This week, Dakota and Gemma welcome Rockies starter Kyle Freeland to the show. He talks about his dogs, explains how to pitch in tough situations (occasionally involving mosquitoes) and realizes he can't define what it means to be a "Kyle Freeland Guy." Dakota and Gemma also prepare for the All-Star festivities.
Is it OK to ask a player for an autograph while he's playing? Dakota, Gemma and Matt think it's fine, as long as you're a player on the opposing team and are also Mike Trout. They also discuss SNL star Leslie Jones' favorite part of baseball, Tim Tebow's surprisingly successful Minor League career and patriotic walk-up songs for the Fourth of July.
Dakota, Gemma and Chris can't confirm whether ghosts are real or not, but they still support Carlos Martinez's decision to have a slumber party with his teammates at the Pfister Hotel instead of facing being haunted alone. They also discuss Alex Bregman's mid-game grooming ritual, the baseball players in ESPN's Body Issue and the over-30 players who might make the All-Star Game for the first time this year.
Dakota, Gemma and Ian praise the greatest thing that Yankee Stadium has to offer: the chicken bucket. They also talk about the Yankees' historic home run pace, the Marlins' Pitbull bobblehead, Steven Brault's vocal chops and Johnny Cueto's extremely personalized hat.
Dakota, Gemma and Jess talk about the woman who caught a foul ball in her beer and immediately chugged it, the newly minted Staten Island Pizza Rats and two high school baseball players on opposing teams who are also best friends. They also try to get out the vote for their favorite All-Star Game candidates, and make up campaign slogans for them that they may or may not appreciate.
Dakota, Gemma and Michael share their favorite names from this year's Draft class, including Brock Deatherage and Lars Nootbaar. They also break down Giancarlo Stanton's incredible feat of hitting a home run directly into a bachelorette party, delight in A-Rod and J-Lo's Sunday Date Night in Baseball and share their favorite classic uniforms.
Dakota, Gemma and Chris all believe that Pedro Martinez could still pitch in the Major Leagues if he felt like it. They also talk about John Jaso's visit to his old friends on the Rays, sons of MLB dads making their debuts and Justin Verlander's belief that getting booed at Yankee Stadium is an expression of love.
Dakota and Gemma are joined this week by Georgia correspondent Andrew Mearns, who tells the story of Ponce de Leon Park, the only field that once had a magnolia tree in play. They also discuss the Yankees' airport misadventures, a unique ballpark proposal and Adam Jones' new house … that just happened to have belonged to Cal Ripken Jr.
This week, L.A. expert Adrian Garro joins Dakota and Gemma to share tips for watching baseball during earthquakes. They also talk about the frenzy that surrounded a Vlad Guerrero Jr. Instagram post, the Red Sox's dugout band and Orbit's trip to New York.
Inspired by A-Rod and J-Lo, Dakota, Gemma and Chris spend this week's Cut4Cast coming up with themes for a baseball version of the Met Ball. They also talk about the first pitcher to use the bullpen cart, Yoesnis Cespedes' jewelry mishap and Ichiro's post-playing life.
Matt joins Dakota and Gemma this week to share the story of the Chiba Lotte Marines' Mysterious Fish mascot, and the time it grew hands out of its mouth. They also discuss April's best moments, delight in the Little Leaguer who ran home in slow motion and debate the existence of the perfect game curse.
Keith Hernandez has made the Internet a better place by joining Twitter seemingly just to be pleasant and to post videos of his cat. Dakota, Gemma and Chris deeply approve. They also talk about their favorite MLB FoodFest items, the rookies they're most excited by and why you should not boo Giancarlo Stanton or really, anyone who plays for your favorite team.
There's a lot to be excited about this season. Bryce Harper is on a tear, Daniel Vogelbach is hitting home runs, Bartolo Colon pitched seven perfect innings and the Pirates are off to a hot start. Dakota, Gemma and Michael decide it's better to buy in to all of the thrilling storylines than to wait for them to peter out. Unlike Gabe Kapler, they'd rather eat the ice cream than spit it out.
When an eagle landed on James Paxton, he didn't even flinch. Dakota, Gemma and Ian do not think they would have been similarly cool under pressure. They also catch up on Shohei Ohtani, discuss Jordan Hicks' velocity and try to figure out why Aaron Boone slept at Yankee Stadium. Inspired by MLB players walking up to Yodeling Boy, they also choose new walk-up songs for 2018.
Dakota, Gemma and Chris celebrate the majesty of Shohei Ohtani's mound debut and his first homer by trying to come up with a good nickname for him. They also wonder if Bryce Harper thrives on haters' energy, talk celebrity first pitches and choose their potential jersey numbers.
It's Opening Day! Dakota, Gemma and Matt celebrate by sharing their favorite baseball traditions, ranking uniforms and getting really excited for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. They also insist that, like Mookie Betts, more players do in-game interviews while actively trying to field balls…which they may or may not get.
Dakota, Gemma and Chris pick their favorite Copa de la Diversion (aka the Fun Cup) Minor League caps and make predictions for the upcoming season. They also get unreasonably excited for 2018's slate of new ballpark foods. Who's the real winner when the A's are introducing brunch and the Rangers are debuting ham fries? The answer: All of us.
Dakota, Gemma and Eric are delighted by Taijuan Walker's taco giveaway, in which he just made a lot of tacos and gave them to D-backs fans at Spring Training. They also pick their favorite MLB Food Fest menu items, discuss the Orioles' new initiative for young fans, and talk about their favorite active players.
Dakota, Gemma and Chris get emotional and excited about Ichiro's return to the Mariners. They also talk about the return of the bullpen cart and wonder if Giancarlo Stanton ever wears a shirt. Dakota also invents Jim Smortz, the perfect Spring Training disguise.
FOX Sports Ohio's Jim Day joins the Cut4Cast this week to talk all things Joey Votto. Dakota, Gemma and Jess also get really excited for Tim Lincecum's new job with the Rangers and talk about new Yankee Russell Wilson and Matt Szczur's hidden talents.