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The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

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    • Aug 14, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
    • every other week NEW EPISODES
    • 1h 44m AVG DURATION
    • 237 EPISODES

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    Infinite Inning 235 No Beatwriters in the Wedding Party

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2022 113:47

    Chris Cotillo (Mass Live) discusses the Red Sox' incomprehensible season, the beatwriter as a young man, and how to work the pregame clubhouse. Plus Tales: Lessons from a Game-Ending Caught Stealing, Starring the Babe, and a Negro Leagues great goes to Mexico and wins a triple crown.TABLE OF CONTENTSMasters of the Game-Ending Caught Stealing, Starring Babe Ruth and the 2022 Yankees*The Small Sample Classic, with Matt Carpenter and Wild Bill Wright*Chris Cotillo: Trade-Deadline Covid*First to Last and Last to First in Boston*Back to the Mookie Betts Trade*The Jarren Duran Blues*Where Have You Gone, J.D. Martinez?*Pitching Plans, or Lack Thereof, with Garrett Whitlock*Cotillo Origins*“You Can't Just Be a Newbreaker”*Beyond the Endorphin Hit*Churn Burnout*Hotshot Kid at the Meetings*Checking Your Fandom*World Series Wedding*How Do You Work the Pregame Clubhouse?*Chaim Bloom and the Small-Market Approach*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 234: Innovators and Hypocrites

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 112:59

    Mark Armour and Daniel Levitt discuss their new book INTENTIONAL BALK: BASEBALL's LONG AND SORDID HISTORY OF INNOVATION AND CHEATING. Plus tales: The Dodgers' Uncle Robbie is a hypocrite about weight and one of the greatest Yankees managers does the right thing after an uncharacteristic blow-up. TABLE OF CONTENTSUncle Robbie Fat-Shames a Pitcher and We Learn a New Vocabulary Word*The Start of Joe Page and the End of Joe McCarthy*Mark Armour and Daniel Levitt: Is Cheating a Matter of Perspective?*Who Are the Sociopaths in Your Neighborhood?*Individual Cheating vs. Conspiratorial Cheating*William Shakespeare's Barry Bonds*Restorative versus Enhancing Drugs*Community Standards and Speeding on the Highway*Don't Touch My Armpits/Billy Martin vs. Gaylord Perry*PEDs and Baseball Gerontology*Shohei Ohtani Jr. vs. Shohei Ohtani III*Roster Shenanigans and the Trading Deadline*The Inevitable Pine Tar Game*Why Did It Take So Long for Baseball to Ban Electric Sign-Stealing?*Book Collaboration*The Coming Shift Ban*Goodbyes.Horse Whinny, Close, A.wav" by InspectorJ of Freesound.org.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 233 Smells Like Hot Yogurt

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 143:26

    Chats are back! David Roth returns to ask existential questions about Juan Soto, the billionaire class, and if the average person can develop Steve Blass's disease. Plus tales: A reserve catcher has a fateful meeting with a man who brought dignity to a bodily function and several current players conjure a classic tale from the beginning of the 20th century due to their lack of vaccination. TABLE OF CONTENTSThe Reds Catcher and a Man Named Sneeze*Cardinals with White Feathers*1902, WHIT*David Roth: A Random Invocation of William Saroyan*Steve Sax, Steve Blass, and Someone Else Named Steve*Being Normal is Hard*Gore Vidal on Em-Dashes*Category Error at Fenway Park*It's “The Time of Your Life”*Radical Despairing Empathy*Interrogating Nick Castellanos and Kindness to Joey Gallo (and Mackey Sasser)*Dick Young and Dave Egan*Ted Williams and Spider-Man*Sympathy for Horace Clarke*Andrew McCutchen and “Furries”*The Mets on the Brink*Who Mourns for the Nationals?*Are Americas Billionaires Depressed?*Full Circle to the Red Sox/You Can't Win a World Series as a Cynic*The Temperature on the Field (And Everywhere Else)*Goodbyes.WARNING: On Roth week, we swear. Hide the sheep and console the shepherd. The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 232: My Boyhood Pal Marilyn Monroe

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 81:22

    Infinite Inning 232: My Boyhood Pal, Marilyn MonroeOne more (really) solo episode as we gear up for the Baseball's Brief Lives, the Infinite Inning book: The son of a Hall of Famer makes a very famous friend and gets grief for it, a great but mostly forgotten player tries to kill another future Hall of Famer with kindness, and more about Cap Anson and his underage bride.TABLE OF CONTENTSJoe D Goes to the Movies*Joe D Gets Married, Hangs with the Boys*Joe D's Son and New Girlfriend Bond*An Overwrought Invocation of Shakespeare*Cap Anson, the Future Virginia Anson, and Elon Musk's Dad*All-Star Emeritus Spots*Tommy Holmes, Captive of Fate*Holmes vs. Henry Aaron*They Were Right About the Titanic*A Lopsided Trade Thwarted and a Walk-Off Homer Against Warren Spahn*Gil Hodges and the Hall of Fame*Alternative-Universe Gil Hodges and the Hall of Fame*Goodbyes. The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 231: The Courtship of Adrian & Virginia

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 97:26

    A final solo episode before a return to guests features discussions of a manager realizing he was in over his head after just one game and a Hall of Famer meets his wife—in a way that would land him in jail today.TRIGGER WARNING: This episode contains discussions of abortion, murder, consent, and child abuse, among other things.THE INFINITE INNING BOOK: Baseball's Brief Lives: Player Stories Inspired by the Infinite Inning Podcast, is coming in August!TABLE OF CONTENTSOverwhelmed/The Rangers' Four Managers of 1977/Lucchesi in Pain/Stanky's Retreat/Your Happy Place/Johnny Mize's Coded Wheaties Ad*Cap Anson's Courtship*The Social Purity Movement*What Anson Was and Was Not Responsible For*King Listeria IV*The Age of Consent as of the 1880s*The Works of Alice Duer Miller*The Ephemeral Nature of Values*A Marriage on Long Island*A Death in Boston*Cap Anson Rides Again*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 230: The One with Lute

