Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 53: 2017 Home Run Derby and the Half Way Point

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in action against the at Yankee Stadium on July 5, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Blue Jays defeated the Yankees 7-6.

The MLB season has reached its actual half way mark, even if the official start of the second half isn’t until after next week’s All-Star Game. With that in mind, Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen pick out their favorite moments from the first half of the season.

They also take on the Logan Morrison vs. Gary Sanchez Home Run Derby beef and ask the question of whether or not it really matters who is in the derby? I mean, Ichiro Suzuki says he can hit a bomb whenever he wants and he’s never been part of the field. Plus, is there any reason not to pick Aaron Judge to win it?

Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 53: 2017 Home Run Derby and the Half Way Point

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: “Cheat” by The Clash, and a quote from Major League.

Break 2: “Bad Town” by Operation Ivy and Torii Hunter robbing Barry Bonds of a home run in the 2002 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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