Actor Robert Redford smiles after throwing out the first pitch prior to the Chicago Cubs playing the Pittsburgh Pirates on opening day at Wrigley Field on April 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois

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Storytime With Sweeny: Mike, Mad Dog And The Sundance Kid

Robert Redford Stole The Show During One Of Murti's Interviews

Sweeny Murti
March 23, 2020 - 1:06 pm
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I had many memorable appearances on Mike and The Mad Dog in the early 2000’s. The one I remember best happened on location at Fenway Park.

Final series of the year in 2005, Yankees and Red Sox playing down to the wire for the AL East title. Mike and Chris were broadcasting their show live from the Green Monster seats, and I went up to join them for my segment just after 6pm.

By that time the park was open, fans started filing in, and there was the normal ballpark commotion happening around us when we began our conversation. I don't recall the exact topics, but most likely they involved the typical storylines.

As I began to answer one question I noticed that Mike, seated to my right, had taken off his headset and began a conversation with two men who had walked up next to us. We were on the air, yet Mike was completely ignoring me and talking to some passersby.

So I turned to my left to continue my thought with Chris. Only, he was staring over my shoulder at whoever Mike was talking to and not listening to me either. Now, I don't expect people to be hanging on my every word, but at least one of them should be paying a little attention, no?

Actor Robert Redford smiles after throwing out the first pitch prior to the Chicago Cubs playing the Pittsburgh Pirates on opening day at Wrigley Field on April 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois
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I recognized that I was the only one on the air at this point—or at least interested in being on the air at this point—so I kept going for maybe a minute. And then Mike put his headset back on and announced to the audience that Robert Redford just stopped by to say hello. Apparently Mike and The Natural had a mutual friend who was at the game and brought the Hollywood legend up to our location to meet Mike.

Mike was smiling ear to ear, Chris was giddy and dumbfounded, and I couldn't believe that I was blathering on and on about the Yankees chances against Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball when the director of one of my all-time favorite movies “Quiz Show” was standing four feet away.

And because YES had already cut away from their simulcast to begin the Yankees pregame show, none of this was caught on camera.

You just keep talkin’ Murti. That's what you're good at.

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