Today, I just want to show some love. I think I'm going to make this a semi-regular practice on the blog, but today I want to focus on podcasts I've been listening to and enjoying. Some of them I have already written about. Some I have plans to profile in the near future. More than anything, I just want to take a moment to talk about each show briefly and explain why you should check them out! Without further adieu, let's get started
No Crying in Baseball
Patti and her friend Pottymouth are two women who have strong ties to baseball that date back to their early life. They have each raised families with heavy baseball influence (Patti's daughter is named after Camden Yards!). They got started podcasting because a friend noticed their banter while watching games was wildly entertaining. Now, they talk all things baseball on No Crying in Baseball. They clearly do their research, especially when it comes to picking out their "baseball boyfriends." If you want to learn a little more, check out my write-up on the show here. You can also visit the No Crying in Baseball website here.
The Pulling Tarp Podcast
Bobby Coon worked for 3 different Minor League Baseball teams over an 8-year span. Now, he has found the time to do something he's wanted to do for a while, start a podcast in which he talks to people that work in and around MiLB about their experiences and unique stories. For instance, he recently spoke to Curt Bloom, the voice of the Birmingham Barons. Curt was in Birmingham when Michael Jordan played MiLB there for a season, and that episode of the Pulling Tarp Podcast offers a great companion piece to the recent Last Dance documentary series. Bobby speaks to his guests about their favorite walk-up songs and their experience with tarp. Because, everyone who has worked in the minors has pulled a little tarp. Click here to read the full article I did on Bobby and the Pulling Tarp Podcast, and make sure to check out the show wherever you listen to podcasts!
Two Strike Noise
I'm.a relatively new listener to Two Strike Noise, but I immediately became a fan! Jeff and Mark offer great historical facts and figures each week, celebrating notable Major League debuts that coincide with the day each episode premieres. In addition, the duo bring on some fascinating guests, including former Major League hurler Sean Lowe, who recently did a two-part interview on Two Strike Noise. Maybe the most entertaining segment on the show is the Wax Pack Heroes, where Mark and Jeff break open old vintage wax packs of baseball cards and score the cards they pull based on many factors, some unorthodox. It's a fun, easy listen, and I am looking forward to speaking with Mark and Jeff in order to do a full write-up about Two Strike Noise. In the meantime, go get caught up by listening wherever you enjoy podcasts!
USA Baseball's Covering the Bases
Daron Vaught, the voice of USA Baseball, does a superb job interviewing various guests with ties to the national team program on Covering the Bases. Once a month, Daron has a chat with a notable figure or alum of USA Baseball. He's had the likes of Chipper Jones, Michael Cuddyer, and Jeff Francoeur. In the second of Covering the Bases' two monthly episodes, Daron interviews an up-and-coming prospect from USA Baseball's collegiate national or youth teams. Daron is a. very talented interviewer and offers a laid back, relatable conversation with his guests. I may be a little biased, though, since Daron is my little brother. I wrote a really fun article about Daron here. You can listen to all past episodes of Covering the Bases on your podcast app of choice!
Off the Air with Joe and Orel
The bias continues with Off the Air, a podcast started by Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser since the cancellation of Dodgers games during the pandemic. Each week, Joe and Orel talk with Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts as well as other great Dodger-centric guests. This past week, Joe, Orel, and Roberts discussed the recent protests in response to the killing of George Floyd. It was a real, at times difficult, conversation, but it offers a light at the end of the tunnel. I thought it addressed the current state of affairs in the best way possible. Under normal circumstances, the trio talks about the best thing they saw each week, the thing they're looking forward to in the coming week, and pick a top 4 topic each episode. I highly recommend Off the Air for all baseball fans, Dodger or otherwise.
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