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The unofficial nickname of the A’s should be the elephants. That inexplicable logo they sometimes use is the only memorable thing from my childhood about that franchise besides the Giambi brothers. I guess the Giambis would be also be a good nickname…

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I don't know where else to put this because I can't find an email address for the Poscast anywhere. I have to object to Joe's exclamation on the latest Poscast: "Who doesn't love a good three quarters shirt?"

I don't! They're ridiculous. Either be a short-sleeve shirt or a long-sleeve shirt. What is this in between nonsense? A 3/4s shirt is a laundry accident, it's not a legitimate shirt. I played baseball for my entire youth and I HATED that we had to wear those mid-length sleeves. They bother me so much. If it's cold, I'll wear long sleeves. If it's hot, I'll wear a t-shirt. There is no need for something in between.

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If you want a more poetic nickname, I propose North Wind for the Cubs.

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The Unofficial nickname for the SF Giants should be 'The Say Heys' and the Cubs the 'Baby Bears'

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On the most recent emergency Poscast, Joe and Mike announced the end of their "Phamndom." But they missed another emergency. Poscast favorite Joey Votto is at risk of losing his career Pham. His batting average has been hovering between .299 and .300 all year. Please immediately call another emergency Poscast to officially rename the "Pham" to the "Votto" and start a recurring Joey Votto Poscast Update that tracks whether Joey Votto is maintaining a career Votto.

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Hey they mention a draft episode at the beginning of the Yankees Win Poscast. Has that come out yet?

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Hey I was listening to the poscast and it just stopped in the middle of a sentence... ?

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Hey, Joe. Love the Poscast. Apologies if this has been addressed before, but are there plans for the goons at Meadowlark to eventually post the Poscast under its own feed on Stitcher? I know that it can be found on the Le Betard & Friends feed, but it’d be great to have a standalone feed as well.

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Watching NBA playoffs, I realize that I have no idea what a foul is. On every foul the fouler complains in the face of the ref. On 1/3 of plays someone hits the floor. Big guys run into each other and occasionally a whistle blows

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Should there be more 10:30 baseball games? It's kinda great for folks with little kids who can't stay up late.

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I just finished the audio book of How To Be Perfect. I enjoyed it, but as a regular Poscast listener, it took a while to get used to the idea of Mike discussing serious moral philosophy instead of the usual Poscast nonsense. I guess I’ll have to wait until his second book to hear the Fruit Talk I’ve come to expect.

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A draft of least enjoyable sporting activities (taking a charge from Giannis, tackling Derrick Henry, etc). Mucking out thoroughbred stalls doesn’t count.

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Remember how quickly the NBA and NFL dealt with issues with their basketballs and footballs? Hmmmm.

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I hope Mike watches tennis, because this podcast better be 100% Carlos Alcaraz content.

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Can Myles Straw be named Poscast player of the year - or at least some sort of honorary title? I know his biggest contribution doesn’t show up in any of the advanced stats but can an exception be made for this one case?

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Asked a while back on Twitter: will any American sport will join the rest of the sporting world and award/hand the championship trophy to the players, rather than the team owners? And how do they balance that ego with anonymity?! (Hockey is Canadian, so it doesn’t count)

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Friend Of The PosCast and The Larry Bird of Stand-Up, Gary Gulman, does a famous bit about his least-favorite expressions (the top 3, of course, being "Yeah, no," "Just sayin'," and "At the end of the day."). All I really want in the world, other than to hug Most Huggable Baseball Player, David Ortiz, is to hear you two writers/Guardians Of Meaninglessness/lovely degenerates draft this: your least-favorite expressions in the English language.

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How can I continue going to games and supporting the A’s without supporting the owner? Or more importantly, how can we make teams a true public trust as MLB try’s to sell us on the idea that they are?

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Considering what’s happened with Covid over the last two-plus years, I’d like to hear you guys talk about this at some point on the poscast.

On February 9, 2015, episode 11 of the Poscast, Joe and Michael drafted fears. This was Michael’s #2 fear and the dialogue that ensued:

Michael: My number two is fear, which is very personal to me. I’m going to classify it as global pandemic. Basically, a virus. Essentially, what it amounts to, actually, is the breakdown of society. It’s a big fear for me, like, the virus that gets loose or the massive earthquake that causes everything to go into Bladerunner dystopia. I don’t know how to describe it. I’ve worked on Parks and Recreation. I’m currently editing the series finale. We’ve had this debate in our writer’s room. If the earthquake hits or the virus gets loose and society breaks down, what do you do? Do you go find Chris Pratt or do you go find Nick Offerman?

