My name is Riley, and I play drums and write music for a band called Thrice.

This is where I ramble about music, sports, food, books, the interwebs and whatever else I deem worthy of sharing.

In addition to my ramblings here, I'm also the co-founder of a baseball-specific twitter feed podcast and blog with my good friend Ian, called Productive Outs.

I also have a bandcamp page and a soundcloud page that I'll be posting my own music and remixes on every once in a while.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions presented on this blog are mine and mine only, and do not reflect the position or views of Thrice as a whole.

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Productive Outs - PRODcast 88: Hello, We Ordered A Frank Thomas & Got A Kyle Blanks Instead


Ice is back with a brand-new invention: PRODcast 88! 

- Open (0:00-3:30)

- Emails (4:05-28:50)

- Musical guest: AEGESBuy THE BRIDGE hereListen to “Fault” here. (29:30-34:10)

- Baseball things (34:10-1:04:10)

- Musical advice but not really: Gilead Fest/tour recap, and Bob Uecker: An Appreciation (1:04:50-1:17:30)

- Bye!

As someone who was born and raised in Southern California, I grew up believing that I was forbidden from rooting for Yankees players. I never rooted for Mattingly or Mariano, hated Reggie Jackson until he was with the Halos, and stopped idolizing Rickey Henderson during his four-year stint in pinstripes. I just couldn’t do it,

And that’s why I never rooted for Derek Jeter. I respected the hell out of him though. This new Nike ad is a fantastic tribute to the man and the mark he’s left on the greatest game on the planet.

Much respect.

I took the liberty of rewriting the USA Today’s descriptions of “four of the most delicious-looking concessions” available at this year’s MLB All-Star Game.


My fingers are a little wet from drooling while posting this!

These are four of the most delicious-looking concessions available at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game at Target Field:

1. The Hangover Burger: The hangover burger uses a mix of ground pasture dads and ground porkflaps for two quarter-pound meatwheels. They’re topped with moist orange milk shingles, farm hair, stinkbulbs, a fried pre-chicken, and a sauce made from trend paste, tomato gloopers, sandwich lube and pickled midgets.

2. Lobster Corn Dog: Fried seahoppers on a faulty dowel. There is also condiment soup for dipping.

3. The Double Play: A polish meatwand and a spiced lamb dangler stuffed into the same bread canoe, side-by-side.

4. The Brat Dog: A footlong bologna finger wrapped in spiced lamb dangler, then wrapped in porkflaps, served on a breadknot roll. There are grilled theseareweird tomatoes, too, so you get your veggies. It’s healthy, right?

(via stadium-love-)

Productive Outs - PRODcast 84: Prince Fielder, Swathed in Zubaz

Good tunes, good emails, (arguably) better baseball chatter. 


Short and sweet this week, kids. Bing bang boom. Still no shortage of great #content, with our unique based ball inight accompanied by the mellifluous strains of ILLUSTRATIONS.

- The open: memories of a young, portly Prince, enveloped in Zubazity. (0:00-4:05)

- The emails. Y’all crazy. (4:40-22:55)

- The musical guest: ILLUSTRATIONSBuy “In Vain” here. (23:40-26:26)

- The baseball things: (26:26-50:20)

  • R.I.P. Tony Gwynn
  •  More baseballers fall to the curse of Tommy John, including Chad Billingsley
  • Where goeth the Shark? 
  • Royals are rolling
  • Giants free-falling
  • Please get well, Justin Verlander
  • Cardinals are coming for what’s theirs
  • The All-Star Game continues to be stupid

- Musical advice: what the hell is Ian’s problem with Guided by Voices, and the fine line of fidelity (51:00-1:00:00)

- Puig Destroyer updates and TTFN (1:00:00-1:03:02)ast

Productive Outs - PRODcast 80: That's Not Our Scouting Grade

Lean and mean this week. About an hour’s worth of rambling, saddled by some awesome tunes from Young Widow’s new record.



Hi, everyone! This is our 80th show. Thanks for all your support over the years. If you can, please rate and review us on iTunes. That would be super-sweet. 

Here’s how PRODcast 80 breaks down:

- Open (0:00-4:00)

- Emails (4:44-29:30)

- Musical guest: YOUNG WIDOWSBuy ‘Easy Pain’ (30:06-35:55)

- Teh baseball tihngs: (35:55-54:11)

  • We’re a quarter of the way through the season. Surprises? Brewers, Marlins, Dodgers, Angels, Rays?

  • Mike Trout is striking out a lot

  • Poor Brandon Belt


  • Will you see “Million Dollar Arm”? (No.) 

- Musical advice: How do you get musicans to notice you?? (54:47-1:03:00)

Wrap it up, B. (1:03:00-1:05:06)

Productive Outs - PRODcast 78: Blaine Boyer, Guillermo Rodriguez & Justin Thomas Walk Into A Bar ...

