The Cespedes Family Barbecast

It's the 21st edition of the Barbecast so grab an alcoholic beverage, sit back, and enjoy this AUSSIE of an episode. Our special guest this week is JAKE FROM THE FUTURE. Sorta. It's our first guestless episode since Episode 4 but we still managed to talk for a long time. Our e-mails included a lot of questions regarding Jake’s trip to Australia as well as some fantastic material from the regular e-mail superstars like Napolean and OBP. After that, we did another battle of amazing baseball names and then talked about Jake’s trip a little more extensively. We DID manage to have Lana Berry on for the 13th consecutive episode (oh my god Lana I am so sorry) and we talked about her favorite things from 2013. Oh, and our musical “guest” is the sounds of a didgeridoo because duh. Thanks for listening <3

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 10:44am EST

lol we've literally done twenty podcasts. Our special guest this week is male human being Jason Parks, who knows a bit about baseball and slightly more about what's wrong with Jeff Passan. You know who Jason Parks is. Prospect wise, we talked Bundy/Gausman, Bundy's cutter, Lucas Giolito's magical powers, Jason's earliest scouting memory, and OBVIOUSLY Victor Sanchez. Duh. We also touched on a few topics with PG-13 floors and NC-17 ceilings. Our baseball-reference war of Negro League names got pretty intense as usual. Our second special guest was our good friend Sara from high school. We talked about Matt Wieters for about 90 seconds. Tales from Logdog with Lana was a rapid fire edition where we asked her a bunch of pointless questions. It was basically what we usually do except even more random and irrelevant to baseball. Our e-mails were solid-average with plenty of room for improvement but Napolean and OBP came through and that's what matters. Thanks for listening <3 (Rate and review us on ze iTunes!)

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Our special guest this week is longtime friend of the blog/Twitterz, and one of the better Craigs out there, Craig Calcaterra of NBC's HardballTalk. He was at the Winter Meetings so we talked to him about the craziness of the meetings and discussed the nature of reporting baseball rumors nowadays. Craig dished a lot of dirt because Craig is dirty. We love Craig.

To celebrate the podcast turning 19, we brought back THE OFFICIAL MINOR LEAGUE PITCHER OF CESPEDES FAMILY BARBECUE right-hander Kieran Lovegrove, who happens to be 19 years old. Kieran just spent a month in South Africa. Kieran was also born in South Africa. Kieran was there when the legendary Nelson Mandela passed away. We talked to him about that. We also quizzed him on which free agents signed where because he hasn't had internet for a while. If you aren't following Kieran yet, go do that please @Lovegrove19.

We had a plus-plus crop of e-mails this week including a discussion on an All-Retired team, Gizoogle, and a somber life lesson from Big Poop.

AND YEAH WE TALKED TO LANA BERRY. We briefly discussed where Matt Kemp is going to not get traded to and some other stupid stuff because that's what Tales from Logdog is at this point.

Thanks for listening <3 Rate and review us on iTunes!

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 11:10am EST

  Yeah, it happened. We made it to our age. It's the 18th Barbecast featuring Scott Weber of Lookout Landing and some variation of Jedd Gyorko. We talked to Scott about HOLY SHIT THE MARINERS ARE GONNA SIGN ROBINSON CANO and then spent too much time on Justin Smoak and the rest of the Mariners team. We also interviewed Mark Ling for the second time, the mastermind behind the Sacramento RiverCats Twitter account. He PWND the Reno Aces earlier this week so we asked him about being soulless and awesome. Tales from LogDog with Lana Berry covered Lana's Hall of Fame Ballot but not THAT Hall of Fame Ballot. E-mails were above-average and that's all you get to know. And OF COURSE we had another baseball-reference name war IN WHICH WE BOTH PICKED A TURKEY. Thanks for listening <3

