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Conversations with C70

In 2011, I branched out from my regular role on shows like Gateway To Baseball Heaven and the UCB Radio Hour to start my own podcast.  Conversations With C70 is my attempt at an interview show, where I talk to other bloggers (mainly, though other guests will likely stop by as well) about their background, their blogging, and their team.  You can listen to the show online via the player on the right side of the front page of the blog or at Podomatic, or you can download and/or subscribe to it at iTunes.  Also during the show, you will find commercials from other bloggers in the natural gaps.  I've linked to them here so you can quickly find their blog.  Feedback is always welcome!

(NOTE: Due to the limitations of Podomatic's storage, I will roll off episodes as I add new ones.  I will move those files to my or DropBox storage and link to them below as well.  If the links don't work, email me and I'll get you a copy.)

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to the playoffs.  Momentous occasions like that must be marked, and so I got a chance to chat with Pat, who has probably the most well-respected Pirates blog on the net, at least that I know of.  We talked about what it's been like the last couple of decades and how to adjust to a world where the Pirates are actually good.

After reading the book 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read Before They Die, I decided to see if Ron might be interested in chatting about it.  Ron's a long-time member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and graciously accepted the invitation.  We talked about what kind of baseball books there are, what didn't make the cut, and also about the current state of Ron's New York Mets.

It's time to get to know the neighbors.  Mike and I share The Cardinal Conclave as an umbrella for our two blogs and we get together to talk about his recent jump into the blogging world.  We also discuss what might be coming up for the Cardinals in the second half of the season.

Slipping away from the blogging aspect of fandom in this one to talk to Geoff, who is the public relations guru for Fox Sports Midwest.  Geoff, who has been a great friend of the UCB for many a year, talks about his normal day and the feedback he receives on broadcasts and the announcers as well as a few things coming up soon.

Guest: JD Norton, Bleed Cardinal Red With Me

After finally getting to meet the man behind the blog at UCB Weekend, JD and I get a chance to have a chat.  A St. Louis-area native, JD talks about growing up a Redbird fan, why the '82 World Champions will always have a special place in his heart, and the amazing 2013 Cardinal rotation.

Guest: Michael Jawitz, Grubby Glove

Michael and I have built up a great Internet friendship, but this was the first time we'd gotten a chance to sit down and actually talk with each other.  Michael's baseball history goes back to watching the '61 home run chase and the beginnings of the Mets, which makes for a wonderful walk through some great baseball moments.

Guest: Jon Doble, Redbird Dugout

We get to talk to a true jack-of-all-trades in this one, as Jon not only blogs but comments at CardsClubhouse, takes a regular turn in the UCB Radio Hour chair, and designs some of the logos you are quite familiar with, including my own.  We spend a good time on the roster construction of the 2013 squad as well as how Jon came to be a Cardinal fan in the first place.

Guest: Brian Vaughn, StanGraphs

We get back to talking Cardinal blogging as Brian Vaughn, half of the very talented StanGraphs authorship, stops by to chat.  We talk about growing up in Missouri and following the Cardinals, plus we get a chance to get into what's happening in Jupiter as spring training camps are now well underway.  Plus the Conversations With C70 theme song is introduced as well, making this an episode you don't want to miss.

Guest: Ian Hunter, The Blue Jay Hunter

I reach across the northern border for this episode, talking with Canadian Ian Hunter about all things Blue Jays.  We talk about how he got into baseball (and how he returned after being driven off by the strike) and about some of the players that have worn both types of birds before delving into what should be a very good 2013 Toronto squad.

Guest: Jamie Pogue, Cardinals bullpen catcher

For the first time, I've got a return guest on this show.  Jamie Pogue (last seen on Episode 13) comes back by to talk about his first year in the big leagues, what he learned and what he enjoyed, and just how crazy that Atlanta game was in the playoffs.

Guest: Barret Browning, Cardinals pitcher

I was really honored to get a chance to talk to Barret Browning, the left-handed reliever that spent a few months in the Cardinal bullpen last year.  We spend some time retracing his minor league steps as well as talk about his impression of the Cardinal organization and of the fans that make up Cardinal Nation.

