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Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  May 8, 2009 06:10 PM

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As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card:

Might as well end the week on a funny note. This anecdote didn't quite make the cut for today's media column, but it made me laugh and I thought it was worth passing along here. (See what I did there? That's called synergy.)

It comes from Don Orsillo, who was talking about how much he enjoys working with Dennis Eckersley on the Red Sox broadcasts -- even through the Eck "sometimes forgets to have a filter," as Orsillo put it:

Orsillo tells a story about the first time he worked with the excitable Eckersley, when he filled in for Remy during a 2003 game against the Milwaukee Brewers. A Brewers pitcher named Ruben Quevedo was on the mound -- ‘‘he was a fairly large guy,’’ Orsillo says diplomatically of the El Guapo-like 6-foot-1-inch, 245-pounder -- and he was struggling, which was the story of his career. He finished with 14 wins, 30 losses and a 6.15 ERA in parts of four seasons.

After Quevedo allowed three runs in four innings, Eckersley offered his assessment of the burly Brewer:

‘‘Not only is he fat, but he s----,’’ he said.

During the next commercial break, Eckersley turned to Orsillo for a quick critique.

‘‘Was that too much?’’ Eckersley asked.

‘‘Yeah, you may want to temper that,’’ replied Orsillo.

And on that note, have a good weekend, everyone.

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