Last Word on Baseball Giants correspondent Daniel Sperry joins the show to talk about what exactly happened to the San Francisco Giants this season. Their mid-season collapse has allowed a battered Los Angeles Dodgers team to storm in for the NL West lead. Their bullpen has been an adventure. The offense has regressed. Daniel gets to the bottom of how and why the team fell apart.
Before that, Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen revisit the insane wild card races and their potential for some bonkers tie breaking scenarios. Afterwards, they look back at the non-playoff teams and figure out which can consider their 2016 a success.
Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 25: The San Francisco Giants Collapse
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: “Cash, Culture, and Violence” by Rancid and Ehire Adrianza‘s solo homer against the Dodgers from Wednesday night as heard on CSN Bay Area.
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.