WISE Sports Radio baseball talk: Dodgers-Padres rivalry, Ronald Acuna and Stephen Strasburg injured

During the past year, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres have formed the best rivalry in Major League Baseball. The two teams competed for the National League West division title and faced each other in the postseason, followed by the Padres bolstering their roster to catch up to the reigning World Series champions.

For our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, we discuss this past weekend’s Dodgers-Padres series, injuries to the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. and Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg, and a COVID outbreak among the Minnesota Twins.

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WISE Sports Radio NFL talk: Jadeveon Clowney joins Browns, teams eyeing Justin Fields, COVID-19 concerns

The Cleveland Browns suddenly have a formidable defensive line, adding Jadeveon Clowney to a corps that already included Myles Garrett and Sheldon Richardson. Add Takk McKinley and the Browns could put opposing quarterbacks on notice. That led off our WISE Sports Radio NFL segment for the week.

Pat Ryan, Mike Gore, and I also discussed quarterback Justin Fields and which teams might be interested in drafting the Ohio State star. Would the Carolina Panthers take him after making a deal for Sam Darnold last week? And how many players will skip offseason workouts because of the NFL’s current apathy toward COVID protocols?

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Watch thy neighbor… and guard those tomatoes

I used to read Gene Weingarten’s columns and live chats for the Washington Post devotedly. But as most of my reading became related to work, especially during the day, I let Weingarten’s work fall off my radar during the past 10-12 years.

His column on Thursday (Sept. 17) was a jolting, yet delightful reminder that I need to make Weingarten part of my regular reading diet again. He’s a wonderful storyteller with a fantastic sense of humor and a strong sense of what will resonate with readers.

Weingarten’s account of a recent experience with a neighbor grieving the loss of his mother who either took advantage of or misunderstood the boundaries of kindness feels like a story entirely suited to our lives during the pandemic.

“My name is Seth,” he said. “I’m a neighbor, and I see you walking your big brown dog, and sometimes a cat is with you.” All true. He had established his bona fides. “My mother just died, and she loved cooking green tomatoes.” He nodded toward my small tomato garden. “Could I take a tomato, in her honor?”

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WISE Sports Radio MLB spot: Aug. 24, 2020

After a two-week break from posting radio clips here (due to a combination of writing workload, general August malaise, and giving myself a breather), we are back!

On WISE Sports Radio‘s baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I discussed the formidable Chicago White Sox and what made me circle them as a playoff team before the season. Then we highlighted the most surprising and most disappointing teams of the MLB season thus far:

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WISE Sports Radio MLB update: Aug. 10, 2020

Baseball talk is back on WISE Sports Radio after Pat Ryan’s much-deserved week off. And MLB had another COVID-19 breakout since last we spoke, this one on the St. Louis Cardinals.

We discuss the possible repercussions of the Cards’ outbreak, along with another brawl involving the Houston Astros, the investigation of Tyler Skaggs’s death, and Cleveland Indians pitcher Zack Plesac breaking the COVID-19 protocols he was touting a month ago.

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