Meet Tim Dillard, the most creative, hilarious man you will ever meet in the game of baseball. This 17 year veteran pitcher chats with Coach Ballgame on his journeys in Minor League Baseball and the Majors. He's played with All Stars, and future Hall of Famers. He wears a 40 year old protective cup, that used to be his father's. He creates art in the locker rooms of minor league stadiums with his teammates. He's darn near my soulmate. But what stuck out most after my conversation...He's an awesome leader. ENJOY!
There's no other way to put it. I got to live out a childhood dream this summer, and I wanna tell you all about it. In this first episode of season 2 of the podcast, I peel back the curtain on my "Field of Dreams" like summer. These stories include: Hugging Albert Pujols, having a staring contest with Ken Griffey Jr, playing music with Bernie Williams, singing with Colton Underwood from "The Bachelor", Blindfolding Alex Bregman, and playing catch with Joe Buck.
Why do parents and coaches yell? Chuck Schumacher visits the Coach Ballgame Podcast to discuss this topic, along with many other gems he has picked up along his 40 year journey of coaching youth sports. His book, "How to play baseball: The Parent's role in a child's journey" is a MUST READ for any parent or coach involved in youth sports. Enjoy some sage wisdom from a man MUCH smarter than me.
Coach Ballgame goes down memory lane with the Head Baseball Coach of Brown University, Grant Achilles. The two discuss the college recruiting process, as well as the day to day thought process of a college coach. We also learn the reason behind Ballgame growing a huge mullet in college, and why he wore a camouflage onesie around campus.
Coach Jason Ferber is Coach Ballgame, but with a New York accent. This NYC based coach has a passion for coaching that is undeniable. In this interview, he and Ballgame discuss why getting to know each player is the most important part of coaching. They also tap into the topics of how too much knowledge can become detrimental for a player, as well as why giving a player a nickname can change their life. In the words of Coach Ferber, "Stay Crispy!"
Long time travel ball coach and founder of the very popular "Prospect Dugout" Joel Hartman joins Ballgame to kick off a new series of interviews called THE COACHES OFFICE. The two discuss the Pros and Cons of Travel Ball and ways to make it more productive. They also "Geek Out" on coaching by touching on the topics of why yelling and shaming players doesn't work, and some misconceptions players and parents have about getting exposure from college and professional coaches.
Mark Littell is one of the most interesting men in the world. He joins the podcast to share stories of his playing career (some of which may involve George Brett kicking a live alligator), the 3 books he has written, and how he invented the world's most protective cup. Sit back and enjoy this wild ride from the man they called "Country."
Natasha Watley is one of the best Softball Players to have ever lived and/or breathed. She joins Coach Ballgame to discuss a playing career that spanned 25 years. She also discusses her mission of creating opportunities for girls in under-served communities to learn and play softball. Atta Girl Tash!!!
Coach Ballgame welcomes the incredibly talented Amanda Freed Katchka. This Softball legend is not only an Olympic Gold Medalist, but was just inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall Of Fame. The two discuss her playing career, and the amazing ways she is giving back to the next generation of Softball Players now.
You think you know who Albert Pujols is? You have no idea. Coach welcomes Albert's best friend Todd Perry to discuss the amazing things Albert's foundation is doing for children with down syndrome, and the impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic.