Episode 107 features the second halves of fascinating conversations with Ron Blomberg, the 1st official MLB designated hitter and Greg Rempe, host of The BBQ Central Show.
Ron Blomberg was only getting started in episode 105. In the 2nd part of our conversation he discusses the many ways' baseball has changed and his feelings toward those changes. He talks about his love for the New York fans as well as his love of food and being banned from an all-you-can-eat restaurant. Ron was the New York Yankees first overall pick in the 1967 amateur draft and on April 6, 1973, he became the first major-leaguer to bat as a designated hitter in a regular season game. He is also an author and his latest book, The Captain & Me: On and Off the Field with Thurman Munson provides great information on Ron's career, but more importantly provides an in-depth look into the special relationship he had with Thurman Munson whom he refers to as his "brother." Ron and Thurman shared many wonderful times together and hearing him describe their friendship makes one appreciate their special bond. Ron was an exceptional athlete, played the game hard, and it is quite apparent he has lived his life with the same passion with which he played. We end the conversation with a very long goodbye.
Greg Rempe is back for the 2nd half of our conversation and will talk about barbecue, but he is also a big baseball fan who, like many of us, has very strong opinions on many things in the game. Our baseball talk included the Cleveland team and their new name, bad trades Cleveland has made, favorite players, steroid users, and so much more. Greg does not hold back and was unafraid to answer any questions we threw at him, including who should play the part of Greg Rempe if The BBQ Central Show was ever made into a movie. Greg and Jeff have a friendly debate and Greg discusses his trust issues. Greg is the creator and host of the longest running, most listened to, and extremely entertaining shows dealing with live fire cooking, The BBQ Central Show. His show can be heard live every Tuesday night from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm and is released in podcast format; the first hour on Wednesday and the second hour on Thursday. Then on Fridays you can catch up on parts of past episodes listening to The Best Moments of The BBQ Central Show in 10 Minutes or Less. Greg continues being extremely candid and willing to discuss everything. You can find out more about his show by going to http://thebbqcentralshow.com/
We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky
We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards and http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans and the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag.
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