This week Steve Hayward hosts Henry Olsen going through the inside baseball of the unfolding Democratic presidential primary season, but also the inside baseball about . . . baseball! Did you know that the Houston Astros colluded with the Russians and Ukrainians to steal the 2017 World Series! So runs the allegation, with hearings no doubt to follow. In any case, Steve actually stumps Henry by recalling the slowest relief pitcher ever, Don “Full Pack” Stanhouse. (And when it comes to reforming baseball to make it great again, Henry has a simple proposal: make the fielding gloves smaller. You’ll just have to listen to learn his reasons why—I’m not giving it away here.)

But the main event of this episode is the Democratic field, with new entrants Deval Patrick and Michael Bloomberg. Henry says to keep an eye on Patrick. We also preview the upcoming British election, which Henry will attend and report on for the Washington Post. The election is setting up as a proxy for Brexit, and Henry expect the Conservative Party and Boris Johnson to do very well. But we’re still almost a month off from the election, so stay tuned.

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There are 5 comments.

  1. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge

    Stopped listening after you said you wanted the Astros to lose.

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    • November 17, 2019, at 9:38 AM PST
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  2. Steven Hayward Podcaster

    JuliaBlaschke (View Comment):

    Stopped listening after you said you wanted the Astros to lose.

    Hey what can I say? I’m a sore winner.

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    • November 17, 2019, at 10:06 AM PST
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  3. Jdetente Member

    The old adage is, “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying”

    For the Astros it’s, “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t winning…the World Series that is”

    Sincerely, 

    Long-suffering and not at all bitter Dodgers fan

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    • November 17, 2019, at 2:26 PM PST
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  4. colleenb Member

    I won’t say too much about baseball but I did like the idea of Bryce Harper throwing out the first pitch of the World Series game in DC – mean and bitter but come on it would have been glorious. As to Mr. Olsen – Amy Klobuchar as a moderate? Only on the outside. (Also apparently only ‘Minnesota Nice’ on the outside too.) We need to come up with a term for moderate on the outside, Communist on the inside. Red Velvet cake? Just can’t take that particular prediction seriously. 

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    • November 18, 2019, at 10:56 AM PST
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  5. Emmett C Stanton Coolidge

    Two points:

    (1). Ralph Branca, not Sal Maglie, gave up the home run to Bobby Thomson.

    (2). The Senate’s impeachment rules permit a committee to take evidence. That’s where the missing Schiff witnesses should testify. If they refuse it will make it easier for the Senate to simply dismiss the impeachment resolution without a full-blown trial.

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    • November 19, 2019, at 4:28 PM PST
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