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 75:36

    One more solo episode inspired, as always, by current events in which the right player is suspended for what he didn't do but what everyone understood he intended and a player attempts to start a fan uprising. TABLE OF CONTENTSThe Brawl that No One Saw*Luke/Lute/Daniel Boone's Strange Ejection*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 229: The Benign Uncle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 76:50

    Another solo episode as your host continues to recover from whatever is wrong with him THIS week! (Even his doctors mock him). This week: Tales of two catchers, one of whom was the best uncle baseball ever had, the other a longtime manager who had a moment of unusual frankness after making a trade. TABLE OF CONTENTSUncle Robbie Phones May Phone it In but He Knows His Meats*Steve O'Neill versus the Yankees*Umpires versus Fans*Steve O'Neill versus Uncle Robbie*Steve O'Neill versus Mad Monk Meyer*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 228: A Great Boy for Baseball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 92:21

    A solo episode in which sad past and sorry present collide in the spring of 1927, when even as Babe Ruth and the Yankees were setting records there was evil abroad in Michigan. Then we journey to 1947 and the moment Ben Chapman tried to derail Jackie Robinson and consider Josh Donaldson's interaction with Tim Anderson as well. TRIGGER WARNING: A great deal of harm comes to children in this week's first segment, which reflects on the recent massacre of innocents in Texas as well as previous incidents of recent years. TABLE OF CONTENTSMass Murder in a Michigan Town*The Infinite Inning Book is Coming*A Brief Thought about Shane McClanahan*The Gene Hackman Solution*A Moment with Roger Angell (A-S-D-R-U-B-A-L)*Robinson and Chapman and Donaldson and Anderson*Goodbyes. The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 227: Playing the Sorrow Corner

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 131:12

    Author Dan Good discusses a tragic player and Playing Through the Pain: Ken Caminiti and the Steroids Confession that Changed Baseball Forever. Plus tales: Casey Stengel wonders who you can ask for advice when trying to win a fifth pennant, a 20-game winner goes to the bullpen, and a disgruntled player's momentary embrace of racism. TABLE OF CONTENTSCasey Wonders Who You Can Ask for Instructions When You're Trying to Do Something New*Billy Cox's Momentary Embrace of Evil and Its Echoes Today*Dan Good: What We Ask of Players*Two Kinds of Addiction*Healing and Vanity*Why He Was Worse Away from the Astrodome?*Was Caminiti Tested for Drugs of Abuse?*Did Ken's Friends Give Up on Him?*Ken and Craig Biggio*Ken and Younger Players*Ken and Tony Gwynn*Finding the Real Caminiti*Contrasting Two Interviews*The Effects of Using*How Did the Family Respond to the Book?*Did Ken Enjoy Baseball?*When Ken Returned to San Diego*Haunted by the Ghost*He Made It Look Hard*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 226: Willets Point After Dark

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 112:14

    Jesse Spector dishes on his new book/podcast/newsletter endeavor, Willets Pen, praises Buck Showalter, and considers the ins and outs of rally sex. Plus tales: A catcher drinks, knits, and recovers while another deserts his team at the worst possible moment. TABLE OF CONTENTSRollie Hemsley Serves Drinks and Sandwiches*Buddy Rosar's Police Academy Dream*Jesse Spector: On the COVID IL*What is Willets Pen?*It is Not a Newsletter, But There's a Newsletter and an Excuse to Go Off on a Lengthy Screed About Dave Kingman*“Metsing”*Mets Bandwagon ‘86*Willets Pod*The Bit About Food Erotica*The Bit About Contrasting Mets Action with Marital Action (“Rally Sex”)*When You Pretend You are Affecting the Game (Yankees at Blue Jays, 1987)*Every Day for a Year (With Max Scherzer?)*Sex and Poor Middle Relief*The Tommy Hutton Call of Dave Winfield's Grand Slam*The Mets Mystique*The Schmoozer Predicts*Buck Showalter Rides Again*Relitigating the 1995 ALDS*The Little Dynasty that Didn't Happen*A Brief Word on New York Broadcasters*Goodbyes.Warning: There is no graphic language in this episode aside from a couple of cusswords, but the subject of martial relations is briefly discussed. Hide your maiden aunt.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 225: Real Heavy Idealism

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 109:50

    Cliff Corcoran returns to talk about the new dead-ball, pitchers fielding, and the arrival of Kelsie Whitmore in the Atlantic League, plus takes: An umpire provokes the women in the stands and a 25-run game goes down painlessly. TABLE OF CONTENTSThe Ladies of Macon Rise Up*The PlayerStories Book is Coming*A Simple Point About a 25-Run Game*Cliff Corcoran: Lee Guetterman Memories*Pitchers Fielding*Players With Partial Tools*Buttplunger!”*Gold Glove Pitchers*Christy Mathewson Cameo/The [Redacted] Cubs Game/Ted Williams and Yogi Berra/Wade Boggs and Dave Righetti*Low Offense 2022 and Marcus Semien*What MLB Had Warned the Hitters?*Retraining Muscle-Memory*Kelsie Whitmore, Pioneer*Slow Throwin'*Seven of Eight Skills*A Sample of One is Not Enough (WMLB?)*Babe Ruth's Warning*Kelsie and Harold*Women in Baseball and Justice Alito*Limitations on Opportunity*Goodbyes.Windchime effect by InspectorJ, rhythm by Spartalien, crowd noises by Craig Smith.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 224 Pippen, Heberdick, and Prospects

