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    Bottom of the second tonight, Kay doing the "Stadium Moment" bit, which was Bobby Murcer pinch-hitting a HR on Opening Day 1981. Kay then wishes Murcer well and comments on his faith and O'neill says "You can learn a lot from people that are dying", then quickly adds something about Bobby's positive outlook. I'm holding out hope that I heard him wrong {mis-heard?} and that he said "people that are down", but I'm pretty sure I heard him right. If so, he is an A-#1 [jerk]. Anybody else catch this?
    Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,and welcome to Yankee Stadium. Here are the lineups for todays game...

  • #2
    Sad to say, but he has brain cancer.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by runningshoes View Post
      Sad to say, but he has brain cancer.
      Yeah, I know. But to say over the airwaves that Bobby is dying? You think maybe Mr Murcer might be watching YES at home? Stupid, stupid thing to say by O'neill.
      Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,and welcome to Yankee Stadium. Here are the lineups for todays game...

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      • #4
        Unless there's something big in the Friday papers, I believe it could just be a comment that slipped and may not have been fully appropriate. I mean Bobby Murcer replaced Mickey Mantle in CF. That's some pretty large shoes to fill, my friends.

        I do hope that Murcer will be able to join the YES booth once again. If not healthy enough to do that, I do hope that he's at least in reasonably good health overall.
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        • #5
          I do hope that Murcer will be able to join the YES booth once again. If not healthy enough to do that, I do hope that he's at least in reasonably good health overall.
          I think everyone is hoping for that, I know I am.

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          • #6
            Has any other news developed since his biopsy a few weeks ago came back with good news?

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            • #7
              Oddly, that reminds me of another case involving Murcer. While with the Cubs, Murcer had promised to try to hit a home run for a boy in a hospital. The boy was dying of cancer. I believe Murcer did homer. Unfortunately, the announcers mentioned the story on the air and stated the boy was dying of cancer. The trouble was the boy didn't know he was terminal and was understandably distraught to hear it on the air. (I think it was a radio broadcast.) The family sued. I don't know how it turned out or if the boy pulled through. Anyone know?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Macker View Post
                Oddly, that reminds me of another case involving Murcer. While with the Cubs, Murcer had promised to try to hit a home run for a boy in a hospital. The boy was dying of cancer. I believe Murcer did homer. Unfortunately, the announcers mentioned the story on the air and stated the boy was dying of cancer. The trouble was the boy didn't know he was terminal and was understandably distraught to hear it on the air. (I think it was a radio broadcast.) The family sued. I don't know how it turned out or if the boy pulled through. Anyone know?

                It's in his Wikipedia article. The boy died a few weeks later.
                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Murcer

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Scottish Yankee View Post
                  Has any other news developed since his biopsy a few weeks ago came back with good news?
                  I don't think so. As far as I know, he's healthy, clear of detectable cancer, and is at home resting and hopes to be back in the booth soon.

                  I'd imagine that if anything, it was a poor choice of words, becuase Michael Kay was talking about how he was feeling well and going to be back soon.

                  He probably just meant that you can learn a lot from people who are facing life threatening illnesses and how they deal with those sitautions.
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                  • #10
                    I just heard Ken Singleton just said that Bobby talk to him and Bobby said that he will be back at work when Seattle plays the Yanks at the stadium. That's really good to hear, can't wait until he is back!
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                    • #11
                      If Bobby missed what Paul said your really not helping by broadcasting it in this forum
                      You never know who's reading these threads and if I were Mercer I wouldn't appreaciate what Paul said

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Macker View Post
                        Oddly, that reminds me of another case involving Murcer. While with the Cubs, Murcer had promised to try to hit a home run for a boy in a hospital. The boy was dying of cancer. I believe Murcer did homer. Unfortunately, the announcers mentioned the story on the air and stated the boy was dying of cancer. The trouble was the boy didn't know he was terminal and was understandably distraught to hear it on the air. (I think it was a radio broadcast.) The family sued. I don't know how it turned out or if the boy pulled through. Anyone know?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TheMadDog31 View Post
                          Anyone reminded of Seinfeld? Anyone?
                          A little boy dying of cancer generally doesn't bring to mind a sitcom.

                          If you know what I mean.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TheMadDog31 View Post
                            Anyone reminded of Seinfeld? Anyone?
                            SNL had a sketch in which Ruth promised a little boy (Garrett Morris) that he would HR for him, then showed everybody in the hospital room listening to the radio announcers talk about how hung over and sluggish Ruth was, and he Ked every AB. One of the announcers (probably Ackroyd) said something like, "Babe promised a little black boy who's dying in the hospital that he would hit a homer for him, but it looks like he's in no shape to do it today!", and Morris sat bolt upright in the bed and screamed,
                            "I'M DYIN'?!?!?!?!!??!"
                            The denouement is that the kid is Hank Aaron, and he recovers and has his revenge later.

                            As a sketch with an adult playing the "kid", it was hilarious...happening in real life, it's heartbreaking and tragic. I can only imagine how horrible Murcer and the announcer must have felt.

                            SCTV had a similar sketch with John Candy as Ruth, but the comic element was that the kid kept asking Ruth to do more and more incredible/bizarre/impossible things, and would pretend to be in death throes if Ruth hesitated. Babe ended up promising to hit something like 4 HRs with the last being inside the park, and was eating a basket of hot dogs while doing cartwheels before finally getting fed up and attacking the kid.
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