My initial response when it happened was simply “Did that just happen?” To be completely honest, it sounded like the boys at “Toucher and Rich” simply found audio of former Boston Celtics coach Rick Pitino saying “Thanks for having me on” before host Fred Toucher decided to figuratively drop the mic on him.
After ruining the Celtics roster, demanding that Red Auerbach give up his position as president of the Boston Celtics and proclaiming that Larry Bird wasn’t walking through the door anytime soon, Rick Pitino became a pariah in the city of Boston. Loathed for not just ruining the Celtics, but being a smug asshole while doing it.
So when “Toucher and Rich” was advertising an interview with Rick Pitino for around 9:30 this morning, it was certainly interesting. Obviously given his success as a coach in the college game, he understands basketball and could certainly provide insight on the upcoming basketball season.
I don’t think anyone expected this. Co-hosts Rich Shertenlieb nor Jon “Birdman” Wallach expected this move and suddenly it was pretty clear that was not a prerecorded Pitino. Fred Toucher got Rick Pitino on the phone so that he could tell him that he stinks and that he ruined the Celtics.
Granted, the Rick Pitino era is long-gone and Pitino has admitted his mistakes and the Celtics have since won a championship. Bygones should be bygones by now, yet their was something inherently sweet about this moment on radio. Plenty of times, sports radio is simply a place for fans to call in and vent their frustration followed by the hosts having to play middlemen of sorts. Not today. Today, a host was a fan. It was shocking, it was sweet, and it was ultimately another great moment in what continues to be Boston’s best morning-drive radio show ever.
You can listen to the whole interview on their website here.