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Hooks & Runs

This is a podcast about baseball, music and culture. Our podcast includes interviews with news makers in the sports and music world plus commentary from the co-hosts on interesting current and historical events. Hooks & Runs releases a new episodes every Thursday.

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120 - We Are Not Meteorologists
The Seahawks and Lions produce an improbable Scorigami as Andrew wrestles with the concept. The Braves sweep the Mets and prove the Hooks & Runs teams are not meteorologists. The playoffs are all but set. Aaron Judge hits No. 62. Craig goes to an Astro game and has too much time on his hands. Rex sees Riot Act at Warehouse Live. Check It OutRex recommends Riot Act's 2020 single "Overdrive."Craig recommends The Black Angels' new album "Wilderness of Mirrors," released September 16 on Partisan Records - this is "El Jardin."Andrew recommends Atrial's new single "Respect the Set."Errata: The movie is "Crazy Heart," the song is "The Weary Kind," and the actor is Jeff Bridges. The 13th Floor Elevators was an Austin band that broke up in 1969. Hooks & Runs - www.hooksandruns.comHooks & Runs Discord -  https://discord.gg/RS46RfFjKQHooks & Runs playlists on Spotify - https://tinyurl.com/hooksspotifyHooks & Runs on TIkTok -  https://www.tiktok.com/@hooksandrunsHooks & Runs on Twitter - https://twitter.com/hooksandrunspcCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterLink: https://twitter.com/CraigEstlinbaumAndrew Eckhoff on Tik Tok (it's true)Link: https://www.tiktok.com/@hofffestRex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/people/Krazy-Karlz-Music-Emporium/100063801500293/ Music: "Warrior of Light" by ikolics (Premium Beat) This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.   
46:43 10/05/2022
119 - Dylan's "Time Out of Mind" at 25 w/ Prof. Quentin Miller
Join our Discord community - https://discord.gg/E43RK8Fk. This week, Prof. D. Quentin Miller (Suffolk) joins us to discuss Bob Dylan's Grammy winning album Time Out of Mind on its 25th Anniversary. What does a great album mean to us in the streaming age? Also, more historic home run balls, Cleveland's surge, Astro & Dodger firsts, and more baseball as the season draws to a close.Check It Out:Prof. Miller recommends "Shuggie Bain," a novel by Douglas Stuart (not Douglas Adams).D. Quentin Miller at Suffolk Univ. - https://tinyurl.com/hooksmiller Books by D. Quentin Miller at bookshop.org - https://tinyurl.com/hooksdqmbooks Errata: The book about the album Prof. Miller reviewed is "Dreams and Dialogs in Dylan's Time Out of Mind," by Graley Herren (2021). The second Dylan single released before Rough and Rowdy Ways  in 2020 was "I Contain Multitudes." Hooks & Runs - www.hooksandruns.comHooks & Runs Discord -  https://discord.gg/E43RK8FkHooks & Runs playlists on Spotify - https://tinyurl.com/hooksspotifyHooks & Runs on Twitter - https://twitter.com/hooksandrunspcCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterLink: https://twitter.com/CraigEstlinbaumAndrew Eckhoff on Tik Tok (it's true)Link: https://www.tiktok.com/@hofffestRex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/people/Krazy-Karlz-Music-Emporium/100063801500293/Opening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.  
