With Jonathan Papelbon released from the Washington Nationals, which teams are willing to take a chance on the no longer dominant reliever? Are Greg’s Detroit Tigers that desperate for bullpen help? Are the Boston Red Sox willing to bring him back on the chea? What about the Chicago Cubs? Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen discuss. Also, people are always clamoring for ways to make baseball better, but most suggestions are pretty dumb. Greg found a journalist coming up with some ideas that may or may not make baseball fun again.
Also, the Milwaukee Brewers did something that’s rarer than a perfect game in last week’s 11-3 win over the Atlanta Braves. You have to love the weird things in baseball that almost never happen, but can happen in any given game.
Crowding The Plate Podcast Episode 20: Jonathan Papelbon Released and Fixing Baseball
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: “Fight to Live” by The Bouncing Souls and a quote from Bull Durham.
Break 2: “The New Pollution” by Authority Zero and a quote from the Futurama episode “Fear Of A Bot Planet.”
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.