With a little more than a month to go in the season, there are only two real division races to speak of. First off, the Blue Jays, Red Sox, and Orioles are going toe to toe for the American league East. Then, the NL West race is highlighted b y the Los Angeles Dodgers and their arch rival San Francisco Giants. How is it that the Dodgers, who haven’t had the best pitcher on the planet for much of the second half, have risen to a two game lead in the division? Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen discuss.
Before that, however, Joe has a bone to pick with Greg regarding sitting through rain delays in the stadium and Greg fires back with questions of fan loyalty.
Crowding the Plate Episode 21: The Dodgers and the NL West Race
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: “Hold Fast” by Hi-Fi Handgrenades and Vin Scully’s call of the Bill Buckner play from game six the 1986 World Series.
Break 2: “November Rain” by Guns and Roses and Joe Buck’s call of Luis Gon zlaez’s game winning hit in game seven of the 2001 World Series, courtesy of the MLB.com YouTube channel.
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.