35 Burst results for "Twelve"
Jackson 1st MLB HR, Neidert 1st Win as Marlins Edge Mets 5-4
"Taijuan Walker in the Mets continue their post all star break faith with a five for loss to the Marlins manager Louis row houses team managed just five hits we walked you times tonight you know you're just a good sign but we still chasing **** and we made some that's when the citizens I think in some three accounts Alex Jackson his first career home run and Brian dela Cruz had three hits as the last place Marlins handed the Mets their fifth loss in six games it's Sandie has also homered and Lewis Brinson had two hits and scored twice for Miami Walker was reached for four runs and eight hits over five two thirds innings he's R. one three with a twelve point oh ERA in four starts since pitching in the all star game the Mets saw their lead in the NL east Frank to one and a half games over the Phillies I'm Dave very
Catherine Bondonno of Edith Cowan University on Leafy Greens and Heart Disease
"Imagine if you could add years to your life and improve your chances of not dying from heart disease imagine if it only took one small change but first why is heart. Disease important is the cause of nearly eighteen million lives lost each year. The sad fact is that a large number of these deaths are preventable. Why because the development of the majority of risk factors for heart disease can be avoided. The good news is that we can reduce risk for heart disease through our diet. We have found that eating one cup per day or vegetables like lettuce. Beetroot and spinach can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. We analyze data from over fifty. Three thousand participants of the danish died cancer and health. Study over a twenty three year period. We evaluated the died followed by participants focusing on vegetable nitrate intake against health outcomes related to the hot. We found that participants who followed a nitrate rich vegetable diet. Had about a two and a half millimeter. Mercury lower systolic blood pressure and a twelve to twenty six percent lower risk of heart disease compared to participants consuming less nitrate rich vegetables and other key finding was at one cup of leafy green vegetables was enough to reach the optimal levels of nitrate calculated at fifty nine milligrams per day. We did not see for the benefits in people who ate higher levels of nitrate rich vegetables. So eating just one cup of knighthood rich vegetables can therefore have a valuable impact on the health of your heart
Indianapolis Colts OL Quenton Nelson out 5-12 Weeks With Foot Injury
"Quinton nelson has the same exact injury as carson wentz and having these same exact surgery as carson wentz has the same exact timetable to return as carson wentz. Two of the indianapolis colts biggest stars. Best players out with the same damn thing and their foot carson. Wentz to surgery went very well. Frank reich alluded to the fact that he'll be back closer to five weeks twelve weeks. I guess we'll have to sit and find out about gwen
Is There a Climate Crisis?
"The green new deal implies number one that we have climate emergency climate crisis that we have twelve years by which to act. And the clock's ticking. I think we're down to just a little over ten years now. Another one of these tipping points and by the way in the book i trace the first climate tipping point to eighteen sixty four where we were warned of climatic excess unless we did something so these tipping points have been around for centuries literally but the green new deal even if we faced a climate emergency. They claim which we don't. We don't even face really measurable climate implants by mankind. I mean that's the thing is hundreds of factors that influence the climate. You can't distinguish him. From natural variability. we probably warmer during the period. When jesus was on earth with when during the time jesus christ was born and medieval warming period. We were probably warmer according to peer reviewed studies waiting till the world's end around that time in the middle ages red that what do you mean by end. Didn't they have some kind of a climate disaster wiped out the population actually Maybe not because here we are. I gotta tell you. I remember hearing this kind of stuff in the eighties in college these predictions. That were just you know really dire predictions and then time would pass. Nothing would happen and nobody would mention it again. So you do get a little bit like the boy crying wolf but what you just said to me. The most important piece is that no matter what the weather is doing You're saying that it's simply not a fact that human activity is the main cause. So what a lot of these people are screaming about. They make it sound like. We're all doing something that we could change. And that would solve the problem and we. We don't know that so they're asking us to spend many many billions trillions of dollars to do something without a clear outcome. Isn't that really the main point
Rapid Virus Spread Through Indonesia Taxes Health Workers
"The coronavirus is rapidly spreading through Indonesia's health workers as the age of region grapples with a new coronavirus wave fueled by the delta variant Indonesia's death rate hit a seven day rolling average of six point five per million on August one second only to me animal and far higher than India's peak rate of just over three but it hits in may during the worst of its outbreak among the dead in Indonesia I'm more than twelve hundred healthcare workers including eighty six hundred doctors according to the risk mitigation team the Indonesian medical association the doctors included at least twenty four who were fully vaccinated I'm Charles de Ledesma
What is the Healthiest Plant-Based Milk?
"The healthiest type of alternative milk. And again it depends on what you're meaning of Your definition of health is right. What would you say. What's your favorite. What do you think ranks. I would say would have to be probably under sweden variety for the most part of either a soy or a almond or an haute. Yes something really clean right. So we'll talk a little bit about how to pick alternative milks and what to be on the lookout for if i had to pick one. I'd say i'd say soy milk. It's the only alternative The mainstream alternative milk. That's made from beans. I'm and we know how healthy beans are for us to be just again. It depends what you're after so like for most of us. We don't need to worry about protein rate of anything. If you listen to the podcast ahead with darren orlean. We talked about how actually we should be eating like a low protein diet right as opposed to a high protein low protein. If you don't care about protein then you're not going to be drawn as much to maybe showing this eden soy right here. This unsweetened soy one. Eight ounce glass is twelve grams. South grams approachable grams of protein. It's like over the over the moon high whereas whereas this almond milk right here. This has got one gram of protein right there. Yeah i think is the only one that really compete with traditional dairy in terms of soy. So if you're choosing traditional dairy for the protein content opt for some sway. Milk protein is less important to you. Go for another
How the New Testament Opened Author Micah Wilder's Eyes to the True Gospel
"Mike. Take us back now. You're nineteen years old you you kind of stumble onto this baptist minister in florida. And you're trying to convert him to the mormon faith and you kind of bumped into the wrong baptist minister because this guy because there are many baptist ministers you could run into who wouldn't wouldn't have pushed back in the way that he did probably so what happens at this point Do you continue meeting with him or do you. Just go read the bible on your own. Yes so after his challenge to approach the new testament like a child. I i accepted this invitation but it wasn't in a humble or a childlike faith. It's because i believed in my own arrogance that i could prove the mormon church truth through reading the bible exclusively and so in the mormon church we had extra biblical scripture that we were adhering to for truth. So i'd never really put the same amount of of trust into the bible is is a christian should and so i then began this process of reading the new testament daily for the remainder of my mormon mission which was about twenty months and i actually ended up reading the new testament in total twelve times from beginning to end it was through the power of the word of god that my eyes were opened and i was washed by the water of the word of god and i started to see the difference in the gospel that i was teaching as a mormon and the gospel that was revealed in the new testament and i loved what you said before the break. You know paul said should we send deliberately so the grace may abound. Will god forbid right. So as a mormon i had the cart before the horse i was trying to earn a right standing with god and trying to prove my worthiness to god believing that it was through my works that i could somehow make myself righteous not recognizing that we love god because he first loved us and so our faithfulness in the works and fruit that are produced through us is that which comes as a result of love of gratitude of faithfulness to the god who loved and saved us and so we then walk in the good works the goddess prepared before him that we should walk in them and so i came to recognize that there was this beautiful gospel. This good news that jesus love for me with so grand and vast that he paid in full measure the debt that i owe to god and god was asking of me for justification was to trust in him to believe that jesus alone was the only way to salvation.
The GOP Has No Civilian Leadership
"Let me get a little bit personal. Last night i go for dinner with just four guys who supromega good guys One works in swamp. Wants a to ones defense guy and at the end of this this this meeting of minds. I just thought we have no leadership. It's not just on the hill. We have the the handful of insurgents like yourselves. But we don't have that tea party movement. We don't have the the the civilian leadership that's going to. For example chicago eighty two people shop loss week. Twelve murdered y. Why isn't there. Why isn't there an anti blm. Made up of black gop voters who say you want to talk about black lives. Let's talk about chicago. Well ask yourself this question if the republican national committee isn't doing just what you described. What are they doing. What is their purpose. I know that the republican national committee is spending a lot of money to advertise ronald mcdaniels. Podcast of but every nickel that has gone into that endeavor should be going into the bill doubt of an organization and an infrastructure to do. What the democrats did we dunk on the democrats a lot. But let's give them credit. Where credit's do they went and found a way to get millions of ballots in the mail that were not directly attached to a human being attending to vote.
Senators Introduce $1T Infrastructure Bill; Final Vote Could Arrive This Week
"As this week on a nearly one trillion dollar infrastructure bill. The vote comes. After lobbyists spent millions of dollars that center for responsive politics says the us chamber of commerce doled out the most more than twelve million dollars in the second quarter seventy percent of
Two College Football Powerhouses, an Angry Commissioner, and the Big 12's Uncertain Future
"So max. It's early august college. Football season is still about a month. Away has the news of the past. Few days really destroyed your final quiet days of summer. Yes certainly while to think that you know. Usually in in her line of work media days tend to kind of be that starting point for us of it's all downhill from there and coincidentally the big twelve just had their media days in arlington texas. A couple of weeks ago. Not a word was mentioned of realignment or fears of realignment or of texas and oklahoma being on the way out or on the fence or anything and so forever to go through all that sort of polite typical preseason talk and stuff and then within a week the world finds out about the scheme that texas and oklahoma had in the works clearly for quite a while here pretty jarring just for everybody. Well the reason why we brought you on. Max is to explain what in the world is going on in the big twelve and also these claims being made against espn and what to make of all of this. So let's start here. Can you describe how important the two teams that will be leaving. The big twelve texas and oklahoma are to this conference. It's really hard to some. How much texas. And oklahoma mean to the big twelve from a financial standpoint from just sort of a brand perception standpoint. These are the two powerhouses of the conference. They are always the two programs that rate the highest in recruiting the get the best players square. Marvin talented fresca. Certainly texas has struggled to win in a big way over the last decade. Despite having so many good players but oklahoma's one six street conference titles is the big twelve champion for the sixth year in a row for the fourteenth time in the twenty five year. History of this conference. These are kind of the tent poles of the conference there. The top of the food chain here in this ten team league and you know the money. They bring in benefits everybody in this conference.
The Latest: US volleyball team loses 2nd player to injury
"Porter Rico's jasmine Camacho Quinn earns gold by running the women's one hundred meter hurdles final in twelve point three seven seconds jasmine the younger sister of Chicago Bears linebacker Robert Quinn made history becoming the first female Porter Rican track and field athlete to ever win a medal I had never heard of you know everything happens for a reason I came through with a call team USA's Kenny Harrison finished fifteen one hundredths of a second behind to win the silver medal in a photo finish just ahead of Jamaica's Megan tapper Harrison silver represents the United States six straight Olympics in which it's modeled in the woman's hundred meter hurdles I'm Danny camp
Fauci: More 'pain and suffering' ahead as COVID cases rise
"The latest data from Johns Hopkins University show the seven day rolling average for daily new covert nineteen cases in the U. S. has risen to more than seventy seven thousand up from just over thirty thousand two weeks earlier and that's prompting a warning from the nation's top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci offered this outlook on ABC's this week we're looking not I believe to lock down but we're looking to some pain and suffering in the future because we're seeing the cases go up from G. says vaccination is the key to getting the nation back to normal but notes one hundred million eligible Americans have not gotten a shot the un vaccinated by not being vaccinated allowing the propagation in the spread of the outbreak which ultimately impacts everyone South Carolina governor Henry McMaster tells fox news Sunday he's been vaccinated and it's encouraging others to do the same but he won't be mandating it wore the wearing of masks we don't trust the people to do the right thing we're giving them the right information there has been a surge in vaccinations over the past week currently the CDC reports fifty eight percent of Americans twelve and older are fully vaccinated Ben Thomas Washington
How To Get More From Your Workouts at Home or Outdoors
"For me. At the time. I was like my training has to be heavy and it was like. It's not a workout unless it's heavy and that's what the bobble kind of provide the bob elders. Just a simple way for you to add a lot of load to some very basic movement patterns like you take a dead lift. It doesn't get more basic than a dead lift right. It's the simplest movement you can. you can do doesn't think doing like technically well rod. Anyone can do it whether or not. There's like bobble aficionados out there that can you say that yes but in any case had to be heavy so i was trying these guys in the park and so obviously i didn't have. I didn't take barbells to the puck. I'd kettlebells but so i'm like well i made like white like it's got to be heavy for these 'cause cleaning like for Eighty kilo male five reps of kettlebells claim with sixteen kilos. Just isn't really that hot. So it's like one hundred twenty full-color kettlebells fuck. I need to thirty. Two's so i had in the car had parasites twelve sixteen four twenty twenty four. Thirty two two beautiful. You'll set up. It was nice at the box. The boxes that they went. And everything and i would have the guys do a lot of simple movement patents double kettlebells deadly if double kettlebells squad claim double bell push press you know. I was trying to apply what i was doing with my credit bob. Bill type training. I shouldn't say that because it was. Let's just say it was bobby trying 'cause it's given the wrong impression of cross-fitters and trying to apply that to the pock situation the same patents and using load and intensity as the metric that is creating the training stimulus for them. And i i look i look now at what i'm doing and i'm training people who are way more capable than those fuck rodney. Most stronger mobile like lasi more athletic and not all the people. But most of them. And i i can kick their asses with one twelve kilo kahlil bell in a way that i couldn't get close to with two twenty four to thirty two kilo. Kettlebells back then
White Sox Rookie Zavala Hits 3 HRs; Indians Rally, Win 12-11
"The Indians rally from a five run deficit to defeat the white Sox in a slugfest twelve to eleven trailing six to one Cleveland scored two runs in the fifth five in the sixth two more in the seventh and yet two more in the eighth the Indians had three home runs in a season high ten extra base hits and they needed all of them as white Sox catcher sepi Savala had the game of his life with four hits three home runs of his own and six RBIs the current three game set is now even at one win apiece David Shuster Chicago
A highlight from So You Will Know How To Transform
"Transformation starts in your mind romans twelve and to do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind when you decide to move into another level it makes you smile to see how the relocation has helped you in many ways. How are you transforming. Are you making big changes. Taking one step at a time. Does it cause you a lot of stress or frustration. What are you thinking now doubting yourself but wanting to take a chance on it okay. Let's decide on what we're going to from here is closed. Mind clear thoughts are heard. You feel comfortable about yourself and waiting for the eye opening moment when you can say you did it. Our daily thoughts tend to race ahead of our movements. Slowing down is not really an issue but the thought of walking in a brisk pace does give you the go ahead but if not so much a putting things into reality but to open the walk the walk of life. Are you still transforming with the touch of your hand. Make things stop. you're putting into motion. Did you remember you left the light on in your head but order to remember the goldfish effect or having a thing that you need to do. It's hard sometimes being afraid of what comes next but you have come this far. So don't turn around sit down in one location but move around a bit. Then once she start- that brisk walk it will turn into a slight trot. Then with the moving of your arms of excitement. You have come into a dance of your own. All what a feeling you're giddy with joy peace and harmony that leads you to your road of greatness you have your eyes wide open and transforming did not even make such a situation it would take readers to locate you in a way a noticeable look could make such an impact so keep dancing and when you tend to get tired dust yourself off then started all over again take the time to check it and you will see your winning getting your relationships back on track. The society is looking for you. And you're handling it easy and the fact of you living what you're showing makes them want to know what the secret is to your success.
