Guy who has entire foundations of ethical reality and sense of self gets torched when he realizes he's been engaged in hero worship of the enabler of monstrous sexual violence that makes him if not himself a monster, a weak, passive, morally bankrupt individual, has trouble finding a new place in a crazy mixed up world he had not realized was where he lived?He has moved around a TON over the past few years. It's really surprising to me.
"Some guys really earning their pinstripes" had me in stitches. Great episode!There's a glorious new version of the Poscast up with Mike Schur and Brandon McCarthy that features an extended 'Yankee Minute' following their loss in the ALDS. A great listen for Sox fans.
In a likely nod to the (near) future, though, it turns out that it is only 'Part 1', with the second half of the podcast featuring the draft only available on Joe's pay site. Probably just a matter of time before all of his podcasts are behind the paywall.
Thanks for that. You can d/l it here (the date is July 10, 2018):If you're a Michael Schur fan, he's interviewed on Sarah Spain's That What She Said podcast. He talks about his early years as an SNL writer, starting the Fire Joe Morgan blog and working for network TV. It's a great interview.
They do have technical (sound) issues when more than three join in.I think the Skype format was a bit difficult with so many involved. I mean, Nick Offerman was silent for minutes at a time. Last year's was probably better (and totally worth going back to check out). But this one was also great.
The Podcast was a Top 10 for the year. Shur going over the Transiberian Orchestra pick from last year brought me joy. It was a great callback, creating a great moment, on the power of last year's perfect moment. It was a tower of brilliance and comedy. Linda Holmes building an army to use her Christmas characters to fight for world domination was sublime, only to be taken out by the German/English army late round pick, which was perfect.It was awesome. Them shitting on Sepinwall's dumb picks was great
Sepinwall "You're all playing checkers and I'm playing chess"
Ken Tremendous "Yeah it's a checkers tournament dude. You were eliminated"
I love Joe and think he's one of the best writers out there, no matter the topic. I have read his Reds book and I am looking forward to the Houdini book. I am a humongous fan. And following him around has been quite an endeavor. Mario WISHES he had Joe's jumping skills.Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Good one.
I mean, you are kidding, right? Dude jumps more than Mario.
As someone that was subscribed to both his blog *and* The Athletic, this is wonderful.As someone who was already subscribed to the Athletic, this is great news for me.
I wasn't paying for his blog, but did miss reading him regularly. This makes the Athletic even more undroppable for me.
Until Joe goes somewhere else, at least.
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. Sure he will. And after that he’ll rewrite Paterno and include all the messy stuff.For those of you with The Athletic (and those on the fence) Joe promises to do an updated (4th version) of the top 100 baseball players of all-time. Started this on his blog and was sporadic at best. Now he has a schedule for all 100.
All of the plaques he wrote for the top ten players currently not eligible were great.
3. Adrián Beltré Pérez
Los Angeles Dodgers—Seattle—Boston—Texas, 1998-2018
A defensive genius at the hot corner, he also clubbed more than 600 doubles and 450 home runs. Brought countless moments of joy to the game. Do not touch his head.
For the next 30 or so days — weekends off so my family doesn’t leave me — we’re going to try and take a little baseball tour. Thirty teams. Thirty days. Thirty reports. In these hopefully dwindling days of COVID, I’m not going to actually go to the spring training sites. This will be a tour of the mind, a love letter to baseball’s history and future. We’re going to count these essays down from 30 to 1, worst team to best as I see it going into 2021.
The idea, if we get it right, will be to try and get a little closer to the Pirates and Angels, Royals and Brewers, Dodgers and Yankees. I don’t know exactly where this will go; I actually have no idea where it will go. We might talk a little team history. We might pluck out a player from the past who seems worth remembering. We might tell a few stories the way people do around the batting cage. All the while, we’ll try to offer some hope, even to the Baltimore Orioles, who FanGraphs gives a cruelly definitive 0.0% chance of making the playoffs.
What is spring training without hope?
I'm sure some may say he's folksy or fluff, but this is the kind of stuff that will pull me out of the covid-induced disinterest in baseball.I do realize that just being “good at stuff” is a decent plan for becoming a good team, but it has long seemed to me that the best baseball teams have this thing that you might call an identity. I will tell you that this is where some of my more sensible friends in and around baseball abandon me — they put “team identity” in the same bucket as other bits of baseball blarney such as “momentum” and “veteran presence.” And they’re probably right. But I believe.
This is exactly where I am. I'm not excited about the upcoming season in the slightest. Truth be told, it's been almost a year since I've felt enthusiastic about anything whatsoever. But Posnanski writes about baseball with a joy that I find contagious, so I'm eager to see what he does with this series.I'm sure some may say he's folksy or fluff, but this is the kind of stuff that will pull me out of the covid-induced disinterest in baseball.