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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Francesa Thinks He’s Being Prank Called, Doesn’t Know “Al Alburquerque” Is A Real Baseball Player

Do You Know the Way to Alburquerque?

Francesa, a staple of New York sports talk radio and noted ice cream enthusiast, thought he was being prank-called by a listener when the oddly-named Detroit Tiger was brought up. So he hung up on the caller.

This would mean that Mike Francesa, who prides himself on his encyclopedic knowledge of New York sports, wasn’t paying attention to a key moment in Tuesday night’s Yankee game. Alburquerque was brought in in the eighth inning, just as New York was looking to secure their Game 4 lead. He must have been watching.

Francesa got back on the radio, and cleared everything up.

You see, he was not aware that the caller was referring to Alberto José Alburquerque, the Detroit middle reliever with whom Francesa was certainly familiar with prior to five seconds ago, and who last night’s broadcasters steadfastly referred to as “Al Alburquerque” throughout the entirety of the pitcher’s eighth inning appearance.

To say anything else, you see, would be to admit to a lack of baseball omnipotence. And that is simply something one does not do when one is the host of New York City’s number one sports talk show.

Thanks to Howie Menckel

Repoz Posted: October 05, 2011 at 07:49 PM | 66 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. salvomania Posted: October 05, 2011 at 08:20 PM (#3952618)
That's pretty funny when he just completely dismisses the caller and makes some crack about "children listening to the radio" or something like that.

He says, hey, if you're trying to make up a funny name, you should have said, "Al Burquerque," not "Al Alburquerque."

Then he comes back on and says, oh yes, Albert Alburquerque, of course, I just didn't think they called him Al.

What a buffoon.
   2. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: October 05, 2011 at 08:24 PM (#3952625)
Boris: "Are you scared of death?"

Sonja: "I'm not scared of death...I frightened of it."

Boris: "Interesting distinction."
   3. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: October 05, 2011 at 08:25 PM (#3952627)
Maybe Jack Keefe's friend is named Alberto.
   4. BDC Posted: October 05, 2011 at 08:29 PM (#3952632)
Wait till Mark Hamburger is named to the Rangers' ALCS roster.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 05, 2011 at 08:46 PM (#3952645)
Or Jose Bababooey on the Phillies.
   6. Bob Evans Posted: October 05, 2011 at 08:47 PM (#3952646)
But think how excited he'll be to get a call from Marie Anna Rivera!
   7. billyshears Posted: October 05, 2011 at 08:50 PM (#3952651)
He says, hey, if you're trying to make up a funny name, you should have said, "Al Burquerque," not "Al Alburquerque."

Then he comes back on and says, oh yes, Albert Alburquerque, of course, I just didn't think they called him Al.


In fairness to Francessa, Al Alburquerque and Albert Alburquerque don't have fungibility.
   8. winnipegwhip Posted: October 05, 2011 at 08:58 PM (#3952656)
Rusty Kuntz isn't coaching his old team is he?
   9. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:01 PM (#3952660)
Caller: "Hey Mike, my all time favorite Yankee is babe Ruth..."

*click*

Francessa: "Hey numbnuts, we're talking about baseball players here, not candy bars. And it's not even a good joke. The candy bar is Baby Ruth not Babe Ruth.

.
.
.

Francessa: "Well, apparently the last caller was talking about Yankee great George Herman Ruth. I didn't even know he was called Babe. Was he called Babe? I don't think he was called Babe. Anyway, I never saw him play anyway, he retired like 20 years ago. But George Herman Ruth, (was he called Babe? I don't think he was called Babe.) was indeed one of the great ones. But I didn't know he was called Babe."
   10. T.J. Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:02 PM (#3952661)
Two bogus Supreme Court Justice names:

Felix Frankfurter

Warren Burger ("Mmm... Burger...")
   11. ??'s Biggest Fan! Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:06 PM (#3952665)
He did this earlier in the season when someone called up about a Yankees waiver pickup, a pitcher from the DBacks, I think. He thought it was some guy who was calling to mention a friend's name over the air. The backtracking is ALWAYS douche-chilly.

I think he only gets baseball roster moves from printed dailies he keeps scanning during his show. He'll only grudgingly check his computer when it's something easy and mainstream like ESPN.
   12. ??'s Biggest Fan! Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:07 PM (#3952666)
But I didn't know he was called Babe.

