This week, Greg and Joe discuss Trevor Story’s home runs and whether or not the Rockies’ power-hitting shortstop can keep up his extraordinary power-hitting streak. He has hit seven home runs in as many games to open his Major League career. He won’t keep that pace up, but can he become a consistent power threat? They also debate whether or not Dave Roberts was right to pull Ross Stripling in the midst of throwing a no-hitter in his Major League debut. Was it right to separate the emotion of possible history from the desire to beat a division rival? Also, our hosts talk of the awesomeness of Vin Scully and whether or not there will ever be another with his legacy, and the best and worst baseball stadiums.
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
Interlude 1: “Shortstop” by Grayling with quote from The Sandlot
Interlude 2: “Hold Fast” by Hi-Fi Handgrenades with Vin Scully’s call of the Bill Buckner play from the 1986 World Series
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.