Rank #1: Episode 8: Rick Hahn
Without a doubt the biggest episode we've released to the internet, Dave & Carl talk with the man behind the best offseason a Major League Baseball team has ever had, White Sox General Manager, Rick Hahn.
I'm not going to say Rick divulged organizational secrets and basically guaranteed the Sox would sign Cuban slugger Luis Robert, but I'm also not going to say he didn't.
Chicago White Sox GM, long-time friend of the show, Rick Hahn (3:02); Was Rick making fun of Dave for watching single-A ball in April? (40:12); Reaction to the Cubs series wins against both the Cardinals and Brewers (46:29).
Rank #2: Episode 2.9: Jeff Samardzija Was Not A Shark
Carl Dave and Ozzie split the show in half with White Sox taking the first half and the Cubs starting at 32:52 on the dot. Topics include: your weekly Moncada update, Lucas Giolito is no good (Carl) vs. Maybe He Isn't (Dave), How should Rick Hahn handle Avi Garcia?, Rick Hahn's Trade for Giolito and Lopez, Kris Bryant almost got murdered, The Cubs should retaliate (Carl) vs. No they shouldn't (Dave), Javy and Albert are killing it at the top of the order, Is Javy the new #2 prototype?, Carl defends several opinions, Jason Heyward is Good, a bunch of other stuff and then some time for Ozzie at the end.
Rank #3: Episode 12: Brian Anderson
Joining the show with memories of the 2005 World Champion White Sox is Brian Anderson.
Cubs vs. Red Sox weekend wrap-up (1:50); Is the White Sox current success sustainable? (6:05); 2005 World Series Champion, Brian Anderson (11:01); Bobby Jenks would drink Wade Boggs under the table (35:01); Scott Podsednik was actually a psychopath (36:16); A first-hand account of the AJ Pierznyski vs. Michael Barrett brawl (42:11); Joey Cora bit a dude's leg (44:49); 2008 Blackout game memories (46:16); Brian's path back to the majors as a pitcher (48:43); A question from friend of the show and MLB.com's Scott Merkin (52:47); Close, next episode preview (55:53).
Rank #4: Episode 2.15: Hawk Harrelson
Presented by SeatGeek (promo = REDLINERADIO), Hawk Harrelson joins Red Line Radio and it's downright amazing. Segments include: Waiting For Hawk (10:20-27:00), Hawk (27:00-59:25), Breaking Down Our Hawk Interview (59:25-1:15:20), Voicemails featuring Fuck Stick #2, Tommy Kaz, Shep's Sister (kinda) and Addison Russell's Sex Life. It's our favorite show to date, by far. Enjoy.
Rank #5: Episode 19: Mark Buehrle Day & WTF Miguel Montero
Rank #6: Episode 7: Dante the Don
Here's the thing... You don't get anymore 'inside' than Dante 'The Don', baby! No one is closer to the Cubs, no one is trusted more and no one has better stories of your favorite 2016 World Series Champions than this episode's guest.
Cubs vs. Cardinals & Sox vs. Tigers recap (1:47); New segment, 'You're Killing Me, Smalls' (4:42); Introducing Dante 'The Don', the Chicago Cubs' DJ (15:29); Dante was responsible for Carl working at Barstool... Kind of (16:42); Carl spilled a beer all over Anthony Rizzo at a bar (22:57); Rizzo's friendship with Dante, how he got the DJ gig (29:04); Changes coming to Wrigley (46:18); The art of the walk-up song: Dave and Carl reveal their favorites (55:06); Punking Jon Lester (1:04:27); Dante flew on Rizzo, David Ross & Dexter Fowler's private jet to SNL (1:08:52)
Rank #7: Episode 2.8: David Ross Cancelled So We Got White Sox Top Scout Nick Hostetler
Carl Dave and Ozzie are joined by White Sox #1 Scout and Huge Fan Of The Program, Nick Hosteler. Segments with Nick include Who Are You Picking 4th Overall, Glory Holez Glory Dayz and Over/Unders You Probably Shouldn't Answer. Carl and Dave also make a hard sell on Nick to add low-cost depth to the scouting department, but not before Carl has a bonafide meltdown about the Cubs' slow start. Finally, Dave and Carl dive into how they kidnapped Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini last week and what that means for the show moving forward.
Rank #8: Episode 22: QUINTANA TRADE SPECIAL EDITION
Soak it up ladies.
Rank #9: Kris Bryant + Cup Snakes
The most controversial Red Line Radio to date follows the aftermath of Wrigley Usher LigmaBallSack getting fired for talking Cup Snakes on Dog Walk. And spoiler alert - it's total bullshit. The boys recap the chaos then turn it over to a brief yet insightful interview with future Hall of Famer Kris Bryant. It remains to be seen if the Cubs fire KB for coming on our show much like they did to LigmaBallSack. In and around that, we get an update on the Humboldt Park Gator and a bunch of other shit but honestly does any of that matter with Ligma out of a job? Does Kris Bryant like to cuddle and eat pancakes with his wife? Tune in this week to find out. All Gas No Brakes.
Rank #10: Bears Lose + Electric Chair Review + AJ Pierzynski
The Barstool Chicago boys are absolutely devastated after a soul crushing defeat this weekend. No one saw it coming and there's loads of reaction packed into this week's episode. It's hard to pin blame on one player, so they say, but that doesn't stop us from going through each and every person who should be accountable for that devastating loss. At the same time, the boys do every they can to keep it together and stay big picture. This was the best season for Bears fans arguably in 12 years, arguably since 1985 because of how much fun we had along the way. After that, Carl and Dave do some baseball talk as they get ready for their seasons. Dave brings on good friend of the program AJ Pierzynski who basically injects a shot of life into everyone in the room. AJ is the fucking man as evidence by his 26 minutes with the boys this week. After that they do some mild grabbag, obviously voicemails, beefs, big shoulders before closing with the world debut on Red Line Radio of Imma Buy You A Beef. It's a big week even if it sucks. We're happy to be here with you, holding your proverbial hair as you puke your guts out over this defeat. Stay strong Chicago. We got this.
Rank #11: Episode 2.1: SZN 2 SZN
Carl and Dave and Ozzie are back to debut the 2018 season and catch everyone up on their offseason including Dave in Scottsdale for Spring Training, tracking Rick Hahn down, Carl #ScoopyCity on Yu, Dave Hates Wheel of Fortune, Free Agent Updates, and plenty of segments including Do You Remember The 2005 White Sox? Glory Holez/Glory Daze, Big D's/Lil d's, JOE MADDON IS MAKING ME MAD_AGAIN, and others.
Rank #12: Episode 25: Second Half Storylines & The Cubs Are Back
Loaded show as Carl and Dave recap the CrossTown Cup and why Dave is so mad at the Cubs. Dave then breaks down the Melky trade with Kansas City and why Ken Rosenthal beat him to the punch on scooping Sonny Gray. Other topics include: #ChicagoRiverBridgeGate, Yoan Moncada vs. Tim Anderson (as players), Yoan Moncada vs. Marcus Stroman (in a fight), The Cubs Are Back, 2nd Half Storylines, Ian Happ's weird numbers, BIG JON'S BIG STICK, and as always, listener/reader/redliner emails.
Rank #13: Episode 21: Trade Deadline and Tryout Part II
Rank #14: Episode 15: State of the Union & Mailbag
(1) Dave Gives A State of the Union (2) Does Keith Law hate White Sox fans? (3) The Cubs leadoff problems have a simple solution (4) Trading for Chris Archer (5) Jose Abreu's future with the White Sox (6) Kyle Schwarber takes hacks (7) Handicapping White Sox starting pitching prospects (8) Are the Cubs heating up? (9) 3 P's of Death according to WSD (10) Carl and Dave form their favorite Cubs/Sox team from 1994-present sans current players.
Rank #15: Episode 30: Is Dave a closet Cubs fan?
Magglio Ordonez did steroids. Ken Griffey Junior was very sweet and so was his baseball game. Adam Engel is not Aaron Rowand. Avi Garcia vs. Trevor Bauer... Is White Sox Dave really a White Sox fan or should we call him North Side Dave? Willson Contreras slides head first into Mia's DM's. Carl tips his cap to John Lackey before previewing the upcoming Brewers series this weekend - the biggest Cubs' series of the year according to the guys. Other topics include: Is Arrieta really hurt? Who pitches game 1? Happ for ROY? The Red Sox are dirty lying cheaters and, as always, fantastic listener emails.