US Consumers Boost Spending 1% as Inflation Remains High
"Americans spent more last month boosting an economic recovery that's now facing new virus risks the commerce department says consumer spending jumped by one percent in June more evidence consumers are driving the recovery throughout the pandemic Americans have spent on physical goods while hunkered down now they're shifting to spending on services like hair cuts and restaurants such spending rose one point two percent last month the raging delta variant is clouding economic prospects and economists have another fear one inflation barometer the fed closely tracks surged three and a half percent last month from a year earlier the fastest such twelve month surge in thirty years Sager made Ghani Washington
How to Use Milestones to Map Your Customer Journey
"Now the first thing that we do is we break our stages of the work that we do into the common areas that we have for a business so obviously a websites. One content is another. Seo is another big a chunk for us social media. Email marketing paid search. We then throw in sales enablement just the very basic things you get done to to have a sale system in place customer experience when somebody becomes a customer a crm and an analytics and some of those you could make a case for being combined in a lot of businesses but we like to break it into those areas we call them channels because then it allows us to to further drill down and so the process almost works like an assessment. There are certain things in the foundation the very early on stages of building a website. There's certain things that we know need to be done before. That website becomes this lead generation or lead conversion machine for somebody there's certain foundational things in need to get done so we will go through and build a list of those things that we need to get done and then for each of those milestones as we call them. We will sat tasks for those so that if somebody were making taking this assessment and this is a if you look at this as a four-page list and by the way if you get a copy of the ultimate marketing engine you'll get these. You'll have access to these list for marketing. But essentially what we'll do. Is it almost run. Somebody through this like an assessment will tick off all the boxes they can answer yes to and then the ones that they answered no to. That's what we'll go to work on. And that's really one of the beauties of milestone thinking is that there really are only two two answers yes or no so we're not gonna have a question or a milestone. Does the website serve marketing or something goofy. Like where where. There's no real answer to that. I don't know if it serves or not but we would have an a question like is the website built on a content management tool like wordpress. We believe everywhere. Website should be built on a tool like that doesn't have to be wordpress but a tool like that. That's a yes or no. Has the site been significantly updated in the last twelve months. Numbers are good like to of this twelve months dates very very. You know you can say yes or no to
Detroit Pistons Grab Cade Cunningham at No. 1 in NBA Draft
"The Detroit Pistons made Oklahoma state point guard Cade Cunningham the first pick of the NBA draft the six day coming in with the big twelve player of the year as a freshman averaging twenty points a game the Houston Rockets followed by selecting guard Jaelyn Greene became the first player drafted that high street out of the G. league U. S. C. big man Evan bubbly then went third to the Cleveland Cavaliers fall by Florida's the fourth Scottie Barnes in the surprise of the Toronto raptors Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs was then scooped up number five by Orlando who also took Michigan's Franz Wagner eighth I'm Tom Mariam
"twelve" Discussed on The Twelve Six Podcast
"Hey everybody welcome back to the twelve six podcasts. I'm your host collin. Mchugh were closing in on the end of spring training and it seems for now that one hundred sixty two games of baseball is headed your way this summer. I'm playing this year for the tampa bay rays and honestly. I'm just so psyched to be playing again anywhere after over a year of watching from the sidelines. Like one hundred million americans. I just got my vaccine. And i've never been more excited to get a shot in my entire life for those of you. Who haven't gotten your vaccine yet. Stay safe and stay patient. It's coming your way really soon for those of you. Who aren't planning to get it. I'm sure you have plenty of reasons. Truly and i'm not one to tell people what to do but we've been talking with scientists throughout the epidemiology field over the last year plus and they keep telling us that. The quickest way to get our lives going again is to eliminate this virus in the quickest way to eliminate it is to get everyone who can be vaccinated vaccinated so end of my soapbox for today's guest. I had the honour of talking with yankees beat writer for the athletic lindsay adler. She's very funny very sincere. And i think her style of covering players and teams is wildly original and really needed at this point. In time in baseball we talked about the doldrums of spring training hyping amateur players too soon and explaining baseball acumen to our therapists as always if you like to show follow us on i tunes spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. That way you're always up to date when new episodes air so without further ado. I hope you enjoyed today's conversation with lindsay adler. we're still in.
"twelve" Discussed on The Twelve Six Podcast
"Two thousand eighteen. You're a minute maid. Park roberto sooners on the moun- basis. I'm in the bullpen. And i'm i'm pumping babies because i'm like jury go. I'm gonna. I'm gonna come in. I'm going to try and put this thing trying. Put this thing now like they have something going right now and then i just hear the crack of the bat i just hear it pop out and that ball was absolutely crushed and i was like going gonna stay. Fares are going to be foul and when it it like the air went out of that stadium so fast when you hit the ball. How how did that feel when you when you actually started rounding first base. And you knew. That's on this game over. Paul good at the particular time. We'd only had a two run lead time so obviously with the y'all in astros that runs this not a lot at all and to be able to we re rallying so again to started at inning. We maybe had a one run lead or not. Even because i remember. I remember mitch getting hit like writing right in front of me. in a pinch ran for him And meals have faced each other probably about eleven or twelve times and been back and forth back and forth. he's struck me out a couple of times Of hit a homer off on before double or something so you know he. He's a he's a very very very good pitcher and he's known how to pitch to me and it was one of those things where i just tried to think how he would think especially nice especially knowing what he's he's done to me in the past and and just trying to zone win on where i could possibly Take advantage of how i believe. He's gonna pitch me and he's was notoriously up in against me when he had success which is What i was looking for and it was like i. I think i remember hearing him say an interview before. Like you know. I make the pitch that i wanted to make young me pet success there and i stuck with my game plan and it was just one of those times where i had to stick with my game plan as well and i was able to execute i remember going back and looking at it and i was like dammed up all was there always like just turn turn burn hands inside of god i remember i was like oh man because that's i mean. There was the report the report on you is like you got to get in. There has extended. Yeah again there and you got it..
"twelve" Discussed on The Twelve Six Podcast
"The benefit of the doubt that you get is such a such a sliver of the percentages that the rest of us rest of US get your and. It's hard to put myself in those shoes but I'm I want to and like I think that what we're seeing right now is. A bunch of privileged white people who are saying. I want to figure out what this is like own. At least know the facts like you talked about and try and have some empathy because at the end of the day. Like isn't empathy. What actually is going to change anything right now you know. I had a conversation with one of my former college teammates last night, and I'm actually. I'm just a man I'm grateful that these people are actually reaching out and saying hey. Man Like I had no idea. It's a good conversation in just being able to talk to him. He's like Hey, man. I just WanNa know like I'm sorry. In empathizing with us the best way you can, because no matter what will never have the skin color in this country. And you know being able to change and being able to do the things that we're doing is huge man so. I just hope it keeps going I hope we can keep we can keep at it in. It doesn't stop. I'm not interested in being silent like after all after everything that's happened and after seeing so many people sincerely dedicated to this cause. Plenty have been I for many many many years and people like me who are just getting on board? I'm not interested in seeing things back to normal like I know, we're in a pandemic world. I know that baseball's not happening right now. I know that people are dying left and right, but like I'm not interested in seeing normalcy comeback. Yeah, I want to go out to eat at some point in my life but like. That's that's the bare minimum right like things need to change and. I, don't I don't WanNa? Be Silent about it at all. I did WANNA talk. I want to talk to you about. GROWING UP IN NASHVILLE GROWING Franklin right. Yeah, they're outside of Nashville Yeah. Because I've been thinking about baseball a lot and trying to figure out like where in my life personally and in the world that I'm in which is baseball a lot of the time. Whereas where am I blind spots here with racism? We know it's systemic across all parts of society so I. Just because baseball brought Jackie Robinson. Does Not me I mean? It was seventy five eighty years ago and like things have things have? Changed quote in the country and whatever but. We're seeing right now. How little things have actually changed for the black community as and I'm trying to figure out in baseball? Where these spots are that I have just been able to overlook because they don't really affect me, but growing up in a predominantly white..
"twelve" Discussed on The Twelve Six Podcast
"In the the NBA and the NFL the breaking away from this model now lately, but in the in the beginning. They didn't engage in collective bargaining. They engaged in the settlement of antitrust. Lawyers in the courtroom, negotiating a basic agreement as a settlement would draw the antitrust claims that will be put baseball players because baseball was subject to the antitrust laws for the longest time. Baseball players had actual negotiations. They were in the room. They will negotiate. IT WASN'T A. It wasn't gonNA fear and gene wars, you know. People like that it was the players when negotiating. We would their spokespeople, but they negotiated that lead to a greater feeling of solidarity with the players UK before, and how much time you have about, say a great story about. The nineteen, ninety, four, Nineteen ninety-five strike, and a player to whom. All players all great debt. A player who was up a player who lost yeah really Scott Scott Sanderson. Obviously you know your strike you. Have you know two hundred fifty, two hundred sixty two reaches two hundred thirty eight days. A lot of players to resolve is so good, but not as strong as somebody. That is the beginning you know, etcetera, and then some disaffection, so we call a big meeting in California three hundred players show up room, and you know this this this Oh, that play wants to say a few words about why we might want to consider giving up. This said we're play. Baseball gotTA. GET BACK TO WORK CLUBS Are attending, and they actually do put players in. Saint uniform numbers as the players on strike in Spring Training Games. And we have this big meeting and Scott Sanderson gets up and I'd like to show of hands. I like anyone who believes. That we should give the players who come after US less than we received from the players who went before us. And he heads. Not one hand went up and I turned to lauren rich at the time repeated. Please association I said. Clubs don't have a chance because what Scott was able to do. was He captured full the plays? Really what issues you have certain you you. You have certain benefits. They didn't come to you from like Manna from head. They came to you through the hard work in the solidarity players. Who went before you?.
"twelve" Discussed on The Twelve Six Podcast
"Linemen and seven foot, two centers and six hundred five shooting guards. The other sports have become. The growth of species. Spatial! What that leads a lot of fans think. About baseball places that if just playing a game tonight, this Austria that is no artistry in that is to work with more blanche rump alleged told me that he would practice looking at a bad with one I. Just, put one on, so that his left eye to be trained on first base if a guy was on for his base so that he would know how fast they run to second on unattended steel. Towns don't think that happens, but guy training insult to see a game. Y You know it's. It's the the amount of street it goes into playing. Baseball is something that. Doesn't look that wake was not gonNA. They're not superhuman. You know in size dimension. The second thing is fans. No matter how much you tell this the matter. How many classical economists you roll out! Fans continue to believe that play a salaries. Did it take ticket prices when in fact they don't? Ticket prices are function of supply and demand, and they dictate salads every economist that you on both sides of the aisle. We'll tell you. At the driving force? The salaries is revenue principally from local and national television television revenue is the explosion of local revenue cable has contributed mightily to the revenue streams of the coins. They have the money. They WANNA. Spend it on plants and so players. They get paid because somebody has the money. Do you know few give column Cue Sixty million dollars for the next two years. It's not going to affect ticket price. What's GonNa Affect? Ticket? Prices is a sense of supplies, the man and the proof of that the to prove so that I always tell people I good matter of fact that a panel would rob. Them is one the Olympics. Olympics cost a fortune now. The athletes free. Why? Getting any raises..
