Effectively Wild Episode 1753: Bringing Up Baby

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about what Shohei Ohtani might mean for the Mariners’ slight playoff chances and Riley O’Brien’s recent debut, before Ben shares some (good) personal news. Then (17:33) they bring on Will Leitch to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals. Will shares what it has been like to root for the team during its win streak, when he realized they were playoff bound, what has gone into this incredible run, and which Cardinals are candidates for some postseason devil magic. Plus, Will makes the case for this year’s version of the team actually being fun before predicting just how deep into October the Cardinals might play.

Note: Since recording this episode, Joe Maddon has confirmed that Ohtani is done pitching for the season, though he will continue to hit.

Audio intro: Buck Meek, “Dream Daughter
Audio interstitial: Kelley Stoltz, “Cardinal Body”
Audio outro: Of Montreal, “Baby

Link to Will’s Substack
Link to Will’s book, How Lucky
Link to Will and Bernie Miklasz’s Cardinals podcast, Seeing Red
Link to Jay Jaffe on the Cardinals’ win streak
Link to Jay on Jon Lester
Link to Kevin Goldstein on St. Louis’ resurgence
Link to Ben Clemens on Adam Wainwright
Like to piece on Riley O’Brien’s call-up
Link to episode 1153 with Johnny O’Brien

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2 years ago

Congratulations, Ben!