251 episodes

The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

The Infinite Inning Steven Goldman

    • Sports
    • 4.7 • 189 Ratings

The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 249: The Great Shortstops of Europe

    Infinite Inning 249: The Great Shortstops of Europe

    An episode about having generosity for broken infielders, both the capable and relatively incapable, the healthy but unproductive and the productive but slain by inanimate objects.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Meet Linus*Meet Linus’s Watercooler*A Listener Makes a Complaint*Frameworks and Platforms*The Great Nations of Europe*George Stovey’s 1.13-ERA Season*What is This Show About, and Who Gets to Decide?*The Greatest Shortstop in Browns History*The Anti-Greatest Shortstop in Anyone’s History*Undersized in the 20th Century*McGraw Thwarted, Bresnahan Cursed*Cleveland Regrets*The Switch-Hitter Gambit*Inky Strange and Other Prospects*Enter the Steelers and Other Saving Throws*Goodbyes.

    The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Infinite Inning 248 The Infinite Honey-Boy

    Infinite Inning 248 The Infinite Honey-Boy

    In which the player called “Honey-Boy” is traded by the Cubs to great derision and a rebuild movement is compared to the art of long-term self-deception.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    All the Lies That Are My Life: A Story by Harlan Ellison and/or Self-Deception by a Dead-End Manager*You Don’t Belong Here*The Challenge-Trade*An Odd Swap of Catchers*My Outfield for Your Outfield*All the Lies That Are Your Rebuild*A’s Center Fielders in 2022*Esteury vs. Estuary*Zen and the Art of Dode, or Vice-Versa*The Etymology of Dode*Honey-Boy*Burning Ballparks and Fatal Catches*Live Ashes*Haunted Hospital Beds*Cleveland Fire Rescue!*Cy versus Dode*Cubs in Center*Goodbyes.

    The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Infinite Inning 247: The Shinners Factor

    Infinite Inning 247: The Shinners Factor

    A tale for New Year’s Eve: A Giants prospect wins a job but fails to cope with harsh fate. Plus the usual asides and digressions, including Satchel Paige’s Six Rules for Staying Young, with commentary.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Satchel Paige’s Six Rules for Staying Young, with Commentary*The Shinners Factor*Goodbyes.

    The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

    • 1 hr
    Infinite Inning 246: Casey and the Lost Umpire

    Infinite Inning 246: Casey and the Lost Umpire

    A solo because-it’s-Christmas episode in which Casey Stengel stages a protest but it’s the umpire who pays the ultimate price.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Intro: A Branch Rickey Christmas*The Reserve Clause, Player Choice, Happiness, and “Richard Corey”*Is Steve Cohen a Rational Actor?*Casey Stengel sulks in Pittsburgh*The Yellow Telegram*Saranac Lake*Goodbyes.

    The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

    • 41 min
    Infinite Inning 245: The Day The Umpires Heard "Ahooga!"

    Infinite Inning 245: The Day The Umpires Heard "Ahooga!"

    A solo episode dashes from umpires stranded on foggy seas to a Savage pitcher who received multiple Purple Hearts—and somehow conquered his control while doing so—and reflects on what his story warns us about our own times.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    The Day the Umps Heard “Ahooga!”*Burt Uniform Tops and Burnt YouTubers*Old Starting Rotations and Starting Pitcher Tandems, Starring Justin Verlander et al*Angels Priorities*The Ancient 2005 Yankees*“I’ll Bonk Alone”*Cosplaying Fascism*Bob Savage, High School Pitcher (?), Major Leaguer, War Hero*Fred McGriff Misread*The Only Two Reasons to Have an Elder Rotation*Attenuated Goodbyes.

    The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Infinite Inning 244: It Won't Be The Turkey Who Gets You

    Infinite Inning 244: It Won't Be The Turkey Who Gets You

    Cliff Corcoran returns to discuss the new Hall of Fame ballot, negative associations with certain players and even uniforms, the disparate interpretations possible when reading a key “Peanuts” strip, and more. Plus tales: A pitcher with a problem pitches a no-hitter and then things get weird—and potentially fatal.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    A Spirited Thanksgiving*Intergalactic Union Day*It Wasn’t the Alcohol that Killed Him*Cliff Corcoran*Hollywood Stars Hats and the Holocaust*Here’s the World War I Flying Ace*Escapism of Different Kinds*The Gertrude Question Two Ways*The New Hall of Fame Ballot*Carlos Beltran*The Triumph of WAR*The Bernie Williams Discontents*The Carole King Digression*Brian Cashman and Jacoby Ellsbury*Nick Senzel Was Not One of Them*Skipped “The Sound of Music”*“Gone with the Wind”/“The Best Years of Our Lives”*Goodbyes.

    The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the

    • 1 hr 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
189 Ratings

189 Ratings

seadogs19 ,

Pod.

I have been listening to Steve for a few years now.This was by far the most moving and intelligent podcast out there on his view on guns.

Scurvycure ,

Sorry, had enough.

Been listening for about a half year. My enjoyment of the entertaining, albeit wordy, baseball stories has been steadily eroded by the smarty pants moralizing on pretty much every hot button progressive talking point. Thinking about baseball ought to put one in a good state of mind. This podcast too often leaves me feeling preached at and angry. Goodbye.

Led Gozeppelin ,

Steve Needs a more finite inning

I fell in love with this Podcast with the Great Boy for Baseball and I felt like I had found a home. Steve as saying what needed to be said and writing with passion and flair. There was that perfect balance of baseball and societal intersectionality, which supported the whole premise sublimely. No matter how far off course he went, he landed the plane But lately he’s been complaining at length that he’s suffering from severe, chronic back pain and .. well something is off

We are now maybe on fourth straight pod? that is predominantly prowoman to the point where it’s starting to feel like virtue signaling bordering on the virtue skywriting. For the record I’m full bore womens rights liberal, but in latest pod, Steve ran down Joe DiMaggio as some kind of deceptive conman because he couldn’t sustain a marriage. He was a cobra - like seducer who Steve just can not fathom.

But let’s think about this. DiMaggio was chronically shy, yet the world wanted a piece of him, plus he had the pressure of being the best player on the best team. He also came from Catholic background and was taught to find a wife and have kids as his primary mission in life.

Basically this was a man with at least some level of social anxiety, and if he were alive today he would be in some form of therapy and maybe medication but he would at least, Joe D, like the rest of us, be searching for comfort in his own skin.

So if it makes you feel better to compare yourself favorably as a “married man” to DiMaggio, I guess go ahead. It’s your pod. But not sure how long it will be mine.

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