Rob Dibble on Hulu series, baseball, radio
March, 11, 2013
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
Courtey of George Dickel Tennessee Whisky Former baseball pitcher Rob Dibble is hosting an online reality series about building a bar.Rob Dibble isn't nasty much these days.
In fact, the 49-year-old former pitcher -- best known for his "Nasty Boy" days with the Cincinnati Reds from 1988 to 1995 -- is more in the giving mood these days.
You might say he's mellowed some.
Check out his Tweet this afternoon.
Happy Anniversary to my Beautiful Wife! Thank you for bringing happiness into my life everyday.— Rob Dibble (@robdibble49) March 11, 2013
Dibble is the co-host of Fox Sports Radio's "Fox Sports Tonight" with Amy Van Dyken. He coaches a high school baseball team in California. And he just signed on as host of an online reality series called "Raising the Bar," which showcases teams constructing unique bars.
"I'm enjoying myself more these days," said Dibble, who was on the Reds team that won the 1990 World Series. "I'm all about having fun."
Playbook had a few minutes with Dibble to talk about his projects, his thoughts on today's game -- and did he actually do the "Harlem Shake"?
Your latest project is an online series about building a bar. How in the world did you get involved with that?
"Backed by whiskey brand George Dickel, the series on Hulu follows six teams as they design and build bars. It was shot during the World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City last year. Hey, I got a chance to stuff my face while they were working on this project. They had to build these bars from the ground up. I love stuff like this. People care about quality and not just quantity. This day and age, it's all about a fast-food mentality. It was awesome to see these craftsmen in front of a live audience."
OK, so your love of food and drink got you involved with that project. How did you get into coaching high school baseball in California?
"My son goes to a military school back East. I have a 2-year-old daughter in my second marriage. So I didn't get into coaching to coach my kids. I was a pitching coach for Oaks Christian for a couple of years and I heard that the head coach of Calabasas High School was quitting. That's where baseball great Bret Saberhagen built the field out there. I saw the facilities. I thought I was a good fit. The program needed some love. I jumped at the opportunity. It's incredible. These kids are like sponges. They want to learn and succeed the right way. I'm bringing in former baseball stars Kevin Kennedy, Eric Davis, Dmitri Young. We want kids to learn baseball the right way. That's why I got involved."
Are you shocked that there still are MLB players breaking the rules to get ahead?
"Not at all. Everybody today wants a shortcut, and nobody wants to do things the old-fashion way, similar to what I was saying about the bar series. Look at these major league salaries. Let's talk about Melky Cabrera. He was an average Yankee and a so-so Brave. Boom. He wakes up one day and he's an All-Star player with the Kansas City Royals? You have to scratch your head and wonder how that happened. I believe in karma. It'll all come back to get you. Rodriguez. Canseco. McGwire. Even Lance Armstrong. When you take a shortcut, you're going to get caught. I'll never look at Melky the same way again. I don't care what he does this point forward. I always know he took a shortcut. You're cheating yourself, the team and the game. Using the word 'cheater' is not strong enough. How about deceiver or phony? That deception is going to take you down."
Are you in the camp that these cheaters shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame?
"I'm not in that camp for all the guys. Palmiero. He's a Hall of Famer. Bonds. Hall of Famer. Clemens. Hall of Famer. They got greedy. They wanted an extra five years of their career. I had a shortened career because of injury and understand the mentality. Can I forgive these guys? No. But I don't want to hold them out of the Hall of Fame. I wouldn't want the task of choosing, though. But they deserve to be there. You can make up your own mind."
You've been pretty vocal on your radio show with Amy Van Dyken. How much fun are you guys having?
"Probably too much fun. At times we get in trouble. It's hard these days when anything you say can be put on Twitter of Facebook instantly and it can live there forever. Amy and I have a lot of fun. We push the envelope and sometimes have to reel it back in. Radio is in my blood. I love how we get people from Point A to Point B and we interact with them. Life is so heavy these days. Sports is about fun and games. We try to keep things light."
So that's why you guys jumped the shark and did the "Harlem Shake?"
"I thought it was awesome! You can see me doing Ichiro. I wasn't in it enough! Maybe we'll do another one!"