This week, Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen get everyone ready for the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Starting next week, defending champions Dominican Republic will try to hold off 15 other nations for world baseball supremacy. After that, Ryan Timmerman joins the pod to examine the bleak looking 2017 Milwaukee Brewers season. Is this finally the year they trade Ryan Braun? Finally, James Mauldin comes on to look at the younger more competitive New York Yankees and their possibly amazing bullpen but poor starting rotation.
Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 37: 2017 World Baseball Classic, Milwaukee Brewers, and New York Yankees
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
Break1: “I was a Teenage Anarchist” by Against Me and Miguel Cabrera hitting a single on an intentional walk while with the Miami Marlins.
Break 2: “The New Pollution” by Authority Zero and a quote from the Futurama episode “Fear off a Bot Planet.”
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.