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Light it up. You know we had a no hitter in baseball yesterday. I know we did. I didn't know what you were talking about. I know, well, that's why we've got three hours to talk about it here on this program. Bruce Feldman of the Athletic and Fox Sports is going to be spending time with us in studio on hour number two here in Big Ten country, formerly Pac-12 country, and it soon might be the Pac-5. I have no idea.
There may be as many teams in the Pacific, what the Pac conference as the Jacksons once had in their group. We'll talk about that with Bruce when he joins us on this program. And another in studio guest in hour number three, Nate Boyer, our longtime friend of this show. He is the host of a reality competition program, which means he's allowed to talk about something on television.
Survive the raft. He will be here in studio hour number three, the former NFL and college football long snapper and man who served our country valiantly for many a moon. He will be joining us in studio on our number three of this program.
Our number one, I'll be straight up. I promoted it yesterday. We were supposed to have Cooper Cup on this show today. He was supposed to call in 18 minutes from now, but he left practice early yesterday and they're calling it a hamstring injury. And we have a several weeks diagnosis for this young man in the same way we had one for Joe burrow in Cincinnati. Joe's got a calf injury. This one is apparently a hamstring injury and Cooper cup. They think maybe he might get out there for some scrimmages by the end of training camp.
But according to Sean McVeigh, a red zone play where Cooper cup was practicing, left him limping and he left the field and he is not on today's program. And here we are in that portion of the training camp slash preseason that begins tomorrow night in Canton, Ohio for the Kellen Monde versus Zach Wilson quarterback performance that we were all talking about. And we've reached that portion of why are we doing it?
You know, why are we doing it? And that's when preseason football comes in. We're already seeing some injuries occur in training camp. The reason why we're doing it is you have to. These guys can't just stroll out there in week one and there's going to be fewer padded practices in training camp than ever before and fewer preseason games as we know that started over the last couple of years with the don't really call it expanded regular season anymore.
You got to do it. These guys can't get out there because in weeks one and two we saw last year, it kind of felt like preseason was still going on for a lot of teams. And I can only hope Cooper cup comes back. I saw Van Jefferson. I actually ran into him when Suzy and I were up north of this town here in Los Angeles when we took a couple of days last month when we were in the old sideways wine country. Saw Van Jefferson.
My cousin. He could not have been nicer and more engaged and engaging for this season. And that's one of those rams that they're going to try and hang their hat on and make sure that they can have a comeback season. Van Jefferson, part of that offense that once upon a time had as many fantasy football players as any other team. And now we're wondering who you're going to be drafting this coming up this fall and later on this summer and wondering if Cooper Cup's one of those guys. Got to have him back. I mean, that's that's not really a take or a hot take right here, but I saw that and I thought to myself, well, we'll get Cooper on later on in another point of this summer, hopefully. And the Rams just we'll see him when we see him. Week one Rams at Seattle.
How about that for an opener? I like it. Right now you're wondering if Cincinnati going to have Jill Burrow for their opener at Cleveland. Right now you're sitting here wondering about all these other injured guys who's going to be coming back in time or not. And Cooper Cup is down and out and we're sending our best to him. So we did what we can only do, which is replace Cooper Cup with John Boy.
So that's what we're doing. Soon as Cup went down, I immediately thought to myself, who can talk about the baseball trading deadline in an engaging manner that that we will enjoy having a talk with? That's not a so-called news and information person that we've already had on multiple times over the last couple of weeks.
And I thought of John Boy. And why not? Because he is the guy who has been talking Yanks on his podcast and has been talking baseball and is all over Major League Baseball and the trade deadline yesterday brought a couple of matters into focus, certainly in the American League. So your Mets raised the white flag over the last few days.
And you can put the thumbs down as you're currently doing on our Roku Channel feed, TJ. But at least they chose a lane. At least they chose a lane. And what lane they chose was to wave the white flag on this season and send basically the AL West into a tizzy. And the Mets will decide who wins the American League West, as Max Scherzer is now with the Texas Rangers. Big, by the way, Mets got back Acuna's kid brother in that trade, who is now automatically their second best prospect, according to those who talk about these matters in their system.
