One night, in Havana…

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Nestor Aparicio tells Dennis Koulatsos about that night in Havana with Woody Harrelson and Andy Summers. And about sitting at the kids’ media table in Arlington, Texas for the ALDS Game 3 exit of the Baltimore Orioles.

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orioles, years, game, played, cuba, days, woody harrelson, week, story, luke, andy summers, jimmy buffett, dallas, tickets, good, baltimore, major league baseball, bar, watch, ravens

SPEAKERS

Dennis Koulatsos, Nestor Aparicio

Dennis Koulatsos  00:02

Welcome back. My next guest is Nestor Aparicio. He’s going to contract he’s watching Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks said he’s going down to Texas to watch the Rangers take on our o’s and now he’s back in town. Better than ever ready to do some mellifluous segments here on W and St. Nestor welcome in?

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Nestor Aparicio  00:19

Well, I’ve had I had the biggest thrill of my life on Wednesday in Arlington. It had nothing to do with baseball but I’m

Dennis Koulatsos  00:25

saying a lot. You’ve had a lot of thrills in your life.

Nestor Aparicio  00:27

I’ve ever told you about the story. I went to Cuba with the Orioles not to

Dennis Koulatsos  00:31

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think I’ve ever heard that one. What So as he’s approaching his 55th birthday this weekend, we get to hear that story. Come on, bring it Oh,

Nestor Aparicio  00:38

hold on. So in in March of 1999 the Orioles went to Cuba, you remember that? I

Dennis Koulatsos  00:43

remember that. Of course the Oak Hill and they close and Fidel Castro that was that was huge.

Nestor Aparicio  00:49

Okay, I was with them on that trip. So I went down, we spent I want to say it was less than 96 hours like I’d have to do the math on it. It was three or four days. It was a weekend junket. I was prensa P er and sa prints a press in in Cuba. By the way, I had press credential Here, I’ll hold it up for you. This is a media credential, American League Division Series. The Orioles about the Orioles took Luke’s clubhouse pass from him for taking me. I had to fight with major. Stop it. No, I have no idea. It’s a friend of ours. And Luke didn’t get his clubhouse back to the fifth inning. You’re kidding. No, no, they tried to punish Luke though petty are bringing me so petty. So and then the major league baseball guy says this is all 30 years old. I’m like, No, this is right now Luke’s in the locker room. My team just got eliminated. I’m the only one in the room with you. Who’s not allowed in there? Is it my skin? Is it my hair? What is it? What is it? I flew to Texas to talk to my baseball team. So nonetheless, so it’s been a weird week. So we woke up after the sweep. By the way the Orioles have lost eight consecutive postseason games. Yeah,

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Dennis Koulatsos  02:00

three is not a good streak. And one Yeah, but again, different years different eras. I don’t put I don’t put for the fans for the fans, the fans for the fans. The fear for that’s a great point for the fans at

Nestor Aparicio  02:12

different times in a row. Now. We’ve gotten up for big October baseball game and I get it. No. The last October baseball game they won was Delmon young. You

Dennis Koulatsos  02:21

just took me back to oh six with the with the Ravens lost to the Colts with Peyton Manning. So I get that from a football perspective. I draw the line. I understand. Losses are losses, they leave a mark

