Episode 23: When the Sparrow Sings

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Fine listeners,

You will notice two things about Stealing Home. First off, it’s actually been updated. I’m sorry about the wait, but it ties into the second part.

First, the new episode. It is slightly different than what you’d probably expect. This is in part because some fine folks here at The Hardball Times have worked hard in releasing a really great book — When the Sparrow Sings — and I want to help promote that. It’s a wonderful story, by Jason Linden, and to help those who haven’t yet read it, or those who want to relive it, Jason has read the first chapter for Stealing Home. If you like it, please consider buying the whole book, which was published earlier today.

The second part is that I’m looking to expand what Stealing Home is, and what it means.

Part of the reason of the posting drought has been my insane schedule. It was unavoidable, and something had to suffer. I’m sorry to say that it was the podcast. But I’ve also been thinking real hard about the future of the show. To be totally blunt, it has spun into something that I’m not comfortable with anymore — it’s something I didn’t envision when I first started. This is not uncommon in the world, I suppose. But I don’t want to keep going the way I have anymore.

The idea behind Stealing Home has always been to break away from the traditional “two dudes talking about sports” model, and to concentrate on the stories. This was difficult and time consuming, and I fear that’s why I strayed from it. I tried once, but I got scared, and I defaulted back to the norm. But no more. I can’t say I know exactly what the show will sound like six months or a year from now, but I want to try some new things. I hope that you’ll still find the content engaging and thought-provoking. Give it a few episodes to get used to the new direction. I think (and hope) that you’ll like it.

Episode 23 features very little of me. And that’s OK. Because this podcast should be about stories, and Jason has a great one to share.

Thanks to all of you for listening, for all your kind words, and for pushing me out of this extended and unintentional hiatus. It is wonderful to have such a supportive and engaging audience.

Take care,

David

(Music provided by Chino Yoshio and Peter Bille Larson)


David G. Temple is the Managing Editor of TechGraphs and a contributor to FanGraphs, NotGraphs and The Hardball Times. He hosts the award-eligible podcast Stealing Home. Dayn Perry once called him a "Bible Made of Lasers." Follow him on Twitter @davidgtemple.
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Awesome to have a new episode–you’d be amazed how often I check considering how long the breaks can be between episodes. I look forward to digging in.