Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 26: Remembering Jose Fernandez

By Joe Hojnacki – Last Word On Baseball

Today, the Crowding the Plate Podcast starts with Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen remembering Jose Fernandez and the far too short, but extremely fun, career he gifted us. In his four short years in the bigs, Fernandez showed us what true love for baseball looked like. He may no longer be with us, but here’s hoping his spirit lives on in baseball forever.

After that, all the divisions are just about sewn up, but the Wild Card races are alive and well. There’s also a possible trend with new stadiums coming around far to often, Joe and Greg hope what the Braves and Rangers are doing doesn’t catch on. Finally, would Curt Schilling make a good senator or (gulp) president? Which baseball player would? And Pete Rose is back to lobbying the Hall of Fame to let him in.

Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 26: Remembering Jose Fernandez

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: “Amazing Grace” as performed by Dropkick Murphys and Jose Fernandez striking out Yasiel Puig courtesy of

Break 2: “Until I Break” by Broken Sunday and a quote from Bull Durham.

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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