Number 44 overall, he's number two in the Texas Rangers Mets system now. And now Justin Verlander goes to Houston. And in case you're wondering how the Astros feel about this, they tweeted out a photograph of him staring right down your face back where he belongs. And he's, I understand.
And he is, I think Tiger fans might push back there, but hey. And how did the Astros react to that? Well, Framber Valdez went out and threw a 90 pitch no hitter. Unreal.
Okay. So the Astros add Verlander and then get a no hitter from arguably still their best pitcher, right? You say that?
You make that argument right now? Verlander's been good the last month. I know Verlander's going to the hall.
I get it. But that's how the Astros are doing these days. So they're doing great is what you're saying. And the Rangers are going to have to hope that they went ahead and got the piece that they needed Max Scherzer, who, by the way, on the way out the door, 20 game winner for the Mets, unfortunately for them, over a year and a half after spending one and a half of the three year contract, three or $130 million contract. I mean, he's making his, he made a nice run for his Bobby Bonilla Mets money right there, man. And it's, and on the way out the door, him saying how the reason why he's gone, as if the obvious Mets flopping on center stage wasn't enough, he said he talked to the general manager, Billy Eppler, spoke to him and said to him, hey, what's the plan here? And he said, the general manager told him, well, 2025 is our target date to start getting big time players in here, which is kind of interesting that the general manager for the Mets would tell the plan to Max Scherzer, hey, next year we're not going to really be in it on free agency and it's 2025 we'll be in on the big players. I'm paraphrasing what Scherzer told the press going out the door. And the one thing I saw there, if they're not going after big name free agents in 2024, meaning this upcoming non-playing season, are they not in on Otani?
Apparently not. The general manager of the Mets tell Max Scherzer, you might as well get out of here cause we're not in on anybody. Or the fact that Scherzer's money for next year is off the books, we're assuming, and then Verlander's money is off the books that maybe they can now go for Otani. And I don't understand why people needed to be cleared to get off the books for Otani since there's a deity in the world that many of us pray to, the same or different deity, but we all have a deity and Steve Cohen apparently has more money than that deity.
So I don't understand what that's about. The Mets are paying $137.5 million to players who aren't on the team. Which by the way, I believe is the ninth highest payroll in Major League Baseball, currently. They're paying more money to players on the team than two thirds of the league are paying their current rosters. That's what the Mets are doing.
Okay, but hey, you can tap out all you want. And when you tap out, look to your right or your left, you'll see a Yankee fan sitting right next to you. Because at least the Mets chose Elaine. The Yankees were looking for Elaine. And I don't mean I don't mean Benes either because she's sitting in an Orioles hat happy right now in Yankee Stadium because the Orioles are sitting atop that division, sitting atop the American League next to the Rays.
They have the same number of wins, Route 66. There are the Astros needing to make up five games here with Verlander now in the mix in order to have home field throughout the American League playoffs that I believe all three of those teams I just mentioned, Astros, Rays, and Orioles will make. Looks like the Rangers are looking good for that. And whoever, you know, survives the island of misfits in the American League Central will make the playoffs. And then it's who else makes that final wildcard spot in the American League?
Blue Jays, Red Sox, Angels, and the Yankees and Mariners have the same record three games above 500 right now. But the Yankees were choosing Elaine. They were staring for a lane.
Which lane were they gonna choose? And as of, I was sitting around yesterday, doom scrolling on many fronts. And up came this tweet from Katie Sharp who I follow on Twitter or X, you know, and I believe she's a John Boy individual, stat head as well. She tweeted out, as of 4 p.m. Eastern Time, the Yankees are the only team that hasn't been involved in a trade at this year's trade deadline.
