A seasoned sports journalist who has covered New York sports for the past 20 years, Rich takes you inside the locker room of your favorite team.
Rich has been on the scene for watershed NY sports moments including the legendary Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, the 2000 Subway Series, and the 1994 Stanley Cup run of the New York Rangers. He has access to the top NY sports athletes and will be posting exclusive one-on-one interviews with stars like David Wright, Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony, RA Dickey, and Johan Santana.
Rich’s resume includes stops at ABC Radio, ESPN Radio, AP Radio, SiriusXM, and WFAN.
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Rich Coutinho goes one-on-one with Mets Captain, David Wright, about his new contract, being the 4th captain in team history and the future of the Mets organization.
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For the past 25 years I have sat in baseball press boxes and watched young pitcher after young pitcher walk onto a mound and try to strut their stuff. Some have more talent than others. Some have more desire than others. Some have the intellect to make up for sub-standard stuff. But the true litmus test is on the nights they do not have their best stuff and during those games how they alter their game plan to get themselves to the finish line.
In many ways, the Mets could not have asked for a better first week--winning 4 of 6 with superb starting pitching right throughout the homestand punctuated by a walk -off come from behind win on Sunday. Critics of the Mets might point to the fact the competition was not exactly the '27 Yankees but don't expect the Mets to share that opinion.
With Frank Francisco on the disabled list yet again, Mets Manager Terry Collins gave fire-balling Bobby Parnell the closer job early in spring training. Is Parnell ready for this? Rich Coutinho goes one on one with the newly appointed Mets closer to talk about the challenges ahead as he enters the most pressurized of all assignments in the fishbowl that is New York City.
The New York Mets cruised to an 11-2 Opening Day Victory over the San Diego Padres giving the Amazins their 34th Opening Day win in their last 44 tries but the story of the game was Collin Cowgill who crushed a Grand Slam homer to seal the victory. Rich Coutinho had a chance to talk to Cowgill after the game about his Met debut.
Opening Day is one of my favorite days of the sport year--the slate is clean, everyone is in first place and it is a day to dream. For Met fans, it has been tough sledding the past few years. But in 2013, with the Madoff scandal clearly in the rear view mirror, Sandy Alderson is assembling a core of young players that will lead the Mets out of the wilderness. We all got a taste of Matt Harvey who showed he has great stuff coupled with a work ethic that will make him a top of the line starting pitcher.
So, Alex Rodriquez thinks the Yankees and Major League Baseball are conspiring against to get his contract voided. Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry was being coached by George on how to beat a lie detector test. George said, "Remember it is not a lie if you believe it."
It was 66 years ago that the single biggest moment in baseball took place on a little patch of green grass in Brooklyn known as Ebbets Field, a moment that transcended the sporting world and continues to have an impact on society. Of course, it was the day Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color barrier and with it, lifted the curtain on the era of civil rights in the United States.
As we embark on the 2013 baseball season which begins with spring training report dates in a few weeks, another Performance Enhancing Drug scandal has been put on there for all the world to see. According to published reports, some notable major league players have been linked to a drug supplier who handed out PEDS on a regular basis. Those players include Melky Cabrera and Alex Rodriguez as well as Bartolo Colon and Gio Gonzalez.
It is the best NFL weekend of the year—4 games in 2 days that decide the sport’s Final Four. So grab some wings and your favorite adult beverage and be a couch potato for 2 days. Here are my picks for the games: