and his guest, independent wrestling promoter Rich Mancuso, did from 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. A guy called in and asked whether the Four Horsemen were good guys or bad guys. I wanted to call in and ask, which Four Horsemen, the ones from the National Wrestling Alliance or the ones from the Apocalypse? In fact, I began feeling a little like Kurtz, the Marlon Brando character in Apocalypse Now! I had gone deeper and deeper into a world I had never known before.
People called in to nominate their candidates for the Geek of the Week award, and something about glass houses popped into my mind. Somebody asked Jody Mac if he thought Strawberry got robbed of the MVP in 1986. A guy mistakenly called John Franco Julio Franco, and Jody, whose hay fever must have made him cranky, jumped all over him. When Jody referred to the Pirates' G.M. as Larry Dougherty, I leapt to the phone.
"That's Larry Doughty, Jody," I would have said. Busy signal. Maybe I could give him a cure for hay fever: Stay indoors for 24 hours, listening to WFAN. Nah, that would turn his brain into mush. Busy. Hey, Jody, do you think Ted Williams got robbed of the MVP in 1941? Busy.
After 25 calls and 24 hours, Steve from Manhattan gave up. WFAN was too busy for him. And vice versa.