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Episode 9

Mike Hampton, Mets Talk

Published on: 1st February, 2021

Hosts Gary Harding and John Panarese open the show welcoming former New York Mets pitcher Mike Hampton. Mike began by talking about shagging fly balls in the oufield before Game 3 of the 2000 World Series with current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes, who was only 5 years old at the time. Mike talked about some of the obstacles he overcame to make it to the big leagues, which began when he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1990. Later debuting with the team in 1993, Mike talked about those on the team that had an impact on him early in his career, and his emergence in Houston the following year. Mike also talked about his gold glove awards and his prowess at the plate, and of course how he felt when he found out he was traded to the New York Mets. He talked about his big year with the Mets in 2000 beginning with the Mets visit to Japan to start the season and ending with a trip to the World Series. Mike recalled Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cardinals when he pitched a complete game shutout in a 7-0 victory for the Mets- a game that Mike called the biggest game of his life. Mike talked about leaving for Colorado, and later going to Atlanta to pitch for the rival Braves, but getting the opportunity to be a part of a staff with some Hall-of-Fame pitchers like John Smoltz. Mike spoke a bit about how much he enjoyed hitting, and his thoughts on the DH rule. Mike went on to talk about how much he enjoyed his time in new York despite playing only one season for the team, and closed things out talking about what he is up to today.

In the second half of the program, scheduled guest Deesha Thosar, the Mets beat writer for the NY Daily News was unable to come on to the show due to a last minute assignment. Still, the guys continued to talk Mets baseball starting with discussion about the big acquisition of Francisco Lindor. Also, will the Mets get Trevor Bauer? What can the team expect from Dominic Smith? How the team will replace Steven Matz, and the "X" factor that is Marcus Stroman. The guys closed things out talking a bit about the upcoming Super Bowl and the some Knicks basketball.

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WGBB Sports Talk New York
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About your hosts

Rob Kowal

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Rob is the Executive Producer of WGBB's Sports Talk New York. While he still gets behind the mic from time to time to host the show, Rob mostly works behind the scenes helping to book guests, maintain the website and promote the show on social media.

Bill Donohue

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Bill's first vivid recollection of sports revolves around the magical seasons of 1969 – when the Mets, Knicks and Jets all won championships – and Bobby Cox was playing 3B for the Yankees. A history buff and ports “purist,” he enjoys the comparison of the eras and discussing those contrasting viewpoints. Bill is a benefactor of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and enjoys visiting the hallowed shrine to our national pastime whenever possible.

Gary Harding

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Gary is the owner and head writer for Isles Talk, an New York Islanders Blog. A season ticket holder for the Islanders since 1988, Gary was previously the president of the New York Islanders Booster Club. Gary is an avid supporter of the New York Mets, Long Island Ducks, New York Jets, Everton in the English Premier League, and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. An accomplished bowler, he achieved the perfection of a 300 game in May 1994. Gary is happily married and lives in Halesite, NY.

John Panarese

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John is a long time New York Islanders, Mets, Giants and Long Island Ducks fan. He has been an Islanders season tickets for about a dozen years, and has been to numerous Mets and Ducks games. While writing for a New York Islanders hockey blog, he generally enjoys talking and debating all things sports.

Andy Suekoff

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Andy is an in-game analyst for Stony Brook University Hockey, as well as an Ingest Coordinator for Encompass Digital Media in Stamford, CT. A graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, Andy was a play-by-play announcer for five NCAA Division I sports during his time as the school, and hosted a half hour weekly talk show, Bottom of the 6th. Andy is an avid fan of all the major sports, college football/basketball and MMA, specifically including the Yankees, Rangers, Jets and St. John’s.

Rob Cramer

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Rob combines his deep knowledge of sports along with a passion for the his pro New York teams. A fan of the Mets, Jets, Rangers and Knicks- Rob has an unbiased approach as host, often delivering harsh criticism of his favorite teams. Rob also hosts the Coffee with Cramer podcast.

Matt Fazelpoor

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Matt is a long-time media personality in New Jersey and the New York area. For the last decade, he has covered New Jersey news in a variety of roles for NJ 101.5 and NJ Biz. He is getting back to his roots and love of sports talk. In the 2000’s, he co-hosted the Pete and Faz Show with his longtime partner, Pete Feldman, on a bunch of early internet radio/podcasting platforms. Matt was also a host of the long-running Kult of Mets Personalities Podcast.

Pete Feldman

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Pete Feldman has studied Radio, TV, and Film at both Rowan University and and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. He has done update work, play by play, and color commentary for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the William Paterson University Pioneers, and the Lakewood Blue Claws. Along with his partner Matt Fazelpoor, he has been part of the Pete and Faz Show since 2005. It has been a featured sports talk show on the New Jersey Sports Network and Blog Talk Radio.

Rob Zimmerman

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