Welcome to Barbecast 75, Yoenis Cespedes Is About To Play In The World Series Edition. Our special guest this week (at 15:00) is Boog “Jon” Sciambi, ESPN broadcaster and one of the 100 best broadcasters nicknamed Boog in the 21st century. We talked to Jon about…
his broadcasting experience at Boston College
how he got into primarily baseball broadcasting
being the voice of the Marlins at basically the only good time to be the voice of Marlins
how he incorporates sabermetrics into his broadcasts
the difference between broadcasting on radio vs. TV
the Mets and the Royals (those are the teams playing in the World Series)
After our conversation with Jon (at 1:03:40), we introduced a slight twist to our weekly B-Ref Battle — fewer names! We still managed to blabber on for 15 minutes about our respective players, though. After B-Ref (at 1:20:49), Tales from Logdog with Lana Berry covered The Baby Hitler Question because it didn’t make sense to talk about that during any other part of the podcast. Thanks Lana! We concluded (at 1:28:40) with an explanation for this week’s music and an amusing few minutes from Jake’s inebriated friend. Thanks for listening <3
Welcome to Barbecast 74! This is our super-special playoff preview podcast in which 30% of this 2+ hour long marathon is anything resembling a playoff preview. We have two special guests this week. Our first special guest (at 15:00) is Jeff Passan, MLB columnist for Yahoo Sports and PLAYOFFS EXPERT. We pondered a bevy of playoff-related questions with Jeff, including:
Which playoff team is most surprisingly in the playoffs?
When does everyone start freaking out about the Cubs possibly winning the World Series?
How can the Cardinals lose?
How can the Blue Jays win?
Why did Jeff think it was a good idea to call us when he was in an Uber?
Our second special guest (at 56:52) has been on the Barbecast before, but we decided to bring him back on to talk about some recent controversial happenings in the major baseball league. It’s John Baker! Topics include:
John’s favorite paint color
The importance of high school umpires
Papelbon vs. Harper, and whether fights like they had actually happen all the time (hint: they don’t)
The time Wes Helms (!!!) almost fought Hanley Ramirez
the idea of “protecting” players who have been hit
a fantastic story about 19-year-old Prince Fielder pimping a home run against John’s team in the 2003 Midwest League
John’s most egregious bat flip when he was playing at Cal (also a fantastic story)
being in Spring Training with Frank Thomas and Mike Piazza
After John (at 1:36:42), we participated in yet another B-Ref Battle for the ages, including a player who the tallest pitcher in baseball for over 60 years. For Tales from Logdog with Lana Berry (at 2:03:51), we called Lana immediately following her beloved Rangers’ epic collapse against the Angels on the penultimate day of the season and invoked the memory of the great Carlos Garcia (Seriously, go listen to it). We conclude this audio voyage (at 2:13:45) with our own playoff picks (the Nationals are gonna win it all!!11!1) and a somewhat somber Varsity Baseball Update. Thanks for listening <3
Music: PLAYOFF HYPE SONGS
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