Guest: Tara Wellman, Aaron Miles' Fastball

After a hiatus that ran well longer than it should have, it's time to get back in the saddle and there's no better guest to start it back up than Tara Wellman.  We cover a lot of ground, including her media background, what we think of the 2013 Cardinals, etc. but it all was overshadowed the next day with the passing of Stan Musial.  My thoughts on Stan and what it means to lose an icon are at the end of the show.

Guest: Larry Borowsky, founder of Viva El Birdos

Intentionally or not, pretty much every Cardinal blog that comes along is following in the footsteps of Larry Borowsky.  His work over at Viva El Birdos still stands as the standard by which all other Cardinal blogging is measured.  We talk about how he followed the Cardinals even when he wasn't a St. Louis resident and just how he came to be writing at VEB, plus discuss the 2012 Cards and their chances in the Wild Card Play-In Game.

Guest: Matthew "Pip" Philip, Fungoes
Promos: Aaron Miles' FastballBoston Red ThoughtsPastime Post

If you know Pip at all, you know that he's one of the most sabermetrically-inclined bloggers in the UCB firmament.  What you may not know is how a trade at a key time in his life left him following another team.  Not only do we dive into that, but also some general saber talk and just what to expect out of these Cardinals.

Guest: William Tasker, The Flagrant Fan

Few people have built up an Internet reputation quite like William Tasker.  William is a talented guy that seems to know just about everyone that's anyone in this world of baseball commentary.  I got a chance to talk about how he got into baseball and we talk about the current state of the game today as well.

Guest: Mark Tomasik, RetroSimba

A long drought in podcast time is ended as I sit down with Mark to talk about his background and how he came up with such a unique twist on blogging.  Mark talks about his own history with the Cardinals and baseball and compares himself to Forrest Gump, but in the good way.

After seeing the Cards make some negative history by being the victims of the first Mets no-hitter ever, Chris and I sat down and talked about various topics, such as the fact that he's a fourth-generation Cardinals fan and how he had a non-traditional entry into the blogging world. We also talk about the recent Cardinal woes, but that's not nearly as much fun.

When people think of large markets in baseball, Boston and New York immediately come to mind.  I got a chance to talk to Christine about the large market mentality, how she came to be a Red Sox fan, and just exactly what is going on with the 2012 version of the club.

Guest: Kevin Reynolds, Cards 'N Stuff

I honestly never expected to top Episode 5 in length, but Kevin and I got to talking and, well, you are looking at the first two-hour podcast.  Kevin always gives detailed answers to questions and it makes for good reading on roundtables and good listening here on the show. We talk about his start (and stops) in blogging plus the first week of the 2012 season.

*--See note on Episode 5 below

As we start into the spring training slate, I sit down with Aaron, a key person in the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and now one of the voices of the Washington blogosphere.  We talk about how he got to where he is today and what to expect out of a Nationals team that looks to be on the rise.

Guest: Matt Sebek, Joe Sports Fan

When it comes to St. Louis sports humor, nobody does it like Joe Sports Fan.  Matt Sebek, the co-owner of the site, is well known for his jersey hunting and thoughts on St. Louis media.  So it was a pleasure to sit down and talk to him about what JSF is about and what else is coming down the pike for the site.

Guest: Jeff Polman, Mystery Ball '58

Jeff writes some of the most unique and creative blogs out there, basing them on seasons he plays on his Strat-O-Matic home game.  We chat about how he came up with the idea, how long he's been playing Strat, and some of the topics of the day on the field as well.

Guest: Matt Whitener, St. Louis Sports 360

One of our newest UCB members, Matt has a couple of different blogs that he maintains.  We talk about him growing up in St. Louis, how he got the writing bug, and his thoughts about this past offseason.

Guest: Matthew Leach,

As he closes his tenure as the Cardinals' beat writer and moves on to a national gig, Matthew Leach looks back at his time in St. Louis and relives some memories, while also giving his take about the changes that have gone on in St. Louis and what 2012 might hold for the club.