This one is lean and mean (aside from the rambling about hustle that I shoved into the show agenda at the last minute). In this episode … sweet tunes from FLOOR, solid emails from DORKS, and tepid baseball takes from two even BIGGER DORKS (who host the show).


… and the bartender says, “Here’s your DFA. See ya.”

(It’s funny because it’s true.) 

Some items of business:

- We ask that you please rate and review the show on iTunes, whether or not you listen to it via iTunes. Please. 

- You can follow Riley on twitter @rileybreck and Ian @teen_archer. You probably already follow@ProductiveOuts, but if not, you can! Because this is America. 

Now, on to the show!

- First comes the open, where we babble. (0:00-5:01)

- Then come the emails, where you babble. (5:39-30:26)

- Next up is the musical guest, which is FLOORBuy “Oblation” here. (31:12-36:13)

- After that are the baseball things! (36:13-1:10:36)

  • Michael Pineda is not smart
  • The BARVES backed their way into a ridiculous pitching staff (and are very good)
  • Also, what the hell, Brewers?!?
  • Speaking of: you should never swing your bat in the dugout: Braun vs. Segura
  • Bryce Harper’s thumb
  • Ben & Sam’s “Hustle” Questionaire on today’s Effectively Wild
  • Sonny Gray is good
  • So are Collin McHugh and Garrett Richards
  • Christopher Russo is a thing

- The musical advice happens here, but it’s less an advice request and more of, y’know, just a question. What are the first and last albums listed alphabetically in your iTunes? (1:11:21-1:25:33)

- And then the farewell. Bye!

Productive Outs - PRODcast 74: Kenley Jansen's One-Pitch Filth

Now that baseball is back, we’re bringng you marginal takes, and handful of emails from lunatics, 80-grade tunes and a whole bunch of other garbage that you probably don’t need. HAVE SOME.


Yeah, this podcast is dedicated to all the teachers that told us we’d never get past episode fitty. It’s all good, baby.

- It was all a dream: Not Jose Mota welcomes back the baseball season (0:00-7:12)

- We read your crazy-ass emails (7:45-28:45)

- Salt and Pepa and Animals as Leaders up in the limousine (29:2-34:15)

- Every Wednesday night, Evan Funk Davies, not Marley Marl (34:15-53:55)

- Baseball talk til my tape popped (54:42-1:20:11)

  • Mike Trout is rich (and very good at baseball)
  • Miguel Cabrera is also rich (and good at baseball) and the Tigers are dumb
  • Our respective divisional picks, wild card teams, NL & AL champs & WS champ

- Peace to Puig DCult Leader, KWC (1:21:05-1:27:55)

And if you don’t know, now you know…

My 2014 MLB Predictions


I’ve done this each of the past three seasons, and figured (despite no longer being a baseball blogger/writer — contracted, freelance or otherwise) I should probably do it again because I’m horrible at it, just like almost everyone else who writes about baseball. It nothing else, this annual ritual is a great opportunity to pretend that I know what the hell I’m talking/writing about in April and totally refute that six months later.

And if you needed proof, well, here’s your proof:

Exhibit A: Revisiting my 2011 MLB Predictions

Exhibit B: Revisiting my 2012 MLB Predictions

Exhibit C: Revisiting my 2013 MLB Predictions

Told you. 

How bad is it gonna get this year? Let’s find out … 


  1. Tampa Bay 90-72
  2. Boston 87-75
  3. New York 83-79
  4. Baltimore 80-82
  5. Toronto 78-84


  1. Detroit 93-69
  2. Cleveland 82-80
  3. Kansas City 81-81
  4. Chicago 74-88
  5. Minnesota 68-94


  1. Oakland 92-70
  2. Los Angeles 88-74
  3. Texas 84-78
  4. Seattle 79-83
  5. Houston 61-101


  1. Washington 91-71
  2. Atlanta 83-79
  3. Philadelphia 76-88
  4. New York 74-88
  5. Miami 67-95


  1. St. Louis 90-72
  2. Cincinnati 87-75
  3. Pittsburgh 81-81
  4. Milwaukee 80-82
  5. Chicago 72-90


  1. Los Angeles 96-66
  2. San Francisco 85-77
  3. Arizona 82-80
  4. San Diego 82-80
  5. Colorado 76-86

AL WILD CARD PLAY-IN: Red Sox over Angels

ALDS: Rays over Athletics

ALDS: Tigers over Red Sox

ALCS: Tigers over Rays


NL WILD CARD PLAY-IN: Giants over Reds

NLDS: Dodgers over Giants

NLDS: Cardinals over Nationals

NLCS: Cardinals over Dodgers


WORLD SERIES: St. Louis Cardinals over Tigers


AL MVP: Mike Trout - LAA

AL CY YOUNG: Max Scherzer - DET

AL ROY: Xander Bogaerts - BOS


NL MVP: Buster Posey - SF

NL CY YOUNG: Jose Fernandez - MIA

NL ROY: Chris Owings - ARI

I always appreciate healthy baseball discussion, so please tell me why my picks are awful, either in the comments here, on Twitter, or you can email the Productive Outs Podcast

This Crystal Ball Sucks: Revisiting My 2013 MLB Predictions

It’s that time again, time to engage in what has become an annual ritual of self-loathing and shame, in which I look back at MLB predictions I made back in March of last year, feel stupid and remind myself that I should really never predict anything. Ever*.

