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The GD Podcast: Episode 10

In MLB, NHL, Podcasts on March 14, 2013 at 8:46 am

By Joe Dyton

On this week’s episode of The GD Podcast, Mike and I recapped the Caps-Ranger’s latest meeting, reflected on the Blackhawk’s impressive season-opening points streak, discussed Tiger Woods’ big win in Florida, and talked about the Yankees’ recent rash of injuries. In the Pop Culture Corner, we took a look at “House of Lies” and “Girls”. Finally, Mike concluded the podcast with what was brewing in “Mike’s Beer Blast.”

You can listen to all of it here:

Thanks for listening!

Joe Dyton and Mike Grant co-host The GD Podcast. Follow the podcast at twitter.com/thegdpodcast. You can also contact the guys at thegdpodcast@gmail.com.

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The GD Podcast: Episode 6

In MLB, NFL, NHL, Podcasts on January 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm

By Joe Dyton (@dyton99; thedytonian@yahoo.com)

In the first GD Podcast of 2013, Mike and Joe recap the NFL’s Divisional Round of the playoffs and preview Championship Sunday, celebrate the return of the NHL, talk about the Manti Te’o mess and the Eagles snagging Chip Kelly from Oregon, the Baseball Hall of Fame pitching a shutout and “Homeland’s” success at the Golden Globes. Later, Mike gives the listeners his best beer bets for the start of 2013.

Listen to it all here:
http://thegdpodcast.podomatic.com/entry/2013-01-18T18_54_55-08_00

The Breakdown:

NFL: 0:00-23:45
NHL: 23:46-33:50
Coll. Football: 33:50-47:48
MLB: 47:49-50:48
Pop Culture Corner: 50:49-1:00:45
Mike’s Beer Picks: 1:00:46-1:04:13

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC, a freelance sports reporter for the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, MD host of the “This Week in TV with Joe Dyton” podcast and co-host of “The GD Podcast”. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99. You can also follow The GD Podcast on Twitter at https://twitter.com/thegdpodcast

“The GD Podcast”: “Pilot”

In MLB, NFL, NHL, Podcasts on October 15, 2012 at 9:10 am

By Joe Dyton (thedytonian@yahoo.com; @dyton99)

My playoff baseball viewing kept me from watching many of my favorite shows last week, so I didn’t get to record a new episode of “This Week in TV with Joe Dyton”. I plan to be back on the airwaves this week however.

Although, I didn’t record a TV podcast, I did get to record a sports one. Mike Grant and I did a test run for “The GD Podcast”, which is sports-based. Mike and I discussed the NFL, college football, the MLB playoffs and the NHL lockout. On the non-sports front, we talked about Season Two of “Homeland” and shared our thoughts on “Jersey Shore” coming to a close. Also, Mike offered up suggestions on the best bets for beer this fall. You listen to it all here.

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC, a freelance sports reporter for the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, MD and host of the “This Week in TV with Joe Dyton” podcast. He is a former assistant editor for The Dealmakers real estate magazine in Hamilton, NJ and a former sports writer and copy editor for The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99.

2009 World Series Game Five recap

In MLB on November 4, 2009 at 8:21 pm

I have to be honest, heading into Game Five I didn’t give much thought to the A.J. Burnett-Chad Gaudin debate, so I can’t second-guess Joe Girardi’s decision too much. But when I was listening to Mike Francesa’s show on WFAN and he said he thought it was a mistake to pitch Burnett prior to the game it began to dawn on me that Girardi was taking a big chance. Look at the red flags:

a)      Burnett would be pitching on three-day’s rest.

b)      Burnett would be pitching on the road, where he’s not as effective.

c)      Because Burnett and Posada refuse to kiss and make up, Molina would be doing the catching. In the NL park, the lineup is already weakened without a DH, now the light-hitting Molina’s in the mix and Gardner (in for the injured Melky) can’t hit; throw in the ice-cold Cano and Swisher and the Yankees’ lineup is essentially four players deep.

As it turned out, Francesa and the other first-guessers were right; the game was a disaster. I wasn’t too upset the Yankees lost; I was expecting it. The Phillies are great at home, it would be a tall order to beat them there three games in a row; especially with Lee pitching Game Five against a watered-down lineup.