60:25 09/28/2022
Ep 118 - They Hadn't All Been Shot
When William Howard Taft, our 27th president, began a tradition by throwing out the first pitch at the Washington Senators' opening day game in 1910, three presidents had been assassinated in the prior 45 years - the equivalent today of having three presidents assassinated while in office since 1977. Yet, Taft went to that ballgame on a whim that afternoon and sat right on the front row, by the Senators' dugout. It was a different time. Today we discuss ceremonial first pitches, presidential and otherwise. Also, the pennant races take shape and do the Padres have buyers' remorse?Baba Booey's first pitch 50 Cent's first pitchJohn Daly's first pitchPresident Harry S Truman's first pitchCheck It Out:Links may be NSFWAndrew recommends Magnolia Park's 2-song EP "Addison Rae"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLN1Gh13X9MRex recommends Culture Factory's collector's edition reissue of Samson's "Shock Tactics" from 1981. This is "Riding with the Angels"https://culturefactory-usa.com/product/samson-vinyl-lp-shock-tactics-coke-bottle-green-vinyl/Craig recommends "The Woman King," a film starring Academy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Viola Davis ("Fences") and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Love & Basketball").https://www.thewomankingmov.com/Errata: The Blue Jays, not the Rays, were in 2nd place when H&R recorded this episode. The Florida - Georgia rivalry is known as the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party." SEC schools actually produce a lot of lawyers and doctors, including one who is a co-host.  Nolan Ryan was born in 1947. "One Bitten Twice Shy" originally appeared on Ian Hunter's first solo album (self-titled).Hooks & Runs - www.hooksandruns.com (see the LinkTree)Hooks & Runs Discord -  https://discord.gg/E43RK8FkHooks & Runs on Twitter - https://twitter.com/hooksandrunspcCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterLink: https://twitter.com/CraigEstlinbaumAndrew Eckhoff on Tik Tok (it's true)Link: https://www.tiktok.com/@hofffestRex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/people/Krazy-Karlz-Music-Emporium/100063801500293/Opening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.          
55:33 09/22/2022
Ep 117 - Who is Aaron Judge Really Chasing?
Aaron Judge had 55 home runs with 20 games to play as when Hooks & Runs recorded this episode - Judge is chasing Roger Maris's team and AL 61-home run record, but is anyone ever going to challenge Bonds' MLB record 73. Given that Judge is 21 home runs ahead of his nearest competition (Mike Trout), that day is hard to imagine. Also this week, a look at the controversial MLB rules changes for 2023 and the NBC/NFL's Ozzy Osbourne problem. Check It OutCraig - Shemekia Copeland's latest album, "Done Come Too Far," released August 19 on Alligator Records.Rex - King Diamond's 1989 single "Sleepless Nights."Andrew - "The Patient," a  limited series psychological thriller starring Steve Carell and  Domhnall Gleeson that debuted August 30 on FX and Hulu. Hooks & Runs - www.hooksandruns.com (see the LinkTree)Hooks & Runs on Twitter - https://twitter.com/hooksandrunspcCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterLink: https://twitter.com/CraigEstlinbaumAndrew Eckhoff on Tik Tok (it's true)Link: https://www.tiktok.com/@hofffestRex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/people/Krazy-Karlz-Music-Emporium/100063801500293/Opening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.        
47:53 09/16/2022
Ep. 116 - You Didn't Tell Me There Would Be Snakes
This week on Hooks & Runs, an appreciation for Wash Allen and The Wash Allen Show, a Houston institution; Craig made a guest appearance on the Chaotically Intolerant Podcast; on being a week early in our college football episode; our two cents on the 2023 MLB schedule and its balanced format; revisiting the Jeff Bagwell trade; who's hot & who's not with a month to go in the MLB season plus Check It Out!Links:Chaotically Intolerant:  https://linktr.ee/chaoticallyintolerant Check It OutAndrew recommends "Welcome to Wrexham," an FX " docuseries tracking the dreams and worries of Wrexham, a working-class town in North Wales, UK, as two Hollywood stars take ownership of the town’s historic yet struggling football club." The two stars are  Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds.Link: https://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/welcome-to-wrexhamRex recommends UFO's 1977 single "Lights Out," and has best wishes for a quick recovery for the band's singer, Phil Mogg, who suffered a major heart attack last week as the band prepared to kick off its farewell tour.Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7Gjj-mLpUkCraig recommends Pat Green's first album in seven years, "Miles and Miles of You." This is the title cut.Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvZbtthTJZ8Errata: Kōtarō Isaka's book upon which the film "Bullet Train" is based was originally titled  "Maria Bītoru," which translates to "Maria Beetle." Publishers sold the book in the US under the title "Bullet Train." Five NFL teams have made the playoffs with sub-.500 records - Cleveland (4-5) and Detroit (4-5) (go figure those two) in the lockout-shortened 1982 season, Seattle (7-9) in 2010, Carolina (7-8-1) in 2014 and Washington (7-9) in 2020. The 1962 NY Mets finished 40-120-1. The song is called "Take Me Out to a Dance Hall." Hooks & Runs - www.hooksandruns.com (see the LinkTree)Hooks & Runs on Twitter - https://twitter.com/hooksandrunspcCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterLink: https://twitter.com/CraigEstlinbaumAndrew Eckhoff on Tik Tok (it's true)Link: https://www.tiktok.com/@hofffestRex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/people/Krazy-Karlz-Music-Emporium/100063801500293/Opening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.    
