He was talking about us. I know it. The Valenti and Foster Show is the controversial show that Tigers manager Dave Dombrowski said he does not listen to during manager Jim Leyland’s welcome back press conference.
It is sort of strange to hear about your show in those terms. My broadcast partner Mike Valenti is in denial. He kept telling me to stop flattering myself. He claims DD was talking about somebody else.
Really? Then who?
I am waiting.
Mike and I do not aim to be controversial when we plan a show. It sort of happens. Mike is the most passionate and straight forward guy in radio. He believes things should be run a certain way and he brings it to the plate like a Justin Verlander 100 mile per hour fast ball. Often times those things hurt and I am sure Dombrowski has gotten emails from buddies about how Mike believes he is not doing his job right.
We make fun of his dozen Major League ready arms and some of his moves. We scrutinize Leyland’s lineup card non stop.
I am not as passionate as Mike because I am supposedly the voice of reason. But I do get ticked off. I knew I blew up a couple of times this summer because I did not understand why the Tigers were not blowing the Chicago White Sox out of the water until the final two weeks of the season. I kept waiting for the explosion and it didn’t come until the very end.
Mike and I never plan a show to be controversial. We throw topics on a sheet, throw them out to the public and all of a sudden we are thrown into Mortal Combat simply because we have strong opinions. You guys call in and stir us up more. All of a sudden we have the type of show that would make a team president or coach cringe to listen to.
I know NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will never come on after we laughed in his face. He tried to convince us there was a great rivalry going on between the Red Wings and St. Louis Blues. I know Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will never come on after we grilled him about The Stomp.
Dombrowski and all the front office people have an open invitation to come on our show. I know it won’t happen but they can come on any time they want.
Are we a controversial show or a passionate show? We let you decide.