A treasure trove of hacked Sony emails were posted by Wikileaks this week, and among the countless fascinating exchanges, there are a few pertaining to Philly sports. Reader Joe, somewhat incredibly, found an exchange between Phillies PR reps, including VP of Communications Bonnie Clark, and representatives for Bradley Cooper and Bryan Cranston in which the Phillies requested that the actors record a video message congratulating Rollins on becoming the Phillies’ all-time hits leader. The video was to be played in a pre-game ceremony at Citizens Bank Park on June 23.
“I see that CAA represents Bradley Cooper. Would it be possible to get a quick message from him? Short and sweet,” Clark wrote in an email to a rep from Creative Arts Agency. “See below for a suggested script: Jimmy, Bradley Cooper here. Congratulations on surpassing Mike Schmidt. He was always my hero growing up. Looks like I now have two Phillies heroes. Way to make Philly proud.”
Well that sure takes some of the spontaneity out of it.
In a follow-up on the thread, another Phillies rep, Deborah Nocito, emailed Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television (and the station manager of WPHL from 1988-1991), and asked if he could get Bryan Cranston, ostensibly a Phillies fan, to record a congratulatory message for J-Roll™ (sic’d): “If Steve can help with Brian Cranston that would be great. Here’s a suggested script: J-Roll. Brian Cranston here. Congrats on 2235. You’re breaking records….and You’re bad!! Thanks!!”
Neither Cooper nor Cranston appeared in the video that was played at CBP. Instead, it kicked off with appearances from three politicians – Tom Corbett, Jill Biden and Michael Nutter – and included messages from Derek Jeter and others.
A similar email was sent from Nocito to… someone… asking for contact info for Lenny Dykstra after Jim Fregosi’s passing.
Other local sports gems from the emails:
Matt Mosko, son of Sony Pictures Television head Steve, emailed his father with quite possibly the dumbest screenplay idea of all-time, written in the perhaps the most aristocratic tone possible:
Funny story, remember when I was a kid and we lived in cold Philly and you told me how during World War II the Steelers and Eagles merged. My buddy optioned the book “Last Team Standing”, developed the script and we are trying to adapt into a mini series with Helen.
Could be a cool proje
Father, remember when I was but a young tike and we lived in that cold, grey hellscape known as Philadelphia? Pa, do you remember? Do you remember?! Of course you don’t remember, you were never there for me!!!!! WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR YOU TO ACCEPT ME?!?!?!!!!!
And then there are emails updating friends and others on the health of David Montgomery after he underwent surgery on his right jaw. One of the emails was forwarded to a long list of strange bedfellows. I’ll let you poke around on your own, but I’ll tell you this: Aaron Rowand still uses AOL. So do Rheal and Lucienne Cormier, Terry Francona, and Roy Oswalt. Also, RANDY READY AND RICO BROGNA!!!!!
Check out the emails yourself. Let us know if you find anything.