And my jaw hit the floor. I'm like, you know what? I know they haven't made a move, but they're the only team that has not acquired or traded somebody away to amass prospects. They are one, they're still going down the highway that they have built for themselves in 2023 and haven't chosen a lane exit lane or a much more high occupancy vehicle lane for them.
They haven't done that yet. Oh, then all of a sudden just keep on scrolling and eventually a deal will be made and they made two for Keenan Middleton, a right-handed reliever for the White Sox and Spencer Howard for the Rangers, a right-handed pitcher for the Rangers. And you know, the White Sox I get, maybe some, I have no idea. Again, I don't know who these people are and I apologize to them.
I'm sure they're very hard workers to get where they've gotten and their family loves them. But how good can this guy from the Rangers be? They're flipping an arm? Teams that are now in a legit figurative arms race and just added two Cy Young future hall of fame arms to the figurative arms race are flipping an arm to the Yankees.
How good can this guy possibly be? And I thought to myself, looking at that two trades on deadline day, one that used to involve a Ranger and another one that came from the Cubs. Remember when they got Votto and Anthony Rizzo and you're like, okay, Yanks really mean business. And now there's this and Rizzo can't hit a home run and Gallo is long gone. I think he's now three teams removed from the Yankees. His career went right down the tubes as soon as Cashman put his thumb on the Gallo scale.
He'd be lucky to have Votto. And I just slapped my head. And that was it. That's all the Yankees did. And Brian Cashman chose to stay in the lane, stay in his lane.
The lane of, I made these moves in the off season. This was the team I thought that could win the world series after resigning judge and resigning Rizzo and getting Carlos Redonan. And I got Frankie Montas at last year's trade deadline, thought he would be able to go, but he got hurt. But Severino's coming back. Nestor Cortez is a, an all star.
This is it. This is what Cashman had to say. Brian Cashman had to say after the trade deadline netted the Yankees that obviously we're, we're in it to win it. So, you know, you know, we stayed the course because of that, uh, you know, obviously we've got Nestor coming back as well as Loaizaga soon. And, and, you know, we know that we have, you know, we have better baseball in us, although we haven't shown that and proven that, but we've got two more months to show that now. Um, so ultimately, uh, reinforced a little bit of the pen, you know, with the Middleton acquisition.
And, uh, there was a designation of assignment, you know, last second out of Texas. So we grabbed Spencer Howard real quick, um, an option, but a Scranton, you know, certainly we, you know, we were aggressively trying to do more, um, and be open minded to a lot of things coming our way. But when the dust settled, this is obviously we stayed the course with what we had because we felt that given the options that were available coming our way, uh, or the options that we were unable to secure, um, this was the best play for us with the team.
We had that, uh, you know, we still are within striking distance and, uh, let's try to find a way to figure our way through it and get ourselves in and see what we can do if we can get there. So then we learned the ranger they got, they're not even using, and I guess was available because Scherzer came in to Texas. So he did a little bit of both, you know, he's, he's, he got an arm for future use and got an arm for now. And we just haven't heard about either any of them. And I heard that. I thought to myself, Cashman must be feeling the heat. There must be some sort of heat on him where he feels like his gig is on the line. And I know my buddy, Jimmy trainer doesn't think that. And John boy may join us shortly and, and reinforce that Cashman is there no matter what happens, because if Cashman was about making sure the Yankees are winners, long-term that's what general managers do.
They not just keep their eyes on the road, right in front of them in the steering wheel, but down the road or across the horizon as well. Then he would have said, who wants LeMayhew? Who wants Rizzo? Who wants name it? Name me anybody not named Judge?
Naming anybody not named Volpe? Anyone else? Who wants Torres? Who wants any of these guys right now and amass the prospects to build around Judge, who I guess he couldn't look in the face and say, yeah, we're selling off. Cause Yankees don't sell off.
It would have been, it would have been terrible to watch a sell off and see what would happen over the next seven, eight weeks. As a Yankee fan, I'd be like, okay, then bring the kids up. Let's see, let's see what you got. Let's see if we can be as plucky as the Orioles with a raise. But instead he held onto the cards and, and, and, and unfortunately for Cashman, how did the people who he says we're staying the course, that's how we're showing we're all in. Cause I believed that this was the championship quality team that I built in the off season.
