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We may follow sports because we are interested in scores, stats and standings. But we care about sports because of the authentic human experience that lives at the heart of the games, teams and traditions we love. They are the reason why sports is the only true Reality TV. The drama is unscripted, the emotions genuine, the challenges real. Season One of the Out Of Left Field Podcast will focus on sharing those stories that remind us why we became sports fans in the first place.

Out of Left Field David Seigerman

    • Sports
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

We may follow sports because we are interested in scores, stats and standings. But we care about sports because of the authentic human experience that lives at the heart of the games, teams and traditions we love. They are the reason why sports is the only true Reality TV. The drama is unscripted, the emotions genuine, the challenges real. Season One of the Out Of Left Field Podcast will focus on sharing those stories that remind us why we became sports fans in the first place.

    Episode 4: Election Day Special – Tipping Points

    Episode 4: Election Day Special – Tipping Points

    As you're sitting around this Election Day, waiting for results to come in, sports might be the furthest thing from your mind. Just as when you watched your favorite college football team play on Saturday, electoral politics probably were the last thing you wanted to think about.But what if there actually is a relationship between the two, a link between the outcomes of Saturday's games and Tuesday's election? That was the premise pursued by Andrew J. Healy, Neil Malhotra and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo in their 2010 study, "Irrelevant Events Affect Voters' Evaluations of Government Performance."The new season of the Out Of Left Field Podcast officially will begin next week. But we couldn't let this Election Day pass uncommented upon. And so today's story revisits that decade-old study and tries to project which college football games played over the weekend will have a lasting impact on the Great American Experiment.If you know of any out of left field stories that deserve to be told, visit our Contact page (https://outoflf.com/contact/) and let us know.As always, I want to thank everyone involved in the total team effort behind this episode:* George Hochbrueckner, for the closing theme. Check out his album, Celticafricousticelectric on iTunes.* Scott Holmes Music (https://scottholmesmusic.com/) for the opening theme, Hotshot.* Dr. Neil Malhotra, Professor, Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School or Business.* Jessica Berenblat of JB Arthouse (https://www.jbarthouse.net) for the cover design.* Rachel Blechman of Tinbear Consulting (https://tinbearconsulting.com/) for her technical guidance and for building a new internet home for Out Of Left Field (OutOfLF.com).* Our sponsors, Everipe Blender-Ready Superfood Smoothies (everipe.com), which has rescued breakfast-time for my family; Soggy Doggy (soggydoggydoormat.com), because it’s a lot easier to shelter in place when your place doesn’t smell like wet dog; and Electra-Craft (http://electra-craft.com/), whose coffee machines keep us all fully caffeinated and surprisingly productive in our new working- and schooling-from-home situation. 

    • 21 min
    Episode 3: Last Licks

    Episode 3: Last Licks

    It was a baseball game that originally was not supposed to be played. By the time it was over, it was a game that 16 seniors from Rhodes College and SUNY Oneonta -- and their teammates, coaches, and families -- will never forget.







    Officially, their seasons had been cancelled a few days earlier, as the spreading coronavirus began to rewrite the Spring of 2020. But the Lynx and Dragons were allowed to finish out their spring break trips to the RussMatt Invitational in central Florida, and they wound up sharing an impromptu Senior Day game at Chain O’Lakes Park that turned what could have been a sad day into a celebration of everything they’ve loved about playing baseball their entire lives.







    Throughout this first season of the Out Of Left Field Podcast, we’ll continue exploring the many ways the sports world has been remade by the coronavirus. If you know of any out of left field stories that deserve to be told, visit our Contact page (https://outoflf.com/contact/) and let us know.







    As always, I want to thank everyone involved in the total team effort behind this episode:







    * George Hochbrueckner, for the closing theme. Check out his album, Celticafricousticelectric on iTunes.* Scott Holmes Music (https://scottholmesmusic.com/) for the opening theme, Hotshot.* Eliana May, for her original music. Her new EP will be released in the near future; you can find out more at elianamay.com.* Rhodes College baseball coach Jeff Cleanthes, SUNY Oneonta baseball coach Ben Grimm, and their players who were willing to share their stories with me over Zoom.* Dan Miller of United Collegiate Umpires, who captured some remarkable footage of this unlikeliest of ballgames. Dan has some big plans to continue sharing this story; I look forward to keeping you updated as his project continues to develop.* Jessica Berenblat of JB Arthouse (https://www.jbarthouse.net/) for designing the cover art.* Rachel Blechman of Tinbear Consulting (https://tinbearconsulting.com/) for building a new internet home for Out Of Left Field (OutOfLF.com).* Josh Sippie, my podcast mentor from the Gotham Writers Workshop (https://www.writingclasses.com/). His encouragement is directly responsible for whatever late-night hours I'm spending on this podcast when I really should be sleeping.* Our sponsors, Everipe Blender-Ready Superfood Smoothies (everipe.com), which has rescued breakfast-time for my family; Soggy Doggy (soggydoggydoormat.com), because it’s a lot easier to shelter in place when your place doesn’t smell like wet dog; and Electra-Craft (http://electra-craft.com/), whose coffee machines keep us all fully caffeinated and surprisingly productive during this stay-at-home spring. 

    • 42 min
    Episode 2: Catch An Eye

    Episode 2: Catch An Eye

    The NFL likes to tell college prospects that the size of their school or the level of competition they play doesn't matter, that if a player has talent, they'll find him. But small school prospects know the reality: exposure to NFL decision-makers is extremely limited, and there just aren't many opportunities to catch an eye. Especially in a world shut down by a global pandemic.







    Prospects like Will Gladney, a record-setting wide receiver at Division III Ithaca College, are finding it harder than ever to make an impression, to showcase their abilities and share their stories. All they can hope is that sometime before the 2020 NFL Draft, they made an impression on someone who will open the door for them and their dreams of playing professional football.







    Throughout this first season of the Out Of Left Field Podcast, we'll continue exploring the many ways the sports world has been affected by the coronavirus. 







    I want to thank everyone involved in the total team effort behind this second episode of our first season:







    * George Hochbrueckner, for the original tunes. Check out his album, Celticafricousticelectric on iTunes.* Scott Holmes Music (https://scottholmesmusic.com/) for the opening theme, Hotshot.* NFL prospect Will Gladney and his father, Mark Brainard* Justin Lutes, Sports Information Director at Ithaca College* Jeremy Menard and WICB radio* Ithaca College football coaches Dan Swanstrom and Reece Petty* Quentin Gause andIron Visuals* Mike Rittelmann and the College Gridiron Showcase* Jessica Berenblat of JB Arthouse (https://www.jbarthouse.net/) for designing the cover art.* Rachel Blechman of Tinbear Consulting (https://tinbearconsulting.com/) for building a new internet home for Out Of Left Field.* Josh Sippie, my podcast mentor from the Gotham Writers Workshop (https://www.writingclasses.com/).* Our sponsors, Everipe Blender-Ready Superfood Smoothies (everipe.com), which has rescued breakfast-time for my family, and Soggy Doggy (soggydoggydoormat.com), because it’s a lot easier to shelter in place when your place doesn’t smell like wet dog. 

    • 38 min
    Episode 1: Safe At Home

    Episode 1: Safe At Home

    Opening Day is about many things: The return of baseball season. The end of winter. Most of all, it is a day of hope and possibility. The caliber of gameplay might not yet be in midseason form, nor is the weather; still, Opening Day arrives with the promise of better days to come. 







    Not this Opening Day.







    In 2020, Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season came and went, without anything actually opening. Without any baseball.







    This debut episode of the Out Of Left Field Podcast looks around the stillness of the baseball world and imagines what should have been happening on March 26, 2020: Opening Day. Roger Owens, a vendor who has worked every Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day since baseball came to California, should be pitching peanuts in the Loge Level of Dodger Stadium. Tony Rossi, the longest-serving head coach in Division I college baseball history, should have been in the dugout for Siena College instead of having his 51st season canceled. Lindsey Knupp, one of the most creative marketing and promotions minds in minor league baseball, should have been finalizing her plans for the Rocket City Trash Panda’s first season in their new town. Two million Little League baseball and softball players should be preparing to play ball.







    I want to thank everyone involved in the total team effort behind this first episode of the first season:







    * George Hochbrueckner, for the original tunes. Check out his album, Celticafricousticelectric on iTunes.* Scott Holmes Music (https://scottholmesmusic.com/) for the opening theme, Hotshot.* Jessica Berenblat of JB Arthouse (https://www.jbarthouse.net/) for designing the cover art.* Rachel Blechman of Tinbear Consulting (https://tinbearconsulting.com/) for building a new internet home for Out Of Left Field.* Josh Sippie, my podcast mentor from the Gotham Writers Workshop (https://www.writingclasses.com/).* Our sponsors, Everipe Blender-Ready Superfood Smoothies (everipe.com), which has rescued breakfast-time for my family, and Soggy Doggy (soggydoggydoormat), because it’s a lot easier to shelter in place when your place doesn’t smell like wet dog. * And, lastly, to Strat-O-Matic . . . which is not a sponsor, but was a game I always enjoyed playing as a kid, and now provides a portal into a simulated alternative universe (http://www.strat-o-matic.com/2020-season-simulation/) where the 2020 baseball season is playing out as scheduled (man, those A’s are off to a hot start).

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

BaileyHR ,

Great storyteller

Love the way that David weaves sports into current events and brings it to life. I always learn something new! Thanks for that. I needed this today.

JulesJo7 ,

Helps me miss baseball a little less

Great podcast for baseball fans. Definitely professionally done but in a story telling fashion. Entertaining and sometimes even thought provoking. Find myself smiling to myself a lot while listening. Really enjoy it!

Martha_Mom ,

Terrific!

Excellent! Out of Left Field provides entertaining & unique takes on the sports experience. I’m excited for future episodes!

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