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Starting 9 is out today and it's a real smooth episode coming out of a nice quality weekend with family. The vibes are honestly through the roof and that's before I tell you that Kevin Gausman joins us Thursday for arguably my favorite baseball conversation of all time. I'm certainly biased but I can still promise you with the upmost conviction that the Kevin Gausman interview in Episode 006 will blow your tits right off your chest. 

But that's not until Thursday. For now it's Tuesday and we got a lot of grabass to play and awards to hand out. And as we said when we announced the relaunch, we're doing two different kinds of shows a week. Similar, yes. But ultimately different. 

Tuesday is a lighter recap to get everyone caught up out of the weekend series. Big news. Big headlines. Division standings and weekly awards for the guys who go above and beyond. Sprinkle in some Saber Fuckin' Metrics™ and you're off to the races and ready for another week of games. That's Tuesday. So go enjoy the weekends and we'll be here for you when your hangover settles. 

Thursday is the interview episode and that's pretty self explanatory. I think the gold standard for any sports pod interviews are my close friends at Spittin Chiclets and I have no problem or hesitation admitting that we're trying to replicate that exact same vibe in the baseball community. And in a strange way it kinda reminds of me this story Kevin Gausman tells in Thursday's episode. He wanted to change his mechanics because they weren't holding up. He was looking for some inspiration when he saw Sean Newcomb throwing one day in Atlanta. He instantly identified with Newcomb's delivery as a perfect fit. So he goes out the next day and starts working on replicating Newcomb's delivery. Seven years after going 4th overall, Kevin Gausman's tucked away on some back field at the Braves spring training facility, rebuilding his mechanics based on how Sean Newcomb throws it. Only problem is Sean's left-handed and Kevin's right. 

Needless to say things turned around for Kevin Gausman from there. It was atypical to take inspiration from a lefty but he saw something and it clicked. And this is my roundabout longwinded way of saying thats how I feel watching the Spittin Chiclets guys. Like yeah I'm aware it's a completely different sport with its own culture of idiosyncrasies and customs and oddities. But ultimately at its core, Chiclets is really just a couple of guys with seemingly unlimited perspective that's both relatable and exclusive. It's the casual inside stories mixed with a transcendent level of ball busting that's oddly comforting. 

Does it really matter that we cover different sports? Does it matter that Biz & Whit were too Hollywood to make the Dozen Tournament in person? I would say Absolutely Not and then point right back to Kevin Gausman. 

If he can mirror his delivery off a troubled and inconsistent lefty, and then grow into one of the game's most dominant starters... who's to say I can't make the same strides watching Chiclets? Not me my friends. This analogy went wayyyyyyyy longer than I originally anticipated and it doesn't even really apply to this episode. Talk about a left turn I didn't see coming in this blog. 

But that's my relationship with baseball. It sucks me in and doesn't let go. I'm not complaining I'm just letting you guys know that's going to happen from time to time. I may start on one topic about how much I hate Yadier and Albert but actually never really start there. Next thing you know we're doing Sunday morning dry towel work on a balance beam at a suburban YMCA. Don't put it past me guys. I'll open a pitching clinic tomorrow if you push me far enough. 

For now let's hold off on the instructional aspect and just try to enjoy the show. It's out and it's phenomenal. Some of the best baseball talk I've had in a long time. Go subscribe to the page so we can keep it moving. If you think I'm joking then just ask Brandon Walker about Rasslin'. 

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The World Series Preview Show

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I Heard The Yankees Strongly Manipulated NYC Air Pressure Last Night To Generate The Nibostratus Clouds That Rained Out Game 5

I Heard The Yankees Strongly Manipulated NYC Air Pressure Last Night To Generate The Nibos...

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Joe Girardi Has Balls (aka Testicles, Nutsack, Bag, etc.) The Size Of My Head

Joe Girardi Has Balls (aka Testicles, Nutsack, Bag, etc.) The Size Of My Head

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Did Joe Musgrove Cheat Against The Mets?

Did Joe Musgrove Cheat Against The Mets?

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The Atlanta Braves Are Now 60% More Likely To Win The World Series Than The New York Mets

The Atlanta Braves Are Now 60% More Likely To Win The World Series Than The New York Mets

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There's No Way Albert Pujols Is Done Making 2022 His Bitch

There's No Way Albert Pujols Is Done Making 2022 His Bitch

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Behind The Bow Tie: Ken Rosenthal Opens Up About The Current State Of MLB

Behind The Bow Tie: Ken Rosenthal Opens Up About The Current State Of MLB

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Aaron Judge Deserves Nothing Less Than One Billion Dollars ($1,000,000,000)

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MLB's Next MASSIVE Competitive Advantage Has Arrived And The Nerds Can't Do Anything About It

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We Had To Get Luis Castillo's Translator For Today's Interview And It Was AWESOME

We Had To Get Luis Castillo's Translator For Today's Interview And It Was AWESOME

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What The Hell Happened To Josh Hader?

What The Hell Happened To Josh Hader?

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Zack Greinke Gave Justin Turner Some Hitting Advice and His OBP Was Never The Same

Zack Greinke Gave Justin Turner Some Hitting Advice and His OBP Was Never The Same

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Albert Pujols Will Haunt Me FOREVER

Albert Pujols Will Haunt Me FOREVER

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It's Downright Shocking To Me That Joe Davis Started His Broadcasting Career With The Schaumburg Flyers (And Never Got Paid)

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Breaking Down Everything You Need To Know About The Fernando Tatis Jr. Suspension

Breaking Down Everything You Need To Know About The Fernando Tatis Jr. Suspension

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ATTENTION Yankees Fans: Stop Whining

ATTENTION Yankees Fans: Stop Whining

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Hot Soup: NOBODY In MLB Is More Underrated Than Zac Gallen

Hot Soup: NOBODY In MLB Is More Underrated Than Zac Gallen

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I Would Rather Get Speared To Death By Goldberg Than Play The Mets In A 7 Game Series

I Would Rather Get Speared To Death By Goldberg Than Play The Mets In A 7 Game Series

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Eric Hosmer Would Have To Be A Certified MORON To Veto The Juan Soto Trade

Eric Hosmer Would Have To Be A Certified MORON To Veto The Juan Soto Trade

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Scott Boras Came On Starting 9 Today And Destroyed The State Of Baseball

Scott Boras Came On Starting 9 Today And Destroyed The State Of Baseball

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The Red Sox Are A Dumpster Fire + Liam Hendriks Is A Hall Of Fame Alpha

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Announcement: Rob Manfred Is My New Best Friend

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“WAR Is Actually Stupid” - Charlie Blackmon Destroys Your Grandpa’s Favorite Statistic

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