New York Times bestselling author Jeff Pearlman finally returns to talk to the boys about his new book (Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL) and how Donald Trump paid a pivotal role in the demise of the league, shares the crazy story of Greg Fields and gives his theory as to why we’re fixated on years-old tweets and former sitcom actors bagging groceries.
Christy Colt, the only full-time “girl beer vendor” at Nationals Park, joins the boys to talk about slinging brews at some of the biggest events in sports, knowing when to watch and when to work, serving beers to Kris Bryant during the All-Star festivities in DC, why mint juleps and, for some reason, Lou thinks way too much about the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of his movie “Rookie of the Year”, screenwriter Sam Harper joins the boys to talk about where he came up with the idea of Henry Rowengartner, how long it takes to go from script to screen, what it’s like working with Steve Martin and realizes that he might just agree with Lou that The Rock probably makes everything a little bit better.
Oh, yeah, and in a podcast exclusive, Sam also drops some knowledge on a likely re-boot of “Rookie of the Year”.
The hosts of the popular Clubhouse Podcast, Muneesh Jain and Anthony Rapp, join the boys to talk about their adventures together traveling the country, visiting all 30 Major League parks, hanging out with legendary ballhawk Zack Hample, Muneesh’s favorite moment as a baseball fan (spoiler alert…it involves Anthony singing) and who they would most like to have as a guest on their podcast.
And, to appease his wife, Shawn asks Anthony to endorse her “passion project”.
Jose Canseco supercollector Tanner Jones joins the boys to talk about his massive baseball card and, specifically, his Canseco collection, how he got started in the hobby, that time he roadtripped to Las Vegas to hang out with his favorite baseball player and the coolest piece in his collection.
For a podcast-record fourth time, Jeff Katz, the now-former mayor of Cooperstown, joins the boys to talk about Curt Schilling for some reason, politely listens to Shawn blabber on and on about his summer concerts, tells the story of how he ended up officiating Brian Kenny’s daughter’s wedding(!), coins the term “Tony Danza Tribute Hat” and shares his all-time favorite broadcast team.
Oh…Jeff also gives his annual re-cap of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
TJ Connelly joins the boys to talk about how he ended up the DJ for the Boston Red Sox (and, ultimately, the New England Patriots and Boston Bruins), explains the art of choosing the right walk up music, explains his bond with slugger David Ortiz and, ultimately, shares the one song he won’t play. Ever.
Baltimore Orioles head groundskeeper Nicole Sherry joins the boys to talk about how she almost quit baseball to work at a golf course in Hawaii, gets into the specifics of creating grass patterns in the outfield, recalls shagging flies for and getting lost in the dreamy blue eyes of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and, yeah, brags a little (wouldn't you?) about how great her view is from her office window at Camden Yards.
Famed cannabis expert and comedian Ngaio Bealum joins the boys to talk about his unique look and style (is it "Funky Preacher" or "Sexy Professor"?), being a fan of his hometown San Francisco Giants, the main difference between 1980s baseball and now, hanging out with Doug Benson and, of course, his new Netflix show “Cooking on High”.
Plus, Lou helps Ngaio plan his return trip to Milwaukee.
Actor, comedian and baseball historian Greg Proops joins the boys to talk about his recent gig as emcee of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s annual Hall of Game ceremony, his experiences interviewing some of baseball’s greats, recalls the mysterious death of Rube Foster and shares his admiration for San Francisco Giants greats Willie Mays and Barry Bonds.
Oh, yeah, Greg also joins in on Lou’s distaste of the 2013 movie “42”.
Rick Vaughn joins the boys to talk about his time as the public relations director for the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays, his current gig working with Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon’s charity and, most importantly, helps Shawn and Lou begin their quest to track down the infamous Billy Ripken “Fuck Face” bat.
Four-time Emmy Award-winning writer and producer of “The Simpsons”, Mike Reiss, joins the boys to talk about his new book, pretends to be interested when Shawn and Lou share their favorite episodes, goes behind-the-scenes of the iconic “Homer at the Bat” episode, grades Ted Cruz’s impressions of everyone’s favorite TV family and imagines a dark, gritty re-boot of “Alf”.
And as a bonus...hear all about that time Lou was served a “meal” of toast!
