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Game 064: The Podcast About Nothing

On the latest episode of the PineCast we discuss the Little Big League balk that wasn’t called, the benefits of throwing your glove at a batted ball, and make up some new rules to make baseball fun again.

We haven’t purged all of our audio demons yet. We tried going back to remove what we could in post, and salvage coherent thoughts. Hopefully this little episode has finally helped us debug the new recording laptop. There’s some echo from about 11:30 to 26:00. Then it’s clear until the last 5 or so minutes of the episode. Sorry about that. Tried to upgrade the equipment and it works worse than the old stuff.

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Little Big Cheaters: How the Minnesota Twins Almost Stole a Wildcard Berth

The year is 1994. The Seattle Mariners ended the season on a 4 game losing streak allowing the Minnesota Twins to force a 1 game playoff for the wild card1.

Twins owner, Billy Heywood fired their manager mid-season. Instituted himself as manager because he couldn’t convince Whitey Herzog to take the job. Then proceeded to bench one of the Twins best players, Lou Collins, down the stretch simply because Lou was dating Heywood’s mother.

The Twins undoubtedly did not deserve to be there. Sometimes that’s how baseball goes. The Mariners, clearly the better team had two future hall of famers to the Twins entire roster of players who don’t even show up in fangraphs. Continue reading “Little Big Cheaters: How the Minnesota Twins Almost Stole a Wildcard Berth”

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Game 063: Technical Difficulties

The PineCast is back and we’re shaking the cobwebs off in our first episode in months. Tim went to the Winter Classic. The Cardinals signed Dexter Fowler. Jeff Fisher even got fired and we forgot to mention it! But don’t worry, there are plenty of other St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues hot takes to go around.

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Better Know Some Cardinals: The Jaime Garcia Trade Haul

The St. Louis Cardinals traded Jaime Garcia to the Atlanta Braves for John “Not that Gant” Gant, Chris “Not that1 Ellis” Ellis, and Luke “Yes, that Dykstra” Dykstra. In order to help you better know all 3 we’ve got a special group edition of our Better Know a Cardinal series.

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Picks From The Pine: NFL Week Nine

It is getting ever more difficult to pick 2 games of the week. There seems to be 1, “Eh that game could be ok” game and a bunch of “Why would I watch that game” matchups each week. This week we’re going with Denver at Oakland in what has to be the latest point in a season the Raiders have had a chance to take sole possession of 1st place since the Rich Gannon days. Rich Gannon is that even right? Or am I mixing up the last name with the bad guy from Zelda?

That’s how forgettable the Raiders have been. On to the pick!

Standings
David: 17
Steve: 15
Tim: 13
Jason: 12

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