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Two guys just talking about our two favorite passions, Baseball and Barbecue

Len & Jeff


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    Baseball and BBQ Episode #152: MLB Network's Alanna Rizzo, 7-Time Emmy Winning Sports Reporter and Dan Arnold, Owner of the Multi-Award-Winning SuckleBusters

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2022 100:40


    Baseball and BBQ Episode #152 Features MLB Network's Alanna Rizzo, 7-Time Emmy Winning Sports Reporter, and Dan Arnold, Owner of the Multi-Award-Winning SuckleBusters Alanna Rizzo has worked extremely hard for all of her numerous achievements.  She is a winner of seven Emmy Awards for her outstanding sports reporting as well as an integral part of the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcast team from 2013 through 2020.  Alanna rejoined the MLB Network in 2021, having previously been a reporter on the network's shows, Intentional Talk and Quick Pitch.  This time, her extreme talent and efforts landed her a job alongside Chris "Mad Dog" Russo on the show, High Heat.  In addition to her outstanding career, Alanna has made time to take her love for dogs and channel that passion into an organization she created called, Guidry's Guardian Foundation, whose purpose is to help dogs in need.  More information on Guidry's Guardian Foundation can be found at https://guidrysguardian.org Dan Arnold is the owner, along with his wife, Cheryl Arnold, of SuckleBusters, makers of premium barbecue rubs and sauces.  At 50 years old, Dan went from a career in Corporate America to an entrepreneur, using his personal recipes to produce the products.  Sucklebusters has grown from a start-up to earning millions in sales and winning hundreds of industry awards. SuckleBusters award-winning products are available in over 1,500 BBQ specialty stores, meat markets, restaurants, and souvenir shops in the USA with international distributors in several other countries.  We are joined by Doug Scheiding, and we had a great time with Dan as we learned his origin story.  Enjoy a few good laughs as Dan answers the question of what would a rub called the Scheiding consist of.  Dan gave a great answer and Doug was humbled.  Go to https://www.sucklebusters.com for more information and to purchase their products We recommend you go to BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces, Baseball BBQ, https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, Magnechef, https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves, and Cutting Edge Firewood https://www.cuttingedgefirewood.com/ for high-quality firewood and cooking wood. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #151: Bron Heussenstamm, Founder and CEO of the Bleav Network Welcomes Us To Bleav

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2022 76:53


    Bron Heussenstamm is on an amazing journey that has brought him to his current role as founder and CEO of the Bleav Network.  With an IMDb page mentioning the various bit parts he has had in a few movies as well as his contributions to shows while he was a professional surfer, he modestly tells us it is typical for anyone in Hollywood to have an IMDb page.  Bron's family business is clothing, which helps account for his business acumen as he builds an entertainment empire.  We felt it was appropriate that the man in charge welcome us to our new home, the Bleav Network.  With a growing network that numbers over 500 shows, Bron was glad to find time in a busy schedule to tell us our show includes two of his favorite subjects, baseball, and barbecue; he may have even said we are his favorite show, but we will let you listen and decide if we heard correctly. We recommend you go to BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces, Baseball BBQ, https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, Magnechef, https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves, and Cutting Edge Firewood https://www.cuttingedgefirewood.com/ for high-quality firewood and cooking wood. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #150: Features Colin Cosell, New York Mets Public Address Announcer and Yaffi L'Vova, Author and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2022 87:22


    Baseball and BBQ Episode #150 Features Colin Cosell, New York Mets Public Address Announcer, and Yaffi L'Vova, Author and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Colin Cosell has a famous last name, but the career he has forged is not due to a name, but rather it is a result of hard work, perseverance, and in his case, proving that nice guys do in fact finish first.  He joined us one fine afternoon when Leonard was unable to make it, but Gary Mack, the host of the Mets Musings podcast as well as cohost of the Baseball Talk Radio Show podcast, filled in quite admirably.  Colin shares a few stories involving his grandfather, Howard Cosell.  He discusses being one half of the public address announcing team at Citifield and how he got the job.  Anyone who is interested in this type of career would be wise to listen to Colin as he talks about the three C's (be clear, be concise, be correct) which come directly from the late great New York Yankees PA announcer, Bob Shepard.  Colin is also the PA announcer for the NY Riptide of the National Lacrosse League, and in that role, he gets to talk the entire game and playfully antagonize the opposing team.  His departing words are to be a good person and be kind to others.  More information on Colin Cosell can be found here, https://colincosell.com/home-plate. Yaffi L'Vova is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who just happens to be Jeff's niece.  Yaffi has an incredible knowledge of food and how live-fire cooking is found in many cultures.  She has created Toddler Test Kitchen as a way to introduce children to unfamiliar foods in a safe way-a way that builds confidence and self-reliance while spending quality time with parents.  She has written many cookbooks, two of which are Fun with Food Toddler Cookbook:  Activities and Recipes to Play and Eat, Kid Chef Junior Every Day:  My First Easy Kids' Cookbook.  Yaffi did not have much of a briefing on what we were going to discuss, and yet she responded to every question with knowledgeable and interesting answers.  It is good to hear from a new voice who may not be a chef or a pitmaster but has a positive way of looking at food.  For more on Yaffi go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/yaffi-lvova-rdn  or you can find more here  https://feedingmykid.com/about-yaffi-lvova-registered-dietitian-nutritionist/ We recommend you go to BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces, Baseball BBQ, https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, Magnechef, https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves, and Cutting Edge Firewood https://www.cuttingedgefirewood.com/ for high quality firewood and cooking wood. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #149: Features Lea Anne Lemon, President of the International Barbeque Cookers Association (IBCA) and Anthony Marasco, Co-founder of The Beltway Mets and Ardent Gil Hodges Supporter

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2022 104:15


    Baseball and BBQ Episode 149 Features Lea Anne Lemon, President of the International Barbeque Cookers Association (IBCA), and Anthony Marasco, Co-founder of The Beltway Mets and Ardent Gil Hodges Supporter Lea Anne Lemon has been involved with the International Barbeque Cookers Association (IBCA) for 14 years and is currently serving as president as well as a head judge.  Her time in the association has been quite eventful, and she has a lot to share regarding the experience, including the wonderful people she has worked with and the many others whom she has been lucky to meet.  That includes our guest co-host, Doug Scheiding, an IBCA member who has cooked in their competitions and who joins us to add his unique perspective.  Lea Anne works tirelessly for the IBCA and we, as well as its more than 1200 members, are fortunate she does.  More on Lea Anne and the IBCA can be found at https://ibcabbq.org Anthony Marasco worked hard to right a wrong.  The wrong was that Gil Hodges, who had been on 34 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame ballots over the last 50 years, had still not received his deserved place among the game's greats.  Anthony did everything possible to make ballot 35 the last one ever needed.  He worked tirelessly, making sure everyone was aware of Hodges's greatness as a player, manager, and human being, and when Hodges got in, Anthony was there to witness the incredible ceremony.  Anthony shares wonderful stories about his weekend in Cooperstown which culminated in the spectacular induction ceremony. It was a very special time in his life, which he eloquently shares.  We recommend you go to BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces, Baseball BBQ, https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, Magnechef, https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves, and Cutting Edge Firewood https://www.cuttingedgefirewood.com/ for high-quality firewood and cooking wood. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #148: Features The BBQ Central Show's, Greg Rempe, Author of Sho-Time, Jeff Fletcher, and Jeff Rants

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2022 115:16


    Baseball and BBQ Episode #148 Features The BBQ Central Show's, Greg Rempe, Author of Sho-Time, Jeff Fletcher, and Jeff Rants Greg Rempe is the creator and host of the longest running show dealing with live fire cooking, The BBQ Central Show.  When our scheduled guest cancelled at the last minute, Greg was gracious enough to step in and provide a scintillating hour of both baseball and barbecue talk as well as play a game.  Greg has done so much for our show and this is just another example.  He speaks his mind and encourages and appreciates when his guests do the same.  His show can be heard live every Tuesday night from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm and is released in podcast format; the first hour on Wednesday and the second hour on Thursday.  Then on Fridays you can catch up on parts of past episodes listening to The Best Moments of The BBQ Central Show in 10 Minutes or Less.  More on Greg and his show can be found at http://thebbqcentralshow.com/   Jeff Fletcher is an award winning sports reporter who has been writing about Major League Baseball since 1997,  Fletcher has covered the Los Angeles Angels for the Southern California News Group since 2012 and had the wonderful opportunity to have a "front-row" seat to witness Shohei Ohtani's 2021 MVP season which is the subject of his new book, Sho-Time:  The Inside Story of Shohei Ohtani And The Greatest Baseball Season Ever Played.  The 2021 MLB season was a truly remarkable one for Ohtani and Jeff has great stories which pull back the curtain on his outstanding season and the journey from his native Japan to America.  Jeff has been a Hall of Fame voter since 2006 and may one day be voting for Ohtani's induction.    We recommend you go to BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces, Baseball BBQ, https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, Magnechef, https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves, and Cutting Edge Firewood https://www.cuttingedgefirewood.com/ for high quality firewood and cooking wood. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #147: Features Photographer, Ken Goodman and Author, Neil R. Beller, Jr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2022 117:15


    Baseball and BBQ Episode #147 Features Photographer, Ken Goodman, and Author, Neil R. Beller, Jr. Ken Goodman is a freelance photographer specializing in cookbooks, concerts, and food events. More than 50 cookbooks are filled with his mouth-watering photographs.  Many of the cookbooks featuring Ken's photos are from pitmasters and chefs we have featured on Baseball and BBQ.  There is no doctoring the food which Ken takes pictures of.  His skill with a camera is like that of a fine painter with a brush.  Prior to photography, Ken spent 20 great years in the restaurant industry as a classically trained chef with a culinary degree from Johnson & Wales University. He still satisfies his cooking vice as a long-time member of the competition barbecue team IQUE, past winners of the Jack Daniel's World Championship of Barbecue.  Visit https://www.kengoodmanphotography.com/home for more information. Neil R. Beller, Jr. is a wonderfully funny storyteller.  One perk of this podcast is being contacted by individuals we are not yet aware of, but are extremely glad they do.  Neil is one such individual. He came on with us to discuss two of his books, The Dish: Stories Spun From The Only Position Player Dumb Enough To Squat Beneath Strangers Who Swing Big Sticks Inches From His Head and Cooking Without A Conscience: Good Eating and Lots of Calories, which he co-authored with Gregory K. Hoffman. Be prepared to laugh hard and out loud. Our conversation is filled with stories most of us can relate to. Visit https://neilbellerauthor.com for more on Neil and his books. We recommend you go to BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces, Baseball BBQ, https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, Magnechef, https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves, and Cutting Edge Firewood https://www.cuttingedgefirewood.com/ for high quality firewood and cooking wood. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you. Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #146: Features Pat Geoghegan from Save the Game and Janice Smella from SmellaQue BBQ with Guest Co-host, Doug Scheiding of Rogue Cookers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2022 90:15


    Baseball and BBQ Episode #146 Features Pat Geoghegan from Save the Game and Janice Smella from SmellaQue BBQ with Guest Co-host, Doug Scheiding of Rogue Cookers Pat Geoghegan loves baseball and wants to save and grow the game.  Pat is part of a group that is dedicated to keeping baseball relevant, as it needs to have today's youth involved in playing and watching baseball.  Baseball is losing fans, and that means fewer eyes on the game.  The website for Save the Game, https://savethegameus.com/ has a petition they need you to sign which will support their argument that baseball is becoming a niche sport and changes are necessary if the game is to continue and grow.  The website provides lots of reasons and proves why baseball is losing fans and offers suggestions on how to fix it.  Pat is extremely passionate and working on assembling an impressive group of individuals with the same goal of saving the game.  Enjoy our baseball discussion and then visit their website, and together we can, hopefully, Save the Game. Janice Smella is back for part two. She loves to cook and is quite good at it.  As head cook for the SmellaQue BBQ team, three-time National Canadian BBQ Team of the Year in 2018, 2019, and 2021 she has the opportunity to indulge her passion for smoking and cooking outdoors. Her website poses the question, "So, who is Janice anyways?" The short answer is, "I'm just a gal that likes to cook." The long answer is much more than that. In addition to being a champion pitmaster, she is also an inventor of delicious recipes which can be found on https://smellaque.com/ and https://bushcooking.com/contributor/janice-smella/ She is also a television star, our words, not hers, after successful appearances on season three of Food Network's show, Fire Masters. Janice along with guest co-host, Doug Scheiding loves the science of food and hearing them talk is a unique experience, and we regret there is not more for part three. We recommend you go to BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces, Baseball BBQ, https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, Magnechef, https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves, and Cutting Edge Firewood https://www.cuttingedgefirewood.com/ for high-quality firewood and cooking wood. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #145: Features Author, William C. Kashatus, Champion Pitmaster from SmellaQue BBQ, Janice Smella, and Guest Co-host, Doug Scheiding of Rogue Cookers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2022 104:48


