The Red Sox Slow Start Continues On The West Coast

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After how well last season went for these Red Sox, the start of this season appears to be going the complete opposite thus far. First it was our pitching giving up a millions home runs and then last night we finally get a good outing from Chris Sale and our bats get silenced again. It was always going to be tough starting this season on an eleven game road trip on the west coast but I don’t think anyone thought it would be this bad.

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I had a weird feeling this season was going to start off slow, their spring training was not great and I know its not a big deal, but last year they had a great spring and were ready from the jump. The first six games of the season look like their still in spring training, trying to get back into the motions rather than being game ready. That being said its only six games and we are talking about the defending World Series champs here.

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This is why we play 162 games in a season, the season isn’t decided in the first couple weeks. It hasn’t been pretty so far but lets not kid each other this is a very good baseball team, with very good pitching and hitting. There is a lot of panic going on but Im here to tell you lets pump the brakes a bit here. Lets ride out this west coast road trip and see where these Sox stand once we finally get home and get the World Series rings. The wins will come and these Sox will be back on track in no time. One last thought MLB just because the Sox won 108 games last season does not mean an eleven game west coast road trip is a reasonable start to the season. This is absolutely absurd and something I’ve never seen in my years of watching baseball. Onward and upward Sox fans, lets ride out this slow start and hope things turn around sooner than later. Hump day is here and were getting close to the weekend lets enjoy the rest of this week y’all.

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Opening Day Tomorrow For MLB And The Red Sox

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As we all get mentally prepared for the 162 game marathon MLB season Im going to tell you about why the Red Sox and baseball mean sox much to me personally. The Boston Red Sox are World Series Champions is something I never thought I would hear growing up and now they’ve won four since 2004. I didn’t grow up in my teens knowing that Big Papi would come through in the clutch or that Alex Cora would pull all the right strings to guide us to another championship.

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I grew up hoping Brian Daubach and Troy O’Leary would just guide us TO a World Series. The Sox were always good but never great and you always knew the Yankees were somehow going to get us in the end. My dad would tell me stories about Bill Buckner in ’86, my mom out on the front porch banging pots and pans as the ball went through his legs. I don’t think he actually forgave her to 2004 to be honest. As a Sox fan you’d hope for the best but wait for the worst, nothing was more fitting than in 2003. Aaron Boone’s stupid face hitting that home run after the Sox had the game in the bag.

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Soon as he hit it i knew it was over. I went and sat in my room in silence, my brother went and sat in his jeep for what felt like hours and my mom sat on the couch stunned. Knowing that my old man was coming home from a night at the docks absolutely miserable. How they turned things around in ’04 I will never know, after the sox won the series my dad came home and they booked flights. Him and my mom made it to Boston on time for the parade. Once in a lifetime thing they thought, what has happened since then is simply surreal.

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Maybe at some point watching the games will change for me. I still wait for something to go wrong, rather than waiting for everything to go right. It could be knowing the suffering my dad went through cheering for these Sox all those years up until 2004. I am a snobby sports fan, I do think i know  more about my teams than anyone else. Not my best trait i know but i would never change how i feel about my teams. For me baseball is not “just a game”. For me its about family, our love for these Sox keeps us together. The pain all these years makes winning that much sweeter. These victories i will never take for granted. Let the rollercoaster ride start tomorrow and lets enjoy americas favourite pastime once again. 

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Bryce Harper For 13 YEARS!!

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Well i think were all glad this Macahdo and Harper free agent saga is over. Bryce Harper signed with the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday for a whopping 330 millions dollars with an average annual value of under 25.5 million. Considering Cano and Pujols got an AAV of 24 million 5 and 7 years ago this contract doesn’t seem too bad but the 13 years is definitely something to think about.

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It appears that Machado and Harper have both gone to the highest bidders, with rumblings of the San Francisco Giants offering a twelve year contract worth 310 million but California taxes getting in the way of that deal. I honestly am still in disbelief that he didn’t just stay with the Washington Nationals. They offered ten years 300 million last year before the trade deadline which Harper turned down, my guess is he actually thought he was going to be the 400 million dollar man this offseason.

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Ive yet to see one of these ten year deals work out in the MLB and now we have a thirteen year deal. I honestly just don’t see this ending well, Bryce Harper is a phenomenal talent and the front years of this contract may workout but by the end of it this can’t and won’t be pretty. Bryce Harper also isn’t a figure of consistency besides his NL MVP season in 2015 two of the last four years he has hit under .250 last year striking out 169 times.

