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05-30

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West Coast By Us: Hats, Man
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-29

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West Coast By Us: Yo
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-28

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West Coast By Us: We Bat Flipped a Plane
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-27

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West Coast By Us: Whatever, I'm Wearing Jorts
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-26

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West Coast By Us: We Were Told Not To Come Here
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-25

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West Coast By Us: Day 4: There Are Two L's In Miscellaneous
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-24

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West Coast By Us: Day 3: Nice
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-23

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West Coast By Us: Day 2: Taco the Town
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-22

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West Coast By Us: Day 1: In The Land Where Everybody Is Immediately Put On TV
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-21

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West Coast By Us: California Stars
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

08-01

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Barbecue State of Mind
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

07-30

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BBQ State of Mind
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

07-29

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BBQ State of Mind
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

07-28

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BBQ State of Mind
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

06-09

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Day 13: Winston-Salem, Durham, and Home
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

06-08

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Day 12: Hickory (Return Trip)
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

06-07

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Day 11: Huntsville (Return Trip)
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

06-06

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Day 10: Little Rock
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

06-05

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Day Nine: Frisco
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

06-04

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Day Eight: Dallas
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

06-02

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Days Five and Six: Houston
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-31

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Day Four: LSU
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-30

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Day Three: Huntsville
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-29

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Day Two: Asheville and Hickory
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-28

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Day One: Lynchburg
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-27

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Intro and Itinerary
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

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Jake and Jordan bat flip their way north to Visalia.

They travel from far and wide in the hope of someday making it big. With an unyielding belief in their own talent, they leave everything behind to pursue a passion. Some make it and some don’t. Every year, thousands of people come to Los Angeles to try and fulfill their dreams. We did that. So we left.

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Jake and Jordan finally meet the man himself.

In December of 2012, Jordan and I started the Cespedes Family Barbecue in my living room. Inspired by the Up and In podcast, we had recently become extremely interested in the ins and outs of baseball and wanted a place to put all the dumb jokes we were making. A blog seemed like the dorkiest and most obvious choice. But at first, we didn’t know what to call it...

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Jake and Jordan visit High Desert and talk to a Canadian about Australia.

After the Las Vegas 51’s game on Tuesday night, we met up with Baseball Prospectus math wiz and overall Cool Guy, Zachary Levine. Zach is a Vegas veteran and offered to lead us children on a PG tour of the strip. We happened upon a lot of ridiculous things, including a mezuzah on a door of a trashy clothing store and a guy who we think was trying to sell me Phil Coke in a fantasy league or something. But the most insane thing we saw in Vegas was this: on the sidewalk in front of the MGM Grand there is a Las Vegas Walk of Fame. On this Walk of Fame is a star dedicated to the runner-up of the 2003 AL Cy Young race:

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Jake and Jordan take their travels to Vegas and [redacted] [redacted].

When I told my mother we were going to Las Vegas, she said, “To enjoy Vegas, you either need a sense of irony or a lack of self-respect.” Conveniently, we fulfilled both of those requirements.

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Jake and Jordan find themselves in Bakersfield. On purpose...

We were told not to come here. Friends and followers alike heeded warnings about its dilapidated state. They said, “Why are you going there? Just spend a few extra days in San Francisco. The Giants have a beautiful stadium. You’d love it.” Only a few sung its praises, our expectations formed through the underwhelming experiences of others, but we are not your conventional baseball fans and this is not your father’s baseball road trip. We ignored these passionate calls for prudence, eager to lay our eyes upon the horror show we couldn’t stand to turn away from. Through the desert and mountains we drove until it appeared, like a dim lighthouse: Bakersfield in all its beauty.

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The Boys put corn in their pancakes, talk to a breakout minor-league star, and enjoy their last day of life before Bakersfield.

Day 1: San Diego

Day 2: Lake Elsinore

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The Boys go to Los Angeles, and they had so many In-N-Outs to choose from.