    Baseball and BBQ Episode #145 Features Author, William C. Kashatus, Champion Pitmaster from SmellaQue BBQ, Janice Smella, and Guest Co-host, Doug Scheiding William C. Kashatus is a historian, educator, and author of more than 20 books.  His latest project is Lefty & Tim:  How Steve Carlton and Tim McCarver Became Baseball's Best Battery.  The book is an outstanding look at two incredible baseball careers, which saw both men enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame (HOF).  Steve Carlton AKA Lefty is in the HOF for his dominating pitching career which included 329 victories, 4,136 strikeouts, six 20-win seasons, and four Cy Young Awards.  Tim McCarver, although an outstanding catcher, had a legendary broadcasting career once he hung up his spikes which culminated in his being named the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award winner for excellence in broadcasting.  Two men with huge careers who were at their best best when playing together.  It is a credit to his skills as an author that Kashatus is able to sum up their careers in one book, and as the reader we are quite fortunate he has.  This is an interview that baseball fans will truly enjoy.   Janice Smella loves to cook, and she is really good at it. As head cook for the SmellaQue BBQ team, three-time National Canadian BBQ Team of the Year in 2018, 2019, and 2021 she has the opportunity to indulge her passion of smoking and cooking outdoors. Her website poses the question, "So, who is Janice anyways?" The short answer is, "I'm just a gal that likes to cook." The long answer is much more than that. In addition to being a champion pitmaster, she is also an inventor of delicious recipes which can be found on https://smellaque.com/ and https://bushcooking.com/contributor/janice-smella/ She is also a television star, our words, not hers, after successful appearances on season three of Food Network's show, Fire Masters. Janice along with guest co-host, Doug Scheiding loves the science of food, and hearing them talk is a unique experience. We recommend you go to BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces, Baseball BBQ, https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, Magnechef, https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves, and Cutting Edge Firewood https://www.cuttingedgefirewood.com/ for high quality firewood and cooking wood. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you. Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #144: Features Youth Baseball Coach Justin Sherman of JustinTime Baseball and Pizza Cook-Off Association Founder, Jerry Belcastro

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 98:50


    Episode 144 Features Youth Baseball Coach Justin Sherman of JustinTime Baseball and Pizza Cook-Off Association Founder, Jerry Belcastro Justin Sherman founded JustinTime Baseball in 2015.  It is an independent baseball/softball training and coaching business located in Westchester, New York.  Their mission statement is, "We believe in building and developing fundamental skills in baseball and softball, while also instilling a sense of confidence and independence through individualized instruction."  Justin did not play Major League Baseball, and he may have never been the best player on his team at other levels, but that matters very little.  Having to always work hard for success helps him now as he understands the hard work and dedication required to play the game, and he uses this knowledge to teach children the basic skills to help them become better ballplayers.  Various topics are covered and it is very interesting to hear the opinions of someone who is extremely familiar with the game and how it should be played.  More information is available at, https://www.justintimebaseball.com/ Jerry Belcastro is giving pizza lovers as well as those who love to cook competitively something to get excited about. As the founder of the recently formed Pizza Cook-Off Association (PCA), Jerry is providing the pizza community with something which the barbecue community has been enjoying for years; a chance to compete and enjoy delicious food.  Jerry's involvement with food has spanned many years. He previously owned an Italian restaurant/pizzeria, was the regional manager of international catering for Delta Air Lines, and is a certified BBQ judge. There are many aspects involved with increasing the number of PCA events and expanding the organization to include a national audience. Jerry has been able to secure some great sponsors and is getting closer to his goals. More information, including upcoming events, information on becoming a member, competition rules, and even information on becoming a judge is available at, https://www.pizzacook-off.com/ We recommend you go to BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces, Baseball BBQ, https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, Magnechef, https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves, and Cutting Edge Firewood https://www.cuttingedgefirewood.com/ for high-quality firewood and cooking wood. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #143 Features ESPN's, Bob Ryan, Columnist, Bill Chuck, Former MLB Pitcher, Steve Trachsel, and The Grill Dads, Ryan Fey and Mark Anderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2022 110:20


    What's in a game?  Specifically, the MLB game played on May 6, 2000, between the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Boston Red Sox which featured a pitchers' duel with Pedro Martinez and Steve Trachsel.  We answer that question as we speak with Bob Ryan, Bill Chuck, and Steve Trachsel.  Not to be outdone, the second half of the show features an interview with The Grill Dads which will make you laugh and want to cook, all at the same time. Bob Ryan was a spectator at the game and it is his scorecard which appears in the book he co-authored with Bill Chuck, In Scoring Position:  40 Years of a Baseball Love Affair, that sparked the idea of a discussion on this particularly incredible game.  Ryan is a member of five Halls of Fame for his sportswriting.  In addition, he is a recipient of the Associated Press sports editor's Red Smith Award "For Extended Meritorious Labor in the Art of Sports Journalism," and the PEN Award "For Literary Excellence in Sportswriting."  He has also been featured on various ESPN programs for over three decades, including, the current show, Around the Horn.      Bill Chuck recently joined us on episode 139 to discuss his latest book, In Scoring Position:  40 Years Of A Baseball Love Affair, which he co-authored with Bob Ryan.  That is 139 episodes too late as we wish we had known Bill when we first started the show, almost five years ago.  Bill is a baseball writer and researcher and has a weekly column in the Chicago Sun-Times.  He feels lucky to have found us, but that feeling goes both ways, as we are so fortunate to have him on again and will have him back as many times as he will say yes.  Bill knows baseball and loves the game. Steve Trachsel was a Major League pitcher for 16 years.  Primarily known for his time with the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets, it is the May 6, 2000 game he played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park which we discuss.  In that game, Trachsel was masterful as he struck out 11 batters in a complete game 1-0 gem; outdueling future Hall of Famer, Pedro Martinez who K'd 17 hitters.  Steve was a previous guest on episode 127 and discussed his remarkable baseball career, which included the ability to remain on the field and give his teams well-pitched innings, usually throwing more than 200 per year.  He takes us into the game as we get to see it played from his perspective.  This is a rare treat that was not lost on us or either of our guests, Bob and Bill.     Ryan Fey and Mark Anderson are known as The Grill Dads.  After winning Guy's Big Project, hosted by Guy Fieri they starred in the prime-time shows, The Grill Dads and Comfort Food Tour on the Food Network.  They have also appeared on Beat Bobby Flay, The Wendy Williams Show, The Today Show, and the Howard Stern Wrap-Up Show.  Their latest project is the incredibly funny cookbook, The Best Grilling Cookbook Ever Written By Two Idiots.  The book has recipes that will expand your grilling repertoire while making food you will thoroughly enjoy.  Fey and Mark are two best friends who are both from the world of advertising and love to cook.  It is that friendship, love of cooking, creativity, and excellent senses of humor that are making The Grill Dads a brand you will want to know and this cookbook one you will want to own.  We recommend you go to BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces, Baseball BBQ, https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and Magnechef, https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves, and Cutting Edge Firewood, https://www.cuttingedgefirewood.com/ for high-quality firewood and cooking wood. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you. Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #142: Features Russell Turner of All Star Bar-B-Q, Baseball Rebels and Major League Rebels Authors, Peter Dreir and Robert Elias, and Guest Co-host, Doug Scheiding

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2022 125:35


    Baseball and BBQ Episode #142 Features Russell Turner of All-Star Bar-B-Q, Baseball Rebels and Major League Rebels Authors, Peter Dreir and Robert Elias, and Guest Co-host, Doug Scheiding Russell Turner opened All-Star Bar-B-Q in Rusk, Texas in 1993 and has served "smoked to perfection" BBQ.  In Texas, outstanding barbecue may not be hard to find, but Russell has combined great barbecue with his love of baseball, more specifically, his love of the Houston Astros and serves up great food in a fun atmosphere.  Lovers of baseball history, especially that of the Houston Astros that began in 1962 as the Houston Colt .45s, will spend lots of time enjoying awesome barbecue while they enjoy the tons of baseball memorabilia throughout the place.  Doug Scheiding of Rogue Cookers joins us as guest co-host. Baseball and BBQ are definitely on this menu. Peter Dreir and Robert Elias set out to write one book on some of the players and others associated with baseball who "stood up to racists, war-mongers, and their own greedy owners"  as well as including baseball people who "challenged both the baseball establishment and society's status quo."  Their research yielded an overwhelming number of fascinating items and thus, one book was not good, but two books were just right.  Baseball Rebels:  The Players, People, And Social Movements That Shook Up The Game And Changed America and Major League Rebels:  Baseball Battles Over Workers' Rights And American Empire are two books filled with incredible baseball history.  Dreier and Elias are distinguished professors by day, and we feel they earned their PhD's writing two outstanding books.  We recommend you go to BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and Magnechef https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves, and Cutting Edge Firewood https://www.cuttingedgefirewood.com/ for high-quality firewood and cooking wood. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #141: Features Sports Journalist and Author, Terence Moore and NFL Network Insider, Ian Rapoport

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2022 114:08


    Baseball and BBQ Episode #141 Features Sports Journalist and Author, Terence Moore and NFL Network Insider, Ian Rapoport Terence Moore is the self-proclaimed "Hank Aaron Whisperer" and that fact is undeniable after reading his new book, The Real Hank Aaron:  An Intimate Look at the Life and Legacy of the Home Run King.  The book provides an in-depth look at Aaron, the man, and not just Arron, the baseball superstar.  Terence discusses the book, which includes Aaron's admiration for Jackie Robinson and his true thoughts on Barry Bonds and the steroids era.  Terence has spent more than 40 years as an award-winning sports journalist.  He has covered more than 30 Super Bowls, numerous World Series, Olympic Games, NBA Finals, Final Fours, Indianapolis 500's, championship fights, major golf tournaments, and other sporting events.  He has worked extremely hard to achieve his success and like Aaron he has had to deal with years of racism but has come out on top. To get an autograph copy of the book, you can go to http://www.therealhankaaron.com/   On this website, click "contact me" at the top, and then in the "comment" section, add your address and who you wish Terence to autograph the book to. Ian Rapoport has been with the NFL Network since April 2012 and in July 2013 he became the NFL Network's Insider.  Prior to that, he served as a New England Patriots beat reporter for the Boston Herald.  Yes, all of that is football related and this is the Baseball and BBQ podcast; so why is he on?  Funny, you should ask.  Doug Scheiding, who joins us on this episode, has had barbecue-related interactions with Ian.  Rapoport loves barbecue and has a smoker which has traveled with him as he has relocated to various cities throughout his career.  If that is not enough of a reason to have him on then perhaps his love for the New York Mets makes another strong argument for this appearance.  Ian was fortunate to be asked by the New York Mets to throw out the first pitch in June 2021, and his wife served as his battery-mate.     Between interviews, Leonard tries his hand at a baseball rant.   We recommend you go to https://bbqbuddha.com/ where you will find award-winning sauces, rubs, and cookbooks and, until July 16, 2022 when you enter the promo code, BBQALLSTAR15 at checkout you will receive a 15% savings on your order.  Want more terrific products then head to https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, Magnechef https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves, and https://www.cuttingedgefirewood.com/ for high quality firewood and cooking wood. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #140: Podcaster, Paul Francis "Sully" Sullivan and BBQ Renaissance Man, Ray Sheehan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2022 92:53


