On Monday, outlets across the sports spectrum were marking the 10th anniversary of the infamous “Steve Bartman game” at Wrigley Field. This morning, it was time for another related 10th anniversary – radio host Dan Patrick revisiting the prank call to ESPN Sports Center that he fielded on this date in 2003 from Howard Stern foot-in-mouth soldier Captain Janks (a.k.a. Tom Cipriano).
“What you consider to be one of the worst moments of your career I consider to be one of the best moments of my prank phone calling career,” Janks said.
The good Captain added that other than a local sports show, the only other time he has successfully targeted a major sports outlet was ESPN again, three years ago. Thanks to a “fake black accent,” Janks said, he had Scott Van Pelt for about 30-40 seconds believing he was released Cleveland Indian Brian Westbrook.
Meanwhile, ten years later, the statement from the real Bartman is still hard to read.