Episode 37 (Jan. 13, 2021): Bryan Hoch, New York Yankees Reporter for MLB.com

Our first show of 2021 kicks off with a bang!  Bryan Hoch, longtime New York Yankees beat writer on MLB.com, joins the guys for our first episode since December 22 (interview starts 16:46). Bryan has a decorated career in sports journalism, particularly in baseball - from his humble beginnings starting a Mets blog in high school, to covering the most storied franchise in sports, Bryan shares memories & highlights from an extremely rewarding career. We discuss his favorite Yankees to cover, the pure shock of watching his team win the 2009 World Series, and the eerily methodical pregame routine of Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter.  Bryan recalls his base hit off former pitcher Jeff Nelson, his favorite Topps baseball cards he’s pulled over the years, his favorite Ron Burgundy quotes, and gives his bourbon of choice. BEERS: Massachusetts, we’re back!  Will reviews Cloud Candy by Mighty Squirrel - he’s all-in on the Boston-area favorite.  Jake tries Secret Batch #292 (not so secret anymore) from True North Brewing Company, another staple of the Massachusetts craft beer scene. BUSINESS:  Twitter is still facing fallout from banning President Trump from the platform after the storming of Capitol Hill last week. Shares have declined more than 12% since banning the President; Wall Street analysts are estimating massive financial risk for Twitter due to Trump supporters no longer engaging with the platform, and sparking conversations on social media censorship. That, analysts say, will become less appealing for advertisers to set up shop on Twitter. Should we expect more of this from other Big Tech firms, and what are the possible implications if you’re a shareholder? BALLS: We break down our biggest surprises from the NFL Wild Card Weekend, and give some rapid-fire predictions for the 4 games in the upcoming Divisional Round. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beersbusinessandballs/support

Publish Date: 1/13/2021




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Publish Date: 11/17/2021


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Publish Date: 11/9/2021


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Publish Date: 11/2/2021


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BALLS: Rapid fire!! The Yankees were bounced from the MLB playoffs, and now it has come down to 4 teams; the Red Sox, Astros, Braves, and Dodgers - who takes the crown?  Who is the best team in the AFC?  The Raiders roar over the Broncos in their first game without Jon Gruden; are they legit again?  Hockey and basketball are back, and the College Basketball AP Top 25 Poll is out; our guys give instant reactions.

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Publish Date: 10/19/2021


BEERS: Jake goes first in a stunning twist: he’s back at Bad Sons Brewery in Derby, Connecticut. Although most of the time, Bad Sons has failed to deliver on good beer, its new fruited sour Golden Ticket is righting the course. Fresh-off a trip to Nikki’s Liquors, Will tries Synder Bier Pretzel Marzen, a new collaboration between Snyder and popular Northeast beer brand Captain Lawrence.

BUSINESS: Just about everyone on the planet was impacted by Monday’s business storyline. Facebook and Instagram both went down due to an outage on Facebook’s servers. This comes with suspicious timing, as director of security Antigone Davis went on CNBC only a few hours earlier to defend an accusation that Facebook prioritizes “profit over safety.” It was the worst outage in over two years for a social media group. We discuss exactly what went down on Monday and give a stab at what could’ve been the culprit.

BALLS: If you’re a fellow member of Yankees Twitter, you are definitely a loyal follower of Nick Costanzo, popularly known as Stanzo among the Twitter community. We invite Stanzo to discuss Tuesday’s big Wild Card game between the Yankees and Red Sox at Fenway Park. It’s been a wild season, and somehow it produced the same results...both teams finishing with 92 wins and 70 losses. Now, it comes down to one game - one team will move onto the ALDS against the Rays, and the other is heading home. What do the Yankees have to do in order to survive and advance at Fenway Park tonight? We also discuss Tom Brady’s return to Gillette Stadium and review our “locks” of last week.

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Publish Date: 10/5/2021


EPISODE 63

BEERS: You already know what time it is...fall beer season.  Will takes it to Newport Craft to try Ungourdly Hour. You’d think this sounds like a lighter pumpkin beer, but this Strong Ale is certainly off the beaten path for fall beverages. Spicy and strong, this 9.5% beer is an interesting choice as we head into the fall months. More traditional pumpkin beer lovers might identify more with Jake’s review, as he breaks down Shipyard’s “Smashed Pumpkin” in the Pugsley Signature Series.  Still standing strong at 9%, Jake takes a stab at the perfect formula for a pumpkin beer.

BUSINESS: Everyone knows the name Marvel. Whether it was the movies, the comics, or the action figures, Marvel was more than likely in your life as a child.  Now, Marvel is taking the motion picture scene by storm; Shang-Chi is now the top-grossing movie in North America ($187m), just ahead of Black Widow, which dominated the box office for a good chunk of the year.  Is Marvel the best motion picture company ever? How much will movies rally this year? Will this raise Disney stock ($DIS) even further? We discuss the impact Marvel has had on the movie scene and beyond.

BALLS: Two-time Super Bowl champion Dan Koppen and former MLB draft selection Tip Fairchild join the show.  The two former pros join the show to discuss their new venture, the “Past Our Prime” podcast, presented by Squadlocker. We take a journey down the path of Dan’s decorated career as an Pro Bowl offensive lineman with the New England Patriots, having his number retired at the same high school as Saquon Barkley, and break down what makes Tom Brady so great.  We talk baseball shop with Tip, including his professional experience playing for Sparky Lyle, alongside Roger Clemens, and his favorite moments of his career. 

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Publish Date: 9/28/2021


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