June 6, 2014
Usually when there's a title like this attached to a MyGameBalls column, it's someone imagining what it would be like if something of this nature existed. The idea of ballhawking as a sport was thrown around, as was the idea of a ballhawking video game, and even a ballhawk gathering (which will now exist for the fourth year in a row outside of our minds and in the city of Washington DC July 19th). Well, I'm not here to think of whether it would be nice to have a ballhawk podcast. No, I'm here to tell you that there is one coming to the interwebs very soon indeed.
I had thought of the idea of a ballhawk podcast for a while. The origins of it went back at least a year and only intensified when ballhawks like Nick Badders and Wayne Peck hosted shows on Blog Talk Radio. I had just constantly put it off since I didn't know how I would do it alone. More than a month ago, though, Larry Larson (chicubs99 here on MGB) pitched me the idea of us doing a baseball podcast together. I jumped on the idea and we started planning what we were going to have a little after that. Since then we have planned out the podcast which will be called Ballhawk Talk and gotten the content down enough to where we are going to run a pilot episode this Sunday, June 8th at 10:30 PM EST/7:30 PST. It will be ten minutes and leave time at the end for people with Google+ accounts to ask us questions about the podcast. Google+ accounts because it will be done via live Google+ Hangout.
If you don't have a Google+ account or can't make it live at that time, though, don't worry. The podcast will also air with a minute delay on YouTube and will be available on YouTube in whole about a half hour after the show is done if you want to watch it like you would watch any other YouTube video. If you want the link, it will be tweeted from several locations as the podcast goes live my own Twitter account (@observebaseball), the MyGameBalls Twitter account (@myGameBalls), and Larry's account (@MLBLarry). The podcast will be a weekly occurrence at Sundays at 10:30 PM EST/7:30 PST and while this show would only be 10 mins long, we were thinking of having every episode afterwards be more in the 20-min-long ballpark. As for the content, we will be essentially doing a review of a certain Midwestern ballpark in the pilot but will do interviews with ballhawks, debate certain ballhawk-related topics, and discuss general baseball topics such as players from the perspective of two people who do go to games and catch baseballs.
So once again, we will be holding a pilot episode of this podcast two days after this column is published on June 8th at 10:30 PM EST/7:30 PST, and the shows will be held at this same time Sundays going forward. If you want to watch live, I will tweet out a link at http://twitter.com/observebaseball as will Alan Schuster (the MyGameBalls webmaster) and Larry Larson my co-host. If you have a Google+ account, I do encourage you to watch logged into that and give us questions about the show that we can answer after the show is done to clear up any uncertainty you may have about it. I hope to see you (metaphorically speaking, of course) then.
Mateo Fischer is a contributing columnist to myGameBalls.com and also maintains a Blog.