Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon
news

MLB News

The Starting Lineup of Funny

We have had an amazing crop of very talented Major Leaguers visit the MLB Fan Cave this season. To play ball at the highest level makes even the 25th man on the roster one of the best in the world. So the next time you scream, "You stink!" remember…they don't.

The thing I have enjoyed the most about meeting these guys is that we get a chance to see their talents off the field and some of these professional baseball players are flat-out funny.

Funny is something you can't learn. It's like speed; you can't learn to be fast. You either have wheels or you don't.

Here are the Top 5 Funniest Fan Cave Visitors

5.) Joba Chamberlain

The Yankee reliever is a comedian's comedian. He is very matter of fact on his deliver and shoots from the hip. #62 has a way of saying the right thing at the right time and "timing" is a natural gift. He is also a hell of a nice guy and we wish him well on his road back to the mound.

4.) Jason Varitek

Yea, I can't believe it either. But it's true. Tek does dry humor better than Steven Wright. He makes me laugh. When we shot the "Tek Support" sketch with him, he was a great sport and you could see he wasn't taking himself too seriously. The outtakes of that sketch could roll during the credits of an Apatow movie.

The Red Sox Captain is a class act and I'm not just saying that because he gave me a "playful" punch to the shoulder that caused my rib cage to rattle for a month. Tek is funny…but Go Yanks!

3.) Larry Anderson

We all have that family member who shows up at the bbq or wedding and is the life of the party…The former Major Leaguer and Phillies broadcaster is that guy. He spent an afternoon at the Cave and it was like being at an O'Hara Family get together with Uncle Larry. He just knows how to keep the laughs going. He'd mix in observations with old stories and we really didn't want him to leave. So Mr. Anderson succeeded in what comics everywhere would call the 1st rule in performing, "Leave 'em wanting more!"

2.) Jeremy Guthrie

If you like your comedy from The Onion or are a fan of John Stewart and Steven Colbert then the Baltimore starter is your man. Guthrie is one of the best guys I've met this season. He gets it. Jeremy and his love of awful pop music (Ok, he'd say that isn't true…we agree to disagree) was one of the most hysterical conversations I've ever been involved in. He is unapologetic about his devotion to Bieber, but you can see the Stanford graduate enjoys pushing buttons and cutting people up with an easy going manner that the Great Dean Martin possessed. Yea, I went old school on you, but Dean O was the greatest straight man in the history of the show biz game. That's high praise to the MLBelieber.

1.) Ryan "Spill the Beans" Spilborghs,

This guy is the best we've had. When his days on the diamond are through I hope he spins off to THE SPILBORGHS COMEDY HOUR. I'd kill to be on that program. We shot an episode of his show "Spill The Beans" here at the Fan Cave and I was lucky, or unlucky, enough to be his guest. It was like performing with a seasoned sketch comedy veteran. Lorne Michaels should send a scout the next time the Rockies are in town to battle the Mets. Ryan is a three-tool comedian. He does wise-ass, broad and smart comedy at a high level. If there was an MLB All-Star Comedy team, Spilly would be the league leader in votes.

I don't mean to sound like this list was a easy one to come up with. All the guys have been great and there were so many that could of made the list. Here are some of the Honorable Mentions.

Bruce Chen - The man actually gave us a quick five minutes on the mic and made the Fan Cave the Gotham Comedy Club for an afternoon.

John Kruk - What you see IS what you get with Kruker. He was even nice enough to jump in and be a guest on A Cup of Coffee with The Duck.

Peter Moylan - Maybe it's the accent…I don't know but the man makes me laugh.

Jon Rauch - Another guy that half makes me laugh and half scares the hell out of me. I don't know how hitters stand in on this guy. He is 6'11" and is covered with tattoos. He looks like one of the Sons Of Anarchy…but hey, he's a joker too.

Big Papi - Humor driven by personality. The guy has that for days. Now if he'd just wear pinstripes…maybe he'll make the list next time.

Nick Swisher - Again a personality guy and is ALWAYS on. You can tell he, like myself, spent a lot of time outside the class room for being "A distraction". Stay strong for the class clowns, Swish.

Nyjer Morgan aka T. DOT PLUSH. Whatever you wanna call the Brewers outfielder, you got to admit that he is funny. I am a big fan of the alter ego and was lucky to receive a "gentleman's name" from T Dot. I'm one of his Co-Pilots and am now known as "Bobby Handsome DDS" in some circles.

Who do you think is the funniest player in baseball? Tweet me at @mikeyoh21 .

