Quarantine Questionnaire: MLB Network's Kevin Millar on karaoke, 'Tiger King' and missing baseball

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With the baseball season paused, those in and around the sport have had to figure out other ways to spend their time. For Kevin Millar, the MLB Network analyst who has co-hosted “Intentional Talk” with Chris Rose since 2011 — for now, exclusively from his home in Austin, Texas (though he often does the show from home anyway) — he’s found a new way to keep his vocal cords warmed up.

“Karaoke night has become a big deal here in the Millar household,” Millar wrote. “Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi has become my go-to song or a little Journey.”

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When they’re not living out their living-room rock-star dreams, they’re playing board games or getting outside for long walks. Passing the time as a family, which is a good way to pass the time.

Sporting News reached out to folks all across the baseball spectrum — players, writers, broadcasters, MLB front-office types — to see how they’re dealing with our current national quarantine situation. Part I of the Baseball Quarantine Questionnaire is here.

And here is Millar’s contribution.

SPORTING NEWS: How are you getting your baseball fix?

MILLAR: My boys and I have been playing intense wiffle ball games in the backyard, which includes some serious smack talking. Kash (15-years-old) and Kanyon (13-years-old) are dying to play in their spring leagues again, so I’m trying to get them to maintain their swings. When I’m not hitting homers over the trees here in Austin, Chris Rose and I are still pumping out “Intentional Talk” content on a regular basis. We are trying to keep things fresh and give a little peek behind the curtain to what players are doing at home to help their communities and stay ready for when baseball begins again. I’ve also enjoyed watching some of the classic games on MLB Network, except Game Seven of the 2003 ALCS.

SN: What is something you’re surprised that you miss about baseball?

MILLAR: I miss the routine. As baseball players, we’re always wired to have a routine and that’s continued after my playing days. I miss having a great dinner right after “Intentional Talk” is done taping, and getting ready for those 7 p.m. ET games. I also dearly miss Mike Trout doing ridiculous things on the baseball field.

SN: Have you ever played in/covered an event that happened in front of no fans?

MILLAR: I remember, with the Marlins, playing in front of practically no fans when we faced the Expos in a makeup afternoon game at Pro Player Stadium. As we all know, the stadium could hold more than 60,000 fans, and there must have been only a few thousand there that day. I remember telling the athletic trainers to pipe down because I could hear their conversations in the dugout, and their conversations were not all that interesting at the time.

SN: How are your kids handling this situation?

MILLAR: I’d like to think that my four wonderful children are reconnecting as siblings. I have three teenagers and a nine-year-old. It’s been tricky as my nine-year-old wants to hang with the teenagers and that can be tough, but since they haven’t been able to see their friends all that much, they are now bonding more.

SN: What new-to-you shows have you watched/binged? Or what favorites have you re-watched?

MILLAR: I’ve never been a big movie or TV show person, but “Tiger King” on Netflix has knocked my socks off. I just sat there with my jaw open for a good part of the time, and yes, I too have many questions about Carole Baskin.

SN: What has been your go-to food option during the quarantine?

MILLAR: Grilling season has come early, and I feel like I’ve eaten way more red meat than normal. I’ve also been crushing turkey sandwiches with barbecue chips on the side for lunch. The sandwich doesn’t taste the same if I don’t complement it with the barbecue chips.

SN: What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you’re back at the ballpark for the first time?

MILLAR: I’ll first be thankful, but I’m going to take in all the smells. The smell of the rosin bag, the concession stands, the fresh baseballs. No matter how many times you go to the yard, those “baseball smells” never get old.

SN: Let’s pretend it’s 2025. What are you going to remember most about these past few months?

MILLAR: The strength and kindness of the American people. The world can become a dark and angry place, but there’s a whole lot of good out there and we’ve seen it every day.

SN: Have you learned any useful or fun life hacks during the quarantine?

MILLAR: I’ve become stronger at operating the washer and dryer, and making sure that all the dishes are crystal clean after we eat. You have to have good teamwork when it comes to times like this. I’m planning on teaching the kids how to change tires pretty soon.

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