Wed, 12 August 2015
Welcome to the almost-all-email edition. If this show sucks, you have only yourselves to blame!
We'll probably take a haitus after this one, as real life is inflicting itself upon us. We hope to be back soon!
(0:00-3:15) The open
(7:10-27:20) Email segment 1
(28:05-57:36) Emails segment 2
(58:10-1:07:47) The baseball things:
(1:08:24-1:21:10) Musical advice
(1:21:10-1:27:20) And the Old School Player of the Week is:
Al Cowens grades out as follows: DADHAT, 70 AFRO, 60 DADLAP, 70 DADGLASSES
Born in Compton, he could pass for Humpty Hump from Digital Underground in a baseball uniform. He looks confused as hell in most photos which is probably due in large part to this …
Cowens was drafted in the 75th round of the 1969 MLB draft, but managed to play 13 seasons in the bigs with the Royals, Angels, Tigers and Mariners as a right fielder. He peaked with the Royals in 1977 at age 25, posting an .885 OPS, w/ 23 HR & 112 RBI, a bWAR of 5.3, a second place finish in the AL MVP voting and a Gold Glove. He never sniffed that kind of production again and died of a heart attack at age 50. Baseball and life are weird things.
A notable feud started between Cowens and Texas Rangers reliever Ed Farmer early in the 1979 season. In the May 8 game at Arlington Stadium, a Farmer pitch thrown in the top of the 5th inning fractured Cowens' jaw and broke several teeth; Cowens would miss 21 games. Farmer also hit Cowens' teammate Frank White in the same game and broke his wrist and caused him to miss 33 contests. The following year, in a game between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park on June 20‚ 1980‚ Cowens (now a Detroit Tiger) hit an infield grounder against Farmer (pitching for the White Sox). While Farmer watched his infielder make the play, Cowens ran to mound and tackled the pitcher from behind, instead of running to first base; getting in several punches before the benches cleared and the two were separated. Cowens was suspended for 7 games and a warrant was issued for his arrest in Illinois‚ forcing him to skip the remainder of the series. Later Farmer agreed to drop the charges in exchange for a handshake‚ and the 2 players brought out the lineup cards before the game on September 1. However, future appearances for Cowens in Chicago were greeted with a "Coward Cowens" banner.
Related: Ed Farmer seems like a dick.
Tue, 4 August 2015
We have a wonderful, semi-Canadian-themed episode for you this week! We hope you enjoy it.
(0:00-5:10) The open
(10:18-22:13) Generally baseball-themed emails from non-Canadians with bonus Heavy Metal Bands to Jack Off To segment
(46:57-1:09:14) The baseball stuff. Mostly trade-related, with some bonus other nonsense.
(1:09:52-1:14:44) This week's Old School Player of the Week is:
70 Merm, 70 DADGLASSES, 30 stache, 60 DORKHAT
Mueller was a brutish 6’4”, 220 lb. reliever who pitched in two seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers (1978 & 1981). In those two seasons, he pitched in six games, logged 14 ⅔ innings, posted a 6.14 ERA and a 1.773 WHIP. He spent 10 years toiling in the minors before hanging up his spectacles after the 1983 season at age 26.
Mueller’s claim to fame is that he played the Duke, a menacing Yankees reliever, in the movie Major League. He’s now the pitching coach at Concordia University of Wisconsin.
Wed, 29 July 2015
Your favorite player probably got traded this week.
(0:00-4:30) The open.
(7:45-17:30) Emails from people named Chris.
(18:15-40:45) Baseball things:
(41:17-46:40) Musical advice: If you choose to sit down at a show, have you given up on life?
(46:40-53:40) This week's Old School Player of the Week is:
I discovered this gem last week and couldn’t resist the urge to flood our Twitter feed with pics and things Mike Proly did. Some of my favorites …
Mike Proly could very easily pass for one of Will Forte’s SNL characters, and he is truly one of the saddest, mouselike humans to ever grace a baseball card. He’s got a 60 DADHAT, a plus plustache, 70 70s hair and 80 chest hair. Proly pitched in the bigs for seven seasons (from 1976 to 1983) with the Cards, White Sox, Phillies and Cubes, primarily as a reliever. He walked 195 batters and struck out 185 in 545 ⅔ innings, and had a career WHIP of 1.330. Proly is quoted extensively in a 1985 article from the Chicago Tribune on spitballs, Vaseline balls and ball-scuffing. Apparently he did all of those things to no avail. He now sells insurance.
Tue, 21 July 2015
(0:00-6:06) The open
(6:40-30:06) The non-Canadian emails. Stream "Opposite Field" here.
( 30:40-50:57) The baseball things.
(1:13:17-1:19:50) The Old School Player of the Week:
55 (70 ceiling) DADHAT, 70 DADGLASSES, PLUS-PLUSTACHE, and apparently he cloned his mustache and replaced his eyebrows with it.
Dennis Lamp played 16 MLB seasons with the Cubes, White Sox, Blue Jays, A’s, Red Sox and Pirates. His peak years (1978-1980) were spent as a middling starter, but he spent the remainder of his career as a mediocre arm out of the pen. He is responsible for surrendering Lou Brock’s 3000th hit, as well as Cal Ripken Jr.’s first MLB hit.
Direct download: PRODcast_113_-_Dennis_Lamp_Would_Like_to_Sell_You_Some_Cod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:54 AM
Fri, 10 July 2015
Don't get it twisted: Failure is ALWAYS an option.
(0:00-4:23) The open
(12:20-31:45) Electronic mail from weirdos
(32:15-59:30) Pipin'-hot baseball takes
(1:00:08-1:05:10) Musical advice: What next for a new band, play shows or record?
