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Jason and I push the envelope back over the two-hour mark thanks to a long preview of the upcoming draft signing deadline when we discuss potential problem signings, how much Bryce Harper will get, and some potential legal wranglings. Also, Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram joins us to discuss last week's Rangers auction, and a 17-minute argument over the virtues (or lack thereof) of Wal-Mart.

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 12: "Because It's Sticky"

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Table Of Contents

0:00 Intro, agenda review, housekeeping and an impromptu Bill Cosby impression

4:27 Email: Not hating stats, chili, Canada, Michael Ynoa, Pirates from India, Dominican catchers

20:03 Firing managers and coaches: does it matter?

24:38 Great races in five of six divisions – the standings exercise and the Reds/Cards fight

32:20 Signing deadline preview: Who will sign, who won't, and the strange case of Barrett Loux

50:17 Special Guest Anthony Andro of the Ft. Worth Star Telegram on the Rangers auction

  • Becoming a Twitter superstar over the course of one day
  • How did we get to this point?
  • MLB's involvement in vetting new owners
  • Enter Mark Cuban
  • How a Cuban victory would have led to more legal fun
  • Was Cuban's interest real, or just a money grab
  • For a baseball beat writer, was this a fun story to cover?
  • The Economist and the Ryan/Greenberg winner's curse
  • Mark Cuban's bad suit

80:09: Not Jim Leyland on how to avoid getting fired

82:06: What are you drinking/taking for medicinal purposes and dreams about Al Pacino

91:09: Pop Culture Moment: The Bear Coat

100:09: Wal-Mart: Part of the problem, or part of the solution

117:12: Jason – How's your mental state?

118:17: What's coming up this week and the size of ESPN

Music is by The Bear Coat, Copyright 2009 Swimming with Dennis Music.