    Episode 140 Features Podcaster, Paul Francis "Sully" Sullivan and BBQ Renaissance Man, Ray Sheehan Paul Francis Sullivan prefers that you call him Sully.  Sully is a podcaster, filmmaker, TV producer, and comedian.  He directed the feature film “I'll Believe You”, and produced for TV shows like “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” "The Bonnie Hunt Show,” and “Ax Men.” He has appeared on HBO Sports, "Monk," and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." His latest podcast is Locked On MLB which is a daily podcast on Major League Baseball. This is his second appearance, as we thoroughly enjoy hearing his opinions and ideas regarding baseball. Should the All-Star game be played mid-season as it is now, or is there a better time to play the game? Sully gives us his ideas and a whole lot more. . Ray Sheehan is back with a special recipe segment we are calling, Ray's Rip-roaring Righteous Riveting Recipe.  It is a featured recipe from his newest cookbook, Big Green Egg Basics from a Master Barbecuer.  Besides the recipe which is perfect to make when entertaining guests, Ray also gives us an update on his soon-to-be-opened restaurant, Ray's Roadside Kitchen in Cream Ridge, New Jersey.  Not enough from Ray?  Then take advantage of his exciting offer to save on his award-winning sauces, rubs, and cookbooks as he announces an exclusive promo code to receive a 15% savings on his sauces, rubs, and cookbooks found at https://bbqbuddha.com/ We recommend you go to https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and Magnechef https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #139: Features Baseball Writer and Researcher, Bill Chuck and Leroy Hite, Founder of Cutting Edge Firewood

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 109:27


    Episode 139 Features Baseball Writer and Researcher, Bill Chuck and Leroy Hite, Founder of Cutting Edge Firewood Bill Chuck is a baseball writer and researcher and has a weekly column in the Chicago Sun-Times.  His latest book, In Scoring Position:  40 Years Of A Baseball Love Affair which he co-authored with Bob Ryan is destined to become a baseball fan's favorite.  This interview is sure to become a Baseball and BBQ listener fan favorite.  From the moment we began our discussion, we knew this was not an interview with a stranger, but a discussion amongst friends.  Bill loves baseball and that love is evident as he regales us with fascinating baseball stories and incredible statistics. . Leroy Hite is the founder of Cutting Edge Firewood, a company dedicated to providing the finest firewood and cooking wood delivered direct to the consumer.  Leroy started the business in 2013 and the story of his journey is most fascinating.  He and his wife took a gamble on themselves and an idea and that gamble paid off.  Wood is an essential ingredient when smoking, and his product is amongst the industry's finest.  After listening to our conversation, go to https://www.cuttingedgefirewood.com for more information. We recommend you go to BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and Magnechef https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #138: Features a Rare Triple Play with MLB Hall of Fame Pitcher, Jim Kaat, Barbecue News Magazine Publisher, Kell Phelps, and Podaster, Gary Mack

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2022 143:21


    Episode #138 Features a Rare Triple Play with Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher, Jim Kaat, Barbecue News Magazine Publisher, Kell Phelps, and Podcaster, Gary Mack Jim Kaat writes in his new autobiography, Good As Gold:  My Eight Decades In Baseball,  "I am one of the few people alive who can truly say that virtually every dollar I have earned as an adult has been because of my involvement in the game of baseball, a game I have loved since 1945 when I was about seven years old."  The eight decades Jim writes about are filled with incredible stories of the many people he has been associated with in his 25 years as a player, his time as a pitching coach, and his many years as a broadcaster.  One such story is how Jim had the chance to be a "bonus baby" but his father knew best and helped Jim make a difficult decision that positively shaped his future.  Jim was a left-handed pitcher for the Washington Senators / Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, and St. Louis Cardinals.  He was a three-time All-Star and a Gold Glove winner for 16 seasons in a row.  He was Pete Rose's chosen pitching coach when Rose became the Cincinnati Reds manager.  Following coaching, he took up residence in various baseball broadcast booths, where he honed his craft and became a multi-Emmy-winning broadcaster.  His career, which is far from over, is culminating with his long-overdue election into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.        Kell Phelps is the publisher of the Barbecue News Magazine and recently acquired the National Barbecue Association (NBBQA).  Kell is someone we should have had on the show a long time ago, and what better way to begin the conversation with an apology for waiting this long to have him on.  It was definitely worth the wait as we discuss his significant role in the barbecue industry.  Have questions on what the NBBQA is and how it might help you?  Kell answers that.  Kell talks all about the wonderful things which being a part of the barbecue community offers.  If you have an interest in barbecue in any form, then you need to subscribe to Barbecue News Magazine.  Kell is an avid Atlanta Braves fan, and we discuss both baseball and barbecue. Gary Mack is the long-time host of the Mets Musings podcast, as well as co-hosting The Baseball Talk Radio Show with Rich Baxter.  He knows baseball very well and like any true baseball fan he is not without his opinions.  The All-Star game is coming up and fan voting has begun.  Join us for a lively discussion on our ballots. We recommend you go to BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and Magnechef https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #137: Former MLB Umpire Dale Scott and David Maluff of Full Moon Bar-B-Que with Guest Co-host, Doug Scheiding of Rogue Cookers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2022 115:10


    Episode 137 features Former MLB Umpire, Dale Scott and David Maluff of Full Moon Bar-B-Que with Guest Co-host, Doug Scheiding of Rogue Cookers Dale Scott has been a Major League Baseball umpire for almost 40 years.  Spending that much time in the game has given Dale many stories which he shares in his autobiography, The Umpire Is Out:  Calling the Game and Living My True Self which he wrote along with Rob Neyer.  Dale was an umpire for so many memorable games, including one in which he ejected Billy Martin who had both kicked and thrown dirt on Scott.  In 2014 Scott came out as gay and Dale shares what life was like as he tried to keep his private life and professional life separate.  From 1985 to 2017 he had the opportunity to interact with some of the most fascinating characters and greats of the game.  The path to becoming a Major League umpire is filled with a lot of bumps, twists, and curves.  Dale's book has a plethora of these entertaining stories.  He even indulged us as we asked him to eject Jeff from the show.      David Maluff is one half of the Maluff brothers team, who along with his brother, Joe, are the owners of Full Moon Bar-B-Que.  Full Moon Bar-B-Que has been in operation since 1986 and the Maluff brothers have been the owners since 1997.  Over the years, the siblings have grown the business to include 16 locations in Alabama and one in Mississippi.  All 17 of them are serving high-quality barbecue which would make most pitmasters extremely proud to have come off their pit.  David discusses his family, from whom he inherited his love of food and the food service industry.  Full Moon has a rich history and a deep interest in giving back to the communities they serve.  They also have some signature dishes such as Chow Chow, vinaigrette slaw, and Half Moon cookies which are sure to be on a foodie's bucket list.  Joining us to add his unique insight is our guest co-host, Doug Scheiding. Do not forget about the sale at BBQ Buddha, which is good up until Father's Day 2022.  Go to BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces and their special 15% discount, using promo code BaseballBBQ15. We recommend you go to baseballbbq.com https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and Magnechef https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #136: Authors, John Coulson and John Sherdel and a return visit with Champion Pitmaster, Doug Scheiding

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 107:06


    Episode #136 features Authors, John Coulson and John Sherdel and a return visit with Champion Pitmaster, Doug Scheiding John Coulson is the author of Wee Willie Sherdel:  The Cardinals' Winningest Left-Hander.  John Sherdel is Wee Willie's grandson and an important contributor to the book.  Wee Willie performed many great feats on the diamond. Since his retirement in 1932, he remains the Redbirds' winningest left-hander and fourth all-time winner. Willie also pitched the third-most games and the fourth-most innings.  He was also an outstanding hitter.  Among Cardinals' pitchers, Sherdel has the fourth-most career home runs and the fifth-best batting average for his .337 in 1923.  His contemporaries included over 90 Hall of Famers and some of the greatest players of all-time including Ruth, Gehrig, Ty Cobb, and Rogers Hornsby.  Author Coulson and grandson Shredel are determined to have Wee Willie enshrined in the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame, and we agree that is where he deserves to be.     Doug Scheiding is back for exceptional barbecue and baseball talk.  As a champion pitmaster, Doug knows what it takes to prepare for competition winning barbecue and he gives excellent insight into his winning formula.  Have you heard about cooking a steak using the reverse sear method, but have questions on how it is done and why it is the better steak cooking method?  Doug provides a very thorough explanation.  We recorded the episode on the 10-year anniversary of former MLB pitcher, Johan Santana's no-hitter, thrown for the New York Mets; the first in what was, then, their 50-year history.  Doug was at that game, and tells what he experienced being in the stands for the momentous event. Some Father's Day gift ideas are included as we remind everyone of some great companies with outstanding products. We recommend you go to baseballbbq.com https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces and their special discount, good until Father's Day, and Magnechef https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.     Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #135: Former MLB Pitcher, Glendon Rusch, Hog Farmer, Tank Jackson, Pitmaster, Tuffy Stone, and a Special Visit and Offer for Our Listeners from Ray Sheehan of BBQ Buddha

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2022 90:48


    Episode #135 features Former MLB Pitcher, Glendon Rusch, Hog Farmer, Tank Jackson, Pitmaster, Tuffy Stone, and a Special Visit and Offer for Our Listeners from Ray Sheehan of BBQ Buddha Glendon Rusch is a left-handed former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies.  He also has a reputation, apparently well deserved, of having been one of the nicest people in baseball.  In September 2006 he was diagnosed with a life-threatening blood clot in his lung, but he was able to mount a comeback and pitch again.  Legendary manager and two-time Baseball and BBQ podcast guest, Bobby Valentine once described Glendon as one of the gutsiest pitchers he ever coached.  In 2000, he won 11 games for the New York Mets, helping them get to the World Series.  Glendon is a huge fan of the music group, Pearl Jam, and did quite well in our name that  Pearl Jam song game. Tank Jackson raises hogs used by some of the finest restaurants and Tuffy Stone is an award-winning pitmaster, television personality, and restaurateur.  We were fortunate to meet them at Pig Beach BBQ in Queens, New York during the Jeff Michner Foundation BBQ Benefit.  Each interview is short but comes with their assurances they will join us again.  Although the conversations were brief, we had the opportunity to gather some barbecue tips and get a small glimpse into each of their lives and enjoy their delightful personalities, which were on display all day for the many people who paid to be there and experience each of the cooks' signature dishes. We are extremely fortunate to be joined by Ray Sheehan, founder of BBQ Buddha, known for its multi-award-winning, all-natural barbecue sauces and spice blends as well as being the author of two cookbooks, Award-Winning BBQ Sauces and How to Use Them:  The Secret Ingredient to Next-Level Smoking and Big Green Egg Basics from a Master Barbecuer.  Ray's next great adventure is the soon-to-be-opened restaurant, Ray's Roadside Kitchen in Cream Ridge, New Jersey.  Ray has an exciting Father's Day 2022 offer for our listeners as he announces an exclusive promo code to receive very nice savings on his sauces, rubs, and cookbooks which are found at https://bbqbuddha.com/ We recommend you go to baseballbbq.com https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces and Magnechef https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #134: Author, John Rosengren and Pitmasters, Chris Lilly, Grant Pinkerton, and John Wheeler

