Episode

11.17.16 The Legend of 10 Cent Beer Night with Ben Hebert

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Dateline: Cleveland, Ohio. City of the Eternally Burning River, they call it. Some point in the ’70s I think, already forgot. The most legendary baseball fight/ riot in history.

Improviser/Astros obsessive Ben Hebert joins us to share the story, Let’s grab some bats and get in there!

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Fandom

Our Little Corner of The World

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Come along with me
To my little corner of the world
Dream a little dream
In my little corner of the world
You’ll soon forget

At the moment, comparing the Houston Astros franchise to the Texas Rangers is a good way to make yourself depressed. Against all odds, the Rangers seem to have recovered fully from the franchise’s brief fallow period between their back-to-back 2010/2011 World Series appearances to last year’s playoff berth. As of this writing, the Rangers are 8.5 games ahead of the Astros in the American League West, thanks to a 75-53 record that is the second best in baseball.

They’ve been helped to that record by a number players acquired in pretty frustrating fashion. Ian Desmond was signed for a song after apparently no other team could use a very good shortstop, then became a “surprise” All Star. Jonathan Lucroy almost went to the young and exciting Cleveland Indians before exercising his no-trade clause (which he was well within his rights to do) and being sent to the Rangers. Last season, Cole Hamels was almost an Astro before exercising his own no-trade clause (which he was within his rights to do, but I’m much less sympathetic). Continue reading

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Profiles In Baseballness

Rougned Odor, the Imperfect Vessel

 

Rougned Odor Imperfect Vessel

There is an episode late in the excellent FX series The People Vs. O.J. Simpson, entitled “An Imperfect Vessel”, that grapples with the actual humans who become symbols of an idea. One of Johnnie Cochran’s driving motivations behind defending Simpson was his continued crusade against brutality and racial bias in the LAPD. Continue reading

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