Tha BBQ Part II

This was the first post on this website:

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With that horrible joke in mind, we’d like to formally welcome you to the last post on this website.

Hey everybody, Jake Mintz, Jordan Shusterman here. We’ve been teasing some news now for a while and the day has come to finally explain ourselves.

As some of you know, we graduated college a few weeks ago. One of the many shitty things about graduating college is that afterwards you’re usually expected to get a job and make money and stuff. After four years of dicking around on this website and on the Internet in general, the time has finally come for us to face reality and get our sorry asses a job. Now we have to do adult things like cleaning up dishes and peeing in the toilet and paying a mortgage (honest thing: I don’t know what a mortgage consists of. Is it a physical thing? Can I trade it? Does someone win? I don’t know…).

Lucky for us, we are happy to announce that we have in fact successfully obtained an ADULT JOB™. Even more lucky for us, said job will not stop us from watching an unhealthy amount of baseball on a regular basis. In fact, said job encourages such behavior! Starting this week, you can find whatever the heck it is that we do on MLB.com, primarily on Cut4 (where you may have seen some videos from us over the past year). Today is our first day at the offices in NYC (cubicles are weird, I want to rearrange all of them to fit together like Tetris blocks… apparently ADHD doesn’t subside when you graduate college), where we’ll be working regularly to produce entertaining baseball-related #content, as opposed to just whenever we don’t have too much homework to do. So while the BBQ as currently presented to you will be no more, there is a bigger and better version on the way.

When we started this thing four years ago in my living room during a game of MVP Baseball 2004, we never expected it to get us a job or even get us a following, let alone a follower. The whole journey from December 2012 to now has been inexplicable and hilarious.

OG stop on the OG road trip circa July 2013

OG stop on the OG road trip circa July 2013

The first game we attended together as the BBQ was in July of 2013. We drove from our homes near Washington D.C. to Clinton, Iowa and paid ten dollars to watch the Clinton LumberKings take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels (19-year-old Jose Berrios actually started that game!).

The most recent game we attended together was Game 5 of the 2017 World Series at Wrigley Field. Before the game we made a video with a Cubs pitcher in the dugout and then watched the game in the auxiliary press box. I guess life is like baseball: weird, unpredictable and running around in a circle might actually get you somewhere.

It sounds dumb and cliche, because it is, but we owe a lot of it to you people. Jordan and I always say that the most enjoyable part of Twitter is seeing what funny stuff people tweet at us. There’s only two of us and there’s thousands of you, so your collective humor is miles better than anything we could ever come up with. So yeah, thanks. Don’t expect a card or a hug or anything, but still, thanks for making it super worth breaking Rule #1 all the time.

We also want to thank our parents for keeping us alive for 21+ years and supporting (almost) all of our BBQ-related decisions over the past four years, Kendall Guillemette being our behind-the-scenes tech magician and one of our earliest supporters, and of course, Yoenis Cespedes for being the most entertaining, bizarre, and captivating dude in baseball. If Yo wasn’t Yo, we’d just be two lame dorky unemployed guys who just graduated college. Instead, we’re two lame dorky employed guys who just graduated college. Thanks, Yo.

So now what are we gonna do? That’s a really good question. Over the next few weeks our role at MLB.com will become clearer, but there are a few things you can definitely expect. We’ll be working mostly with the kind, talented, and deceptively athletic folks over at Cut4. We’ll also be focused on developing a bunch of video content for them, in studio, at parks, in the house, with a mouse, etc. And yes, we’ll still be tweeting goofy baseball shit @cespedesbbq and posting silly Snapchats at the same handle.

I think I speak for Jordan and I — actually I know I speak for us because I am me and he edited this — when I say that MLB’s resources, access, and platform will allow us to do way more cool stuff that will be available for your eyeballs. As White Sox legend Michael Jordan once said, “The ceiling is the roof.”

People always talked about what would happen if Bo Jackson quit football and dedicated himself only to baseball. We’ve always talked about what if the BBQ quit school and dedicated itself exclusively to baseball jokes. Well, time to see if Yo is Bo…

BBQ signing off… for now.

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HOUSEKEEPING (a couple important FYIs about where you can find our stuff/contact us):

  • Our Twitter (@CespedesBBQ) will remain active and operated by both of us. Nothing changes on that front.
  • Same thing goes for our Snapchat, which we will hopefully start to pick back up now that this is our job and not our hobby (also @cespedesbbq). Snapchat is also the best way to reach us if you have a question or wanna tell us something — we are far more likely to respond on there than on Twitter. You can also still e-mail us at cespedesfb@gmail.com. 
  • The Barbecast in its current form will be ending this week. Our final regular Barbecast (Episode 110, the Podultimate Pod) is available now. Our final see-ya-later Barbecast (AKA the BarbeLast) will be released soon and will basically just be us saying a lot of this post out loud + a few special guests. The current plan is to keep all past episodes available here on our site and on iTunes for you to peruse. You can find a list of links to all old episodes + which special guests were featured on each on by clicking here.

 

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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.

Episode 94: The Carbecast

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Oh golly. A wild barbecast appeared! No, we’re not playing Pokemon Go, but we did manage to scrounge up a podcast for you fine folks.