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 137:23

    Jeffrey Paternostro returns for a premature look at prospects' progress. Plus tales: A pitcher takes the wrong lesson from adversity and a Red Sox third baseman's home run underscores present-day offensive woes.TABLE OF CONTENTSChange Your Way, George Earnshaw (Guest-Starring Lou Gehrig and Connie Mack)* Spirit Ballplayers, Last Entry*Jim Tabor Hits a Solo Shot of Note and Other Home Runs in an Age of Low Offense*Jeffrey Paternostro: Draggy Balls*You Can't Flip a Switch on Offese*A Moment on Jhoan Duran*The Hardest Jump*Hit-Tool Projection*Francisco Alvarez*Should Grayson Rodriguez Be Up?*On Corbin Carroll*Anthony Volpe and All the Oswalds Except Oswald the Lucky Rabbit*When Do They Start Throwing Sliders? Matt den Dekker, Robert Stratton, Eric Patterson and Other Low-Contact Prospects of Yesteryear*The Hit-Only Model*Positives of the Showcase Circuit?*Bobby Dalbec vs. Triston Casas*Nolan Gorman*Position Players in the Brewers System?*Jasson Dominguez*The Ethics of Ranking Unknown Teens*Robert Stratton Encore*Why Can't Phillies and Mariners Prospects?*Goodbyes. The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 223: Punko Lobster

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2022 118:20

    David Roth returns to discuss the uplift provided by the new season, Robinson Cano, how the Reds provoke thoughts of the end of history, Pitchcom, and the 1985 arcade came “Gauntlet.” Plus tales: Teams in the 1880s outdraw the present-day A's and mouthy third baseman Arlie Latham psyches out the Reds' manager. WARNING: As in all Roth-a-looza episodes, there is the occasional cussword. Please instruct the children in what these words mean so they can follow along. TABLE OF CONTENTSSmall Crowds with Animals in 1886 and 2022*Arlie Latham Distracts with Prophecy*David Roth: The Year-‘Round Shorts Guy*Cruiser*Revert to Factory Settings*The Uplift of Baseball*The Best Part of an In-Season Vacation* “Warrior is About to Die!”*Normal Gossip Prep*“Gauntlet” Redux*The Rent-Seeking Reds*Unreciprocated Support*“Part of the Deal is You're Going to Try”*This Monopoly*Baseball and the End of History* Robinson Cano: Shakespearian*The Advent of Pitchcom*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 222: People Want to Watch This Game?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2022 127:10

    Thomas W. Gilbert discusses HOW BASEBALL HAPPENED, the story of the game's earliest years. Plus tales: The value of a famous hitting coach to a light-hitting shortstop is debatable and the real meaning of Jackie Robinson Day. TABLE OF CONTENTSBucky Dent Hits a Homer with a Little Help from His Coach (Not THAT Homer)*Why Do We Observe Jackie Robinson Day? (And Why “Camelot” is Such a Downer)*Thomas W. Gilbert: A Stealth History*A Broad-Based Social Movement*Cricket and the Civil War Pause*The Rising Middle-Class*An Urban Game*R.I.P. Abner Doubleday*Evacuation Day*The Ah-Ha! Moment?*Spooked by Spectators*Fear of Gambling*Trolley Dodgers*Volunteer Fire Companies and Civil War Volunteers*Move the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn!*Brooklyn Invents the Farm System*Fans Crashed the Party*Baseball Follows the Railroad*Waves of Epidemic Disease*Miasmatists*The Brief Story of Jim Creighton*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 221: Sports and Our Missing Legos

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2022 134:12

    Craig Calcaterra returns to discuss his new book RETHINKING FANDOM, plus tales: A visit to the home of one of the earliest baseball games for a deadly attack and the story of two rookies who couldn't hang on—in more ways than one. TABLE OF CONTENTSMurder at Elysian Fields*Spirit Ballplayers III*Awards Predictions, Top Rookies, and the Llama*The Gary Scott Story Outlined*Thake's Epilogue*Craig Calcaterra: RETHINKING FANDOM*The Sports-Industrial Complex*When It's About Frustration, Ohio State Edition*The Decadence of Immersive Fandom*The Impermanence of Our Highs and Lows*Steve's 1996 World Series Story*Being a Fairweather Fan*Re Constantinople (not Istanbul)*Vin Scully Under the Desk*The Stadium Dodge*And Housing?*Trading Down Cities*Move the Rays to Brooklyn!*The Pirates Extend a Player?*Goodbyes. The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 220: Fire at the Match Factory

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2022 95:49

    A solo episode about service-time manipulation, entropy, destroyed pitching prospects, “Don't Say Gay,” and Will Smith's slap versus the on-field variety. TABLE OF CONTENTSA Brief Invocation of John Candelaria*Oneil Cruz Can Keep the Rain Off of You*Pie Traynor Debunked*Entropy is All and Everything and I Couldn't Possibly Be Better*Spirit Ballplayers II*Who Killed Russ Bauers?*“Say It With a Slap” and the “Don't Say Gay” Bill*Lee Grissom vs. Al Todd*Impulse Control*Frank Robinson vs. Eddie Mathews*Al Cowens, Avenger*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 219: The Ballad of Red-Butt Harry

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2022 130:06

    Cliff Corcoran returns to dissect all the moves of March, plus tales: Gender uncertainty on a barnstorming team, a rowdy crowd in Chicago is given way too much leeway to attack a player, and the odd career of the pitcher who began the ruckus. TABLE OF CONTENTSVaccines and Bloomer Girls*A Quick Note on Bleeding Dodger Blue*Your Spirit Ballplayer 1.0*Don Buford and Bart Johnson: The Ballad of Red-Butt Harry*Cliff Corcoran: We Have Baseball Now*Everyone but Michael Conforto*Rooting for Tyler Clippard and Other Elder Relievers*Rangers, Mets, and Twins*Pham?*The Yankees Skip Shortstoppalooza*Valuing Isiah Kiner-Falefa*The DJ LeMahieu Problem*Eugenio Suarez's Last Month and the Reds-Mariners Deal*A Debate About Jesse Winker*Is There a Shortage of Center Fielders? Starring the Phillies*Should Brian Reynolds and Cedric Mullins be Traded?*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 218: It Worked, But Never Do It Again (New Edit with Improved Audio)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2022 110:52

