Episode 102: Tales from Tbilisi

Welcome to Barbecast 102! We have two special guests this week — two very different ones. First up (at 27:15) is Phillies prospect Rhys Hoskins, who we first met over the summer when he was mashing dingers with the Double-A Reading Fightin’ Phils, the winningest team in the minors. Rhys talked about what it was like to play for such a fun team that won all the time, competing with his teammate Dylan Cozens for the minor league home run title, that timehe went 0-0 with 5 walks, and his beloved Oakland Raiders’ chances in the playoffs. After Rhys (at 1:01:00), we brought on Lincoln Mitchell, author of “Will Big League Baseball Survival?: Globalization, the End of Television, Youth Sports, and the Future of Major League Baseball.” We attempted to tackle a modicum of the big questions posed in Lincoln’s book, and discussed where baseball has been, and the challenges/advantages it has today, particularly in relation to the other major American sports. Then we talked about the former Soviet country of Georgia, which is Lincoln’s other area of immense expertise. Next, (at 1:37:20) the B-Ref Battle brought to you by Baseball-Reference returned with one strictly silly name and one guy with one of the more illustrious careers in the segment’s history. We concluded (at 1:46:50) with a brief homage to Sam Miller and Effectively Wild, as well as our additional podcast inspiration, Up and In. Then we said goodbye. Thanks for listening <3

Note: We will hanging out at Foleys in NYC around 8 PM on Saturday, January 7th. Come by and say hello!

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Episode 101: Go White Sox Go

Welcome to Barbecast 101! After returning for our centurial extravaganza, we took another lengthy break to finish our fall semester strong. Now home for winter break and have more time than we know what to do with, another Barbecast is here. Our special guest this week (at 15:50) is Lucas Giolito, former Barbecast guest, newest sock, and one of the three young pitchers traded from the Nationals for Adam Eaton. Lucas took some time from his rigorous Rocket League schedule to talk to us about how the trade has truly ROCKED HIS WORLD (it hasn’t really that much), and what he’s looking forward to in his new organization and new city. We also challenged him with a patently absurd would-you-rather type scenario courtesy of the one and only Wes Yee. After Lucas (at 53:50), the B-Ref Battle brought to you by Baseball-Reference returned from its Episode 100 hiatus with two players of varying skill levels, one who was pretty bad, and one who once won the National League batting title. We concluded (at 1:02:35) with an exciting Jake’s Last Hurrah Varsity Baseball Update, and a brief discussion on Hanukkah. Then we say goodbye. Thanks for listening <3

Music: Go White Sox Go!

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Episode 100: We Seriously Did 100 of These

Welcome to Barbecast 100! Wait, 100??? Yeah, 100. Only a few months late, we finally managed to find some time to record our centurial podcast. We assembled an all-star cast of past Barbecast friends/guests to help create this inordinately long show to make up for the weeks of neglect. We began with our customary e-mail segment, except this time (at 13:00), we brought on a VERY special guest to offer us some insight into the mind of a Barbecast e-mail legend. It was fantastic. Our real special guest (at 31:30) and the only Barbecast rookie this week is Rob Zastryzny, left-handed pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Though not on the World Series roster, Rob was with the team when they, ya know, won the World Series. So he walked us through the madness — everything from Heyward’s legendary speech to getting on the wrong bus at the parade. Next (at 1:08:45), we brought on Kendall Guillemette, the secret third member of the BBQ, to talk about his memories from the early Barbecasts and his new project, Savage Baseball (details below). After Kendall (at 1:16:40), we welcomed back the official minor leaguer of CFBBQ, Kieran Lovegrove for the first time since Episode 62, to recap his first year in full-season ball and the wonders of the Midwest League. Next (at 1:34:55), we brought our mothers onto the show to share their favorite memories from the Barbecast and explain why they are still letting us do it. Then (at 1:46:20), a historic rendition of Tales from Logdog with Lana Berry takes place as we try and remember what it was like to have her on the podcast every week. Finally (at 1:57:00), we brought it alllllllllll the way back and brought on our good friend and FIRST EVER BARBECAST GUEST Craig Goldstein to tell us how much he’s changed since the inaugural pod and also tell us about #PieNight. We concluded (at 2:11:30) with a genuine thank you to all who have ever listened to this silly thing that we do, and toast to another 100 podcasts. Thank you!

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Episode 99: Winner Plays Gary Sanchez

Welcome to Barbecast 99! Our special guest this week (at 17:00) is Ben Lindbergh, of the world famous Effectively Wild podcast and The Ringer. Ben’s Barbecast debut is long overdue, but we wanted to squeeze him into the first 100 episodes at the very least. In the few baseball-less hours we had before the Wild Card games, we drafted the World Series match-ups we most want to see at the end of October, and give our very loose explanations for why we want to see them. After Ben (at 1:02:45), another B-Ref Battle brought to you by Baseball-Reference went down, featuring two of the better names we’ve had in a while and a heated discussion over the pronunciation of the world “coupon”. That was really exciting stuff. We concluded (at 1:13:40) with a Varsity Baseball Update on the end of Jake’s fall ball season, and a brief life update from both of us regarding our current and potential future whereabouts during the postseason (EYES EMOJI). Thanks for listening <3

Music: Bon Iver

Note: Thanks again for all the kind words on Episode 98.5, our Jose Fernandez Appreciation Podcast. If you still have any thoughts or stories you want to share with us, we’re happy to receive more at cespedesfb@gmail.com. Were working to respond to all the ones we’ve already gotten individually.

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Episode 98.5: Jose Fernandez Appreciation Podcast

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez passed away this morning. He was one of our favorite people in baseball, let alone one of our favorite players. We had a lot of thoughts, so we did our best to share them in a somewhat coherent manner. Rest in peace, Jose. You will be missed by many.

If you have any thoughts/stories/feelings about Jose that you want to share, you can send them to cespedesfb@gmail.com.

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Episode 98: 6 AM Waffle House > 6 AM Lifts

Welcome to Barbecast 98! After a month-long hiatus for Barbecasting due to our busy transition into our senior years of college, we shook off the rust and churned out a podcast for the listening masses (our moms). Our special guest this week (at 10:15) is the top pitching prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, Brent Honeywell. Brent’s minor league season ended recently, so he had nothing else to do besides come on our silly show. Topics include:

  • why Brent chooses to never lift anything ever
  • going to the same high school as Ty Cobb
  • being one of the only screwballers left on this Earth
  • his outrageously dominant professional debut in the Appalachian League
  • his mound mentality that allows him to stop professional hitters from scoring runs against him
  • the last time he ran out of gas
  • an unfortunate toe injury
  • Vienna sausage (?!?!?!?!)
  • Waffle House
  • …and more!

After Brent (at 47:15), the B-Ref Battle brought to you by Baseball-Reference returned featuring one of the most ridiculous background stories in this segment’s history. We concluded (at 56:25) with an exciting Varsity Baseball Update about Jake (America’s ROOGY) potentially being a starter for his triumphant senior season. Then we talk briefly about Jake’s school hosting an upcoming presidential debate. Then we say goodbye. Thanks for listening <3

Music: We Back

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Episode 97: The Yiddish Curver

Welcome to Barbecast 97! Our special guest this week (at 15:50) is Evan Drellich, the Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Herald. Evan is one of our favorite beat writers, so it’s unclear how it took this long to have him on the podcast but hey, here we are! The Red Sox have been at the center of an argument Jake and I have been having all season, so Evan seemed like a good person to have on to moderate a discussion on said argument. Topics include:

  • Which AL East team scares you the most?
  • Does David Price start the wild card game?
  • How is Mookie this ridiculous?
  • Mookie or Xander?
  • What is a Sandy Leon?
  • …and more!

