Hooks & Runs

Hooks & Runs

This is a podcast about baseball, music and culture. Our podcast includes interviews with news makers in the sports and music world plus commentary from the co-hosts on interesting current and historical events. Hooks & Runs releases a new episodes every Tuesday.

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June 8, 2021 58 min

 With concert tours and festival announcements coming down the pike almost daily, Hooks & Runs turns to Cillea Houghton, a Nashville-based freelance writer and creator. She writes about the country music scene mostly--her work has been featured in No Depression, Variety, USA Today, Taste of Country, Sounds Like Nashville just to name a few. She joins Eric and Craig this week to talk country music, including artists returning to...

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This week eric and  Craig talk about the crazy play in the May 27 Pirates/Cubs game where Javy Baez turned a routine ground ball third out into a two-run inning thanks to a rare home to first base rundown. They compared the play to other famous brain locks in sports. 

Also in Chapter 1, the surging Tampa Bay Rays, Rich Hill's amazing May, the Astros home stand report, Mickey Callaway is out until 2023 at the earliest, Marcell Oz...

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This week, Phil Mickelson makes history at the PGA Championship; a look at the greatest athletic accomplishments after age 50; a look at the NBA playoffs; Sam Houston State wins a FCS national title; where have all the hitters gone?; a week with two no-hitters; and more on baseball's unwritten rules.

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Sit and Listen To It Rain!

In this episode Eric and Craig welcomed Kevin Edelson from Closer Monkey, one of our favorite websites. Closer Monkey tracks all 30 MLB bullpens and meticulously tracks the bullpen hierarchies. We discussed dozens of closers, past closers and potential future closers plus trends like position players taking the mound, closers in free agency and more. If you are a fantasy players, and especially a daily fan...

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In Chapter 1, Baseball News, Eric and Craig discuss more 2021 no-hitters, George Springer's injury problems, the Dodgers are 5-15 in their last 20 games and Albert Pujols released.

In Chapter 2, Music News, the discussion veers to Gary's Allan's first album in 8 years, Bob Marley's legacy on the 40th Anniversary of his death, strange Nirvana news plus the Oscars' Best Original Song.

Past episodes mentioned in this...

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Eric Nusbaum published a compelling first book last Spring, "Stealing Home; Los Angeles, the Dodgers and the Lives Caught in Between"---the story how Los Angeles condemned and violently evicted families in three Mexican-American neighborhoods to give to the Dodgers. This week, Nusbaum joins us to talk about his wonderful book and how clearly this almost forgotten story from L.A.'s past resonates in these times. Do not s...

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This week Eric and Craig discuss the legendary, hard to find 1976 documentary Heartworn Highways, their top three albums from 2021's first quarter and baseball news, including Madison Bumgarner's 7-inning no-hitter, or make that a notable achievement,  which led to a rabbit trail about what is or is not a true no-hitter.

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This week Hooks & Runs wraps up its series on the six MLB divisions with Sara Sanchez who discusses the Chicago Cubs, the division and a quick "real or mirage" game with a few hot starters. Sanchez is a contributing writer at Bleed Cubbie Blue, podcasts at Cuppa Cubbie Blue and is a contributor at FanGraphs

In Chapter Two, Eric and Craig lament the Astros COVID-19 troubles and the current losing streak, take on some in...

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Hooks & Runs series on each MLB  division resumes with  a look at George Springer's new team, the Toronto Blue Jays, favored by many to challenge the Yankees for AL East supremacy. Our guest, A. J. Andrews, the Locked on Blue Jays' host, joined the show to discuss the Springer acquisition, the Jays' early hitting woes, Josh Palacios's hot start and  the challenges releasing a daily team-specific podcast.

In Chapt...

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Opening weekend finally arrived and aside from mostly limited crowds and a COVID-19 outbreak in the Nationals clubhouse, things seemed almost normal. Eric and Craig take a tour around the league with a home run that wasn't, a double no-hit for our time, an All-Star game on the move and an Astro sweep over the A's. Baseball is back and we could not be happier!

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This week continues our series looking at each MLB division with Brett Ballantini, managing editor of South Side Sox, SBNation's White Sox blog, and podcast host for South Side Sox Podcast. The White Sox, one of baseball's youngest and most exciting teams hired 76-year old Hall of Famer Tony LaRussa to manage the team . A marriage made in heaven -- only time will tell? We chatted with Brett about the White Sox after Eloy Ji...

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In the podcast's continuing series previewing the six division, our guest this week is Allison McGague. She blogs at Amazin' Avenue, the Mets' blog in the SBNation family and co-hosts A Pod of Their Own, featured on that same blog. We discussed the New York Mets outlook as well as the outlook for the other teams in the N. L. East. But mostly, the Mets.

In Chapter Two, Eric and Craig offer their predictions for the 2021 M...

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There are no mushy retrospectives for Hooks & Runs' 1st Anniversary episode. That would take foresight and planning -- nobody's got time for that! Instead Eric and Craig dove right in to current events -- the Grammy Awards, Stephen Strasburg on the shelf (where else?), Luis Guillorme's 22-pitch Spring Training at bat, MiLB experimental rules, the NCAA brackets and MLB stadium capacities -- Eric and Craig offered opi...

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This episode kicks off a six-part series where we look at one interesting team from each division (and the division) leading up to Opening Day. This week we start with the Colorado Rockies and the National League West. The Dodgers & Padres are clear favorites in this division -- we are looking at the Rockies as they face life without Nolan Arenado. We are joined by Noah Yingling, Site Expert at RoxPile.com, a Colorado Rockies f...

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Country Westerns self-titled debut album released last summer and later landed on many best-of 2020 lists, including our own (Ep. 43). This week we have the Country Westerns - guitarist Joey Plunket, drummer Brian Kotzur and bassist Sabrina Rush - who talked about the winding road that brought them together, the band's progress to the Fat Possum record deal and their debut album, and musician life during COVID-19. We also found...

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After a week in deep freeze and power adventures that shuttered last week's episode, Hooks & Runs returns with two interviews. First up, Tiffany and Caitlin Saunders, hometown extreme racers now residing in Austin. For several years now, Tiff and Cait have traveled the country and globe competing in Ironman competitions. We talked with them about the progression from beginner racer to Ironman, their travels to South Africa ...

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Eric and Craig this week continue their interest in how fans engage, interact and consume music in the streaming age. Today's guest, Angela Stefano, editor in chief of TheBoot.com, a leading Nashville-based country and Americana music blog, has some interesting ideas about the subject. The discussion begins with Eric Church's recent announcement on releasing three separate albums in April and how that might be received as ...

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The Hooks & Runs co-hosts are fascinated by the whole GameStop phenomenon that has dominated both Wall Street and the general news cycle in recent weeks. We talked about this in Episode 48, but wanted to go into greater detail with more news and developments. Hence, this special episode.

First, neither Eric nor Craig are investment experts so do not rely on them for expert advice regarding the investment, legal or psychological ...

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Greg Luca, sportswriter for the San Antonio Express News and general assignment reporter covering the Texas League (AA) San Antonio Missions appears as our guest this week. We talked about Major League Baseball (MLB) reorganizing Minor League Baseball (MiLB) and San Antonio's so far futile quest to build a new downtown ballpark, two events that conspired to demote San Antonio from Triple A, MiLB's highest level, back to Dou...

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Our guest this week is Tamara Saviano, author, journalist, publicist and Grammy-nominated record producer, who is releasing this spring her documentary about Guy and Susanna Clark called "Without Getting Killed or Caught." Saviano, a long-time friend and collaborator with the Clarks has made a wonderful film that tells the story how Clark and his contemporaries like Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle and others c...

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