Let's Get Two: S2 Episode 17 "Celebrating MiLB"
The affiliated Minor League Baseball season was supposed to start this week, but alas, it did not. But we're here to celebrate those teams all week that have been there for us in good times and bad!OPENING: The MLB seems to be taking advantage of the Corona Pandemic to move forward with eliminating some of the MiLB teams on Manfred's hit list. I talk about it.Keith Law has a great article in The Athletic about it. Check it out. Great read. Shoutouts to the Corpus Christi Hooks and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. 0:12:29 Raiders of the Lost Diamond: We take a look at the history of professional baseball in the Texas capital, notably, the Austin Senators.0:18:03 Who’s On First: Round Rock Express communications manager Andrew Felts joins the show. 0:31:44 On Deck: We visit with one of the nicest guys in sports, Erik the Peanut Guy of the Tri City Dust Devils. 0:49:07 Lights Camera Baseball: Major League: Back to the Minors is a better film than Major League 2. I said it. 0:51:30 This Just In: Scott joins me to talk the new plan for baseball in...Arizona? 1:06:38 Closing it Out: We talk about how we can support the MiLB at this time. Shout outs to some of our favorite baseball pods: The Sod Pod, Mansplain Baseball Elsewhere, Friars on the Farm, B4 The Pitch. The Lexington Legends want you to #ShareYourStache and we give props to the Rocket City Trash Pandas.
7 Apr 2020
Let's Get Two: S2 Episode 4 "50 Summers Down East"
Packed episode!50 SUMMERS creators Dan Napoli and Max Riffner stop by to talk about their multi award winning documentary about the Omaha Storm Chasers. It's launches on 2/25! Find how how to see it here.We're visited by the Down East Wood Ducks' own Alexandra Kay to talk about their upcoming season. The Raiders of the Lost Diamond segment peels back the mystery of the Texas Colored League.Michael joins us on how you can 'Adopt A MiLB Player"Tom Reisenweber from the Erie Times-News updates us on MiLB Contraction.In the closing, James Christopher talks about the need for the media to be responsible for how the report a story.Check it out and follow all of our guests.Opening/Adopt A MiLB PlayerTeam of the Week: Down East Wood Ducks - 8:40Raiders of the Lost Diamond - 20:42Interview of the Week: Dan Napoli and Max Riffner on 50 Summers. - 22:48This Just In: Tom Reisenweber - 50:52Closing it Out: On Media. - 1:00:12
25 Feb 2020
Let's Get Two: Episode 18 "Tom Holliday"
Packed show after a packed weekend of baseball.Jim and Jess went to 4 games in 3 cities in 4 days after visiting: Seattle, Tacoma and Houston for 2.We loved visiting the Tacoma Rainiers in Cheney Stadium. Just an amazing trip and place. See more of our visit here. ON DECK: INTERVIEW OF THE WEEKWe're honored be joined by Tom Holliday. Tom is the former University of Texas pitching coach, the current manager of the Chatham Anglers and an announcer for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. We talk about baseball, Augie Garrido and his sons, Matt and Josh.PROMOTION OF THE WEEKWe look at all of the teams hosting Jimmy Buffett nights!#FinsUpBattersUpPortland Sea DogsTennessee SmokiesFrederick KeysWisconsin Timber RattlersBiloxi ShuckersSugarland SkeetersAltoona CurvePeoria Chiefs Binghamton Rumble PoniesPensacola Blue WahoosRanhco Cucamonga QuakesNew Hampshire Fisher CatsErie SeawolvesBuffalo BisonsGO GO ASTROSBrian joins us to talk all things Alvarez and the baby 'Stros.THE BIG LEAGUE CHEWAlex Canata talks his Yankees, the Red Sox and hitting a HS walk-off.CLOSING IT OUTCongrats to our teams of the week. All clinched their 1st half division titles.Quad Cities River BanditsArkansas TravelersDown East Wood DucksCHAPTERS1:04 Opening (Seattle, Tacoma, Houston: The 3 City Tour)12:05 From the Bleachers with Scott McEntire24:27 Big League Chew with Alex Cannata33:04 Promotions!37:45 Go Go Astros with Brian Arbour50:25 Tom Holliday1:35:00 Closing it out