After Evan (at 36:20), we held a slightly different type of B-Ref Battle (presented by baseball-reference) in which we appreciated some of the most interesting Jewish major leaguers of all time. We concluded (at 56:20) with a brief look ahead to our senior years of college (?!?!?!?!?!?!?!) and an even briefer look ahead to Barbecast 100. Thanks for listening <3

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Note: sorry for the somewhat strange audio — will be fixed for the next pod.

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Episode 96: Gatorade Brewers

Welcome to Barbecast 96! Our special guest this week (at 22:00) is Adam McCalvy, Brewers beat writer for MLB dot com. The Brewers made some interesting moves at the deadline and are at an odd place as an organization, so we checked in on their psyche with a guy that knows them well. It was mostly just us fawning over David Stearns for 25 minutes, but whatever. After Adam (at 49:45), we participated in another fierce B-Ref Battle presented by Baseball-Reference. Baseball names are funny, in case you hadn’t heard. We concluded (at 1:00:45) with a recap of Jake’s Men’s League championship victory and then we said goodbye. Simple as that. Thanks for listening <3

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Episode 95: The Rickey Ro Show

Welcome to Barbecast 95! After last week’s guestless Carbecast on which we reminisced about the favorite parts of our roadtrip, we’re back this week with two special guests. First up is The Athletic Chicago’s Sahadev Sharma, former Barbecast guest and relative expert on all things Aroldis Chapman trade and all things Chris Sale jersey-slicing saga. So we talked about those two things because both of them made us go “WOW!” for totally different reasons. After Sahadev (at 57:10), we brought on this year’s #1 overall pick, Mickey Moniak, to discuss his first month or so of professional baseball in the glamorous Gulf Coast League, his favorite Disney shows growing up, and what his backup plan was if baseball didn’t work out. Next, the B-Ref Battle of super old baseball names returned with a vengeance, celebrating two more heroes of baseball’s yesteryears. We concluded with a preview of the biggest start of Jake’s Men’s League season, before saying goodbye until next week. Thanks for listening <3

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The Kid

I was just a kid for The Kid; a toddler to be more exact. Born in 1995, I was only just too young to remember Ken Griffey Jr. the Seattle Mariner. Until the age of like 10, Griffey was the always-hurt Reds outfielder with the backwards cap and the way-too-long swing in Backyard Baseball 2001. I never watched him crash into walls at the Kingdome and I don’t remember getting one of his now-legendary 1989 rookie cards (Was it Fleer or Topps?).

This past weekend was super odd for me as a baseball fan. The baseball universe came together to collectively honor the career of a dude I can’t remember. For the generation slightly above me, Griffey is everything. He’s the reason many baseball fans ages 23-33 are baseball fans. But me, I just nodded along, pretending that 1-month-old me watched him score on Edgar’s double.

 

This is really the first year I felt left out. Maddux and Glavine and Thomas were stars, but they didn’t transcend the game like Griffey did. They didn’t transform the essence of the sport like #24 did in his prime. So at first I watched the commemorative videos and tribute articles and felt like a ticketless kid stuck outside the stadium while the game is going on, or a 20-year-old jamook stuck outside the bar while his 21-year-old friends rabblerouse.

 

But then, as I watched more and more people speak about the magic of Ken Griffey, I realized why the Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the Hall of Fame as a whole is important. It seems hokey and cheesy, but the Hall of Fame inductions do genuinely give younger dopes like me a chance to immerse myself in Griffey highlights until my computer overheats and explodes.

 

Even though I don’t actually remember any of the Griffey moments, all the Griffey reminiscing makes me feel like I was there. I’ll never totally be able to understand the impact Jr had on the Pacific Northwest, but the Mariners fans wonderfully clogging up my timeline have given me at least a sense of their never-ending affection for the guy.


The baseball world didn’t celebrate Ken Griffey Jr. this past weekend so 20-and-unders like me could relive his glory years. But finally getting to understand why he meant so much to so many people was a pretty awesome experience. Congrats, Jr.