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We could get all flowery with words here, but it's the one-year anniversary show, and we got Scott Boras and Jose Altuve. 'Nuff said.

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 50: "You Do Want To Be A Ferris Wheel"

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Table Of Contents

0:00: Here's what's going down today

3:29: Here's the housekeeping

4:41: Here's the emails

  • Hijinks in the stands
  • Tornadoes let you catch up!
  • Ferris Wheel or Merry-Go-Round
  • Trading draft picks
  • Do new owners equal new scouts?
  • Delving into some scouting terms

35:42 Jose Bautista: how did this happen?

53:43 Saturday's Posada-gate with special guest Jay Jaffe (@jay_jaffe)

1:08:15 Special Guest: Scott Boras

  • How he first got involved in the draft
  • The problems with the potential of hard slots
  • Is major league baseball an adversary?
  • The draft as a loss-leader
  • Providing support services for teenage millionaires
  • Turning down potential clients, nicely
  • Agents and the NCAA
  • August 15: a day in the life
  • The reputation: Does he care?

1:29:27 Special Guest No. 2: Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve

1:33:40 How the sausage is made: getting Altuve and Boras

1:38:31 Musical Guest: Thrice

1:40:33 What Are You Drinking?

1:41:51 Cooking With The Professor: Chicken-Fried Steak and Cincinnati Chili

1:47:51 Let's Get Emotional: Has it really been one year?

1:53:26 What's going on this week?

1:59:11 A massive note of thanks to our listeners

Music is by Thrice, all rights reserved.

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delorean
5/18
FIRST
kgoldstein
5/18
Oh for the love of all that is holy, NO.
crperry13
5/18
Me and the other members of the "46,000" club want you to know that we do not approve, condone, or support his post.
dianagramr
5/18
Somehow mistook this for Facebook? :-(
beeker99
5/18
Scott Boras! I thought so. When you said "secretary" in Episode 49, I just had a feeling that it had to be him. I can't wait to listen!
Infrancoeurgible
5/18
Ah, an afternoon podcast! Kudos, Kevin.
marcitomi
5/18
Congrats on the 50th episode, gentlemen. And what a lineup to celebrate!
Scott44
5/18
Agreed. Cudos to you and Jason, it's been an awesome ride, I just hope it goes on and on!
crperry13
5/18
Oh my gosh, I'm so excited to listen to this episode that I just dribbled like a puppy
hegglund
5/18
Boras AND Altuve?! I need to drink something special with this.
dianagramr
5/18
Congrats Kevin and Jason, and thanks for over 105 hours of info, critiques, recommendations and laughs. Here's to Year 2!
delorean
5/18
The Boras interview is one of the funniest things I've ever heard. I wonder if he believes the stuff he's saying about players "giving away their right to an education" and the like. It's patently absurd.
kgoldstein
5/19
Send am email about this. I'd love to respond.
ctt8410
5/19
That portion of the interview did strike me as disingenuous, but this is a guy whose job relies on creating leverage for his clients. So it's in his best interest to magnify every opportunity cost for the players involved because their compensation from the team scales accordingly.
delorean
5/19
I completely agree. Doesn't make his comments any more cogent.
mtr464
5/19
Maybe I misunderstood him, but wasn't he speaking in terms of how to convey to a player the importance of saving his bonus money, when he made that comment? It seems like a reasonable thing to explain to a kid that his bonus money may need to last 30 years, as he will earn less money than if he had gotten an education. Maybe I misunderstood the education comment, but that is how I heard it. Not sure why that would cause annoyance other than he is Scott Boras.
jalee121
5/19
Although Boras was speaking of giving up the chance at a scholarship to go to play baseball, there is some truth in his statement once an athlete attends college on scholarship. I know as far as basketball and football scholarships go, almost all of the kids do not get to take the classes they want to. Rather, they get are made to take the "easy track" to keep them eligable. If it's happening for big time basketball and football programs, I'm sure it would be happening for big time baseball programs as well. I understand that the "student athlete" is getting an education, but many times it's not the education they want, so in that sense sometimes they are giving up rights.
delorean
5/18
OK, just finished. Phenomenal show, guys. Thanks for entertaining and educating the hell out of me every week. And apologies for the FIRST comment. Just got a little carried away.
dianagramr
5/19
Your apology Should have been in haiku form To appease Kevin
nickojohnson
5/19
I am so pumped to listen!
rawagman
5/19
Awesome. My wife and I (a new .9'er) thank you.
MichaelTheBonz
5/19
Where's the chicken-fried steak recipe? I can't find it on the facebook page anywhere. Nice work on this one, guys. I really enjoyed it.