Interview: Scott Radinsky, Player, Coach, Punker

Scott Radinsky discusses his playing career in Part I of this interview Photo: Scott Radinsky (middle) with his band Pulley

LOS ANGELES, March 22, 2013 — Scott Radinsky was a relief pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, and St. Louis Cardinals from 1990-2001. He is also the lead singer of the punk band Pulley. Scott took some time while working with the Dodgers in Arizona to speak about his career as a baseball player.

Part 1 of two part interview with Scott Radinsky:


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Kevin Wells: Who were your favorite ball players growing up?

Scott Radinsky: My favorite players as a kid were, well, The Big Red Machine; Pete Rose and Griffey and those guys and then all the Dodgers, really, you know, growing up in LA, everybody who played for the Dodgers.

KW: When the White Sox drafted you in 1986, as a Dodger fan, were you disappointed that the Dodgers didn’t select you?

SR: I don’t know if I was disappointed. I think I was pretty damn happy I got drafted in the first place. At the time, you think about the mid-80s, there really wasn’t ESPN. So I didn’t know a whole lot about other teams other than what came through LA. I just really didn’t get to see ‘em on TV all the time.


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There was one game a week on Saturday and whatever you read in the paper and I didn’t read the paper when I was a little kid. So I really didn’t know a whole lot of what was going on in baseball. So when the guy from the White Sox called, I was a little caught off guard. I guess I was hoping it was gonna be the Dodgers and the Angels, but I wasn’t disappointed, no.

KW: You only gave up one homerun in your rookie season in 1990. Do you remember who hit that?

SR: Oh yeah, and it was the second to last day of the season. I gave it up to Jay Buhner on a fastball. He kinda swung and it kinda ran into the bat and it went out into right field. The bummer of it, in the old Kingdome, there was this metal railing on top of the wall and I swear, to this day, the ball still didn’t go out. It hit the railing and came back onto the field. Technically, my first homerun didn’t even go over the fence.

KW: What was it like when you finally got to play for the Dodgers?


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SR: It was awesome. I was playing for the White Sox, obviously, and trying to win there every game we could. When I did have the opportunity and the White Sox didn’t want to re-sign me, that was obviously the only place I wanted to go. I think I signed a minor league deal to be able to go there. It was just a technicality in spring training just to get myself there. I mean, yeah, it was three of the best years of my life. It was great, living at home and playing baseball for my hometown team was pretty awesome.

Scott Radinsky as a coach with Cleveland/wikimedia

KW: Did you collect baseball cards as a kid?

SR: Yeah, whenever I had money, you know, if I wasn’t buying some other kind of candy, I’d buy a pack of baseball cards. I wasn’t like a diehard, but I actually still have every card in a Vans shoebox.

KW: Did you collect your own baseball cards?

SR: You know, people sent ‘em to me at my house and they sent ‘em to me at the stadium. At the stadium, I pretty much sent mostly everything back. I think I’ve pretty much got at least one card of everything that’s ever been out there. I don’t know where they are, but I know I got ‘em somewhere.

KW: Who is the best hitter you ever faced?

SR: I faced a ton of good hitters, man, but who’s hit me? I had trouble with little guys, the Luis Polonia’s, the Jody Reed’s, the little pesky f***ers that keep fouling stuff off, you know, contact-type hitters. The really good hitters, they’re all the big boppers, but they also swing and miss.

KW: Who is the best teammate you ever had?

SR: Wow, man, I couldn’t just say one. I really couldn’t. I’ve had some pretty damn good teammates, man. I’d hate to name somebody and leave somebody out. To be able to have my locker next to Carlton Fisk, Hall of Famer, or next to a guy like Charlie Hough, who was in the game for 30 years or some s**t, to coach with Sandy Alomar, there’s so many good people, I’d hate to name a few.

KW: Was Ozzie Guillen as crazy as a player as he was as a manager?

SR: Yeah, he’s funny. I mean, I don’t know if he’s so much crazy as much as just outspoken and funny. We actually married sisters, so I’m technically kinda related to the guy, in a way. For me, it’s comical. I see it all the time, you know, behind the scenes too. He’s exactly the same sitting around a dinner table as he is on camera. It’s really not an act and it’s comical.

THIS IS PART ONE OF A TWO PART ARTICLE. PART TWO WILL BE AVAILABLE TOMORROW.

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

 


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Kevin J Wells

Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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