Here's what happened. As we warned you, this episode would be a couple of days late, and with a big World Series Preview coming in just four days, we decided to go light, with a guest free episode that would just feature some playoff talk and a quick film discussion. Of course, it ended up being two hours anyway, as we get in-depth on the playoffs, share some tales from New York and get into an intense argument about Elvis Andrus' ability to become a media star. Lesson learned: With Jason and I, nothing is quick. 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 22: "The Intimate Episode"

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Table Of Contents

0:00 Intro, agenda review

4:01 Housekeeping (Email Us! Join our Facebook group!, Episode 22 delayed!)

5:32 Emails: Eddie Bane, French spam, Cleaning the bottle, favorite levels, Idaho's revenge

24:02 Cubs hire a manger, but we're more interested in a Tigers managerial hiring at Low-A

28:38 Bryce Harper in the AFL and what we can or can't learn

35:15 Championship Series Breakdown and Tales From NYC

  • Contest winner announced!
  • NLCS Wrap and more talk about why teams go with bad starters
  • Bringing in Roy Oswalt vs. bringing in the closer during a tie game
  • Cody Ross = Michael Jackson?
  • ALCS Wrap and the monster that is Cliff Lee
  • Ron Washington's sudden lack of confidence in Neftali Feliz
  • Getting called a 'douchebag' by strangers
  • The strangeness of a Hunter/Burnett matchup, the big step forward by Derek Holland
  • The behavior of some Yankee fans at the stadium (why they might not get Cliff Lee)
  • Timing Jason's beer run
  • Estimating the chances of the Yankees winning the series (i.e. not good)
  • Why a Giants/Rangers World Series would at least be more fun
  • An argument not over Elvis Andrus' talent, but rather his potential star power

90:43 Musical Guest: that dog.

96:38 Pop Culture Moment: Free Film 101 classes courtesy of Netflix and the Criterion Collection

121:34 Update on Jason's mental state and we're out

Music is by that dog. from the album "Totally Crushed Out", copyright 1995, DGC Records.

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I listened during parts of tonight's game - most of what the announcers say is useless anyway - kind of "eh" listening to the bit about the Yankees' chances as they were being played off the field.But great episode, nonetheless.
At least Jason and friend were smart enough not to sit in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium, he would still smell like beer today if he did.
I was in section 420A that night ... it was civil (though we didn't have any Ranger fans around).

Sorry you got harrassed Jason. :-(
Wow, the podcast was full of win this week. A few observations:

- I'm guessing things have changed since I went to Yankee Stadium as a kid in the '80s, because I remember things like people burning the pennants of the opposing team.

Someone (might have been Jay Jaffe) wrote a post about when he knew that Yankee fans had become too docile: Some guy ran into a men's bathroom with a Red Sox hat, asking people to help him hide the evidence (I guess he'd stolen it from a Red Sox fan), and noone lifted a finger while security apprehended him.

I know I ought to be mature and say that it's better that Yankee fans treat their opponent's fans with some level of basic decency, but damn those "Boston Sucks"/"Yankees Suck" shout-fests from 1978 were fun. Keep it to words only, no matter how crude?

- I'm so glad you guys went off on "God Bless America" replacing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" during the 7th inning strech (but only during playoff games and Sundays, for some reason...related directly to television). The most annoying thing about it is that someday, if I have a child, I'll have to somehow explain to them that singing that song during a baseball game is a huge crock of shit, and there's no way to do that without a *ton* of back story, so even if I manage to do it, so many other parents who are irritated by it will probably throw up their hands and just pretend it's OK. And that's how evil wins.

- Although I think the Rangers are pretty clear favorites, there's *way* too many fun things about this Giants team for me to do anything but root hard for them. The drag queen singing GBA for Game 5 was just the icing on the cake. Google "Brian Wilson The Machine" for another one.

- Nonetheless, Elvis Andrus does seem like a good guy, and a wicked talent at SS. As a marketing ploy, might I suggest t-shirts that say "Elvis Is Everywhere", with a picture of Andrus at every position on the diamond? You could also play fielding highlights of him while playing the Mojo Nixon song.