The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about an Angels team photo (1:15), the Mets-Indians Jay Bruce trade (2:00), and an Astros blooper (4:05). Then, they bring on ESPN’s Mark Simon to discuss how teams are attacking the slumping Aaron Judge (6:30) and Mike Trout’s continued dominance (15:50). After that, they welcome Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman of MLB.com and Cespedes Family BBQ to talk about the best and the worst player-chosen nicknames for the upcoming Players Weekend (27:45) and whether the event signals a thaw in baseball’s aversion to self-expression (44:55). Lastly, Ben and Michael discuss what Jerry Dipoto did (53:35).
Cold Judge, Hot Trout, and Player Nicknames
Michael Baumann and Ben Lindbergh discuss two of the game’s best players, plus the best and worst player-chosen nicknames for the upcoming Players Weekend
Sean and Adam discuss ‘Dogs’, what it means now, and how some of the other Sundance ’92 films were remembered—or not
Plus, an interviewer’s cringey question to Ari Lennox has the internet abuzz
Charles and Grace question the phenomenon of weird movie trailer music and Paul Thompson joins the show to discuss the history and transformation of Earl Sweatshirt
Author Morgan Housel joins to talk Peloton, Bitcoin, and finance myths
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