    Infinite Inning 218: It Worked, But Never Do It AgainJesse Spector returns to discuss the competitive balance landscape, which still has all the old hills and valleys. Plus tales as reaction to the new CBA: A very slow player makes an ill-advised attempt to swipe home plate and a member of the Gashouse Gang exaggerates his prowess. NEW EDIT WITH IMPROVED AUDIO!TABLE OF CONTENTSZeke's Run*More on the Pittsburgh H*The Man Who Didn't Break Up Four No-Hitters (Maybe)*Jesse Spector: Brittney Griner and Competitive Balance*Draft Lottery*If I'm a Pirates Fan*The Baltimore Orioles 1983-Present*A Perfect Analogy*Batting Kyle Farmer Fourth*Are Owners Really Necessary Part 9000*Are There Too Many Teams?*Baseball in Florida and other Places*The Home Viewing Experience and Self-Defense at the Movies*Alienated (and Outside)*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 217: There's No Reason Why We Shouldn't (Burgers, Rice, and Pudding)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 123:50

    Craig Goldstein (Baseball Prospectus) talks about BASEBALL PROSPECTUS 2022, owner vs. player morality, and the best comps for Juan Soto. Plus tales: A pitcher expresses insecurity right on the mound—or does he? The trap of zero-sum thinking, and an obscure player who was as good a hitter, in his way, as Mike Piazza. TABLE OF CONTENTSPink Hawley is Looking for a Friend*Baseball, Politics, “Evil Incarnate,” and Zero-Sum Thinking*The Rapidly Oncoming Fate of Fred Carroll*Craig Goldstein: Harder to Reconcile, But We'll Be Back*The KBO Again?*When to Go For Snacks*The Players' Ideas are Better*The Economic Model Needs to Change/The Unspoken Agreement*The Kershaw Conundrum*BP 2022*PECOTA Confidence*Mike Trout and Juan Soto Comps*Manfred's Longer Pandemic*Relishing a Higher Bar*Goodbyes.("Wind Chime, Tolling, A.wav" and "Wind Chimes, A.wav" by InspectorJ (www.jshaw.co.uk) of Freesound.org.)The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 216: Are Owners Truly Necessary?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 82:24

    Solo episode! Tales of ancient battles between owners and the players, none of which make the owners look good. Casey Stengel goes to Washington and, well, criticizes the owners. And a one-year wonder makes an impulsive decision that costs him a World Series ring.TABLE OF CONTENTSMr. Stengel Goes to Washington*Are Owners Truly Necessary?*The Rapid Rise and Fall of the Players League*The Lockout and Human Cupidity*Neville Chamberlain and the Homer in the Gloaming*The Ballad of Johnny Rizzo*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 215: Here They Are and So Are We

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 116:45

    Alex Belth and Emily Shapiro return to discuss HERE I ARE: ANATOMY OF A MARRIAGE. Plus tales: Miller Huggins comes to the wrong conclusion and a second baseman who would sooner fight than order a veggie lover's pizza. TABLE OF CONTENTSMiller Huggins' Last Mistake (Plus Spittin' Bill and Larry Hart)*A Brief Baseball Note from Ogden Nash*Raw Meat Bill and Davey Crockett Times Two Too*Alex Belth and Emily Shapiro: Audible Origins*The Awkwardness of Spending Time in Conversation With Yourself*An Illness Coming-Out Party (But Not an Illness Memoir)*Free Money Cards!*The Embarrassment of Confronting Yourself*Limerence, Attraction, and Infatuation*Silence Over Soup*Mutual Interests vs. Mutual Empathy*How to Argue*Surviving Couples Therapy*Working On Your Smile*Not Just Luck and the Babies Argument*Anger, Helpless Anger*Tools and Modalities*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 214: Of Sidearmers and Salad Bars

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 108:19

    Cliff Corcoran (The Cycle newsletter) returns to talk about lockout priorities. Plus tales: Marking the passing of a side-arm pitcher who got less respect than he deserved and a catcher throws it all away on one swing—but not the kind you're thinking of. TABLE OF CONTENTSRequiem for a Sidearmer*Joe Rue and Greek George*Cliff Corcoran: Ripcord Porkerban vs. the Roc*Ray Harryhausen and Modern Special Effects*The alternate reading of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”*Life Under Lockout*”Break the Union!” One More Time*The Last Negotiation: Salad Bar*Mindless Speculation on the Owners' Mindset*Hi-Ho the Corporate Life*Non-Core Issues*Ending the Blackouts*Laziness with the Remote Control*Maybe a Hot Soup*The Potential Draft Lottery*Service-Time Manipulation*That ONE Writer*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 213: Take a Prospect Leave a Prospect

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 123:00

    Prospectmeister Jeffrey Paternostro returns to discuss the Baseball Prospectus 2022 Top-101 Prospects rankings. Plus tales: The 66th-best hitter for average of all time has a cough; a Hall of Fame pitcher messes up his marriage, demonstrating that even people with plaques are as complicated as anybody else. TABLE OF CONTENTSDavid Ortiz to the Hall*The 66th-Best Hitter for Average of All Time is Not in the Hall of Fame*Lefty, June, and the Perfect Murder*Jeffrey Paternostro: Top 11s are Better than Top 10s*Who is the Top Prospect in Baseball? Adley Rutschman vs. Bobby Witt Jr.*Matt Wieters Memories*Catcher Stagnation*Ranking 11 Catchers*Drafting Second Basemen*Seattle Mariners: Player vs. Team*Supplemental Help*Teams with Few Prospects or Punishments*Burger on Second*Kumar Rocker?*Jo Adell and Angels Player Development*Sleepers*“You Want to Be Right”*My OBP Sweetheart*Goodbyes.Links:The BP Top 101: https://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/article/72047/2022-prospects-the-top-101/“The Poison Years” by Steven Goldman: https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/72225/you-could-look-it-up-poison-years/Brother, Can You Spare a Podcast? Episode 1: https://www.spreaker.com/show/brother-can-you-spare-a-podcastThe Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 212: Vainglorious Unvaccinated Dullards & Co