That's a bad job by you Mikey!
   13. shea80 Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:10 PM (#3952668)
I guess he wasn't paying attention when Cano hit a grand slam off Albuquerque in the series opener. Must have been a good college football game on.
   14. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:11 PM (#3952669)
"Mickey Mantle? If you're going to make up a name based on Mickey Cochrane, at least call him 'Gordon.'"
   15. Shock Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:13 PM (#3952670)
Also, he says that he'd never seen the guy pitch before last night. Well, he pitched in game 1 too...I guess Mike hasn't been watching much of the series.
   16. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:15 PM (#3952675)
I sympathize with the blowhard in one respect - I didn't believe his name was "Al Alburquerque" either. I thought everyone who wrote it that way was spelling it wrong. Apparently "Alburquerque" is actually the normal Spanish spelling, and the city in New Mexico uses the Portuguese spelling. Hooda thunkit.
   17. Blanks for Nothing, Larvell Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:16 PM (#3952677)
Then he comes back on and says, oh yes, Albert Alburquerque, of course, I just didn't think they called him Al.

They call him Al. Someone, somewhere might have called him "Alberto," his full name.

I doubt anyone's ever called him Albert.

Other than, of course, Mike Fransceca.

Beyond satire.
   18. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:23 PM (#3952682)
I sympathize with the blowhard in one respect - I didn't believe his name was "Al Alburquerque" either.


Yes, but it's not you job to be as confused as him, is it?
   19. tfbg9 Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:31 PM (#3952689)
Francesa is a big Yankee fan. Huge fan. He epitomizes Yankee fans. Yankee fans don't come any more huge than Mike Francesa.

He's a big Yankee fan. Big fan. Huge.
   20. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:31 PM (#3952690)
I guess he wasn't paying attention when Cano hit a grand slam off Albuquerque in the series opener.

Albuquerque had an outstanding David Robertson-like season but seems to have turned into a pumpkin for the postseason. Was there an injury I missed? Any other explanation (other than "That's baseball, Susan")?
   21. Shock Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:32 PM (#3952692)
We all knew who Dick Stockton was talking about when he said "Ryan Pujols," but Mike Francesca couldn't figure out that "Al Alburquerque" referred to "Alberto Jose Alburquerque." Uh huh.
   22. Swoboda is freedom Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:38 PM (#3952698)
Can't wait till they talk about all-time great football players and Francesca hangs up on the guy who suggests Jack Ham.
   23. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:44 PM (#3952712)
Who the hell is Mike Francesa? Is he any relation to radio host Michael Patrick Francesa?
   24. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:46 PM (#3952715)
He did this earlier in the season when someone called up about a Yankees waiver pickup, a pitcher from the DBacks, I think. He thought it was some guy who was calling to mention a friend's name over the air.

The problem with putting all your effort into detecting that sort of thing is that the false positives are catastrophic.

"Yeah, right, caller. The guy you're most excited about seeing at Old Timers' Day is someone named George Frazier. Congratulations George, you got your name on the FAN. Click."
   25. Repoz Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:53 PM (#3952722)
This almost tops the the time during his 2008 pre-season baseball picks when someone called in for thoughts on the up and coming Rays team...and The Cesna said, "The Rays won't win 55 games this year. They play in the East...WHERE WILL THE WINS COME FROM...WHERE WILL THE WINS COME FROM!?"

Rays won 97 games.
   26. KJOK Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:53 PM (#3952723)
They call him Al. Someone, somewhere might have called him "Alberto," his full name.

I doubt anyone's ever called him Albert.


In the minors, I think he always went by Alberto. Not sure if the Detroit broadcasters started calling him Al on their own and it just stuck, or if he actually wants to be called Al now.

Albuquerque had an outstanding David Robertson-like season but seems to have turned into a pumpkin for the postseason. Was there an injury I missed? Any other explanation


He wasn't all that great in AA. I think he just had an 'outlier' MLB season.
   27. ray james Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:59 PM (#3952733)
No "Francesspool" reference, Repoz?

I'm a little disappointed.
   28. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:59 PM (#3952734)
Someone needs to call in an ask about Giancarlo Cruz, the most powerful young righthanded hitter in all of baseball.
   29. Dale Sams Posted: October 05, 2011 at 10:17 PM (#3952748)
For the record, Mike Hunt hit .317 and slugged .516 in 12 years of minor league ball. He never played a day in the majors.
   30. Ray (RDP) Posted: October 05, 2011 at 10:30 PM (#3952759)
That's kind of funny. He should have either just left it alone, or explained that he had a brain cramp and didn't remember the Tigers had a pitcher named AA. Or that he jumped straight to thinking it was a prank without considering the Tigers' roster.

The funny thing is that the caller almost does seem to be laying a trap for him.
   31. ray james Posted: October 05, 2011 at 10:37 PM (#3952767)
He should have either just left it alone, or explained that he had a brain cramp and didn't remember the Tigers had a pitcher named AA.


Francessa? You kidding?

Francessa will never, NEVER, admit he's wrong.
   32. Justin T drives a crooked hoss Posted: October 05, 2011 at 10:45 PM (#3952776)
The caller sounded pretty pranky,I gotta admit. "Hey, this Al Alburquerque, how bad is this guy?"