"twelve" Discussed on The Twelve Six Podcast
"You mean. I know what you mean the Fallen through almost just like stopped my momentum with my front leg and my arm would go through and that's how it get it super slow like seventy two miles an hour. It was incredible Yeah that'd be that'd be like trying to turn into It'd be like you know that'd be like mine to strike pitch. I've got the change of with one strike. You know I remember watching. You are my first experience watching you. Pitch was in a day game in Kansas City. When you got traded over to us and it was probably holiday the year. That was the worst guy in my life that was. That was a horrible star. I was I was so nervous about that. Start because it was whatever was it was it was July so it was probably the first arm that I've faced that. That was in that hot of stadium because I was not it was great weather at the time and I don't really pitched to well out react to well in the heat of his super. Hot like to get acclimated and and I just got thrown right into it and I remember. I was fifteen pitches in and strong looked at me. Just stop in just in just went behind the mountain. Just put my glove downs but my hands on my knees and he looked at me in the UK. Like I just. I can't catch my breath right now. Is like your face is like this white mosaic. Take a second shallow Al and I remember at the moment like two more pages on like art does not going to eat better. Let's let's let's get it going. I remember coming to the dugout springer. Looked at me like do you like death and it was just it was. It was a tough one for me but luckily we got some shade athletes the game. I was able to complete. But you shove you at like six in got the win. And we're like Scott amazing else tough L. Talk we all got IV's. After the game. Exactly I was like clean. 'em Like leading. Ib FOR LEASING IS NOT GONNA go. Well was it. Was it weird for you? Pitch it coming back to Houston and pitching in Houston for just half of the season or was it like a really exciting ills. I'm a love it. You know the hometown you know at memories washing those guys oh four or five. Trinamul role series. Is You know this is a special place for that at the time and just seem weird. You knows a lot of guys that you know that that will get tickets for just does it was just turn into a mess in a lot of my friends like they don't necessarily understand you know like now that. I'm back home like it'd be like six o'clock on Santa Claus game and I'm you know I'm just gonNA shower. I'm getting ready to go out to the dugout. Whatever buddies like at the bar across the street wondering like hey you know. Du like away for awhile. In you know doesn't work that way you know like I wish I was. Okay what about tomorrow? We gotTA game tomorrow too again. But he'll like that. It was harmless is hilarious just overwhelming at times says Fisher and that was the first. I mean twenty. Fifteen was the first time we made the playoffs since that. Oh five world series. The town was like very into at that point. Unlike ready to jump on board. They've been waiting for good baseball for a long long time. We've been really shitty for a few years so coming back to that environment yelich where everybody has a flag up in their yard. And everybody's got like the Astros hat on all throughout Houston a Nubian. The Houston Kid. Really tough series of an-and Cape Burned in my memory. You can't like you can't write about my game. You Know Casey but I have to go back to that game in Houston woes it. A day gamed During the week yes just eared eerie feeling throughout the entire game and I lose at was tough eighth or eighth inning. We're six hours away and may five outs away that point and they got seven Hit seven straight singles. I remember that Muslim up the Middle Rhino Right. Just like bleeders leaders. I'm looking at the guys in the other dugout. And they don't even believe what's happening right now. It was unreal. Yeah that was crazy. That was Imerman Dallas Lance. Were all sitting next to each other thinking. There's no way this happens right. There's no way this is the way it ends and sure enough like the biggest game and then I'm pretty sure they'd be the shit out of After that but yeah it was one of those games where I knew that I knew that we were going to be good for a while starting because we had a lot of talent but it felt almost poetic that it didn't happen at that point and then they went on to they want to. You know obviously when the world series of that point but I was like if these guys these can win this series this way then. I don't think there's a team that can beat them right. It's weird baseball like it doesn't make sense. We were in the more talented team ever think. Every team that they played probably from that on was probably more talented than they were from Justa man-for-man standpoint but I got burnt twice by the by. The royals moved the year before the world. That wildcard game. That was one the while. Oh Wow I forgot about that with Lester. And those guys play Pledged twelve innings back and forth. That won't bail out his game zone. The craziest Games Imo Beginnings of apart of was it. Nope polk was it Oakland or was it in Kansas City in it was it was rock. Casey's got some good They do. They've got really good. I'm telling you Middle America right there with like Saint Louis and Kansas City like they. They love it. It's hot over there but I love Casey Hall. It's so hot so you finished with us. He finished the season. Twenty fifteen with us when you become a free agent. Were you thinking at that point like I? WanNa do anything specific or you just like. Give me the best contract that we can get. Wherever we're going I don't have a lot of who desire this point but like what free agency look like. I'm so I'm so interested because my free agency. This off season was a shit show and everybody that I've talked to in the last couple. Years has been like yeah. It was not what I expected. It was not also right now is not what I expected at all in. I don't know might message was seen coming from the hometown team. Like that's that's why I wanted to be. I WANNA be in Houston in. I wasn't going to happen. I knew it wasn't going to happen right out the gate to almost like as soon as I got traded. I knew it wasn't going to happen for maybe just me thinking about it. I don't know they can whatever but it just seemed like something wasn't right. You know like somebody wanted me there and somebody was was was not really a hundred percent all in you know. That's just the by that I got and the conversation that I had with losing our lack of Right after the play offs. I knew who I I knew. I knew there was there was was no. There's no future with squad or clear my where my locker out couple days after 'cause it was just one of those things you know when when you know you know you know it's weird how that happens but like you just get a vibe and you're like Oh this. It's not going to happen here is it. Yeah I'm not dumb dumb. I know exactly if somebody wants me. It's definitely you go about it a lot. Different than that played out but But you ended up in La you ended up with a a three year or deal in LA BASEBALL IN LA. Like you had been both sides of this point like you've been behind you been in. La with the dodgers in La was just like a hall of fame row. It was so much fun just spring training the guys that you got to. Rub Shoulders with America's Sandy Koufax LASORDA? All these guys. They're all there every day. And it's just it's surreal. Greg Maddox was like behind me while I live. Ep I mean that was coolest thing ever you know. We're talking pitches mid at Bat and talk a Mela follow up with next. I mean that was also I've hard feelings with L. A. Because playing them in the world series in twenty seventeen they were tough and playing in. La Is is no joke and those teams. They've had for a while. Now have been really really good teams up and down Was the VIBE. They're a really Hollywood vibe like even in the clubhouse did it feel very they're like L. A. Southern California or was you know pretty eclectic like the like most clubhouses pretty ECLECTIC. I mean Winds had that that vibe kind of had to have that by every day you'd have Kareem abdul-jabbar of Kobe is. There's no way it couldn't be Hollywood. You know but most of the guys all of them were were super down to Earth. Cool guys to wear you know it. Just didn't seem distancing overwhelming. It seemed like you know just the big Hollywood atmosphere. Everyone's that individual doing their own thing. Type stuff it was. It was very did. Bungee guys man was a like a like a great dog. Guys we had. It was just like a best kind of brought everyone together. It was like we had two all star teams on one team. It didn't make sense how everyone got to be in. That room is is some really good teams in two thousand sixteen. Y'All pitched in twenty sixteen with them and then did you. Did you have any issues? Like injury issues in two thousand sixteen or twenty seventeen. What When they started it was twenty sixteen when the start yes twenty six after that through reds game in August in goes back to these hot aims man like I ended up doing was right after right after all star break and we would straight to Washington is Washington hotel and five days later. Went straight back to saint. Louis is in Saint Louis News. Espn game two thousand. One asked out on that on that. Now during that time it was a A phys- cancer.
"twelve" Discussed on The Twelve Six Podcast
"Yeah I feel so close to you right now. It's the spill a web up bomb. Steve like a big baas down. Hey everybody welcome back to the quarantine edition of the twelve six podcast. I'm your host column Q. And on today's show. I hopped on a call with one of my former teammates and Houston native Scott Kasmir. He's got one of the MORE INTERESTING BASEBALL CAREERS. You'll find out there. He's been amateur phenom first round. Pick an all star. But he's also been released played any ball and had some long winding roads to get back to the big leagues after some more successes and failures and injuries. He's on the comeback trail again now so it was great to catch up with them. And here's some of the stories from along the way as always make sure you subscribe to the show so that you're always up to date when new episodes air and without further ado. I hope you enjoyed today's fourteen conversation with Scott. Casper thanks for thanks for being unpacked Gasman. I really appreciate it. This is a treat for me because I've had a few of my former teammates on but you are one of the guys that I've always thought about in a very specific sense because Scott Feldman told me one time he said Scott Kazimierz show guy ever played in Major League Baseball and I thought anybody who Scott Film and can say that about is got A. He's got to have a story and you know a little bit and Have plagued with you for a minute. I know that your story is frankly. It's it's pretty crazy in even in terms of a major league baseball career. How quickly you came in how long you've been around a now The injuries have battled through to to kind of get back but I WanNa Kinda start at the beginning. Because some people who are baseball fans now might not have even been baseball. Fans are been around watching when I came into the League. Way Back in. Oh four right yeah. I mean I'm looking at I look at old video. You can't even so like pixelated. Looks like he can't even tell me we weren't doing hd back that there's like no highlights and go back to check this out as it just terrible. Does analog looking video? I did watch a high school. Highlight of you the other day because I wanted to see like what this high school guide which is basically what you were at the time what you look like in High School. I was looking at stats. You were striking out like eighteen. Dudes a game in. This is not in like podunk Idaho or something. Sorry to anybody who out there. Who IS FROM IDAHO? But this was like Metro Houston Texas baseball like big time. Big Deal baseball you any. There was another guy on your team who was a first round or two right. That's just other say we had Clinton ever said was a first battery actually got drafted before me in. That's in that in that draft year. A every team that we played in our division. We have talent. Everyone was like ninety miles an hour. Icicle IT WAS. It was insane. You know you go to all these area codes let games and stuff and then back to high school and you're like this is almost the same thing I mean what's would get as it was. It was a lot of fun though. That's crazy and so you got drafted to write in first round or not to buy the The New York mets near Metz Otherwise. Yeah it's got draft by the mets to a little bit later in the draft and a couple years later but did you make the minor real fast. Was it just like a all? You GotTa do is have a little bit success. I'm going to be in the show. Is that what is that how you felt? Now with the mets I mean they had had a swan to start off with you know around that time they were in playoff contention the those couple years especially when I got drafted so it was it was. It was quick quick when I got traded. But he knows first year it was short season just to finish off soon as soon as Sino. There's only a month left in the season so I went September to Brooklyn play for the cyclone which was a cool experience. Living in New York for that little bit but I made it all the way up to Aa in four and I mean as soon as I got AA. I was as making strides. I was with Howard. Johnson was over there as a manager and and it was as soon as I made like the mistaken star. I got traded and Rondo. You're going to Tampa and whatever it was. It was a shock for me. I mean being with someone that you were drafted with with the mets. All you wanted to you wanted to come to the big leagues within Shalom. You know why they drafted you and stuff. It just didn't happen but Still here from mets fans about the about the trade. It's it's it's unreal. They don't let anything go. That's for sure a hearty bunch they Ashley and I always joke about mets fans that they just enjoy suffering. It's like there to be a mets fan. You have to really like embrace the shittiest parts of Baseball. But they really do care and yet guys. I mean they're people are still really butthurt that you treated right as soon as you are about to be a right as soon as you're about to make it to the show and then run off the best four years of an early pitching career that anybody's seen in awhile. Since maybe like doc gooden so I think they probably saw you there left-handed doc. Gooden in Tampa got you. Did it feel weird going from New York? Where there's like all the media attention in all of the all the hype to Tampa at the time. Who was five six years out of out of expansion? Yeah I mean at. The time was twenty at the time. I wasn't thinking about anything like that. It was it was just during the headlights with me. You know I was. I was going up there ready to patch thinking house with the Madison. Then all of a sudden I get trade treated with Montgomery biscuits and I don't even know what town I'm in it was it was tough but You know asking three starts in. There are like all right. Let's get you up to the big leagues okay. Yeah this is good stuff. Let's keep going throughout that just months that I got traded and got caught up to the Big Leagues. I battery down facing his each row. It was just the craziest month I've ever been my life. It was it was not. Did you get him out? I got him out earlier. That like read like I blacked out. I think the game. I don't even think I saw play and it was like right down the middle and I was like. Are you WanNa say it was a routine ground ball second base and it was like bang. Bang play for each row moment. That's for sure anything that was on the Infield with him. You're just thinking. Please get rid of it fast. Oh Mike Mike. Z Z. No easy out next thing you know he makes thrown into Bang Bang. Wow this is nuts and each year. I've been playing for a little bit a few years at that point but I saw him this past year when we were playing up against Seattle he was like still taking. Bp with the boys still like going way back in right field and just you know flipping his bat and enjoy retired. I'm in retirement. I guess that's retirement for him is still playing baseball Mama. Most impressive memory of each row was only Pittsburgh by first all-star game and need to be the most impressive ep ever seen in my life was like he's playing actually interests swing hard or anything. He hit every single ball. Eleven enro- way out of the ballpark. I mean I think he could have a home run hitter if he wanted to. That's how crazy talented. He was like. It's one of those things one of those like baseball. Urban Legends. Where people people always say yet he could hit. Forty home runs in a year if you wanted to. But he always wanted to get two hundred hits a. How is somebody that good? They can just decide which which thing they wanna be elite at. Do it the news. Follow that up. After the straights the outfield in catch behind the back pop ups like every single net came to those was on her any hose. Let's not forget about it. He hadn't in absolute hose from right. Yeah all right so you you make your debut four. You had a few good years as Tampa was getting better right. Like as we're getting better as a team collectively like you were kind of one of the linchpins there and then in a way you started the year. Oh seven is probably the best of your career would you? Would you say that? Yeah Yeah you are at All Star. Ledley strikeouts you most innings Yeah for sure as we all started coming together to we had price came up in a wave but we knew he was coming up as rivaling drafted in then came the spring training away. We have gory of that. Came into new. Use THEM EARN.
