Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 23: Tight Wild Card Races

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There are two tight Wild Card races going on in baseball these days. Today, Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen break down the one in the National League. With three teams separated by a single game in the standings, it should be a fun race to the end. Because it could happen, the pair also go into all the crazy tiebreaking scenarios that can come up.

Also, 21 years ago, Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s iron man streak. Does this record actually mean anything? Will someone come close to it? Who’s the closest now?

Finally, the Twins Brian Dozier is on fire! How hot is he really?

Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 23: Tight Wild Card Races

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: “Guns and Roses” by Paradise Lunch and Brian Dozier homering against the Kansas City Royals.

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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