I'm sticking with it to the point where I'm not going to trade anyone off for parts and I'm not going to acquire anybody that I'm overspending to go get. How did they reward him? Three hits in the first eight innings, two meaningless runs in the ninth. Gave a nice little scare that they did bring a tying run of the plate against a raised team that went up early on again, five two lost. They totally felt, Redone gave up four runs in four plus.
Face plan. And Boone must be sitting there going, I'm out of buttons to push. And Cashman's like, well, I'm out of options to actually acquire your 2023 New York Yankees right there. I know you're playing a fiddle over there.
There's a cup of tears and a bud you're in a better spot. Red Sox are in a better spot. Not that we made any groundbreaking deals.
I get it. They're playing good baseball, but they've got some prospects that have some life to them. Yankees, Volpe is lost in a sea of mediocrity. I'm just worried because Keenan Middleton wears number 99.
So is he going to have to make a deal with Judge to get that jersey? Let's ask John Boy that. We'll take a break and get John Boy of John Boy Media on the horn here on the Rich Eisen Show. 844204 Rich number to dial. Is there a possible new starting quarterback in the NFL as well?
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That's when we'll bring in John Boy. I got a little bit caught up on the Yankees. You did. But you know, I said I made you feel better about the Mets situation. I was telling Brockman I sometimes you just want to be out on your teams, right? And they're essentially telling us that next year is not even going to matter.
Well, I don't know. He told listen, the general manager told that according Scherzer, according to Scherzer, according to Scherzer. Okay, that's what he was told. Now, I bet you the next time he's in front of a microphone, it'll be like, you know, that's not our belief. I mean, but because my only concern if I'm a Mets fan hearing that, does that mean you're sitting out Ohtani?
Really? Showy Ohtani is going to be available and Steve Cohen is now suddenly counting his stacks of money? Like, oh, yes, this year of me coughing up 140 million, having the ninth highest payroll in Major League Baseball for, you know, for players I don't have on my team anymore. Or not playing for the team. I don't have high hopes anymore.
That's what I'm saying. Like, if I'm a Mets fan, I'd be like, at least they chose a lane. But I hope that lane includes, you know, knocking on Ohtani's door when he's available, as he will be, unless, you know, things continue so hunky dory for the Angels that, you know, not only do they make a playoff run, but announce in the middle of it that Ohtani's resigned. You know, it makes you feel better.
I just read something about Kenyon Milton. And the quote is, they did add a solid reliever to their board. So you've got to be happy about it.
That's where you're at now is the Yankees making solid moves. Congrats. You know how I feel about that word?
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All right. So I know you talked to Aaron Boone. Have you already spoken to him post deadline and that's coming out later? Is that what's going on?
That one just came out. So we talked to him like an hour or so ago. Yeah. Okay. So what are you willing to share that, you know, again, everyone should obviously go seek it out on your platforms, but what can you share with me of what he told you after the Yankee trade deadline netted a reliever from the White Sox and then one from the Rangers who they then sent to the miners?
Give me that one. It's a tough line of questioning because ultimately it's the front office that makes a decision. I tried to ask like, does he have clarity on their plan? Because the press conference, the scrum he had right before the trade deadline, they asked him, what do you expect? And he said, well, we could trade guys. We could gain guys or we could do nothing.
It was like, Oh, so does anyone know the plan? He said from his point of view that they're in a really tough spot being, being two out of the wild card and they don't want to strip it because they don't want to kill the chances of going to the playoffs. And then, and then people want their rentals while they're, they want to pay too much of a price, but it doesn't really make any sense. They just dropped to either 23rd or 28th in prospect rankings because all these other teams just bolstered their, their farm, which now they have that ammo to use in future trades or develop and, and graduate to MLB players. And the Yankees didn't do that, nor did they make the team bet. It's kind of unbelievable to not do either of those at the deadline. Right.
