Jared Carrabis & David Ortiz Launching Podcast In August
“With Ortiz never being afraid to say how he feels and being entertaining as part of the MLB on FOX pregame and postgame shows during the All-Star Game and the postseason, this could make for a very entertaining podcast that all people and yes, maybe even Yankee fans might enjoy.”
On Barstool Sports, you can hear MLB writer Jared Carrabis give his take on the sport on the Starting 9 podcast with Dallas Braden and the Section 10 podcast talking Boston Red Sox among other things. Now, you can add one more podcast job to Carrabis’s resume and it involves one of the greatest players in Red Sox history.
On Monday, Carrabis announced that he will be hosting a new podcast with David Ortiz that begins on August 4 called Call Him Papi. Last week, he teased the announcement on social media as the biggest announcement he has ever made.
Even Ortiz had some fun with the announcement:
In a post released on Barstool by Carrabis on Monday, Carrabis talked about how the founder of Barstool, Dave Portnoy thought it would actually be going backwards for him to a podcast with Ortiz, but it turned out Ortiz wanted to do a podcast:
“Around that time is when Michael, the guy who worked with David Ortiz, reached out and told me that Papi was looking to get into the podcast game. Again, I’m skeptical about everything. Never in a million years did I think this would come to fruition, but I offered to put David’s team in touch with Erika and hoped for the best.”
Carrabis recorded the first episode of the podcast in David Ortiz’s home in Miami and he realizes how important Ortiz has been to his career in the media industry.
“I honestly didn’t even have time to get nervous or have my brain explode with anxiety or excitement because HELLO, you now co-host a podcast with the most legendary player in the history of your favorite sports team’s franchise. The player who, without him, you would have zero existence, zero career, zero happiness. Straight up. Nada.”
Even though you think this would just be another baseball podcast, Carrabis assured his audience that will not be the case and listed some notable guests that fans could look forward to listening to on future episodes.
“Episode one is me interviewing Papi, yes. But we’ve got A-Rod, we’ve got Gronk, we’ve got Fernando Tatis Jr., and I don’t want to say too much because some of these are agreed upon, but haven’t been recorded yet.”
With Ortiz never being afraid to say how he feels and being entertaining as part of the MLB on FOX pregame and postgame shows during the All-Star Game and the postseason, this could make for a very entertaining podcast that all people and yes, maybe even Yankee fans might enjoy.
Ricky Keeler is a reporter for BSM with a primary focus on sports media podcasts and national personalities. He is also an active podcaster with an interest in pursuing a career in sports media. You can find him on Twitter @Rickinator555 or reach him by email at RickJKeeler@gmail.com.
Dan Le Batard: ‘Does Sports Media Care if Interviews Are Done Well?’
“An exclusive interview with Ja Morant, who hasn’t talked to anybody after his controversy, is going to get eyeballs, so it doesn’t matter how good it actually is.”
Mike Greenberg had praise for Jalen Rose this week. He said that no one but his ESPN colleague could have handled the interview with Ja Morant that has been airing on the network. Dan Le Batard has the exact opposite opinion of what he saw.
“What I saw was soft and didn’t seem to serve anybody except ESPN,” Le Batard said on his Thursday show. “This seems to be a lot of people around the economy of basketball and Ja Morant orchestrating an interview so Ja Morant can move onto the next stage of his branding.”
Whereas Greenberg thought the shared experience of an NBA career made Rose more likely to get answers from Morant, Le Batard said it created a problem. He accused Rose of letting Morant get away with using “talking points” in lieu of answering any actual questions about the string of erratic behavior and disturbing incidents the Memphis Grizzlies star has been involved with.
It wasn’t the only interview that Dan Le Batard pointed to. He noted that Pat McAfee’s interview with Aaron Rodgers may have drawn an audience of nearly half a million, but very little substance was offered.
“Does anybody in the audience, in sports fandom, or even, at this point, in sports media companies, care in a real and legitimate way whether the interview is done well or not?”
He added that the standard has changed for these interviews because the goal has changed. They are no longer about journalism as much as they are about branding, particularly in the case of ESPN’s exclusive interview with Ja Morant.
“An exclusive interview with Ja Morant, who hasn’t talked to anybody after his controversy, is going to get eyeballs, so it doesn’t matter how good it actually is,” Le Batard concluded. “All you need, if you’re the media partner, is please get me the famous guy to sit down.”
Jomboy, Aaron Boone Partner For Weekly Podcast Appearance
“I thought it was a really interesting opportunity, and a cool idea. These guys have been innovators in this business and they’ve built a massive, young following.”
It isn’t unusual for a professional sports team to partner with a local radio station for weekly interviews with team personnel. Even though Jomboy Media is a digital outlet, it didn’t stop the company from inking a deal to have Yankees manager Aaron Boone on one of its signature podcasts.
In a move announced Thursday, Jomboy Media has signed a deal for Boone to appear on its popular Talkin’ Yanks podcast — hosted by founder Jimmy O’Brien and Jake Storiale — once a week throughout the baseball season.
“I thought it was a really interesting opportunity, and a cool idea. These guys have been innovators in this business and they’ve built a massive, young following,” Boone told The New York Post. “I think Jimmy and Jake are both really good guys. And they’re passionate about what they do, and they love the Yankees. And, sometimes they’re a little misguided and it’s my chance to set the record straight every now and then.”
Previously, Boone had a weekly spot on 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show, which reportedly paid him six figures.
“It’s going to be really fun and it kind of goes with the changing landscape of media,” O’Brien said. “The fact that two fans can create a show and in five years get to the point where they get to ask questions to the manager of the Yankees and bring whatever insight we can get out of that to our audience — it is pretty wild, a little surreal.”
Sports Media Reacts to Aaron Rodgers Telling Adam Schefter ‘Lose My Number’
“Here are some of the best responses from Schefter’s sports media colleagues to the tweet.”
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared on The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday and revealed that if he gets his way, his time with the Green Bay Packers is done. He intends to play for the New York Jets in 2023.
Rodgers told McAfee that the hang-up lies with Green Bay, which is trying to determine the appropriate compensation for trading for a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Rodgers also revealed that he had an interaction with ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. Schefter, who was obviously digging as much as he could to get the scoop on what was going on with Rodgers’ future, texted Rodgers trying to confirm the information he had.
“I didn’t respond to Dianna Russini I think her name is,” Rodgers said. “But I would say the same thing that I told Schefty. Lose my number. Nice try.”
Upon hearing Rodgers’ account, Schefter followed up with a screenshot of Rodgers responding exactly how he said, and that sent social media into a whirlwind.
Here are some of the best responses from Schefter’s sports media colleagues to the tweet:
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