September 13, 2011

“Gleeman and The Geek” #5: Moneyball

This week's episode of "Gleeman and The Geek" was recorded at Cooper Irish Pub in St. Louis Park and my drink of choice was Big Gingers. Special guests Parker Hageman, Christine "Mrs. Geek" Bonnes, Peter Schilling, and Michael Fallon joined us following an advance screening of the soon-to-be-released "Moneyball" film, so we opened the show discussing the movie and then delved into the usual assortment of Twins topics (and also Mayim Bialik).

Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 5

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  1. About the backup catcher for 2012: Any chance Ivan Rodriguez signs with the Twins? He was a teammate of Carl Pavano on the 2003 Florida Marlins, and the Twins drafted his son, Dereck, in the 6th round of the 2011 draft. Ivan is still pretty good defensively, despite his age (he turns 40 on Nov. 27).

    Also, has Drew Butera ever thought about becoming a pitcher? For someone who doesn’t hit well, but throws hard, it seems like a reasonable option.

    Comment by Ben H. — September 13, 2011 @ 7:02 am

  2. Good podcast. One thing I don’t get is the view the well ran dry in the minors because of the lower spots in the draft order due to the Twins success. With the ability to restock with international signings, I just don’t see why it HAS to run dry.

    Comment by Too old Twins fan — September 13, 2011 @ 8:19 am

  3. No reason the well needs to run dry. Other teams (like the Phillies) are having no problem drafting and developing good farm systems.

    Comment by mike wants wins — September 13, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

  4. From a person trying to watch weight to another, can I suggest skinny gingers next time? As feminine as you will feel ordering it, it’s worth it.

    Comment by M — September 14, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

  5. As always, really liked the podcast. You mentioned getting “bumped off track” by the off-center baseball business stuff in Moneyball, and wondered if other “experts” had the same reaction. I couldn’t fully enjoy “The Social Network” (which everyone else loved) because, as a litigator, I found EVERY scene about the lawyers/lawsuit absolutely ridiculous – not even remotely close to how things really would have gone in that situation, and it completely messed up the movie for me.

    Comment by df — September 14, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

  6. really enjoyed the podcast. I commented on the last podcast that it was hard to hear your suprise “guest”, and I was very pleased to see that this was changed for this week. I enjoyed the guests (and being able to hear them), and look forward to more great podcasts in the future.

    Comment by muld0023 — September 15, 2011 @ 10:51 am

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