Crowding the Plate Episode 19: Alex Rodriguez Retires, Tim Tebow, Baseball Player

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Alex Rodriguez is done playing baseball after he was forced into early retirement by his employer, the New York Yankees. People tended to hate A-Rod more than most baseball players, when did this start and how does it affect his legacy? Before that, though, Tim Tebow wants to give baseball a try. Yeah, right… Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen figure out this A-Rod business and discuss how far Tebow probably won’t go in professional baseball.

Also, the Yankees had another formerly great player retire, only Mark Teixeira is waiting until the season ends. Prince Fielder is also calling it quits for medical reasons. Greg eats some nachos in his honor before digging up some more ballpark rankings to digest.

Crowding the Plate Episode 19: Alex Rodriguez Retires, Tim Tebow, Baseball Player

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: “Stranger Than Fiction” by Bad Religion and a quote from The Natural.

Break 2: “What’s it Like to be Old” by Cock Sparrer and TBS’s call of Alex Rodriguez striking out to end the 2011 ALDS.

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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