Nestor Aparicio  02:33

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on the fat and especially when you you know you win 101 games you get fired up. So I went to Cuba in 99. I spent four days there. Jerry and Scott were part of coming in who went with me down at the bow to get to Domenico we did a lot of stuff in cube went to the game went to the fair Darrow and I brought him in the studio back in 99. Yeah. And we told the story of being there for you know, we did two hour segment on the air just telling stories from four days before so it was very fresh. So I found the tape I’ve had to take forever. I mean, it’s one of the greatest stories ever told right for like, it’s one of the great stories of my life. So on a night in Cuba, we went to Bodeguita del medio, when you can Google the name of that it was Hemingway’s favorite bar in Havana. His his autograph is on the ceiling there. But the walls are all written on. It’s one of those bars where it’s all it’s a graffiti bar. Right. And it’s a tiny little alley bar. But it’s a very famous bar right cats in the alley the whole deal Havana, right? So sweet. Five years ago, we we go into this bar. And there’s 10 People in the bar well and Bobby nick the late great Bobby Nick, who was a recurring cast member here who DJ made whiskey Joe’s and all my nice guy Awards and the late great Bob and we lost him in 2015. He had told me all along to go there. He had been to Cuba many times he was a Spanish teacher in Howard County. He was fluent in Spanish spent his time he loved Chile, he would go to Chile every summer and drink wine and you know, so he told me you got to go to the boat to get it. Don’t let it go. You gotta go. You gotta go. So you promised me if you go to Cuba. So I went there. So I go in. There’s 10 people in there and Dennis it’s small, small, like little bar and small, led betters kind of small, like really small. 40 people would pack it, like pack it. And it’s got like a lot of places in other places. It has sort of jail bars and the windows. You know what I mean? Like it’s the way it looks. It’s this wrought iron. So we go in, and there’s three dudes in the corner just talking to having a drink. And they’re the only gringos in there. Everybody else is, you know, Hispanic doesn’t speak English. We can’t speak to them. So we go over in this three way they weren’t American. One was British, one was Australian, and the other was Irish, but they all spoke English. And we start talking to them and I looked and I said to Scott I’m like, that looks like paddy Moloney, from the chieftains. Because he’s a unique looking man, Irish man, older man, he passed away two years ago Patty Maloney did. And I knew Patti Maloney this much because I interviewed him when I was a music critic at the sun. So it’s not that far on 98 Patty Maloney, I probably interviewed 9091. Like, so I knew what he looked like. And no one ever said your patty. Oh, yeah, I’m Patty Maloney. You know, he’s Irish, right? And I said, Hi, how are you? So Oh, introduce you to my friend Andy. And our other friend here, Woody. And I looked it’s like Woody Harrelson. And like, so it’s Woody Harrelson. A guy named Andy another guy named Glenn and, and Patti Maloney, I start talking to the guy. And I figured out he’s Andy Summers from the police. Like, I looked at him, and it’s Andy Summerson. The police you love music

Dennis Koulatsos  05:53

so much and then realize you were a music critic. Early on in your career. That’s that’s awesome news to me.

Nestor Aparicio  05:58

I get hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of rock and roll interviews. So, man, so it’s Andy Summers, and I went over Scott and we’re feeling no pain. According to the story. We were drinking, like, like, the story is 25 years old. Like we were drinking. We were drinking Kuba Libras they were going down I’m like, okay, you know, so I went back and listen to story. So Andy Summers starts talking to Scott from Ameche Scott is the owner of a meat cheese to this day. Great place go see him a little Italy. And he said that Sandy summers I’m like as we start talking, a band comes into the bar and some some flight attendants from from Italy and Italian pilots and flight attendants. So you know, some people coming in five piece bands comes in with guitars, mariachi, and they’re playing for tips, right? Guantanamo, man, La Cucaracha.

Dennis Koulatsos  06:49

I have no idea who’s in who’s in the crowd there. DEVAR.

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Nestor Aparicio  06:52

So they’re playing. And I went up to them and we’re tipping them. And I’m like, Musa de gringo. They’re gonna go, Ah, it looks back and they start playing a three part of Hotel California, right, the beginning of the guitars, Joe Walsh, and like, and I start singing on a dark desert highway. So we start singing Woody Harrelson cool wind in my hair. So we start singing and we’re singing and we’re singing Hotel California, you know, plenty room after. So we’re singing and then we’re having a good time. We’re having a good time now with these musicians, and I’m looking at Andy Summers. I’m like, you gotta grab a guitar. And and he’s like, and and he’s very humble. You know? He’s very, no, I don’t speak the language. I don’t want to offend anyone. I said, I speak enough Spanish to get you to get tomorrow. All right, there you go. So he says, if you can get the guitar, I’ll play it and play it. And you know, he’s very dry British sense of humor. So I went up to the guy said, for most so law police law police. Yeah, they grabbed the guitar and hand it to Andy Summers. So Andy Summers got the guitar. Now, Woody Harrelson is out in an alley. When he kept asking us to watch his bag with his passport. And I was convinced there were things in the bag that I should not be holding in Cuba.

Dennis Koulatsos  08:06

Cuban cigars if nothing else, I’m sure

Nestor Aparicio  08:08

there was nothing else other than that. 9099. So the band gives the guitar to Andy Summers. And he says, If I play, you have to sing. He says this to me, because he heard me sing. Okay. So Jerry Coleman sitting with his ass up on the counter screaming Canary to call mine when the world is running is screaming all the songs right kick. Screaming police on any summer’s takes the guitar and he holds it up to my ear. He says, Let’s start at the beginning night. And he starts playing every breath you take. Gotcha. So I start singing Every Breath You Take every moon. So so the bar sing. And now the Italian girls are singing since the last week. So we’re singing right? So everybody sing an auntie sing. And we’re like, let’s do it. So we did SOS you know? That’s just a bottle. And then then he started then to do the Encore he starts doing then. Roxanne you don’t have to put on. So we all sang We did three songs was the greatest night of my life. I still tell the story. 25

Dennis Koulatsos  09:16

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great story, man. That’s awesome. But Dennis that gets, it gets

Nestor Aparicio  09:21

better. We come back. We tell the story on the air. I’ve been telling this story forever. I had pictures. I have no audio, right? No video was like, we didn’t have cell phones. But there were pictures. There were lots of pictures. Scott took pictures. And we came into the studio four days after we got back from Cuba. And the dysentery went away. And we told the story of all of this and for places we ate we ate in the woman’s kitchen. We went to the very Garrow we saw Castro, you know we just like there’s stuff in the stories that I forgot Barry Levinson was there. I mean, I forgotten about all this stuff.

Dennis Koulatsos  09:56

So it’s like one hell of a trip.

Nestor Aparicio  09:59

What was it It was the greatest trip of my life. I mean, anyone in my life would tell you that the Cuba trip was legendary. So I put it away. It’s one of those great things that happen in your life last century that you it’s a great party story that I sang with Andy Summers and played the role of staying and there are people there and there’s pictures of it’s, so it really happened. And this summer, I was, you know, I like concerts. I looked up and I saw Andy Summers playing the strand at the Appel Center in New York, Pennsylvania. Tonight, the 12, Thursday, October the 12th. Okay, Andy Summers playing the strand in in your punch me. So I sent a note to the strand people three weeks ago, I’m like, Look, I have these pictures. Andy Summers will remember me. I own a radio station in Baltimore. I’d love to have him on. his publicist got very excited, sent it to him. He sent it back. He had a cold last week. He’s going on tour. Finally got him yesterday. So I was in Arlington, Texas, after doing four and a half hours of end of the season sweep radio with Luke and I’m like, I got one more to do. I’m doing Andy Summers today. So Andy Summers, and I did 20 minutes together. Good for you yesterday. And he recalled the story. He said that Woody Harrelson was live two doors down from him and Cal in Hollywood and La time, he said, he said, Oh, Woody, and I Oh, what do you and I, we went out together with things Woody, and I did this story there for sure. He’s storytelling tonight with police songs and music and very much audio video. So I would encourage everyone, if you love the past, and you want some stories, go see Andy Summers on Thursday night. And if not, there’s a great interview with Andy summer sky, replaying the 25 minute piece with me and Jerry and Scott, telling the stories from Havana when they happen 25 years ago, and the greatest story of my life got a little bit better, because I got to see Andy Summers on a zoom, tell me his side of the story of that night, and what the heck he was doing in the bar that night, his recollection of one of the events. He didn’t have a lot of it. And it was funny,

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Dennis Koulatsos  12:06

you have a better you have a really good memory. So I’m sure you, you fill in the blanks, the holes that he couldn’t remember,

Nestor Aparicio  12:12

you know what he remembered about it? It was a Cuban exchange. And it happened at the same time the baseball thing happened. And I don’t know whether whether Castro planned it that way, or whether it was just how it worked out. Right. But that weekend, and you can totally Google this 1999 Cuba music delegation. There were 50 Western musicians, there was a guy who did this who took musicians to really troubled places. You know, Taran, you know, Port au Prince, take him to places where they have no outside probably would take them to to North Korea, if he could write to to perform with other musicians. So the whole and Andy explained all this. But when he got down there, he said, I got it. We’ll go listen to his piece. But he said he got paired with a band with a whole orchestra and I couldn’t screw it up. He said, but some people had a violinist and they had to figure out it was a different cut. And he said, we drew them at a hats, which I didn’t know. He told me this Wednesday morning. He’s I thought they were paired ahead of time. No, no, no, he said we pulled hats. He said some people got a violinist some people got a piano some people got a flutist you know, he’s and then you had to make music, make a song. And then we performed for Castro I was at that night when they performed in this beautiful old theater in Havana. And that was the night I ran into Jimmy Buffett. That was the night I saw Jimmy Buffett and took the picture with Jimmy Buffett. And the story that I found from 25 years ago with Scott and Jerry Scott took the ill fated blurry picture of Jimmy Buffett and I just rode his ass and I’m like, How could you take a picture of me and Jimmy Buffett that he said I took 300 pictures 299 word focus. The one that was in focus was Jimmy Buffett.

Dennis Koulatsos  13:59

You can’t take one picture of Jimmy Buffett you got to take multiple pictures just in case somebody Blaine got to

Nestor Aparicio  14:03

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take it you got to take a security right yeah,

Dennis Koulatsos  14:05

we can’t take one man had the great late Jimmy Buffett next to you.

Nestor Aparicio  14:10

So aside from the Ravens being in London, which is a bad story from six years ago, and then the Orioles being in Texas, there’s never a good day in Dallas, Texas, by the way for you. When you have Luke on please ask him about touring the star in Dallas. I have a very, very good friend who’s a PR director for the for the Cowboys. My friend has run the Cowboys for 23 years. Okay, so I was in Dallas. I don’t have a lot of friends in Dallas by the way. Another Dallas friend that I love immensely is Brian Rossum. Brian played the NBA for a number of years and did radio here with Bob Haney and with Ray Bachman 20 years ago, Brian is he’s a great, great man. He’s a great basketball coach and we had breakfast in Dallas. So I had a good time in Dallas other than the games, but we toured Jerry’s facility, not the dome not been in the dome a couple of times. I’m talking about where they practice in Frisco. Dennis. Everything about it’s Ford. Right. I mean, it’s it’s Ford Motor Company, this sports. Yes. But the day says Ford on it. So So Luke and I screwed around, took some pictures at the podium where for every week we were in the locker room. We went out on the fields. We touched all of the trophies and rings and saw all the artwork and Dennis, if you go to Dallas, you get stuck there because I know sometimes you have dealer meetings there. By all means I can get you tour the Cowboys.

Dennis Koulatsos  15:37

Awesome. Yeah, I’ve meant the stadium in 2011 for the Superbowl between the Packers and the Steelers. And

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Nestor Aparicio  15:43

you brought the Steelers bad luck. I liked that. It did. I was I was there too.

Dennis Koulatsos  15:47

You were there too. I was in the upper deck wearing my rate Lewis jersey and waving my ravens towel and everybody thought I was crazy. I was I was screaming at the top of my lungs go pack go anybody but the Steelers. It was hysterical.

Nestor Aparicio  15:59

What works for you. It did work. That’s a good number. You got a better day. That was awful weather week everywhere. I drove

Dennis Koulatsos  16:05

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my store. They had the thick of the ice storm of the century. We were trying to get out to get some Tex Mex and the hotel we stayed at. Everybody was there. Steve Young was there. Troy Aikman was there. We had a heck of a time we ran into everybody at that.

Nestor Aparicio  16:18

I sat on Earl Campbell’s lap in Dallas. So it’s not that bad. A bad place. And was that week. So it’s been a couple of days in Dallas. I mean, look, I could talk about the baseball that we’re gonna talk about the baseball team forever, right? Like, I’m not good enough this time around. I don’t know what else to get it done five days off the pitching the hitting the you always say there’s no, there’s no. There’s no substitute for experience.

Dennis Koulatsos  16:41

No experience on fire and experience on ice is dead. But if you have experience on fire, man, there’s no substitute and haven’t been there and lived in lived longer than other people does give you a leg up on your competition. And I think there was some of that, that came with the play with the Orioles. Very, very big stage for a lot of the young guys. And the and the pitching just wasn’t there either. I mean, just the pay. The bigger

Nestor Aparicio  17:04

the crowd, the worse they performed. I mean, that’s really the truth. I mean, you know, they won 100 games and anonymity and quiet. They snuck up on teams, a lot of the year, there was nobody at the ballpark most of the time when a lot of folks showed up at the ballpark. They didn’t perform that well. I mean, they really didn’t like I can go through there. If you went through their crowds to 35 plus and see what their record is. I don’t know what it is. I’m not even gonna gander. But it probably wasn’t good. And and the noise the people I’ve equated it to hitting a golf ball or playing tennis and quiet, not quiet. But baseball is not a game that’s played like a football game. And it is in October. It is in the first inning. second inning it is every time there’s two strikes and two outs. And the stadium takes on a completely different dimension. I mean, it’s here about this. I can I can wrap this up and say this with music. It’s a difference between electric and acoustic.

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Dennis Koulatsos  17:57

Oh 100% Bryce Harper, Wednesday night hits two homeruns and stares down the Braves a shortstop right there the grown man Been there, done that. And again, my point about experience again.

Nestor Aparicio  18:10

Well, here’s the experience for Baltimore. And I want to give you this is this is the reality of the situation. I’m gonna look this up right now because we’re recording this on Thursday. If you hear it there’s if you’re It’s Sunday morning. Don’t be mad at me. But it’s early on Thursday morning right now as we record and they have a knockout game in Philadelphia in eight hours. They played six o’clock 6pm How much would it cost you and me to go up there right now and stand. So you know what the Orioles tickets were last week was 100 bucks. 80 bucks under 20 bucks to get in for the games. In Arlington, it was less Arlington. It was more like 6070 or 80 bucks to get into the game the other night.

Dennis Koulatsos  18:56

I took a look at Sunday game it was $90 to get in. in Philly. Not in Baltimore, Baltimore.

Nestor Aparicio  19:02

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Well tonight, if you want a pair on the roof and deep right field in a row 19 They start at $315 Each with 105 and fees. It’s a four on $100 walk in in Philadelphia okay for an NL DS Knockout Game tonight. And they all spent all that money last year chasing the Padres the World Series Right? Like I Sixers fliers, money EEG they spent a ton of money on the Eagles. But this is what happens in a sports community where the team is loved and respected on a Phillies are loved and respected. The Orioles are not loved and respected. They’re loved in some quarters. They’re respected by very few people. Nobody respects Peter angelos, John Angeles, how they operate. And I don’t know what game five would have looked like tomorrow night had it been on fire. I think it would have been a $200 again. I mean, that’s the way I was looking at it. But it’s 400 in Philly right now, to me, that’s a city that’s on fire. That’s a city that paid for lost a World Series last year. That one won in this generation. Right? They won a World Series in a little while now. Right? Since they won, right like literally right? But it’s been 15 years since day one right then they went to no eight

Dennis Koulatsos  20:21

facilities to to amplify your point. Your number football guy right, but this ties right into it. Billy’s PSLs How about 10 to $15,000? What do you think ravens PSL are worth these days? Nothing. How about that thing?

Nestor Aparicio  20:35

Yeah, I turned mine in.

Dennis Koulatsos  20:38

So but just the difference between the towns just sports towns just saying not just baseball. But football is right there with them. I wish my PSL had some value.

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Nestor Aparicio  20:48

This is a baseball team that has no one who covers them and they did everything they could do. Besides try to throw me in jail in Dallas the other night. You know what I mean? Like they they? They were mad at major league baseball. They were mad at the Texas Rangers for letting me in. They were mad at all the executives of Major League Baseball. They scowled at me when I was in the press room. And I’m thinking you’re losing. Oh, two, you’re getting eliminated tonight. You’re worried about me.

Dennis Koulatsos  21:18

People. That’s okay. Look at the way they treated Kevin Brown. It’s no surprise how they’re turned

Nestor Aparicio  21:24

away. I saw Ben McDonald for the first time in 25 years. Oh, man. It was a big ol hug and we got a slice of pizza and I love Ben. And so I caught up with Ben and I caught up with Tim Kurkjian. I did not see Ken Rosenthal because you’ll notice something everyone else in the Baltimore media had a blue tarp. You see, you see it says pressbox auxilary and BC that’s the interview room. I was not allowed on the field. Luke had field access taken away. Luke could not go on to the field. That’s a show and watch batting practice. So I never saw Ken Rosenthal because I never got on the field. So we flew wn st flew two people. That’s two more than the fan. There was nobody there from one to five, seven. There’s never anybody they’re not journalists. So So I just want to say I’m I don’t know what I don’t know. I’m 55 By the way, it’s my birthday dad. So I turned 55 Happy birthday to you happy early birthday double image city Friday. Luke looks good. It’d be my guest that drug city on Friday and we’re going to tell some stories because he’s never around to do the crabcake tour because he’s always working. And then my birthday Saturday and then on Sunday we’re going to be at Hollywood casino and Perry Ville Brighton early for breakfast. First day my 5060 year how’s that gonna go for me Dan was 56 Is that good? Good number.

Dennis Koulatsos  22:39

Yeah, you’re in the back of mine now as I am you join me in the back nine officially but your your new nickname for me for the rest of the year. It’s double nickels. Since you’re turning 55 Double

Nestor Aparicio  22:50

nickels. My age like that. Are you well Nikolina che so at least I look younger.

Dennis Koulatsos  22:54

With the jean jacket you look like you’re back in Danville High School you do your pass for a senior

Nestor Aparicio  23:02

card me would you? I would

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Dennis Koulatsos  23:04

definitely card you entrepreneur. Well,

Nestor Aparicio  23:06

it’s still a great weekend here right I mean, there’s baseball to be watched the Ravens now take full focus. The Orioles offseason will take focus. I mean, the Terps gave Ohio State a hard time last week. So from a sports perspective hockey starts this week, right? Basketball is a few weeks away. college basketball we’re gonna be moonlight man, this thing. But the Orioles ride was magical. It sucked us all in. It sucked me to Dallas of all places. I’ve enjoyed watching the games on TV. I’ve enjoyed being at the Games. I’ve enjoyed the fact that you and I’ve talked baseball a little bit this you have for 20 years, ever. So and that you’re buying a 13 game plan next year. It’s you know what it is? And I told Luke and I fight about this a lot because I do business. He does pleasure. He does this, what’s on the field, I do what’s off the field. And I said they don’t know how to do this. And TJ Brightman saw me underneath the stadium as after they got swept when I was going to the interview room because the only place I was allowed to go. I got seated at the kids table after covering 58 World Series games and doing this for 33 They put me at the kids table. You know these kids that have worked at the Baltimore band or eight weeks are running around the locker room with passes and unlocked. It’s It’s unbelievable. How petty they are. Especially if you are the elder statesman how bad but they have four months, five months to figure out. Winter Carnival spring training. selling tickets getting people who were excited last summer excited again. Getting your money ahead of time instead of it’s 73 degrees tonight. I’ll go after the game, you know, like trying to caravan all of the thing Eric Fisher did a piece of me last week from he’s a front office sports as longtime sports. He’s one of the smartest baseball business people I know he was at the Washington Times for us. He’s an attorney. He’s just and he’s he loves baseball. He knows the history. Baseball. He’s a great guest. And he said to me in regard to the Orioles he’s like, you get out of Houston and you see that place pack and you see people spend the money even in Philadelphia they do hand to hand combat. They’re out in the streets meeting every Dennis culottes those every Mr. Coons every crystal coons every all your competitors. Uh, you know, all the Toyota dealerships Ford, Chevy, you find it, we’re gonna meet every coffee shop owner. We’re gonna meet everyone that loves sports. We’re gonna we’re gonna meet every person that coaches a little league team, and we’re going to make sure we know those people were like,

Dennis Koulatsos  25:35

they don’t mean yeah, you mean they understand that communication is a contact sport. Not a passive sports contact, full contact. It’s mono. Well, no one

Nestor Aparicio  25:43

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has ever called me and offered me Orioles tickets offered my business a chance to partner with the Orioles. I don’t know if they come knocking on your door asking for three. They do. Okay. All right. They do.

Dennis Koulatsos  25:55

Okay Masson does anyway. Well, Matthew, I

Nestor Aparicio  25:57

see your ads. I see your ads on TV. That’s different, though. That’s different than the mass and package would also they compete with each other because they’re trying to give you free tickets for

Dennis Koulatsos  26:06

taking their money. How do you think I’ve gone to the stadium 13 times this year,

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Nestor Aparicio  26:09

you bought advertising? You bought you said I had

Dennis Koulatsos  26:13

no idea court I saw I saw corporate advertising on TV. And next thing I know I got a call from the rep and says once some tickets, I’m like, sure. I’ll go.

Nestor Aparicio  26:21

Yeah, yeah, give me a sweet give me them. And then they are doing their job in that way. But that that’s selling that’s not selling? You know, I got it. Yeah, that’s selling to rich people and businesses. That’s not reaching the people. You know, and they don’t really care about people like my friend Melanie who can’t afford playoff tickets. If you can’t afford the car, you’re not a good customer for them. You know what I mean? Like, and I just, I know how poorly they’ve been run. I’m here, I’m thrown out for speaking about how poorly they’ve been run and how much they’ve lost and how empty The stadium has been and how they lack integrity. I sat down with the major league baseball guy. I said, Dude, I’m sitting here with you everybody else’s in the locker room and I’m here fighting with you. And I said, the owner promised all of them a look at the books the owner is a liar, the owner that lacks integrity, your Commissioner should be in on that your Commissioner should be in on that. That’s Geddy Lee, but this is this is the real Getty Lake. You can you can tell by the Getty but the Major League Baseball should be concerned that they have a sleeping giant franchise here. And that Phillies playoff tickets are $400 tonight and for the Orioles you could have gotten in for 75 bucks three days ago. Like that tells you all you need to know about the rapidity of the fan base. And $10 ravens tickets every week. And when the lions get here two weeks from now. It’ll be $15 Day of game unless the Lions fans are coming to buy the tickets. Which is possible they they’re right. I mean, I don’t know. But I know what tickets got you how much it was to get into the Raiders game the other night. The Raiders played that Monday night game or Sunday night game Monday I came on it bucks. I’m gonna guess it was $400 to get in because really who the Raiders play they played some flappy team they played

Dennis Koulatsos  28:14

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with the Packers. I don’t even know who they played. They played

Nestor Aparicio  28:18

with the Packers because the Packers travel. That’s what it was. It was the Packers. Packers fans will pay for tickets, right Raiders fans in Las Vegas. The 400 ollar get in, or two teams that are gonna win six games. Seven games,

Dennis Koulatsos  28:31

I think was a Monday night game. I didn’t watch it and we tell them watchable. It

Nestor Aparicio  28:35

was a Monday night game. And 25 Plus juice to get into that game out of those tickets are two and a quarter. My wife bought them last year when we went out there two years ago, that game

Dennis Koulatsos  28:46

was unwatchable. Nobody didn’t watch it.

Nestor Aparicio  28:49

Well, you go out to Vegas, and you want to see the show. That’s what you pay for. And I’m just saying in our market. And this is how the the other owners look at it. They look at it as we’re poor. We’re empty. We have a beautiful stadium. So come do something about it. Come make me love the team again. I want I fell in love with the team all summer then I showed up in Texas got treated like a piece of trash.

Dennis Koulatsos  29:15

That they’d look. You expect them to change who they are not at all. You can’t teach a crab to walk straight. Great stuff Nestor is always glad you’re back. Glad you’re celebrating your birthday this weekend when a wish many, many more.

Nestor Aparicio  29:29

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Well, Andy Summers brought me my birthday gift early this week by showing up. So if you hear some crazy voices on the air this weekend telling stories about cube in 1999. You’ll hear Andy Summers to tell some stories too. So I’m bummed I’m really bummed that we’re not watching it. I mean, I told Luke when we were in the car going the airport in Dallas, I said it ends and then like I don’t want to watch Houston and Texas. I hate them both. You know like I mean, I’ll keep an eye on it and I’ll watch the World Series. But like last year the Padres were in so it’s a little bit more rich. I like the Phillies enough and I have enough friends, including Luke who likes the Phillies, right? Like so like, oh, I watch an ad only to see the Braves in the Dodgers again. How about the Dodgers going out in three? Oh, yeah. Now the big guy, they’re gonna do something about that by

Dennis Koulatsos  30:14

those. Those big payrolls man not working out so well, that’s a long

Nestor Aparicio  30:17

week off. And when hitters don’t see pitching, they can’t hit the ball. I mean, that’s pretty obvious. It’s true. That’s true. Appreciate you, Dan. I’ll see you on Monday. We’ll get you

Dennis Koulatsos  30:27

there he goes. Nestor Aparicio. Here, make sure you listen to the segments on 1570 am am Baltimore positive WNYC we’ll take a quick break and come back right after this.

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