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Let's keep it short. Let's just do an intimate show. Those were my thoughts heading into Thursday night, and all I really learned is that Jason and I don't know how to stop talking. Our listeners came up big in the email department, we have lots of prospects to talk about, and with the Cubs signing Gerardo Concepcion and the Josh Hamilton story breaking, we had some current events to discuss as well. As always, we hope you enjoy.

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Up And In Episode 81: "I Don't Want To Drink This Anymore"

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Table Of Contents

0:00 Is that a hot spot?
4:37 Housekeeping
5:18 Email
49:54 The Gerardo Concepcion signing and how this affects the market
55:16 The Hamilton relapse
58:21 Reviewing the Dodgers Top 11
1:03:25 Reviewing the Angels Top 11 and what could go wrong
1:12:37 Reviewing The Giants Top 11
1:21:30 What could go wrong with the Mariners prospects
1:25:27 What could go wrong with the Royals prospects
1:33:46 Musical Guests: The Juniper Tar
1:35:10 What Are You Drinking?
1:38:10 Pop culture moment: Hausu
1:44:13 The week ahead

Music is by The Juniper Tar, courtesy of the artist, all rights reserved.



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That theory by the British expat in Australia about Conservatism in sports makes sense in the abstract (successful athletes work very hard, and because they're successful they don't see or ponder the advantages they have to get where they are), but there's sort of a contradiction: Generally, the people who think they "earned" their position have some base level of privilege that they don't even think about, whereas an athlete from an underprivileged background is more likely to see their position as much more tenuous (e.g., scholarship revoked; stop and frisk by the police; for Latin players in the minors, the threat of being sent home [people forget that Carlos Guillen *corroborated* what Gary Sheffield said]). I think it's the other way around: The *more* privileged the background of the athlete, the more likely they are to be conservative.