I’m riding solo for this week’s edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast. Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites had a previous commitment and could not join us for the show.
I did have the opportunity to talk baseball with our guest, Dan Barry, columnist for the New York Times who wrote Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game.
The book looks back at the players, fans, and media who were involved in the 33 inning game, 30 years ago, between the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox, at the time the Triple-A affiliates of the Orioles and Red Sox.
Dan and I discuss many of the famous players who took part in the game, including a pair of Hall of Famers. We also discuss how the game shaped the future of the Pawtucket franchise as at the time of the game’s conclusion, Major League Baseball was in the midst of a player’s strike, brining heightened media attention to a little Rhode Island city which was feeding the baseball appetite of the country.