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The Phillies do have a very good squad even before the addition of Bryce but the NL East is gonna be a dog fight with the Braves, his former team the Nationals and I even think the Mets could be half decent this year also. The Phillies better hope to get a World Series out of this or theres going to be some long cold nights into his late thirties for Bryce Harper and his flow. Lets have a weekend y’all.

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Manny Machado Gets Paid And The MLB Isn’t Dead

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Well Well Well Manny Machado gets his money. The highest contract in professional sports and just last week we were being told that the owners were black balling the players. I know theres a lot of players still out there that shouldn’t be, one example is Adam Jones guy has been nothing but a great professional on and off the field his whole career and deserves to have a job this far into the offseason. Well i guess its not technically the offseason anymore since all players reported this week.

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There has been lots of MLB players expressing their displeasure with whats going on this offseason with free agents not being signed earlier, this is fine. I’m all for the players getting paid but for guys like Justin Verlander trying to say these players are getting blackballed is very far from the truth. Machado had offers from the White Sox and the Padres and Harper has been offered 300 million on multiple occasions now by more than one team.

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Every offseason their are a few players who have to sign before all the other dominoes fall. Yes there is a lot of free agents still out there but now that Machado has signed Harper shouldn’t be far behind him. These guys do deserve to get paid, there is still way too much talent out there unsigned. I don’t disagree with everything Verlander and other players are saying, but to say that guys like Machado and Harper aren’t getting offers from multiple teams is just absurd.

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The MLB has never shied away from big contracts, I just think their being a little bit more careful in who their handing out these massive contracts to and at what point their at in their careers. Teams are going to spend but every time they look at making that big free agent splash I’m sure they think of the ugly contract the Orioles can’t get out of with Chris Davis. This isn’t the NFL, these contracts are all fully guaranteed.

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I hope all the free agents end up getting paid what their worth, but just please don’t try and tell me that no one is constantly offering Bryce Harper a hefty lump sum to play ball for them all season long. Baseball is NOT dead, it is americas favourite pastime and always will be. Hope your week is going as great as mine, lets finish it off in fine fashion with a St Paddys day tee, 20% off till Saturday Cheers.

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PMS 2.0 044 – Tim Tebow, Schefter, & Superb Owl Chatter

Today’s show is a great one. First, former Heisman Trophy winner, 1st round draft pick of the Denver Broncos, the greatest college football player of all-time and current outfielder in the New York Mets organization, Tim Tebow, joins the show from Top Golf in Atlanta for an incredible conversation. They discuss what it was like being Tim Tebow in college, his transition to the NFL and the most difficult part, talks a little bit about his perspective about life, chats more about his MLB aspirations and what his walkup song will be, and how he handles all the scrutiny every time he does something (4:51-27:37). Also joining the show is the king of scoops himself, one of the best in the game at his job, the creator of the “Adam Bomb,” Adam Schefter. They discuss what Super Bowl week is like for him, the guys dig for a couple updates on some scoops, what he thinks is going to happen with the Antonio Brown situation, and the stresses of having troll Twitter accounts make fake news with his name and having to deal with the repercussions (55:54-1:13:46). The guys also recap the entire Super Bowl week from Top Golf and who some of their favorite guests were and which people surprised them. They also recap the weight loss competition, and dive into their thoughts on the Super Bowl, the commercials, and Boston Connor chats about his experience seeing the Patriots win a Super Bowl in person. It’s a great one. Come and laugh with us, cheers.

Barry Bonds Belongs In The Hall Of Fame

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The hall of fame got most of it right with their inductees this passed week, Mariano Rivera was about as good of a closer as there has even been and was a no doubt first ballot hall of famer. My issue isn’t with any of the guys who got in, my only issue is with the player who isn’t. Barry Bonds, he is hands down the greatest hitter of our generation, no ifs and or buts. I’ve read all the books on this my favourite one being Game of Shadows. Im not saying Bonds is a great guy or he never used PEDs. Im saying that this guys number speak for themselves and as obvious as it may of looked that he used PEDs he never in fact tested positive.

