Mail Bag from Psycho

When I started this blog along with Eric, I said that I would occasionally check in and maybe answer a question or two about what YOU have written in response to my posts. Today is the day. In case it is unclear what the question/statement was – you may have to refer back to the actual post to put an answer with a question, but if I answered yours, you know who you are.



Thanks to “fmontez” for giving us all a usable definition for what a “yellowhammer” is. (which is a nasty overhand curve ball that will buckle your knees)
The one we came up with in between innings in Houston had to do with new uniforms during the Civil War and was convoluted and boring.
Just for a point of reference, Randy Wolf has a pretty good yellowhammer at times.

32and53fan” wanted to know what happens to a guy if he gets called up and down two or three times a year.

He’s on his own. The team is responsible to pay for a hotel for 3 days after a call up and the player is expected to work out the terms of the lease he may have signed in “AAA”. If that player has a family he is also responsible for travel, lodging and all expenses that will be incurred moving and feeding them. And it all starts over again if he gets sent back down.
Glamorous, huh?

Nachotaco“–Said he liked my hair.

The hair is gone. Girlfriend likes it longer, I like it shorter. Got tired of taking too long make it look presentable.

32and53fan” – wondered about Matt Kemp and a 6th tool in baseball.

Excellent comments on the 6th tool in baseball.
The 5 tools are; hitting, hitting with power, running, fielding, and arm strength. 5 tool players don’t come around all that often.

You used the words “baseball brain” when you were referring to Kemp.  How about we call it “instincts”? I love the concept of a 6th tool and a great player has to have them all. Don’t be too hard on Kemp though—the only way to develop that 6th tool is repetition. Seeing every play over and over and over…



Oldbrooklynfan” – said, “isn’t 0 for 4 an off day?

Jeanie m” — Thanked me for helping her carry her camera lenses up the stairs in Houston when the elevator broke down.
My Mom taught me to at least try to be a gentleman.

“Jerry@graphicyte” – doesn’t sympathize with the Dodger schedule.

Relax. I was simply pointing out how many days in a row these guys have to play. And the reason they are “paid VERY well” is because they are the best in the world at what they do. So yes, they do have a few months off at the end of the season, but you, most likely have every weekend off—I hope you don’t miss that opportunity to kiss the wife and kids….

Though I will not spend time on this page to answer personal requests, sorry to “Erika” for dropping your jacket. Hope you got the autograph OK.


Wallymoonman”  — wanted to know what “Tinkle Guy” meant.

The “Tinkle Guy” is what I like to call Matt Kemp because he is so talented and fun to watch. He still has some learning to do but I see a guy who is trying to get better every day. So I just figure you should not get caught “tinkling” while he is at the plate because you may miss something amazing….

Chillicat” – thinks I have a big ego.

Indeed you have been spoiled for 60 years listening to the greatest broadcaster of all time, Vin Scully. Think of how amazing it is that the most popular Dodger EVER is somebody that never actually PLAYED for the Dodgers!

But in case you missed it, I was hired to be an analyst. It is very much my job to tell you what I think, predict what may happen and tell you what should have happened during the game. Maybe you’re a bit confused because Vin is a play-by-play announcer and works alone, he does not analyze the game because that isn’t his job.

I believe that in our lives we all strive to become the best at something—-anything. For the last 40 years I have dedicated and devoted my life to the game of baseball and it is the one area of my life where I’m very confident and proud to call myself an expert. Ego? Maybe a wee bit.

I’m sure that there are many fans that agree with your opinion of me— I am energetic, passionate, and won’t miss an opportunity to have fun during a broadcast. That’s not for everybody, but I will continue to try to evoke opinions out of Dodger fans with my observations, comments, and opportunities to teach the game as they come up.

Oddly, I didn’t know that the Dodgers were such fierce rivals with the Red Sox, White Sox and Expos — the teams I played for.

Believe it or not, this has been my favorite response of all that I’ve read. I believe the only way to get better at what you do is if somebody points out what you’re doing wrong so you can correct it. Your comments and criticisms will never be deleted from this blog.

Thanks for having my back!

That’s it. Go Dodgers!



