Episode 47: Shirtless & Slightly Douchey

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

Episode 46 - And We're Back To That

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

Episode 45 - All Glory to the Shoulder Toad

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

Episode 44: Flat Stanleys

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

Outtakes (Episodes 42 & 43)

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?

On attractiveness:

Laura battles a spider:

Non-baseball games:

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!

Episode 43 - Oatmeal Storm

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

Episode 42: Phenomaly

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

Episode 41 - Outtakes

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:

Dream Symbolism:

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!

Episode 41 - Spiritual Grain Beetles

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

Episode 40 - Dumpster IKEA

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
 

Episode 37 - A Buffalo in Your Kitchen

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.

Episode 36 - Don't Get The Clap From The Cup

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

Episode 35 - Pitchers Are Weird Cats

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

Episode 34 - Fun Things Are Fun (When We're Winning)

Is Matt Harvey currently a LOLMETS or a LOLCINCY? Is Anthony Rendon doing a The Bachelor-esque rose ceremony or is it behavior modification? What on Earth is going on with you Bryce Harper? We look for answers here at Resting Pitchface. Even with a brief sojourn in Geography class.

Episode 34 - Fun Things Are Fun (When We're Winning)

**On this episode we do discuss Roberto Osuna and his domestic violence arrest. Time codes ~1:30 to ~18:00**

Episode 33 - Some (Nats) Like It Hot

Everyone chill, it's still only April. Meantime, who wears it best: Pedro "The Thriller" Severino vs Wil "The Thrill" Difo. Major League Baseball & fans continue to be extremely racist (Lindor has nothing to apologize for). Umpiring, heavy sigh. Baseball is in the Upside Down. Resting Pitchface takes a long walk down a really fork-y road.

Episode 33: Some (Nats) Like It Hot

Umpires Disproportionately Eject Non-White Players

Anthony Rendon was ejected from Saturday’s game for … not contesting the strike zone. He flipped his bat down, faced away from the umpire, and did not visibly open his mouth. He was tossed by Marty Foster, for, what crew chief Joe West described incorrectly as ‘throwing equipment.’ (The pathologization of a non-white player’s actions after the fact to justify an ejection by a white ump is the subject of an entirely different set of analyses.)

After the game, Rendon actually went on record to say that umpires, like players, should be held to specific standards and demoted if they fail to meet those standards. This statement is remarkable for a couple of reasons. One, as most Nats fans know, getting Rendon to say anything, particularly anything of substance, to the media is pretty tough. He is, to forgive the pun, a pretty close-mouthed guy. For another, he points out that umpires, like players, are now doing their jobs in the Statcast era - we know, to a pretty refined degree, how well or not well they’re performing.

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Episode 32 - Phenomenal Cosmic Weirdness, Itty Bitty Opening Weekend

It's been a heck of an Opening Weekend and that's without even getting into the Nat's 21-runs-over-three-games sweep of the Reds. We tackle the highlights (overturned walkoffs & the 17 stages of baseball grief, the audacity of bunting, the gall of Brian Goodwin's grand slam), Resting Pitchface style. And there's still time for a hard right turn into the evils of capitalism. This is the start of a beautiful season.

E32 - Phenomenal Cosmic Weirdness, Itty Bitty Opening Weekend

Episode 31 - Things of the Face

We have something of an Aging Players Yearbook this "week". What's going on with Ichiro, Tim Lincecum, and podcast favorite Tyler Clippard? Also, Noah Syndergaard's shirtless interview has us speculating about more than just bullpen carts. The pornstar jar is on topic for once (though it does get interrupted by a camel). Introducing the Scherzbow, a Resting Pitchface original.

E31 - Things of the Face