I know, I know, but a human being had nothing better to do than call Mike Francesa up with that.
   33. Howie Menckel Posted: October 05, 2011 at 11:43 PM (#3952826)
"This almost tops the the time during his 2008 pre-season baseball picks when someone called in for thoughts on the up and coming Rays team...and The Cesna said, "The Rays won't win 55 games this year."

throughout the early season, Francesa said, "CAWL ME BACK ON AWGUST FIRST!"

A caller gets thru on Aug 12, and Francesa is still not giving up, even though the caller keeps strafing him to say he was wrong. He also claims he is "usually wonderful picking these team totals" - meaning over/unders, but this is the one seasonal outlier. He claims to have been "18-2" in baseball over/unders over the previous few years, lol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sScLwKl7W8s

fyi, there's also a fake Francesa Twitter account (the DC gags are short for his beloved Diet Coke), @MikeFrancesaNY
funny stuff there sometimes
   34. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: October 06, 2011 at 01:10 AM (#3952907)
I like how it's not merely "Oh, I didn't know that Alberto Alburquerque was called Al Alburquerque", it's "Oh, I didn't know that Alberto Jose Alburquerque was called Al Alburquerque".
   35. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: October 06, 2011 at 01:13 AM (#3952910)
Also, this has made me curious as to how he'd react to a question about someone with a made up but less made up-sounding name.

"Mike, I'm wondering what you think of this kid Fred Williamson the Yanks have got at short down in AA."
   36. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: October 06, 2011 at 01:15 AM (#3952912)
Also, this has made me curious as to how he'd react to a question about someone with a made up but less made up-sounding name.

"Mike, I'm wondering what you think of this kid Fred Williamson the Yanks have got at short down in AA."


He might know about The Hammer.
   37. Bob Evans Posted: October 06, 2011 at 01:17 AM (#3952914)
Two Three bogus Supreme Court Justice names:

Whizzer White
   38. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: October 06, 2011 at 01:17 AM (#3952915)
Turns out the last caller meant this guy Henry Louis Aaron.
   39. PreservedFish Posted: October 06, 2011 at 01:22 AM (#3952919)
Is omniscience really that important to his image? Do some of his fans really believe that he knows everything? I don't understand why he can't admit that he is wrong about things from time to time.

Also, I remember the absolute delight of the very moment that I first learned of Al Alburquerque. Because that name is ####### tremendous. Anyone that can watch a baseball game with Al Alburquerque and not remember Al Alburquerque is no friend of mine.
   40. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: October 06, 2011 at 01:56 AM (#3952954)
Al Alburquerque is no friend of mine.

Bugs Bunny took a wrong turn there
   41. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 06, 2011 at 02:10 AM (#3952987)
   42. Shock Posted: October 06, 2011 at 02:24 AM (#3953003)

The caller sounded pretty pranky,I gotta admit. "Hey, this Al Alburquerque, how bad is this guy?"


There's no real reason to suspect that a follower of the Yankees wouldn't have heard of Al Alburquerque. He's played a somewhat prominent role in the series, with the Grand Slam in game 1 and the gasoline on the fire the other night. That, combined with his name, should have made anyone suspect that a Yankee fan had probably heard of him. Francesca's response about not knowing he's called "al" is ludicrous. Frankly, the caller could have called him Dave Alburquerque and MF would have known who he'd meant were he not a buffoon.
   43. Howie Menckel Posted: October 06, 2011 at 02:31 AM (#3953008)
This is Mike not only explaining why he would be shocked if Cliff Lee did not sign with the Yankees, but the meaning of the term "fungibility" (mentioned earlier in this thread).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iFhZSy2Cno

It's always funny to see him make a brain fart (that all of us make on occasion), but this includes the second clip where he frantically backpedals himself into an even deeper ditch than he did with Al Burquerque.

Someone should call Mike and ask if he thinks Hugh Bris has a shot of sticking in the Mets' bullpen next spring....
   44. Shock Posted: October 06, 2011 at 02:37 AM (#3953019)
what do you think of mike hunt?
   45. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 06, 2011 at 02:38 AM (#3953020)

Someone should call Mike and ask if he thinks Hugh Bris has a shot of sticking in the Mets' bullpen next spring....


Bris is gonna get cut.
   46. Howie Menckel Posted: October 06, 2011 at 02:39 AM (#3953023)
set...... SPIKE...... point!

high fives all around....
   47. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: October 06, 2011 at 02:45 AM (#3953027)
That "fungibility" clip never fails to crack me up. And not just the ludicrous "We've always been at war with Eastasia" when he finds out what it actually means; rather, the best part is how he brings the term up in the first place: for no reason other than to beat his audience over the head with the idea that he knows what the word means.

