Posted at 10:46 AM on September 18, 2006
by David Zingler
Bert Blyleven knows how to make the most of opportunities. The man who turned his fascination with circles into a region-wide craze is now set to cash in on his recent bad press, “Mom always told me that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade,” Blyleven laughed.
The FSN color commentator received a five game suspension for using a profanity on air during a pre-game show earlier this month. Blyleven said he believed the piece was being taped. It was during the suspension that the 55-year-old decided he should try his hand at comedy.
“I was bored to death during the suspension,” the former hurler admitted. “People are always telling me how funny I am and Dick Bremer always laughs at my on-air jokes – and those are clean. I thought that if I could add some more ‘colorful’ language, it would be a top seller.”
In the album, titled “Circle This, @%$*!”, Blyleven discusses baseball, the Hall of Fame, juvenile pranks like hot foot, Dick Bremer, bad ties, the Metrodome roof, circles, California math and birthdays. Blyleven says all profits will go to charity and sees no risk involved with the venture.
“I’ve already got a lot of money, a loyal following and Hall of Fame resume,” he explained. “What’s to lose? If people don’t like it, it’s no skin of my @#%.”