Debuting “The Top Step” Podcast

A few months ago, I had the idea that a very good friend of mine and I should start recording a podcast. I felt we both knew such a vast amount of information about baseball that we could find and share unique stories which people would find interesting. This week, we brought the idea to fruition, and recorded our first ever podcast, which we titled “The Top Step.”

The goal of the podcast is simple: Talk about unique and fascinating topics which are not previously exhausted by major media outlets while also commenting our thoughts on some of the larger stories of the day; things you would talk about on the top step of the dugout. For those of you who have played baseball, you know that you find yourself talkig about a wide range of things in the dugout, often things others may not know about while also talking about the big stories of the day. That is what we hope to accomplish with this podcast, “The Top Step.”

This friend of mine is Steve Miller, who you may have heard of already. Steve writes a widely popular and very successful MLBlog entitled Fish Fry. It focuses on the Miami Marlins as the name suggests, but as a resident of Northern Virginia like myself, he also frequently covers happenings of the Nationals. His blog has been ranked in the Top 100 for MLBlogs the last three years and he has continued to climb the rankings this year.

You can find the link to his post regarding this podcast here: The Top Step: Dissecting Baseball’s Borders

On a personal note, Steve and I play together on our high school’s baseball team. He is our centerfielder, and my ERA owes Steve gratitude beyond words for not being higher than it already is. While this season was not as successful as we hoped it would be, he and I became very close friends over the course of the year and decided we wanted to make our podcast a reality.

Steve sent me an email with a link included to a map showing what parts of the United States are fans of which MLB teams. We were both intrigued by the diversity of the map, and decided this would be the perfect, unique way to debut our podcast. I have included a link to the map below so that while you listen to what we talk about, you can have a visual reference for our discussion.

As this pertains to human geography, we decided it would be beneficial to feature our high school’s Human Geography teacher to capture any comments she might have regarding the map.

Here is the link to the map we will be discussing, as well as the article written along with it. Like I said above, you may find it useful to follow along with the map as we talk about the various regions.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/04/23/upshot/24-upshot-baseball.html

Without further ado, here is the podcast, uploaded as a YouTube video. We hope you all enjoy it!

Also, special thanks to Ms. Boyle for agreeing to be included. Steve and I hope to record podcasts whenever we can and whenever we have enough interesting information to share. We appreciate comments and questions, so be sure to leave some!

As always, be sure to subscribe to this blog by email. You will only receive emails regarding posts and future podcasts, no spam.

Thank you for listening!

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