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2022 148:12

    David Roth on Topps and The Athletic being sold, why baseball color commentors curdle after two years, the Mets' moves, and more. Plus tales: “Pride of the Yankees” departs from reality and strikes a chord; an All-Star is captured at the moment of his release. TABLE OF CONTENTSLou Gehrig, “Pride of the Yankees,” and Me*The Ballad of Jim Ray Hart and His DFA Photograph*David Roth: Mickey Rooney in Van Halen*Topps Sold*“A Long Position on Phil Plantier”*Two Business Idiots on The Athletic Sale*Baseball Cards as Bookmarks Etc*Louis Bromfield and Booth Tarkington*Death of the AV Club*John Madden and the Art of Enthusiasm*When “Damn Yankees” Tells a Deep Dark Truth*Buck Showalter Goes to Queen*The Forever Rebuild and Its Hazard*The 2022 Mets are Not the 1927 Yankees*Jeff McNeil Chill Out?*The Steinbrenner Retcon*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 211: The War in '72 & The Bill James Handbook '22

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 140:12

    Mark Simon of Sports Info Solutions returns to discuss the Bill James Handbook 2022, plus tales: The media fails the players when the owners push them into striking 50 years ago. TABLE OF CONTENTSThe Media on Baseball Strike ‘72*Folly at the Half-Century Mark*Players vs. Owners vs. Themselves ‘72*Mark Simon: A Hazy Shade of Baseball*Why is Carlos Correa a Great Defensive Shortstop?*A Girthy Tome*Too Much Information?*Book Layout Likened to the Shift*The Home-Run Robberies Table*Defense (Derek Jeter AGAIN?)*Diagnosing a Defensive Slump*Penalized by the Shift or by Bad Defense?*Ohtani vs. Ruth*How Hard Did the Old-Timers Throw?*Voting on the Cover-Model*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 210: Joe McCarthy's Lonely Hearts Club

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 49:28

    Our annual holiday historical fiction sees straitlaced Yankees manager taking on the greatest challene of this career: Romance. Plus a brief true tale in which Mama Gehrig is found to be a citizen just like any other American.TABLE OF CONTENTSMama Gehrig Goes to Court*Intermission: The Pinch-Hitter is Banned (Happy, Healthy New Year)*Story: “Joe McCarthy: Advisor to the Lonely Heart”*Goodbyes. The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 209: Not Too Far to Go

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 126:30

    Ian Coss of "Forever is a Long Time" talks marriage, divorce, and facing your doubts by looking at the past. Plus tales: Managers are hired/quickly fired and a catcher's career ends too soon.TABLE OF CONTENTSBuck Showalter, Billy Herman, and the Fallacy of Managers*The DeLancey Story*Ian Coss: A Thoughtful Show*Ignorance is a Kind of Shield*It Could Happen to You*Change is the Enemy but Change is Good*The Part That Everyone Asks About*Grandmother's Adventures in Love and War/”The Work of the Devil”*A Paradox of Marriage*The Burden of Empathy*The Absent Ex*Unexplored Depths of Shallow*Love Songs of a Well-Worn Relationship*The Compounding Nature of Lies*A Brief Note on Gamelan Music*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 208: Dystopia in Your Mailbox

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 121:06

    Craig Calcaterra returns to baseball's lockout, teenage drunkenness, and division of labor in marriage. Plus tales: Ralph Houk's prophecy/Jim Bouton's waltz and Babe Ruth sacrifices his socks for the greater good. TABLE OF CONTENTSFate, Ralph Houk, and Bobby Murcer*Babe Ruth in the Snow*Craig Calcaterra: Dessert Wine*Raymond Chandler's Evenings*1990 Gut*Cash-Laden Ships that Have Sailed*The Strange Love of the Atlanta Braves*Not Really a Baseball Company Anymore?*Rentiers*Drive-Up Surf ‘n' Turf and the Team Budget*The Tablecloth Trick*Kept Males*Competitive Owners vs. Tanking Owners*Baseball vs. Netflix*Dystopia in Your Inbox (Gambling Cometh)*Life Lessons from the High Rollers*Betting in the Stands*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 207: The No No and Yes Yes Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2021 63:30

    A solo episode with an owner-player conflict that anticipates the tenor of the current lockout (with some amazing stats) and the question of which Harry Frazee show really killed the Red Sox is taken on (A: None, or maybe all of them)! Plus excuses for being tardy.TABLE OF CONTENTSThe New Babe Ruth Holds Out*Please Excuse My Son's Absence From Class*The Old Babe Ruth is Sold, But Not for the Reason You Think (In Honor of Stephen Sondheim)*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 206: Killer at the Polo Grounds and Other Tales

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 134:11

    Cliff Corcoran talks hot stove baseball and ice cream in plastic batting helmets. Plus tales: The thief who just had to go to the Dodgers-Giants game and current Hall of Fame candidate/long-neglected pitcher Cannonball Dick Redding and his times.TABLE OF CONTENTSKiller at the Polo Grounds*Cannonball Dick Redding's America*Cliff Corcoran: The Browns' Brownie's Brownie Sundae*Carvel and the Ground Round*Staring at Big-Little Books and the Impenetrability of Nostalgia*Proust's Baseball Cards*The Braves as Championship Team*Do You Miss Starting Pitchers?*Rules Changes Around Pitchers*Danny Murtaugh, Un-Manager*A Pitching Rules Proposal*Pitch Counts and Long Innings*Joey Gathright vs. Felix Pie and the Not-Stove League*Playing the Texas Rangers Speculation Game*Some Hot Stove and Sonny & Cher Talk*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 205: The Body of an American Scout

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 105:08

    Lincoln Michel talks his science-fiction/noir/baseball novel THE BODY SCOUT. Plus tales: An umpire does something unforgivable to a great pitcher and the players vs. teams in the Hall of Fame.TABLE OF CONTENTSDolf Luque, Bill Klem, and the Very Bad Word*Buster Posey and the Hall of Fame*Lincoln Michael: An Idea on Every Page*Context and Electric Forks*It Would Happen to the Mets*Philosophical Neanderthals*Science Fiction, Body, Horror, and PED-Era Baseball Taken to the Logical Extreme*Ham Fighters vs. Ham-Fighters*Animating Play-by-Play (and Sex)*Plot!*Apocalyptic Realism*Short Story Market ‘21*Rounded Characters in Science-Fiction?*Asimov vs. Bradbury*Will there be a Body Scout Sequel?*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 204: Prejudices Chapter One-Million