47:25 09/08/2022
Ep. 115 - On College Football's Changing Landscape w/ Grant McGalliard (Purple Theory)
Hooks & Runs takes a brief detour from the pennant races to look at the 2022 college football season and in particular, the sport's changing landscape as the FBS conferences confront realignment, new TV deals, changes to the playoff system and more. Grant McGalliard, co-host of Purple Theory, a  podcast about college football numbers and narratives, focusing on TCU and the Big 12, joins us in studio (our first in-studio guest) to play what-if as to the various scenarios making the circuit. After that discussion, the Astros injury situation, hard times in Boston & San Francisco, a really expensive Mickey Mantle baseball card plus, of course, "Check It Out."Errata: Scott Frost was 19-7 at UCF, not 25-1. The split national championship we had in mind was Colorado & Georgia Tech in 1990. BYU won an outright title in 1984; Colorado's title share was aided in substantial part by a free fifth down in their game that year ('90) against Missouri, which is how the Tigers got into the discussion. Colorado's Coach, Bill McCartney, did not exactly follow in Carl Snavely's footsteps in the 1990 fifth down game's aftermath. North Carolina, as Craig mentioned at first, beat Florida A&M last week, not Florida State, as he said later. Check It Out:Andrew recommends HBO's "Game of Thrones" prequel, "House of the Dragon." Don't get us started!Grant recommends the single "Tornados" by Kentucky-based singer-songwriter Dalton Mills, from his 2020 self-titled LP.Craig recommends the new single from Rich O'Toole, "Love on a Sunday" (YouTube // Amazon download). Rich was our guest on the podcast in Episode 83 early in 2022. Hooks & Runs Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on Tik Tok (it's true)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.   
50:18 09/01/2022
Ep. 114 - The Dog Days Find 14 Teams Chasing 7 Playoff Bids
Several teams are chasing either a Central Division title or a wild card bid - this week we look at these teams and handicap the races for the 7 playoff spots not seemingly claimed by the two New Yorks, Houston, Atlanta and the Dodgers.Check It Out:Andrew  recommends "The Blacktounge Thief," a recent book by Christopher Buehlman.Craig recommends a live performance of Eminem's "Lose Yourself," by the decorated Australian singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers.Errata: The Red Sox (not the  Reds) had the 20-7 (not 20-6) stretch earlier in 2022. Randy Johnson was 10-1 with a 1.28 ERA in 11 starts for Houston 1998. Houston lost in the division series round. Justin Verlander was 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA in 5 starts for Houston in 2017. May 25 to August 23 is closer to three months, not four. Milwaukee beat the Dodgers 4-0 on Monday, August 22, 2022. Hooks & Runs Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on Tik Tok (it's true)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.  
53:13 08/26/2022
Ep. 113 - The Ringworm vs The 340 Million Dollar Man
This week, Fernando Tatis, Jr., is suspended 80 games for violating MLB's performance enhancing drug policy, Houston loses Michael Brantley for the year, Does anybody remember Ken Giles, an important anniversary for Guy Hecker and SMU alums pick the wrong time to cut corners.Check It OutRex remembers Grim Reaper front man Steve Grummett who passed away this week at 62 by recommending their 1983 album "See You in Hell." NSFW? Who knows?Craig recommends Just Mustard's sophomore effort, "Heart Under," released May 2022.Andrew recommends the new Brad Pitt film "Bullet Train," which Rex and Craig immediately describe as "Cannonball Run meets The Silver Streak." Errata: The Eric Dickerson car was a Trans Am, not a corvette. Former Texas Governor Bill Clements' antics with SMU are chronicled in this story. Hooks & Runs Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on Tik Tok (it's true)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved. 
