My First Ballgame with Bryan Hoch

My First Ballgame with Bryan Hoch

In the "My First Ballgame" podcast, Bryan Hoch and Connie Schwab Hoch set the time circuits to entertain guests from the worlds of sports and entertainment, discussing their first experiences at a big league stadium. Explore how that day forged and influenced their respective paths, with plenty of laughs and pop culture references included!


June 28, 2022 40 mins

It's the first two-part episode of "My First Ballgame!" There was just too much good stuff to cover with Joba Chamberlain. This Q&A is worth the wait ... we ask Joba to settle the old Mike Francesa question once and for all -- was he a starter or a reliever? What should the Yankees have done? We also find out what it was like to share a bullpen with the great Mariano Rivera, go inside the clubhouse with the 2009 ...

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We are joined by Joba Chamberlain, who spent 10 seasons pitching in the big leagues from 2007 through 2016 with the Yankees, Tigers, Royals and Indians. In the first half of a two-part interview, Joba joins us in the DeLorean to revisit his Major League debut pitching for the Yankees on August 7, 2007, called up as a 21-year-old and entering in relief to face the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. We'll discuss his meteoric r...

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May 30, 2022 65 mins

We are joined by Marc Carig, deputy managing editor for The Athletic, who has also covered Major League clubhouses as a beat reporter with the Orioles (2008), Yankees (2009-12, '18) and Mets (2012-17). Marc's work has appeared in Baseball Prospectus, the Newark Star-Ledger, Newsday, the Boston Globe and the Washington Post. Marc grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and is bringing us back to October 3, 1989 for Game 3 of...

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May 16, 2022 64 mins

We are joined by Jack Curry of the YES Network, a two-time New York Times bestselling author who is looking to make it three with "Swing and a Hit: Nine Innings of What Baseball Taught Me," an upcoming collaboration with Paul O'Neill. Jack sets the time circuits for April 13, 1990, when we'll revisit his first mainbar assignment covering the Yankees for The New York Times. Jack's car was towed by the NYPD h...

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May 9, 2022 60 mins

We are joined by Lindsay Berra, who gives us the inside scoop about "It Ain't Over," an upcoming documentary about her grandfather, Yogi, which will be shown at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. Lindsay brings us back to July 18, 1999, where we will accompany her to Yankee Stadium for 'Yogi Berra Day,' marking her grampa's return to the Bronx after nearly 15 years following a falling out with princip...

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April 25, 2022 50 mins

We are joined by Pete Caldera, who leads dual lives as the New York Yankees beat reporter for The Record of New Jersey and an evening performer, singing swingin' Frank Sinatra standards at a variety of New York City cigar bars and nightclubs. Pete brings us to Shea Stadium on August 9, 1974 for the Mets' 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, a game played just hours after Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency. We&apo...

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April 18, 2022 42 mins

We are joined by Meredith Marakovits, who has been the YES Network's Yankees clubhouse reporter since 2012. Meredith takes us to her first day on the job -- April 6, 2012, where we'll revisit the Yankees' 7-6 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field. Mariano Rivera is the greatest closer in baseball history, but Mo didn't have it that afternoon, leaving Meredith to ask some tough questions in her debut. We'll le...

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April 11, 2022 56 mins

In this episode of My First Ballgame, we are joined by the great Sweeny Murti of WFAN and SportsNet New York, who has expertly covered the New York Yankees for more than two decades. Sweeny takes us to June 8, 1975, where we'll trot onto the steaming Astroturf of Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium for the Phillies' 4-2 victory over the Dodgers. We'll discuss Sweeny's affection for Greg "The Bull" Luz...

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April 4, 2022 45 mins

In this episode of My First Ballgame, we are joined by my good buddy Mark Feinsand of, who co-authored one of the greatest baseball books ever written: "Mission 27," with the 2009 New York Yankees. We revisit Mark's first trip to Yankee Stadium on May 5, 1979, a 5-4 walk-off Yankees win over the Athletics. We'll touch upon what it was like to be in a Yankees clubhouse with Reggie Jackson, marvel at Tommy...

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March 29, 2022 39 mins

In the first episode of 'My First Ballgame,' co-hosts Bryan Hoch and Connie Schwab Hoch set the time circuits for June 23, 1990. We'll hear the details of Bryan's first trip to a Major League stadium -- New York's Shea Stadium, where Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden and the Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-0 -- and how that one summer evening sparked Bryan's decades-long love for baseball. St...

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