Day 1: San Diego

Day 2: Lake Elsinore

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The boys eat the best gas-station-adjacent fish tacos they've ever had, talk show with a professional backup catcher, and see children literally figuratively making war against each other.

Like most young adults, Jordan and I are quite smitten with Chipotle. It’s relatively accessible, relatively cheap, relatively healthy, and entirely delicious. In many ways it is the second home of many hungry youngsters like us, the culinary Mecca of teenagehood if you will. I actually had it at the airport at 9 a.m. on the morning we left for San Diego. It’s a place that I thought might never be topped. I was wrong. El Pueblo, a 24-hour taco joint attached to a Valero gas station off of Route 5 with no-limit 99-cent fish tacos, changed everything.

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First step off the plane and the boys get a tv pilot, learn about the limitations of a big screen, see Kris Bryant do a thing and eat no In-N-Out.

Prologue

Planes are amazing things. Modern technology has enabled human beings to move at speeds faster than our ancestors ever thought possible. The jet engine has given rise to today’s sophisticated global economy, expedited world travel, and modernized military technology. But yesterday morning on our flight from Baltimore to San Diego, it allowed for something even more important: it allowed our seat neighbor Cindy to get absolutely hammered at 500 mph.

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The Cespedes boys head west.

On January 24, 1848, a man named James W. Marshall changed America forever. While working on his sawmill in Coloma, California, he spotted a speck of gold in a stream below. This small discovery soon reverberated throughout the country as Americans trekked West in hope of profiting from the Gold Rush. The Gold Rush transformed the demographics of America as hundreds of thousands of people made California their home. Families courageously gave up everything they had for the promise of a better future out West. These pioneers were admirable, brave, and true representatives of the spirit of the American dream.

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The boys see a futbol game on a baseball field, and a baseball game on a baseball field, and a baseball game on a futb--no, just the first two.

Return to Yankee Stadium by Jordan Shusterman
This ridiculous week in New York began at Yankee Stadium. It was a Yankees/Blue Jays game in which Shane Greene was the starting pitcher for the Yankees and Dan Johnson was the designated hitter for the Blue Jays. On Wednesday night, we returned to Yankee Stadium to see a non-baseball game in which neither Shane Greene nor Dan Johnson was participating (as far as we know). Two English Premier League powerhouses, Manchester City and Liverpool, played a friendly in front of nearly 50,000 people. After 90 minutes of stomping around Jeter’s hallowed ground, the two footballing squads were in a 2-2 tie, at which point the majority of us were ready to not be there anymore. Soccer friendlies are meant to be just that—friendly! A tie means everybody wins! Everybody can be friends! Apparently, these two teams had no intention of being friendly. Thus, they went straight to penalty kicks. No extra innings or anything. Penalty kicks are amazing because they don’t score every time. The first two attempts from both teams sailed over the goal and into the left field seats, just beyond Brett Gardner’s reach. Liverpool eventually scored enough goals to be declared the winner, although they did not seem to celebrate accordingly. It was eerily reminiscent the celebration after a spring training walk-off hit, where the winning team casually jogs over to the hero and pats him on the back. Meanwhile, the predominantly-Liverpool crowd was going absolutely crazy. It was strange. If there’s one thing I learned from the frantic futbol frenzy at Yankee Stadium, it’s that Derek Jeter was the greatest baseball player who ever lived. #RE2PECT


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More Bartolo! There's always, always, always, more Bartolo. Plus, the guys go into their first clubhouse.

For most teenagers, sleeping in past nine o’clock is an expectation and not a privilege. Waking up before noon is a rarity over the summer months, as a lack of motivation and responsibility fuse to create the perfect incentive to continue sleeping. When we’re on the road, we are not so fortunate; we are usually awake before the clock strikes 9. But yesterday morning was a different story for us curators of the CFBBQ as we were #blessed with the opportunity to doze past our usual roadtrip-influenced deadline. While an extra dose of REM was helpful to our overall psyches, nothing could prepare us for the obscene horror of another Phillies/Mets game.

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