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"Oh my gosh. It's the worst. So no matter what the score is most nights starting in the sixth inning. Like, I have stuff that I do like a routine, and you know, so that every night no matter what like by the eighth inning. Like if I need to if the phone rings. I'm ready to go. So I mean, and I say all this knowing that if I work like maybe three or four times a week like that was a busy week. That's visibly. Maybe like I played I got to play like three half innings and one week, and that's kind of like a lot if I pitched in three out of seven four out of seven like that's a pretty pretty busy week. And meanwhile, there's guys that are out there playing nine innings all seven of those games. And I have no idea how they do it no clue like their heroes to me every single one of them like they are my they are my absolute heroes because like I go out there. There's nights I go out there. And I'm you know, they're throwing the ball around after. I finished my warm up pitches. And I'm looking at them in their uniforms caked in dirt, they're like their sweat. They're in the jungle, and you know, we got like a one run lead. And I'm like, I gotta do it for the boys. They've been grinding for the past like the had an off-day twelve days. You know, I haven't pitched in like three nights. So like, I'm good. They've been doing it. You know, like, I don't know how they do. It could've been you. Yes. My. As much as I miss the opportunity to like get a shot to play every day. I I'm very aware that my my body. Just wasn't let me do it. I don't. Yeah. It's it's crazy to me that any of them can do it like George Springer played a hundred fifty five plus games two zero. And I'm like what how in the universe. Could you possibly do that? And he's playing outfield. Yeah. So he's running around all the time. It's only he's like stationary. He's hitting leadoff. He's getting four bats a game. At least. I mean, he's really fast. Yeah. So it's not like he's just like at least it hasn't have that hill to deal with out there anymore. But I guess still. I mean, I selfishly I'd get gave up three balls that were caught on the hill before before it was taken out. Geez. Amiss the hill. Break the hill. Bring back. Move the fences back there was a flagpole on the which was a little bit. That's a little weird never got one off the foul pole. But I always thought it seems dangerous. It's at the top of the hill. I don't know. That's like some really really old school baseball where there's like obstacles in play. Yeah. Man. Stroz love doing that shit. They've been doing it since the astrodome. They like what can how can we make this game weirder? Yeah. Let's do it put the fence two hundred ninety feet away. Make it closer got it a model train, but bigger. Yes. Filled with fruit. Perfect. It also it's lost a lot of people that it was called Enron field. It is minutes before the Enron thing timing. Yeah. Yeah. They really screwed that one up. That's right. Only for one year. Not even a year. I don't think. Okay. So it was like it was brief. And then they changed it to something generic for a little bit until minute maid was like we'll take those the naming rights to this for the next zillion years. Throw some oranges in the train right throw. Big juice box outright field. Good. Yeah. I eleventh part it's been fun to play. They're mostly because I forget that you have to be outside all the time and other places who it's yeah. It's in DC. It is so hot. It's. So it's so hot and humid, we dealt with a lot of rain last year too. Yeah. A retractable roof really would have come in handy. You know, the the humidity and the heat in the summer, it's easy to get loose. I guess, but like man we were just talking like there's times where I'm on my twelve pitch. And like, I'm I'm I'm gassed, it just zaps your energy your thinking. Can I get an IV after this game? Also ratio some soaked through my uniform after pitching one inning. And as visiting player, I had a I had a super kind of love hate relationship with minute maid and a lot of it had to do with the visiting bullpen the dungeon. Yeah. Being tucked underneath that the the outfield wall back there and part of it was because the if I was standing up I couldn't see anything in the field because the there's a bar that goes across that chain link fence out there that is between the pillars and the there's a pad on the outside of it. So that you in the field of play like nobody runs into it. Or whatever. But it blocks your vision. So if you're if you're from like five ten to like six four like you can't see anything on the field. You know, your other option is to climb up. There's like a wooden tiered bench. It's kinda like stadium seating. And I would climb up to the top. And so I could sit and you're sitting maybe like five or six feet off the ground, and it's super comfortable, but it's tough to get up and climbed down when you have to start getting ready like if you have to go quick like for me. It was like being, you know, at the top of a tree house or something and I had to like jump down to get ready. Yes. You start going stir crazy down there because you can't all the sounds are super muffled like on of the game like the PA announcer and the music and
"twelve" Discussed on The Twelve Six Podcast
"Girlfriends, so yes, it is. It is very very question. I'm sorry. No, no. It is. It is very difficult. Start off by saying you you you started dating a girl now. You bring her to the game to watch you play. And then it's like. There's twenty four other girls, friends, or wives. Because I think I might be one of two or three hundred team single. I think everybody else's is married. Pretty monogamous like long-term relationship sport. Oh, yeah. It is. And I think like, Mike. Okay. Well, just let you know, you're gonna meet twenty four other wives or girlfriends today so be on your best behavior. Okay, ding. Oh, no. But yeah, it's definitely difficult. Now, I think a lot of people a lot of players have like you said either have high school sweetheart college sweetheart been been dating for forever been married and been known each other since they were young and for me now, it's like it's kinda scary. Sometimes it's kind of scary. Like, you don't me personally. I don't like I don't wanna get into a relationship. Whatever like affect baseball. So then so then you're like, okay. During the season, I'm going to start dating somebody. I don't know. I don't know. Like, I will that mess with my mental state during the season. If I started dating somebody you're not superstitious, but there is an amount of preparation that you feel comfortable putting in and anything that takes away from that is a hundred percent you have to consider one hundred percent. So if I'm going to go into a relationship just like we were talking about other like we go all in. There's no half ass and stuff like if I'm going to go in a relationship. I'm going to go all in and my willing to go all in during the season when I've already had my routine and everything like my skin like everything has been one way for the entire season in my willing to change that midseason also so most of the time. That's no, I just don't really date during season. And then the off season comes and you start trying to date somebody. And you're like, okay, I'm gonna start dating this girl. I really like her a lot. I'm gonna put all my all my chips in the middle and go all in Kurla. Then you start thinking to yourself. You're going to be able to do this during baseball season because I know it works in the off season. But then like your three months away. I'm three months three months away. Like, I'm just I'm working out every damn playing games. I'm not traveling. I'm not doing all this stuff. Right. So I offer takes really strong woman database while player to begin with extremely strong. But it from where I'm at comes. It's like am I willing to risk like to this point? I haven't haven't yet. I just I've just been too scared to think anything, I don't know if it'll just I think it'd just get in the way, I will say this. Most people don't understand this baseball is really really hard on wives really hard girlfriends, really hard on families. It is a thankless job to be the partner of major league baseball player. It's one of those things that people aren't gonna feel bad for you. But anything because they just look at the dollar signs that are next to whatever contract your husband has and they lose. Impotency for everything else around that or the truth is the dollar signs. Don't matter when you're not there for ten twelve days at a time when you're gone for a month and a half in spring training when you're on the road living in hotels for you know, eighty three games a year when you're there for the first day of your son's birth. And then you have to go on the road for twelve days wrecked. Or when you I mean, like some of our teammates when you missed the birth of your son because you're on an airplane trying to get home like those those things are real and these little things add up over the long haul. So the girls who have been with these guys for longtime like Ashley she's been with me for the whole time and the amount of little things that she has had to deal with and she's had a sacrifice for me. And for just the opportunity for me to be able to get the chance to play is. I mean, it's insane. And most most women would not say yes to that. And I understand like dating dating his heart in this arena because you have to able to find a girl that you're crazy about. But also you. Gotta find a girl who's willing to put up with this bullshit. Melinda. Sacrifice. Yeah. It's tough tender DM's known. No, I don't do. I don't do any dating apps. I just never been a never been dating app guy in twenty in twenty sixteen. I started walking out to the song down in the DMZ. Because I was like oh called the big leagues. I'm gonna walk out the down in the DM's. I'm gonna get girls. The m and me. Didn't really work out as planned. It was more guys. More guys asking for asking. Have a ball sent signed tickets. So it kind of get some tickets kind of backfired so to take that down immediately. But yeah, I started talking to a girl recently. She's very sweetheart. She's she's a sweetheart, and she's passing all the all the tests so far. So is it exciting scary. Is it super scary super scary? Like, hopefully who knows we'll see what happens. Maybe it'll maybe it'll be good. I'm I'm hoping I'm hoping it is I am very helpful for you. I wish you all the best in the world. She's super smart way. Smartly ways way smarter than me way. She's motivated she is an unbelievable human being. And she's she's she's she's good with me being on the road. She doesn't need me to be like in town every. Single day doing all that stuff. She has her. I feel like it's important that she like she has her own life like she she's doing her thing. And who knows what might happen at minimum, my workout house. You're young. You're what twenty four twenty four twenty twenty four. Yeah. Actually, I got married where twenty two so we've we did this other thing we dated young got married right out of college. I'm one hundred percent positive. She had no idea what she was getting into with me and baseball appreciate thought. I was going to be done in a year or two which by all accounts. I probably should have been done a long time ago. But the fact that we're still playing and she's still with me is like man, I pinch myself every day. That she can still by the way, your wife is the best follow. She's fine on social media. The best follow. I have
"twelve" Discussed on The Twelve Six Podcast
"The funnel at this level is so small like it starts out. So big, you know with thousands of people in the minor leagues. And then by the time you've gotten to this level you've either played with or against just about everybody in the league. So there's not a whole lot of strangers there. But I was talking about being a good team at the other day with somebody and. I think what it really came down to for me was the ability and the willingness to sacrifice something, you know, sacrifice. Whether it's an older guy sacrificing the comfort of having to talk to younger guy, VR a younger guy. Having sacrifice your comfort carrying the beers. Or doing all the grunt work and paying your dues that comes with being a being a young kid being a rookie. But all of that stuff in total just means being able to give up something of yourself for somebody else in the clubhouse, and it could be something. Smaller something big. But that stuff builds up start to build this capital of being a good teammate. And after a while just kind of becomes imbredded into who you are. And that's when you get them tag. That's when you get the tag of. Hey, this guy's a good clubhouse guy. And I think we menu both were fortunate enough to see that in Brian McCann when he came over here. It was a different between him. And and BELTRAN the two guys that yes, they were veterans. Yes, they've been able to do some amazing things in this game. Great players. But besides that things that they were able to bring to a team that are not quantifiable that are kind of just this. I dunno unspoken aura about them is a huge deal. Oh hundred percents a huge deal on one of the things that made that situation. So unique is BELTRAN McCann were already best friends. They came over here. They played together New York, right? So them being so super close brought everything like closer together. I remember in twenty sixteen. We can't I came up to the big leagues made my debut. We go off for my for golfer. My first stretch with the team. And it's like there's an American stretch. There's a lot and stretch. Yep. I show up to spring training and twenty seventeen after signing BELTRAN and McCann and that offseason. It's giant stretch with everybody and stayed that way the whole year we had team dinner after team dinner together. And it wasn't like the Latins were sitting in one corner, speaking Spanish and all the American players were sitting around the rest of the table, speaking English. It was like intertwined. And both those guys you can't you can't Quant exactly what you said you can't quantify what that meant to our team. Right because. Here's the thing. Yuli Yuli gurriel who speaks. I don't know. He speaks a lot more English now than he did. But you can't tell me that in another clubhouse Yuli gurriel American player's gonna feel comfortable enough to go up to him and ask him for hitting tips. Like, a what did you see at the play there? Right. No. That doesn't happen. Like like, you have to you have to build that comfort to be able to ask each other things and be able to be close enough to figure out like, hey, I want to ask you L. Why? He's so good at hitting a high fastball. Right. Like am. I gonna make the effort am I going to make the effort to try and learn Spanish enough to where I understand what he's saying to where I can even ask him, and he in he make make that just make that effort. And that's what our team does we make we make that effort. And even if you don't speak Spanish having somebody else having a good relationship with somebody else who does speak some Spanish like having they having career having other guys who can also bridge that gap between some Latin players in between. I mean the combination of. Guys, we have in this club houses is outrageous. And I think it it's affected are winning. And our successive last few years as much as anything. Yeah. It's it's a fun. It's a fun place to play. It's a fun place to be right now. And I know you're focused on winning. We're all focused on winning this year. And you know, having that ugly taste in your mouth at the end of last year is not something that anymore. No. And I feel honestly like this year twenty nineteen we have the same. We have a different hunger about us. We have our ring. That's cool. Yeah. It's unbelievable. And we're riding high last year. We're rolling in. We had one hundred and three games. And then boom shutdown season's over you lose. I think everybody kind of looked around and was like, I'm pissed you agree. L doesn't have a second. Ring. I'm pissed Carlos Correa. Doesn't have a second. Ring. I'm pissed calling. Mccue doesn't have a second ring. I'm pissed. Justin Verlander, doesn't have a second ring Reich like, and I know the Astros phrases. Here's take it back. Let's let's go back this. Let's get let's get another ring. You know, when they when they first came out with that, the slogan, I saw at first on your on your Twitter. And I thought it was years. I was like oh. Bragman bregman has made this is created this. And it's going to be his and then I saw the Astros. Didn't they stole it from you? I was I was I was walking through our office. And I was looking at the designs. We I went and shot something with them a little video about selling season. Tickets hilarious, we sold we actually sold tickets here in spring training lady came up to me. It was like, hey, you sold me my season tickets this year. I can't wait. I was like hell you worked. It was. It's very literal and figure players sell tickets. They do they do it both in the front office. I was walking through walking into the office. And I'm like, this is pretty cool art what what is this? And they're like, oh, yeah. This is our slogan drops drops in two days. So of course, me being a shit head. I dropped job the slogan the day before it's okay. There was no like big reveal party. I'm sure as you probably gave him as or gave the team as much traction on that as possible. So you are you're competitor. We know that you competed everything do you talked about your parents a little bit there before years from back back in Albuquerque. Did they grow up playing sports? Did they value playing sports as much as you enjoyed it? Or were they always was it always a struggle between. Yeah. I know you're really good at this. But we'd also like you to pursue XYZ. My parents, my parents are a lot different than I think a lot of parents are my parents, basically told me like you got