Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 45: The Extra Innings Problem

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CHICAGO, IL - MAY 07: Fans watch the game in the sixteenth inning during a game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs on May 7, 2017, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Sunday night’s Chicago Cubs-New York Yankees contest on ESPN turned into a marathon. The game finally ended in the 18th inning when the Yankees pushed across a run to end the impromptu double header. This brought the discussion of extra innings to the forefront thanks to the national television audiences of two of the game’s most popular teams tuning in for this cold slog through Wrigley Field. Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen join this conversation and ask if extra innings need to be fixed.

The pair also talk about the Matt Harvey situation with the New York Mets and the disintegrating Detroit Tigers bullpen.

Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 45: The Extra Innings Problem

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: “Detroit Breakdown” by J. Geils Band and the A’s radio call of their back to back walk off wins over the Tigers last weekend.

Break 2: “Freaks, Nerds, and Romantics” by The Bouncing Souls and Bartolo Colon‘s only career home run, as heard on SNY.

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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