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 121:56

    Gabrielle Starr (Fansided) discusses the Red Sox fall out of the playoffs, the hazards of being a female in sports online, and rails against analytics. Plus tales: Charlie Morton isn't the first pitcher throw with a broken leg and the tomahawk chop is once again placed in its sad and objectionable context. TABLE OF CONTENTSBobo Newsom and Charlie Morton*The Tomahawk Chop Revisited*Gabrielle Starr: Fenway Park Downfall*Yankees and Red Sox Fans* Fans Cross the Line*“I'm Wrong Because of My Gender”*A-Rod at the Game*Kiké Hernandez*Manager vs. Front Office*Analytics and the Tesla Analogy*“Braining People Out of Baseball”*Gambling Content*The Red Sox and Family*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 203: Why Are Those People in the Outfield

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 128:17

    Hall of Fame senior curator Tom Shieber, co-author of Picturing America's Pastime, talks about great images of the game as art and as documentary. Plus tales: Bobby Grich feels provoked and responds in kind, the Phillies achieve “a truly elite system” with mixed results.TABLE OF CONTENTSThe Bobby Grich Method of Anger Management*When the Phillies Actually Rebuilt*Tom Shieber: You'll Believe Johnny Bench Can Fly!*Inferring Biography from Photos*Preservation (and Lew Fonseca)*No Buzz Arlett Bat*The Secret Casey Stengel Photo*How is PICTURING AMERICA'S PASTIME Different?*The Conlon Photos*Strangeness at the All-American Girls Game (What Are These People Doing in the Outfield?) and Other Hard-to-Explain Artefacts*Remember the Baseball Team of the Maine*Posed Versus Candid Images (Ichiro and Blyleven)*The Secret Baseball Artefacts in Old Films (Baseball Movies vs. Baseball in Movies)*Frank Chance vs. Satan*The Help Desk*What's Left to Be Discovered?*Babe Ruth at a Typewriter/Uncle Robbie on a Bicycle*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 202: Groucho Mans the Turnstiles

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 122:46

    Dan Taylor discusses Lights, Camera, Fastball, his new history of the Hollywood Stars baseball team. Plus tales of great Giants catchers of the distant past and George Steinbrenner fires a third-base coach because of a controversial playoff send. TABLE OF CONTENTSBuck Ewing Would Like a Word With You*George Steinbrenner's Postseason Tantrum ‘80* Dan Taylor: The Hollywood Stars and the Studio Stars*Co-Starring William Frawley, Spencer Tracy, and More!*Respect for Joe E. Brown*Harry Ruby on the Field*Bob Cobb: More Than Just His Salad*The Stars Ally with Branch Rickey*The Virtues of Manager Fred Haney (in the Men's Room?)*The Tragedy of Carlos Bernier*The Stars and Integration*Bobby Bragan and Jackie Robinson*Bragan and the Consecutive Pinch-Hitters*The Minor Leagues Today*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 201: Now We Can Solve All Our Differences

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 123:39

    Mike Ferrin, Kevin Goldstein, and Steven Goldman, once the hosts of Baseball Prospectus Radio on SiriusXM, reunite to discuss that Chicago vibe, awkward interviews, and debate just how the San Francisco Giants are doing it. Plus tales: A fringe player gets on the wrong train and the longest winning streak of all time amounts to nothing. TABLE OF CONTENTSThe Fats Dantonio Story*The Big Streak*Mike Ferrin and Kevin Goldstein: Bob in Crisis*Two Eddie Vedder Stories?*Why is Chicago?*Cubs Attendance vs. White Sox Fans (“Trixies and Chads”)*That Wrong Billy Interview*The Sad Gene Lamont Interview*Should Players Have to Talk to the Media?*Mike Zunino, Third-Overall Pick*Reverse-Engineering the San Francisco Giants*Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Border*Will We Have Labor Peace?*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 200: The 200th Right Downtown

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 127:10

    Cliff Corcoran, David Roth, Jesse Spector with a rare collective sighting as the starting rotation reflects on four years of episodes, 20-plus years of writing about baseball, managers who aged before our eyes, Javier Baez, and so much more. Plus tales of a manager making that one fatal mistake and Tris Speaker gets a heart. TABLE OF CONTENTSBabe Ruth Doesn't Quite End Two Careers with One Hit*Tris Speaker, His Mom, and Healing Old Wounds*Cliff Corcoran, David Roth, Jesse Spector: Lantern Flies in the Phillies Dugout*Keeping it Fresh*Baltimore Orioles Reggie Jackson is a Dirty Lie!*Red Sox, COVID, Stick to Sports*100,000 in the Stands*Rangers at Orioles; Please Help Us*The Lee Elia Rant*The Chris Davis Contract and After*The Mets vs. Their Own Prospects*Wilford Brimley Managers*The Time Steve Met Billy Martin*The Big Finish to the 2021 Season*The Javier Baez Conundrum*Steve Kemp Alert!*Goodbyes.WARNING: This episode has a few more swear-words than usual. Please undertake evasive action if your battleship is easily dented. The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 199A: The Tools of Ignorance

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 62:31

    A new hour-long mini-episode features yet another John McGraw insult, a discussion of vaccine mandates, Holocaust analogies, and the logical fallacy of hasty generalization both in and out of baseball (Babe Ruth has two legs and plays baseball and Isan Diaz has two legs and plays baseball, so they must be exactly the same), and a tale of catching great Ernie Lombardi mouthing off to his boss with predictable consequences. Guests resume next week!TABLE OF CONTENTSPart 1, in which Charles Ebbets is Insulted*Hasty Generalizations, Distortions, Vaccines, the Holocaust, and Why Various Players Are Not Fish*Ernie Lombardi Says Exactly What He Thinks of His Boss*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 199: The Just Tra-La-La Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2021 47:01

