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The New York Mets Are A Dumpster Fire | Mostly Sports EP 178 | 5.30.24

The New York Mets Are A Dumpster Fire | Mostly Sports EP 178 | 5.30.24

Update: 2024-05-30
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The episode begins with a discussion about the confusion of having multiple players with the same name in sports, specifically referencing Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr. and Rico Gathers Sr. The hosts then discuss the recent passing of Matt Warren's wife and the support he has received from his friends. The conversation then shifts to the popularity of the video game Cuphead, which the hosts find surprising due to its difficulty and retro animation style. The hosts then transition to a discussion about the new NCAA Football game, expressing their frustration with the removal of the high school element from the game. They compare the overreaction of some fans to the release of a new Marvel movie trailer, highlighting the absurdity of analyzing every detail before the game is even released. The episode concludes with a discussion about the importance of chilling out and waiting for the game to come out before making judgments.

Outlines

00:00:00
Introduction and Yager Meister

This Chapter introduces the hosts, Mark and Brandon, and the show, Mostly Sports, presented by Yager Meister. They emphasize the importance of drinking ice-cold shots of Yager Meister, highlighting its unique qualities and encouraging listeners to experience it the right way.

00:02:02
Jorge Lopez's DFA and Glove Toss

This Chapter delves into the recent news of Jorge Lopez being designated for assignment (DFA) by the Minnesota Twins. The hosts discuss the confusion surrounding the DFA process and Lopez's emotional outburst, including throwing his glove into the stands and his controversial comments about being the worst teammate on the worst team.

00:07:51
Baseball Contract and Roster Complexity

This Chapter explores the intricate world of baseball contracts and roster rules. The hosts express their frustration with the complexity of the DFA process and other baseball jargon, advocating for simpler terminology like "cut" instead of "designated for assignment." They also discuss the different roster sizes and the concept of the taxi squad.

00:08:52
NBA Contracts and Bird Rights

This Chapter briefly touches upon the complexities of NBA contracts, specifically mentioning "Bird Rights" and other contract terms. The hosts acknowledge their limited understanding of these intricacies and express their admiration for those who navigate this complex world.

00:09:59
The Coolness of Baseball Teams

This Chapter delves into the concept of "coolness" in baseball teams, particularly focusing on the perception of teams among 12-year-olds. The hosts discuss the historical coolness of teams like the Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners, and debate which current teams hold that title. They also touch upon the influence of individual players on young fans.

00:13:38
Texas A&M Traditions and Cult-like Behavior

This Chapter explores the unique and often controversial traditions of the Texas A&M Aggies. The hosts discuss their personal experiences with the Aggies, particularly their intense fan base and their unwavering commitment to their traditions. They debate whether these traditions are simply amplified versions of other college fan base traditions or something truly unique and cultish.

00:27:31
Are the Edmonton Oilers America's Team?

This Chapter poses the question of whether the Edmonton Oilers, a team known for their exciting and unpredictable style of play, are truly America's team. The hosts discuss the Oilers' underdog status, their passionate fan base, and their potential to win the Stanley Cup, arguing that their success would be a victory for America.

00:43:26
The Confusion of Shared Names in Sports

This Chapter discusses the confusion that can arise when multiple players share the same name in sports. The hosts use the examples of Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr. and Rico Gathers Sr. to illustrate this point, arguing that it would be simpler to just use the player's last name on the back of their jersey.

00:44:19
Matt Warren's Loss and the Power of Friendship

This Chapter discusses the recent passing of Matt Warren's wife and the support he has received from his friends. The hosts express their condolences and share stories about their own experiences with grief and loss.

00:45:15
The Surprising Popularity of Cuphead

This Chapter explores the popularity of the video game Cuphead, which the hosts find surprising due to its difficulty and retro animation style. They discuss the game's unique gameplay and its appeal to a younger generation.

Keywords

Ken Griffey Jr.
Ken Griffey Jr. is a retired American professional baseball player who played for the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago White Sox. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time, known for his exceptional hitting, fielding, and charisma. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.

Ken Griffey Sr.
Ken Griffey Sr. is a retired American professional baseball player who played for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, and Seattle Mariners. He is known for his strong hitting and his role as a mentor to his son, Ken Griffey Jr. He was a key player on the 1976 Cincinnati Reds World Series championship team.