Guest: Jamie Pogue, Cardinals bullpen catcher

When a friend of mine texted me in December to let me know his friend had gotten the job as the Cards' bullpen catcher, I knew it was only a matter of time before I was able to get to talk to him.  Jamie Pogue takes over out in the bullpen, but he's going to be doing more than just warming up pitchers.  We talk about his background and what's coming up for him in this new St. Louis regime.

Guest: PJ Walters, former Cardinal pitcher

In a break from our usual format, I got the chance to sit down and talk to PJ about coming up through the Cardinal organization, what it was like to make his major league debut, and how he felt about being traded to Toronto and then seeing the Cards win it all.  Also, I give my oral thoughts about Albert Pujols moving on to Anaheim.

Guest: Mike Metzger, Padres Trail

Just like Tony La Russa, Mike decides to go out on a high note, shutting down Stan Musial's Stance after five years to concentrate on the local nine.  That doesn't mean he doesn't have opinions about the Cardinals, though, and we talk about the offseason and the current managerial search among other topics.

Guest: Josh Gilliam, Pitchers Hit Eighth

World Champions!  It just doesn't seem possible.  The Cardinals were left for dead so many times and yet they never listened.  Josh and I get a chance to look back at the run, to revel in the results, but also spend some time looking ahead, as 2012 will be here before you know it.

Guest: Dan Edmonson, Chicken Fried Baseball

The night before the opening of the Fall Classic, I got together with Dan to talk about the Cardinals and the Rangers.  Dan and I chat some about his spending some of his early fandom in hostile territory and about some of the great Ranger teams of the past.  We also, of course, get into what to expect out of the culmination of the season and how this World Series might play out.

Guest: Bob Netherton, On The Outside Corner

There's nothing like talking to one of our Cardinal historians when the current Cardinal team is on a historic run.  Bob and I talked about his earliest memories of the Cardinals (he goes back a little farther than some of us) and how this team and the 1964 team that made that remarkable comeback compare.  We also hesitantly give our predictions about what will happen in Game 6 and possibly Game 7 of the NLCS.

Guest: Jim Breen, Bernie's Crew

With the Cardinals and the Brewers getting set to open the National League Championship Series, I roped in an expert on the other side.  Jim and I talked about how he got into blogging, his big scoop of the past offseason, and how this series was likely to play out.  I'd like to say we came to verbal blows, but I'm not much on lying. 

Guest: Christine Coleman, Aaron Miles' Fastball

On the evening after the Cardinals' 11-6 loss to Philadelphia in the first game of the NLDS, I got a chance to talk with Christine about her sordid past and her conversion from the dark side.  We also talk about the remarkable September the Cardinals have and what may be to come for the Redbirds.

Guest: Nick, Pitchers Hit Eighth

There are few that I enjoy talking Cardinal baseball with more than Nick.  As so often happens when you get the two of us together, it's a free ranging discussion that, well, let's just say you get your money's worth.  If this one was a baseball game, you'd have gotten at least two or three extra innings out of the deal.  

*--This one is on my Dropbox account instead of Box. (Subtle difference, I know, but Box couldn't handle a file this size.)

Guest: Steve Keane, The Eddie Kranepool Society

A few days before the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, I thought it best to sit down with a New York blogger and talk about that day, among other things.  Steve not only talks about what happened on 9/11/01 but also his long-time fandom of the Mets, his thoughts on leaving Shea Stadium, and what the Mets are likely to do this coming offseason.

Guest: Bill Ivie, I70 Baseball

If I was going to do a show, there's no way I could do it without eventually talking to my compatriot.  Bill talks about meeting a hero, running a big website, and the realistic prospects for St. Louis this season.

Dathan steps into the breach, becoming my first interview subject.  He talks about spending time in Chicago, most especially during 2003, as well as why he got into blogging and how he got into writing at I70 Baseball as well.

Guest: None

The first episode of the show, as any good pilot episode should be, is an origins show.  I talked about my background, how I got into blogging, and all the different organizations I've started up.





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