  1. figgy

    Hey Steve…

    I only have one complaint that drove me nuts the entire weekend…

    Everytime you, or Eric said… “Land Shark Stadium”… I was forced to yell out… “CANDY GRAM!!!” I just couldn’t help it!!! 🙂

    I have to say this though, it didn’t drive me nearly as nuts as it did my kids, since they had no idea what I was talking about!! Thank God for you Youtube!!! LOL


  2. sunshine43

    lol I’ve been wondering what a “yellowhammer” was since I heard Randy mention it an interview last year with Darren Smith and Philly Billy. Even they didn’t know what it was or even heard of it. Great interview. Hilarious guy. Steve, if you were still doing your podcast, you have to interview him. Laughs all around. Oops. Did I just give myself away as the only person who listened to your podcast?

  3. amyw27

    Steve- I love your blog, it’s awesome. Thank you for all the insight and “realness” you bring to the net. I wanted ask if you remember last season my dad and I spoke with you after a night game in the Dugout Club. My dad remembers watching you play in Rhode Island back in the eighties. He still has programs with your name in it that he scored. Good times. Maybe one day I could get you a copy!
    GO Dodgers!


    You tell em Steve !

    I know you can’t have TOO much of an ego, (you were in the bigs man, you’re entitled ! )

    But I know you’re humble, cause I saw you in the Shortstop after a game one night. . . . The only big heads in there. . . . aren’t into baseball, theyre silverlake kids.

    So MAD props for Mr. Lyons, keep up the extra colorful commentary Psycho !!!!

    Go Blue !

  5. cpompe1

    Hey there Steve & Eric!!!
    Sorry for being late to this blog. Eric, since I am kinda late, I want to say welcome to the Dodger family!!! Both of you are doing a great job on the road. I’m sure that Steve has given you his own brand of welcoming you 😉 j/k Steve! 🙂 I’m a faithful blogger on ITD (Inside the Dodgers). Josh Rawitch has been planning an ITD tour for us. All I know is that it’ll be this year, and probably on a weekend, but I don’t know much else besides that. I would love it (and I would imagine many of the ITD faithful would love it too) if we met both of you on the tour!!! Well, gotta run. Again, great job!!!

    ITDer and Ethieraholic!!!

  6. oldbrooklynfan

    I just want to say, keep up your good work and most of all your style and humor in analyzing the game.
    I think it’s a big part of listening to the game. I wish there were more analysts on the broadcast when I was starting out, a kid could get a good insight of the game.
    Joe Pierre


    Hey Psycho!

    I am relaxed and YES I do not sympathize with the Dodgers’ schedule. No right or wrong here buddy, I just think that MLB is a chosen profession. You are correct in saying they are the best there is, but your original post came off as “oh… those poor guys and their poor deprived families.”
    The operative word in your “OFF-DAY” response is “play”. They “play” 20 games in a row. Many of us would love to be that talented and I respect them for it. But Mr. Lyons, the tough schedule comes with the territory and the cash. Believe me, the likes of Casey Blake and Russell Martin do not need your empathy.

    BTW: I do work 7-days-a-week and am thankful to be employed.

  8. 16ethierkershaw22

    So as soon as I got home I had to check your blog! It’s okay about the jacket, you are forgiven.Lol. Thanks for the ball, buddy. See you next time.

    Take care,

  9. nachotaco

    DUDE!!!! your hair???? I didn’t say anything about that fro..

    here was my post

    hey Steve… I love how you are brutally honest in your broadcasts… Its a real refresher from the announcers out there who tow the corporate line and are wound a bit too tight…

    My questions for you are What is your ultimate goal in baseball these days? Do you like being the color guy in games or dong the pre/post game reports? TV / Radio (which do you prefer) Are you looking into sliding into a play caller?? Lets face it Vin isn’t going to be around forever (don’t think he’s signed past this season)




    Steve, everyone in our family LOVES you! Your sense of humor and opinions rock! I know it’s politically incorrect to say this, but I get bummed on the nights the broadcast is not on Fox. If it’s a home game, that’s a whole evening without you!! I’d love to know the answers to the comments above from nachotaco. Keep up the great work! D

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