S3 Ep3: The Backup Catcher


Holy slightly better quality Batman! Brian and Van return for this weeks episode with a little bit better of a connection and a penchant for talking about stupid things! Said stupid things include Jung-Ho Kang and his insistence on gettin’ lit and crashing, Alex Rodriguez and his minotaur paintings, the decision to revamp the intentional walk rule, Dr. Van’s Hall of Pain, and even a rousing game of Which is More? where Brian decides his new thing is that he’s “cool.”

Give us a listen and check out the new website at backupcatcher.com! That’s right, IT FINALLY HAPPENED. The website is up, there are Moises Alou facts, and even pictures of Van and Brian! Continue reading


S3 Ep2: The Backup Catcher

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UPDATE: I had some issues with some apps not downloading the episode… hopefully it is now fixed after a re-upload. Let me know if you’re still having issues. -Van

Are you tired of sitting in a dark room, the deafening sound of silence clawing at your ears? Are you sitting on your bean bag chair thinking “gee, I wish I had some stupid baseball crap to listen to!”? Well then am I going to vomit up some good news for you! The boys are back and the boys are ready to preview starting pitchers! Van and Brian also discuss things like CJ Wilson becoming a professional racer… other relevant news, and did I mention starting pitcher rankings?! Brian is also joined by a very special guest when Van wanders off to take a poop! Continue reading

S3 The Search for the Co-Host: The Backup Catcher


After listening to the very first episode of the third season of The Backup Catcher, you’re acutely aware of the fact that Brian Vaughan has chosen to abandon the podcast for a life in the sex work field. And this is all despite his being a terrible man-slut. Well that forces our hero Van Lee to search for a replacement co-host, and here are those results. Who will be the new co-host of the podcast?! Listen and find out! Continue reading

S3 E1: The Backup Catcher


Gadzooks fellow human beings! It’s time once again for The Backup Catcher podcast! Hosts Van and Brian knew that you were just dying to hear Van’s sultry baritone croonings and Brian’s nasally wheeze, so they have once again joined forces for a 3rd season (?) to bring you all the best talk about baseball.

In this action packed episode, the boys discuss Jim “Mudcat” Grant, and Ugueth Urbina! Oh and actual relevant baseball stuff too. Also it’s Brian’s final episode ever. Good riddance.

Also there are the first of the positional rankings! The fellas start with relief pitcher and catcher, otherwise known as the stepchildren of positions. But there is plenty of great info to be gleaned if you’re really into complaining!

Also, this is part 1. Part 2 will include Van’s interviews for a replacements. I’m now out of “alsos.”

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They give you a key to the city but it’s not like a normal key. It’s way too big and you have to order a special key ring to put it on. That’s $7 I’ll never get back.

-Kris Bryant, on the worst thing about being a World Series Champion Continue reading