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2022 68:51


    Baseball and BBQ Episode #134 features author, John Rosengren and pitmasters, Chris Lilly, Grant Pinkerton, and John Wheeler John Rosengren is an award-winning journalist and author.  His latest book is Classic Baseball:  Timeless Tales, Immortal Moments.  His feature articles, profiles, and essays have appeared in more than 100 publications.  The following is taken from the "About John" section of his website,  https://www.johnrosengren.net/  "I once interviewed a woman shot in the head by hijackers and left for dead on the tarmac.  I raced my bike against Greg LeMond in South Africa (and beat him). I played a tennis match against the world's top-ranked wheelchair tennis player (and lost). I channeled a 330-pound Samoan, a retired NFL nose tackle who is gay (Esera Tuaolo, for his memoir). I played softball on snowshoes in the summertime (wood chips spread across the infield). I rapped a base hit off former Twins pitcher Rick Aguilera.  I listened to a nurse tell me the story of prying a shotgun shell out of Ernest Hemingway's hand when he was intent on killing himself. I profiled a woman who is a Roman Catholic priest. I attended a powwow with LGBTQ Native Americans. I interviewed a mortician in the room where she embalmed my father. I talked to a 15-year-old boy in his hospital room after he tried to stop a school shooter."  The preceding is why we went into this interview knowing we would never be able to discuss all of his accomplishments in one sitting, so the first thing we did was extend an invitation to have him back. Chris Lilly, Grant Pinkerton, and John Wheeler are three outstanding pitmasters who have spent years honing their craft and earning well-deserved reputations for being among the best.  We were fortunate to meet them at Pig Beach BBQ in Queens, NY during the Jeff Michner Foundation BBQ Benefit.  Each interview is relatively short, but comes with their assurances that they will join us again.  The conversations may have been brief, but we still gathered some barbecue tips as well as getting a small glimpse into each of their lives and enjoy their delightful personalities, which were on display all day for the many people who paid to be there and experience these pitmasters signature dishes. We recommend you go to baseballbbq.com https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces and Magnechef https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ #133: Chef, Reuben Harley aka Big Rube and New York Yankees Public Address Announcer, Paul Olden Plus a Special Rant from Co-host, Jeff

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 109:11


    Episode #133 features Chef, Reuben Harley aka Big Rube and New York Yankees Public Address Announcer, Paul Olden, and an Extra Special Rant from Co-host, Jeff Reuben Harley is known to everyone as Big Rube.  We invited him on to discuss the product he created, Diamond Dirt Rub which is perfect for your grilled foods and can be found at baseballbbq.com https://baseballbbq.com/products/big-rubes-diamond-dirt-rub.  Big Rube's love of fashion and baseball helped turn a passion for throwback jerseys into the marketing plan that helped Mitchell & Ness cross over from a niche supplier of old jerseys to older men into a pop-culture phenomenon. Throughout his career, Big Rube has used cooking to fuel his passion, selling homemade cakes, operating a food truck, and cooking in pop-ups to satisfy hungry customers. Over many acts of a varied career, Big Rube has become an accomplished photographer, a fashion designer, and a sought-after chef.  We talk about so many things, including his mother being a seamstress for Muhammad Ali's wife, his grandfather driving Jackie Robinson, his 35-year friendship with Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff, and his decision not to appear in their music video as to not lose out on tip money, and the perfect Philly Cheesesteak which he makes and serves at Philadelphia's, Pitchers Pub.        Paul Olden has had an incredible and distinguished career in the world of sports, which has led him to his current position as public address announcer for the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.  The journey has included working as a radio and television play-by-play announcer for the Yankees, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, California Angels, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Eagles, UCLA Bruins, Los Angeles Rams, New York Jets, New Jersey Nets, and ESPN as well as serving as a sports update guy for WFAN radio.  Paul is another of our guests who have been a target of an infamous profanity-laden rant from the late, Los Angeles Dodgers manager, Tommy Lasorda.  From 1994 to 2005, Paul worked as the Super Bowl public address announcer.  We discuss all of this and so much more as Paul leads us through his wonderful life and career. Between the two interviews, Jeff has a rant you will not want to miss. We recommend you go to baseballbbq.com https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces and Magnechef https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #132: New York Post Columnist, Phil Mushnick and Magnechef Founder, Alfredo Infante with his son, AJ

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2022 97:57


    Episode #132 features New York Post columnist, Phil Mushnick and Magnechef founder, Alfredo Infante with his son, AJ Phil Mushnick is a newspaper sports columnist for the New York Post.  He writes it like he sees or hears it, and he is unafraid to speak his mind.  We have been long-time readers and on many occasions have purchased the newspaper exclusively for his column.  Surprisingly, he is the first guest to put our names together and ask us if we knew of a baseball player named, Jeffrey (Jeff) Leonard (Jeff Leonard played 14 seasons in the Major Leagues.)   We should probably call this episode fun with Phil.  We talk about the game of baseball and the various streaming services you have to pay for in order to watch all the games.  Doug Adler, Mike Francesa, John Sterling, pet peeves, instant replay, and the state of the media today; are just some things on which Phil offers his opinions.  Phil is candid, entertaining, and very funny.  This is an episode where complaining never sounded so good.  Alfredo Infante and his son AJ join us to talk about Magnechef for which Alfredo is the founder, and baseball.  The Magnechef product receiving the well-deserved bulk of the attention is their award-winning heat-resistant barbecue gloves.  The gloves come in a wide variety of colors and are extremely versatile.  Before we get to our discussion with Alfredo we speak to AJ who is eight years old and loves playing baseball (he likes hitting better than pitching and is a fast runner), and well as discussing his favorite team, the Miami Marlins. When Alfredo is not tending to Magnechef business, he is working as a firefighter in Miami, Florida.  Anyone who participates in live-fire cooking knows the importance of protecting their hands, and these gloves will become an essential part of your cooking equipment.  At the Magnechef website, https://magnechef.com/ you will find the gloves, a few additional products, and testimonials from actual Magnechef  glove users.  Alfredo talks about his experience on the Home Shopping Network, and we discuss the possibility that Magnechef will one day become a brand synonymous with BBQ.                      We recommend you go to baseballbbq.com https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces. We conclude the show with the song, "Ace and Bobo" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #131: Part 2 with Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Erica Blaire, winner of BBQ Brawl, Season 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 78:29


    Baseball and BBQ Episode #131 features part 2 with Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Erica Blaire, Winner of BBQ Brawl, Season 2. Bob Kendrick is president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, https://nlbm.com/ and was our very first podcast guest.  We are so glad to have this incredible storyteller back.  Part two includes lots of information and stories about Negro League players who were great, but may not be as well known.  We talk about two-way players and how the Negro Leagues had a few who were absolutely amazing.  Bob shares his thoughts and feelings on his friend, Buck O'Neil who has received the long-overdue honor of being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as other players who finally received their due and those should get in but have not.  Just when you think we are ending the conversation, we get started on the very successful "tipping your cap" idea, which went viral.  Part two also features additional talk about Bob's incredible podcast, Black Diamonds, and what listeners have to look forward to. Erica Blaire is a lawyer, sommelier, pitmaster, and the season two winner of BBQ Brawl on the Food Network.  In part two, we learn how Erica defeated pitmasters with many more years of experience.  We discuss her specialty dish, Lomo al Trapo which translates to Beef in a Towel; the cooking process burns the towel, but what emerges from the its ashes is a delicious hunk of meat.  She speaks about winning a Preserve the Pit fellowship from Kingsford Charcoal.  We speak to Erica about the barbecue community and how everyone supports each other.  There is behind-the-scenes information on BBQ Brawl and what it was like to receive guidance from Bobby Flay as well as the other show mentors and judges.  Erica tells about the experience of filming a show during the pandemic, the competition, and how she became the Master of 'Cue.  At one point in the discussion, Erica jokes about growing up and needing to cook with whatever is in the fridge, even if it is Spam, Lucky Charms, and mustard.  After speaking with Erica, we are convinced the resultant dish would be delicious.          Jeff shares a rant in between the two interviews, but Leonard cannot stop himself from chiming in and ranting along. We recommend you go to baseballbbq.com https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #130: Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Erica Blaire, Winner of BBQ Brawl, Season 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2022 80:48


    Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Erica Blaire, Winner of BBQ Brawl, Season 2 join us on episode 130. Bob Kendrick is president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, https://nlbm.com/ and was our first podcast guest.  We are so glad to have this remarkable storyteller back for a third visit.  With so much to discuss we divided our conversation into two parts.  In part one, we discuss April 15, 1947, the date that Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color line when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  We also talk about the greatness of Hank Aaron and the hellacious treatment, including numerous death threats, Aaron was forced to endure as he was close to breaking the famous career home runs record of 714 set 33 years prior by Babe Ruth.  Aaron breaking the record was an incredible accomplishment, but it could have turned into a tragedy, and Bob explains it all.  We also speak about Bob's amazing podcast, Black Diamonds, and what is coming up in the new season. Erica Blaire is a lawyer, sommelier, pitmaster, and the season two winner of BBQ Brawl on the Food Network.  This is another extremely entertaining interview we divided into two parts.  We have the feeling there is very little Erica cannot do when she makes the decision to try.  She tells us her origin story, which includes trying to help her father with an item on his post-retirement bucket list and this  leads to a barbecue class with famed pitmaster, Harry Soo.  Erica appears to do nothing half-assed.  With her, it is 100% or nothing at all.  She was a very good lawyer, a wonderful sommelier, and a great pitmaster; talented enough to beat some very experienced and talented competition in BBQ Brawl, season two, and become the Master of 'Cue.  Being fearless bodes her well, as she uses her boundless energy and spirit to tackle the numerous tasks she hopes to accomplish.  She talks about all of this, including a lot of her BBQ Brawl experience. We recommend you go to baseballbbq.com https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you: Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #129: Michael Massiglia aka Messy Mike, Jeff Michner BBQ Benefit at Pig Beach, and David Krell, author and baseball historian

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2022 120:40


    Episode 129 is overflowing with guests as we are joined by Michael Massiglia known as Messy Mike, owner of Messy Mike's Barbecue & Catering, Shane McBride, and Matt Abdoo from Pig Beach BBQ talking about an important fundraiser,  and David Krell, noted baseball author. Michael Massiglia aka Messy Mike was an electrician for many years and, by his own admission, he was an ok one, but not great and certainly not happy in his chosen career field.  The story Messy Mike tells of how barbecue became his passion and lead him to his new career as the owner of a food truck/catering company called Messy Mike's Barbecue & Catering will make you question whether you heard things correctly.  It amazed and intrigued us as well, and yes you heard him right.  He did take his wedding money and purchased a very expensive smoker without having any idea what he was doing.  From there the story gets crazier.  His food truck is located at 161 Rockingham Road, Derry, NH, and is open from Thursday to Sunday during the hours of 11:00 am to 3:00 pm or until they are sold out.  Tell Messy Mike the folks at Baseball and BBQ sent you. Shane McBride and Matt Abdoo from Pig Beach BBQ are part of the wonderfully generous barbecue community.  They join us to discuss the Jeff Michner BBQ Benefit taking place at Pig Beach,  35 - 37 36th Street, Queens, NY 11106 on Saturday, April 30th, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Jeff Michner suddenly passed away in the spring of 2018 at the age of 36, leaving behind his wife Sara, and his 16-month-old daughter Hayes. A foundation was created in Jeff's honor to keep his memory alive. The organization embraces the things he loved best: family, friends, and great food. The Jeff Michner Foundation creates scholarships for culinary students, supporting families managing loss and grief.  The Jeff Michner BBQ Benefit celebrates Jeff with an epic barbecue featuring some of the country's greatest pitmasters.  This event will be a dine-around, where each participating Pitmaster will prepare a tasting portion of their dish for the guest to sample.  Go to https://www.pigbeachnyc.com for more information, and we hope to see you there. David Krell is an author and baseball historian.  His latest work is 1962:  Baseball and America in the Time of JFK.  It is a fascinating look at a year when two new baseball franchises, the New York Mets and the Houston Colt .45s had their first seasons and NASA was launching men into space.  It was an extraordinary year in baseball, culture, and politics.  According to David, the book originally began with the idea of exploring the two new baseball teams, and it morphed into an amazing look at history which included baseball, but also encompassed so much more.  David did an extreme amount of research to give us a feel for what life in America was like in 1962.  As we like to say, he did the "heavy lifting" which benefits us immensely and we are grateful he did.  David made us feel as if we had taken a time machine back to 1962 as we enjoyed every month of the year from cover to cover. We recommend you go to baseballbbq.com https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #128: Sandy Alderson, New York Mets Team President and Ray Sheehan, BBQ Buddha Founder

