This week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode was recorded live in front of an audience from the KFAN booth at the Minnesota State Fair and topics included the Twins trading Justin Morneauto the Pirates for Alex Presley and (maybe) Duke Welker, not trading Josh Willingham to the Orioles, Josmil Pinto's call-up and future role, the level of optimism surrounding Brian Dozier, rebuilding versus scorching the earth, and how not to freak out over technical difficulties.
Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included Joe Mauer's concussion and potential position switch, September call-up possibilities, dating at the State Fair, where Aaron Hicks starts next season, runners in scoring position problems, staying up all night, the plan for Kyle Gibson, mailbag questions from listeners, not eating Justin Morneau's contract, trying to stay realistic with Miguel Sano, and hypothesizing about turn-ons for women.
Note: For next week's "Gleeman and The Geek" show we'll be broadcasting live from the KFAN booth at the Minnesota State Fair from 4-6 on Sunday, September 1. You can come hang out near the grandstand and watch the show from the bleachers a few feet away or you can just wave to us as you walk by on the way to Sweet Martha's Cookies. Either way, we'd love to see some listeners there and it should be fun.
• Thursday morning I was a guest on Paul Allen's show live from the KFAN booth at the State Fair. I had zero idea what they had planned, but much like last year it turned into an excuse to find me a date on the radio and in front of fair-goers sitting on bleachers watching us. Things got awkward and (hopefully) funny enough that I stayed on for three segments. You can listen to the first part here and the second part here. And then let's agree to never speak of this again.
• Ain't no party like a Corey Feldman party because a Corey Feldman party ... looks really sad.
• Alcoholism-enabling news of the week: "Australian researches have found a way to improve the hydrating qualities of beer without compromising on taste and ... may even have found a way to avoid a post-drink hangover."
• My favorite moment from this week's "Breaking Bad" episode was an easy choice. And the guy on the left, Bill Burr, is a great stand-up comedian who also hosts a very good podcast.
• Not only is "Community" creator Dan Harmon returning to the show next season, Jonathan Banks is joining the cast after brilliantly playing Mike Ehrmantraut on "Breaking Bad."
• Every six months or so Peter Gammonstakes a seemingly random shot at me on Twitter for some reason. I try not to get worked up about it, because he's one of the best baseball writers of all time, he's been nice to me personally, and he turned me on toSusan Tedeschi years ago.
• Will Leitch, formerly of Deadspin and currently of Sports On Earth and New York magazine, invited me on his podcast to chat about old-school blogging, staying away from steroids, and why Gammons likes to jab at me. I've been online acquaintances with Leitch for a decade or so and we were even featured together in a Sports Illustrated article alongside Bill Simmons, but I'm not sure I'd ever actually spoken to him before. It was fun and I think you'll enjoy listening.
• I finished re-watching "The Sopranos" via HBO GO, devouring all 86 episodes in 84 days. I'd like to write something substantial about the experience at some point, but the short version is that I loved the show even more the second time around and certainly appreciated many of the themes more as a 30-year-old than as a 20-year-old. Here's a collection of my tweets about re-watching the show, in reverse order.
• I was home from the State Fair by 11:30 a.m. on opening day and left without eating anything. And that might be my only State Fair appearance of the year, although I'm reconsidering because Julie Klausneris hosting the Walker Arts Center's "internet cat video festival" there Wednesday. I'm not sure what that is, exactly, but I do know she's great.
• Tom Segura might be my pick for the most underrated stand-up comedian and he also co-hosts a good podcast, so not surprisingly he was a great guest on Marc Maron's show.
• This week I re-upped my yearly subscription to Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index, which is the most indispensable research tool in sports and probably my favorite thing ever.
• Some of this week's weird and random search engine queries that brought people here:
- "Inga Hammond and Scott Erickson"
- "Girls Gone Gleeman"
- "Lindsay Lohan baseball"
- "Lean Cuisine keeps me in shape"
- "Paulie Gualtieri tattoo"
- "What size shirt should a 265-pound man wear?"
- "St. Paul chubby chasers"
- "Something so ugly that it's beautiful"
- "David Fincher babyface"
• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Cover Me Up" by Jason Isbell:
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Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included Justin Morneau remaining in Minnesota and going unclaimed on waivers, the rotation being heavy on mediocrity for 2014, getting blocked by a documentary film crew, free agent pitching options for the offseason, how to be a fan by way of Andrew Albers, adventures in dog-sitting, drinking vs. not drinking, winning bets on Nick Blackburn, mailbag questions from listeners, and Doug Mientkiewicz brawling.
On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode Nick Nelson of Twins Daily filled in as co-host and topics included Jamey Carroll being traded mid-show, Oswaldo Arcia's long-term upside, Justin Morneau's power binge, how not to get into a Samuel Deduno argument, white rappers then and now, Josh Willingham's return from knee surgery, what the rotation looks like for 2014, mailbag questions from listeners, "Breaking Bad" excitement, and puking on a light rail.