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October 6, 2010

BP Podcast

Episode 20: Val Kilmer On A Bison

by Kevin Goldstein

It's our special Post-Season Podcast. After last week's nearly three-hour rock opera, we got down to a more reasonable length despite a podcast record six guests. Following a brief dissertation on the would of baseball broadcasting, a slew of fine folks from the Baseball Prospectus family join us to preview each of the four first-round playoff series, and then Jason and I make our own picks for winner and players to watch out for. After well over an hour of hardcore baseball talks, the funny begins as actor/comedian/write Ike Barinholtz (you might know him best from Mad TV) joins us for Pop Culture Moment to talk about, well a lot of things, from growing up a Cubs fan to the new hipster trend of retro NBA jerseys. It's damn funny stuff. Then the usual goofiness continues with what are you drinking and an 'almost' story from Jason's wedding that can not be missed. As always, we hope you enjoy.

Note: We do alert you to the presence of the occasional adult language. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Up And In Episode 20: "Val Kilmer On A Bison"

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Table Of Contents

0:00 Intro and agenda review

3:14 Housekeeping (Email Us! Join our Facebook group!)

3:57 Emails: Nick Franklin, Francis Bacon, hat sizes, tap tap tap, Ken Burns, Jeopardy!, autographs

17:55 A quick Skype bomb of Marc Normandin on the collapse of the Padres

20:14 Josh Lueke update: The Mariners sent you a letter

25:42 Playoff broadcasts: times and announces (you'll never be happy)

35:58 First-Round preview: Yankees/Twins w/ special guest Jay Jaffe

42:42 First-Round preview: Reds/Phillies w/ special guest Christina Kahrl

48:59 First-Round preview: Rangers/Rays w/ special guest Ben Lindbergh

55:32 First-Round preview: Braves/Giants w/ special guest Tommy Bennett

62:26 First-Round preview: Prediction the playoffs with PECOTA w/ special guest Colin Wyers

68:41 Just The Two Of Us: Kevin and Jason make their first-round predictions

80:48 Not Charlie Manuel on winning in the post-season

82:29 Pop Culture Moment with actor/comedian/writer Ike Barinholtz

  • Growing up near Wrigley Field
  • Adopting a team in Los Angeles
  • Ideal World Series matchups
  • As a Cubs fan, learning to re-hate the Cardinals
  • Mad TV and the WWE connection, and not being Saturday Night Live
  • Just how crazy late night TV is
  • Getting recognized
  • Makeup!
  • Making movies
  • Asking for fantasy baseball advice
  • Ike Barinholtz: What Are You Drinking?

112:25 This week's musical guest: HSR and band names

115:44 Taking a shot at DeKalb, IL

123:39 What Are Your Drinking?

131:59 Cooking With The Professor

133:54 Mental states, what's going on this week and wrapping up

Music is by Human Sexual Response, from the album Fig. 14, Copyright 1980, EAT records.

Kevin Goldstein is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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Kevin - what's wrong with your name? I suppose it can be confusing with so many people thinking you must be a big James Shields fan though...

Oct 06, 2010 15:42 PM
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It must be said, that I made the Shields comment before hearing the interview with Ike Barinholtz. And on that note, Shields is not on the list. But Kevin Youkilis, and recent prospect list guys Ike Davis and Danny Valencia are.

Oct 06, 2010 19:24 PM
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KG - Love you and Jason on the podcasts, would love to see more minor league content. Keep up the great work.

Oct 06, 2010 15:53 PM
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jaffe prophetic already.

Oct 06, 2010 19:39 PM
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Thanks for answering my e-mail guys . . . but I *do* believe KG has a fixation on Agbayani's head.

Oct 07, 2010 07:16 AM
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Noel Steere

Re Ike Davis: Nice article in the NY Times a couple of weeks ago:


Great quote near the end:

“I understand that there’s going to be some attention on me for that, especially in New York,” he said. “But I’m not trying to be a role model for any religious reasons. I’m trying to be a role model, period, for everyone, by just being a good person, a responsible person who leads the best life he can. That’s for everyone, I think.”

Oct 14, 2010 00:57 AM
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