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Jason moved into his new place in Mexico City and discovered that his internet connection was well, kind of horrible. So no Jason this week as I'm joined by best friend of the podcast Jorge Arangure of ESPN as we talk about some September call ups, everything awful with the Dodgers and how things really work in the Dominican Republic (he should know, he's writing a book about it). Our special guest is Josh Boyd, the Director of Pro Scouting for the Texas Rangers, and our listener of the week selected tawdry photos for the glossy pages of Us Weekly. Then it's the goofy stuff, including a pop culture moment that brought me untold joy. 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 65: "Kickety-Flip, Flippety-Kick"

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Table Of Contents

0:00 Defending the Internet in Mexico

3:58 Housekeeping

5:58 Emails

22:51 No pennant races? At least we have Montero and Strasburg

28:34 A quick digression on the Dodgers

32:44 Baseball in the Dominican Republic: Crime, money and shenanigans

47:44 Special Guest: Josh Boyd, Texas Rangers Director of Professional Scouting

1:17:08 Listener of the Week: Peter Grossman, Photo Editor, Us Weekly

1:50:45 Musical Guest: Big Black

1:53:25 What Are You Drinking

1:56:53 Pop Culture Moment: Kickety Flip

2:12:28 The Week Ahead

Music is by Big Black from the album Atomizer. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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Radish is a great vegetable, but it's pretty much one tool. Not versatile, but great at what it does. It's the Wily Mo Pena of vegetables.
p.s., ATOMIZER is the greatest record ever.
Is it? It's kind of groundbreaking in a lot of ways, but it's still a band figuring things out.

'ATOMIZER' was an OK record. Having listened to most of that stuff for the first time in seven years yesterday, most of it is pretty embarrassing. I was sort of trying to figure out a way to weasel out of re-releasing it.
--Steve Albini
Atomizer is far and away my favorite Big Black record. They only other record I still reach for regularly is "Songs About..." But I discovered Atomizer first, and it hit me like a ball-peen hammer between the eyes. A really important record for me.
Since this is as good a place as any to ask: why not publish a top 100 prospects list every month, 12 months a year?
Because that wouldn't take ANY time at all to compile, and Kevin because isn't busy with, you know, other stuff.
Jorge's end around on the music question was pathetic. I will picture him listening to LFO deep album cuts while he hectors people on Twitter until proven otherwise.
HEARD THIS: Jorge likes girls who wear Abercrombie & Fitch. No word on whether or not Chinese food makes him sick.