Jump to content

Roy Firestone

Plus Member
  • Content Count

    28,860
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    38

Roy Firestone last won the day on February 26

Roy Firestone had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

1,734 All-Star

1 Follower

About Roy Firestone

  • Rank
    Hangout Message Board Blogger

Personal Information

  • Location
    Encino, California
  • Homepage
    http://www.royfirestone.com
  • Interests
    Music, Collecting Orioles rarities, Massive Beatles fan and collector
  • Occupation
    broadcaster/lecturer/entertainer
  • Favorite Current Oriole
    Jeremy Guthrie
  • Favorite All Time Oriole
    You kidding? Brooks forever!!!

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. Just announced. If you live in the Baltimore area or relatively nearby...I will be performing my "one man show" about sports and entertainment at the Ceasar's owned "Horseshoe Casino" on Sept 14. Tickets are available but it is nearly sold out. For ticket information go to the Horsehoe Baltimore website. This show will feature a salute to a major Baltimore sports figure, but I cant announce that person's name now for security reasons..All tickets are reasonably priced and I will be signing my new book"Thats What I'm Talking About" before and after the show. Get your tickets now....only a few remain. Heres a preview of what I do.
  2. I realize Im a "come lately" on this post, and I also realize a teeny weenie sample size is really nothing to get too excited about...but man, that kid has a good arm. I spoke to Palmer off the air and he told me EVEN if the gun was jacked up, he was easily throwing 98 with some movement. And he showed poise and smarts. Palmer's quote"really early, but I was impressed. That was an easy windup and he surprised me with that kind of velocity. Kid has a great arm."...Please...baseball Gods...Let SOMETHING BE GOOD going forward this year!
  3. Much of whatever success I had in life started in Miami, my home town, but more specifically it really started for me in during spring training for the Baltimore Orioles. As some might know on this page, I was the Orioles bat boy in Miami in the early 70’s. I’m going to tell you a story now that, to me, shows that dreams really do come true if you are lucky like I was. On the first day as an Oriole bat boy(I was about 14 or 15 years old), I had NO clue at what I was doing. I knew nothing about a major league clubhouse, how to wash sanitary socks, or clean the grimy uniforms and take care of the gear and bats.The players and coaches mocked me. Brooks Robinson himself used to ask me to get “some left handed bats”..and I scurried around the clubhouse looking for something that didnt exist. I had no idea or concept of baseball equipment or the job I was supposed to do. One kid who DID, was a younger kid than I was. He was probably 12 or 13. His name was Rudy Arias Jr. Rudy Sr. was a pitcher for the White Sox in the late 50’s and even pitched in the World Series, but junior was, to me, at the time, a colleague and fellow clubhouse boy. He knew I was over my head, that I was really just there to hang with the players….which was not cool . But he put up with me. Rudy and I and one or two other kids worked hard in the clubhouse, but deep down, those guys knew I didnt work as hard as they did. They would come in at about 8 am and not leave till will after 11 pm. Me? I was a clubhouse comedian. I entertained the Oriole players, Brooks and Frank and Boog and Palmer…and of course, Earl Weaver was my boss, who knew I was the worst bat boy ever..but he sortve liked that I entertained the troops…so he put up with me. Rudy Jr. was all business. Even as a kid, he was organized and had a great work ethic and he helped the players get what they needed. Me? Not so much. I was just this goofy kid with a dream to somehow find a way in baseball, or broadcasting, though I had no clue what. Rudy was a real athlete. He was a catcher and he was an outstanding defensive player with skills. I took his hat one day….by accident. And I never got to return it to its rightful owner. As clubhouse kids we cherished our hats, and I had his. Under the bill it said in black ink…Rudy Arias. Years passed. I was fortunate enough to make my way in broadcasting, starting in Miami, and then moving to LA were I have been for 42 years next week. I lost track of Rudy. I didnt realize that, like his major league dad, Rudy also had a brief career. He played with Seattle, until he was hit in the face by a ball…which effectively ended his career. I somehow never followed Rudy’s major league career..but I knew I had his batboy hat. I would cover the Orioles for many years, both in Miami and as a sportscaster in LA. One day on the field in Anaheim, a familiar face walked up to me. He was wearing an Orioles uniform. “Hey Roy”, he said. ‘Its me. Rudy Arias. We used to be batboys together as kids”. This hit me emotionally. I had no idea that Rudy was now the assistant batting coach and bullpen catcher for the Orioles! In a way, both of our dreams came true. He ended up as a bullpen catcher for some 16 years with the Orioles, and before that, he landed a job with the Yankees, and when they won the World Series in 95’…Rudy Arias, the kid I knew about 45 years before..got a World Series ring! I knew that the Orioles were coming back to Anaheim and Rudy was still a respected member of their coaching staff. I went to get the hat. Rudy’s hat. I went onto the field, saw Rudy and motioned him over. “I’ve waited almost 50 years to give you something that was yours”, I said. “Its your hat, you wore when you were batboy.” Rudy and I got emotional in that moment. Here we were, adults now, with long, exciting and productive careers. I though Rudy was going to lose it. Me too. I swallowed hard and gave him the hat. Rudy Arias saw his dream come true. Today he is 62 years old. He’s been married for 37 years. He has two grown kids. He was recently voted into Miami High School’s Hall of Fame and is currently coaching at his college alma mater…Miami Dade South. I’m so happy for this guy. And I’m happy too that I gave him his hat back. Its funny about life, isn’t it? You never know the paths you will take. I am grateful for all that has happened to me, in part because I was that batboy way back on 1970. And I’m so happy for Rudy Arias, who worked his way to success in baseball. And I’m proud to say Rudy became a U.S. citizen in 2012. Life has had its twists and turns for both of us….but baseball brought us together..and Rudy got his hat back.
  4. I have been a loyal Oriole fan for 60 years. I was a batboy for the Orioles and many of my friends even today, are legends like Brooks, Palmer, Cal and many more. I've been blessed in my career just for having been part of the Oriole great years.I am grateful for all they have done for me. But if they move, I will never have anything to do with them again. And coming from me, thats saying a lot.
  5. I absolutely would not be surprised if they release Davis now, or in the off season. Knowing the Orioles though, they might be too cheap to eat the contract.I think he's gone...soon or at the end of this season...
  6. Ive acquired one last bat...its a blonde ash bat signed by Eddie...I need a minimum of $350 to buy it...we close in 3 hours..
  7. Eddie fans. I just had to shut the auction down. Someone made an astonishing offer if I closed it out. I sold the bat. But I will make another offer. If someone wishes to bid on another Eddie bat signed and authenticated....and you wish to contact me here or at addroy@aol.com I will look into getting one or two more...But they must be serious bids...Please let me know your intention to bid today...thank you...
  8. If anyone wants to own a beautiful, signed Eddie Murray bat(rare) please make your bid now...
  9. i WILL CLOSE THIS "MINI" Auction tomorrow night at 10pm
  10. I know its not game used, but they are great bats he signed...Major league bat. Make a bid. Eddie's signed bats are hard to come by....
  11. We have our first bid on the Murray bat. Does anyone care to make another bid?
  12. If you want to send me an email I will show you that bat...its a beaut...make a bid...My email is addroy@aol.com
  13. Im with ya...For the first time in maybe 30 years, I will not attend ANY of the Angel-Oriole series. Its not worth the 2 hour drive in the heat....
  14. I was watching...stayed up till 1:30...but then, I live in California...and NO , I didn't go in person....
  15. Eddie's signed bats are hard to come by. Makes a great birthday or holiday gift....and its for a great cause...
×
×
  • Create New...