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It's the final podcast of the year, and with the free agent frenzy slowing down, Yu Darvish fills the void, so we talk about Monday night's wackiness, what the Darvish signing means to the Rangers, and then we get intellectual with our special guest is Mike Plugh. An American Professor in Japan who has consulted with major league teams, Mike discusses the transition for Darvish on a cultural level, and breaks out a few big words. That's it's all the goofy stuff you expect, and happy holidays everyone. As always, we hope you enjoy.

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

Up And In Episode 77: "I Don't Drink Pie"

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Table Of Contents

0:00 The mice are back
3:16 Housekeeping 
4:22 Emails/dating advice
25:13 Monday's Darvish mania
30:52 A not-so-quick rant on breaking stories and sourcing
41:03 What Darvish means to the Rangers and how good he can be
55:22 Reviewing the Pirates Top 11 Prospects
1:04:27 Why It's important to talk about what can go wrong
1:10:45 Special Guest, Mike Plugh (@mikeplugh) of Akita University on the cultural adjustment of Yu Darvish
1:35:14 Musical Guest: Zoe Muth
1:36:50 What Are You Drinking?
1:40:10 Pop Culture Moment: Talking To Artie Lange
1:45:20 Cookies from Mom
1:48:25 The week ahead..

Music is by Zoe Muth, courtesy of the artist, all rights reserved.