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
Talking New York sports on Long Island's WGBB Radio.
Broadcasting LIVE Sunday nights at 8:00PM on Long Island's WGBB Radio 95.5FM | 1240AM. We're talking NEW YORK SPORTS! The Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Islanders, Devils and the New York metro-area college scene are all up for discussion.

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WGBB Sports Talk New York replaced the long running SPORTSTALK1240 on WGBB (2007-2020) in January 2021.

April 21st... Hosted by Bill Donohue, followed by Andy Suekoff at 9:00pm.
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May 5th... Bill Donohue hosts, followed by TBD at 9:00pm.
May 12th... Mike Guidone and Chris Caputo host, followed by TBD at 9:00pm.
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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.

Mike Trezza

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Mike is a veteran of the local sports media scene. He's done play-by-play work for football, basketball and lacrosse on local TV, radio and digital platforms, and hosted various talk shows since 1995. He also serves as the public address announcer for several local colleges and high schools. Mike teaches at Farmingdale State College and Suffolk Community College. Since January 2021 Mike has been hosting Spot on Sports with Mike Guidone.

Mike Guidone

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Mike is the girls' varsity basketball coach at Locust Valley High School. This past winter, his team broke the all-time Long Island consecutive victory record for girls' basketball, winning 54 straight over the course of 3 seasons. He also coaches boys' and girls' tennis. Mike is a teacher at Westbury High School. Since January 2021 Mike has been hosting Spot on Sports with Mike Trezza.

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.

Anthony Stabile

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Bio coming soon!