This is a podcast about baseball, music and culture. Our podcast includes interviews with news makers in the sports and music world plus commentary from the co-hosts on interesting current and historical events. Hooks & Runs releases a new episodes every Tuesday.
Ep 66 - People are Hungry for Live Music w/ Cillea Houghton
With concert tours and festival announcements coming down the pike almost daily, Hooks & Runs turns to Cillea Houghton, a Nashville-based freelance writer and creator. She writes about the country music scene mostly--her work has been featured in No Depression, Variety, USA Today, Taste of Country, Sounds Like Nashville just to name a few. She joins Eric and Craig this week to talk country music, including artists returning to the road, the 2021 festival scene, and the uncertain future for independent venues. They also discussed some new and emerging artists in Nashville plus Alan Jackson and Randy Travis weighing in on the age old question--What is or is not country music anyway? Cillea provide some new perspectives and a breath of fresh--don't miss this one!
In Chapter Two, Eric & Craig talk about Rob Zombie's new project (a much anticipated Munsters reboot), The Floyd Mayweather, Logan Paul exhibition fight, The latest Roger Waters, David Gilmour feud, and baseball. This week's topics included the Astros 5-4 homestand just completed, possible new team names for the Cleveland Indians, an update on the 2021 Hooks & Runs WAR draft and struggles for the Diamondbacks.
Ep. 65 - Javy Baez's Home to First Base Rundown Strategy
This week eric and Craig talk about the crazy play in the May 27 Pirates/Cubs game where Javy Baez turned a routine ground ball third out into a two-run inning thanks to a rare home to first base rundown. They compared the play to other famous brain locks in sports.
Also in Chapter 1, the surging Tampa Bay Rays, Rich Hill's amazing May, the Astros home stand report, Mickey Callaway is out until 2023 at the earliest, Marcell Ozuna's domestic violence arrest, baseball's 20,000th player, baseball's 2 millionth run, and the co-host's pre-season predictions at the 1/3rd mark.
In Chapter 2, Eric and Craig look at the continued popularity of tribute albums and consider the tribute album's future in the streaming era.
Ep 64 - Get Used To Seeing How It Used to Be
This week, Phil Mickelson makes history at the PGA Championship; a look at the greatest athletic accomplishments after age 50; a look at the NBA playoffs; Sam Houston State wins a FCS national title; where have all the hitters gone?; a week with two no-hitters; and more on baseball's unwritten rules.
Ep. 63 - I Want Anthony Rizzo Chirpin' at Freddie Freeman w/ Kevin Edelson (Closer Monkey)
Sit and Listen To It Rain!
In this episode Eric and Craig welcomed Kevin Edelson from Closer Monkey, one of our favorite websites. Closer Monkey tracks all 30 MLB bullpens and meticulously tracks the bullpen hierarchies. We discussed dozens of closers, past closers and potential future closers plus trends like position players taking the mound, closers in free agency and more. If you are a fantasy players, and especially a daily fantasy players, do not sleep on this website and service.
Chapter 2 - Crosstown Traffic. In Chapter 2, Eric and Craig examine the surprising Albert Pujols to the Dodgers deal, The injury bug hits the Dodgers and Mets, the return of the broken hand after punching the dugout wall, the Astros are playing great baseball and a look at the red-hot Giants and the ice-cold Twins.
Chapter 3 - The Marfa Tapes. In Chapter 3, Eric and Craig review the great new record by Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, "The Marfa Tapes."
Ep 62 - How Do You Feel About Letting George Springer Go Now?
In Chapter 1, Baseball News, Eric and Craig discuss more 2021 no-hitters, George Springer's injury problems, the Dodgers are 5-15 in their last 20 games and Albert Pujols released.
In Chapter 2, Music News, the discussion veers to Gary's Allen's first album in 8 years, Bob Marley's legacy on the 40th Anniversary of his death, strange Nirvana news plus the Oscars' Best Original Song.
Past episodes mentioned in this episode:
Episode 60 - Heartworn Highways and Near No-Hitters
Episode 58 - The Toronto Blue Jays & the A. L. East w/ A. J. Andrews
Episode 10 - The Tenth Episode
Episode 8 - Dream On
Ep 61 - Dodger Stadium Should Not Exist w/ Eric Nusbaum
Eric Nusbaum published a compelling first book last Spring, "Stealing Home; Los Angeles, the Dodgers and the Lives Caught in Between"---the story how Los Angeles condemned and violently evicted families in three Mexican-American neighborhoods to give to the Dodgers. This week, Nusbaum joins us to talk about his wonderful book and how clearly this almost forgotten story from L.A.'s past resonates in these times. Do not sleep on this book!
In Chapter Two, another week in baseball with the up-and-down Astros showing signs of life following their COVID-related slump. The Astros top-5 prospects have been assigned to Minor League teams as that season finally begins this week. Eric and Craig take a deep dive into the baseball-wide hitting slump that has driven batting averages below and strikeout rates above the 1968 season---heretofore the standard for offensive futility. Only Mike Trout and a few others so far seem immune to the pitchers' wiles.
The chapter ends with Eric and Craig riffing on a recent Cubs/Braves blowout that saw the Cubs bring in three position players to pitch. The duo also looked at Jay Jaffee's "Position Players are Suddenly -- and Probably Fleetingly -- Decent at Pitching," (Fangraphs, April 30) to discuss trends in this strange but at times highly entertaining baseball phenomenon (do you ever see linebackers come in to take snaps under center in blowouts)?
In Chapter Three, Eric and Craig take on George Varga's article in the San Diego Union Tribune that asks if we really need more octogenarian rock stars? The article is "Bob Dylan and Charlie Watts Will Soon Turn 80. More Music Legends are Rocking Out Past Retirement Age," published April 25.
Entertainment for the ears
The balance between the two hosts is fantastic, really brings a well rounded discussion to the table.
Craig and Eric bring the real on subjects! The top ten list+the great MLB player drafts are golden! Also enjoy the this week anniversary topics as well. Keep up the good work!
This thing is fantastic!