EPISODE ARCHIVES

Episode 7: The Christian Laettner Game, with Daniel Ralston

During the 1992 NCAA basketball tournament, Duke and Kentucky matched up in a regional semifinal that has come to be regarded as one of the best college games ever played, if not the best. It was an overtime thriller, with innumerable lead changes and palpable tension from start...
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Episode 6: The Doc Gooden Game, with Wendy Thurm

In 1985, Doc Gooden had a season for the ages, thrilling Mets fans and putting up numbers that still qualify as weapons-grade saber-porn: 25-3 W-L record, 1.53 ERA, 268 strikeouts, 276 innings pitched! Of course, we all remember Doc Gooden being awesome once upon a time, but does...
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Episode 5: The Melvin Mora Game, with Greg Prince

I am legally obligated to say that today we’re gonna party like it’s 1999! You guys like that song, right? In episode 5, I talk with Greg Prince–one half of Faith and Fear in Flushing and the author of The Happiest Recap, a look back at the best Mets wins of the...
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Episode 4, The Pedro Game, with Josh Wilker

Today’s episode has been legally certified as a doozy! I talk to Josh Wilker, the man behind the amazing Cardboard Gods, about game 5 of the 1999 American League Division Series. In that game, Pedro Martinez threw 6 hitless innings against the Cleveland Indians, one of the...
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Episode 3: The Rick Ankiel Game, with Jason Fry

Episode 3 is a wild one. Literally! Jokes! I’m pleased to welcome Jason Fry, who makes up one half of Faith and Fear in Flushing, “the Mets blog for fans who like to read.” Along with Greg Prince, Jason makes one of the best and best-written baseball sites in...
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Episode 2: The Mark Fidrych Game, with Dan Epstein

Episode 2 is here! I talked with Dan Epstein, writer for Rolling Stone and author of the great chronicle of 1970s baseball, Big Hair and Plastic Grass, one of my favorite books about the game in recent memory. Dan and I watched a game between the Detroit Tigers and the New York...
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Episode 1: The Rick Camp Game, with Will Stegemann

Episode 1 of Replacement Players is go! And we start off with a bang as I talk with Will Stegemann–the man behind the hilarious and poignant A Year of Billy Joel–about the infamous Rick Camp game between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves that took place on July 4,...
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Episode Zero: The Origin Begins!

Oh, hi! Didn’t see you there. Welcome to the beginning of the start of the origin of the inception of Replacement Players, my brand new podcast. What is this and why am I doing it? Questions I often ask myself, about everything. But I will explain the true meaning of...
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