S3Ep10: The Backup Catcher

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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

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

S3E5: The Backup Catcher

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How long does it usually take a baseball podcast to talk about baseball? Well, regardless of the answer to that question, hosts Van Lee and Brian Vaughan are here this week to challenge the status quo! In addition to their 2017 Shortstop rankings, the two hosts bring their trademark acerbic wit to discussions about Rob Schneider, Andrew Benintendi hitting in the 3-hole, the World Baseball Classic, Sonny Gray’s lat injury, and David Spade!

Highlights of the show include Dr. Van’s Hall of Pain, vampire talk, a heated game of Guess Who?, and a very special quote of the week segment! Continue reading

S3E4: The Backup Catcher


March is upon us fellow baseball friends! And that means that your drafts are starting and you’re probably curious as to where Brian has ranked Ryan Schimpf in his second base rankings. Well truth be told, you’re not going to find that out here, because Ryan Schimpf is most definitely not in Brian’s top 15. But you should listen and find out who is! Other things Brian and Van go over include David Price’s injury, a rousing game of General Trivia, Phil Collins, and a brand new song by Van! Continue reading

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