Around the Horn 7/28/17

Ever wonder what’s going on with the top names in the best game in the world? Find out here as we ask the greatest minds in baseball about hot topics from around the league.

Lucas Duda

“Well Terry (Collins, Mets manager) called me into his office and gave me a big ol’ hug. I just figured it was one of his normal hug meetings, but then he started sobbing. Big, heaving sobs. Once he started screaming “Why? Why God, Why?” I knew something had gone down.”

-Lucas Duda, on how he learned he had been traded to the Tampa Bay Rays Continue reading


Around the Horn 7/21/17

Ever wonder what’s going on with the top names in the best game in the world? Find out here as we ask the greatest minds in baseball about hot topics from around the league.

Aaron Judge“Well it wasn’t even a player… it was Dandy the Yankees mascot from the late seventies. It’s a shame that they had to put him down after he bit that fan. That was a dark day in the Judge household.”

-Aaron Judge, on his favorite player as a child Continue reading

Beds are Burning

It’s time to throwback to that time I “made improvements to” the music video for the most Australian song ever: Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil. I made this video at a very dark time in my existence (even darker than normal!) and when I uploaded it to YouTube, I was hit with a copyright claim and the video was taken down. Because obviously I was taking away all that sweet Beds are Burning ad revenue away. Continue reading

S3Ep10: The Backup Catcher

Actual footage of Sergio in the park after having escaped his closet

Folks, we must apologize for the delay in getting out this newest episode of the Backup Catcher. Our sound guy, Sergio, escaped from the closet he stays in and the sweet tones of Van, Brian, and special guest Justin Hughes were not properly edited to a tone that won’t blow your ears with awesomeness. Sergio was finally found and forced to fix the audio, and we can finally bring you the baseball talk that you crave.

On this episode, the fellas discuss all the devastating injuries befalling our favorite players and ask why our gracious God would smite them so. They also play a round of Done or Fun, and a thrilling round of Triple Slash brings the episode to a close. So get your significant other, head out to Cali, and get married by a bear on a nice summer afternoon! Continue reading

S3E9: The Backup Catcher

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Zounds! On this week’s insanely special episode, host Brian Vaughan is nowhere to be found! Actually, he’s likely in bed because he’s down with the sickness. But fret not! Another Brian, this one of the ‘y’ variety is here to fill in admirably!

Bryan Smith joins Van Lee as the duo discuss the Blue Jays’ slow start, the Machado-Pedroia slide debacle, Ichiro’s career, and dirt bike madness with Madison Bumgarner. They also play a few games including General Trivia and Done or Fun. Finally rounding out the episode the boys give you their favorite 90s rap songs with a baseball twist! Continue reading

S3E8: The Backup Catcher


Baseball is actually happening! Van and Brian are bursting with so much excitement about it, that they put out a podcast full of excitement and magic! Whoa wait, that may sound misleading. For once there actually was zero wyvern or wizard talk. Just pure, unfettered, baseball magic. The boys go over some hot and cold starts in the majors, mostly complaining about Mark Reynolds. They also bring back Shelly V’s Studs of the Week of the Ever, play a round of Triple Slash (which goes into overtime), and try and sell you some sweet DVDs. Give it a listen and conform! Continue reading

S3E7 Part 2: The Backup Catcher

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In part two of this week’s episode, hosts Van and Brian go over their predictions for World Series Champion 2017! They also play their yearly version of Repeat or Die, and pick awards winners for the season! If that synopsis was too full of logical baseball talk, don’t fret! They also talk about Liv Tyler and make Charlie Blackmon jokes the whole time! There’s something for everyone here at the Backup Catcher. Continue reading

S3E7: The Backup Catcher


Well hello there to all of our favorite… NEIGHbors!!! Hahahahaa lololololol horse joke! Ok, now that we have gotten that out of the way, on to professionalism! In today’s first of two part episode of the Backup Catcher, hosts Van and Brian give a rundown of several extensions signed in the Majors lately, discuss some player injuries, and go over our outfield rankings for the 2017 season. Don’t forget to download part 2 for our World Series predictions as well! Continue reading

March 24th: Reflection Time

I always tend to look back on things on this day every year, actually I mostly just look back on all of my failures… of which there are many. Obviously there are some big ones from just the last few years but there are also the many small ones like not taking a step I wanted to take or being hesitant in a moment I shouldn’t have been. Or declaring that I have, in fact, listened to several Pitbull songs. 

But this year something cropped into my head that ultimately didn’t have anything to do with me, and I would like to share that experience with you, my loyal readers (all both of you).  Continue reading

S3E6: The Backup Catcher


It’s another week here at the Backup Catcher studious, and that means it’s another chance to hear Brian complain and Van lie about things! In today’s episode of the podcast, The fellas go over the WBC again for some reason, talk about Anthony DeSclafini’s injury for some reason, Van ranks a misheard group of people, and Brian goes along with it! At the end of the episode, look for their 3rd baseman rankings for the 2017 season, and listen for a new segment called ABCs! Continue reading