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2022 98:08


    Sandy Alderson, New York Mets team president and Ray Sheehan, BBQ Buddha founder and cookbook author are exceptional and because of them, episode 128 is a Baseball and BBQ show you will not soon forget. Sandy Alderson is the New York Mets team president and previously served as the New York Mets general manager, putting together the team that played in the 2015 World Series.  Prior to that he enjoyed successful tenures as general manager for the Oakland Athletics and the chief executive officer for the San Diego Padres.  After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1969, Sandy joined the United States Marine Corps and served a tour of duty in Vietnam.  When his military service ended he attended Harvard Law School, became a lawyer, joined a law firm, and not more than five years later he followed one of the law firm's partners to the Oakland Athletics front office.  Sandy talks about what makes a good general manager,  being in the 1989 World Series when a powerful earthquake struck, and winning with a "small market" team.  Sandy also discusses what makes a good manager and baseball as it has changed during his time in the game.  After listening to Sandy you will have a much better appreciation for what it takes to run a Major League Baseball franchise and the special care which he gives to the many tasks he must handle.  Being curious drives Sandy and he says it has played a major part in his career, a career that has been absolutely incredible.         Ray Sheehan is the founder of BBQ Buddha, a multi-award winning, all natural barbecue sauce and spice blend company.  Ray is also the award-winning cookbook author of Award-Winning BBQ Sauces and How to Use Them:  The Secret Ingredient to Next-Level Smoking  and his newest book is Big Green Egg Basics from a Master Barbecuer.  We first met Ray in 2019 at the Atlantic City BBQ Expo and since then he has made numerous Baseball and BBQ show appearances.   Ray loves barbecue and has an immense wealth of knowledge which he is willing to share with anyone willing to listen.  In addition to running a sauce company and writing cookbooks, he is also a monthly contributor to Barbecue News Magazine.  Ray discusses his cooking experience, how he comes up with the wonderful recipes, and many of the things you never knew went into putting together a cookbook.  More about Ray and purchasing his wonderful sauces, rubs, and books can be found at https://bbqbuddha.com/ With baseball opening day comes tons of predictions and Jeff calls himself a very good guesser as he offers his picks for the season. We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award winning sauces. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.     Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #127: Former MLB Pitcher, Steve Trachsel and Special Guest Co-host/Champion Pitmaster, Doug Scheiding

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2022 91:43


    Baseball and BBQ Episode #127 features former MLB pitcher, Steve Trachsel and special guest co-host/champion pitmaster, Doug Scheiding.  Trachsel enjoys talking baseball, but he seems to really love talking about barbecue and wine.  Great baseball and barbecue talk are found here. Steve Trachsel was a Major League pitcher for 16 years.  Known primarily for his time with the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets, he also played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Baltimore Orioles.  His baseball journey includes being a once-proud member of the Long Beach State Dirtbags and playing in the College World Series.  Steve hit three career home runs and his first was hit off of Curt Schilling.  He possessed an incredible ability to remain on the field and give his teams well-pitched innings, usually throwing more than 200 per year.  His bobblehead is rare, and it is one of the most sought after at the New York Mets Fantasy Camp.  16 years in the Major Leagues are bound to produce some memorable moments and excellent stories, and Steve has tons of them, including giving up Mark McGwire's record-breaking 62nd home run in 1998 and his feelings on Sammy Sosa and his other teammates reactions.  Steve was once nicknamed the "Human Rain Delay" and he discusses how it bothered him at first, but later embraced it and now uses it to his advantage.  Even how he chose his uniform number is a good story.  A lover of barbecue and wine (he even has a wonderful story about visiting Tom Seaver's California Vineyard), Steve is thrilled to talk with Doug and pepper him with lots of really good barbecue talk and some very good questions.         We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #126: Maybelle Blair and Shirley Burkovich, former All American Girls Professional Baseball League players who inspired the movie, A League of Their Own and Amy Mills, known as the heiress of barbecue

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2022 119:06


    Episode 126 features Maybelle Blair and Shirley Burkovich, former All American Girls Professional Baseball League players who inspired the movie, A League of Their Own and Amy Mills, known as the heiress of barbecue Maybelle Blair and Shirley Burkovich are women who loved playing baseball, were great at it, and were excited to have the opportunity to make money doing it.  If you are a fan of the movie, A League of Their Own which reintroduced America to the real-life All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) then you will enjoy listening to their wonderful stories.  Ask Maybelle how she is and she will say, "Pretty good for this old gal, and it is a good day when you wake up on this side of the grass."  Shirley played for three AAGPBL teams from 1949-1951, one of which is the famous Rockford Peaches.  Maybelle served as inspiration for the character, Mae Mordabito aka All the Way Mae played in the film by Madonna.  Ask Maybelle how much Madonna's character resembled her, and she will say not that much, but then Shirley pipes in affirming that the characterization fit Maybelle extremely well.  It is that back and forth good-natured ribbing that is so enjoyable and makes one appreciate the special bond they share.  At 95 and 89 years of age, they are not even close to letting up from achieving their dream of raising money for a women's baseball museum to be built in Rockford, Illinois.  Go to https://www.internationalwomensbaseballcenter.org/donate/ to make a donation or to learn more.  Amy Mills is known as a barbecue heiress as she is the daughter of champion pitmaster and Barbecue Hall of Fame inductee, Mike Mills, who was affectionately known as "The Legend."  Getting to everything was impossible, but we tried to at least scratch the surface with a conversation that included stories on the books she co-authored with her dad, including James Beard Foundation award-nominated and National Barbecue Association Award of Excellence winner, Peace, Love, and Barbecue and the book, Praise the Lard.  We talked about her incredible presentation at The Welcome Conference, which is labeled on YouTube as Amy Mills-Recognizing Right.  Amy explained the three principles which apply to her business, which include the two 17th Street Barbecue restaurants and Oncue Consulting:  (1) Generosity is a recipe for success.  (2) Barbecue is a culture, not a concept.  (3) Home is the most excellent place of all.  Amy did not always want to be in the family business, but she came back, is happy she did and credits a yellow post-it note for the push.  There is even a story involving George Wendt who played Norm on the TV show Cheers. We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, Baseball BBQ, https://baseballbbq.com for unique baseball-themed grilling tools and accessories, the  Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com for rubs and award-winning sauces. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #125: Pulling off the rare triple play with former MLB player, Nelson Figueroa, Barbecue Hall of Fame inductee, David Knight, and spring training correspondent, Gary Looney

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2022 135:14


    Baseball and BBQ Episode #125 features a rare triple play as we speak with former Major League Baseball player, Nelson Figueroa, Barbecue Hall of Fame inductee, David Knight, and Los Angeles Angels spring training correspondent, Gary Looney Nelson Figueroa loves baseball, a fact that cannot be denied.  Drafted 833rd overall by the New York Mets in the 30th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball draft, the man affectionately known as Figgy spent the next 19 years playing in the Major Leagues as well as other leagues all over the world, not just for the money, but because he loved playing ball.  in 2015, shortly after hanging up his spikes for good, he began his second career phase as the pre and post-game analyst for the New York Mets broadcasts on SNY.  All of this is discussed on the show, but we will have to have him back on as a few days after we spoke he began career phase three as the new pitching coach for the Staten Island FerryHawks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. David Knight was inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame in 2016 in the business/industry category.  He is the President and founder of Ole Hickory Pits, a leading manufacturer of commercial and residential barbecue smoker ovens sold worldwide.  David is one of those rare individuals who knew from a very early age what he wanted to do for a career.  He started with a restaurant and later began manufacturing and selling his own pits.  You can learn more about Ole Hickory Pits at https://www.olehickorypits.com/   David has touched the lives of so many people, but is really so humble and respectful of the the numerous individuals who love live fire cooking and admire his role in BBQ.            Gary Looney makes his long awaited return.  Jeff first met Gary in 2020 at the Los Angeles Angels spring training camp complex in Arizona and a friendship quickly developed.  Gary appeared with us on episodes 56 and 87.  He once again offers great insight on a lockout delayed spring training and offers his thoughts on what to expect this season.  Having him on has become an annual tradition and his baseball knowledge is a great addition to any episode.            We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #124: Jeff Mangold, strength and conditioning coach for the World Series Champion, NY Yankees and Rusty Monson, Utah's Salt City Barbecue pitmaster and podcast host

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2022 119:59


    Jeff Mangold, strength and conditioning coach for the 1998-2000 World Series Champion, New York Yankees and Rusty Monson, Utah's Salt City Barbecue pitmaster and podcast host make episode #124 an outstanding show.   Jeff Mangold served as the head strength and conditioning coach for the New York Yankees from 1984-1988 and from 1998-2006.  During his tenure, the Bronx Bombers won nine straight American League East Titles, appeared in five World Series, and won three World Series Championships in 1998, 1999, and 2000.  Jeff also worked for the New York Mets from 1993 to 1996 and designed the strength and conditioning facilities at both Yankee and Shea stadiums.  Jeff is the author of Power and Pinstripes:  My Years Training the New York Yankees.  The book is filled with incredible stories from both of his times with the NY Yankees, which includes interactions with George Steinbrenner, Yogi Berra, Billy Martin, and Lou Piniella.  Jeff worked with the Core Four of the World Series Champions, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, and Mariano Rivera.  Jeff shares many of those stories and also talks about how he ended up with a piece of baseball history which he sold for a pretty hefty sum.  Enjoy the interview and purchase the book.Rusty Monson has loved live fire cooking since he was a young child.  He has turned his passion for barbecue into his career and now is the proud owner of Utah's Salt City Barbecue food truck.  Besides competing in competition barbecue and running the food truck, Rusty can also talk quite eloquently on barbecue.  He shares his knowledge and interest in barbecue as a monthly embedded correspondent on The BBQ Central Show with host Greg Rempe.  In addition to his monthly correspondent duties, Rusty is a co-host along with Anthony Lujan on The Pitmaster's Podcast.  It may surprise you to hear what his top-selling food truck item is, but what is not surprising is how much you will enjoy all that Rusty has to offer on life and cooking.         We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award winning sauces.We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #123: Features barbecue savant, Derrick Riches, guest co-host, Doug Scheiding, and The Metsian Podcast's, Mike Lecolant and Sam Maxwell

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2022 72:36


    Baseball and BBQ Episode #123 features barbecue savant, Derrick Riches, guest co-host, Doug Scheiding, and The Metsian Podcast's, Mike Lecolant and Sam Maxwell.  Derrick Riches started writing about barbecue, on-line, more than 25 years ago.  He has reviewed tons of products, written hundreds of recipes, judged barbecue competitions, and has traveled the world exploring all aspects of grilled and smoked food.  Writer of several cookbooks, his latest is The Complete Guide to Smoking Meat:  100 Smokin' Good Recipes for BBQ and More.  Derrick's appearance is exactly what a podcast which is half dedicated to barbecue needs.  For more on Derrick go to https://www.derrickriches.comMike Lecolant and Sam Maxwell are Brooklyn, New York residents and proud New York Mets fans.  They offered their unique perspective on Gil Hodges and his Baseball Hall of Fame candidacy in episode 106.  When that portion of the interview was over we kept recording and learned more about their entertaining, The Metsian Podcast on which they appear with their other cohost, Rich Sparago.   The podcast can be found here, https://www.blogtalkradio.com/themetsianpodcastwsamrichandmike We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning saucesWe conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel KrakofskyWe truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq 

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #122: Mitch Benjamin, pitmaster, restaurateur, and cookbook author and Brett Mandel from the company, Baseball BBQ with a big announcement