to find something you love doing. And you got to sacrifice everything for it. And. You gotta love it. And when you love it. You'll put in the work my dad's never told me. Hey, you need to go take ground balls. Right. Hey, you need to go hit in the cage. Hey, you need to do this for baseball. He's said, I will do whatever you want to make whatever dream you won't possible in baseball, which which would mean like the flyest Arizona to plan a tournament or or drive me every single day for ten straight years to the baseball academy and Albuquerque like drive, but they never they never were like, hey, you you you need to have a backup plan either. They said like you wanna do this? You can do it is this your dream to play in the big leagues you will play in the big leagues. My dad like when when I was driving in the car with him. I always remembered like when I was like ten eleven twelve years old and we're driving a travel ballgame. I'd be like dead. I'm gonna play in the big leagues one day. I hear my here. My buddy say this to their parents when we were growing up and they'd be like, oh, yeah. Like, that'd be cool. Like you like you guys should do that. That'd be so much fun. And my dad my dad was different. He was always like, yeah. You are going to play in the big leagues. And you're going to be good. You're not gonna you're not gonna just play in the big leagues. And like Hugo he started like say that kind of stuff, and I was like I started to believe it. And then and then once like I once time was going on. I was like can I can do this. I just made team USA committed LSU, and I'm like telling my dad like all this stuff. Like, I I wanna get drafted. He's like what you're gonna get drafted like just keep doing your thing. And like you you're gonna do more than drafted. And I was like, okay. Then I finally started say probably like seventeen eighteen I started to like really really really believe it myself. And once I I started really believe it. It was like, wow. My my dad was right. Like, yeah. And and and who knows like any day could say that's their kids. But it made me believe, and I think like him believing my mom believing and saying you don't need a bag a plan. Like, yes, you need to take care of your school work, you need to you need to get good enough grades. So where you can play in college. But it wasn't all like. You need to get good grades. You can get a job after this. It was like you need good grades for baseball. Because this is what you love. This is what you love doing this. What you've worked your life to do. So you need to put all your effort into the house. Screw that up. Don't screw that up. Yeah. So you need to get good enough grades to get analysis you and you need to get good enough grades at LSU. So you can stay on the field. But it was never let's have a backup plan. It was always like this is what you're going to do for the rest like this. You're gonna do for the rest of your life. And they always asked me are you getting burnt out. Are you getting burnt out? I was fifteen sixteen because it was like every day. A lot to wake up a wake-up of five AM for three hours before school, go work out. And then after at one o'clock after lunch after fifth period. I'd go to the baseball kademi and stay there till ten PM at night every night. Holy cow. And my parents are like getting burnt out or you're getting burnt out Dini to stop for you need to take a break. My mom would always ask you wanna take a month off. And I was like no like this is what I love doing. I don't want to do anything else. But it, and it's like it's still that
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"On. When you have a face that people know, though, everyone wants to take a selfie with you. Everyone wants to say hi to you. And look you guys get paid enough where? Yeah. Taylor deal asshole Reich, but at the same time, that's also it's also something that we can't ignore as a burden. Yeah. Like, we all we all have things in our life that take up time. And when you're when you are a parent, and when you are a professional the thing that you value most Faren away is time. Yeah time is that is that resource that you never get back exact renewable resource. That's exactly right. And so when that time is spent doing things that you don't feel like are important to you know, maybe you don't do them. But I think we're players need to look at this is that look the game's not endanger. No k the game's not going. Let's be clear here baseball is not going away. Baseball's not going away in his not going away anytime soon, but what what is in in some danger. I think is baseball's relevance. And if the owners aren't going to be the stewards of the sport like they should be then it falls on the players to take that mantle. And today into do uncomfortable things that you may not want to do. But that are there for future generations. There were battles that were fought. And when you read lords of the realm, you're gonna see this. There were battles that were fought by previous generations of players that that are the reason you guys are making on average four million dollars a year right now. Yeah. Players need to pay it forward and the different kind of way at this point. I think it's a way that is going to actually benefit the clubs as well in with all the animus against clubs right now that may be a tough pill to swallow. But ultimately, it something that nobody knows baseball. Other than the players and the club's working together. This is going to be a clip that ends up being circulated because this is this is really gets Harvard. This gets at the heart of what we're trying to do both as players in front offices. We all care about making this game better do, but we are. I think you're right. We we're at odds enough. We're not seeing the force for the trees. I think that there's more to it than that. That's exactly what it is. And I have talked with people on both sides who make this exact point which gives me faith that those people eventually will connect with one another and figure this thing out. And again, we said earlier there's two and a half years to do this. There's still time guys but still time, but there needs to be like an understanding that as much as as they are the other side as much as they are in some ways, the adversary. They're not the enemy. No, they're kind of the spouse. You're right. You're right. And and marriages, married, married. We both have kids we both know. Yeah. I mean, a marriage amazing woman, and we fight and we get over it. And we move forward but without that without conflict. There is no progress you came forward. I I would like to think that my marriage. I've been married for twelve years now is as as strong as it's ever been and and yet four nights ago. I know I'm sorry. It was it was the the next morning. I got a text from my wife, and it says snow day Jack woke up at three AM and puked everywhere. When are you coming home? And getting that text. It's like. Oh boy. Yeah. That's where MLB in the L A R right now, it's a snow day. So the kids are at home, and they got nothing to do one of pukes all over the place. That's probably like the CBA that's going on right now. And when are you getting home is when are we going to start fixing this thing and making it better? Right. And I just made my life into baseball labor economics metaphor, and I feel like I have reached my peak. And yeah, the the Mike is Dr of done at this point because if I can get game of thrones. And my eleven year old puking into one podcast guys. If you were playing the drinking game of the twelve six podcast drinking game, you have checked all the boxes now drunk because has ticked them. All bingo. Here we go. Thank you for this. I wanna get a couple of questions into you, which we would do before with ever guest. They're not baseball related. We've gone down that road. I think we're we've exhausted those resources right now. The last time you opened up your music, streaming vehicle of choice, whether it's I tunes Spotify your eight track record player does does work. No, this is your music music musical only. You seem like a record guy. Don't know if you have records or
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"Growing v low building lost because for the longest time. I think baseball believed you were born with a certain number of. Miles per hour in your arm. True. You cannot improve more than maybe one or two upon that. Once you reach your physical maturation. So Luke, Lucas testing himself getting pigging on all of these different things. So it's a little harder. And he starts thrown a little harder. And suddenly some of these kids who started with him as teenagers now pitching in college. And even in the minor leagues or looking at him saying you're throwing better than I am. Yeah. Like, why are you not coming back, but he had kids and he was in his thirties. And he had this business that he was trying to grow. And also, it's really scary. When you've lost your career one time because you couldn't throw a ball over the plate yet to come to terms with the idea of doing it again, you know, too much exactly like vulnerability is a really difficult human emotion at like to an and to put yourself out there like that. Especially when you know, Lucas Lucas raised in a in a household where it's not that failure wasn't an option failure. Obviously is an option for everyone. It's that failure wasn't accepted was tolerated. Yeah. If you fail figure it out, and it wasn't said in like a a mean way or a wrong way. It was said to teach you a lesson that perseverance is the most important quality that someone can have winners. Never quit. That's exactly right. And so he's you know, he's he's trying to figure out is at the right time at the right time. When's the right time? How do I do this and he met with a sports psychologist? Who her name is Debbie crews, and she and she wanted to get a sample of baseball players to take this this test that she has and Luke was one of them and in terms of competitiveness. He scored really well, and in terms of thoughtfulness, and empathy, and you know, a lot of a lot of these things that you that you need. I think to be successful. But it was fear where his fear factor was so much higher than everybody else's because the that thing doesn't go away. Man. No, it never goes. It never goes away. You just you can maybe figure out how to stifle it hibernates until you get in the right situation. Like, honestly, it is like an auto immune disease. Yeah. It is ever lurking inside of you. And and Debbie, and I'm not trying to oversell her role in this because she was sort of at the end. But but she said to him, you know, you gotta take the leap. Some point in that got the bug in his head after others. You know, his wife, she wasn't really pushing him too much because she saw that he was happy teaching these kids and in these experiments on himself, and he would come home after a good day and tell her about it should be like, hey, I'm really proud. But she she wouldn't say what are you going to do? Finally. He's like I'm gonna give myself six months Dr line has a pro day in February of two thousand nineteen. I'm going to go there. They're going to be scouts. They're gonna throw for teams. And you know, what they will be the judge. Yeah. So he, you know, building up v low getting ready for this pro day goes up there like he he realizes this is my last shot gets on the mound and from the left side sits ninety seven goodness gracious with with a pretty vicious slider. Couple bad ones. He's not a lot of strikes. Well, but ninety seven with a slider. And he's got a curve and change plays and two weeks later at thirty seven years old signs a minor league deal to go back with the Chicago Cubs because he felt like he hadn't finished his job the first time. He was there.
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"Guys. Welcome back to the twelve six podcast. I'm your host columnists, Hugh. Thanks again for all your feedback and reviews, I read all of them, and I try to make adjustments based on what you guys say. Here's a recent review from one of our subscribers. I was worried this would be a very self serious and heavy baseball talk podcast, thankfully, though, it's a healthy mix of the business aspect and clubhouse culture surrounding a major league player and teammates. Plus baseball topics of the day from a player's perspective. It's a really enjoyable podcast and one that I highly recommend anyone having withdrawal symptoms from the long offseason. While the off season is over we're here in West Palm Beach for spring training. And today's conversation is hopefully my first of many down here. Our guest today is ESPN baseball, sports writer and New York Times bestselling author Jeff passan, he wrote a book called the arm which I read two years ago and cannot highly recommend enough for any. Who's a baseball fan? He's also been on the front lines of free agent discussions this off season. And recently broke the news of Maine Machado's deal with India ago. We talk about the state of the game today are super awkward first meeting and Jeff's deepest, darkest secret. If you like the podcast, be sure to subscribe. So that you're always up to date when new episodes go live. So without further ado, I hope you enjoyed today's conversation with Jeff passan. Jeff, thanks for being on the podcast, man. I appreciate you coming here. You're the first writer I've had on here. So congratulations. Congratulations to you for slumming. Like you had all stars. You've had potential hall of famers. You had the pitching engine. And now me yet your Syracuse grad, and that means that you automatically come with this built in this like baked in credential for sports writing. And I don't know. I don't know what it is about Syracuse. But every great writer reporter sportscenter anchor y'all to Syracuse right pretty much. How is that happen? What is what is it in the water up there? It's nothing in the water. It's this chip that they take an implant in you. I I'm telling you man, just link it that delete this podcast. This never happened. I never said anything fight club is not real rule them. Or what about Syracuse never talk about the chips? But you the first the first time, I met you. It was after I read your book the arm, which by the way, congratulations. Thank you. I'm so glad you brought this up because I'm gonna tell you something that tell the story, but I'm gonna tell you something afterward that I'm going to blush considerably. It's a shameful moment. But go ahead. Okay. I met you in Boston. We might have cross paths before. But as I felt like does after I read your book the arm which near times bestseller. Probably one of the one of the better and more well-known. Baseball books have been written in the past decade. I liked to read I don't read a ton. So the fact that I made it all the way through your book as kudos to you. But I'm super interested in how writing a book comes about like if you go from sports writing or from sports reporting into basically novel, what is that process like, but we can go back to our first first meeting if you onto I I will get to all that. Because. I love talking about that stuff. So this is after you guys clinch the pennant right leaf. Yeah. Balkan game for. Yup. There is champagne everywhere in. Everyone's got this smile on their face. And everyone's wearing the same t-shirt. Right. Always. Yeah. Yeah. Because everyone you're handed a t shirt or the two shirt exactly give me the t shirt. I don't believe you were wearing goggles. I probably had them around my neck or my head because every time this is this is the plight of the the successful every time we have champagne shower. I forget to put the goggles on earning mmediately get crushing the face with with abolishing pain. Not like in the face with the bottle, but some sprays at right, my eyes and just long enough for me to realize I don't have goggles on then I put them on. And then there's fogs up. So you take them off. And you just have to deal with it. Yeah. I I have my own champagne shower story. But I feel like I'm getting like the inception of stories here where we're like two levels down. So I'm going to finish this one for come back up. Yeah. So up walks. To me, Colin, and he shakes my hand. And he's like you Jeff passan. I said, yeah, it's like I just wanted to. Thank you for writing the arm. I read it. I really enjoyed it. I felt like I learned stuff from it. I appreciate you doing that in
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"Gosh, we get to home. You know, we to stay at home three hundred family three or four times. Now, we're sitting here having this podcast. It's been pretty pretty sweet deal. Yeah. You mentioned names. But which team contacted you I the team that you got traded by or the team that you got traded to the tree the team. I got traded by. Yes, I so they gave you call. Hey, we'll let you go. We're we're we're we're letting you go it was it was. Yeah, they call me. I e kind of sentimental because I still like still follow the Mets. I still follow that the guys on the team. I'm still even though maybe I only on a team even though I only played with a few of them. And it was the city. There was something about the city that was like being in queens weird, and it's New York, but it's like weird and cool and just look around the league, right? You develop that identity. You don't have you don't have an idea for what it's really like to play in that city and even do get their opportunity do that. I feel like you would always have some sort of a for getting to know what it's like, you know, because you come to town his visitor in the new going, you only see the highlights as a visitor. Typically, I go to Pittsburgh. And I we've tried to do the hipster things. I try to find a. Coffee shop. That's cool it when we go to a city, or we think about moving to a city or think about getting traded to a city, we always come back to we've been to all these cities before. And there is something cool in every city. No matter what it is. You'll find something cool. And so there is something about living in a place really kind of almost becoming a regular places, at least at least polls on some of those old heartstrings, even if there was a lot of either as bad blood, which like was between me and the Mets and to an extent between Colorado. But like you still think about spicy like? Oh, yeah. Hundred percent. But now you're in Houston with the world champion Astros and can ask the season. There's a lot to be like oh about Pittsburgh. There are the best donuts to con- listening. It's so great. It's called peace love and little donuts, and they have this Donut machine that makes these donuts that are like the size. What would you say the size of this Abang golf a large Gulf? Ball large golf bowl, slightly oversize golf ball lacrosse ball. All right. Look lacrosse ball, more obscure and in the comes out fresh. So you order it. And then they the plop it into the little fryer, and they make it right there. Right. It just like float along, and then they pull it out. And they ask you what topping in you can make all these different topics like they need load every Donut up. Do you fax, you know, to toppings? You can go like chocolate butterfinger nuts sprinkles, whatever on top like you like Bill play that one is called the Garrett Cole there. The one I crush is the one with the nuts in the Carmo and like toppy one. Oh, like, a turtle kind of thing. Can we get a plug? What's his name these love and little donuts donuts and dotes go. There could meet Batato zt mutates. Have you ever been there there? That's like in Pittsburgh once played PNC once not twice now. All right. So we'll talk about this and your Pittsburgh days as nothing do with bitching welfare. Little do with Beijing. You have a Homer you've show Homer three. You've three show homers one of which was at Wrigley field. Your first three I one also you had a hit and to RBI's in your first game. Yes. First game ever in the big leagues. John only. Do you get a win and throw six innings five or six innings, but you have knocked with two RBI's to stakes to stakes. How does it feel to be the best Atlanta's gonna absolutely kill me for this? And I am not apologizing. How does it feel to be the best hitter on the Houston Astros pitching staff? I I've seen to swing. It's pretty pretty good lands a World Series RBI Lance has a World Series RBI. He does not hitting fun. What does it? What does it really feel like to hit a Homer in the big leagues? It's like surreal a little bit. Because I don't know if you know, I mean the last time he hit a home run. It's like, you know, it's so effortless. Right. No. I've never heard of home run. Well, geez. Effort. Okay. It's such an effortless. Swing the ball the ball just like exploded off your back. And then it goes so far, and then you're stoked when you hit hard to run around and say, you have to slow down when you were I yeah. My my brother-in-law wears I he wears gal about my trial every every time everytime. I've had one. It's the first comedy makes you brother-in-law's and Crawford. Yeah. Seems to giants shortstop he's at a few hopers, but he gives you for homers. Does. That's like the hardest thing you probably trips on me about to be on. Don't hurt much. But that is it's bad. She's not good. It's not good. It's not a, you know, you really don't wanna watch me Rhone if you don't have to really. Yeah. It is so much more. Now, people see me run all the time. I have to run out from the bullpen. And that it's not it's not a great job. It's not like I'm too too long legs long arms relinquish out there. It's not pretty. No choice. But to like train yourself to have that help give anticipate that right? You have daily. I'm so self conscious about it. Do you use it as like a like an activation or like part of your warm up? Right. Do little breathing before you start running? And then once you get once you get going try and keep the gate. You know, I don't wanna to slow Slota eight AM not trying to catch a Clete fall room. From. Make sure you're actually running. Yeah. Just try not to feel self conscious as I absolutely do. Doing it. Yeah. It's hard. So I feel you. I feel you're paying on the on the job around the bases. It's hard to let go who's at the coolest Homer jog right now. I like that CUNY kid Scott. Oh, yeah. Sorry. Smile with smile and he puts his head down. Right. When he hits the ball. You're like oh thing go, it's so far. I love it. He round third base in the show's face, and he was smiling. Go home. I know he must go home and watch it a thousand times because he doesn't watch it when he actually hits it. This. I find so much satisfaction. I think just wearing it up, and he just wants to enjoy it. I guess I don't know feeling. He's a strong strong human being. I saw him. I played against him. When he was at Fresno state. He's a monster. He's that size when we were seventeen. He's real big in the box. Huge goodness gracious. He is also he's top five favorite players in the big leagues right now hundred percent. We've got some good ones. We have some really good ones do here for right now. It's players out. There all star game. You had your participate in your second all star game this year in twenty teen. It does it change. Like second time around is a change. Are you little less starstruck? Is it a little more comfortable like the first time around? It's really hectic. I don't end up getting much sleep. I enjoy myself a lot a lot of the players really liked to enjoy this. Yeah. Jim couple Bordeaux's. Yeah. You know, I think it was more Don Julio than Bush was it was straight aggressive one night. We had a couple of we had a couple glass we had a couple of glass of wine went to this place called RPM Italian. And we had some really nice wine. There actually your ear big willing guy. I am big. It's something that's pretty impressive about you. The way that you can speak eloquently, and I'm assuming educated I would believe just about anything anybody said to me like that, smells like fourth-floor and. Anything that leads seventy said that you'd be you'd be right? A lot more than you'd think. I because I said at every time stick with that earthy up an earthy on a really earthy if it's white, okay? Mineral buttery mineral, your board off your French frontier. Drinking a lot of French wines right now, mostly bore. No. You have any plugs right now for for once you're like help, I don't need any help. I drink all the good ones. And I don't drink the bad ones. And they're they're they're all doing just fine. They've been doing fine for years long time they've been in business for while. It's funny because just not a huge Bordeaux guy. And I got I we were drinking. We were drinking bottle, and he was impressed. And he thought I spent a lot more than I did on it. And so I showed the bottle and he's looking at it. And he he's like it's always funny when you look at this when you look at these things 'cause I drink a lot of Napa. And it's always like oh established in nineteen forty whatever. It's like, no. This was on a church in Bordeaux, and it was established in thirteen three. Like, it's like, oh my God. Wow. For years. Yeah. A longtime longtime goodness gracious. We went we took a little trip through Provence trance. And it was journalists. Awesome weird. Yeah. We were walking the grounds in the skies. The winemakers telling us about how many generations back they've been making wines. Like both score the United States was thing. It's like, wow. You guys know what you're doing here. You really take this stuff seriously joke. There's a couple of good documentaries on Netflix about it. Another passion cooking. We've kind of on over speaking of bonded over some food network. And a Netflix stuff. You are a great cook. I had some steak the cook the other day a couple of guys over for some time. Well, it was it was a little in tacos. It was like, I guess it was but it was good. It was really my wife set up most of it 'cause she was here early. But we got a great little ranch market down the street and buy just like a lot of local produce and stuff and just try to cook it up, we're always like the host. I always like to feed people. Yep. It's kinda just like my my parents, always cooked growing up. My mom always said our family her family because our grandparents always fed us. And I don't know it's one of those talion kind of things I guess is that side of my mother's side is talion. My grandfather was like fifty percent talion fifty percent German those last name was hyme. My grandmother's hundred percent talion first generation here. And then my my dad's during lunch dash. But my mom's seventy five percent. So it's it's the force is strong. With her. I watch a lot of Jetta dealer and Bobby has more she south on everything. But Jonah's great. She just for me, man. And I hope I meet her when day she'd be really cool to meet, but she talks really really normal. And then she just throws the super thick Italian accent at you when she says some sort of. Right. She lives in Malibu. She's talking like she lives in LA. Then she drops like a perk dude on your all right volume down a little bit. I don't know. Hey, what can you do? She makes great food though. That's for sure Italian food is becoming one of my more favorite types of cuisine. I grew up eating American Italian food. It was just all you know, at cheese, heavy, pasta and meatballs, whatever spaghetti and meatballs. As I've gotten older these big it, but we we went to France, and Italy, and and Spain and Italian food is extremely fresh. It's like it's Mediterranean, man. It's awesome. You gotta think about. Yes. Meatballs. Like, you say like, okay. Veal meat balls or pork meatballs in a red sauce? Okay. Well, that's in the very center of Italy throughout Italy. But right, I mean, it originated in Italy is is the coast, and what are you have is a Mediterranean Sea. So you have Ciba's you've seabream you have all these. Wonderful column Ariz, and I mean, it is very seafood oriented cuisine for the most part light. Obviously a lot of all his. Yeah. But yeah, it's it's there's a really really healthy side too. It's not always just pizza and pasta, you know, doesn't know and term assu, but about term SU SU guy. Yeah. I think I'm on the fence about it. Dude. My mom used to make it when I was a kid and she used to you know, the bread and the middle. Yes. Us real lady fingers and coffee stop. Yeah. So she soaks in coffee, so they're like soggy. And then she throws it in the middle of the layer. So when you cut into it, it's just like see being koso- super spongy, so just like Cps coffee, and it's like a lady finger goodness. See I think I had when I was younger when I didn't drink coffee. So I didn't understand the taste of cough of like why is it? So why isn't this is sweet as it should? I think now like that an Espresso. I could get down on hundred. Percent. Jose dips is waivers is vanilla waivers in his cough. There is that's what's up. I learned that the other day. It's the same thing. I mean, it's the it is the same thing. Right. The middle of your similarly return sue is so good. I spent about a month with ING and playing in Venezuela back twenty eleven pretty state was not stable. It was growing. It was decreasingly stable at the time. But unfortunate, I ate so. Well, so well, oh, man. It was delicious of there. And I was eating within. What is your cuisine for just a lot of what is it? It's a little bit everything. So it depends on where you are. I would eat kind of like whatever the locals eight depending on which city we went to so in Caracas, it's it was your standard Venezuelan food. A lot of a rape. Does a lot of meat dishes rice bananas, yet if not us, but I think were actually from a different city. So was they did more rivers in Venezuela. Ladies in LA that that's only make for us when we dodgers not as I know. But man, I can get down. Yeah. I wanna eat them to especially like the cheese ones. Gosh. So good. Yes. It's delicious. But yeah, I think I've got a taste for for Latin food when I was down there. And that's one of my one of my wife's everything's do is just kind of explore different area of the world. And she's reading through like, the quintessential Italian cookbook, and she's going to work our way through it this off season, which means I'm really excited about it. You're going to benefit a lot from. I'm gonna be eating some good stuff. I think they do it right in Italy. Yeah. They they've been to like you said they've been doing it for a long time for longtime. They don't need are. They don't need our graduation neuter help need our congratulations. Activates one of the one of the first things that I really learned about you as a baseball player when he came over was am, I correct me if I'm wrong here, you have a desire to do things. Well to do things really. Well, everybody does. But not everybody has the ability to work on doing things. Well, as hard as you do is that something that you've learned over the course of your baseball careers. Just something that kind of kind of comes naturally like I'm going to get this, right? Yeah. I hear you're saying. I just yeah. I just I guess, I guess I would just do want to do things. Well, I do some things. I don't do. Well, but you're aware of what you don't have a lot of things. I don't do. Well, but even even for the way like your body works. The way your connects things when I go out. If I'm gonna spend the time on it like I'm going to do right? If it's something I care about if it's something that I got a, you know, you know, it's gonna take awhile like just gotta do. Right. You don't worry about it. Or you're like this is going to have. You're on a team. So you want to I mean, you have an obligation to perform the best. I can every single day for the other guys that are performing the best again every single debt. So that's the assumption. You're making about the other guys that they are you know, when you're winning. It's happening more often than not true. It's pretty obvious within the professional realm. We all have our limits. We all we all his players understand that for sure just going out there and just you know, trying to do job. Well, yeah. E both have been on teams where you can just tell like, it's it's hard for everybody to do their best on everything every day. They're just. Yeah. I think we've we've gotten kinda spoiled here with the team that we've had that you can actually you can see it. You can kind of see it that everybody really really still cares. Works really hard. They fight hard. But yeah, it's really I think you fit in really well to kind of the character of this team and kind of carrying that along. But yeah, we've we talked a little bit about mechanics and simplifying things, and I shouldn't say simplifying, but making things in the most efficient composite make them is that is that other thing that you're you focus on a lot while you're pitching, or do you just kind of once the game starts are you able to let things what the game? Once the game starts. I mean, every once in a while you're going to try to make some sort of tweak right mean because as you get going you're gonna try to I guess, whatever's probably like your best key for whoever. You know, you are on how to replicate what you do. You know, whether that's you know, I always Justin saying like, you know, be on top of the baseball. I mean, I hear other guys talk about like clean efficient rips or backs being the ball or whatever your key is in. Then you have some sort of feel that you play with throughout the game. And you know, when you're out there for a while. Sometimes like, I am sometimes you have to have some self awareness to like, okay, am I drifting little bit or am? I taking my leg up in my like being or pay, you know, hyper aware like, okay, I'm getting fatigued here. Like, click leg could be not great quickly. Could be great. I was a little bit. At the end. I wasn't at the end of my rope. But I was not at the beginning of my rope. The other night like six against the Rockies and had hitter really off balance in cited slide step. I just totally gave them a completely different look than I had shown them entire night because I was banking that it would lock them up, and I could steal free striking right onto the next guy in worked other times. It's maybe more of a deliberate move because. Because you're fatigue. So you play with that. But then in between though, you know, you you can afford to be more aware of where your parts are. Because my best games are my most fluid. Easy right aims. Yeah. It's it's really true. Once you find that feeling of this feels right replicate that you're just keep keep doing this just a little bit on the throttle. Little bit off the throttle. You know, but you you grow on you play so many games. So you bring a different kind of bring a different body out there every I mean, you try to minimize it as much as you can be in shape and put your work in the off season. But there are just variables like smoke in Seattle. Yeah. I don't know about you. My body was dying up there. It was really bad. I got down here. And I know I'm home, and I know I'd be fresh to. Anyway, if I'm home, but man, it was a drastic. It was like my body. That night. And it was that night. Allergy is and everything kicked in for me. It was terrible reserve I'll I had a hard time recovering. We're like heart rate wanted one time and one hundred ten pitches in like a relatively cool evening in Chicago. Right. And you go eight innings you're like oh fuck that's a lot of workload. Right. And then you throw like ninety six pitches in Saint Louis, and you go five and you look at the calorie counter at the end of the day and the one in the one at nine Chicago's like twenty seven hundred in the one in like two hours in Saint Louis in five ninety six pitches. Five innings. It's like four thousand near like just absolutely drained dry. You drive your shirt jersey and twice in the dryer. So you know, that can have some sort of economic have some sort of fact, rather. Yeah, you can't control those kinds of things. So you don't like you said, you know, which body ring