lowest interest rate credit card 2013 australian credit card rewards comparison credit card interest rates 2012 canada all types of credit cards in india mastercard prepaid what is the best credit card for rewards points usaa american express secured credit card credit cards for low income earners with bad credit chase credit card business phone number myer visa card apply online virtual credit card number mastercard easiest store card to get with bad credit uk chevron gas credit card apply aqua credit card contact details best corporate credit card canada us bank credit card processing elavon i need a fake credit card number and security code old orchard credit card online best rewards credit card no annual fee same day cash online loans hsbc online credit cards australia virgin money credit card address uk bad credit credit cards guaranteed approval no deposit best department store credit cards 2012 best credit card 2012 usa square the iphone credit card machine goes mainstream how to get otp in hdfc credit card citifinancial credit card payment online reloadable credit cards canada credit card debt relief company reviews cash back credit card offers 2012 hdfc credit card payment online from other bank account apply for chase freedom mastercard what are the 3 best credit cards to have bank of america report credit card fraud how to get credit card limit increase chase credit card issuers in india black card visa uk virgin credit card 0 disney rewards visa credit card review payday loans for bad credit no upfront fees barclays international student credit card best travel reward cards payday title loans online wireless credit card machine india diners club international credit card switzerland does applying for store credit cards hurt your credit score standard chartered online credit card payment virtual credit card terminal ireland which credit card charges credit cards for bad credit scores cash advance online lenders uk canada post reloadable prepaid credit card hdfc credit card offers can you use a visa gift card to get cash back which credit card is best for international travel debit visa cards in trinidad visa credit card number generator with cvv best payday loans online no credit check do i need a credit card number to make an itunes account pay as you go credit card processing canada credit card emi calculator hdfc bank getting a credit card after filing for bankruptcy no annual fee rewards credit card australia credit card debt settlement macy american express credit limit easy cash advances online credit card issuers list credit cards for bad credit and no processing fee is it safe to apply for payday loans online getting out of credit card debt calculator american express blue sky credit card review canada which credit card is best for me 2012 credit card for international students singapore how to buy apps from google play store without credit card hdfc credit card reward points redemption procedure sbi credit card customer care number for hyderabad salary pay advance form consolidate credit card debt td canada trust citibank credit card payment through hdfc debit card amazon credit card payments paypal virtual credit card 2012 biggest credit card companies credit card with no credit history usa bad credit car loans low interest fast online cash advance lenders when do chase credit card payments post best credit card interest rates australia average credit card interest rate how do you apply for a credit card online 100 day pay loans southwest credit card car rental deals apply for discover credit card student low rate credit cards uk paypal accept credit cards without account capital one credit card canada review online loans in south africa no paperwork credit card rewards uk navy federal or usaa secured credit card home loan with bad credit 2012 how do i get a starbucks platinum card icici credit card offers on movie tickets what is the security code on a discover credit card costco american express platinum card benefits wells fargo payday advance how long does it take paypal to confirm credit card mastercard credit card companies virgin media credit limit letter instant short term loans online legit payday online loans easy online payday loans ontario credit card number and cvv number standard bank online application for credit card credit suisse internship best payday loan lender uk zero interest balance transfer credit cards canada online credit card generator best no interest credit card deals consolidate credit card debt bad credit student credit cards lloyds credit card calculator with 2 interest rates the best credit cards in canada bank of america visa reward cards southwest credit card offer phone number cash advance using bpi credit card westpac visa credit card travel insurance pre approved credit card offers forum bank of america business accept credit cards are credit card consolidation loans good best gas credit cards for students standard chartered credit card offers on dining should i get a 401k loan to pay off credit card debt sample uk credit card number tips for getting a secured credit card hsbc old orchard credit card best 3 month payday loans hdfc bank credit cards reward points how to get a us credit card outside us accepting credit cards small business company credit card policy nz bad credit loans online uk list best credit card processing companies best cash rewards credit card canada 2013 how to get us credit card for foreigners best cash back credit card canada 2011 virgin credit card ppi phone number planet fitness black card cancellation fee best business credit cards 2012 australia apply for a credit card hsbc loans similar to magnum cash advance best cash back rewards credit cards 2013 chase british airways credit card offer best credit card for no credit students best offer credit card india hdfc bank credit card payment by cheque banks that accept american express cash advance no foreign transaction fee prepaid credit card long term personal loans with bad credit contact cashplus mastercard small cash loans now new credit card charges law fixed rate credit card definition how to transfer balance to new credit card walmart credit card cash back rules natwest online credit card disappeared rewards credit card comparison canada cibc credit card balance phone number online payday lenders only credit cards for bad credit with no checking account required best credit card for purchases 2012 american express platinum card travel chase slate credit card ratings neiman marcus credit card payment where can i buy an american express prepaid credit card chase visa card application calculate credit card interest rate payment icici gold credit card limit payday loans uk direct lenders i want a credit card with bad credit natwest student credit card contact number us bank secured credit card myfico best canadian air travel credit card best visa travel rewards card hsbc direct rewards discover credit card credit card purchase protection under ?100 forbes best credit cards for college students top 10 credit cards in canada 2013 what is the easiest unsecured credit card to get approved for pre qualified credit cards offers walmart credit card application instant approval payday advance direct lenders south africa barclays us airways credit card application status bank of america air canada credit card pay sbi credit card bill online icici bank uob credit card travel promotion list of all credit cards legal requirements for storing credit card information can you make best buy credit card payments in store hsbc advance platinum credit cards charge for going over credit limit virgin credit cards uk post office prepaid credit card review hdfc credit card reward points catalogue 2012 pdf unsecured credit cards for bad credit not prepaid bad credit car finance bristol square credit card canada review do company credit cards affect credit score best secured credit card for no credit history stats canada credit card debt air miles credit card uk online application for credit card bpi the best credit cards to have 2013 car rental no credit card no credit check hdfc credit card rewards points redemption how to pay sbi credit card bill online from citibank square credit card app for windows phone free prepaid credit cards that build credit cash loans today with no bank account yes bank credit cards india what to look for when comparing credit cards can i pay my lane bryant credit card in the store cnn best credit cards for bad credit how do i redeem icici credit card reward points cibc visa debit card on paypal teachers credit union credit cards balance transfer calculator fee best payday loans for bad credit best cashback credit card malaysia 2013 credit card verification form (ccvf) easy cash loans online south africa buy prepaid credit card online preloaded credit cards australia check my visa gift card balance online paypal ebay credit card payment walmart credit card cash advance limit sears credit card application phone same day payday advance online cash advance ukraine gas station credit cards for no credit fast payday loans online direct lenders bank of america credit card processing for small business best prepaid credit card in canada credit cards with airmiles rewards credit card processing companies new jersey apply for western union gold card prepaid credit card online canada sears kmart credit card list of department store credit cards for bad credit android credit card app uk top 50 credit card processing companies what are the best credit card deals right now royal bank of scotland student credit card chase credit card rewards center best online cash advances reviews what is a credit card cvv security code how do you change your credit card details on ebay td emerald visa card benefits can you get a cash advance on a capital one credit card usaa college credit card review first horizon credit card business credit card machines cost student credit cards with no credit no cosigner best credit cards for students with no income where can i get a bad credit credit card where can i buy virtual credit cards unsecured credit card debt canada hdfc credit card online payment through sbi credit card apply cibc credit card online ann taylor credit card review sbi advantage credit card online apply payday loans no credit check no guarantor no fees no brokers venture capital credit card account pc financial credit card balance best platinum credit cards uk very bad credit loans uk platinum credit card icici offers balance transfer credit card student loan get a personal loan with bad credit online what is hdfc cash advance fee prepaid credit cards canada what can you buy with a horizon gold card applying for a credit card natwest halifax credit card online security pay day loans for bad credit barclays platinum simplicity credit card top credit cards in india 2012 tesco interest free credit card 13 month the best credit card balance transfer deals coach credit card holder visa credit card applications canada continental finance matrix discover credit card reviews prepaid visa cards with no fees visa virtual credit card number wells fargo credit card cash advance limit citifinancial credit card contact can you transfer from credit card to bank account credit card processing machines 0 interest balance transfer credit cards in dubai wells fargo cash advance fee bank of america visa cash card history first credit card issued need 5000 loan bad credit fast toysrus com creditcard 3 best credit cards for students in singapore cibc credit cards contact td visa student credit cards southwest credit card review 2013 visa secured credit cards to rebuild credit my toyota visa rewards card business credit cards for bad credit history apply for credit cards online hdfc titanium international credit card review icici credit card emi interest calculator alertpay not accepting credit cards best credit cards uk 2011 american express preloaded credit cards vcc virtual credit card indonesia ebay credit card payment processing best credit card 0 apr what is a no balance transfer fee credit card bmo air miles credit card usa prepaid credit card online credit card for small business with no credit canada how to calculate credit card apr calculator bmo secured credit cards in canada lowest credit card rate ever super cash payday advance hours hsbc orchard credit card phone number citibank credit card low interest sbi credit card login credit card processing comparison tool get credit card with bad credit score citibank balance transfer 2013 balance transfer credit card australia compare nissan visa cash card offer brought to you by edmunds com compare cheap credit cards barclay credit card app who has the best credit card processing rates quickbooks credit card processing login online credit card application for sbi bank rbc debit visa card best buy credit card application report code 25 credit report free uk new visa credit card fees kotak mahindra credit cards online apply american express black credit card bank of america business credit card login citi corporate credit card payment capital one credit card customer service cash advances payday loans nj credit card approval formula target visa credit card payment address can you get a credit card with bad credit in canada axis bank credit cards details business credit cards bad credit history jcpenney credit card payment options ge credit card list can you pay sears credit card at store long black cardigan sweater average credit card rate 2013 visa prepaid credit card no fees secure credit card bank of america student no credit history credit cards how to make a hdfc credit card payment online allahabad bank india card master international credit card capital one small business credit card rewards city bank credit card emi offers can you get store credit cards with bad credit citibank credit card offers on makemytrip public savings bank open sky secured visa card visa mastercard credit card processing fees how to apply for credit card in sbi bank balance transfer fee free credit cards credit cards for international students in usa free credit card details that work credit cards with bad credit rating in australia how do handheld credit card machines work best corporate credit card for small business barclays credit card payment options accept credit cards free machine apply for a halifax clarity credit card best air miles rewards credit card canada test credit card numbers with security code paypal sears mastercard credit card review credit cards for bad credit history myfico credit card finder business credit card reward schemes how to pay back wells fargo direct deposit advance southwest rapid rewards business credit card mortgages for bad credit what;s the best no fee credit card how to get credit card company to increase limit credit card score ranges best rewards credit cards in canada going over credit limit bank of america credit card banks usa aarp chase visa credit cards how to get credit card online free chevron credit card application status test credit card numbers india credit card with no credit check uk merchant visa credit card fees where to buy prepaid credit cards in toronto uk credit card size cash loans nowra poor credit rating credit cards 0 balance transfers iphone credit card processing why is my credit card limit reduced how to pay icici credit card bill online from hdfc credit card ways to pay off credit card debt faster chase credit card travel notification can you use visa prepaid credit cards online how do cash advances work on credit cards student credit cards 0 interest comenity pay lane bryant credit card canadian credit cards cash back first time credit card no credit history instant online loans no credit check nationwide online loan quote standard chartered credit card offers on mobiles best credit card company for first timers credit card settlement process diagram south west trains gold card oyster anz visa card protection circuit city credit card chase bank easy quick cash loans small business credit card processing reviews instant payday loan no credit check hdfc credit card login page india elavon credit card processing software where is the credit card number located on an american express credit card axis bank credit card easy emi offers best cash rewards credit cards best credit card offers 2012 canada offer credit card company settlement online payday advance uk sear credit card customer service unsecured discover card for bad credit im 18 which credit card should i get how to apply for barclays credit card online capital one secured credit cards bad credit how to download free apps for ipad 2 without credit card where can i pay sears credit card best credit card terminal for restaurants freedom credit card pay as you go chase credit limit increase transfer money from capital one credit card to bank account wells fargo secured credit card status hdfc bank credit card login page bank of america credit card merchant account credit card bank rakyat indonesia black cardamom curry usaa secured credit card anonymous virtual credit cards secured credit card canada compare bad credit loans no credit check unsecured credit card information form html citibank secured credit card visa get a credit card instantly with bad credit what is the average minimum payment on a credit card what credit card should i get for my small business credit cards after bankruptcy discharge uk us bank visa corporate credit card hdfc flight offer credit card best way to use a credit card to build your credit lufthansa miles and more credit card online-kartenkonto 0 financing credit card balance transfers instant bad credit loans canada secured credit card banks bmo prepaid credit card canada first premier bank credit card account access what about prepaid travel credit cards and overseas atms citibank credit card online application form india best credit card offers for travel what are the numbers on the back of credit cards online credit card payment system singapore dillards credit card payment center canada low interest credit cards balance transfer credit card payment processing fees good credit cards for students can you buy prepaid credit cards at walgreens bank of america credit card exchange rates walmart credit card credit requirements commonwealth bank cash advance rate lic online payment through sbi credit card easy credit cards to get approved for ireland disney world credit card canada prepaid credit cards no fees walmart icici credit card status online tesco credit card online payment starbucks credit card how can i get a credit card with no credit score easiest unsecured credit card to get with bad credit hsbc debit visa card issue number best credit card to get with no credit history what credit cards can i apply for with bad credit best travel credit card canada 2012 visa credit card numbers start with 4 free credit cards that works info barclays credit card contact number
Home Biz of Baseball - Interviews Interview - Art Garfamudis - Writer, ESPN Page 2

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 952 guests online

Atom RSS

Interview - Art Garfamudis - Writer, ESPN Page 2 PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 7
Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 31 March 2008 23:00

Art Garfamudis

Dear readers, Please note the publication date - Maury Brown 

There has not been a more controversial and colorful writer to storm the national sports press since Ring Lardner. His commentary on topics ranging from the Hall of Fame selection to the New England Patriots has created watercooler and bar room arguments across the nation, and most likely the globe.

After decades of toiling mostly behind the scenes at various small-town newspapers, Art Garfamudis recently found a national audience on ESPN's Page 2. A writer who is not afraid to take on the most relevant issues of the day, he is also not one to let time-consuming research get in the way of a topic that demands a good venting. His is the journalism of the moment, the journalism that comes from a place deep inside all sports fans.

We caught up with Garfamudis by phone (he moves from house to house like a wanted felon, which he may very well be), just before Opening Day for one of the most insightful interviews we've ever had on the Business of Sports Network. Just when I thought that Marvin Miller, Fay Vincent, or Bob Costas would give us the true feeling of what it's like to work in sports, Garfamudis shows that he is already someone that should be considered for a Pulitzer.

The following interview covers everything from what fuels his passion for writing, his thoughts on the Veterans Committee, what the perfect owner should be like, how he views stadium development, as well as thoughts on Marge Schott, Pete Rose, Alex Rodriegez, Bud Selig, Brian McNamee, and much, much more. -- Maury Brown

Select Read More to see the interview with  Art Garfamudis

 Maury Brown for the Business of Sports Network: For those that may just becoming aware of your work on ESPN Page 2, what fuels your passion for sports?

Art Garfamudis: I like following things I can't do. It's why I have an extensive pornography collection.

Bizball: You recently wrote on ESPN’s Page 2 about the type of players that should be in the Hall of Fame. Marvin Miller has been passed over more than once now by the Veterans Committee. If you were on the Veterans Committee, who would you vote for.

Garamudis quote on Veterans CommitteeGarfamudis: I'd vote for some of the guys who invented things like the pitching machine and the Jumbotron – you know, your Thomas A. Edisons and Leonardo da Vincis of the game. When do they get their day in the sunlight? Where would we be without the dugout? Who's the first guy that said, "Maybe we need a hole to put the players in"…? That guy should be in Cooperstown. So should the guy who created the Juggs Gun – if only for the name.

Bizball: Describe to us your idea of the perfect owner. 

Garfamudis: He should be overweight and wear a three-piece suit with a watch fob on the vest. He should smoke a big stogie, of course. And have a pinky ring. You gotta look the part. Embrace what you are, I always say. Oh, and he should have a mistress. Maybe a younger woman who aspires to be a singer; and he should do everything in his power to help her singing career no matter whether she's good or not and maybe she faces public humiliation when he pushes her too far. But he presses on, because he's a can-do guy who won't take no for an answer from anybody.

Bizball: This year will see the Washington Nationals open a new stadium, followed by new stadiums for the Yankees and Mets in 2009. What are your thoughts on new stadium development? 

Garfamudis: I wish taxpayers would just be quiet about footing the bill for these places. Where's your civic pride, people? These buildings are the symbols of your godforsaken cities. Most people would never want to set foot in your stupid town if not for the new ballpark, so shut up and pay up! I say all stadiums should be replaced every 12 to 15 years. 20 at the most. As soon as chewing gum stains start appearing on the concourse, it's probably time to draw up plans for the replacement ballpark.

Bizball: What are your thoughts on the Mitchell Report?

Garfamudis: I always thought Billy Mitchell got a raw deal, but that's military bureaucracy for you. Everyone's afraid of new ideas and he paid the price. Turns out he was right, though. 

Bizball: Fantasy time… You’re Commissioner of MLB. What would you change?

Garfamudis quote on team namesGarfamudis: I think the press has too much freedom and access. I'd cut that way back. Why are these reporters always snooping around with their microphones and camcorders? Look at the Chinese – they know how to keep a lid on things. Take a page from their notebook, I say.

I'd also make fans pay for statistics. A penny a player every week. Think of the income from that! I'd put advertising on the uniforms. I'd put the team names up for sale. The Texas Rangers become the Texas Range Rovers. The New York Yankees become the New York Yankee Candles.

I'd sell the very names of the statistics. Home runs would become Home Depots, for instance. Nobody could call it a "home run" anymore. If they press tried to, they'd lose their credentials. I'd put so much money in the owner's pockets they'd give me my weight in gold and let me stop off at a Swedish buffet before the weigh-in. 

Bizball: Nolan Ryan was recently named President of the Houston Rockets. What do you think about a guy that beat up a charging Robin Ventura as a front office executive?

Garfamudis: I saw a coming attraction for a movie on TV the other day that had the governor of California buck naked in it. You couldn't see his junkyard or anything like that, but he was naked. And now he's governor of a state that's bigger than a lot of countries. A person's past doesn't matter. What matters is how much money they have. People with a lot of money are like gods and should be treated as such. 

Bizball: Let me throw out some names, and give me some thoughts…

Bud Selig

Garfamudis: He sneaks up on you. First you think he's just a used car salesman from Milwaukee, then he turns out to be the visionary genius of our time. Baseball would have been out of business without him. Interleague play saved the game. Check the facts.

Brian McNamee

Garfamudis: I wouldn't tell that guy the time of day for fear he'd blab it all over town. If life were more like a prison movie, they'd find him jammed in the laundry press flattened out like a pair of over-starched pants.

Marge Schott

Marge SchottGarfamudis: True story: I tried to buy a Buick from her dealership once. She came along on the test drive and kept pointing out how roomy the backseat was. I probably shouldn't say anything else. 

Pete Rose

Garfamudis: One of the greatest guys ever. Family man, sports enthusiast. You know, a lot of great athletes just play sports – Pete lived them! You never saw a guy take so much interest in sports as Peter Rose. A sportsman in the true sense of the word – and they crucified him for it. You know what I said to him once, "You don't need their Hall of Fame, Pete. Whatever building you're standing in – that's the Hall of Fame."

Alex Rodriguez

Garfamudis: The ballplayer or the guy who lives across the street from me? Ever since that guy moved in over there I can't think of one without the other even though my neighbor is a systems analyst and weighs like 350 and can't even hold a garden rake right. Seriously, I had to go over there and show him the right grip last fall. He hates baseball, too. Gets all touchy if I call him A-Rod…Here's an analogy for A-Rod the ballplayer: he's like a chef who can't make a good desert, you know what I mean? The appetizer, the soup course, the main course – all fantastic. But when it comes to desert, it tastes like it was fished out of a dumpster.

Bizball: Finally, tells what a day in the life of Art Garfamudis is like. 

Art Garfamudis quote on codesGarfamudis: I always reach for my gun when I wake up, just in case. Things could have horribly wrong overnight. You never know. "Think globally, overreact locally," I always say.

I eat my meals in reverse order. I start with dinner: salad, soup, a roast chicken, some desert. Wine. Lunch, being the middle meal, is eaten at the traditional time. In the evening I have what most people would call breakfast. Pork roll and eggs or flapjacks. Lots of coffee.

I sleep in my clothes -- just in case it all goes down in the middle of the night, I need to be ready to move. These are unstable times. Stay packed. I don't have a social security number, do you? After dinner, I read the sports pages looking for codes. They're in there, you just have to know what to look for. In the evening, I might watch some SportsCenter. I avoid nature shows on television. I have phobias about certain animals I won't name here. I might play cards with friends or go to a ballgame. I don't sit in a press box for a number of reasons, one of which is that I'm under court order not to be in an enclosed space when eating stadium foods. I spend a lot of time in my safe room.

  • Interview conducted by Maury Brown on 3/30/08 
  • Brown thanks Garfamudis for taking time out of his busy schedule, in-between meals, to do this interview.
  • Thanks to ESPN for allowing Garfamudis to be interviewed.

To see a complete listing of our over 40 interviews with those making news in the business of sports, check http://www.businessofsportsnetwork.com



Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?