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2022 89:43


    Episode #122 features Mitch Benjamin, pitmaster, restaurateur, and cookbook author and Brett Mandel from the company, Baseball BBQ with a big announcement.  We refer to them as "perfect guests" as they talk about baseball and barbecue.    Mitch Benjamin got his dream job after college, working for the TaylorMade golf company in Kansas City, where he met Baseball Hall of Famer, George Brett while also discovering his love of barbecue and honing his outstanding pitmaster skills.  There are numerous stories along the way, but eventually all of this lead to Mitch becoming known as Meat Mitch, and that is just the beginning.  In addition to his barbecue competition wins, Mitch has wonderful stories to tell of the time he had his food, specifically ribs, devoured by former MLB player, John Kruk as well as cooking for Derek Jeter's retirement celebration.  He recently opened the restaurant, Meat Mitch BBQ and has an outstanding selection of Meat Mitch products, including rubs and sauces at https://meatmitch.com/  In addition to all of that, Mitch somehow found the time to write the cookbook, BBQ Revolution:  Innovative Barbecue Recipes from an All-Star Pitmaster with the foreword written by his good friend George Brett who refers to him as Mitchie.                Brett Mandel from the company, Baseball BBQ, https://baseballbbq.com/ is back to tell us about new merchandise and additional exciting big news that customers will love as they can now do even more with personalizing their grilling tools.  This is a fantastic company which we constantly rave about and continues growing and amassing amazing reviews.  They share our love for baseball and barbecue and are extremely supportive of the show.  Visit their website and purchase their products, which will surely become the center of attention at your next barbecue.            We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning saucesWe conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq 

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #121: Former Major League Baseball catcher, Josh Thole and pitmaster, Matt Dallman from Live Coals Barbeque

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2022 90:42


    Baseball and BBQ #Episode 121 features former Major League Baseball catcher, Josh Thole and pitmaster, Matt Dallman from Live Coals Barbeque   Josh Thole is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for the New York Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays.  He has a special place in the heart of Mets fans as he was behind the dish for the first and, up to this point, only no-hitter in the 59-year franchise's history.  Josh has a great sense of humor and wonderful stories to share, one of which involves a garage full of people waiting for him to be selected in the MLB Draft.  Catching a knuckleball pitcher is one of the hardest things for a catcher, and Josh did it quite well as he became knuckleballer, R. A. Dickey's favorite receiver.  In 2012 Josh was part of the trade, along with Dickey and a few others that brought catcher, Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard aka Thor from the Blue Jays to the Mets.  We finished recording and Josh brings up his love of barbeque, which, along with being a great guest, gives us yet another reason to have him back.                Matt Dallman is a Texas transplant by way of Kansas City, MO who has made an indelible mark on the region's fanatical barbecue community.  In 2015 this self-taught pitmaster opened the BBQ restaurant, 18th & Vine in Dallas, Texas.  Since then, he has sold his interest in the restaurant and in the Summer of 2018 he started the catering operation, Live Coals Barbeque.  Matt has many stories and cooking tips.  We could not pass up the opportunity to talk some baseball once we learned of his Kansas City Royals fandom.  Matt is another guest we would like to come back, but rather than wait for his next appearance, if you want to learn more, go to https://thelivecoals.com/     We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award winning sauces.We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #120: Part 2 with Barbecue Hall of Famer, Ardie Davis, BBQ rubs and sauces creator, Denny Mike and it's game on with baseball umpire, Perry Barber

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2022 103:58


    Episode 120 features part 2 with Barbecue Hall of Famer, Ardie Davis, and BBQ rubs and sauces creator, Denny Mike and a discussion with baseball umpire, Perry Barber.    Ardie Davis aka Remus Powers, Ph.B. is a 2016 Barbecue Hall of Fame inductee in the celebrity/humanitarian category.  Ardie is a founder of the American Royal Barbecue Sauce Contest which is the world's largest sauce contest.  He is a charter member of the KCBS, instrumental in the development of the Certified Barbecue Judge curriculum, and author of the oath recited by each judge prior to judging a contest.  Ardie has written numerous BBQ books.  He has also been interviewed by the History Channel regarding barbecue, on more than one occasion.  In 2003 he was named a Kansas City Barbecue Legend by the Kansas City Star.  We affectionately referred to him as barbecue royalty and you would be hard pressed to find anyone who would say otherwise.         Dennis Michael Sherman is known by thousands of satisfied customer's as Denny Mike.  Since 2006, Denny, the creator of super-premium, all-natural and gluten-free sauces and seasoning blends has been selling these products with the DennyMike's label proudly displayed.  His products are sold in Whole Foods as well as Hannaford Brothers and fortunately online at https://www.dennymikes.com.  Denny shares his stories of a business which is extremely competitive, but having a great product has helped him prevail.  Denny has forged many wonderful friendships throughout the years and it is due to this that we were fortunate he asked Ardie to join us and we are very grateful for that.          Perry Barber has been a baseball umpire since 1981.  She got her start umpiring Little League games and then, at her mother's urging, attended her first professional umpire school, Harry Wendelstedt's with her twin sister in 1982.  She has attended the school several times, working hard at honing her craft.  We can fill the remaining lines talking about her umpiring career, but we also want to mention that she is a Jeopardy champion.  We can talk about how umpiring has provided her the opportunity to travel around the world,  but then we might miss mentioning her time as a singer/songwriter and that she has opened for Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and Hall & Oates.   We even played a quick round of baseball themed Jeopardy with her pitted against Jeff.  Perry is a true Renaissance woman and we must have her back again.We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and DennyMike's, https://www.dennymikes.com for some delicious barbecue rubs.We conclude the show with the beautiful song, "Ace and Bobo" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq 

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #119: Author, Dan Joseph, Barbecue Hall of Fame member, Ardie Davis, and BBQ rubs and sauces creator, Dennis Michael Sherman aka Denny Mike.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2022 105:57


    In episode 119 we pull off a rare triple play as we have three outstanding guests; author, Dan Joseph, Barbecue Hall of Fame member, Ardie Davis, and BBQ rubs and  sauces creator, Dennis Michael Sherman aka Denny Mike.    Dan Joseph joined us on episode 51 to discuss his book, Last Ride of the Iron Horse: How Lou Gehrig Fought ALS to Play One Last Championship SeasonSeason and he returns to regale us with stories about Pistol Pete Reiser found in his latest book, Baseball's Greatest What If:  The Story & Tragedy of the Brooklyn Dodgers' Pistol Pete Reiser.  If Reiser's first season and a half was any indication, not only was he on his way to a Hall of Fame career, but he was on his way to becoming one of the game's greatest.  Unfortunately, part of what made Pistol Pete great, was his willingness to put his body on the line no matter what the outcome, and that included crashing into several outfield brick walls.  Dan presents Reiser's story in such a way that by the end of the book you will feel awful that Reiser's playing career cut short by injuries and feel regret at missing the talented career that could have been.     Ardie Davis aka Remus Powers, Ph.B. is a 2016 Barbecue Hall of Fame member in the celebrity/humanitarian category.  Ardie is a founder of the American Royal Barbecue Sauce Contest which is the world's largest sauce contest.  He is a charter member of the KCBS, instrumental in the development of the Certified Barbecue Judge curriculum, and author of the oath recited by each judge prior to judging a contest.  Ardie has written numerous BBQ books.  He has also been interviewed by the History Channel regarding barbecue, on more than one occasion.  In 2003 he was named a Kansas City Barbecue Legend by the The Kansas City Star.  We affectionately referred to him as barbecue royalty, and you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who would say otherwise.        Dennis Michael Sherman is known by thousands of satisfied customer's as Denny Mike.  Since 2006, Denny, the creator of super-premium, all-natural and gluten-free sauces and seasoning blends has been selling these products with the DennyMike's label proudly displayed.  His products are sold in Whole Foods as well as Hannaford Brothers and fortunately online at https://www.dennymikes.com.  Denny shares his stories of a business which is extremely competitive, but having a great product has helped him prevail.  Denny has forged many wonderful friendships throughout the years and it is due to this that we were fortunate that he asked Ardie to join us, and we are very grateful for that.          We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for incredible cutting boards, http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the astounding books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and DennyMike's, https://www.dennymikes.com for some delicious barbecue rubs.We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueFacebook: Baseball and BBQWebsite: www.baseballandbbq.weebly.com

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #118: Sunny Moody, winner of the World Steak Championship at the World Food Championship and Elizabeth Muratore, editorial producer for MLB.com

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2022 114:04


    Episode 118 features two amazing guests, Sunny Moody, winner of the World Steak Championship at the World Food Championship and Elizabeth Muratore, editorial producer for MLB.com.  Sunny Moody is a competitor.  Whether it is winning the World Steak Championship at the World Food Championship or transforming her body after a  dreaded medical diagnosis and then competing on stage in a physical fitness competition, Sunny is a strong force.   She discusses her disastrous first time experience lighting a pellet grill which lead her on a journey where she now competes with her husband and four daughters as a member of the Moodswing BBQ team.  Sometimes she competes against her husband and she gives us all the details as well as her future plans and how she has gotten this far.  Sunny is personable and extremely inspirational and we are glad that she is willing to share as we can all learn from her adventure.  We wish her good luck in the World Food Championship finals.    Elizabeth Muratore is an excellent writer with a passion for baseball.  She joins us to talk about her many projects, including, newsletter editor for the Internet Baseball Writers' Association of America, writer for Rising Apple, writer for Girl at the Game, and co-host of the New York Mets and MLB-focused podcast, Cohen's Corner.  This is all in addition to her job as a Homepage Editor for Major League Baseball in which she edits stories and webpages for MLB.com.  Elizabeth offers her perspective on the current game as well as her opinions on the National Baseball Hall of Fame and who should get voted in and who should do the voting.  Elizabeth loves baseball and this is very apparent in her various articles as well as our discussion.  We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and DennyMike's, https://www.dennymikes.com for some delicious barbecue rubs.We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq 

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #117: Former MLB Player and Manager, Bobby Valentine and KCBS CEO, Emily Detwiler

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2022 114:03


    Episode #117 features two incredibly entertaining, returning guests, Bobby Valentine and Emily Detwiler. Bobby Valentine or as most people call him, Bobby V is one of the most loved, well known, respected, colorful, and celebrated ambassadors of the game.  His life has been an incredible journey filled with wonderful stories which he shares in astonishing detail in the book, Valentine's Way: My Adventurous Life and Times, coauthored with Peter Golenbock.  Bobby V is a former Major League Baseball player and manager, managing teams in both the United States and Japan.  Many people know him for one game in which he was ejected for speaking his mind and then sitting in the dugout wearing a disguise, but that is a mere drop in a very large bucket of a life filled with special people and events.  He has worked for a future United States President, been a restaurateur, a champion ballroom dancer, an ESPN baseball analyst, and managed the New York Mets in the 2000 Subway Series against the crosstown rival New York Yankees.    Emily Detwiler is the CEO of the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) and a baseball fan, especially of any team on which her brother-in-law, pitcher, Ross Detwiler is playing.  The past couple of years have not been easy for an organization that relies heavily on barbecue competitions in the United States as well as throughout the world and yet, Emily has managed to elevate the KCBS back to the lofty success level it once achieved.  We are joined by our friend, Doug Scheiding as we discuss barbecue with a small amount of baseball thrown in.We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards and http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag.We conclude the show with the beautiful song, "Ace and Bobo" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #116: Enjoy the Beginning of a New Year with a Happy New Year's Episode from Baseball and BBQ

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2022 39:40


    There is no better way to ring in the New Year than with a very special 116th episode of Baseball and BBQ.Jeff Cohen and Leonard Aberman are going it alone this episode.  Without guests they get to talk about what the New Year will hopefully bring to the podcast as well as bringing back two popular segments. In the first segment called, Lesser Known Hall of Famers, Jeff and Leonard talk about Hugh Duffy who, in 1894 set the MLB single-season record for batting average, .440, a batting record that has stood for 127 years. The other segent is called, Hall of Fame Years in Ordinary Carrers.  They discuss former Cy Young winner, Randy Jones, who, in 1976 as a starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres had a won-loss record  of 22-14 with a  2.74 ERA.  Barbecue talk includes a discussion about Barbecual Hall of Fame inductees, Henry Ford and Speed Herrig.We wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year.We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards and http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag.We conclude the show with the beautiful song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq 

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #115: Joe Posnanski, author of The Baseball 100 and award winning pitmaster and restaurateur, Chris Schafer.