Rico Gathers Sr.
Rico Gathers Sr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played for the Baylor Bears. He was known for his athleticism and his ability to rebound. He tragically passed away in 2018 after suffering a heart attack.

Matt Warren
Matt Warren is a friend of the hosts of the podcast. He recently lost his wife, and the hosts express their condolences and support for him.

Cuphead
Cuphead is a run-and-gun video game developed and published by Studio MDHR. It is known for its challenging gameplay, its unique art style inspired by 1930s cartoons, and its jazz soundtrack. The game was released in 2017 and has been praised for its originality and its difficulty.

NCAA Football
NCAA Football is a series of American football video games developed by EA Sports. The games allow players to create and manage their own college football teams, playing through seasons and competing for championships. The series was discontinued in 2014, but a new game is set to be released in 2024.

Marvel
Marvel Entertainment is an American entertainment company that produces comic books, films, television shows, and other media. The company is known for its iconic characters, such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Captain America. Marvel films have been incredibly successful at the box office, and the company has become a major force in popular culture.

Iron Man
Iron Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer and editor Stan Lee, writer Larry Lieber, and artist Don Heck, and first appeared in Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963). Iron Man is a billionaire industrialist, playboy, and genius inventor named Tony Stark who creates a powered suit of armor to protect himself and the world.

Spider-Man
Spider-Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, and first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962). Spider-Man is a teenager named Peter Parker who gains spider-like abilities after being bitten by a radioactive spider. He uses his powers to fight crime and protect the innocent.

Napster
Napster was a peer-to-peer file-sharing service that allowed users to download and share music files over the internet. The service was launched in 1999 and quickly became popular, but it was also controversial due to its potential for copyright infringement. Napster was shut down in 2001 after a series of legal battles with the music industry.

Q&A

  • What is the DFA process in baseball and why is it confusing?

    The DFA process is when a player is removed from a team's 40-man roster and made available to other teams. It's confusing because it doesn't necessarily mean the player is being cut from the team entirely. They could be sent to a minor league affiliate or claimed by another team.

  • Why is Jorge Lopez's recent outburst so controversial?

    Lopez threw his glove into the stands after a bad outing and made comments about being the worst teammate on the worst team. This sparked debate about his professionalism and the appropriateness of his actions.

  • Why are the Baltimore Orioles considered a cool secondary team?

    The Orioles are a young and exciting team with a lot of potential. They are exceeding expectations and have a strong core of young players, making them an attractive option for fans looking for a new team to root for.

  • What are some of the unique traditions of the Texas A&M Aggies?

    The Aggies have a strong military presence, with many students participating in the Corps of Cadets. They also have a variety of rituals and chants, including burying their mascot near the stadium and spelling out the state of Texas during games.

  • Why do the hosts believe the Edmonton Oilers could be America's team?

    The Oilers are an underdog team with a passionate fan base and a superstar player in Connor McDavid. They are playing exciting hockey and have a chance to win the Stanley Cup, which could make them a national phenomenon.

  • What is the significance of the Oilers' potential Stanley Cup victory?

    The Oilers are from a blue-collar town and are playing against teams from more glamorous cities. Their success would be a victory for the underdog and for the working class.

  • Why is it confusing to have multiple players with the same name in sports?

    It can be difficult to keep track of which player is which, especially when they are playing in different leagues or at different times. It can also lead to confusion for fans and media members.

  • What is Cuphead and why is it so popular?

    Cuphead is a run-and-gun video game known for its challenging gameplay, its unique art style inspired by 1930s cartoons, and its jazz soundtrack. Its popularity is surprising due to its difficulty and retro animation style, but it has gained a following for its unique gameplay and its appeal to a younger generation.

  • Why are some fans overreacting to the new NCAA Football game?

    Some fans are upset about the removal of the high school element from the game, which they enjoyed in previous versions. They are also analyzing every detail of the game before it is even released, which the hosts find to be an overreaction.

  • What is the hosts' advice for dealing with the overreaction to the new NCAA Football game?

    The hosts advise fans to chill out and wait for the game to come out before making judgments. They believe that it is important to be patient and to avoid getting caught up in the hype.

Show Notes

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