View From The Bleachers

February 24, 2014

VFTB Radio – Episode 4

Filed under: Featured,Podcast — Joe Aiello @ 8:55 pm

Episode 4 of the show welcomed back the full crew, including a report on Sean’s trip to Sochi to cover the Olympics.


  • Recap of the Cubs news & notes from the past week, including topics on Javier Baez, Tom Ricketts bold predictions, Dan Vogelbach’s weight loss and more.
  • Mailbag questions
  • The guys “plant their flag” on three players each that they are all in on.
  • “Like It or Strike It” which included questions on Jake Arrietta, Derek Jeter and Ray Rice.

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  • PLCB3

    BR doesn’t update their pages? Such as Kruk’s weight? He gained a lot of weight over his career.

  • PLCB3

    I see plenty of Sosa jerseys at Wrigley still. People brought him up at the convention and the Cubs gave diplomatic answers in regards to bringing him back. Clearly they want to shun him and they had to give such answers.

  • PLCB3


  • PLCB3

    Looked at B-R, they don’t update the players weight from their first year. Barry Bonds is listed at 185 lbs. He was probably 260 when he retired. He went from looking like Juan Pierre to looking like a linebacker.

  • Doug S.

    Bonds also went up about 5 cap sizes

  • Sean Powell

    Since you asked, the Cubs just announced that single-game tickets go on pre-sale on March 4 (a MasterCard pre-sale) and on sale on regular terms on March 7.

  • PLCB3

    That’s not the point

  • Lizzie

    Is it my imagination or is this later than usual? I could swear I used to find myself lounging around in virtual waiting rooms in late January back when I used to buy tickets. Of course that was back when everyone else actually wanted them too.

  • Doug S.

    Thanks. Some clubs already on sale, some others early March. Be interesting (I hope) to see what kind of tix are available.

  • PLCB3

    The like it or strike it section wasn’t bad at all. That and the ending give me the sense that you’re trying to be like the Car Talk guys. You should end your show with a funny credits scene like they do.

  • PLCB3

    How did you get an authentic Ray Rice for 50 bucks? Are you sure it’s what the players wear, or a replica? What the players wear goes for 100-150 bucks on

  • Joe Aiello

    It’s authentic. I got it on ebay.

  • Joe Aiello

    I’ve never listened to Car Talk. I left that in there because it made me laugh as I was editing. We don’t have outtakes. What you hear is everything we said. The only thing you don’t hear is the 5 or 10 min before the show when we go over the notes and make sure we’re all on the same page and the few min after where we say goodbye and gaze into each others virtual eyes and say “you hang up first, no you hang up first”

  • PLCB3

    Authentic on eBay doesn’t mean it’s what the players wear. It just means it’s officially league sanctioned. I bought authentic Ohio State jerseys on eBay for 20 bucks. There’s no way what the players wear costs 20 bucks.

  • PLCB3

    I love Car Talk. It’s hilarious. My dad has been listening to it since I was 5. I get the podcast every week on iTunes. I once injured myself laughing too hard at the show. I got a kick out of the ending as well and I thought to myself that’s something the Car Talk guys would do.

  • PLCB3

    Strike that. The players wear the Nike Elite and that costs 250 bucks:

  • PLCB3

    “you hang up first, no you hang up first”

    Too much information

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