Every week, we will discuss, delve into and deliver to our “Talkin' 21” listeners fascinating stories, tidbits and even interesting guests (some who have NEVER spoken on a podcast) who are connected to the late Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente.
Executive Producer: Ras Guevara
S2 EP 3: PART 2 - Adam Wainwright
In Part II of his conversation with Danny Torres, Adam Wainwright spoke passionately about his unwavering faith, on his close relationship with Yadier Molina and how in their 14 years playing with the St. Louis Cardinals watching how their brotherhood evolved into a true friendship. Waino’s thoughts on receiving “The Call” that he won the Roberto Clemente Award and the phenomenal work of Big League Impact, his foundation that was founded in 2013. And finally, this Episode 3 guest shared his personal thoughts on the true meaning of what Clemente continues to be for millions of fans around the world.
S2 EP 3: PART 1 - Adam Wainwright
As fans slowly return to the ballparks for the 2021 season, it was 21 years ago, Adam Wainwright was drafted by the Atlanta Braves, his hometown team. Along with an extraordinary career that includes a World Series Championship title in 2006, this all-star pitcher will be forever linked to the St. Louis Cardinals. But of all the baseball highlights including a memorable 2006 NLCS Game 7 against the N.Y. Mets, “Waino” smiles with immense pride on winning the Roberto Clemente Award in 2020. Along with receiving that prestigious honor, he is proud of the tireless work of his foundation - Big League Impact and the millions raised for the less-fortunate. A devout Christian, Wainwright shares heartfelt stories about learning the game of baseball from his older brother, his battery-mate Yadier Molina and in the spirit of Roberto Clemente he’s adamant in his convictions on wanting everyone to always give back to the needy within their respective communities.
S2 EP2: Derek Shelton
The Talkin’21 podcast welcomes Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton who in his first year as manager of the Buccos made history on September 9, 2020. Under the auspices of MLB, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Clemente Family, Derek strongly believed in wanting to see the annual Roberto Clemente Day celebration become a bit more meaningful and what occurred was groundbreaking. For the first time since 1972, the Pirates team honored “The Great One” by wearing his uniform number. HEAR the “behind the scenes” discussion leading up to the entire team wearing that iconic number, along with how Derek (who grew up a Orioles fan) learned the game from his father and how he impacted his life. Also being a part of the Yankees organization during his years as a Gulf Coast League manager including his “Boss” the legendary George Steinbrenner and his thoughts on Game 6 of the 2020 World Series and how the baseball world reacted to the manager’s decision to remove his starting pitcher. But he’ll also tell our listeners - Retire 21.
S2 EP1: Bob Costas
Season 2 kicks off with a familiar name within the sports panorama and this HOF announcer literally needs no introduction. In his 40 plus years in the business, Bob Costas, a 28 time Emmy Award winner and 2018 Ford C. Ford recipient is considered one of the greatest in the field of broadcasting. His name is synonymous with excellence and throughout his illustrious career in the booth, he has interviewed countless athletes, celebrities and sports personalities. Although the late Yankees’ Hall of Fame outfielder Mickey Mantle was his childhood hero, Costas also shared his admiration for another extraordinary ballplayer who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates. And it’s why Costas said, “Roberto Clemente continues to be revered” around the world. And finally, he didn’t mince words on why he feels there should be a serious discussion on why Clemente’s iconic number should also join Jackie Robinson as the only uniform numbers to be retired throughout Major League Baseball.
Episode 10: Luis Rodríguez-Mayoral
As we wrap up Season 1, the Talkin’21 podcast welcomes Luis Rodríguez-Mayoral, one of Roberto Clemente’s closest friends. A Ponce native and 2013 Puerto Rican Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Mayoral, who is also an accomplished author, historian and former Latino liaison with the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers, witnessed Clemente’s greatness up-close and shares some amazing stories. He was with “The Great One” during his final days leading up to Roberto’s untimely death in an airplane accident while en route on a humanitarian mission to Nicaragua.
Episode 9: Tom & Neil Walker
This week, we are joined by former MLB pitcher Tom Walker and veteran infielder/2014 Silver Slugger Award winner Neil Walker. Not only were they both first round draft picks but their lives have been intertwined with “The Great One.” This father and son relationship will make listeners immediately think about the beauty of America’s Pastime, playing catch in the backyard and maybe even dream of one day playing in the big leagues. But there’s another heartfelt narrative in their story and it’s why Clemente impacted countless lives - including the Walker family. They will tell us how both are forever indebted to this extraordinary ballplayer and humanitarian who left us too soon.
Great interview: smooth and informative. Interesting and humorous vignettes about Molina and Lou Brock. Never knew in what high esteem MLB players hold the Roberto Clemente award. Do check it out
Insightful, educational, and real!
You think you know the story of Roberto Clemente, but Danny peels back layer after layer with his incredible interviews. I especially liked listening to the middle son, Luis’s podcast. He mentions how both his parents had true love for humanity. His mom told Luis he had the same character and writing as his dad. Through the podcast we learn about trying times in Luis’s life like when his own son got very sick with Meningitis at 17. Luis shares his thought about the current pandemic, as well as memories about his dad. Roberto had said he wanted his sons to suffer, to know the true meaning of life. Luis shares some of the jobs he held to prepare himself to know and appreciate the efforts people put in to their jobs. Luis says he has to have balance as the son of “The Great One” and humbleness to balance it out.
I have been listening to this podcast for a while now and I just really enjoy listening to it. I recommend it to anyone looking for something fresh and entertaining.