Simultaneous pomposity and idiocy is always a winning combination for the lulz.
   48. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: October 06, 2011 at 03:05 AM (#3953050)
Also, I remember the absolute delight of the very moment that I first learned of Al Alburquerque

almost as good as Fennis Dembo (or Glinder Torain for that matter)
   49. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: October 06, 2011 at 03:06 AM (#3953051)
FUNGIBILITY. That's right, we're all adults here. We can talk about this openly. But what does that mean really? Sometimes it helps to understand a word if you break it down, so let's do that now shall we?

Fun - well, it would be fun to have Cliff Lee on the team.

-gi- doesn't mean anything.

-bil- Lee will bill the Yankees for his services

-ity- from the Greek, small, inconsequential, microscopic...doesn't really belong in the word.
   50. Howie Menckel Posted: October 06, 2011 at 03:25 AM (#3953067)
Well, Russo at least had a sense of humor about himself before he was relegated to the multi-million dollar contract Witness Protection Program world that is Sirius XM Radio.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00UUwdtBhYA

That Boomer/Carton link has the all-time classic "Daredevil" and "Bach/Amadeus" Mad Dog blunders. First around 3:50 and the second around 5:00.

The co-hosts are giggling like schoolgirls throughout...
   51. . . . . . . . . . . Posted: October 06, 2011 at 03:46 AM (#3953095)
Russo and Francesa weren't getting tenure at MIT, but they had chemistry and listening to them was dammed entertaining, especially if you were stuck in traffic on the GWB.

But without Russo, i don't get the charm of Francesa.
   52. KronicFatigue Posted: October 06, 2011 at 04:11 AM (#3953127)
Who's going to call in tomorrow and ask if Alburquerque's fungibility will be an asset going into game 5?
   53. Shock Posted: October 06, 2011 at 04:19 AM (#3953138)
I love the motion he makes with his hand when he says "FUNgibility." What a tool.
   54. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 06, 2011 at 04:39 AM (#3953150)
I'm not a Francesa regular, or a regular mocker of Francesa, but he appears to have a similar deficiency as Chet Coppock had, when it comes to handling a prank caller, real or perceived.
   55. OsunaSakata Posted: October 06, 2011 at 09:18 AM (#3953180)
"You want to talk about Milton Bradley? Stop playing games with me. Call back when pass 3rd grade. Who's the next caller? he wants to talk about Coco Crisp? Holy mackerel. These people can't even come up with creative fake names."
   56. TomH Posted: October 06, 2011 at 11:54 AM (#3953226)
Howard Johnson
   57. OMJ, urban D machine Posted: October 06, 2011 at 12:30 PM (#3953243)
Jack Glasscock!
   58. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: October 06, 2011 at 12:38 PM (#3953246)
What's the Chet Coppock story?

I looked up who he was. Apparently

Sticky-fingered Chet Coppock is scheduled to perform Bitch from his Barnaby's on State catalog with Legs Akimbo at Goose Island in Wrigleyville Saturday night. Anabel Roda of WLS-AM (890) fronts Legs. 9pm
   59. Matthew E Posted: October 06, 2011 at 01:15 PM (#3953264)
They call him Al.


If I'll be his bodyguard, he'll be my long lost pal.
   60. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 06, 2011 at 01:29 PM (#3953278)
Chet Coppock used to host a show on the long defunct cable sports station "NewSport" and his show was "NewSport Talk" or something like that, and it was 3 hours! He'd have guests (lots of boxing) and then take calls. He was ripe for pranks given his persona, the suspenders, the shiny braclet, waving his hand, dragging out every sentence and pulling out every possible cliche. on rare ocasssion he appeared on the classic 'Sportwriters on TV'

He reacted to a prank (clearly drunken) caller of some sorts with a wish, something like: 'I hope you find a telephone pole tonight on your drive home.' He was always getting pranked, which made the show brilliant.

side note: he also got coldcocked at Rosemont Horizon after a recent Marquette v DePaul game.
   61. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 06, 2011 at 01:35 PM (#3953284)
My favorite prank caller on a show (NSFW). Gotta give it to him for persistence.
   62. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 06, 2011 at 04:02 PM (#3953448)
You can be my bodyguard.

Edit: Coke for Matthew...
   63. Swoboda is freedom Posted: October 06, 2011 at 04:23 PM (#3953461)
My favorite prank caller on a show (NSFW). Gotta give it to him for persistence.

That link is broken.
   64. SouthSideRyan Posted: October 06, 2011 at 05:03 PM (#3953504)
Coppock is absolutely reviled by Chicago sports radio hosts/producers/reporters/everyone. Supposedly a major prick.
   65. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 06, 2011 at 08:06 PM (#3953784)

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