    A medically-necessary solo episode has a lesson about keeping your eye on the ball rather than your fingers on the banjo, some Zen advice from Casey Stengel, and the tale of a busted prospect who could have used some Zen of his own. TABLE OF CONTENTSThe Pirates Try to Sing Their Way to a Pennant*Just Tra-La-La (Yankees and Mets versions)*Sympathy for Roy Parmelee*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 198: August is Your Last Chance

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 119:53

    David Roth returns to discuss the Mets' fall from the pennant race, the Baltimore Orioles' complete absence therefrom, and the 1982 Yankees vs. the Afghanistan withdrawal. Plus tales: A pitcher who did everything right and yet everything went wrong and the Orioles compared to the Mary Celeste. TABLE OF CONTENTSThe Book of Koob*Rebuilding vs. Tanking vs. Not Giving a Damn*David Roth: Maine is Another Country/Misplaced Darwinian Struggle*The Ad You Don't Want to Hear/Grammar-Policing Derek Jeter*The Mets in Freefall*deGrom's Detachable Torso and Zack Wheeler*Mets Crazy-Board*The 1982 Yankees vs. the Afghanistan Forever-War*The Cat-Food Analogy*Managing to Feel Like You're Managing*The Orioles' Losing Streak (Measured in Years)*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 197: There's a Payphone in the Lobby

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2021 119:46

    Craig Goldstein (Baseball Prospectus) returns to talk Dodgers, diving for balls, and salary caps. Plus tales: A short shortstop fails to measure up and Roy Campanella asks the wrong team for a job. TABLE OF CONTENTSTommy Macmillan and the Non-Magical Manger*Campy's Plea to the Phillies*Craig Goldstein: Baseball is Everything it Touches*The Trea Turner: Time-Traveler?*Cool Papa Calls In/Joe DiMaggio Didn't Dive*Seager vs. Turner?*Once More Unto Cody Bellinger*Betts to Second/Tatis to the Outfield*Goldstein on Sprint-Speed*Is the ‘Playoff Chase' Over?*James and Chaim*The Orioles and ‘Competitive Balance'”*The Barstool Flirtation*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 196: Here Until We're Somewhere Else

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 133:36

    Cliff Corcoran returns to talk trading deadline and Olympic-mandated underwear worn as outwear. Plus tales: A player loses half of what he's got below the waist and another loses everything, period, on two hellish plane-flights.TABLE OF CONTENTSSchang!*Cool Papa Bell and Roy Parnell*Proper Comportment for Airline Passengers, 1935 and 2021*Cliff Corcoran: The Busiest Trading Deadline in History*The Trevor Story Story*Juan Samuel Tingles*Eugenio Suarez at Sea/Kyle Farmer at WAR*Women's Olympic Beach Volleyball Uniforms*How Does Anyone Survive the Olympics?*What's Up with the Rays?*No First Baseman to Boston/Schwarber vs. the Green Monster?*The When/As/If of Chris Sale*The Blue Jays Stay In*A Brief Look at the Phillies*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 195: Acts of Pure Baseball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2021 117:41

    Jesse Spector returns to talk everything from Olympic softball to Australian-rules football with a great deal of trade deadline chatter in-between. Plus tales of a player whose bat-control skills got him punched in the face and some Negro Leaguers recall one time they struck back. TABLE OF CONTENTSTwenty-Seven Foul Balls Equals One Punch*Revenge on Bobo*Jesse Spector: Olympic Ennui*Softball, Carl Mays, Dan Quisenberry*Watching for the Joy of It*Trade Deadline for the Unvaccinated/State of the Yankees*Joey Gallo for Another Year*Jason Derulo?*The Children are Awaiting on You All to Awaken and See*What if You Bring a Gun to a Genocide?*Kendall Graveman Revisited*“Too Much Analytics!”*The Interchangeable Rays*Back to the White Flag Trade*Amoral Drafting (Logan Mailloux) and Empathy*An Australian Grace Note*Goodbyes.

    Inifnite Inning 194 Hierarchy of Values

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 124:37

    Warrior for the Underdog Sheryl Ring returns to discuss Trevor Bauer, the limits of consent, and why it's so difficult to escape an abusive situation. Plus tales of a Yankees-Braves trade that nearly happened but didn't and we look at the lessons of a shooting outside the Nationals game.TABLE OF CONTENTSRoberto Kelly for Jeff Blauser*Shooting at the Nats Game*Sheryl Ring: Eviction Moratorium*Collapse in Florida*Trevor Bauer: Power and Control*It's So Very Hard to Leave*On Consent*The Difference Between Sex and an MMA Match*Should the Yankees Trade at the Deadline?*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 193: Hit By an RPG Once Again

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 119:53

    Craig Calcaterra returns to talk All-Star Game Ennui, Enjoyable MLB 2021 surprises and disappointments, Richard Donner's “Superman,” and much more. Plus tales of bad knees and collapsing teams in both baseball and the larger world.TABLE OF CONTENTSMourning Ronald Acuna's Knee and Other Things as Well*The Orioles, the Astros, and the Danger of Deferred Maintenance*Craig Calcaterra: “Swell” and “Superman: The Movie”*The All-Star Game Blahs*Are We Over Validation by Authority Figures?*The Rural Purge*When Good Teams Go Bad It's Wonderful*The Giants, “The A-Team,” and a Team That Can't Repeat*Aged Tigers*The 2021 Yankees*Kevin Maas Syndrome*Ruth Kapelis on Trevor Bauer*On Consent*What Kind of Person?*The Morals Clause*”The Goose Man”*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 192: A Series of Non-Setbacks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2021 116:28

