Crash Bag, Vol. 80: Sex is Real

Oh, hello. Eric Longenhagen here. Please, let me explain.

I don’t like answering emails via the written word. I don’t find it fun. I take baseball too seriously (I’m aware of how dumb that sounds) to infuse fun and humor into questions about Marlon Byrd and Kevin Frandsen like Michael does so well. I just can’t do it. I DID want an excuse to do a podcast, however, which is why I accepted the responsibility of writing this week’s CrashBag. It is a dense 35 minutes long. Writing, recording and editing this thing took forever and it features more parts of me than I’d like to admit including, but not limited to, my fascination with villains, my inexplicable fluency in Yiddish slang and my love for juxtaposition between the ultra-serious and absurd. This podcast starts out as bland and boring as anything you’ve ever heard. At about the 15 minute mark, you’re gonna start wondering if you’re having a stroke. I hope you enjoy it and that I still have a job here on Monday.

Produced by: Phil Milia (@BeercanStudios)

Written and Directed by: Eric Longenhagen (@longenhagen)

Music by: The Transmission Now

Guest Starring: Jillian Galm and Glen Longenhagen

 


Crashburn Alley Podcast Ep. 8: This is Not My Beautiful Outfield

In Episode 8 of the Crashburn Alley podcast, Bill, Michael, Ryan, Paul, and guest David Schubert (@CurseOfBenitez) discuss the two big Phillies trades, the rest of the trades around baseball, and answer a bunch of Twitter questions. Oh, and Michael goes on like a ten-minute rant about Michael Martinez because, well, why the hell not?

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Music was again provided by Local Wizards (Bandcamp page). If you dig it, please let him know. If you enjoy the podcast, make sure you’re following all of us on Twitter, and you rate us/leave comments on our iTunes page.

The next time we’re ready to do a podcast, we’ll let you know on Twitter so you can use the hashtag #crashpod to send in questions.

Crashburn Alley Podcast Ep. 7: Requiem for a Team

Paul couldn’t make it this week, but Bill, Mike, myself, and Ryan Petzar from ESPN 97.3 (@Petzrawr) talk Cole Hamels, what makes a successful 2nd half, the usual Twitter questions, and York, PA. The delay on this one is entirely my fault, because I’m terrible at editing. I swear we’re trying to get on a regular schedule with these. For now, enjoy!

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Music was again provided by Local Wizards (Bandcamp page). If you dig it, please let him know. If you enjoy the podcast, make sure you’re following all of us on Twitter, and you rate us/leave comments on our iTunes page.

The next time we’re ready to do a podcast, we’ll let you know on Twitter so you can use the hashtag #crashpod to send in questions.

Crashburn Alley Podcast Ep.6: A Hill of Beans

The whole gang is back and ESPN 97.3’s Ryan Petzar (@Petzrawr) joins us to talk about the Phillies. We cover the return of Chase Utley and his Hall of Fame chances, the struggling bullpen, and the outlook over the next month before heading into Twitter Q&A.

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If you enjoy the podcast, make sure you’re following all of us on Twitter, and you rate us/leave comments on our iTunes page.

The next time we’re ready to do a podcast, we’ll let you know on Twitter so you can use the hashtag #crashpod to send in questions.

Crashburn Alley Podcast Episode 5

The Crash Pod returns, and so does Bill Baer, who talks with Michael Baumann and Ryan Sommers about Kyle Kendrick, Juan Pierre, Roy Halladay‘s injury, and the first two months of the Phillies season. As a result, everyone gets really cranky, resulting in Bill and Ryan getting into the first out-and-out argument in Crash Pod history.

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Topics:

  • Joey Pankake update
  • Jonathan Papelbon‘s five-out save
  • Roy Halladay’s strained muscle
  • Season in review over two months
  • Kyle Kendrick: Master of the Universe
  • Trivia
  • Twitter Q and A

As always, feedback is welcome, and be sure to follow us on Twitter if you want to write in for either next week’s podcast or Friday’s Crash Bag:

  • Bill: @CrashburnAlley
  • Paul: @Phrontiersman
  • Michael: @AtomicRuckus
  • Ryan: @Phylan
  • Bradley: @BradleyAnkrom

Thanks again to Dirty Ghosts for providing our interstitial music this week.

Crashburn Alley Podcast Episode 4

Bill Baer is busy doing Bill Baer stuff, so Michael Baumann helms this week’s podcast with a performance that can only be described with words like “competent” and “well-intentioned.”

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Topics:

  • Carlos Ruiz’s white-hot start to 2012
  • Last week’s roster shake-up
  • Hunter Pence in the doghouse
  • Break
  • Ruben Amaro’s opinion on relievers and strikeouts
  • Cole Hamels trade rumors
  • Trivia
  • Twitter Question: Which member of the Phillies has the best hair? (@soundofphilly)
  • Twitter Question: Who is your all-time favorite Phillie? (@kfk5025)
  • Outro

As always, any and all feedback is welcome, on iTunes, in the comments section, or on Twitter. We’d love to know what you like and don’t like so that we can improve future podcasts. Some of the audio in this one is a little shaky, but it gets better in the second segment, and we should have the protocols down for a solid audio product for next episode. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter if you want to send in a Twitter question for the next episode:

Thanks to Local Wizards for allowing us to use his music for this week’s episode. Please check out his Bandcamp page and give a listen to “Muckrakers,” the album from which the music on today’s episode came, and several other releases.

Crashburn Alley Podcast, Episode 3

At long last, the third episode of the Crashburn Alley podcast is up and ready for your listening pleasure. Due to my own technical incompetence and a general inability for the 3-4 of us to find a common time, we had to delay the third episode for a while. This is, if I may say so myself, a great episode, however. Dan Szymborski of Baseball Think Factory and creator of the ZiPS projections joins us to talk baseball and video games, while the three of us (sans Paul Boye) talk about Charlie Manuel’s bullpen follies, the improvement of Joe Blanton, and the NL East landscape.

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Topics:

  • (0:00-0:22) Michael’s microphone makes him sound like a robot sent from the future
  • (0:22-1:50) Intro music/Introductions
  • (1:50-15:24) Charlie Manuel’s bullpen management
  • (15:24-22:11) Joe Blanton’s last two starts
  • (22:39-41:40) Dan Szymborski interview
  • (42:08-1:01:53) NL East discussion
  • (1:01:53-1:05:39) Trivia
  • (1:05:39-1:23:45) Twitter Q&A

If you have been enjoying the podcasts, please leave us some positive feedback on iTunes.

Crashburn Alley Podcast Episode 2

 

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Topics:

  • (0:00-0:42) Intro music
  • (0:42-2:07) Flyers freakout
  • (2:07-12:00) Should we worry about the Phillies’ offense?
  • (12:28-22:30) Bunting
  • (22:30-32:50) Bullpen usage
  • (33:18-41:30) Phillies prospects with Bradley Ankrom
  • (41:58-47:00) Factors in Cole Hamels‘ free agency
  • (47:00-51:15) Trivia with Baumann
  • (51:15-1:04:10) Twitter Q&A
  • @Major_Hog: YEEEEEWWWWW Mike Stutes
  • @drk5036: Why don’t you get an RBI web you GIDP and a run scores? Does this prove RBI are stupid?
  • @Not_Andre: Whatever happened to Desi Relaford?
  • @uublog: Will any Phillie hit 25 home runs this season?
  • @Frediot: What’s the funniest player/disease combination you can come up with? Cody Ross+scurvy is pretty hilarious to me
  • Click here to see his flow chart that we mentioned
  • @Mayo_Capone: Who’s most likely to win the first bullpen job opening of the year?
  • @ChasingUtley: How low can we go before they call up Dom Brown?
  • @vansantc: Do you think [Chase Headley] is a logical trade candidate this year?
  • @benyarrington: Do you love me?
  • As always, if you have any feedback on the podcast, we’d love to hear it. Let us know what you like and what you didn’t like. Make sure you’re on Twitter and following us next week if you want to ask a question.

    Thanks, as always, to Dirty Ghosts (@DirtyGhosts) for letting us use their music. Please check out their music, their new tour blog, and follow them on Twitter.

    I’ll be doing a spot with SNY.tv shortly, look for that to be posted later today. Bradley Ankrom will be posting a Minor League update as well.

    Episode 1 of the Crashburn Alley Podcast

     

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    Topics:

    • (0:00-2:55) Introductions
    • (2:55-5:22) Trivia
    • (5:22-12:45) Michael and Ryan respond to a response to Michael’s pessimistic article
    • (12:48-23:28) Are the Phillies still the favorites? Are they too old?
    • Break
    • (23:56-28:50) Is the Phillies’ offense going to be a problem?
    • (28:50-35:35) The Phillies’ pitching staff, signing Cole Hamels
    • (35:35-48:08) What stats would we like to see used on baseball broadcasts? Camera angles!
    • (48:08-74:50) Twitter questions and answers:
    • (48:08-53:20) via @WalkoffWoodward: Are the Phillies going to be bad in 3 years?
    • (53:20-59:10) via @Slap_bet: Find something positive to say about the Phillies!
    • (59:10-60:20) via @SmallUpsetter: Non Sequitur
    • (60:20-65:20) via @longenhagen: Explaining Sabermetrics to people
    • (65:20-74:50) via @euphronius: How are the Phillies successful in spite of Ruben Amaro? Who will be held responsible if Juan Pierre gets 600 PA?
  • This would have been the spot for a segment on Phillies prospects with new Crashburn writer Bradley Ankrom, but he was under the weather and had to reschedule. He’ll be on next weekend’s episode if all goes according to plan. This is why the podcast ends abruptly.
  • As this is the first episode, it is very important to us that you leave feedback, positive or negative. Let us know what you did and didn’t like. Paul’s sound ranges from awful to good, but there’s nothing I could do about that as I believe it is simply Skype’s fault. Unfortunately, in this episode, I come out of one speaker while the other three come from the other. I hope to fiddle with more settings so everyone comes from both speakers.

    This podcast will be available on iTunes but it isn’t yet, so please be patient! [UPDATE: It’s on iTunes now.]

    Thanks to Dirty Ghosts (@DirtyGhosts) for granting us permission to use their music. You can see them at the Mausoleum of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia on April 20th. Check out their video for “Ropes That Way“:

    Dirty Ghosts – “Ropes That Way” (Official Video) from Last Gang Records on Vimeo.

    A special thank you to Spike Eskin (@SpikeEskin) for giving me plenty of advice along the way to start the podcast, and for being an all-around great guy.