in the games. But in the bullpen. It's not even bullpen. No. Yeah. I mean, we really think about it those. I mean, like don't overdo the bullpen. The bullpen is about whatever heart rate feeling warm. Some most overrated thing to judge or not judge. I mean, you just wanna like wherever it's going. It's going just try to like throw a good one. Like if the curb all if you're trying to balance a ball, but never bounces throwing ones high. That are good. We'll can't find whatever. Who cares? Like is the amount out. There is gonna be different than the mount in here. Right. And they Drennan Lynn and the hitter. So the targets and all that stuff can be different. And it's probably gonna help you aim your ball. So just oh good one. And then worry about where he throw it when it actually matters where throw that's a yoga view, just accept it. Just accept is. Except what except the time. I mean the rest of it's just like anxiety. It is this games you'll percent, but like biologically. I mean, you're a starter. Now, you are reliever you need eight. Rips near good. Maybe probably. Yeah. That's about right. Yeah. Tonight. They were like can you be ready for two guys? And I got it through like thirty five inches as broke. You're like, right. Eighteen thirty six pitches. And now if I go back to starting it's going to be bro until you're warm, and then go and go, that's it. I'm not worried about trying to trying to refine all these pitches before game, please that's way overrated. Stuck about your hair for a second. Okay. Even wanting to night you've been even. Gestures on it. Hey, talk here for a second. I did jelly cut today. Thank you. I knew it was glowing. It does it does. It has that so Cal because kiss. Kiss signed today that was. And said, we know how to give you that. So Cal glow. I don't know what that means Clairol Aji or the so-called glow percents thing. My wife gets it every time she comes back from here. And we go to Houston. She carries it about her for like a week. I turn pink. She reminds that very often, I'm Italian, but my thing skin. Yeah. Man. So I'm used to like clouds, and should I guess, I don't know. No, it is it is. It is a kiss a lot of it's fake. Out of the real. That was the thing. It was a a makeup shop that was going to give you the so Cal glow was. Oh, yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Back your hair back to their back to the real thing. I messed with Jake all the time. Jake Moore is Nick because Jay is this long hair. They when he first got traded over to us. He had kinda short hair, and he was just like whatever normal, dude. But he's been growing this haired. It's been getting its own personality. And I think it's starting to rub off on him. Because now he'll lose his hat dirt. When he's running during the game. And then big hair flip. And and I say jobs it up. I know you're doing it for the fans. Don't don't go out there and say this is normal. This is natural. You could keep your hat on wanted to keep it on. It's like you're knocking it off. And you want the big universe? Heart care flip. I get it. But is it hard for you with that kind of hair to keep your hat on during the game. Or you just I fidget with it. Are you always ready to take it off and just shake it out? I don't need to shake it out. Just it gets. It gets all sometimes it gets all up in my ear. Oh, you're talking about behind it. I got I got to get a behind the ears. I am like the most anti like, Justin. Fever wave where like these little leaguers put their hats on. And then they have like bangs over there over there eyebrows. You know, I'm like the biggest push hater of that. Like, I'm super judgmental. So don't like I'm like get my hair out of my ears outta my face as the Josh fields move. It's a hundred percent. The Josh fields the way I got a one finger behind the ears all back there. It's going to have the main going onto the back. That's never been a problem for me, though is not for a long time. And I'm just praying. I have a couple more years left to the air. You know, at this point probably by five years away from just I don't know. It's better. I mean keeping short wearing a hat all the time or it a long time. It me it's not aware had all the time. But now it's early have that option. We'd kind of part comes with the territory, unfortunately, we should get compensated for baldness. It's had all the time. I'm putting putting on my next contract's. I want here in plants if yeah, if I go this my vesting option kicks in. If I go, bald exactly, and you're paying for all the hair plugs. Yes. Both because of the stress and because of that. It's players weekend. So we were wearing funny, hats, and funny jerseys and funny. It's funny. All that stuff. Did you have anything you have anything going on this weekend? I just, you know, put the standard, my nickname on the back and nickname being Coltrane who've this beat writer in Pittsburgh gave it to me. But I'm assuming he's talking about John Coltrane and not a an actual coal train. I think you saw came out a cold Coltrane. It is Pittsburgh. It's pittsburgh. It makes sense like AA team the Altuna curve, which is a curve into curve and a railroad track. It's a real it's a real well railway railroad track curves up the side of the hill. Oh, see I was always thinking in there. Like there's a curve. Year. Just miss me, really into jazz culture trade. No, I do like a little bit of jazz collected taste music. Oh, my dad really didn't really give me a choice. There really was like a standard. I'm listening to this in the car growing up. If it's my dad it's ninety five or ninety one five K ac- or ninety five one QC ninety five one K U S C calls. Classical 's baroque, our baroque, our our call back to NPR, right? There you go. And then if my mom, it's K earth wanna one with shotgun. Tom kelly. Shotgun Tom, what do they featuring? They do all the oldies. Okay. Yeah. She also says one talk show lady care, my what her name is. I think of later LA. La LA, nobody not not striking accord. There's some listeners out there. Who know exactly what I'm talking about still eyelash late at night, she talks about she gets people on they talk about love stories than they play sensitive songs. Sounds great. They have a rea- station K rock they do that. And the love line k rock rock kale row. Q? There's some really good stations California best best radio radio. All the time. It is legit ninety ninety eight seven nine five one classical ninety one five amp another popular one one two seven one four three one five one. There's a really good hitter. Like, indie, whatever station seven best all turn of station. Every time. I yeah. I don't even have to respond. If I want to come here. I flip on a radio station in head to head to the beach sparred. I still got my first truck, and I just yeah. I always listen to the radio. I mean, I don't even bother. I missed good radio stations in Atlanta. I don't listen to radio at all in Houston because of the. The hugest panic population. There every other station is Spanish radio station, and we hear in the locker room all the time. So sometimes I'll hear what it all starts singing along with it. And Ashley it'll be like, how do you know this? How do you know the song and on in our car like this is well, I. Yeah. I don't go. Listen, Houston radio. Now. I don't I don't either. Sometimes you do the DJ on the plane though. I do Jay on the on the bus. Yeah. Every once in a while. I try to, you know, fill the gap with some noise. Calm about it. I think everybody who plays. They're their music. Yeah. Self conscious. I just you know, sometimes I'm the headphone thing with the one headphone off the year trying to talk to somebody else because we're usually we're writing the buzz. It's usually right after the game. So we're still all little amped. We wanna keep talking. Yeah. And so this is on the way to the way away or. Yeah. Yeah. So the headphones kind of cuts the talking off. So if you use put the music on that everybody kinda likes then kind of fills us base. And then I feel like. Facilitates via facilitates conversation. It is a you probably agree with this bus rides to and from the airport are some of the best times and probably worse times in major league. Baseball for me. Yeah. Community great. It can be real shitty. Yeah. As a rookie account. It can be terrible. They cannot be great. A rookie. It can get to where the front of the bus happens. Every time I told you we got on the bus the other day. And I'm like calling out really think I'm in front of you. You're like your Dory about it. You do the time. And I'm like, yeah. I know it is every time. So I sit down in front of you. And then who walks on the bus Dallas. And he goes, oh, gee cool to sit in my seat today. Cool. And I'm like, I'm always in front of colonies like I'm always floor rose back, and I got more time. And I'm like dang it Trump card. I'm screwed. It is it's a hierarchy of time. I just Zaka the bus for the least amount of time. And or. If you want to be the back, and you run the bag then Jay probably hanging out with Jose in or when olas goes yet in the rookies a right in front of them. Yes. And then serving beer serving beer tubing on and then. Yeah. Usually singing these telling story, they get called up to the front of the bus on occasion. Yes. There are entertained if we need as a rookie. I was terrified awful terrified of it. Every time I to the front of boss. I thought hey, I'm gonna get made fun of here gonna feel self conscious about something for a week be. They're probably gonna tell me to do something. I don't know how to do or racing song. I don't even get up there. And you're like, okay, I'll try and then they boo. And then they always do you always get sometimes you get into the bathroom. Sometimes guys. Don't get booed though. I've seen it. Yeah. It can ever really a special time when you get a rookie up there who just kills it on the Mike as just a natural in front of them. Even if you kill it on the Mike though, that's really easy. Like we had a guy that was. Could sing all the time of his Berg. And that was is still you know, you could still get it still get to that. Right. But it's like there's one guy jeered Hughes. He went up there. He wrapped gangster's paradise from start to finish everywhere and hitting boot. That's that's one of the more impressive things. You can do a rookie. Yeah. PSA to all rookies. Make sure you know every word to karaoke before you start a major league season just care a little bit just a little bit put any work. You know, we had to do it. So just do it. I had to learn the words to baby. One more time in my seat at in five minutes, kicked off. I was looking at Lear X every single time after the game on the road. I'm looking at lyrics trying to remember because if you screw up one word, you're done. This is how I've learned all my character songs is how I learned black street. No diggity journey journey. I mean, come on. If you don't know these songs. Like clip Barmby's used to say if you don't like journey don't like Christmas. Yes. Channeled clip miss could player. Former Colorado rocky gargoyles what what does that mean? Flipped up the flip up the garden Elazig. Yeah. Yeah. The David exe Stein's flipping back in the day. They had had the glasses that the Linda's flipped up when the sun was not out in then bog up near glasses down you find this ball. He catch it. And then he flipping back up pro. It was also you could only wear those in the minor leagues with the Mets. They wouldn't let you wear Oakley's. That's awesome. Though. They made you wear gargoyles. That's awesome. I feel like a privilege to where real glasses on the field. We probably lost about ten fly balls in the sun because of him shot up competing ability count. Yeah. I guess it's an interesting thing to be picky on they neighbors across town or picking on facial hair picky on sunglasses kind of had this little brother complex where they they try. They try hard. We had our pants up all the time the leagues. We had no no names on your names on jerseys for the first couple of years. They wouldn't let you have names on your jersey. Name unders triple up sell something be said for that. Maybe keep guys from getting comfortable. There's gotta be it's gotta be extremely consistent and ninety nine percent of the players are gonna cut anyway that ever gonna make vaguely note that feels like right? So you're you're really you're. You're you're flirting with it. You're showing those ten percent of players. Wow. This is this is what you have to compensate in another way. Yeah. Taking care of them. Some Soza compromise to minor leagues is rough though it is they don't there's not a whole lot of taking care of these get you to the big league. It's it's there to weed you out that is a great way. Putting it. Coach in college said before I forgot draft before I went to start playing said Biro and best pitching coach because nobody's nobody's there to help you and that's the most sustained thing. Anyway, you wanna be able to pick your bags up and go to another organization and still be able to do job. Yeah. Which is not true. People are there to help you. But there are but you another set of is another Sarah perspectives. I mean, there's so many things you need to himselves though there. Everybody in the minor leagues. Trying to work their way up. Everybody's helping themselves. Well, yeah. Somebody's cutting the paycheck. They're helping correct. Everybody's ever it for the organization. Right business swift is. Yeah, it at baseball's a business. We've talked about this before too about contract stuff and unions. And whatever the case is. But baseball is good business though. Why business? Yeah. I I've been surprised this year. We had a lot of discussions about how they were going to be fifteen teams tanking this year. You know that there was going to be competitive baseball, and somehow somehow someway, major league baseball. And the players and the teams have found a way to make. There's some good races. Make it as you. There's a good race in east God division, the west. Just don't talk about the central very much. And then we the National League there's two significant flops. I mean, the I mean the dodgers are out of it. We're not counting the dodgers L. You can't cut it. But the the nationals are all wordy count themselves out out giants big. Yeah. It's a big team. It's big team. That's out. So bash for sure though, while baseball another compelling race between the Phillies, you know, the nationals fall, you had the Phillies and Braves the rebuilding spot the process Philadelphia's like, oh, yeah. I remember. When the Phillies are good. Remember when the branch Chipper Jones, Bobby Cox, like, you know. Yeah. One that's back. He wouldn't let are losing their minds right now. Chicago's still good. So everyone in Chicago's happy. Yep. Say Lewis is not quite good enough. But they're they're. So they're in it yet here in it. Yeah. So the brewers walk bright right there, and the ano- west is is interesting because you you, you know, every year being very familiar with the National League, Colorado, Arizona are pressing saver Cisco and LA, and it's just the same just going to live nominee will put together. You know, who's hanging around, right? There was seventy some odd. Winds airs on Colorado is it are we bailing? Are. We bailing they'll be out by just putting on this amazing product. Are we doing are? We like are we saying? Yeah. I know baseball's like maybe not doing as well as it could be in terms of the the national media and the national. We are bailing out a little bit the world's. I mean, you watch the world's cool parody and a lot of leagues in a lot of divisions. Basically, it was fun though. It is. But it's still sad for it's not funny. It's not fun against Israel. Someone can city fun. It's not fun at Tampa Bay Tampa hits southside Chicago fund in the south side Kogyo, it's not fun in Saint soda. San Diego, although they will be on a different side of the not on right? They could be good soon. It's really not a lot of fun of Miami. So it's just you know, you feel for those people who who wanna go see like a good like just they wanna go see like a good game. A large the country. Yeah. You know? I you know, because I mean, I went to a lot of baseball games. Here's a kid. And I remember the angels. And extremist the angels being really really good in the angels being really really bad and the angels kind of being like immature, and you go to a lot of games and there's good players. And you know that there's going to be a good game. Yep. You know, and you know, you're asking so, you know, your dad or whatever you're like, you know, when is a win is ones lackey going again rise a kid. You know, it there there they might be five hundred they might finish second or the Rangers might run away with it. But it's like oh latkes bitching against the Rangers. The Rangers are good. Let's go. Let's go watch a watch it. Let's go watch it, you know. So the fact that at the worst you can't even experience that like you can't even go enjoy a game. Because you gotta watch something that you don't wanna watch is. We're bailing amount. That's that's that's not ideal for sure, it's not ideal. They is fun to watch right now though, very mad division next month. Is going to be really cool, man. It's I grew up watching this division the most right out of everything. This was my division. I watched the keys paid attention to the Yankees. I know the Yankees lineup just as well as I know all the angels lineups. But these people these are the division. Yeah. So chopping up to be an amazing funnel month of the season Garrett. I wish you the best of luck moving forward. Thank you, sir. Thanks again for being on the pod. This was fun. Yeah. We'll do it again. Yeah. All right. We can do it with like a couple of other guys to let's get some. We'll get some. We'll get a group in. I'll have to Mike phones step up my microphone, and we could pass the microphones around. That would definitely keep people from talking over each other. We'll figure out a way come back at you. Thanks, guys.
