Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 36: 2017 MLB Season Preview for the Braves, Blue Jays, and Red Sox

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FT. MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 20: Members of the Boston Red Sox meet during a team workout on February 20, 2017 at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida . (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen are back for another part of Crowding the Plate’s 2017 MLB season preview series. This time, the gang is joined by Brandon Murphy to talk about the Atlanta Braves and their rebuilding effort in segment one. Graham Anderson comes on to talk about the Toronto Blue Jays, their loss of Edwin Encarnacion, and their chances of winning the AL East. Finally, the fearless leader of Last Word on Baseball, Josh Greenberg, previews the Boston Red Sox and their World-Series-or-bust attitude.

Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 36: 2017 MLB Season Preview for the Braves, Blue Jays, and Red Sox

Music in this Episode

Intro/Outro: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” sung by Edward Meeker and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by The Isotopes Punk Rock Baseball Club

Break 1: “The Lads Who Fought and Won” by The Real McKenzies and the final call of the Blue Jays winning last year’s ALDS.

Break 2: “Look at me I’m a Winner” by The Aquabats and Ted Williams‘s walk off home run in the 1941 All Star Game.

Hosted by Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen, Crowding the Plate is a weekly baseball podcast here on Last Word on Sports. It aims to cover the fun, yet analytical, side of baseball once a week.

Joe Hojnacki writes about soccer for Last Word on Sports and is also co-host of the Crowding the Plate Podcast. An avid Red Sox fan, Joe idolizes Bryce Harper and feels that his fun showmanship is the way to save baseball from becoming overrun by old folks, and from dying out.

Greg Hessen is the resident Tigers fan on Crowding the Plate. As somewhat more of a traditionalist, Greg longs for the days of pitchers hitting in the American League and a landscape that doesn’t include things like bat flips and PEDs tarnishing the greatest of all games.

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