Chris Pratt is a superhero. He played Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy and he’s going to be in Jurassic World, fighting dinosaurs. He’s an active sportsman, he goes hunting all the time, and he’s just a big, strong, charismatic leader type. So some people say, “I go find Pratt. He’ll get me to safety.”

Other people think, ‘I’m going to go find Nick Offerman. He can build me a canoe and float me to safety.’ It was obviously a joke conversation we were having, but now I think about that all the time. I think about, ‘Nick likes me. Nick will save me.’ If a global pandemic comes, I’m going to grab my wife and my kids and go to Nick Offerman’s house and hope he has an extra canoe and he can help me forage off the land while society collapses around me.

Michael: The larger point is that I think about the global pandemic, breakdown of society a lot and it’s a very scary thing. What it amounts to in practical terms is exactly that. When there’s a blackout in my neighborhood, I’m completely useless. I don’t know where the flashlights are. I don’t know where the Go Bag is. I don’t know where the candles are. I can’t light them. The matches are soggy. It’s a disaster. The idea that there would be that, but more serious, is terrifying to me.

Joe: By the way, how does it end? What is the most likely scenario for this global pandemic?

Michael: I would have said virus. I think I probably would still say virus at this point, but I think that long term it may be climate change. It may be like that movie The Day After Tomorrow, that kind of scenario where there’s a crazy superstorm and then a giant super volcano and then, like, all of South America becomes uninhabitable and then there’s mass migration, that kind of thing. I’ve played out a number of these scenarios in my head in pretty elaborate detail.

Joe: Yeah. By the way, that’s an excellent fear. Good pick at number two, for fears. I cannot even see movies where there’s a virus. Whatever that Dustin Hoffman thing, I never saw that. I won’t see it. I don’t like that. That’s way too possible. I’m good with, like, really crazy movies. I don’t believe we’re going to end up in The Hunger Games. I don’t think that’s real, but I’m not seeing a movie with viruses, just not seeing it.

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Who do you guys think is the most fun MLB player at each position? Not best at that position, but best clubhouse/team presence guy. And if you were to take them all and put them on the MLB All-Fun Team, what would that team’s record be?

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I love the secondary nicknames and thought having shortened names for parks would also be a good segment because I recently heard someone call Tropicana Field “The Juice Box.” What are some other possibilities?? “We’re playing in Heaven” for when playing at the Angels? “We’re at the Pub” when at the Brewers? Possibilities are endless!

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I get that it would never happen unless (until?) New York and maybe other large markets each had 5 teams, but what would MLB be like if it had relegation/promotion the way European soccer leagues do?

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What's the over/under on true one-pitcher no-hitters this year?

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Oh and thanks for this opportunity to comment re Poscast. Used to be on the bleeding edge of tech and apps, but twitter was an edge too far.

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What is the appropriate way for a diehard lifelong baseball fan to retaliate at MLB for the lockout while still trying to support players and enjoy a game I still love? I hear Mike wrote a book about moral choices so I figure he has the correct answer.

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At Hamilton at Belk Theater celebrating Mother’s Day with my wife and twin teens. And therefore thinking of you and yours, Joe, and that wonderful essay you wrote 6 years ago.

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!

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Do you feel totally, or completely, responsible for un-jinxing the Yankees?

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Which in-game situation is worse for your team to be facing: “tough sledding” or “an uphill climb”?

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Is there an official Poscast stance on sweeping a 2 game series? Many headlines this week were "Dodgers sweep series against Giants" and while technically yes, it was only 2 games. At least to me, sweep terminology should be saved for a series with 3 or 4 games. Maybe call winning both games in a 2 game series a "dusting" as in "Dodgers dust series against Giants". Thoughts?

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Just a fan boy note: I bought my wife HOW TO BE PERFECT for Mother's Day. I hope she enjoys it as much as the Fremulon t-shirt I got for my birthday this week, something I've coveted since FJM.

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Can we agree to call the newly minted Commanders the "Commies"? It would be a nice undercut to the jingoist name choice while also preserving the prior color scheme.