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 103:40


    Merry Christmas as we present the gift of episode 115 which features Joe Posnanski, author of The Baseball 100 and award-winning pitmaster and restaurateur, Chris Schafer. Joe Posnanski is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of six books.  He has written for The Athletic, Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports and The Kansas City Star and currently writes at JoePosnanski.com. He has been named National Sportswriter of the Year by five different organizations and is the winner of two Emmy Awards. His latest project is The Baseball 100 which is a comprehensive list of the players, who, in Joe's opinion, are the 100 greatest to have ever played.  The stories that Joe includes with each player makes every one of the 830 pages an absolutely fantastic reading experience.   The book is one you will want to refer to over and over again.  Leonard gives Joe a standing ovation, and you will too.  This was an interview that could have gone on forever and that would still have not been enough time.Chris Schafer is a World Champion pitmaster who has won multiple grand championships as head cook of Heavy Smoke BBQ, is co-owner, along with his business partner and long-time-friend, Chad Brewer of Heavy Smoke BBQ restaurant in St. Peters, MO, and is the co-host of the podcast, All That for 6 pieces BBQ show.  He may be in the running for one of the busiest and hardest working people in the barbecue industry, but after speaking with Chris you get the feeling he would not want it any other way.  Weekdays are spent running the restaurant and weekends are spent with his cooking team of which his dad is a major contributor.  Did we mention he also coaches his daughter's soccer team?  At the end of a long day, an exhausted Chris gave us a wonderful discussion, and we all had a good time with lots of laughs. We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for incredible cutting boards and https://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com to find many of the astounding books we have featured as well as some additional swag.We conclude the show with the beautiful song, "Ace and Bobo" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #114: 4th Anniversary Special featuring Howard Johnson and Doug Scheiding

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 88:35


     Celebrate our 4 year anniversary as we are joined by Howard Johnson and Doug Scheiding with great baseball and excellent barbecue talk and Leonard and Jeff reminiscence about the last year.Howard Johnson aka HoJo as millions of baseball fans affectionately call him is back and helping us celebrate our anniversary.  We have a great time discussing baseball and barbecue with this outstanding player on two World Series winning teams, a three-time member of the 30-30 club, and a two-time All-Star. He must be very fond of us, because he agreed to join us on his birthday.  He agreed to join us, but not to sit still as he ran around the house and then quickly got into a car which whisked him away to a birthday celebration while still talking to us.  We got to sing him happy birthday, ask some baseball questions, and Doug gives him some barbecue tips.Doug Scheiding first came onto the show almost two years ago and we said some of the following.  That he was a true renaissance man.  That he is the first rocket scientist we have had as a guest. That he is pitmaster of the award-winning competition barbecue team, Rogue Cookers, embedded correspondent on The BBQ Central Show, Traeger Pellet Grills representative, and Head Country brand ambassador. That he is also an avid Chicago Cubs fan and quite a knowledgeable baseball fan. We said it then and we will say it now that he is just one of the nicest guys, in barbecue or out, that you would ever want to meet.  We are so happy to celebrate our anniversary with Doug and listen as he gives our baseball champion, HoJo some winning barbecue tips.Jeff has a baseball rant and Leonard and Jeff reminiscence about the last year.We conclude the show with the beautiful song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards and http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq 

    Episode #113: Ted Giannoulas, AKA World Famous Sports Mascot, The San Diego Chicken and Randall Thompson, President and Founder of Dugout Mugs, and BBQ Gift Ideas

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2021 115:15


    Episode #113 features Ted Giannoulas, AKA World Famous Sports Mascot, The San Diego Chicken and Randall Thompson, President and Founder of Dugout Mugs, and BBQ Gift IdeasTed Giannoulas dressed in his first chicken costume in 1974 when he was a 20-year-old college journalism major and from those humble beginnings he became one of the world's most famous sports mascots, known as the San Diego Chicken.  Since then has made more than 5,000 appearances in over 900 different facilities, 50 states, and eight countries while wearing out more than 100 chicken suits.  The San Diego Chicken has been featured on magazine covers, music video's, movies, television shows and commercials, and even made an appearance with President Ronald Reagan.  In 1981 the San Diego Chicken co-starred on the Saturday morning children's television series, The Baseball Bunch with his fellow co-stars, Johnny Bench and Tommy Lasorda.  The hit show ran for five seasons and featured tons of exceptional MLB players offering their baseball advice and playing tips.  The success of the San Diego Chicken helped lead to mascots becoming widespread throughout professional sports.  The Chicken was named one of the 100 most powerful people in sports for the 20th century by The Sporting News.  The New York Times called him "perhaps the most influential mascot in sports history."Randall Thompson is the president and founder of Dugout Mugs.  The idea for these drinking mugs which are made from baseball bats started in 2014 when Thompson was coaching at Florida Tech and the hitting coach was telling the players to, "Focus on the hands."  To emphasize the point, the coach cut off the top of a baseball bat and left the barrel sitting on the bench.  Thompson saw this tossed away piece of wood as a chance to create a drinking cup.  Thankfully his creative skills were better than his baseball skills as he started the company after being released by a minor league affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.  As he reflects upon in the interview, the Blue Jays may have released him too soon, but rather than languishing in the minors, he founded a company and a team of employees that are quite special.  There are many items which will make excellent gifts.  Go to https://dugoutmugs.com/ to learn more.In between the interviews, Jeff and Len offer ideas for the many gifts available for barbecue and even baseball lovers, as we are in the season of giving.We conclude the show with the beautiful song, "Ace and Bobo" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards and http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq 

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #112: John Vampatella, Author of The Forgotten Game and Vic Clevenger, Award Winning Pitmaster Known As The Cookin' Comedian

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 105:38


    Episode #112 features John Vampatella, author of The Forgotten Game and award winning pitmaster, Vic Clevenger. John Vampatella is an outstanding author whose latest project is The Forgotten Game which details one of the greatest games in baseball history between the two most bitter rivals in the sport, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.  In the 2004 American League Championship Series the two teams faced off and it looked as if the Yankees who had taken the first three games in the best of seven series were about to win and advance to yet another World Series appearance until Boston miraculously won game 4.  Most fans remember Curt Schilling's sutured ankle in game 6, but game 5 was a do-or-die moment for the Red Sox, and they delivered in epic fashion. Yet, despite being the pivotal game in the series, it hasn't drawn the attention the others have.  The Forgotten Game breaks down game 5 on a virtual pitch-by-pitch basis, from the battle between Pedro Martinez and Mike Mussina, to the clutch performances by Tim Wakefield and David Ortiz, while breaking down the strategies the managers employed, and stories of how various players made their way to their respective teams for that fateful night.  The game lasted 14 pressure filled innings and John Vampatella has created a book which is just as exciting as the game itself.Vic Clevenger is a comedian, speaker, freelance writer, inventor, and award winning pitmaster.  He truly is a barbecue Renaissance man and is often referred to as the Cookin' Comedian.  Vic was kind enough to join us as he made his way back from the World Food Championships in Dallas, Texas.  Almost immediately we could tell we were going to have a great conversation,  but would not have enough time.  He is definitely on the list of guests we will need to have back.  His latest project is the Chimney Cartel which is a new type of cooker.  That is in addition to his being a brand ambassador for B&B Charcoal.  We hope you will enjoy hearing from a pitmaster who loves life as longs as barbecue is a part of it.We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards and http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq 

    Episode #111: Ryan Cooper and Sean Ludwig, Creators of The Smoke Sheet and NYC BBQ and Lawrence Baldassaro, Author of Tony Lazzeri, Yankees Legend and Baseball Pioneer

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 111:31


    Episode #111 features another spectacular visit from Ryan Cooper and Sean Ludwig, creators of The Smoke Sheet and NYC BBQ as well as an interview with author, Lawrence Baldassaro who has written an outstanding book on a New York Yankees legend, Tony Lazzeri.  Ryan Cooper and Sean Ludwig are back and better than ever.  Ryan is the founder of the BBQ Tourist website, https://bbqtourist.com which is dedicated to celebrating the best barbecue in America.  Sean is the founder of NYC BBQ, http://www.nycbbq.com which is a website and newsletter with news and information on all things barbecue in the NYC metro area.  Together they are co-founders of The Smoke Sheet, https://www.bbqnewsletter.com which is a weekly newsletter that curates the latest national barbecue news, upcoming events, books to read, podcasts to list to, videos to watch, recipes, and so much more.  We are thrilled every time they come on and look forward to having them back again.Lawrence Baldassaro is a prolific author.  Books and articles too numerous to mention in a space this small have flowed from his proverbial pen, landing on paper, and in turn enjoyed by so many.  His latest project is Tony Lazzeri:  Yankees Legend and Baseball Pioneer.  Lazzeri played alongside New York Yankees legends, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig as part of the Yankees' legendary Murderers' Row.  Lazzeri was afflicted with epilepsy, but he was able to play for 12 years as the second baseman for Yankee teams that won five World Series as well as being their third-most productive hitter.  All of this eventually led to his being enshrined posthumously in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Lawrence has written a wonderful book which any baseball fan will be excited to read.We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for incredible cutting boards and http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq 

    Episode #110: Champion Pitmaster, Andy Husbands, Bestselling Author, Larry Olmsted, and Mets Fantasy Camp Discussion Including Duffy Dyer and Joel Youngblood Interviews

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 124:58


    Episode #110 features Andy Husbands talking barbecue, Larry Olmsted explaining how being a sports fan enhances your life, and our very own Jeff Cohen telling about his incredible New York Mets Fantasy Camp experience including interviews with Duffy Dyer and Joel Youngblood.Andy Husbands is a chef, restaurateur, author, and television personality.  An award winning pitmaster, he currently is the owner of five Smoke Shop BBQ restaurants located throughout Boston, MA and is the three-time winner of Boston Magazine's "Best Barbecue" in 2018, 2019, and 2021.  He also works to bring awareness to the charity, Share Our Strength, the nation's leading childhood hunger relief organization.  He may not have won season six of the television show, Hell's Kitchen, but he has a lot to say about the experience and  so many other things which he has accomplished on his culinary journey.Larry Olmsted tries to follow the best career advice he ever received and that is, "Do what you love."  For the past 25 years he has been doing that as he works as a journalist.  He has written countless newspaper and magazine articles as well as books.  His latest book involved more than five years of research and is titled, Fans:  How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Understanding.  The world is full of sports fans and according to his research, many of those fans are physically and mentally healthier, happier, and more productive.  Special thanks to episode #99 guest, Steven Raichlen for bringing Larry and his book to our attention.Prior to our first guest, we get to hear from Jeff all about his wonderful week-long experience at New York Mets Fantasy Camp.  Jeff describes the thrill of playing baseball with fellow Mets fans as they are coached by many of the Mets players he has loved watching.  He even interviewed Duffy Dyer and Joel Youngblood and those interviews are all part of this episode.We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards and http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq 

    Baseball and BBQ Episode 109: Luke Epplin, Author of Our Team and Brie Blackford from Elda's Kitchen

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 81:24


    Episode 109 features an outstanding author and an incredible maker of sauces.  Luke Epplin is an author whose writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, GQ, Slate, Salon, The Daily Beast, and The Paris Review Daily.  His latest project is the book, Our Team:  The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series That Changed Baseball.  The book traces the fascinating stories of four men, Bill Veeck, Larry Doby, Bob Feller, and Satchel Paige and their significant importance in coming together to help the Cleveland Indians win the 1948 World Series.  Epplin has written an incredible book in which he provides exciting details on individuals who are woven into the fabric of baseball history.  All these years later and we still have a fascination with their careers, and Epplin has provided us with a great baseball book.Brie Blackford is making her second Baseball and BBQ appearance.  In episode 97 she revealed that we were the first podcast she was on and apparently she enjoyed herself enough to come back.  This time she offered our listeners the chance to win her sauces and four of our listeners did.  She is the co-founder of Elda's Kitchen, maker of incredible sauces, many of which are perfect for the barbecue.  She is inspired by the wonderful cooking and hospitality of her grandmother, Elda Abronzino.  Brie is loving what she does which  was quite apparent during our conversation.  The sauces are vegan friendly, contain no MSG or preservatives, are non-GMO, gluten-free, and do not have high fructose corn syrup.   You can find Brie and her sauces at https://eldaskitchen.comWe conclude the show with the beautiful song, "Ace and Bobo" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards and http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show - (516) 855-8214Email - baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter - @baseballandbbqInstagram - baseballandbarbecueYouTube - baseball and bbqWebsite - https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode 108: Irene Hodges and Gary Mack Share Their Reflections and Thoughts on Gil Hodges

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 77:19


    Continuing our attempt to right a long-time wrong, episode 108 features Irene Hodges and Gary Mack as they provide compelling arguments for finally inducting Gil Hodges into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.Irene Hodges is the oldest daughter of Gil Hodges.  She was only 20 years old when Gil Hodges passed away, but has many wonderful memories and stories regarding her father.  She would like to see her father enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but she feels especially awful for the many fans who push to get him in and are continuously met with disappointment.  Irene is a delightful person to speak with, and she gave great insight into Gil Hodges which goes beyond the player and manager that most fans are familiar with.Gary Mack is the long-time host of the Mets Musings podcast, as well as hosting the golf related podcast, Chip Shots, and serving as co-host on The Baseball Talk Radio Show along with Rich Baxter.  He has loved the New York Mets since their 1962 inception and has many reasons as to why Gil Hodges should be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  He has been a frequent contributor to this podcast, and we appreciate the insight he provides.   We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards and http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq 

    Baseball and BBQ Episode #107: Part Two of Greg Rempe of the BBQ Central Show & Ron Blomberg, Baseball's 1st DH

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 80:09


    Episode 107 features the second halves of fascinating conversations with Ron Blomberg, the 1st official MLB designated hitter and Greg Rempe, host of The BBQ Central Show. Ron Blomberg was only getting started in episode 105.  In the 2nd part of our conversation he discusses the many ways' baseball has changed and his feelings toward those changes.  He talks about his love for the New York fans as well as his love of food and being banned from an all-you-can-eat restaurant.  Ron was the New York Yankees first overall pick in the 1967 amateur draft and on April 6, 1973, he became the first major-leaguer to bat as a designated hitter in a regular season game.  He is also an author and his latest book, The Captain & Me:  On and Off the Field with Thurman Munson provides great information on Ron's career, but more importantly provides an in-depth look into the special relationship he had with Thurman Munson whom he refers to as his "brother."  Ron and Thurman shared many wonderful times together and hearing him describe their friendship makes one appreciate their special bond.  Ron was an exceptional athlete, played the game hard, and it is quite apparent he has lived his life with the same passion with which he played.  We end the conversation with a very long goodbye. Greg Rempe is back for the 2nd half of our conversation and will talk about barbecue, but he is also a big baseball fan who, like many of us, has very strong opinions on many things in the game.  Our baseball talk included the Cleveland team and their new name, bad trades Cleveland has made, favorite players,  steroid users, and so much more.  Greg does not hold back and was unafraid to answer any questions we threw at him, including who should play the part of Greg Rempe if The BBQ Central Show was ever made into a movie.  Greg and Jeff have a friendly debate and Greg discusses his trust issues.  Greg is the creator and host of the longest running, most listened to, and extremely entertaining shows dealing with live fire cooking, The BBQ Central Show.  His show can be heard live every Tuesday night from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm and is released in podcast format; the first hour on Wednesday and the second hour on Thursday.  Then on Fridays you can catch up on parts of past episodes listening to The Best Moments of The BBQ Central Show in 10 Minutes or Less.  Greg continues being extremely candid and willing to discuss everything.  You can find out more about his show by going to http://thebbqcentralshow.com/   We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel KrakofskyWe recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards and http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq 

    Episode #106: Ed Kranepool, Kevin Kernan, Mike Lecolant, and Sam Maxwell Provide Arguments for Inducting Gil Hodges Into the National Baseball Hall of Fame

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 93:18


    It's time to right a long-time wrong and episode 106 is our attempt at doing that by featuring Ed Kranepool, Kevin Kernan, Mike Lecolant, and Sam Maxwell as they provide compelling arguments for finally inducting Gil Hodges Into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.Ed Kranepool was only 17 years old in 1962 when the expansion team, New York Mets were formed and then spent the next 18 years wearing blue and orange.  Kranepool was an important member  of the 1969 Miracle Mets and when he retired after the 1979 season at the age of 34, he was the all-time Mets leader in eight offensive categories.  He both played with Gil Hodges and played for Gil Hodges as Hodges effectively used player platoons to manage the Mets to their first-ever World Series Championship.  Kranepool uses that experience to give his rather convincing opinions on why Gil Hodges belongs in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.Kevin Kernan spent 44 years writing sports for major newspapers, 23 years of them as a columnist at the New York Post and his latest columns are featured on the website, https://ballnine.com/index.html   He was recently inducted into the New York Baseball Hall of Fame.  He knows tons about baseball, not only from his many years covering it, but also from his firsthand experience as a star first baseman for Ramapo College in 1976 and 1977.  Kernan provides strong arguments for finally inducting Gil Hodges into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.Mike Lecolant and Sam Maxwell are Brooklyn, New York residents and proud New York Mets fans.  They offer their unique perspective on the effects which Gil Hodges had on the borough of Brooklyn, many of which are still all around them today.  Mike and Sam join their other cohost, Rich Sparago on The Metsian Podcast, https://www.blogtalkradio.com/themetsianpodcastwsamrichandmike and it is a worthwhile listen.   Once you do, you will respect the argument which Lecolant and Maxwell make for Gil Hodges deserving his rightful place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.The discussions and compelling arguments do not end with this episode.  Come back for episode #108, and we will feature two additional guests who feel just as strongly about Gil Hodge's National Baseball Hall of Fame qualifications and offer their unique perspectives.We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards and http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq 

    Episode #105 features The BBQ Central Show host, Greg Rempe and the 1st official MLB designated hitter, Ron Blomberg

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 88:19


    Episode 105 features The BBQ Central Show host, Greg Rempe and the 1st official MLB designated hitter, Ron Blomberg.  Greg Rempe is the creator and host of the longest running, most listened to, and extremely entertaining show dealing with live fire cooking, The BBQ Central Show.  He joined us back on episode 56 and since then he has been a show supporter while offering numerous helpful tips which we have implemented as we strive to improve and for which we are very grateful.  His show can be heard live every Tuesday night from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm and is released in podcast format; the first hour on Wednesday and the second hour on Thursday.  Then on Fridays you can catch up on parts of past episodes listening to The Best Moments of The BBQ Central Show in 10 Minutes or Less.  Not only is he well versed in barbecue, but he can talk baseball too.  Part one is mainly barbecue talk, but it is so much more as Greg is extremely candid and willing to discuss everything.  You can find out more about his show by going to http://thebbqcentralshow.com/    Ron Blomberg was the New York Yankees first overall pick in the 1967 amateur draft and on April 6, 1973, he became the first major-leaguer to bat as a designated hitter in a regular season game.  He is also an author and his latest book, The Captain & Me: On and Off the Field with Thurman Munson  provides great information on Ron's career, but more importantly provides an in-depth look into the special relationship he had with Thurman Munson whom he refers to as his "brother."  Ron and Thurman shared many wonderful times together and hearing him describe their friendship makes one appreciate their special bond.  Ron was an exceptional athlete, played the game hard, and it is quite apparent he has lived his life with the same passion with which he played.  Part one is just the beginning of a very enjoyable discussion.We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards and http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq 

    Baseball and BBQ Episode 104: Erik Sherman, Author of Two Sides of Glory, Part 2 and Lee Ann Whippen, Champion Pitmaster

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 89:07


    Episode 104 features Part 2 with author, Erik Sherman and a visit with pitmaster extraordinaire, Lee Ann Whippen.  Erik Sherman writes baseball books and he does that exceptionally well.  Whether the books are about one specific player or one specific team, Erik provides wonderful and unique perspectives which baseball fans will thoroughly enjoy.  His latest project will be a welcome addition to any baseball fans library.  In Two Sides of Glory:  The 1986 Boston Red Sox In Their Own Words, Erik provides a glimpse into something rarely seen.  Frequently, books are written about the winning teams, but how often does one have the chance to read about the losing team and learn of their feelings as well as finding out about things happening with their lives.  All of that and so much more is in Two Sides of Glory.  The 1986 Boston Red Sox lost game six to the New York Mets in an unforgettable and devastating fashion and then proceeded to lose game seven and had to watch as the New York Mets celebrated and prevented them from winning their first World Series in 68 years.  The team was made up of some of the most well-known and talented players to ever wear their team's laundry and the stories and lesser known facts will make this an interview you will enjoy about a book you will not be able to put-down until the last page.  Part one of the interview was good, but part two is even better. Lee Ann Whippen has found a way to combine her barbecuing skills, her ease in front of a camera, and her strong work ethic into a delicious recipe for success.  She developed her love of cooking barbecue from an early age, learning from her dad, and she has used that knowledge and love to become an extremely well-known and respected pitmaster.  As a competition cook she has won multiple world, national, and state barbecue championships.  On television, she has shone brightly on various competition shows, winning the premier season of BBQ Brawl on Food Network and defeating Bobby Flay on Throwdown with Bobby Flay.  She is also a restaurateur who has owned restaurants in Virginia, Illinois, and Florida.  She is a two-time finalist for the BBQ Hall of Fame and she has no qualms discussing being a woman pitmaster in a mostly male dominated field as well as the various effects it has had on her career.  She recently became an official ambassador for Pit Boss Grills.  With all of that going on, she still took the time to join us for a  wonderful conversation.          We conclude the show with the beautiful song, "Ace and Bobo" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards and http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq

    Baseball and BBQ Episode 103: Erik Sherman, Author of Two Sides of Glory and Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, Restaurateurs and the Authors of Chasing Smoke

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 86:27


    Episode 103 features an outstanding author of numerous baseball themed books and a visit with two wonderful restaurateurs and cookbook authors from across the pond. Erik Sherman writes exceptional baseball books.  Whether the books are about a specific player or a specific team, Erik provides wonderfully unique perspectives which baseball fans will enjoy.  His latest project will be a fine addition to your library.  In Two Sides of Glory:  The 1986 Boston Red Sox In Their Own Words, Erik provides a glimpse into something rarely seen.  Frequently, books are written about the winning teams, but how often does one have the chance to read about the losing team and learn of the individual players feelings as well as finding out about things happening with their lives.  All that and much more is in Two Sides of Glory.  The 1986 Boston Red Sox lost game six to the New York Mets in an unforgettable and devastating fashion and then proceeded to lose game seven and had to watch as the New York Mets celebrated and prevented them from winning their first World Series in 68 years.  The team was made up of some of the most well-known and talented players to ever wear their team's laundry and the stories and lesser known facts will make this an interview you will enjoy about a book you will not be able to put-down until the last page.  Enjoy part one and look forward to part two.Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich are a wife and husband team who opened their first Middle Eastern themed restaurant, Honey & Co in London, England in 2012.  Additionally, they are the authors of three cookbooks.  Their newest London restaurant is Honey & Smoke and their latest cookbook, filled with incredible recipes and beautiful photos is Chasing Smoke:  Cooking Over Fire Around The Levant.  We begin with a quick lesson on what is meant by the Levant and then get into a discussion of their lives which began in Israel and eventually brought them to London where they now provide their customers with delicious food at their two restaurants and one specialty grocery store.  The book takes the reader on a journey which includes their favorite cities as they collected recipes, stories, and the best of culinary culture along the way. The book is organized into five ingredient-led chapters (fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood, birds, lamb and other meats, and bread and unmissables).  If you have been wondering what else is possible to make over a live fire then this is the cookbook for you.  Despite the five-hour time difference, Sarit and Itamar managed to find the time to charm us as we spoke of everything, including their special relationship which works extremely well as they are a delightful force to be reckoned with.       We conclude the show with the beautiful song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards and http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show - (516) 855-8214Email - baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter -