By Mary C. Rydzeski
BRIAN'S QUOTE OF THE DAY
Brian on the George Zimmerman verdict: "George Zimmerman is not a guy you want to rally behind, to tell you the truth... To me, this was a trial that was media-driven and I think it's a tragedy all the way around. There are no winners."
After doubting Brian's softball skills at the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game this past weekend, ED HENRY, FOX's Chief White House Correspondent and dedicated Yankees fan, weighed in on Janet Napolitano stepping down. Henry said he thinks Obama was definitely caught off guard with the news. "Janet Napolitano's been a key part of the Cabinet, making sure the homeland is safe," he explained. Henry went on to say that there are a lot of contenders that could take Napolitano's place, NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly being at the top of the list.
AL GIORDANO, Wounded Warrior co-founder, talked to Brian about how the Wounded Warrior Project is tied into the 2013 MLB All-Star game. "Today marks our kickoff of our year-long campaign to celebrate our first 10 years of existence. We call it 'A decade of Service and a Lifetime of Commitment.'" Giordano also explained that there are four main pillars in the Wounded Warrior Project: Mental health, physical health, economic empowerment and engagement.
Wounded Warrior Member ERIK MILLETTE talked to Brian about his time in the Middle East, where he was stationed in "Mortaritaville." "I suffered traumatic brain injury, severe PTSD, I blew out my left knee and I have a back injury," Millette explained. "At first I wasn't dealing with it, until I came in contact with Wounded Warrior Project. They really helped me out, pulled me from a very dark place in my life, and helped me realize that dealing with the PTSD and the traumatic brain injury that I wasn't alone.
BOB OJEDA, World Series Champion and SNY Mets Analyst, talked to Brian about the growing concerns regarding the attendance and ratings of the All-Star game. "I think the attendance is down and the ratings are down because... people are so occupied now with everything and you don't really have to go to the game. As a matter of fact, you don't even have to watch the game on television. You can pick up your information so many other places," Ojeda explained.
MLB Hall of Famer and FOX Sports Broadcaster, TIM MCCARVER, gave Brian his insight into the All-Star Game. "Overall, I think the American League has the best lineup. However I think the best pitching is the national league," McCarver said. He went on to break it down for Brian: "The National League has seven left-handers. The American League has three. Left-handers are a much more flexible commodity in a game like the All-Star game."
BRET BAIER, anchor of Special Report, weighed in on the George Zimmerman trial. He explained that the FBI ran an investigation and found that there was no tie to race in this case. "If they come to the conclusion that they're going to move forward with a Civil Rights Action based on the hate crimes law against George Zimmerman, that FBI initial inquiry is going to be a problem for them."
FOX's Chief Washington Correspondent, JAMES ROSEN, weighed in on what is happening in Iran. Rosen explained that there are extensive discussions underway regarding how the U.S. Security Apparatus is going to deal with the new President of Iran, Hassan Rowhani.
Rosen also said that the question being asked over in Iran is, "Should Iran do more to accommodate the west?" "There seems to be a vigorous debate over there about whether or not Iran should start to make some concessions to the west... In order to have some of the really punishing sanctions lifted from them because their economy has been suffering for two years now."
STEVE GARVEY, former MLB first baseman, talked to Brian about how baseball has changed since he retired from the sport. "We were a fundamentally strong team... We built with that foundation, we were successful for a long time. Now, the economics of the game changed over the last 20 years and teams that have the big table contracts can now go out and approach it a little different," Garvey explained.