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of "Bull Durham", famed filmmaker Ron Shelton joins the boys to talk about the making of one of baseball's most iconic movies, his days in the minor leagues and Michael Jordan's brief stint as a professional baseball player.
Episode originally aired August 26, 2016.
Writer and director Matthew S. Robinson joins the boys to talk about his new play, “BlackBalled: The Rise and Fall of Negro League Baseball", what current players embody the spirit of the Negro Leagues, why Babe Ruth never got a shot at managing in the Majors and, along with Shawn and Lou, get real about kneeling, not kneeling, visiting The White House (or not) and the overall “patriotism” in sports.
Former Major League umpire Dale Scott joins the boys to talk about his 33 seasons behind the plate, the best and worst managers (looking your way, Billy Martin) to deal with, what it’s like calling balls and strikes during a no-hitter, that final concussion that ended his career and why he and his husband Michael would never do “The Amazing Race”.
Filmmakers Stu Stone and Adam Rodness join the boys to talk about their documentary "Jack of All Trades", call fellow Canadian, Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson (for real!), describe what it’s like hanging out with Jose Canseco, speculate on the whereabouts of the famed Billy Ripken “F*ck Face” bat and, of course, discuss their love of collecting baseball cards.
Dr. Tommy John joins the boys to talk about his new book, his quest to keep people from having Tommy John surgery, shares his family’s relationship with Dr. Frank Jobe and recalls the time his dad flirted with becoming a knuckleballer.
Oh...and Lou (briefly) had a new pet.
Joel Church-Cooper, the creator of the hit IFC show “Brockmire”, joins the boys to talk about the origin of show and getting picked up for two more seasons, what he borrowed from Bill Veeck, improvising on set with Hank Azaria and the return of Joe Buck!
All-Star outfielder-turned broadcaster-turned author, Ron Fairly, joins the boys to talk about Ichiro Suzuki’s sudden retirement, Edgar Martinez’s chances at the Hall of Fame, coaching Reggie Jackson, playing alongside Dodgers greats Duke Snider and Carl Furillo and the time John Roseboro saved Juan Marichal’s life.
Larry King re-joins the boys to talk about the 2018 baseball season (so far), shares his thoughts on what he would do if he was commissioner and wonders aloud about doubleheaders and Shohei Ohtani.
Also, Shawn and Lou’s new best friend responds to Todd Radom’s question about one of the greatest uniforms in baseball history.
Todd Radom and Phil Hecken re-join the boys to share their thoughts on some of baseball’s best (and absolute worst) looking uniforms, reflect on the most out of place baseball players and, of course, talk all about Todd’s new book…Winning Ugly: A Visual History of the Most Bizarre Baseball Uniforms Ever Worn.
Also, Shawn tries to start a debate that is, arguably, far dumber than that annoying “is a hot dog a sandwich?” discussion.
David Mickey Evans, writer and director of “The Sandlot", joins the boys to talk about the making of the iconic film, speculates as to whether or not Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez was really safe at the plate, shares his plans for the 25th anniversary of the movie, marvels at those glorious Funko Pop! figures and Lou thanks David (on behalf of everyone) for creating Wendy Peffercorn.
John Costacos, the creator of some of the world’s most popular sports posters, re-joins the boys to talk about his latest creation for Adidas (SPOILER ALERT: it’s Aaron Judge!), shares what might be next for The Costacos Brothers and revisits what makes their artwork great.
Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson returns to talk to the boys about what’s new in Cooperstown and the growing anticipation for the Class of 2018 (and beyond!), shares the best Brad Ausmus story in the history of Brad Ausmus stories, explains what it is like hanging out with Bob Uecker and walks Shawn and Lou through the four “can’t miss” spots at The Hall and reveals his favorite museum pieces.
Gar Ryness, aka Batting Stance Guy, returns to talk to the boys about the need for a great hype man, pulls the curtain back as to why he thinks he is so good at what he does, shares how Hunter Pence has become the new Kevin Youkilis, remembers the careers of players he thought were “can’t miss” Hall of Famers and, along the way, plenty of names are dropped. Among those names…the three most handsome men Shawn has ever met.
Lastly, Gar makes a plea to his friends Randy and Jason Sklar to join the podcast.