12 Jun 2019
Let's Get Two: Episode 19 "Rockhounds & Sea Wolves"
This episode has gone to the dogs!The show covered 4 Round Rock Express games in 6 days, having a blast as they interact with the community in so many ways. Shoutout to the good folks at Alzheimer's Texas! Check them out and see if you can help. We even caught an friendly rivalry between the Astros and our guest, Canadian Filmmaker Mike Donis' Blue Jays. ON DECK: INTERVIEW OF THE WEEKWe speak to two Double A teams! Matt Bari joins us from the Midland Rockhounds and Greg Gania from the Erie Sea Wolves! Greg and I even talk a little Robert Ford. As for Midland, just take a look here. It really is a baseball oasis. PROMOTION OF THE WEEKWe take a special look at the promotional schedules for the Sea Wolves and Rockhounds.GO GO ASTROSGeorge Martin joins us from the UK to talk about the London Baseball series. Follow all the festivities here. CLOSING IT OUTWe speak to the voice of the Amarillo Sod Poodles, Sam Levitt about clinching the first half division title. Congrats to more teams who clinched the first half division title:Delmarva ShorebirdsGreat Lakes LoonsLexington LegendsFort Myers MiracleDunedin Blue JaysWilmington Blue RocksVisalia RawhideRancho Cucamonga QuakesMontgomery BiscuitsBiloxi ShuckersCHAPTERS1:30 Opening at the Round Rock Express. 12:05 From the Bleachers with Mike Donis23:14 Promos!24:58 Go Go Astros with George Martin35:42 Erie Sea Wolves58:09 Midland Rockhounds1:14:56 Amarillo Sod Poodles1:21:55 Closing it out
20 Jun 2019
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Let's Get Two: Episode 40 "The One With The Season Finale"
Our first season of Let's Get Two comes to a close. Honored to have Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03) to come on and talk about the MLB plan to contract the affiliated Minor Leagues.Binghamton Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes joins the show to talk about the contraction plan and the effect it will have on the Binghamton community.Jessica and James had the opportunity to get to the winter meetings. We've got it covered.We have a great interview with S. Preston Designs. Find his work here.We had James' "he went to Jared moment" with an interview with Craig Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus.Deanna Falciglia joined us to talk about her volunteer experience.Jess Knaster is looking for a new position in the MiLB and he spoke to us about that process.Matt Bari of the Midland Rockhounds is back to talk about the meetings from an MiLB front office perspective.Andy Tomczeszyn is here for the final Go Go Astros segment of the season.www.letsgettwo.comCHAPTERS0:12:11 Congresswoman Lori Trahan0:18:01 John Hughes0:33:15 Winter Meetings intro0:36:42 S. Preston Designs0:41:35 Craig Goldstein0:48:12 Deanna Falciglia0:50:04 Jess Knaster 1:01:18 Matthew Bari1:11:39: Go Go Astros1:33:27 Closing
13 Dec 2019
Let's Get Two: Episode "Hot Stove Special
We've gathered fans from all over the country to predict/hope and have faith that Santa will deliver more than coal...unless it's Gerrit Cole. Hey! We can't do any worse than the other click bait around this time of year.We're also joined by Sugar Land Skeeters voice Ryan Posner to talk about his first year calling play by play!Cameron Dougharty (Dodgers) (0:01:43)Dylan Pacelli (Yankees) (0:18:29)Andrew Nelson (Twins) (0:25:25) Matt Dudley (Mariners) (0:36:42)Scott McEntire (Cardinals) (0:48:15)Stu Clary (Athletics) (1:09:16)Andy Tomczeszyn (Astros) (1:21:28)Larry the GM (Astros) (1:42:15) Jake Hungerford (Astros) (2:00:19Ryan Posner (Sugarland Skeeters) (2:07:10)Thank you to Grace Usleman for the tunes!www.letsgettwo.com
6 Dec 2019
Let's Get Two: Episode 38 "MLB Awards, MiLB Communications, Train Guys and more"
Talk about a packed show!We're honored to be joined by Jeff Lantz, the Senior Communications Director for Minor League Baseball. Tyler Stamm, GM of the Sugar Land Skeeters pops in to wrap up the 2019 season, look ahead to 2020 and talk a little Christmas at Constellation field.Bobby Dynamite, the "Astros Train Guy" is on to wrap up the 2019 season!Scott McEntire is here for our BIG LEAGUE CHEW segment as we take a look at the MLB awards. Andy Tomczeszyn is on to talk about the MLB awards from the Astros perspective. And we have some special shoutouts to the Missoula PaddleHeads and the Wichita Wind Surge.Jeff Lantz: Opening SegmentBig League Chew: 22:55Go Go Astros: 37:20Bobby Dynamite: 1:00:03Tyler Stamm: 1:13:21Closing It Out: 1:25:56
15 Nov 2019
Let's Get Two: Episode 25 "Grizzlies, Rough Riders, Cardinals and Jacob Colbert"
We spent Christmas in July at the Gateway Grizzlies, but when we went to the St. Louis Cardinals game, Jacob Colbert was a bit of a grinch! Great and packed episode as we hit 3 games in 3 states in 4 days, including the Frisco RoughRiders.In the opening, TV producer and St. Louis Cardinals mega fan Gary C Warren interviews me about my Cardinals Nation experience. ON DECK: INTERVIEWS OF THE WEEK We chat with the Grizzlies Director of Promotions and Fan Engagement, Brady Huber. FROM THE BLEACHERSAt the Grizzlies game, we sat down with Gail from the gift shop, Kaye and Santa! GO GO ASTROSThe Astros are looking for a new pitcher and looking forward to their new hall of fame. So are we. CLOSING IT OUTScott and I wrap up the trip with a jaunt to AA Frisco and I open the wounds that were caused by Jacob Colbert. CHAPTERS0:05 Opening with special guest Gary C Warren 22:10 From the Bleachers: Gail, Kaye and Santa 34:30 The Big League Chew 40:25 Go Go Astros 58:45 On Deck with Brady Huber 1:11:04 Closing it Out
31 Jul 2019
Let’s Get Two Episode 10: "The Miracle of Baseball"
We celebrate our tenth episode with a packed episode. Fort Myers Miracle broadcaster Marshall Kelner joins the show. Jim will be out at the Miracle next week and can't wait.Our new segment THE BIG LEAGUE CHEW brings TV producer Gary C Warren (Family by the Ton, Dr. Pimple Popper) to the show to discuss a crazy first few weeks of the season.We welcome George Martin, huge Astros fan from the UK. He comes on to talk about the 'Stros and his efforts to raise the profile of MLB and baseball/softball in the UK. Check out his shop. 25% of the proceeds go to support Great Britain basbeall and softball programs.Nathan, Jessica and I go to the bleachers to talk about growing up with their dad and baseball at the San Antonio Missions game. We rank our favorite brands in the Class A short season level. Here they are. Tune in to find out where they rank!State College SpikesBoise HawksVermon Lake MonstersHudson Valley RenegadesLowell SpinnersWest Virginia Black BearsAuburn DoubledaysMahoney Valley ScrappersEugene EmeraldsHillsboro HopsCHAPTERS10:34 - From the Bleachers w/ Jim, Jessica and Nathan23:42 - Princess Promos27:29 - The Big League Chew (w Gary C Warren)40:36 - Go Go Astros (w George Martin)1:03:44 - The Fort Myers Miracle1:28:19 - Closing It Out
18 Apr 2019
Let's Get Two: Episode 39 "Thankful For Baseball"
Happy Early Thanksgiving!We've got a super packed show. We felt like, with so many people on the road for the holiday, we thought we'd provide some drive time fun talking with baseball fans and why they love the game. Before we go full Christmas music, of course.Before we dive in for that, we're joined by Tom Reisenweber, sports writer for the Erie Times News joins us to talk about the news that the MLB is planning to contract the MiLB. The story is heating up now that there is a list of teams. We're excited he could join us. The list of possible contracted teams are at the bottom of this page. (Opening Chapter)We're also joined by Don Orris to talk about his long love of the game and the great Roberto Clemente (including a few big moments he was there for.) Don't miss it! (TC: 15:25)We also want to thank the following for joining our 'Thankful for Baseball" section. Taking time out of their day to hop and talk some hard ball. Andrew Nelson shares some stories of growing up with the Twins, the world series and seeing Kirby Puckett : (TC: 40:25)Trevor Lee Rodgers is a Red Sox fan in Oklahoma. How'd that happen? PAIN: (TC: 50:31)Jonathan Thomas Martin is loud and proud and a great fan of the Astros. The filmmaker and founder of Filmquest sits down to talk his favorite Astros moments (TC: 1:05:31)Stevie Go Stros is fighting the good fight for Astros fans everywhere...all the way from London. Great chat. (TC: 1:21:40)Gary C Warren, TV producer from LA talks his love for the St. Louis Cardinals. And yes. We talk Star Wars too: (TC: 1:32:18)Meagan Flynn-Mesmer is an incredible actress, filmmaker, producer and a devoted baseball fan and baseball mom. We talk the game and the incredibly cool World Series picture she took for me in 2015. (TC: 1:41:02)Andy Tomczeszyn is back to talk some Stros! And why its silly to predict trades in the off-season. (TC: 1:49:30)Ken Robertson, our FAN OF THE YEAR, joins us to talk his baseball year and the contraction of the MiLB (TC: 1:58:43)These are the teams currently listed for contraction. Contact your reps. #SaveHometownBaseballDaytona Tortugas | Elizabethtown Twins | Erie SeawolvesFlorida Fire Frogs | Frederick Keys | Grand Junction RockiesGreat Falls Voyagers | Greenville Reds | Hagerstown SunsIdaho Falls Chukars | Jackson Generals | Johnson City CardinalsKingsport Mets | Lancaster Jethawks | Lexington LegendsLowell Spinners | Mahoning Valley Scrappers | Missoula PaddleheadsOgden Raptors | Orem Owlz | Princeton RaysQuad Cities River Bandits | Rocky Mountain Vibes | Salem-Keiser VolcanoesState College Spikes | Staten Island Yankees | Tri-City Dust DevilsVermont Lake Monsters | West Virgina Power | Williamsport Cross Cutters
24 Nov 2019
Let's Get Two: Episode 37 "World Series Wrap"
The Nationals won and we're talking about it!Matthew Bari from the Midland Rockhounds is with us!Andy Tomczeszyn and Jim put a bow on the SUCCESSFUL Astros season. (17:17)Scott McEntire breaks down why thinks the World Series ratings were down. (36:32)
1 Nov 2019
Let's Get Two: S2 Episode 13 "The Opening Day The Wasn't"
We were supposed. to have opening day, but it didn't happen. But we're looking at the bright side of life. Open: We talk about the good being done by so many Minor League Teams to help people get through the pandemic, including the Corpus Christy Hooks and Peoria Chiefs.0:07:05 - Go Go Astros: Andy is here to help us talk Astros mullets. 0:27:14 - Oppo Talk-O: Friars on the Farm is here to talk life with no baseball.0:44:04 - Oppo Talk-O: The ladies behind Mansplain Baseball Elsewhere are here.0:54:57 - Big League Chew: Scott and I countdown our favorite players from the 2010s.01:18:20 - Lights Camera Baseball: "Jourdan Rides the Bus"1:019:52 - This Just In: RIP Toy Cannon 1:21:02: Closing It Out: With guest Carter Long
27 Mar 2020
Let's Get Two: Episode 14 "Wild Things, You Make My Heart Sing"
We dive into the world of Indie Baseball. We're joined by the deputy commissioner of the Frontier League, Steve Tahsler as well as the president/GM of the Washington Wild Things, Tony Buccilli.We took a visit to Constellation Field to see the Sugar Land Skeeters and had a blast. Tyler Stamm and Ryan Posner were great hosts and even let me join the radio call. We've got an excerpt from that on our FROM THE BLEACHERS segment. On Go Go Astros, we bring in Brian Arbour (Breathin' Orange Fire) to talk all things Astros and being married to a Red Sox fan while living in New York. In our promo segment, we talk about some of the cool stuff going on in Independent Baseball from teams like:Sugarland SkeetersSouther Maryland Blue CrabsGateway GrizzliesWashington Wild ThingsChicago DogsLincoln SaltdogsPlayer of the WeekDenis Phipps (Sugarland Skeeters)Sixto Sanchez (Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp)Teams of the WeekGwinnett StripersColumbus ClippersFollow us:TwitterFacebookChapters:0:00 Opening Thoughts9:09 From the Booth with Ryan Posner26:21 To The First 10,000 Fans28:17 Go Go Astros (W Brian Arbour)43:03 The Frontier League1:05:49 Washington Wild Things1:32:45 Closing it Out
16 May 2019
Let's Get Two: Episode 31 "MiLB Champs, Person of the Year & Vintage Baseball "
As the MiLB Championships are decided, we break down some of the games!Congrats to the following teams:PCL/AAA Champs: Sacramento River CatsInternational League: Columbus ClippersEastern League: Trenton ThunderSouthern League: Jackson GeneralsTexas League: Amarillo Sod PoodlesCalifornia League: Viaslia Raw HideCarolina League: Wilmington Blue RocksMidwest League: South Bend CubsSouth Atlantic League: Lexington LegendsNY Penn League: Brooklyn CyclonesNW League: Hillsboro HopsFrontier League: River City RascalsWe visit with Benjamin Hill, our Let's Get Two person of the year!We learn a little about the Vintage Baseball Association from Andrew NelsonWe're joined by Michael Knowles from The Sod Pod to talk all things Sod Poodles Season 1.And of course, Astros and MLB talk.0:00:30 Opening0:05:56 Andrew Nelson - Vintage Baseball Association0:17:15. The Sod Pod0:29:58 Go Go Astros0:51:07 Big League1:00:56 Benjamin Hill1:15:00 Closing
20 Sep 2019
Let's Get Two: Episode 23 "Dogs, the Chicago Way"
We took trip up to the Windy City to see the Chicago Dogs! Check out the video here.Jim gives his thoughts on Chicago, indie baseball, people who call into sports talk radio, the MLB trade deadline and whether or not the moon landing was real.ON DECK: INTERVIEWS OF THE WEEK Fun visit with Chicago Dogs co-owner Shawn HunterFROM THE BLEACHERSWe had some wind, but there are some fun excerpts of our conversation about the Cbs first World Series in 100 years.GO GO ASTROSYuli. Alvarez. Peacock. PROMOTION OF THE WEEKWe take a tour of the Eastern League and Jim begins to question the moon landing. Teams include:Reading FightinsHarrisburg SenatorsRichmond Flying SquirrelsAkron Rubber Ducks CLOSING IT OUTJim ranks his favorite brands in the Eastern League. They include:Richmond Flying Squirrels Portland Sea Dogs Erie Sea Wolves Akron Rubber Ducks Trenton ThunderCHAPTERSBLEACHERS: 14:17PROMOS: 16:29GO GO ASTROS: 23:08ON DECK: 41:10CLOSING IT OUT: 54:48
16 Jul 2019
Let's Get Two: Episode 15 "Memorial Day and the Fayatteville Woodpeckers"
Our special Memorial Day addition. James talks about the importance of the holiday, his service and the legacy of service and Major League Baseball. OPENING: James talks about the importance of the holiday, his service and the legacy of service and Major League Baseball. THE BIG LEAGUE CHEW: With the assist of Matt Dudley, a great friend of the show, we spend some time sharing a few stories of for major leaguers who gave their lives in combat for our country.More info can be found here and here.MLBBaseball in WartimeGO GO ASTROS: James takes a few minutes to talk about the connection he and his grandfather, Poppi, shared not just through the Astros, but through the military as well.TO THE FIRST 10,000 FANS: So many teams are taking the time to recognize the fallen on Memorial Day. We picked a few.Corpus Christi HooksSouth Bend CubsErie Sea WolvesWest Virginia PowerVisalia RawhideOn Deck: We speak to Victoria Huggins and Matt Sabados about the new Astros Farm club, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers. We talk baseball, starting a new team from scratch and their relationship with the military community at Fort Bragg.PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:Diamilette QuilesSeth BeerTEAMS OF THE WEEK:Reno AcesEl Paso ChihuahuasFOLLOW US:FacebookTwitterWebsiteCHAPTERS:00:00:46 - Opening: My Military Service and Thoughts On Memorial Day00:17:38 - From The Bleachers: Midland Rockhounds00:23:05 - The Big League Chew (In Memoriam)00:26:07 - Go Go Astros (Poppiest)00:31:23 - To The First 10,000 Fans00:35:05 - On Deck with Victoria Huggins00:47:57 - On Deck with Matt Sabados01:02:49 - Closing It Out (Final Thoughts)
22 May 2019
Let's Get Two: Episode 22 "The Round Rock, The Tri-City and The Quad Cities"
We take a quick tour of the Astros farm system.Nathan and I had a heck of a trip! We visited the Fayetteville Woodpeckers and the Durham Bulls.ON DECK: INTERVIEWS OF THE WEEKWe chat with the Senior VP of the Round Rock Express, Laura Fragoso. We visit with the GM of the Tri-City Valley Cats, Matt Callahan. We finish up with a great chat with Jaqueline Holm the GM from the Quad Cities River Bandits.PROMOTION OF THE WEEKWe take a special look at the Inland Empire 66ers and the Sugarland Skeeters and their Christmas in July Plans. And the Peoria Chiefs have an amazing bobble head.CLOSING IT OUTI give you my ten steps to surviving the All Star Break! And they include Game of Thrones fan fiction. CHAPTERS18:04 Promotions: Christmas In July21:05 From the Bleachers: Ivan Klousia32:00 Round Rock Express46:25 Quad Cities River Bandits58:14 Tri-Cities Valley Cats1:21:00 Closing it out
8 Jul 2019
Let's Get Two: S2 Episode 7 "A Lil' NL Central"
So much going on.In the open, Carlo Rodriguez, frequent contributor on my other podcast Movie Bark stops in to talk the best baseball TV show ever: BrockmireAndy Tomczeszyn and I finally talk Astros baseball and stuff in GO GO ASTROS.Scott McEntire predicts the future in BIG LEAGUE CHEW.On OPPO-TALKO:Nick Verban talks Yelich and the rest of the Brew Crew.Gary C. Warren takes a break from making stuff to talk his beloved Cardinals.George talks AstrosUK and MLBUK. Listen to more MLB UK goings on here.And in the closing, I have a long rant on the sucky national baseball media. CHAPTERSGo Go Astros: 15:28The Big League Chew: 33:46Nick Verban on the Brew Crew 48:20Gary’s Red Birds 57:00HTown in the UK: 1:14:23Jim Closes It Out on the sucky baseball media: 1:31:30
6 Mar 2020
Let's Get Two: Episode 20 "Dayton, Home of Dragons"
We're talking with the voice of Dragons! (not sure if he has claim to the iron throne)Jess, Nathan and Shelly and her 'rents made it out to the Corpus Christi Hooks Coastal Bend Weekend. They were raising money to help keep the beaches clean. You can help here.We saw George Springer make his rehab start!ON DECK: INTERVIEW OF THE WEEKDayton Dragons play by play man Tom Nichols joins us. We're also visited by half of the creative team Ballpark2Ballpark, John Hoppin. Find out more about the books he and wife Vicki put together here.THE BIG LEAGUE CHEWScott McEntire pops in to talk MLB, College World Series and the St. Louis Blues.GO GO ASTROSAndy Tomczeszyn joins us to look at the 'Stros as we near the All Star break.CHAPTERS3:58 Big League Chew 26:06 Go Go Astros 39:58 Ballpark2Ballpark59:17 Dayton Dragons1:19:36 Closing it out
27 Jun 2019
Let's Get Two: Episode 33 "Trenton Thunder, Corpus Christi Hooks and LCS Previews"
Excited to be visited by the Eastern League Champion Trenton Thunder (Jon Mozes)JD Davis from the Corpus Christi Hooks, our Double A team of the year, pops on to talk about the 2019 season...including a Hooks logo shaped corn maze? We have LCS matchups! Some of our team jumps onto the show to talk Cardinals/Nationals and Astros/Yankees.0:00:18 Open0:04:32 CC Hooks0:21:15 Go Go Astros: Andy Tomczeszyn0:39:22 Go Go Astros: Larry the GM0:53:00 Big League Chew: Scott McEntire1:16:21 Big League Chew: Alex Cannata 1:22:34 Trenton Thunder1:40:14: Closing it out
11 Oct 2019