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The Great Director James Burrows And Baseball, Specifically, The A.L. East Leading, New York Yankees

June 23, 2019

Days back, I met the great director James Burrows after he was interviewed for an episode of “Inside The Actor’s Studio,” which will air Sunday October 13th on Ovation (A fine, innovative television channel, which will be the new “home” for “Inside The Actor’s Studio).

Burrows’s body of work is incredible (television shows such as “Cheers,” “Will and Grace” and “Taxi,” to name just three) and he also “cheered” me up (pun intended, I guess) by chatting with me after the taping, in an engaging manner.

Mr. Burrows’ beautiful wife, Debbie also was friendly and helpful.

The Inside The Actor’s Studio interview was great and I will not spoil it, save to say Burrows shared many great anecdotes, including touching remembrances of his brilliant father, humorist/writer and much more, Abe Burrows.

Additionally, James Burrows loves sports, roots for the Yankees and talked of seeing Hank Bauer play.

Without knowing the in progress Tuesday score of Yankees/Tampa Bay Rays, I told Mr. Burrows the Rays were good, but not good enough and Boston (Red Sox) though really good, does not have the intangibles, this regular season.

Hence, I said/predicted the Yankees, recently only 3 to 2 favorites to win their first “one eighth” division title since 2012, would do so this season.

They began Tuesday, again the day I talked with the great director, good man and Yankees’ fan, James Burrows, with a 3 game win skein.

That night the Yankees made it two straight vs T.B. then won vs 2018 American League Cy Young Award winner, Blake Snell, the next afternoon.

Add 3 wins vs the A.L. West leading Houston Astros, who have now lost 7 straight games, and the Yankees enter play today, Old Timer’s Day at Yankee Stadium, with 8 straight wins and a nice five and a half game lead, in the A.L. East.

I hope and think Mr. Burrows is enjoying it and I hope he remembers my prediction.

 

Left to right, the great James Burrows and Andy B.

 

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