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The man’s stats speak for themselves, he was a seven time MVP, seven fucking times is absurd. He hit for power average and was a great defensive outfielder until his later days. There is absolutely no reason to keep the guy out of the Hall Of Fame at this point. If you don’t want him in because of PED use thats fine, theres all the prove in the world except for there is no positive test. He hasn’t been banished from baseball either, he’s worked with the Giants and then he was a hitting coach in Miami as well.

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You can argue all you want that he cheated and I’m fine with that, but that was the era of baseball at that point. When players were asked about that era they were quoted as saying it wasn’t a matter of who it was a matter of who wasn’t. I know that doesn’t make it right but at some point these voters have to swallow their pride and put this man in the Hall Of Fame. His stats speak for itself and i for one hope that the day is coming because whether you like him or not, whether you think he cheated or not Barry Bonds deserves his day in the Hall Of Fame. Happy Thursday Y’all.

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Heartland Radio 2.0 Ep. 31 – Dark Waters

On today’s show, the guys chat about Gorman’s illustrious film career from Super Bowl commercials to major blockbusters, and he gives a few stories about his time on film sets and out in Hollywood. They also discuss a couple of the shows that they’ve been interested in on Netflix, and cover some news stories from around the globe including a Russian Santa having a fatal heart attack in front of some kids, the Brazilian version of Sweeney Todd, and doppelgangers causing wrongful convictions. Todd wants to know what the best Christmas present each of the guys ever got was, and they answer some listener questions including what each of them would choose to be the world champion of and what their championship belt would look like, and what one song they’d sing the lyrics to if they had a gun pointed at their heads. To close out the show, the guys pick a few more holiday themed Bangerz to help send you into the weekend. It’s a fun one, come and have a good time with us.

This episode features @toddmccomas, @PatMcAfeeShow, @Digz, @nickmaraldo, @tyschmit, @BostonConnr, @HeyGorman, @VivalaZito, and @evanfoxy.

Heartland Radio 2.0 Ep. 30 – Sweet Dreams

On today’s show, the guys discuss whether or not NFL players wear cups, if anyone in the room could go an entire year using email only to communicate for $100,000 tax free, and Pat chats a little bit about his new three-legged cat, Scootsie, and the contract he had his lady sign to ensure they won’t have anymore pets for the next 5 years, and everyone breaks down their weekends. The guys also discuss some of the biggest news stories sweeping the world including a police standoff with a man with a sword in Philadelphia, a man in Australia fleecing a bar ATM for over 1.6 million dollars over the course of four months, a viral video of police using stop sticks to blow out a criminals tires and potentially a couple of civilians’ as well, and a man who was sent to the hospital after smelling his socks each night after taking them off and getting a fungal infection. Todd also wants to know what position each guy in the room is playing if they were to attempt an Ocean’s 11 type heist, and who they’re going after. They also play some fact or fiction, answer some listener questions including which TV show group of friends they would like to be apart of, and what one rule they could change in any of the major sports. They close out the show by chatting a little bit about their dreams and dive into their phones to read a couple of their vitamin thoughts. It’s a fun one, come and have a good time with us.

This episode features @toddmccomas, @PatMcAfeeShow, @Digz, @nickmaraldo, @tyschmit, @BostonConnr, @BroBroBroBets, @VivalaZito, and @evanfoxy, and ends with the song “Beer Run,” by Todd Snider.

It’s Been A Good Year (Jason Wheatley Guest Blog)

It has been a good year for yours truly. In this past year, I had the opportunity to do some pretty cool things and met, and became friends with, some incredible humans whom have done amazing things for me that I couldn’t be more grateful for.

It all began back in February. I knew that Pat McAfee had his own radio show on SiriusXM but had never gotten to listen to it because I wasn’t a subscriber. I was a fan of Pat’s podcast from Day 1 so I wondered what his live radio show was like, so I signed up for a free trial of SiriusXM. I listened to the show for the first time and was instantly hooked. After listening to the show a few times, I decided to call in and introduce myself and ask him a wrestling question. Little did I know, this wouldn’t be my first and only call, but I would become a regular caller.

I called into the show on March 20th and this call would be life changing. I called in to ask Pat and Todd if they would be interested in a friendly little wager on the Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds season series. To make a long story short, they accepted the bet and unintentionally learned my story and what my daily life was like being bedridden. After learning my story, Pat said he wanted to come and do a show from my room.

