Ed Hearn was the backup catcher that filled in for an injured Gary Carter during the Mets’ historic 1986 stretch run. He also battled injury after disease after injury after disease. And rocked two fabulous pairs of glasses. We looked at it all very carefully – pun intended.
Reliever Ed Vosberg joins the show to discuss resilience – and how failure in his twenties gave him a career in his thirties.
Cincinnati Reds great Sean Casey sat down with us to talk about the mental side of the game and share some amazing stories – including some crazy wonderful tales of all-star games past. We could have done two of these episodes.
Broadcaster Nick Green bounced around between a ton of teams – which he seemed perfectly fine with. He really enjoyed being a bench guy, something you don’t hear from players often. And now he enjoys a second life in the broadcast booth.
Robb Quinlan was one of the best players to ever come out of the Big Ten. He was such a natural leader that he held the respect of his teammates even as a utility man. The conversation bounces between leadership, smarts, and college seniors being drafted vs becoming free agents.
Speedster Brent Lillibridge shares some super fun stuff – like the time the Yankees cut him via hotel fax, and the theory that you have to be a dumb SOB to be good at baseball.
Clayton Andrews pitched just 8 times in the Major Leagues. And despite one appearance with 4 perfect innings and a win, he ended his major league career with an ERA over 10.00. Andrews looks back at his journey fondly as he explores what he did right and what he did wrong, and has an honest discussion of steroids in the game.
Bob Boone is a baseball lifer. Currently the assistant general manager of the Nationals, Boone ranks 3rd all-time on games caught – and is the son of Ray Boone and the father of Brett and Aaron Boone. Bob talks about his and his family’s impact on the game, how he transitioned from player to manager to the front office, and he answers some tough questions about his kids.
In a special non-player episode, Steve sits down with comedian Josh Wolf to talk fandom. Josh takes us through growing up the heir to a non-existent baseball glove dynasty and his lifelong devotion to the Boston Red Sox.
Jon Ratliff is the real life Moonlight Graham. He threw 12 pitches in Major League Baseball. And amazingly retired all three batters he faced. So why didn’t he get to stay?