Foul Territory baseball podcast #7: David Wright, Ichiro, Lenny Dykstra, Lucas Giolito, Brexit, Olympics, Game of Thrones
After Foul Territory A Baseball Podcast’s two-week hiatus for vacation downtime, Jed Rigney and Jon Sumple are back to riff on baseball, pop culture and, for this particular episode, the f-ed up legal system! Go, Jed, go!!! This week’s headlines focus on the Mets’ misfortunes with David Wright and the implosion of the pitching staff with injuries to Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz; Ichiro passing Pete Rose on the all-time hit list (well, kinda, but we want to piss off Pete even more); Lenny Dykstra’s shocking admission — not — that he used steroids; Lucas Giolito’s promising debut and Tim Lincecum’s continued decline; the team formerly known as preseason contenders — the Rays; the newest Cuban free-agent, Yulieski Gurriel; and the release of highly paid players in Jose Reyes (whose unemployment was short-lived), Carl Crawford (who remains available, and maybe for a while — is that Japan calling?) and Rusney Castillo (Rusney, we haadly knew ya). This week’s Starting Nine focuses on Brexit and players with British sounding names; and Rigney’s Believe It or Not! is trashed by Jed as a crappy segment but Jon defends it; 3UP/3DOWN gloats over Josh Donaldson, Jose Fernandez and a special surprise in the 3 spot and groans over Dan Strailey, Trayce Thompson and Eduardo Rodriguez. This week’s Extra Innings — a look outside the world of baseball — features the deaths of Buddy Ryan and Pat Summitt, the “state of calamity” declared in Rio 40 days prior to the Summer Olympics, Suge Knight suing Chris Brown, Blac Chyna’s woes with the Kardashian klan, and the showrunners’ confirmation that Game of Thrones is winding down with 15 more episodes.