I called in again on March 23rd to thank the crew for the merch they sent and the folks that followed me on Twitter from the previous call. After getting off of the phone and the show came back from a break, the crew continued to talk about me a bit. Pat said that Nick had a great idea. Pat was doing a Swear Jar because he was preparing to do his first WWE NXT Preshow Panel where swearing is forbidden. Nick said that Pat should donate the Swear Jar money to me. Pat thought it was a great idea and that the money should go to a room renovation for the room that I live in while being completely bedridden. Pat set a $10,000 minimum for the Swear Jar. In the end, the Swear Jar, along with a GoFundMe for listeners that wanted to contribute to the cause, raised a total of about $13,000!

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Fast forward to the month of May. A few of my firefighter friends and a nurse friend wanted to do something special for me. Chris, one of the firefighter friends, happens to be a member of the IndyCar Safety Team and has some connections. With the help of Heather Carpenter (the wife of IndyCar driver Ed Carpenter), arranged for an ambulance to pick me up on May 16th and take me to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch a practice session for the Indianapolis 500. Once we arrived, I was taken on a tour of the track, I got to meet Ed and his teammate Spencer Pigot, and then I was taken to the 8th floor of the Pagoda to watch practice. It was an incredible day that I won’t forget. We all had so much fun that we are planning on doing it again next year.

June 6th: Pat and some of the crew in the office came to record the podcast and present me with the Swear Jar money. All of us greeted each other and chit-chatted while Ty set up all of the recording equipment. The recording was a great time and it was surreal to me. Here I was, Pat McAfee (and his friends) in my house and talking to me face-to-face, eye-to-eye. The fact that I was in the presence of one of my favorite Colts was absolutely unreal and a dream come true. The podcast dropped on June 8th.

July 19th: A few firefighter friends from one of the local fire departments stopped by for a visit and to conduct a bit of official business. That official business involved me. I was made an official member of the department and was presented with a firefighting helmet with my own department number on the shield and my own uniform shirt complete with a nameplate with my name and badge. My brothers and sisters of the department say I am an official member but I still consider myself an honorary member. This accolade is one of the greatest honors of my life and means so much to me.

July 24th: Construction began on the Room Renovation sponsored by Pat McAfee. The renovation took three weeks to complete, and my family and I are very satisfied with the results. The room was opened up and gave my family ample space to move around while tending to my needs.

August 26: I had some friends that I made from Pat’s radio show come to visit. Brian from Champaign, his wife Kelly, and British Will came to watch the Cubs-Reds game with me and hang out. It was really cool getting to meet and hang out with a few fellow regular callers and friends from Pat’s radio show. All of us had a great time and are now lifelong friends and it’s all thanks to Pat McAfee. We will be getting together many more times in the future.

October 12th: Another friend that I made through Pat’s radio show, Nick and his friend Brody, are graphic designers and when they heard that Pat was having my room renovated, they wanted to do something for the room as well. Nick redesigned my Hoosier Fire Buff logo and put it on a sweet ass background. Nick and Brody came to visit and put the graphic up to ensure it was done right. A cool graphic from two cool cuzzies.

All said and done, it’s been a good…no, GREAT year, and one I will never forget!

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Heartland Radio 2.0 Ep. 29 – The Perfect Roommate

On today’s show, the guys cover a lot of ground. They discuss Will Ferrell’s career and look through his catalog of movies, decide what the correct process is for giving gifts around the holidays, and get into a lengthy discussion about Club Med, and decide whether they or cruise or all-inclusive guys for vacations. They also cover the underground “Carnie Mafia” sweeping through Arkansas, and talk about a man vying to implant a bluetooth speaker into his chest so he always knows what direction north is, and Gorms tells a couple of hilarious Jim Irsay stories and gives out a Friday gift for all the bro bro bro’s. Todd wants to know who the guys would choose if they were single and could pick any living person as a roommate. They also answer some listener questions including selecting TV show characters for each other, and deciding which major sport they would choose if they were a bench player making the league minimum. As always, the guys wrap up the show with some Friday Bangerz to help kickstart your weekend. It’s a fun one, come and have a good time with us.

This episode includes @toddmccomas, @PatMcAfeeShow, @Digz, @nickmaraldo, @tyschmit, @BostonConnr, @BroBroBroBets, @VivalaZito, and @evanfoxy.