(1:05:10) This week's OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS...
An 80-grade name. A 60 - 70 mustache. 50 DADHAT. And a 70 horn player. Fanzone played five years as a utility player and pinch hitter in the bigs with the Red Sox and Cubes. Traded to the Cubes in 1971 for Phil Gagliano, which is the most Italian trade. Never played in more than 86 games in a season, has 20 career bombs, -0.8 WAR. Fanzone became a jazz flugelhorn player after his baseball career ended.
Direct download: PRODcast_112_-_Failure_Is_Not_An_Option_Unless_You_Want_To_Listen_To_Them.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:06 AM
Thu, 2 July 2015
Man, those Angels. What a shitshow, amirite? Anyway. Here's the show.
(0:00-4:20) The open
(9:45-20:20) The emails
(21:00-50:40) The baseball things
(51:10-1:00:20) Musical advice: touring vs. fests, pro's and cons
(1:00:20-1:05:52) This week's The Old School Player of the Week is ...
This potato-headed, windbreaker-under-the-jersey, plus-DADHAT-sporting weirdo is a true gem. I’m guessing his hat is a size 8 ¾. And that pose he’s fond of striking … it’s like a half pre-creepy hug, half creepy uncle-pretends-to-be-the-boogeyman kinda thing. 100% NOT a baseball move. 100% weird.
His nickname was “Huevo”, which one can only assume must be a nod to his giant dome, rather than his one gigantic testicle. (Not true.) Huevo played seven years (for six different teams) as a long reliever/spot starter in the majors before heading to Mexico for seven years. He returned to the bigs with the Dodgers at age 39 and appeared in 15 games.
Career totals: 32-33, 3.36 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 1.315 WHIP, and 1 HR on May 30, 1980 vs. the White Sox.
Thu, 28 May 2015
Hey, y'all! We're back from turrrr and ready to talk about baseball. Have some!
(0:00-2:40) The open
(8:30-27:20) The emails
(28:00-59:30) The baseball things
(1:00:00-1:09:05) Musical advice: Balancing creative endeavors and "real life" -- can it be done?
(1:09:05-1:12:05) The Old School Player of the Week:
70 grade DADGLASSES, 70 grade DADHAT, 80 grade DADLAP, 80 grade TOOTHGAP
Can we be certain that this isn’t an alias for Ron Washington? A Dave Chapelle character? A figment of our imagination?
Thomas played 15 seasons for the Astros, Padres, Giants, Dodgers, Expos, Angels and Phillies as a 2B, SS and OF. He had a career average of .249, OPS of .649, OPS+ of 84, a career WAR of 6.6. Thomas was a part of the Dodgers’ WS championship team in ‘81, holds the unique distinction of playing every position (except pitcher) in the bigs, and currently coaches at the Adrenaline Athletic Training Center in Riverside, CA.
Direct download: PRODcast_110_-_We_Are_Currently_Occupying_The_Space_Between_Derrel_Thomas_Front_Teeth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:04 AM
Tue, 5 May 2015
As the title suggests, this week's show is all about the Phillies.
(:40-2:33) The open, wherein we lay out our thesis statement
(7:20-19:18) Your emails get read
(47:32-1:01:40) The Baseball Topics:
(1:02:22-1:08:20) The Old School Player of the Week:
80 DADHAT, 70 CREEPSTACHE, 70 DADLAP
10 years in the bigs as a MIF with the Pirates, Indians, Mariners and Cubes. Career WAR of 1.8, OPS of .608.
Tue, 28 April 2015
Unlike our usual shows, this one is actually good! We encourage you to listen.
(0:00-3:48) The open
(4:20-8:15) The musical guest: SQUAREPUSHER. Buy "Damogen Furies" here.
(8:15-22:57) Email from around North America
(23:24-49:44) A discussion with Jess Spector of The Sporting News
(50:20-1:20:10) The baseball topics
(1:20:37- 1:30:05) The Old School Player of the Week:
70 DADGLASSES, 70 DADHAT, 70 DADLAP, 60 STACHE
Kusick, who looks like he won an invite to baseball fantasy camp, was an honest to goodness MLB player from 1973-79 with the Blue Jays and Twins. A 1B/DH, he posted a career average of .235, 105 OPS+, and 3.8 WAR. He also pitched in a game for the Blue Jays in 1980, a 24-2 loss to the California Angels, and went 3 ⅔ innings and giving up 2 ER on three hits (one of which was a bomb). If you were to see a photo of him at any point in his career, “professional athlete” would be about the 278th occupation you’d peg him as having.
Kusick is now deceased, but will remain awesome forever.
Tue, 21 April 2015
We did that thing again!
(0:00-3:11) The open
(9:30- 31:25) Emails from Mostly Canadians
(31:53-1:01:58) The baseball blather
(1:02:24-1:16:41) Ask Two Idiots about Music. Bennett asks about the mechanics of reunions and times we've almost died at shows.
(1:17:11-1:24:23) THE OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
60 DADHAT, 70 CREEPSTACHE, 70 DADGLASSES, 80 TOOTHGAP, 50 70’s HAIR
Sheridan was a beanpole (6’3”, 175 lbs) and played nine seasons for the Royals, Tigers and Giants as an OF with the rare “bats left, throws right” combo. He was a career .253 hitter, hit 51 HR, drove in 257 runs, and posted a 5.5 bWAR in those nine seasons. He looks like he could just as easily be a part of an Amber Alert as he could fit on the pre-Sogard evolution chart. He could also be Paul Sporer’s dad.
Direct download: PRODcast_107_-_Dirty_Slidin_into_Your_DMs_Like_Whoa.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:27 AM