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How come we don't talk about there are three team in the major sports that got by "bucks" phonetically but don't share a the same name or city (bucks/pirates/buccaneers)

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How did we not see the Mets coming? And do the Phils and Hammers have a chance?

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I would love to have a baseball card signed by both of you. Why? Why not? I would think the perfect card to send to you would be this year's Official Poscast Player.

So, who is that, exactly? Who are the top candidates?

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I’m curious to hear your thoughts about Banana Ball rules — the innovations used in games involving the independent Savannah Bananas baseball team. They’re detailed here: https://thesavannahbananas.com/banana-ball-rules/ … thanks, and Happy Mother’s Day to the moms in your lives.

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So it’s Mother’s Day and I’m on day 8 of quarantine in my bedroom, meaning my wife has had to manage our three kids on her own for more than a week. My sons brought me breakfast while my wife is driving all over the area for soccer games. What is the floor in terms of making this up to her? Do we just flip Mother’s Day and Father’s Day this year or is more required? TIA

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If Joel Embiid were to play football, what position would you have him play?

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I was at the Braves/Brewers game yesterday. The Braves won 3-2 and the game ended on a strike em out throw em out double play, which was a pretty cool way to end a great game. That had me thinking it would be fun for you to draft best ways for a baseball game to end like walkoff slam when down 3 or game winning home run robbery or walk off balk.

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Mike, as a fellow Red Sox fan do you have any advice on what to do when we inevitably get to the 8th/9th inning with a 1 run lead? Ever since the Diekman game, the one in which he threw 8 sliders in a row to Taylor Ward, I don't think I can handle the walkoffs anymore. I realize it's probably just statistical noise, like a coin coming up heads 10 times in a row, but it sure is brutal to watch :(

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8-man baseball line-ups. No DH or pitcher. More plate appearances and more action for the games biggest stars. Anything that gets the best players more frequently in the thick of the action the easier it will be to turn them into national stars. Think of how long you have to watch a basketball game before it hits you over the head how great Steph Curry is. Now think about how many baseball games before you would understand for sure how great Mookie Betts is. Anything we can do to narrow that gap will help.

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Thought Trout’s hug with Soto was better. Bad pull-away though.

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I know how laborious this sounds, but is there any chance the PosCast would offer, in the interest of fundraising, official PosCast apparel? I mean, I just need t-shirts, but I could see hats being popular.

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Am I the only person who calls a beer a Tom Brunansky? If I am you’re all welcome to get in on the ground floor with me.

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Are the Miami Heat the NBA's version of the 90s era Duke? Their fans and certain media segments are obsessed with how they do things "the right way" (culture), they genuflect at the old guy in charge, their best player is not so secretly an a-hole, and they have a similar Cobra Kai vibe.

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Would someday like a draft of the best entries from The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading and Bubble Gum Book by Fred C. Harris and Brendan C. Boyd (each entry a vintage baseball card with author commentary.). My own favorite: "Vern Stephens hit pop-ups. High pop-ups. Major League pop-ups. Neck straining pop-ups. For this reason he was known as Pop-Up Stephens. ... Vern Stephens could have played his entire career in a stovepipe." Or perhaps the one accompanying a Harvey Haddis card which after explaining his 12 inning near perfect game comments: "From that evening on Harvey ... wore the baleful and painfully contrived smile he displays for you here as a part of his regular uniform." Or just take in the graphic wonder of a Johnny Unitas card with his hair on too tight or Gus Zernial with 6 baseballs affixed to his bat ("with stamp hinges"?) giving an OK sign. All the best. Love the Podcast.

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Would sports (and baseball in particular) be better if a fan base could recall their team's ownership group? Which could be triggered say after x number of losing seasons or a trade of a long-time hometown star or generational talent.

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We got Joe's take on a combined no-hitter, what is Mike's?

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When can we expect to see Joe and Mike start playing on a MABL/MSBL team, what positions will you each play, and what do you predict for your OPS your first year?

(FWIW, like Jason Kander, a few years ago I started playing in my local MSBL, and it's a ton of fun. Actually not kidding when I say you should both strongly consider it.)

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Hi Joe, I am a big fan. What’s a good email to reach you at for comments and ideas?

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How did the video of the Jays fan giving the kid a Judge home run ball make you feel?

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