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WARNING: This is probably our messiest Barbecast yet...but it's a fun one. We literally lit the Hanukkah candles on the podcast. What more do you want? You can blame the weird audio quality on Jake's microphone this time, and NOT on my internet.  Anyway, our special guest this week is Matt Sussman, one of the 38 funniest people on Twitter. We talked to him about a bunch of Detroit Tigers related stuff and his first ever joke. After that, Amanda Rykoff came on to talk about her ridiculously awesome experience in Curacao and how legendary Wladimir Balentien is. We recorded the e-mail segment with Jake's mother and she provided plus-plus motherly commentary throughout. Tales from Logdog with Lana Berry covered some FOOTBALL YES FOOTBALL as well as where the hell Shelby Miller has been (SPOILER ALERT: HE GOT MARRIED). Oh, and of course we had another ridiculous baseball-reference name war. Sorry about the ending. Thanks for listening <3

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 6:42am EST

It's the Barbecast's Sweet 16 and we celebrated by talking to an entire Triple-A baseball team...kinda. Our special guest this week is the MASTERMIND behind the Sacramento RiverCats' Twitter account, Mark Ling. Mark turned out to be significantly cooler than Daric Barton and gave some great insight on what it's like to work in minor league baseball. No baseball talk this week because I, Jordan, is/was deathly ill BUT we managed to include another war of old baseball player names found in the depths of baseball-reference. Tales from Logdog with Lana Berry was all about Jake going to the SMARTEST SCHOOL IN AMERICA. Another solid crop of e-mails this week; my 12-year old brother made another appearance and Big Poop let us know how much he misses baseball. Thanks for listening <3

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 7:21am EST

We made it to Episode Half-of-Thirty which is remarkably insignificant but we'll celebrate it anyway. Our special guest this week is some random unemployed guy named Danny Farris. He watched literally all of the baseball games this year so we talked to him about that and what it was like living in the Fan Cave. Tales from Logdog covered GRONKFEST and how Lana survived playing semi-drunk football with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Lana wrote about it here. E-mails included a gem from my 12 year old brother David, Ric Flair AGAIN, shirsey limits, and another incredible story from Big Poop. Baseball talk included a war of 19th century baseball names (let us know who won), and more shirsey talk. This was a fun one. Rate and review us on the iTunes. It helps a lot and we want more people to appreciate our questionable humor in audio form. Thanks <3

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 4:48pm EST

Episode 14 of the Barbecast has arrived in the form of Jemile Weeks jokes and a whole lot of talk about baseball player names from the 19th century. We laughed about Pretzels Getzien for about ten minutes. Our special guest this week is baseball lawyer extraordinaire  Jason Wojiewjcokwciwjcokwjcokwhokchwokchwokchscjichowski of Twitter dot com fame. We talked to the Woj about Jemile Weeks, the Oakland Athletics, and more unfortunate baseball names including PUDDIN' HEAD JONES. We like Woj a lot and you should too. E-mails include another brilliant appearance from Napolean Bookbindery, Edmundo, and NaNoWriMo ideas from Big Poop. Baseball talk was Jake making me guess which player from each team won the HEART AND HUSTLE AWARD. No, seriously. Tales from LogDog with Lana Berry was the same thing. Lana got more right than I did :( Jake's Varsity Baseball Update is an exciting one, as JAKE MADE THE TEAM YAY JAKE ha no he's not actually on the team yet. But encouraging news is shared. Thanks for listening. Rate and review us for a chance to win our love and respect <3

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 9:06pm EST

Because bad luck means nothing to us, Barbecast 13 is here one day before Halloween. We managed to squeeze four guests into one episode. Our special guest this week is Amanda Rykoff, devoted #MUPWATCHer and baseball writer extraordinaire. You can follow her on the Twitterz @amandarykoff. We talked to her about hilariously long extra inning games, stupid World Series narratives, and Yankee Stadium tickets costing more than your house. E-mails were exciting; LITTLE POOP IS BACK. After Amanda, we introduced THE CHRONICLES OF LOVEGLOVE. It's the return of the official minor league pitcher of Cespedes Family Barbecue, Indians right-hander Kieran Lovegrove. Kieran is in the same organization that just changed their Double-A affiliate's team name from the Aeros to the RubberDucks so we obviously asked him about that. If you like happiness, go follow Kieran @Lovegrove19. Instead of baseball talk, you get to hear 15 minutes of us having an emotional breakdown with Jake's mother after the obstruction extravaganza of Game 3. It's intense. And finally, TALES FROM LOGDOG with our good friend Lana Berry. As always. Thanks for listening <3

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 9:06am EST

It's difficult to top last week's ridiculousness, but Barbecast 12 is here featuring our first ever TWO TIME GUEST Paul Sporer. Unfortunately, Paul's first episode way back in August was deleted sooooo we had him on again because we like him. We talked to Paul about HIS Tigers, Jim Leyland, the World Series, and I think some other baseball stuff. Another spectacular e-mail segment included questions about Kelly Vs. Avril, ways to improve Cleveland, Chinese Food and postseason songs. Oh, and Big Poop sent in a brilliant short story about his fictional encounter with Jose Fernandez. Then we interviewed my (Jordan's) roommate Jamie about his dream of being a DH for the rest of his baseball career. Tales from Logdog was messy, but we talked to Lana about the Kanye West proposal among other stuff. Thanks for listening. GO RATE AND REVIEW US ON ITUNES PLEASE. Alright, cool. <3

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 11:16am EST

We asked Lana if she had seen Alison Gold's Chinese Food music video. She said no. We showed it to her and recorded her reaction.
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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 11:44am EST

Just when you thought the Barbecast couldn't get any more ridiculous, we had an actual professional baseball player on to talk about things that I don't even want to say here because they are too good to spoil. It's right-hander Kieran Lovegrove, the OFFICIAL MINOR LEAGUE PROSPECT OF CESPEDES FAMILY BARBECUE. We talked to him for an absurdly long time and then edited out most of it for obvious reasons. Oh, and of course Lana showed up again. Our extra long e-mail segment covered the Red Sox' ability to consume alcohol, a ton of Yasiel Puig questions and another masterpiece from Big Poop. We actually talked about baseball for a good while, considering the playoffs are going on...but that quickly dissolved into a discussion about our favorite shirseys. Jake's Varsity Baseball Update is somewhat depressing, as America's Favorite ROOGY is still adjusting to life as a Pitcher Only. This week's show ends with another edition of TALES FROM LOGDOG (Lana again; we can't get rid of her). We had her watch "Chinese Food" for the first time and react to it in real time. It was intense. If you haven't watched Chinese Food yet, please just go do that by clicking here. Chinese Food is also our musical guest because we love chow m-m-m-m-mein. This might be our best episode ever. We hope you enjoy <3

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 7:45pm EST

Yeah, we showed some #want and cranked this out in a single afternoon. It's a milestone episode so we got Mike/Mark/Montreal Ferrin of Fringe-Average and MLB Network radio fame. You can follow him @MikeFerrinSXM. We talked about Cuban baseballers, the playoffs, the mid-west, and The Godfather. No e-mails this week, except for one from Big Poop because duh. Baseball talk includes OUR SUPER EXCITING PLAYOFF PICKS. Jake's Varsity Baseball Update is a big one; JAKE IS BECOMING A PITCHER. Tweet us your congratulations and condolences. TALES FROM LOGDOG is back for the second time with our good friend Lana Berry and we discussed this Miley Cyrus Hedgehog parody video and how she survived #DoLoThroDo. We concluded with a nice family friendly story about Scott Spiezio and Chad Bradford. Seriously. Thanks for listening <3 

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 7:40pm EST

It's just another Manic Monday, which means Barbecast 9 is here to be consumed by some undetermined number of humans. Our special guest is Stevo Sama of death metal fame and fortune as well as his baseball knowledge. You can see some rather vile pictures of Stevo below. He was fantastic and we had no idea what references he was making the whole time. Follow him @yoshiki89. He also bLOLgs about basebLOL at http://xtrabasehit.blogspot.com/. Excuse the plus-plus technical difficulties. Our e-mails include the return of Little Poop, a discussion about our baseball cabinet and debating freedom...or something. Baseball talk includes a long discussion about tiebreakers and our ideas to improve them and make them more entertaining. This of course is significantly less relevant now that the three-way tie can't happen, but it's still a fun discussion mostly revolving around Tropicana Field. Our new segment is TALES FROM LOGDOG featuring everyone's favorite, Lana Berry. We talked for like five minutes and it was almost funny. Thanks for listening <3

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 10:01pm EST

EPISODE OCHO has arrived and it is probably my favorite episode we've ever done. Our super special guest is Lana Berry. If you don't know who that is then you aren't reading this because you couldn't possibly be on the Internet. You can follow Lana @lana but you already knew that. We talked for way too long about Lance Berkman, advice for college, and other baseball related nonsense #followlogdog. Our e-mail segment was longer than ever and we got some good ones. Topics included the Amish Red Sox (see below), Old Man Jake, annoying spelling rules and family Poop talk. Baseball talk was brief due to reasons explained during the podcast. Our musical guest is ALL OF THE IPHONE RINGTONES. No, seriously. Enjoy and thanks for listening <3

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 1:50pm EST

It's here a week after we recorded it but fuck it, we're in college and have other things to do besides edit podcasts! It's Barbecast 7 with emergency special guest Chris Rodriguez of Baseball Prospectus. He is barely legal and you can follow him at @chrisrod13 (#FollowCrod). We talked about shitty California League parks and other things almost baseball.  Our e-mails obviously included Andrelton and Big Poop. Just your average Barbecast. Oh and for about three minutes we all thought there was a minor league team in Tuscaloosa. We talked about other stuff but I don't remember what it was because it was a week ago. Enjoy!

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 12:52pm EST

It's the sixth Cespedes Family Barbecast and this one got pretty graphic. We talked to Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders on the Tweeterz) about Barry Bonds, conflicting fanhoods and Raul Ibanez...but mostly just about Jew stuff. Our e-mails covered hot dog eating contests, baseball raps and obviously Big Poop. Baseball talk was all about the weird trades that went down. I can't remember anything else and it's almost 2 AM soooooooo here's the Barbecast. Oh, and our music this week is only the greatest song of all time. Thanks for listening <3

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 5:35pm EST

COLLEGE DUDES. So we went to college and we decided that on the first saturday afternoon of college there was nothing better to do than to do a baseball podcast. Lucky for you we created this bad boy right here. We talk to Al Chimmichanga of clevelandfan.com and dietribe.com because we wanted to. We touched [...]
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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 6:35pm EST

It's a quickie this week as we actually have shit to do like pack for our freshman year of college. We just ran through emails quickly, which were fantastic this week. Topics include: more big poop, bases, balls, home runs, Christ, believing in one's self, tickles and more. Music from DA BENCH MOBB.
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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 9:06pm EST

It's the third episode of the Barbecast sponsored by Jordan's 11 year old brother David. Our musical guest this week is unfortunately Jake on the piano again, but we improvised and came up with a fantastic melody for you all to enjoy during the breaks. The e-mails were far from plentiful but they were most definitely interesting; we talked about improved names for home runs, what the ultimate player would look like, and the most important question anyone can ask regarding Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton. Our special guest is Zach Mortimer (#FollowMort #SingleMortDays) from the press box in Wilmington, Delaware. We talked a bit of baseball and then Mort gave us incredibly emotional advice for our soon-to-be college lives. Baseball talk was limited because we wanted to play MVP Baseball 2004. Thanks for listening <3

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Category:Cespedes Family Barbecast -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

It's the moment that all (5) of you have been waiting for. It wasn't easy labor, but the Cespedes Family Barbecast was birthed last night and oh boy is it an ugly child. It's the inaugural episode of the Cespedes Family Barbecast which means technical difficulties galore and a whole lot of bad jokes. This week's episode is sponsored by The Bar That Used To Employ Tom Wilhelmsen. A shocking number of people wrote us e-mails which included fantastic questions on moustaches, the Cubs farm system, dodgeball and which piece of baseball equipment we'd want to be. Our guest is internet superstar Craig Goldstein (@cdgoldstein on the Tweeterz) who writes for FakeTeams and DynastyGuru. We discussed a plethora of riveting topics with Craig including Jeremy Guthrie, Van Morrison and Kyle Farnsworth's anger problems. We reviewed our trip to Hagerstown to see the Suns face the Kannapolis Intimidators and then talked about TRUE NUMBER ONE STARTERS. Thanks for listening <3 

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