bnpodcastimagesmallIt’s the 23rd episode of a super awesome podcast featuring me and Sahadev Sharma. You can listen to the podcast there below, or download it for later listening. You can also subscribe via iTunes. Here’s your iTunes link, and you can also find it by searching in the iTunes store. For those of you who use other feed-catching services, here’s the podcast feed. For those of you just tuning in who want to catch up on prior episodes, here’s the whole lot.

As always, you can send questions, comments, etc. to the official podcast email address (podcast AT bleachernation DOT com) if you want your thoughts included on a future show. We had another great set of emails in this one, including why a newbie should be a Cubs fan, how to optimize the Cubs’ lineup (particularly in a post-Soriano trade world), and the desirability (or possibility) of an all-home-grown roster.

Today’s episode is almost exclusively about the Opening Day win against the Pirates, and the story lines emanating therefrom. Samardzija’s dominance, Marmol’s quick hook, Lillibridge’s rough debut, and Rizzo’s emergence.

We also talk about the Cubs’ approach at the plate, and how a 15 strikeout, 1 walk day can actually be a good sign. And there’s another visit from the infamous “Facebook Cubs” Twitter account.

Sahadev also turns up his nose and his pinky, and scolds folks about the virtues of true craft beer.


  • #1lahairfan

    Thanks Brett.

  • Curt

    will you be discussing yesterday’s renovation deadline and where things stand Brett .

    • Brett

      Yup. Shortly.

  • EQ76

    Not sure if anyone caught this, but last night I watched MLB network for about 45 minutes and they talked about some of the dominant pitching performances.. they mentioned Strasburg, Kershaw, King Felix, Verlander…and so on. No mention at all about Shark’s performance.. What the heck?

  • ProfessorCub

    The BN Podcast is awesome. On the other end of the spectrum, we have this:

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    • Nomar’s Left Glove

      Oh my Great and Powerful Oz was that awful! That may possibly be the tackiest thing I’ve ever seen.

    • Featherstone

      By Odin’s beard was that atrocious. That looks like something I would have produced in high school for an intro to media course; terrible music selection and all.

    • DarthHater

      “Ladies and gentlemen: Do you want it? Do you need it?”

      Ummm … No. 😛

  • Garek

    Great show guys. Just out of curiosity Brett are you originally from Chicago or what exactly has driven you to be a Cubs fan since it sounds like you aren’t currently living here?

    • ichabod

      is that a star trek reference?

    • Brett

      Thanks, Garek. I’ve been an Ohio guy my whole life, actually. I was a kid who picked up the Cubs by watching WGN when I got home from school. A few years of that in the late-80s/early-90s and I was hooked. I like to think of myself of an almost Chicagoan, because I do visit many times a year.

      • ProfessorCub

        I have the same story. I grew up in Tennessee, but caught the Cubs every day after school on WGN. 1986 was my first year watching – and if one can become a Cubs fan after that initial experience, you know that person will be loyal! This is why I have mixed emotions about the Cubs possibly moving away from WGN for a new TV deal. Sure, since I’m already a Cubs fan, I want to see them get a great deal that generates more money. On the other hand, the Cubs are one of the most popular teams in the country because they have that national broadcast on basic cable. I know people like me and Brett wouldn’t be Cubs fans today without WGN, and that has to be worth a lot – even if it’s hard to calculate the exact figure.

  • Cyranojoe

    Enjoying the podcast right now. :)

    • Brett

      Thanks, joe. Enjoying the new avatar.

  • Rockthawk

    Love Bleacher Nation!

    • Brett

      Thanks. And we love you.

  • cubchymyst

    Listening to the podcast now, and a question came to mind when talking about player protection. On the flip side you hear about when you have a base stealing threat on first, the batter might see more fastballs. Has anyone seen any studies about the effect of having players on base vs. types of pitches someone gets? My thoughts are most players end up recording an out close to 2/3 or more of their plate appearances. So the pitcher should just attack the batter the most likely way to get him out, be it breaking pitches or fastballs, and not adjust based on who is on base or behind him.

  • TWC

    Lagunitas is moving into Chicago?


    Y’all are in for a treat. Their tasting room up in Petaluma is a total joy. Go get your HopStoopid on, kids.

  • Thom

    Nice Job Gentleman!

    • Thom


      • Brett

        Thank you, sir.

  • Koyie Hill Sucks

    What band is the short intro from? Sounds a bit like Pulley…

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