"twelve" Discussed on The Twelve Six Podcast
"Good body of work for me? Right. But I didn't do it coming into last year. Right. So coming in free agency. So I'm in no position in my mind to ask anybody for anything. I'm just I'm just I talked to my agent. And I was like, hey, do you think do you think anybody's gonna call, you know, and we'll see? And those expectations. Well, yep. Through five or six bullpens. And I and I realized that the ball was still coming pretty well my hand, so I had some optimism and then the Astros called and there were to my knowledge they were like fifteen to twenty teams called with varying degrees of interest anywhere from a two year deal to Myrlie deal. Yeah. Out of the bullpen, something anything got. And I'm like, that's great. I expected so little of that offseason that when but when the Astros called the offer was really aggressive. So I told agent to stop negotiating let me sign it. Because honestly, honestly because I I had waited for months and rehabbed and finally got to a point where I was someone bullpens. And all I wanted was. An opportunity. So it was pretty unbelievable for me the tab that opportunity to come to this organization be part of your group. My I wouldn't my group. Well, I mean what you were here, and you guys had done some really special things. You know, being being Pittsburgh with a group that I felt really connected with and I was upset when I was traded from Pittsburgh. But the club houses are really similar. And the direction that we're headed at the time. But Pittsburgh, they've the the directions changed a little bit at the time. That's pretty much what I had left in. Pittsburgh was a really good group of guys organization was headed in a great direction. Young talented. Yup. Had had a little taste of winning. Yep. Yeah. And so out our forget when you came over to the Astros, Kim, spring training last year, I knew a little bit about you. But we met and I knew off the bat we're gonna be friends house where we pals. I met you at the Astros foundation gala where you are off on your Bank super awkward. Oh, super nervous. Yeah. I can imagine. Like, you just get thrown into that. Who are all these people? You didn't know any of us. You were all dressed up. Yes. Was your first inundation into the Astros? Yeah. In the pirates. They never did anything like who was who is the musical artist. Diana, raw what is that? You know? I'm going to the pirates charities foundation dinner. And like, I you know, I knew everybody there, and it's kind of low key. But you know, we're, you know, and then we. It's it's like holy cow Dana's. So you were off their cameras everywhere. People, you know, in fancy dresses suits, and you're out there sipping on a beer on the on the side table, and I saw you. And I I said, I think that's I think that's Charlie. Chuck, well, my my immediately like my feel my like feeling emotions came into. I just want everybody to be okay. I go into I just want to everybody around me to be cool and to be okay. And to be in harmony. So I thought I'm gonna go say, hey, I went and said, hey, we sat and chatted for about fifteen twenty minutes thought this guy we're going to be pals. But then I throw for the first time a bullpen when we got to camp, and you're throwing absolute thunder pellets. I'm talking high nineties power sinkers. And I thought this is not the guy. I thought I was what happened looking at. Well, so I remember you. I remember the big story was back when you were at the pirates the idea that you were throwing a little bit like ROY halladay. You're throwing a lot more sinkers. And I thought oh, maybe he's gonna throw. Yeah. He's going to be like a guy Dallas doors a little bit harder than Dallas. But like sink of all keep them on the ground. I knew you had to curb do that good of a curveball. Then I thought you were thrown. I was like no this is a different. This is a different animal. Did you feel different coming into camp than you had before? I felt different coming into camp. I have before with the Phillies. Yeah. After the fifteen season actually the last month of the fifteen season was especially hard for me because that whole year was just a broiler coaster, and we were in a great spot in the division like one or two games back and down the stretch. I just didn't pitch. Well, I remember being really frustrated in September twenty fifteen. There was a game against the. I remember the cubs or Saint Louis or something at home. And I remember just trying to throws hard as I could. Because I was frustrated I just wanted to I just wanted to throw. And then in Colorado, I made a start Colorado. And I looked up at the radar gun. It was like ninety four to ninety six and I was like, wow. This is great because in spring training. I come in having my right hip repaired. And I wasn't in shape. Like, I you know, I was on court for a month. And I I was in the gym until maybe January, so I'm under prepared. And I'm just kinda. Like, I'm kind of teetering trade water and. I started after that season. Because a lot of frustration kind of, you know, a lot of things you're talking about identity, Halliday sinker, a little little awful cutter kind of thing. And that's why I was that's why I was trying to be in in. Pittsburgh was this guy that just kept the ball down and sank the ball little bit. But I think I think that kind of box myself in I think there could have been some expansion of zone up. I think I could have certainly thrown more curb all special lefties, but the biggest thing the biggest change I think was getting the gym and starting a different routine, and then that offseason also when I was playing catch. I just did it on my own with our with her group. I didn't have a pitching coach around or anything like that. I just listen my body with my delivery. Yeah. So I want to spring training with the Phillies kind of what you saw. I think they saw over there. I was doing hard. My stuff was good in. And that's why I think twenty sixteen was such a disappointment that injury because I was a pretty good spot. But it worked out, you know, who knows what would have happened you stayed healthy had a good year. And who knows
"twelve" Discussed on The Twelve Six Podcast
"Be looking for another foster to pick up the dog went when you're done to that dog finds forever home, and you kinda have trial runs. Right. So those are kind of the the different ways you can kind of figure out if having a dog is is right for you. That's fantastic. We're we're going to have to do that in a couple of years because my kids show. Yes obsessed with dogs. Yeah. I mean just cannot get enough of them. And so we we've been fighting that battle with like, okay. Well, we travel a lot. But we know we wanna have dog, and we want to do things under twenty pounds and five with you. That's true. That's true. Honestly that I can't can't tell whether. To make it easier or harder on my wife. Maybe a little bit of both just depending on on where you're at. What time it is? Yeah. Well, that's that's great work. If you are out there, and you are interested in this. What's the working? They go to find more information about it helps support. Well, you can go to bark there to shelters the bark shelter in Houston Harris County shelter at you can call them and ask you and ask them what rescues that they work with directly, and you can find them through there or you can go to my social media, my Twitter, Instagram or my foundations Twitter Instagram, which just coz union foundation, and we're constantly posting things from different rescues different different foster based on groups that you can get involved as a really easy way to. Kind of kind of figure out what you wanna do. And if you wanna if you wanna volunteer, volunteer at those shelters humane, citing Houston's, great place, volunteer. And if you go to Google and put rescue groups in Houston, and there's going to be pages and pages of rescue group. So it's they're easy to find. They're pretty easily accessible if you wanna find them. Nice. All right. Let's talk about baseball. A little bit stood you were to Jesuit high school in Tampa, Florida. Where you peaked? Well, we'll talk about that. Because in twenty twelve you're the national Gatorade player of the as you're drinking a Gatorade. Now. That's incredible product placement. Wow. Yeah. You're the national player of the year in twenty twelve year. You've got drafted direct as a position player or as both kind of like the best overall player in the nation. Okay. That also exemplifies like good character and has decent grades. All right, decent grades. You're stupid. Finished high school with three point O GPA on the dot on the down the dots. I'm talking about. So you were drafted that year. One of the most impressive things about you is how much you know, about your draft. Yup. But your story in your draft was unique for a lot of reasons, but we talked about this. And how basically every player for the first year picked what overall forty I forty first overall. So the top forty picks. Everybody's got their own story. Right. Everybody's got their own thing. That's going on. But yours is very specific. And and extremely interesting. We're gonna hold her down. I know we can't we can't fully go into it. But I wanna know going if you were going to give a piece of advice to a kid a talented kick out of high school right now who was going into the draft one or two pieces of advice. What would you say? Well, I would say don't be obsessed with the number of the number. You get picked because it's a big thing high school or college. It's. It's ego thing it you wanna be picked high because you feel like you deserve it. I I should have been tough. I pick. Right. And I still I still feel that way. I play the better player in the draft. Right. And there's some good people. There's some great players draft or maybe of famers draft. But you know, I just don't feel at that time eighteen years old or how rod it was in the twenty twenty one year olds coming out. I thought it was a top five town. And what happened was in? My draft is is I fell for it was the money or the with new dresses from was, but I was obsessed with where I was going to get picked. I started to I started to fade away from the vision. My vision was the play in the big leagues missions is to be is the play in the big leagues be successful in the big leagues. And when when when it will championship in the big leagues, which we've we've accomplished check check check check check. But what I'm trying to say is that there are certain teams that are better for high school pitchers better for high school players better for. Pitchers ever called vision player. So I think it's important that you identify which teams those are and try to maybe matchup with those teams that also don't lose sight that you don't want to be picked by team doesn't see the same vision as you. Right. You don't wanna be picked by team tells you on the draft day, even if they are fifth overall pick that are going to offer you the most money they see six years away from the big leagues. That's not what you want. That's not what you want. This. What you wanna hear? So I think that if I could go back and kind of step back from it. I would have tried to identify which teams are right for me. And no doubt Houston would have definitely been one of those teams. I would have identified, and
"twelve" Discussed on The Twelve Six Podcast
"It's pretty epic just going on your background and your everyday life. My daddy soundtrack. So your Twitter Instagram. Ramming din. Yeah. I don't. Reveling town. I'm gonna why have one, and I have Snapchat Snapchat. Did that's what I've heard that. They did this new update, and it's super confusing, and I just it's nobody's anymore actually took off off my phone. I no longer have gone. I know well, I had Snapchat for a while. Also, I only have a certain amount of things at once. And I think Twitter and Instagram is like my. Yeah. Well, Twitter, actually, I've been off Twitter better. Let me see. Let's let's see how bad I really am. My last battery usage my last. Not good. I'm thirty percent Instagram and twelve percent Twitter. Could be worse. They could be worse. I've had I've had plus fifty plus twenty four hours. That's what my my average spent on my how many how many full battery charges. Do you need given day? How my phone charger quite often? Yeah. Yeah. My apples. Battery suck do you have about getting below a certain percentage? I if I get in the red. I getting my wife does not her phone dies at least five times a day. Never on the charger. She she plug it in she pulls back off she's going she she never can keep her. She I don't think ever over thirty percent charged. And I getting on the phone like in like arm's distance. Oh, yeah. Safety gone somewhere, and you reach for your pockets, and you'll feel it you start cold sweat. Yeah. You kinda like short of breath around where to go. Yeah. It's kind of basil. Love no outs. Gotta this. Somebody help me. So one of the things on on social media for the last month or so that you've been you've been getting people psyched for silver hair. And now looking at it right now, and it is on fire. Yup. My silver hair was a came to me and vision. Now, I just randomly tweeted it out in spring training. I was going to die. I'm here silver. And I got a pretty good reaction from from from the people that should matter. But I did and CARA was we were looking at pictures, and she started getting more and more for it. And I'm gonna do it really want to do it and Dallas actually bet me if I dyed my hair silver. He would die as his his beard, silver or gray. Neither of happened yet. We have a shaking have a handshake gentlemen's agreement was agreement and he's not got pay up douse payer debts. Either dire beard or yo- me a large money. We're shave off. He never should shake it off. Now, I remember face. Played summer league with Dallas like back when we were in college. And I remember seeing his face. And then I remember seeing with beard and being like, he's got the good look for. He's guy say he is better looking with the beard. But he's better looking right. Yeah. Yes. So you're silver hair is something that's been long awaited. Is it is it something that you now is like another accessory for you that you now match outfits with and chains and watches. No. I stand alone standalone piece, it's the state piece. I like I have some shoes. And I have some other stuff that I wear their standalone pieces. Yeah. I feel like wearing them that particular day some hairs everyday hat on the standalone, it is what it is. And I didn't know the struggle of having dyed hair. Ooh, before I dyed my hair like you have to condition it and it's not just like the conditioner suave to two in one. You put in there you wash putting Italy. Like, thirty minutes. Bike cold water is better than hot water. You can't blow dry it all the time. You have to airdrop a lot. Wow. I have this like mix is like this like purple conditioner makes the put my hair like once a week, try keep the color. It's it's a struggle is real that whole nother element to my life. Visit give you way more respect for your wife. A way more exactly why are you in the shower? So she's like my hair on my what do you mean? Your hair wash it now. I get it. Yeah. Breyer shampoo, purple shampoo and conditioner that process thirty minute process alone being shower, right in and out quick showers. All we shower so much healed and together with