What did upset me was the position Girardi put the Yanks in the rest of the series. If he had put Gaudin in he probably wouldn’t have been any worse than Burnett was. Then he’d have Burnett on full rest at home in Game Six and if there was a Game Seven, he’d have the choice between Pettitte on full rest or Sabathia on three-day’s rest. That’s not a bad situation. Instead, we get Andy on short rest tonight and if needed, Sabathia on short rest tomorrow. That is not an ideal situation. I hope Andy can pull a rabbit out of his hat tonight; I want no part of a Game Seven.

As for the rest of the Game Five, there’s not much else to say. Burnett was awful, which wasn’t a surprise. It wouldn’t have been a surprise if he pitched seven scoreless innings either. You just never know what you’re going to get from the guy. I get a little sad when I remember the Yanks have to deal with the rollercoaster that is Burnett for four more seasons.

I will give credit to the Yankees for making a game out of it though in the late innings. When they got back to the top of the order with first and third and no one out, I honestly thought they were going to at least tie the game. Unfortunately, Jeter hit into that DP and that was all she wrote. It’s too bad Coke gave up those tack-on homers.

So, Game Five wasn’t to be. I’m hoping the Yanks can close it out tonight, but I’m a little uneasy about it. I think it’ll be up to the offense to bring this one home. Pettitte on short rest worries me, but I feel the Yanks’ attack can get to Pedro. (At least I’m hoping they can).

Here’s to Number 27!

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC. He is a former assistant editor for The Dealmakers real estate magazine in Hamilton, NJ and a former sports writer and copy editor for The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99.

 

2009 World Series Game One recap

In MLB on October 29, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Well, as the legendary Ron Burgundy would say, that’s not a good start.

After waiting six years for my beloved Yanks get back to the Fall Classic, this is the best they could do? I couldn’t believe I passed up on watching the season premiere of “Friday Night Lights” for this.

Heading into last night’s game, I considered it a must-win. I know it’s crazy to think of the first game in a seven-game series a must-win, but look at the circumstances this time. The Phillies beat the Yanks’ best pitcher (Sabathia), and now it’s up to the Pie Man himself, A.J. Burnett to even the series. Burnett is good, but he folds like a tent under pressure. Now I’m supposed to believe he’ll be able to keep it together in the Yanks’ biggest game of the year? This is a game that Andy Pettitte should be pitching. He always wins games like this. But, I understand that Andy pitches better on the road and Burnett is stronger at home. I just wish I had a better feeling about Burnett. Who knows, maybe he’ll pitch eight shutout innings or hopefully the Yanks offense will wake up and give A.J. enough of a cushion so he can pitch carefree.

Anyway, that’s enough about tonight’s game, let’s look at what went wrong yesterday:

C.C. was good, but Lee was (much) better: Last night’s match-up of the former Cleveland aces was as good as advertised: for seven innings anyway. If someone told me before the game, that Sabathia’s line would be 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K’s; I’d feel confident the Yanks would win or have a pretty good chance to. Unfortunately, as good as CC was, Lee was that much better. He did everything to the Yankees but say, “Kneel before Zod.” My goodness, he was fantastic. With that said, I don’t get how only Jeter was able to make the adjustments (three hits after striking out in his first AB). Where was hitting coach Kevin Long? Wasn’t Jeter sharing any insight? If he was able to hit Lee, why couldn’t the rest of his millionaire teammates? The Bombers aren’t going very far if Sabathia can’t away with two (although big) mistakes over seven innings.

The bridge to Mariano gets shakier every game: The only thing more frustrating than watching the Yankee hitters flail about trying to hit Cliff Lee was watching the disaster that was the Yankee bullpen. Holy cow, I thought the eight and ninth innings wouldn’t end. Hughes, Robertson and Bruney did nothing but pour gasoline on the fire. That’s becoming more the rule than the exception these days and it’s worrisome. How the heck are the Yanks going to survive close games in this series if their relievers can’t get anyone out? Mo’ can’t pitch two innings every game. It’s sad that the only guy who was effective was Marte, my least favorite Yankee reliever.

So, that was pretty much what doomed the Yanks, too much Lee, a no-show offense and another forgettable bullpen performance. And now it’s up to Burnett to keep this series competitive. Forgive me if I’m not feeling too optimistic. But I will say I am looking forward to tonight: Yankees vs. Pedro at The Stadium. Just like old times. Let’s just hope it’s the Yanks who prevail this time.

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC. He is a former assistant editor for The Dealmakers real estate magazine in Hamilton, NJ and a former sports writer and copy editor for The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99.

I’ll believe the Sabathia signing is a good one when I C.C. it

In MLB on December 10, 2008 at 8:11 pm

The New York Yankees are closing in on signing a front-of-the rotation starting pitcher in the prime of his career.

 

And as a die-hard Yankee fan, I’m not all that excited about it.

 

Capt. Buzzkill reporting for duty.

 

I hate to rain on everyone’s parade. And I know most Yankee fans are excited about this seven-year, $160 million contract the Bronx Bombers have offered C.C. Sabathia that is all but signed. Heck, deep down I’m happy that the Yanks are close to obtaining a starting pitcher that they desperately need.

 

However, the better part of me is a little worried. I’m cautiously optimistic at best. I am not concerned about the money aspect of the deal. The Yankees are one of the few teams in the league that can afford to eat bad contracts (read: Pavano, Carl). It’s not about the money, I am more concerned about the years committed and how is Sabathia is going to peform. Here are few reasons why:

 

1) I’m not sure how much he wanted to come to the Bronx. The Yankees offered Sabathia a six-year, $140 million contract more than a month ago. He didn’t sign on the dotted line right away because he had a desire to pitch on the west coast and stay in the National League, and wanted to see if that opportunity was out there. That’s fair enough, but as it became apparent that he wasn’t going to do that, why did he wait so long to sign on with the Yankees? Did he hold off to see if the Yanks would throw in more money? Well they did. So now, the Yankees are going to be counting on a guy whose heart may not truly be in it, but he came here because the Yanks were the highest bidder. There are enough mercenaries on this team already; no they need another one trying to carry their rotation?

 

2) I’m worried that he won’t be able to do it in the American League. I know he won 19 games and won the AL Cy Young Award in 2007, but he had a really rough go of it in the beginning of the ’08 with the Indians. He went 1-4 and April, and battled to a 6-8 record before he was traded to the Brewers. He didn’t return to form until he started pitching in the less hitting-rich National League. Chances are he’ll carry the momentum he gained last year to the Yanks’ 2009 campaign, but just thinking about his rough start last year scares me—just a little.

 

3) Kevin Brown, Javier Vasquez, Jose Contreras and Carl Pavano. Do I need to say more? All of these guys were busts and brought here under general manager Brian Cashman’s watch. Granted, Sabathia is better than all of these guys, but what if the New York pressure gets to him and he goes belly-up like the rest of these guys? Keep in mind Cashman hasn’t made a solid starting pitcher free agent signing since he got Mike Mussina to come to New York—and that was eight years ago.

 

4) The Yankees claim to be about winning in October, and C.C. hasn’t done that too much of that. He was bad in his lone postseason start last year, but I’ll give him a pass. He was pitching his fourth straight start on three days’ rest; it was no shock to me that he couldn’t get out of the fourth inning. In 2007, he had three starts and wasn’t good in any of them. Even in his win against the Yankees in the ALDS, he didn’t get out of the fifth inning and threw 114 pitches. In the ALCS against the Red Sox that year, he was even worse. He went 0-2 in his two starts and only pitched 10.1 innings. The Yankees want to put their quest for a 27th World Series title on the shoulders of a guy who has yet to prove he can win in the playoffs?

 

And the main reason this signing worries me….

 

5) Bill Simmons wanted it to happen. ESPN.com columnist Bill Simmons, AKA “The Sports Guy” has been rooting for the Yankees to sign the big guy for months now. Whether you like Simmons’ opinions or you hate them, you have to admit that there are few bigger Sox fans out there than him. Now why in the world would a big Red Sox fan be happy that his teams arch-rival signed a heavily-coveted starting pitcher who’s just a year removed from winning a Cy Young Award. I’m just saying…

 

Look, chances are this works out and he has the type of career that Mike Mussina had when he signed with the Yankees. It’s just that I have enough doubt to worry about it going splat. I think it’s because I want this to work out so badly it’s to the point that I’m afraid that it won’t. Between the Bombers not making the playoffs in their last season at Yankee Stadium this year and the tragedy that was the 2004 ALCS, I can’t take anymore embarrassment from this team.

 

See you all at the New Yankee Stadium this spring. I’ll be the one with my fingers crossed hoping this deal works out for the best.

 

So, what do you all think? Are you excited for Sabathia to be a Yankee, or are just as worried as I am? Comment below!

 

Joe Dyton can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com