Episode #112 features John Vampatella, author of The Forgotten Game and award winning pitmaster, Vic Clevenger.
John Vampatella is an outstanding author whose latest project is The Forgotten Game which details one of the greatest games in baseball history between the two most bitter rivals in the sport, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. In the 2004 American League Championship Series the two teams faced off and it looked as if the Yankees who had taken the first three games in the best of seven series were about to win and advance to yet another World Series appearance until Boston miraculously won game 4. Most fans remember Curt Schilling’s sutured ankle in game 6, but game 5 was a do-or-die moment for the Red Sox, and they delivered in epic fashion. Yet, despite being the pivotal game in the series, it hasn’t drawn the attention the others have. The Forgotten Game breaks down game 5 on a virtual pitch-by-pitch basis, from the battle between Pedro Martinez and Mike Mussina, to the clutch performances by Tim Wakefield and David Ortiz, while breaking down the strategies the managers employed, and stories of how various players made their way to their respective teams for that fateful night. The game lasted 14 pressure filled innings and John Vampatella has created a book which is just as exciting as the game itself.
Vic Clevenger is a comedian, speaker, freelance writer, inventor, and award winning pitmaster. He truly is a barbecue Renaissance man and is often referred to as the Cookin' Comedian. Vic was kind enough to join us as he made his way back from the World Food Championships in Dallas, Texas. Almost immediately we could tell we were going to have a great conversation, but would not have enough time. He is definitely on the list of guests we will need to have back. His latest project is the Chimney Cartel which is a new type of cooker. That is in addition to his being a brand ambassador for B&B Charcoal. We hope you will enjoy hearing from a pitmaster who loves life as longs as barbecue is a part of it.
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