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After our big celebration for Episode 100, we're back to normality, or at least as normal as the show gets. We talk about the Manny Machado call-up, some prospects that we are higher or lower than most on, and also just what to make of Austin Wood. Then we try to gauge Mike Trout's value (good luck) and talk about scouting little league games. Our special guest is a good friend of the show in Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger who talks about the future of the Mets, and then our listener of the week is the amazing Craig Robinson, better known to many of you as the Flip Flop Flyin' guy. From there it's the goofy stuff with a tribute to the late, great Juan Deli, and some talk about weird neighbors . . . and mattresses. 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 101: "Let's Just Not Even Try"

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Table Of Contents

0:00 Maybe you like smaller stuff
3:37 Housekeeping 
4:38 Email
36:23 Call-Ups: Vitters, Jackson, Machado
44:22 Taking a stand on prospects 
55:34 The Curious Case of Austin Wood
1:03:09 What's Mike Trout worth?
1:12:21 Let's scout little league baseball!
1:19:08 Special Guest: Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL), Newark Star-Ledger on the future of the Mets
1:46:57 Listener of the week: Craig Robinson (@flipflopflying) the British artist in Mexico
2:06:18 Musical Guest: The Revivalists (@therevivalists)
2:07:31 What Are You Drinking? (with special tribune to Juan Deli)
2:14:05: In the 'hood: #WeirdNeighbors – The Mattress People
2:32:45: The Week ahead

Music by The Revivalists, courtest of the artist.

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SGreenwell
8/15
This looks so lonely with no comments. Let me just get one thing off my chest about this episode then... big fan. Andy and Craig were great guests, although I do wonder how often (if at all) people contact him and mistake him for the heavyset man of color from The Office: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Robinson_%28actor%29 I was also add my theory to the pile on the mattress people, based on my real-life job as a reporter. I agree with both KG and the Professor in that it sounds a lot like drugs, whether it's solely the booze or a dusting in of hillbilly heroin (Oxycodone, painkillers) as well. That would explain the white trash but mellow (i.e. not aggressively ruining the neighborhood) actions. As far as replacing mattresses, they're not real hard to get if you're dealing with squatters or kind of rundown people - they get stolen from bad apartments, transferred to the flophouse, etc. It is odd though that you never notice the new ones going in. Finally, if you did want to do some digging, just go to the police station. If they are getting arrested all the time, they're probably in the logs, and you can make a records request. I'm guessing it's just a bunch of warrants for missing court hearings or payments on minor offenses (suspended licenses, child support payments, misdemeanor drugs). If it was actually felony or, say, drunken driving hearings, they'd probably go away for a couple months as opposed to just a few days.