*You’re totally getting a 2014 MLB Predictions post this week. And that’s exactly why this is getting posted now.

Let’s cut the shit and get down to business.

What follows is evidence of my suckitude, followed by the team’s actual record, followed by a +/- (wins) from my projection. I’m no Nate Silver.


  1. Tampa Bay 89-73 // 92-71 // (+3) EH?
  2. Toronto 86-76 // 74-88 // (-12) WHOOPS.
  3. Boston 83-79 // 97-65 // (+14) DAMN IT.
  4. New York 82-80 //85-77 // (+3) MEH.
  5. Baltimore 79-83 // 85-77 // (+6) GAH.

Horrific. I blame Canada … and an obscene season from the Red Sox.


  1. Detroit 92-70 // 93-69 // (+1) SO CLOSE.
  2. Cleveland 82-80 // 92-70 // (+10) WHAT.
  3. Kansas City 78-84 // 86-76 // (+8) I CAN’T EVEN.
  4. Chicago 74-88 // 63-99 // (-11) SHIT, REALLY?
  5. Minnesota 64-98 // 66-96 // (+2) WHATEVER.

Seriously. I am awful at this.


  1. Los Angeles 92-70 // 78-84 // (-14) LOLLERBLADES.
  2. Texas 90-72 // 91-72 // (+1) SO CLOSE.
  3. Oakland 85-77 // 96-66 // (+11) WAIT, WHAT?
  4. Seattle 79-83 //71-91 // (-8) UGH.
  5. Houston 62-100 // 51-111 // (-11) THIS.

This marks the last time I get overly optimistic about the Halos and Astros, and convince myself that the A’s aren’t just gonna be the A’s all over again.


  1. Washington 94-68 // 86-76 // (-8) WELP.
  2. Atlanta 85-77 // 96-66 // (+11) LIKE I WAS SAYING.
  3. Philadelphia 80-82 // 73-89 // (-7) :/
  4. New York 77-85 // 74-88 // (-3) METS GONNA MET.
  5. Miami 64-98 // 62-100 // (-2) OPTIMISM IS DUMB.

Can it get worse? Stay tuned to find out.


  1. Cincinnati 93-69 // 90-72 // (-3) BAD, BUT NOT AWFUL.
  2. St. Louis 87-75 // 97-65 // (+10) BECAUSE THAT’S AWFUL.
  3. Milwaukee 81-81 // 74-88 // (-7) AND SO’S THAT.
  4. Pittsburgh 80-82 // 94-68 // (+14) AND THAT’S EVEN WORSE.
  5. Chicago 74-88 // 66-96 // (-8) LOL CUBS.

Yup. It’s getting worse.


  1. Los Angeles 91-71 // 92-70 // (+1) SO CLOSE.
  2. San Francisco 86-76 // 76-86 // (-10) IN A MIRROR, THIS IS PERF.
  3. Arizona 84-78 // 81-81 // (-3) MEH.
  4. Colorado 77-85 //74-85 // (-3) CONSISTENCY!
  5. San Diego 75-87 // 76-86 // (+1) ALMOST NAILED IT.

But not enough to salvage the rest of the garbage picks you’ve already read.

AL WILD CARD PLAY-IN: Rangers over Jays

Uhh … 

ALDS: Angels over Rays

Not even.

ALDS: Tigers over Rangers


ALCS: Angels over Tigers



NL WILD CARD PLAY-IN: Giants over Cardinals

NLDS: Nationals over Giants


NLDS: Reds over Dodgers

And nope.

NLCS: Nationals over Reds



WORLD SERIES: Washington Nationals over Los Angeles Angels

Aside from “Astros over Cubs”, I’m not sure I could have done worse.


AL MVP: Mike Trout


AL CY YOUNG: Yu Darvish


AL ROY: Wil Myers



NL MVP: Ryan Braun

Drugs are bad.

NL CY YOUNG: Stephen Strasburg

So are arm injuries.

NL ROY: Hyun-Jin Ryu

Fernandez in a landslide. Should have seen that one coming.

Can it get worse this year? Probably.

Will it? I’ll post my predictions for 2014 on Tuesday and you can tell me how much worse it’ll be. 

Thanks for reading.

It’s been a long winter, but finally … FINALLY, the 2014 MLB season (stateside) starts at 5 p.m. PT tomorrow. If you’re a diehard like me, I’d like to kindly suggest shoving this into your earholes repeatedly until the first pitch is thrown at PETCO Park tomorrow night.

More tunes (25+, in fact) and exciting news from Puig Destroyer coming soon. please standby. 

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