For those of you that don’t know we’ve been on the road writing for MLB.com for the last 3 weeks or so. Our trip is nearing its conclusion we thought that we’d kill some time driving thru Kansas (holy crap Kansas is enormous and flat) reminiscing about the best moments of the trip thus far. We each drafted five of our favorite moments from our time on the road, but we discussed some other stuff beyond that as well. Some of what we talked about has been posted/tweeted about, while some of the other draft picks can definitely be classified as #EXCLUSIVECONTENT.

Hear us talk about…

-Interviewing Dansby Swanson

-The Ty Cobb Museum

-Getting dunked on by Jeff Hoffman

-Yoan Moncada in a virtual reality headset

-AND MUCH MUCH MORE!!

You can find all of our trip entries on Cut4 right here: http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2016/06/24/185916752/the-cut4-minor-league-road-trip-your-day-to-day-guide

The B-Ref Battle (which we actually didn’t do this time) is brought to you by Baseball-Reference. Use the coupon code “bbq” for $6 off a one-year subscription to the Play Index, the essential tool for statistical baseball research. Click here to order your Play Index now!

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IMPORTANT LINKS:

iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cespedes-family-barbecue-cespedes/id683535357

Link to all previous podcasts: https://cespedesfamilybarbecue.com/the-barbecast-cfb-podcast/

Tweeterz: https://twitter.com/CespedesBBQ

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Episode 77: Dress Like A Seat Day

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Welcome to Barbecast 77! We have two extremely different but equally special guests this week. First (at 25:30), we talked to Arthur Lenk. Who is Arthur Lenk, you may ask? Arthur is a Mets fan! Arthur is also the Israeli ambassador to South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Mauritius! Naturally, we connected with him and invited him on the podcast for a fascinating discussion about…

  • the state of Israeli baseball
  • helping organize the Israel team for the World Baseball Classic
  • recruiting Jewish pro players to play for Team Israel
  • being a baseball fan in a country/occupation that doesn’t have a lot of baseball’
  • following the Mets playoff run while living in South Africa and having to wake up and do important stuff the next day
  • …and more!

After Ambassador Lenk, we brought on recently acquired Pirates minor league pitcher Trevor Williams (at 1:00:00) to talk about…

  • playing in the Arizona Fall League
  • getting traded while playing in the Arizona Fall League
  • the mindset difference between starting and relieving
  • not giving up any dingers
  • playing Magic the Gathering
  • the need for an enormous professional baseball Clash of Clans tournament
  • …and more!

We followed our two interviews with a relatively brief B-Ref Battle (at 1:38:45) before calling Lana (at 1:51:45) to talk about Peyton Manning for Tales from Logdog. We concluded (at 2:00:00) with some thoughts on the recent Hot Stove action/inaction, a brief Varsity Baseball Update, and a quick highlight from my trip to Prague. Thanks for listening <3

Music: 5,000 Candles In the Wind

Please rate and review us on iTunes! We’d really appreciate it!

IMPORTANT LINKS:

iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cespedes-family-barbecue-cespedes/id683535357

Link to all previous podcasts: https://cespedesfamilybarbecue.com/the-barbecast-cfb-podcast/

Click here for the B-Ref Battle Database of Amazing Names!

Tweeterz: https://twitter.com/CespedesBBQ

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CFBBQ Free Agent Tracker

For an introduction and explanation for what this stupid thing is, click here.

10:00 AM EST – November 9th, 2015: What is Dave Dombrowski Running From?!?

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So we were totally planning on making all these rumors up, but it looks like the first piece of news on the Free Agent Tracker is actually real?!? As first reported by Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Dave Dombrowski, Boston’s new President of Baseball Ops, went for a run this morning. The distance, pace, and incline of Mr. Dombrowski’s  jog have not yet been confirmed. Also yet to be confirmed are the contents of Dombrowski’s so-called “Running Jamz” playlist.

We’ll update you on this situation as we hear more, but it’s good to know that an aging roster, bloated contracts, and a frustrated owner aren’t the only things Dombrowski is running from.

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The CFBBQ Free Agent Tracker: An Introduction

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Free agency is upon us, which means it’s time to get out your frying pan, take off your clothes, and throw those ramen noodles in the trash because the Hot Stove is heating up.

Many of the internet’s top baseball websites have put together some type of “Free Agent Tracker.” The ones over at ESPN, MLB Trade Rumors, and CBS Sports are all pretty good, but we think they’re missing something.

We’re taking the concept of a Free Agent Tracker to the next level. Think of it as a combination of your traditional Free Agent Tracker, that Canadian show Mantracker, and George Orwell’s 1984. Even though we’re in Europe right now, we’re gonna let you know what it is baseball’s top free agents are up to.

If Daniel Murphy goes to the supermarket, if Darren O’Day stubs his toe, or if Jason Heyward makes a Spotify account, you’ll find that information right here. If you’re looking for rumors about where David Price might sign, sorry! We can’t help you! But if you want to know about Antonio Bastardo’s new cat, you’ve come to the right place.

Please send any and all relevant rumors to cespedesfb@gmail.com or tweet us @CespedesBBQ

Happy Tracking!

(Note: All news reported on our Free Agent Tracker is entirely false. Do not believe any of it. We are not following any of these guys around. Except for maybe Yoenis.)