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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 91: Minor League Guy

productiveouts:

There he is, our Lord and Savior: Minor League Guy! Everything we do — including this episode — we do in his name. 

Here’s what we’ve got:

-  The open (0:00-3:15)

- Your crazy emails (3:55-25:30)

- The musical guest: DAMA/LIBRABuy “Claw” here. (25:50-29:30)

- The baseball talk! (29:30-51:52)

  • MadBum is good. Big-Time Timmy Jim is not. 
  • The Orioles are the least-bad team in the AL West
  • Same with the Royals in the Central (at least at the time we recorded this)
  • Halos are in first, and the AL West is gonna be a barn-burner!
  • Nationals look to have the NL East locked up…
  • … and the Pirates are pretty much done
  • Meanwhile Chris Carter is making a stealth run at the home run title

- Musical advice x 2: (52:45-1:05:10)

  • We discuss our best and worst decisions in our music careers, and 
  • Can you enjoy your own records after they’re finished?

- The week(s) in review: Puig Destroyer stuff and Ian’s vacation rundown. We won’t be hurt if you skip this part. (1:05:10-1:13:20)

THANKS FOR LISTENING! 

Productive Outs - PRODcast 90: There's A Base At The End Of This

productiveouts:

Quick show before both of us take off for vacation and/or work. Please consume and enjoy!

- Open: Managing expectations (0:00-4:04)

- Emails: Short, sweet, and very good. (You guys, not us.) (4:51-20:33)

- Musical guest: ’68Buy “In Humor and Sadness” here. (21:15-27:10)

- Baseball talk: (27:10-49:26)

  • Trade deadline recap

  • The Angels need a starter

  • Everyone hates the Dbacks

  • Matt Cain is toast

  • Javier Baez and the impending rise of the Cubes

- Music and baseball question: “having a” vs. “playing” catch and what goes into sequencing an album? (50:15-1:02:25)

- Puig Destroyer non-updates and TTFN! (1:02:25-1:09:40)

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

productiveouts:

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.

usatoday:

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. 

productiveouts:

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.

GET SOME.

productiveouts:

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

  • JOSE FERNANDEZ NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • 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).

productiveouts:

… 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.

productiveouts:

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)

  • BASEDBALL IS BACK
  • Mike Trout is rich (and very good at baseball)
  • Miguel Cabrera is also rich (and good at baseball) and the Tigers are dumb
  • DICKSTAND
  • 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

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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 … 

AL EAST

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

AL CENTRAL

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

AL WEST

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

NL EAST

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

NL CENTRAL

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

NL WEST

  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

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NL WILD CARD PLAY-IN: Giants over Reds

NLDS: Dodgers over Giants

NLDS: Cardinals over Nationals

NLCS: Cardinals over Dodgers

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WORLD SERIES: St. Louis Cardinals over Tigers

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AL MVP: Mike Trout - LAA

AL CY YOUNG: Max Scherzer - DET

AL ROY: Xander Bogaerts - BOS

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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

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