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The optimal product of baseball should be fun baseball and the Nationals are making that a bit easier of late. (Vote Rendon.) We here at Tangents R Us are certainly having a better time, as are a number of Nats pitchers. (Vote Rendon.) This time we have some on-field reporters from Night Out, thoughts on language acquisition, big dogs, All Star Game fashion (have we mentioned Vote Rendon?), and more tangents. Vote Rendon!
Episode 51: Shawn Kelley Glove Fund
Resting Pitchface returns from the Eastern Women’s Baseball Conference Diamond Classic with some wisdom the Nationals could use: Lean in with your boobs. Not your head, Victor Robles. If the season is going to be what it keeps on being, the Nats should at least make sure the kids (Soto, Robles, et al) are alright. And with the season being what it is, we’ll keep on doing what we do, which in this instance is casting the team as Avengers, because why not.
Episode 50: Please Unsnap Dusty
Resting Pitchface is a niche bookstore this week! The Nats have us in a weird place emotionally. They might be the squibs of MLB but there are at least a few smart cats giving us something to be happy about. The rest is a repetitive series of bad decisions, institutional exploitation, and, possibly, a finishing school. Bees?!?
Episode 49: Rick Ankiel’s Finishing School
If we had our way, we’d be talking about “wiggling entertainingly everywhere” for the whole episode. Being Nats fans, however, we can’t not discuss the bullpen. From Yipsitis to stolen eyewear, Resting Pitchface runs the gamut on the theme. Feat. Heel turns, power tools, and RPFP greatest hits.
Episode 48: Seal Tank Romeo & Juliet
Look, Bryce is gone. We have some feelings and opinions about that. It’s Resting Pitchface, we have feelings and opinions about everything. For example, how many Matts are on the Nats (spoilers: a lot), whether any of these new rule changes are going to fix anything (spoilers: they aren’t) , and should we resign DSpan (spoilers: we should).
We spend as much time talking about Bryce Harper as we do taking about goats. We’ll leave it to you to determine what’s the best use of our time (spoilers: it’s goats).
Episode 47: Shirtless & Slightly Douchey
Spring training is upon us and Resting Pitchface is back to talk about all the free agents yet to find their forever homes. Free agents are basically stray cats, right? We also say our goodbyes to Frank Robinson, discuss potential tight races in the NL, and make some space for more Grammar Time with Resting Pitchface. We didn’t mean to call Opportunity Curiosity, we swear we know better.
Episode 46 - And We’re Back To That
Resting Pitchface is back even though baseball still isn’t. We discuss the offseason moves the Nats (and a few select others) have made and what that could mean for 2019. As always with us, there’s more: telepathy as a performance enhancing drug, what can be done to protect Wilson Ramos’ hamstrings, and who's who of the /checks notes, Reds?, just to name a few. Don't worry, the elephant in the Nats' outfield gets some coverage too.
Episode 45 - All Glory to the Shoulder Toad
We've gone from baseball chaos to baseball anti-chaos here in the post season, but that doesn't mean we don't have some highlights to discuss. Relief pitcher home runs, catcher support groups, the un-pitcher-butt, and more all have their episode in the sun. We're also joined by Adrian Burgos of La Vida Baseball for a special interview in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month!
Episode 43: Flat Stanleys
More outtakes for your listening pleasure! Have a look for an occasional glimpse behind our scenes into our process:
Can you get divorced without a spouse?
Laura battles a spider:
Uniquely baseball injuries:
Zero sum games:
Do you know your AL pitchers?
As always (if twice counts as always), if you’d like to see more of this, please let us know!
What does Resting Pitchface want in the postseason (now that the Nats are out)? Chaos. Chaos, and Ichiro in a series of disguises. Do we have enough mustaches for this? Also, did you know that Mike Trout is a chaos/weather god? You heard it here first.
The Nats’ season may be over but that doesn’t mean we don’t have stuff to talk about. MLB. Karaoke. GO!
Episode 42: Oatmeal Storm
We here at Resting Pitchface likes to cover many topics: unionization, eating the rich, pharmaceutical development, and measuring things in percentages of a Joe Blanton. We're also making peace with where the Nationals are and looking forward to where they'll be. Jayson Werth night was a thing, the intentional relief pitcher out should be a thing, and (checks) we all still love Oliver Perez. How about that Juan Soto?
Episode 42: Phenomaly
We hate to lose any of our trademark tangents. That said, sometimes those tangents are best enjoyed on their own. We've promised outtakes; please, don't let these pass you by:
Making Matt Belisle Blush:
and a Deep Linguistics Lesson, containing a vital listener question:
We hope you have enjoyed these lightly edited snips; if you'd like to see more like this, please let us know!
Please Nationals, stop making us have to update our theme song. This episode Resting Pitchface discusses not just the loss of Gio Gonzalez but many players we've loved and lost over the years. Joined by familial special guest Hannah, we walk back all the way to Lastings Milledge and try to find some perspective. Also, all the games of the Women's Baseball World Cup are still on YouTube if you missed them, so if you want to know who were talking about when we talk about Jade Gortarez or Ayami Sato, you should check those out. It's September folks, here comes the clown car bullpen....cart.
Episode 41 - Spiritual Grain Beetles
Hey literally everyone: watch the Women’s Baseball World Cup!
PSA over. Walk off balk is hard to say, don’t hit rookies with baseballs, and don’t sell your bullpen because you’re mad. That said, bullpen carts are great, though we all have differing options as to why. And more thing should be solved with lasers.
Episode 40 - Dumpster IKEA
The Trea Turner episode.**
(There is discussion of Roberto Osuna & MLB's domestic violence policy. Please contact thehotline.org (DV), rainn.org (SA), or suicidepreventionlifeline.org if you need help or just someone to listen)
** This episode was recorded before Trea Turner's apology press conference: bit.ly/2vqAJVx
We're not happy about teams dumping on their own players, but we are happy about the All Star Game. We're not happy about the lack of disease control protocols, but we are happy about the Mariners' sleeveless uniforms. We aren't happy about the Nats, but we are happy about the Nats. Ah, sports.
Episode 38 - A Truth Universally Acknowledged
National baseball media is doing a horrific job of talking about domestic violence/child sexual assault and we have to address it. Do freaking better. Umps are also not learning anything about their racist behavior and we have to address it. Do freaking better. Meanwhile the Negro League Baseball Museum continues to be literally awesome despite vandalism, the Mets have a horse in their kitchen and his name is Jerry Blevins, and the Nationals' house is not actually burning down. Just, let Michael A Taylor stay in center. You know, we talk about too many guys named Mikey this episode, but we don't regret a thing.
E37 - A Buffalo in Your Kitchen
**Discussion of DV/CSA starts ~1:30, ends ~21:00.
Please contact thehotline.org (DV), rainn.org (SA), or suicidepreventionlifeline.org if you need help or just someone to listen.
The Stanley Cup followed Adam Eaton to DC and then to Nats Park; whether or not this breaks the sports curse, we hope the Nationals remember to sanitize. It's also the 75th anniversary of the AAGPBL and as important as that is, it's equally important to talk about its history without sweeping the racist and homophobic aspects under the rug of time. Also, 2/3 of us were at Nats Park to celebrate Night Out and watch Max throw an immaculate inning, we try to solve the Bryce/Eaton/Michael A/Soto outfield tetrahedron, and if the weather in DC stays like it is we'll be seeing Shirts & Skins games before long. Resting Pitchface is breaking out its shrine for Strasburg's shoulder.
Episode 36 - Don't Get The Clap From The Cup
Thanks to newest MASN personality Michael Morse for our deeply on brand title (and general baseball philosophy). We've got a fair amount of pitchers being weird cats, or people being weird to pitching cats, this ep. What is it about Florida that makes for so many poor choices? Also, racial scapegoating isn't really the best way to deal with PEDs, MLB. In Nats news: Juan Soto (new) Blessed Baseball Infant, Hellickson's blister is probably fine, and we're over .500 and apparently trying to start a boy band. That sure is something.
Episode 35: Pitchers Are Weird Cats