Rank #16: Bran The Broken
Episode 102 opens with GoT bar bag reactions followed by a new grabbag segment featuring apartment hunting and bachelor parties as the opening topics. Following that, Carl gets real excited about Kyle Hendricks personally addressing his theory about Kyle's historical slow starts on ESPN. You would too. General Cubs talk follows with an emphasis on the Jake Arrieta / Yu Darvish storyline. Opposite that, WSD talks everyone into the White Sox being a playoff contender. Like actual, real playoffs. Carl & Eddie then briefly recap a trip to NYC's new HQ before going deep on what the Bulls can do at 7 while Chief considers a former UCLA standout against Eddie's wishes. Chief then makes a bold request - tapping into Eddie's black magic for the #3 pick in the NHL draft. After that WSD debuts the first ever Cut, Start, Statue segment that does better than expected if we're being honest. Naturally beefs follow but no voicemails. What the fuck? 224-544-9194. Thank you Miller Lite, Napleton River Oaks Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Roman, Hello Fresh and SeatGeek. We love you.
Rank #17: Episode 28: Segments On Segments (On Segments)
Carl & Dave get real deep on episode 28 starting off with WhiteSoxDave's Good Bad Ugly list for the week. Other Sox Segments Include: (1) Italian Meat Or Cheese/How Did Lucas Giolito's MLB Debut Go? (2) You Can't Spell "First Player In Franchise History To Hit 25+ Homeruns In His First Four Seasons" without the letters A-B-R-E-U (3) More Italian Meat Featuring (but not really) Nicky Delmonico. Carl then thanks the Blue Jays for a sweep and annihilates a Javy hater in the process. Other Cubs Segments: (1) Name Your Favor Secret Weapon (2) JV Squad Grown Up (3) Bullpen Cockshots. The boys then go Around The League: (1) Umpires Are Dying/Crying (2) Good Luck Curtis (3) Do The Dodgers Suck? Lets Make A Deal. Reader emails and, for our degenerate friends, a tip on the McGregor/Mayweather fight from the guy reading emails.
Rank #18: Winter Is Here
The boys are still picking up the pieces from the Bears Eagles game. Fortunately, Nagy and Pace had a joint press conference Monday that Eddie breaks down in full detail. There are some major observations regarding Cody Parkey's future, Chuck Pagano, long-term planning and what everything means for the 2019 Bears. Spoiler Alert: Eddie thinks 2019 is going to be a special season. From there, White Sox Dave goes full MLB Insider on the Manny Machado saga, even calling Barstool Hubbs in the mothership NYC office to get the Yankees' side of MLB Free Agency. It should be no surprise that Hubbs is as frustrated as all of us. Carl then gives his fastest 5 minutes on the Chicago Cubs including a weird obsession with new Cubs Front Office "strategist" Craig Breslow aka the smartest man in baseball. Chief follows with some unfortunate realities: the Hawks are sellers and everyone is available not wearing 88 or 19. In a strange twist, the guys follow that up with some extended Bulls talk after Carl took the weekend to watch back-to-back losses against the Warriors and Jazz. Things are ugly on Madison right now but Barstool Chicago is here to get through it all. Also included, Grab Bag and Beefs because it's Red Line Radio don't forget to have a couple beefs.
Rank #19: Rick Hahn + March Madness
The boys are delighted to present Rick Hahn week, a sacred tradition at RLR where WSD does a face to face with his best friend and White Sox general manager Rick Hahn. In and around that amazing interview, the boys recap St. Paddy's, prep for a March Madness party in Wrigley, break down the Hawks late season resurgence and new Bears roster moves while undergoing the stark realization that Chicago is officially a Destination City for all professional athletes outside the NBA. After that Carl puts up some counter-logic on why the Cubs had a big offseason and they need to start playing baseball pronto. Afterwards there's a brief grabbag, voicemails, beefs and big shoulders. Special thanks to title sponsor Miller Lite as well as our Best Friend Rick Hahn for making this week a special one. ALL GAS. NO BRAKES.
Rank #20: Episode 26: Wade Boggs Week & White Sox Head Scout Nick Hostetler
Carl and WhiteSoxDave pay homage to the greatest #26 in MLB history, Wade Anthony Boggs, and his relentless commitment to pounding Miller Lites (amongst other things). Dave gives his 20-80 scouting report on his 5 Drinking Beer Tools while Carl puts Keith Law in a body bag and sends him down the Cal Sag river. Later, Dave strokes his ego with White Sox #1 Scout Nick Hostetler who joins the guys to talk about Yoan Moncada, life on the road and working with his best friend, Rick Hahn. After, Carl gets very emotional about Willson Contreras but bounces back because Jake Arrieta is bouncing back. The guys then explain why Jennie Finch is terrified of WSD for several reasons and take a couple emails, but only 2 because WSD had to leave recording early for softball playoffs. He went 0-3 btw.