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Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 45: The Extra Innings Problem

Sunday night's Cubs-Yankees contest on ESPN turned into a marathon. The game finally ended in the 18th inning with the Yankees finally pushing across a run to end the impromptu double header. This pushed the discussion of extra innings to the forefront thanks to the national television audiences of two of the game's most popular teams tuning in for this cold slog through Wrigley Field. Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen join this conversation and ask if extra innings need to be fixed.


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 44: Mets Injury Crisis and Beanball Wars

Joe Hojnacki begins by expressing his embarassment to be a Red Sox fan amidst the racist jeers aimed at Adam Jones from a small minority of the Fenway crowd. He and Greg Hessen eventually go over the worsening New York Mets injury crisis as they lose Noah Syndergaard for an extended period of time. How does this affect their playoff chances and does it mean the Nationals have a clear path to NL East supremacy?

Also, the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles have been beefing for over a week about Manny Machado's hard slide into Dusting Pedroia. He was thrown at again in Tuesday night's ballgame and he went off to the media after the game. Is Machado right? Are the Red Sox carrying this grudge for far too long? Or are the Sox right to be standing up for their second baseman?


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 40: One Final 2017 MLB Predictions Show

The long winter is almost over. Spring is in the air (in some places) and the smell of hot dogs and freshly cut grass is on the horizon. That's right, Opening Day is only a few days away, folks. Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen are here to help you finish your final preparations. The pair give their final 2017 MLB predictions and go over their plans for the first day of the much anticipated season.


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 39: USA Wins World Baseball Classic

USA! USA! America reigns supreme in the fourth edition of the World Baseball Classic. Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen relive the tournament and discuss ways it can get even better. Also, the MLS season preview episodes come to a close as Greg gets to answer some burning questions about his beloved Detroit Tigers.

Finally, with Opening Day nearly upon us, the crew decided to not take the final segment seriously at all and deliver their bold predictions for the 2017 season.


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 37: 2017 World Baseball Classic, Milwaukee Brewers, and New York Yankees

This week, Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen get everyone ready for the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Starting next week, defending champions Dominican Republic will try to hold off 15 other nations for world baseball supremacy. After that, Ryan Timmerman joins the pod to examine the bleak looking 2017 Milwaukee Brewers season. Is this finally the year they trade Ryan Braun? Finally, James Mauldin comes on to look at the younger more competitive New York Yankees and their possibly amazing bullpen but poor starting rotation.


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 35: Nationals, Giants, and Mets 2017 Season Previews

Pitchers and catchers are reporting to their spring camps this week, so it's officially time to get rolling with the Crowding the Plate 2017 Season Preview series. In order to do that, Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen call upon some brilliant minds from the world of baseball to talk about their teams.

This week, the gang welcomes in Robbie Stratakos of Last Word on Baseball to talk about the Washington Nationals, Dan Sperry of Around the Foghorn to preview the San Francisco Giants, and John Jackson, also of Last Word on Baseball, for a chat about the New York Mets.


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 33: The CBA, Winter Meetings, and the Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

The Winter Meetings are upon us and there are plenty of free agents flying around. Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen talk about the signings, trades, and more. Not many big trades went down, but Chris Sale did ship off to Boston. Did the Red Sox pay too much for him? Did the Washington Nationals over pay for Adam Eaton?


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 31: Remembering the 2016 MLB Season

With the 2016 season in the books, Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen look back at their favorite moments from the 2016 season. Everything from knockout punches to knockout home runs to knockout pitchers are represented. It's a real knockout.


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 31: The Cubs Win the World Series

This is not a misprint: The Chicago Cubs have won the World Series. In a game seven for the ages, the Cubs win the World Series on two runs in the tenth inning after blowing a four run lead in the late innings. The first six games of the series may not have brought many memorable moments, but the seventh certainly made up for it. Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen look back on the game that Cubs fans will remember for the rest of time. Indians fans will certainly remember it, too, but for entirely different reasons.


Crossing The Line: #NFL Preview, New #JUSTSTOP!, Our “Way Too Early” NBA Predictions and “Fo Sho or Nah Bruh”

Join Jesse Rosales (@5280Jesse) and Keith Richards (@5280Keith) as they recap the #Broncos' loss to the #Chargers. Was this a telling game for the rest of the season? Are the #Broncos in trouble? Are the #Falcons for real? Plus, the NLDS & ALDS recaps, who's going to make it the furthest? They look ahead to make our predictions on the #WorldSeries. Also, waaay too early NBA season predictions and your favorite segments Just Stop! & "Fo Sho or Nah Bruh?" Time to Cross The line!