    David Roth returns to discuss the upcoming trading deadline, climate change, and Mets injury-setbacks that aren't setbacks. Plus the Yankees' disappointing season provokes a remembrance of George Steinbrenner's cruelty and generosity and (TRIGGER WARNING) Trevor Bauer is discussed in the context of a great old baseball horror story.TABLE OF CONTENTSSome of George Steinbrenner's Greatest Hits*George Steinbrenner and the Vets' Reunion at Yankee Stadium*Trevor Bauer and “Foul Play”*David Roth: “Cool”*A Brief Orson Welles Digression*The Great Sweating Players of Our Time*“It Sure Holds the Heat!”*Portland, ME Accents versus Delco, Baked Beans and Brown Bread*Vaccination is a Competitive Advantage*COVID and the College World Series*Anthony Rizzo, Jason Heyward and Unproductive Agency*The [Twins?] Vaccine Lottery*“The Italian Doctors”*Trade Value of the Unvaccinated*deGrom deDiagnosed*Travails of Francisco Lindor*Not Everyone Can Trade for Starling Marte*The Vogelbach Incident*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 191: Tears at the Impromptu Airport Parade

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 112:49

    Cliff Corcoran returns to talk sticky stuff and celebrate the Negro Leagues, plus tales of players having catastrophic organ failure on the field and reacting to some of the game's longest losing streaks.TABLE OF CONTENTSWhen Your Organs Fail Mid-Pitch and Other Digressions*Nazi Losing Streaks Never End (with the Arizona Diamondbacks)*Cliff Corcoran: No team in a sombrero*A “Bring It On” Reference on the Infinite Inning?*The Cheaters (Waiving the White Shirt)*There's a Bathroom on the Right*Aaron Judge and Non-Incriminating Home-Road Splits*The Ethics of A.J. Hinch*Juneteenth, the Negro Leagues, and Baseball-Reference*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 190: Lame Cakes and Sticky Stuff

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 121:28

    Jesse Spector returns to talk grip-enhanced cheating and “snack cakes,” plus tales of Satchel Paige under attack by a man imitating a pig and John McGraw hit below the belt.TABLE OF CONTENTSPiersall, Paige, and the Walk-Off Grand Slam*The Church of B'Grobus*McGraw, Crossfire, and an Accusation*Jesse Spector: Hostess vs. Drakes*Gerrit Cole, Spider-Grip, Et Al*Jacob deGrom in the Age of the Inquisition*“Sticky Stuff is Central to Both”*The Disappointing Yankees*The Post-Farm System Era?*Rewind Johneshwy*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 189: We All Have Groin Problems

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2021 112:44

    Mike Bates and Bill Parker (This Week in Baseball History) talk about the baseball stories you keep and a Twins team you might want to return to the store: Plus tales of unscarred players and damaged veterans meeting on a train, dairy-splashed homers, Lou Gehrig at Coney Island, and games called for wardrobe failures. TABLE OF CONTENTSBraves Ashamed on the Train*Dairy Homer*Lou Gehrig Day Thoughts*The First Baseman Has No Pants, the Catcher Has No Shoes*Bates & Parker: Turn a Baseball Saying into a Pop Song*Avoiding the Obvious Story*How to Talk About Marty Bergen*Bill Bergen and the Shallow Talent Pool*The One You Take With You: Big Ed Delahanty*The Twins' Collapse*The Byron Buxton Conundrum*Miguel Sano and Max Kepler*The Rob Refsnyder Revolution*All the Injuries*Twins Pitching: Worst in the Majors*Books on Low Shelves*Can the Twins Rebound?*What From Today Will Baseball Historians be Talking About in 20 Years?*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 188: Hot Takes, Dodger Blues, and Past Relationships

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2021 105:56

    Eric Stephen returns to talk about the Dodgers’ up and down season and what it’s like to cover the team from inside a Zoom window. Plus tales: The most and least hits in a game put into perspective and the relationship between an intense third baseman and a crooner remembered. TABLE OF CONTENTSWhen You’re Cold, You’re Cold*The Ballad of Hoak and Corey*Eric Stephen: The Risk of Hot Takes*Post-COVID Back in the Ballpark*The Postgame Zoom Session*Depleted Dodgers Depth*Why Not David Price?/A Greg Cadaret Mention*Injuries, Injuries, Injuries and Massive Bullpens*Informational Deficiencies of Topps Cards/Brett Butler*The Magic of Max Muncy*Angels Culture*The Many Mysteries of Albert Pujols*Trevor Bauer in Blue*“Be More Like Trevor Bauer”*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 187: The Ballpark Village People

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2021 121:27

    Craig Calcaterra returns to talk ballpark villages, elevator test shafts, and Robert Culp: Guest-Star. Plus tales of relationships that went wrong or never happened with the sharp-tongued outfielder Bibb Falk and Reds relievers in the Summer of Love.TABLE OF CONTENTSBibb Falk Alone*McCool, Davidson, and a Gun*Craig Calcaterra: The Greatest American Hero, Bob Culp, and “Columbo”*The Low Maturity Level of Old-Time Television*The Oakland Coliseum Site Dismissed*The MGM Analogy*An Island in Oakland (or Vice-Versa)*Public Subsidies in Development*Food Deserts and Ballpark Villages*The Germania Test Shaft*The McDonald’s Analogy*Why Are the Pirates?*The Disney World Ratio*Is it a Flat Season?*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 186: All the World's a Baseball Diamond

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 122:59

    Frank Guridy discusses THE SPORTS REVOLUTION: HOW TEXAS CHANGED THE CULTURE OF AMERICAN ATHLETICS. The arrival of the Texas Rangers, the rise of the Astrodome, the origins of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and much more! Plus tales: An outfielder participates in a rundown but doesn’t run into a tree, and a true bigot is inspired to great heights of rhetoric by a stolen base. TABLE OF CONTENTSDon’t Die on Third!*Hi Myers and the Well-Placed Tree*Frank Guridy: Racist Rangers?*The White Sox Break the Color Line*The Texas Sports Revolution*The Cheap Cowboys*Loving the Astrodome*Carpetbaggin’ Bob Short*Darrell Royal, Pro-Segregation Coach*Texas in the Civil Rights Era*Welcome to the Dallas Cowboys, Cheerleaders*The Wink*Academic Job Losses in the Pandemic*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

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