We have had an amazing crop of very talented Major Leaguers visit the MLB Fan Cave this season. To play ball at the highest level makes even the 25th man on the roster one of the best in the world. So the next time you scream, "You stink!" remember…they don't.

The thing I have enjoyed the most about meeting these guys is that we get a chance to see their talents off the field and some of these professional baseball players are flat-out funny.

Funny is something you can't learn. It's like speed; you can't learn to be fast. You either have wheels or you don't.

Here are the Top 5 Funniest Fan Cave Visitors

5.) Joba Chamberlain

The Yankee reliever is a comedian's comedian. He is very matter of fact on his deliver and shoots from the hip. #62 has a way of saying the right thing at the right time and "timing" is a natural gift. He is also a hell of a nice guy and we wish him well on his road back to the mound.

4.) Jason Varitek

Yea, I can't believe it either. But it's true. Tek does dry humor better than Steven Wright. He makes me laugh. When we shot the "Tek Support" sketch with him, he was a great sport and you could see he wasn't taking himself too seriously. The outtakes of that sketch could roll during the credits of an Apatow movie.

The Red Sox Captain is a class act and I'm not just saying that because he gave me a "playful" punch to the shoulder that caused my rib cage to rattle for a month. Tek is funny…but Go Yanks!

3.) Larry Anderson

We all have that family member who shows up at the bbq or wedding and is the life of the party…The former Major Leaguer and Phillies broadcaster is that guy. He spent an afternoon at the Cave and it was like being at an O'Hara Family get together with Uncle Larry. He just knows how to keep the laughs going. He'd mix in observations with old stories and we really didn't want him to leave. So Mr. Anderson succeeded in what comics everywhere would call the 1st rule in performing, "Leave 'em wanting more!"

2.) Jeremy Guthrie

If you like your comedy from The Onion or are a fan of John Stewart and Steven Colbert then the Baltimore starter is your man. Guthrie is one of the best guys I've met this season. He gets it. Jeremy and his love of awful pop music (Ok, he'd say that isn't true…we agree to disagree) was one of the most hysterical conversations I've ever been involved in. He is unapologetic about his devotion to Bieber, but you can see the Stanford graduate enjoys pushing buttons and cutting people up with an easy going manner that the Great Dean Martin possessed. Yea, I went old school on you, but Dean O was the greatest straight man in the history of the show biz game. That's high praise to the MLBelieber.

1.) Ryan "Spill the Beans" Spilborghs,

This guy is the best we've had. When his days on the diamond are through I hope he spins off to THE SPILBORGHS COMEDY HOUR. I'd kill to be on that program. We shot an episode of his show "Spill The Beans" here at the Fan Cave and I was lucky, or unlucky, enough to be his guest. It was like performing with a seasoned sketch comedy veteran. Lorne Michaels should send a scout the next time the Rockies are in town to battle the Mets. Ryan is a three-tool comedian. He does wise-ass, broad and smart comedy at a high level. If there was an MLB All-Star Comedy team, Spilly would be the league leader in votes.

I don't mean to sound like this list was a easy one to come up with. All the guys have been great and there were so many that could of made the list. Here are some of the Honorable Mentions.

Bruce Chen - The man actually gave us a quick five minutes on the mic and made the Fan Cave the Gotham Comedy Club for an afternoon.

John Kruk - What you see IS what you get with Kruker. He was even nice enough to jump in and be a guest on A Cup of Coffee with The Duck.

Peter Moylan - Maybe it's the accent…I don't know but the man makes me laugh.

Jon Rauch - Another guy that half makes me laugh and half scares the hell out of me. I don't know how hitters stand in on this guy. He is 6'11" and is covered with tattoos. He looks like one of the Sons Of Anarchy…but hey, he's a joker too.

Big Papi - Humor driven by personality. The guy has that for days. Now if he'd just wear pinstripes…maybe he'll make the list next time.

Nick Swisher - Again a personality guy and is ALWAYS on. You can tell he, like myself, spent a lot of time outside the class room for being "A distraction". Stay strong for the class clowns, Swish.

Nyjer Morgan aka T. DOT PLUSH. Whatever you wanna call the Brewers outfielder, you got to admit that he is funny. I am a big fan of the alter ego and was lucky to receive a "gentleman's name" from T Dot. I'm one of his Co-Pilots and am now known as "Bobby Handsome DDS" in some circles.

Who do you think is the funniest player in baseball? Tweet me at @mikeyoh21 .