By Matthew Callan
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Matthew Callan and special guests discuss all the old games you think you remember.
||Episode 7: The Christian Laettner Game, with Daniel Ralston||During the 1992 NCAA basketball tournament, Duke and Kentucky matched up in a regional semifinal that has come to be regarded as one of the best college games ever played, if not the best. It was an overtime thriller,||5/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 6: The Doc Gooden Game, with Wendy Thurm||In 1985, Doc Gooden had a season for the ages, thrilling Mets fans and putting up numbers that still qualify as weapons-grade saber-porn: 25-3 W-L record, 1.53 ERA, 268 strikeouts, 276 innings pitched! Of course,||3/18/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 5: The Melvin Mora Game, with Greg Prince||I am legally obligated to say that today we’re gonna party like it’s 1999! You guys like that song, right? In episode 5, I talk with Greg Prince–one half of Faith and Fear in Flushing and the author of The Happiest Recap,||3/3/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 4, The Pedro Game, with Josh Wilker||Today’s episode has been legally certified as a doozy! I talk to Josh Wilker, the man behind the amazing Cardboard Gods, about game 5 of the 1999 American League Division Series. In that game, Pedro Martinez threw 6 hitless innings against the Clevelan.||2/18/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 3: The Rick Ankiel Game, with Jason Fry||Episode 3 is a wild one. Literally! Jokes! I’m pleased to welcome Jason Fry, who makes up one half of Faith and Fear in Flushing, “the Mets blog for fans who like to read.” Along with Greg Prince, Jason makes one of the best and best-written basebal||2/4/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 2: The Mark Fidrych Game, with Dan Epstein||Episode 2 is here! I talked with Dan Epstein, writer for Rolling Stone and author of the great chronicle of 1970s baseball, Big Hair and Plastic Grass, one of my favorite books about the game in recent memory.||1/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 1: The Rick Camp Game, with Will Stegemann||Episode 1 of Replacement Players is go! And we start off with a bang as I talk with Will Stegemann–the man behind the hilarious and poignant A Year of Billy Joel–about the infamous Rick Camp game between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves that took||1/7/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode Zero: The Origin Begins!||Oh, hi! Didn’t see you there. Welcome to the beginning of the start of the origin of the inception of Replacement Players, my brand new podcast. What is this and why am I doing it? Questions I often ask myself, about everything.||12/27/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
Ideal for sports nostalgists
The host and first guest have a laid back demeanor and it's fun to hear them walk down memory lane. I felt like I was reliving the game with them, even though I've never seen it. I'm really interested to see where he takes the show from here, and wouldnt be surprised to hear this other guy as a repeat guest.
I can't wait to hear more!
I love all the research that Mr. Callan and his guest did to bring the game into context. I had only read a few passing things about this game in the past, and I'm excited for this podcast to discuss some other games that I've hopefully seen. They had an easy rapport, and it was fun and engaging to listen to. They also avoided the trap of some podcasts of just making jokes that only entertain themselves or just giggling about how clever they were. If you're a sports fan, add this into your rotation.
Worth the price of admission...
...for pointing me to Rick Camp on Letterman alone. Great concept for a podcast. Eager to see where it goes from here.