49:48 08/18/2022
Ep 112 - In the Cold Grey Light of Dawn
The Angels deliver an unusual MLB first, The race for the best record in the American League tightens.  A look at the Jordan Montgomery, Harrison Bader trade between the Yanks and Cards, Lance McCullers' rehab assignment in Sugar Land and Jacob deGrom's return to Queens. Do the Padres regret dealing so many prospects? Should we pay attention to any Central Divisions? Plus, our weekly recommendations on Check It Out! Check It Out:Craig says check out ZZ Top's new album, "Raw ('That Little Ol' Band From Texas' Original Soundtrack), recorded live at the legendary Gruene Hall in Gruene, TX. Check out "Heard It on the X."Rex says check out "The Sandman" on Netflix. The first episode  premiered on August 5, 2022 - the show stars Tom Sturridge and Boyd Holbrook.Andrew says check out the Electric Callboy - their new album, "Tekkno" arrives next month. Hooks & Runs Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on Tik Tok (it's true)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.      
44:28 08/12/2022
Ep. 111 - Juan Soto (Age 23) is a Padre and Other Trade Deadline Adventures
After a debate over slowcore vs shoegaze, Andrew, Craig and Rex discuss three major acquisitions for the Houston Astros, the San Diego Padres blockbuster deal for Juan Soto and Josh Bell (and the Washington Nationals prospect haul in return) and other assorted trade deadline deals. They also dismissed the idea that the Angels would ever consider trading Shohei Ohtani and evaluated Mike Trout's Hall of Fame bona fides if he (God forbid!) never plays or never plays up to Mike Trout standards again. Finally, as usual, our check it out recommendations. Check It OutCraig - Amanda Shires' new album "Take It Like A Man" (July 29, PTO). This is title cut.Andrew - Post Malone's album "Twelve Carat Toothache." This is "Insane."Rex - The 1969 film "Shinsengumi," directed by Tadashi Sawashima and starring Toshirô Mifune ("Shogun").Hooks & Runs - Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on WeeWorld (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.      
53:00 08/04/2022
Ep. 110 - Does Houston Really Need to Trade for Josh Bell - or Anyone?
This week Andrew and Craig review the 2022 All-Star Game and examine, Toronto's 28-5 blowout win over Boston and Houston's options as the trade deadline approaches.Errata: TV has blurred catcher's signs since 2021. As of the recording date, the Yankees were 65-30, not 65-35. Check It Out:Andrew is looking forward to the recently announced Trivium show at the Houston House of Blues and John Wick IV, announced for a March 2023 release.Craig: Gleemer's new EP, "Here At All" released on Bandcamp July 14. Hooks & Runs Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on StumbleUpon (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.     
43:28 07/26/2022
Ep. 109 - A Blood Red (Mid)Summer (Classic)
In this week's episode, recorded an hour before the All-Star game first pitch, Andrew, Craig and Rex discuss the 2022 All Star Game in Los Angeles, Juan Soto's contact and the Nationals' Soto dilemma, the Mariner and Oriole hot streaks, Wynona Ryder, Game of Thrones and the Coheed & Cambria concert last weekend at the Whitewater Ampitheatre in New Braunfels.  Check It OutCraig - Coheed & Cambria's latest, "Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind."Rex - Violence's new EP, "Let the World Burn"Andrew: Nightlife's 2021 EP "New Low"Errata: It was the 2002 All Star Game in Miller Park that ended in a 7-7 tie. Joe Niekro was on the team but did not pitch in 1979, not 1981. Juan Soto is under team control, not player control, through 2024. The Orioles were 11-2 in their last 13 games, not last 2 games, going into the All Star break. The venue in Austin, Texas, is the Austin 360 Amphitheater.Hooks & Runs - Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on This Is My Jam (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.     
58:36 07/22/2022
Ep 108 - The Wax Pack (Ep. 36) w/ Professor Brad Balukjian
This week amid summer travel, we are rerunning our interview with Professor Brad Bajukjian who discusses his 2020 L. A. Times bestseller and an NPR Best Book of 2020, "The Wax Pack: On the Road in Search of Baseball's Afterlife." Hooks & Runs will return next week.Check It Out:Craig  recommends John Doe's latest release, "Fables in a Foreign Land." This is the first single, "Never Coming Back." Hooks & Runs - Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on Pownce (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.     
28:13 07/14/2022
Ep. 107 - Bert Shepard, Lou Brissie & Baseball During World War II
Following last week story from Professor Peter Dreier about Sam Nahem and the G. I. World Series in Europe, 1945, Craig and Rex dive deep into baseball during World War II. Today, the stories of Bert Shepard and Lou Brissie, two American heroes who suffered horrific injuries in battle but overcame to pitch in the Major Leagues. Also, Craig and Rex survey the players who served and were later inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame -- some of whom saw combat and earned commendations. Check It OutRex - The Netflix series "Stranger Things," now in its 4th season and in particular, Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) performing Metallica's "Masters of Puppets," on his  custom B.C. Rich Warlock guitar.Craig - The Linda Linda debut album "Growing Up," released April 8, 2022, on Epitaph Records. This is the song "Racist, Sexist Boy." The Pitchfork review Craig mentions is here; Vattica's Tik Tok page is here.Last Week on Hooks & Runs - Ep 106, "Baseball Rebels w/ Professor Peter Dreier"Errata: Jackie Robinson played baseball at UCLA. The "the" parade caught Craig napping -- it's just L7.  At the time, it was THEN Senator Joe Biden.Hooks & Runs - Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on Makeoutclub (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.    
57:07 07/07/2022
Ep. 106 - Baseball Rebels w/ Professor Peter Dreier
This week Professor Peter Dreier (Occidental College) joins Hooks & Runs to discuss his new book, "Baseball Rebels: The Players, People and Social Movements That Shook Up the Game and Changed America" (Univ. Nebraska Press, 2022), co-authored with Prof. Robert Elias. The conversation covers not only well known names in baseball history like Bill Veeck and Larry Doby but also little known players almost forgotten by history. You'll hear amazing stories about people like Octavius Catto, Sam Nahem, Jackie Mitchell and more. This is a highly recommended book.Dreier and Elias, incidentally, also released a companion book, "Major League Rebels: Baseball Battles Over Workers' Rights and American Empire" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022)."Previously on Hooks & Runs" - Professor Jeremi Duru on Curt Flood (Ep. 104).Check It Out:Prof. Dreier  recommends The History Channel's documentary, "After Jackie"Rex recommends the new single from Megadeth, "We'll Be Back."Andrew recommends "Operation Mincemeat," starring Colin Firth and available on Netflix.Craig recommends the new album from a reunited Porcupine Tree, "Closure/Continuation." This is "Of the New Day."Hooks & Runs - Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on Gather.com (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.   
60:02 07/02/2022
Ep. 105 - First Home Run Ball Exchange Rates and Other Tall Tales
This week, Andrew, Craig and Rex riff on the Astros' amazing two immaculate inning game, Jeremy Pena's injury and his replacements, the price for a first MLB home run ball, squabbles among Orioles' team owners, and the line-up for this week's Glastonbury festival. We closed by going "off the rails" in the "Check It Out" segment.Errata: The Astros acquired Phil Maton last year in the Myles Straw trade with Cleveland. Phil Neikro's 6 wild pitch game was August 4, 1979. Yuli's brother is Lourdes. He plays for Toronto. There have been 23 official perfect games, not 16. The Nashville NHL team is the Predators - Craig got it right the first time. The Tampa ballpark lease expires in after the 2027 season. Oakland's expires in after the 2024 season. It's Donald T. Sterling.Check It Out:Andrew recommends R. F. Kuang's "The Poppy War" (Harper Voyager 2018)Craig recommends the latest from Steve Earle & the Dukes; a Jerry Jeff Walker tribute album titled "Jerry Jeff," released May 27 on New West. Rex recommends the Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy released 2011-17.Hooks & Runs - Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on Bebo  (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.  
51:27 06/23/2022
Ep. 104 - When Sport Defeated Law: The Curt Flood Case w/ Prof. Jeremi Duru
Professor Jeremi Duru, a nationally recognized sports law expert, joins us this week to talk about a baseball-related U.S. Supreme Court case, Flood v. Kuhn, decided 50 years ago this week (June 19, 1972, to be exact). The case sparked the movement that birthed the free agency era in baseball and sports.Curt Flood was an All-Star and Gold Glove center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals during their 1960's heyday. The Cardinals won 2 World Series titles, in 1964 and 1967, and Flood played a big role for both teams. After the 1969 season though, the Cardinals traded Flood to the Philadelphia Phillies. Flood protested the trade and ultimately sued Major League Baseball -- a lawsuit that cost Flood his career.Professor Duru leads us through the background, Flood's career, the lawsuit and the aftermath, ultimately reminding us that Curt Flood deserves to be remembered today as an excellent baseball player as well as a trailblazer for athlete's rights. You can follow Professor Duru on Twitter and LinkedIn.References:Flood v. Kuhn on Wikipedia.Professor Duru recommends: Brad Snyder, "A Well Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sport" (Plume, 2007) for further reading about Curt Flood.Curt Flood's career statistics at Major League Baseball.Check It Out:Professor Duru recommends "Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber" (2022) on Showtime , a series he recently binged, and Matthew Walker's "Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams" ( Scribner 2018). Craig recommends Wilco's new album "Cruel Country," a return to Wilco's alt-country roots. This is the title track.Rex recommends the German thrash-metal band Kreator's new album "Hate Über Alles," released June 10th on Nuclear Blast Records. This is the title track.Andrew recommends the new single by Joji, "Glimpse of Us." Hooks & Runs - Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on Mixx  (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.  
37:21 06/17/2022
Ep. 103 - Andrew's Ryan Pressly Anxiety Exposed!
This week, Craig shills Hooks & Runs' Spotify playlists; the gang discusses Houston signing Yordan Alvarez to a 6-year, $115M contract and also, the 2022 luxury tax results. Check It Out!Rex: Anthrax is releasing their 40 year anniversary record, "Anthrax XL," on July 15 -- they are streaming "Aftershock" as a teaser this week.Andrew: Andrew went fishing this week and came back with sea shanties on the brain. He recommends The the British folk group Longest Johns and the first song on their January 2022 album "Smoke and Oakum," the Stephen Foster tune "Hard Times Come Again No More."Craig: Long-time Craig favorite, The Drive-By Truckers, released their latest LP, "Welcome 2 Club XIII" on May 20th (ATO Records). This is the album's first single, "The Driver." This song is NSFW.Errata: Aaron Judge is actually on pace to hit 64 home runs and drive in 133 runs. The Oakland A's ballpark is called Oakland Coliseum. Hooks & Runs - Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on Musical.ly  (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved. 
44:55 06/09/2022
Ep. 102 - SST Records & The Sound of the Underground w/ Jim Ruland
Jim Ruland ("Forest of Fortune," "Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion") joins us this week to discuss his wonderful new book "Corporate Rock Sucks: The Rise and Fall of SST Records" (available at your local indie bookstore or at bookshop.org). Black Flag, Hüsker Dü, The Minutemen, Sonic Youth, Screaming Trees and so many more influential bands called SST home from its founding in the very early 1980's into the '90s. Ruland's thoroughly researched and very accessible book chronicles these bands and SST's, well ... rise and fall.  Also this week, we look at the MLB standings as baseball crosses the Memorial Day threshold. We also talked about this video and this one. Check It Out!Andrew: Stephen Sanchez, "Until I Found You"Rex: Traitors Gate, "Devil Takes the High Road" reissueCraig: Delta Spirit's new album "One Is One," released May 20. The band released the album's first single, "What's Done is Done" (NSFW) on March 21, World Down Syndrome Day.Errata: It's a safety pin, not a clothes pin. Ruland was correct - as we recorded the episode was being recorded, the Dodgers and Yankees were tied for MLB's best record. For some reason, Craig kept mispronouncing  Hüsker Dü, as though it was a Nebraska band. It was Mark McGuire, not Albert Pujols. We really should have asked Andrew about Cindy. Hooks & Runs - Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on This Is My Jam  (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.  
50:42 06/02/2022
Ep. 101 - Exile on Main Street at 50 w/ Christian Bonner & Tim Lindsey
Christian Bonner and Tim Lindsey have a wonderful podcast, "Under the Radar: A Rolling Stones Podcast," so we invited them to our show to discuss the Rolling Stones' classic double album, "Exile on Main Street," fifty years after its release. We had a fun time talking about our favorite cuts, how the album rates in the Stones' catalog and what explains the album's enduring popularity and influence. Errata: The Rolling Stones' Zilker Park show occurred 2006, not 2005. Marty Robbins released "El Paso" in 1959, not 1958. Hooks & Runs - Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on  43 Things (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.  
48:56 05/26/2022
Ep. 100 - Crane & Cashman, Beyond the Thunderdome!
The Texas Rangers guaranteed half a billion dollars this off-season to a pair of middle infielders who are hitting a combined .209 through May 19th. Sure, it's early, but we guess someone in Arlington - maybe the guy that promoted the contracts - is more than a little nervous about this. Also this week, Jake Odorizzi's injury, a look at the Austin City Limits Festival headliners. And finally, we propose a way Houston's Jim Crane and the Yankees' Brian Cashman can settle their war of words once and for all -- a cage match!Check It Out!Rex: "The Last Gentlemen of War: The Raider Exploits of the Cruiser Emden," a book by  R. K. LochnerCraig: The Rolling Stones' new release, "Live at El Mocambo." (this is "Hot Stuff")Andrew: My Chemical Romance's new single "Foundations of Decay." Hooks & Runs - Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on  Streetlife (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.  '4mgf5twk' 
44:29 05/21/2022
Ep. 99 - Keeping the Faith & Wildest Dreams
This week the gang gloats over an Astro hot streak, wonder if Joey Votto's days as a regular player in Cincinnati will be over sooner than we thought, reconsiders whether Eric Hosmer is a legitimate 3,000 hit candidate, weighs in on baseball players defecting from Cuba (and Cuba's response), dissects umpire Dan Bellino's bizarre um ... interaction with Madison Bumgarner last week (and the declining quality of umpiring or refereeing across sports generally), and applauds or ridicules (or both) the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's inductees.Read Matt Martel's essay, "Madison Bumgarner’s Ejection Was Actually About an Umpire’s Unrequited Love" at Sports Illustrated (May 4, 2022). Check It Out:Andrew: Sam Raimi's "Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness," which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen, among others.Rex: Matt Reeves' "The Batman," starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz.Craig: Duster's fourth album, "Together," released April 1 on Numero Group.Hooks & Runs - Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on  Lifeknot (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.    
51:53 05/12/2022
Ep 98 - If You Miss Pitchers Hitting, Check Out the Astro Catchers
This week Hooks & Runs revisits the 3,000 hit club discussion from last week and then dives into the Astros 2022 season after 23 games. The episode wraps with Andrew, Craig and Rex discussing their favorite "obscure" albums.Errata: The Astros used 32 pitchers in 2021. That Devo song is called "Jocko Homo." Rex's use of "NewWob" is actually "NWOBHM" and stands for New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Hooks & Runs - Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on  Friendster (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.   
60:21 05/05/2022
Ep. 97 - Were We Too Stupid to Find Out How Phones Work?
The Yankees fought tooth and nail in court to keep "The Letter" sealed -- now it has been leaked and the MLB press uses it to remind everyone the Astros "cheated" to win the 2017 World Series. Or did they? Also this week -- Miguel Cabrera rapped his 3000th career this - who will be next? Did Hooks & Runs jinx Roki Sasaki? The Reds are awful, the A's home attendance is worse and the new Nicholas Cage film.Episodes Mentioned: We first discussed Hecker's Hitters in Episode 75. Our thoughts on reforming the NFL's absurd overtime rules were presented in Episode 84.Errata: Yadier Molina announced last Fall that 2022 would be his final MLB season. Robinson Cano needs more than 240 hits to reach 3,000. Check It Out:Andrew: Nicholas Cage's new film, "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent"Craig: Kurt Vile's new album, "(watch my moves)" Hooks & Runs Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on  FriendFeed (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.  
40:59 04/30/2022
Ep. 96 - Is Giving Up an Intentional Walk with the Bases Loaded a Winning Move?
Since 1950, three teams have issued bases loaded intentional walks and in those games, the teams issuing the intentional RBI walk are undefeated. Of course, sample size matters. Nonetheless, Craig and Rex explore this and other amazing stories from the early games in the 2022 baseball season. Hooks & Runs Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on Jaiku (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.       
42:42 04/25/2022
Ep. 95 - What Might Have Been for Clayton Kershaw w/ Avery Hamel
Avery Hamel (website) writes at Over the Monster, Girl at the Game, Diamond Digest. She also hosts the Basically Baseball podcast. She joined us this week to discuss the first almost week of games. She also graded my fantasy draft and talked about her new favorite show on Disney + Check It Out:Avery: The new Disney+ series "Moon Knight," starring Oscar Isaac and May .Calamawy Craig: The new album by Father John Misty, " Chloë and The Next 20th Century." Hooks & Runs Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on Zoopy (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.      
42:47 04/17/2022
Ep 94 - Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., Is Absolutely Terrifying (AL Preview) w/ Bayleigh Von Schneider
Bayleigh Von Schneider (Twitter) writes at SB Nation's Over the Monster and podcasts -- just about everywhere. She is a Red Sox fan living on the west coast. This week she joins Hooks & Runs for our American League preview. We discussed the Blue Jay's bandwagon effect, The Ray's endless bag of tricks that keep them competitive in the well-heeled east, the Tigers as a potential A.L. sleeper and whether or not the Mariners can overtake Houston in the West, plus a whole lot more. Bayleigh's podcasts are The Pesky Report, Soxy Chicks, Bubbly & Baseball, Sweet Sweet Garbage (movies), Freshly Rotten (movies), and Damn It, Degrassi (the show). Check It Out:Rex: The Brazilian band Massacration, "Metalglara"Bayleigh: Ti West's new film "X"Craig: The new release from Band of Horses, "Things Are Great" Hooks & Runs Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on  Google Buzz (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.  
48:19 04/09/2022
Ep. 93 - "I'm Just Presuming the Rockies Don't Have a Plan" (NL Preview) w/ Sara Sanchez
Sara Sanchez (on Twitter) returns to Hooks & Runs this week for her 2022 National Preview. Sara writes at Bleed Cubbie Blue and co-hosts that site's podcast, Cuppa Cubbie Blue. Sara is bullish on the Brewers, Dodgers (who isn't), bearish on the Rockies and Pirates (who isn't) and warns not to sleep on the Miami Marlins. Sara is a font of knowledge so take advantage. Craig reveals his '22 pre-season NL picks and why he always picks the Cardinals in the N.L. East.Errata: The Mariners won 116 games in the 2001 season. Check It Out:Craig: Ian Noe's new album, "River Fools & Mountain Saints."Sara: A new network sit-com, "Abbott Elementary" on ABC/Hulu Hooks & Runs Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on  Kiwibox (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved. 
55:34 04/03/2022
Ep. 92 - The Post-Lockout Free Agency Cavalcade
The first week post lockout led to free agent signings galore with now former Astros Carlos Correa and Zach Greinke going to Minnesota and Kansas City respectively. The big names are off the board with Trevor Story heading to Boston, so for Astro fans, all hopes rest with the talented but inexperienced Jeremy Peña. Beyond that, players moving all over, including Freddie Freeman, Kenley Jensen and Kris Bryant.Check It Out:Andrew: "Inferno" by PolyphiaCraig: "In/Out/In" by Sonic YouthRex: "Mind Freeze" by Haunt Hooks & Runs Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on Friendster (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.     
52:10 03/28/2022
Ep. 91 - Play Ball!
Craig and Rex discuss the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Texas A&M's omission from the NCAA Tournament, and more Dolly Parton news. Errata: The MLB post-season expands under the new CBA to 12 teams, not 12 games. Dolly Parton's book, "Run Rose Run" is co-authored by James Patterson. Our Rock & Roll Hall of Fame episode is No. 88. Dolly Parton's recording of "I Will Always Love You" reached No. 1 on the Country Charts two times, originally in 1974 and again in 1982. Whitney released her version in 1992. The Kanye, Taylor Swift,  Beyoncé  dust-up occurred at the 2009 MTV Music Awards.Check It Out:Rex: Nathan Lowell's book series "The Golden Age of the Clipper Series."Craig: The new release from The Weather Station, "How Is It That I Should Look at the Stars" Hooks & Runs Website, Twitter, BuzzsproutCraig Estlinbaum on TwitterAndrew Eckhoff on Six Degrees (dead link)Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on FacebookOpening and closing music, "Caroline" by Craig Estlinbaum. All rights reserved.This podcast and this episode are copyright Craig Estlinbaum, 2022, all rights reserved.    
31:39 03/21/2022