If the price were right, perhaps the reigning master of ceremonies for CBS’ “The Price Is Right” would consider changing that.
The 54-year-old Cleveland native has been the right guy to officiate the Showcase Showdowns five days a week since Bob Barker retired in 2007. They tape the shows at CBS Television Studios in L.A. – putting Carey in constant contact with Dodgers and Angels fans, many of them jumping up and down just for the right to stand next to him on the stage.
Carey, a world soccer fan whose sports connection also includes being part owner of the Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders, filled us in on how he sees this 2013 season playing out for his beloved Indians:
QUESTION: Finish this sentence: The Cleveland Indians will win the World Series this season if …. ?
ANSWER: The Browns win the Super Bowl and the Cavs win the NBA Championship.
Q: Of all the Indians’ off-season pickups, Nick Swisher was one of the biggest, coming over from the Yankees. Maybe we can test your ad-lib abilities: Use the word Nick or Swisher in a sentence without offending anyone?
A: “Dagnabit! I just nicked my swisher!”
Q: Terry Francona comes over as the manager. He’s been fired after winning two World Series in Boston. Is Cleveland OK with taking a used Red Sox if there’s a chance for long-term success?
A: Yes! Who cares where he comes from if he’s good.
Q: When it comes to political correctness, there’s been some concern about use of the Indians as the team’s nickname, or having that Chief Wahoo logo. Any response to how that affects being an Indians’ fan?
A: Well… I don’t really mind it. Although my ancestors were from Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England. So… Fighting Irish anyone?
Q: Was changing the name of Jacobs Field to Progressive Field really a sign of progress?
A: All of you better get used to sports facilities being named after giant corporations. It’s not going away.
Q: The Indians once had a bobblehead day for you in 2006. You said it was bigger than having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which you also got in 2003. Which one do you end up seeing more of these days?
A: I have the bobble head on a shelf in my office. I see it at least twice a day. I never go to see my star. Who’s so desperate that they go look at their own start on the Walk of Fame?
Q: When the Indians happen to come in for a series in Anaheim, do you have a chance to get over there? Are the tickets priced right?
A: I go if I have the time. My schedule is the problem. And I always buy my own tickets. And yes, the price is always right.
Q: What’s it like to live among Angels and Dodgers fans these days when they seem to be in a “Price is Right” bidding war for their own showcase showdown?
A: I generally avoid talking sports with any L.A. people. All they want to talk about is L.A. teams, which bores me.
Q: Does it bother you that when Hollywood made the movie “Major League” based on the Cleveland Indians in 1989, it wasn’t filmed at Cleveland Stadium at all but instead in Milwaukee?
A: Yes. But it didn’t surprise me. Just another insult among many.
Q: As the minority owner of the MLS’ Seattle Sounders, consider soccer versus baseball … which low-scoring game could you enjoy more?
A: I think baseball and soccer are sports where you really have to know the rules and strategies and players to enjoy the games to the fullest. So, either one. I love a pitcher’s duel. And in soccer, a tie can be the most exciting game you see. People who don’t really know these sports don’t get any of it because there’s so much nuance in those kinds of games, but that’s why God made the NFL.
Q: Who’s the most despised man of all time in Cleveland sports: Art Modell or LeBron James?
A: Dude. Your list is too short. But I would pick Art Modell over LeBron. I made fun of LeBron but I hold nothing against him. He fulfilled his contract and moved on. Art tore my heart out.
Q: Finally, what’s the deal with that skinny microphone?
A: It makes it easier to talk to the contestants. All I have to do is flick it over and it’s right by their face. Better than sticking a big mic in their face and making them even more nervous than they already are.
COMING SUNDAY: The Daily News 2013 MLB preview section with a “Price Is Right” theme — did the Dodgers and Angels overspend on their showcase showdown?