Effectively Wild Episode 1642: Supply and Pent-Up Demand

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Blue Jays missing out on several free-agent or trade targets, then answer listener emails about whether fans feel pride in their division/league, the history (and future) of fundamental changes to baseball technique, how many championships one would win if transported back to 2000 and appointed as GM of the Mariners, and how well pitchers would hit with metal bats, plus a Stat Blast about the public’s “pent-up demand” for post-pandemic baseball.

Audio intro: Roy Orbison, "Almost"
Audio outro: Gillian Welch, "Wayside/Back in Time"

Link to Blue Jays Nation on the Jays missing out
Link to Andrew Stoeten on the Jays missing out
Link to story about free agents and Toronto
Link to story about Toronto’s new turf
Link to Bobby Wallace SABR bio
Link to Jeff on the decline of the windup
Link to Jeff on good players who weren’t top prospects
Link to Jeff on stars who weren’t top prospects
Link to NPR on pent-up demand
Link to MLB attendance averages
Link to Hannah Keyser on lapsed fans
Link to longest pitcher home runs
Link to info on semantic satiation
Link to story on Miller Park Way
Link to story on milk bags

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With regards to bags of milk, sorry, but they’re better than cartons, first off (not fully related) we have much higher dairy standards in Canada so our milk is great! The waste/L of milk is lower for the bag so it’s a better environmental choice (I’m just throwing things out there). You also get to have and use this darned neat milk bag opener (ya you can use scissors or a knife but that’s no fun), google “milk bag opener” if you want to see this wonder of engineering. If you get a good milk bag holder, ceramic or similar material, it keeps your milk colder and therefore more delicious (the colder thing seems true (anecdotal) and I just threw the taste thing in cause why not). You can also express yourself with a fun or zanny milk bag holder, have fun accessorizing your milk bag. And lastly don’t hold the bag in your hand when you open it….or if you do so make sure it’s on video, you have a mop nearby and are not standing over any electronic devices. I apologize to any persons whom I may have offended with my milk bag takes, hope you can still have a great day!