That's what I was talking about. At least the Mets chose a lane, you know at least, you know, they chose a lane and it's kind of gutsy to do when, when, when you're, you're in the same market, obviously in New York, but, um, what, what, uh, what do you think is the plan with Brian Cashman? Just like, Hey, I thought this was it and it's not, and I'm just going to stay the course because I still believe it's it. And the team that he rewarded with that belief then returned in kind with three hits in eight innings against the race.
Is that literally what happened last night? That's my fear. My fear is we talked about that a little bit with, uh, you know, on Boone saying he, he, these are, this is a team, these are the guys and they're just underperforming, but I don't know if that's the case. I don't know if they're underperforming. They might just be performing to their abilities at this point in their careers or at this point in the state of the game. It just feels like you need to about face and make some changes and you definitely need some lefties at the top of the lineup and the ability to not rely solely on Aaron judge.
So that, that's why I applaud the math and going for doing what they're doing. They saw an opportunity to bolster their minor league system like crazy and then, uh, they don't care about money. They basically just spent money on prospects, which then can lead to more trades or they can graduate them. So yeah, I'm a little jealous of the Mets. I also, I don't want to be strung along the remainder of the season, but I will cause I'm a fan and all fans are a little dumb.
So if they win two games, you know, I'll, I'll scoot forward in my seat and I'll get really upset with myself that I'm doing that because it seems not that good. Well, I mean, what they need to get is, is a pitching performance that's half of Garrett Cole, you know, like that's, that's what they need to get. Um, and then get some timely hitting from guys who just don't make contact. Um, that's, and that's why I thought, you know, maybe Cashman should consider selling off LeMayhew and should consider, and I don't know if Rizzo was even sellable off. I, those are the guys that I would consider Torres, just go ahead and burn it down. Um, and the fact that he didn't do that leads me to believe is his job. Cashman, I know, you know, Jimmy Trainor thinks he he's like a Supreme court justice sitting there is his job in jeopardy.
Do you think with the Yankees? I don't know. Has anyone, uh, that was there in one of those higher positions, president or GM or anything been let go by how I think they were all hired by George. So I just feel like that's the, that's the group. I don't know.
They, they've never made big changes at the top of the organization in any facet. I don't think so. I think it's a, I think, I think they're pretty secure there. I don't know.
That's very interesting. It's a completely different dynamic from obviously how Steinbrenner ran the team. Of course. I remember those days, John boy, a night like Sunday night in Baltimore where a pitcher didn't give up, like Louis Severino would have been on the Mariners by the end of the night, you know, or, or in Columbus, Ohio for the Columbus Clippers by the end of the night. And, um, you know, Boone would have been fired a long time ago. Uh, I mean, if George was frustrated and non Yankee fans, they will point to me and say, I'm just being a spoiled Yankee fan.
And I'll say, of course I am. That's the brand that I signed up for. That's what Steinbrenner created this brand of like one of their bigger selling points was, you know, the most demanding fans in sports. Uh, if you can't make it there, you can't make it, you can make it, they can make it anywhere. That was like, that's part of the Yankee brand, the Yankee way.
And then this season when they're in last place, how comes out and says, he's confused why the fans are upset. What are you talking? That's the whole brand.
That's what your dad built. Oh, I'm, I'm, I'm with him. We're, we're, we're talking the same language. I've got, uh, John boy. I know. I'm just, I get fired up about it.
I can, I can, I can, I can tell, I, you know, I'm, I'm, I'm right there with you. Uh, John boy of John boy media here on the rich rising show. So do you think the Mets are really out on Oh, Tony with what Scherzer said, Billy Eppler told him that caused Scherzer to say, well then definitely get me out of here. I'll wave my no trade clause for certain places.
And they've sent him to Texas and he's like sold. I'll go like, do you really think that the Mets are not going to be in on Oh, Tony later on this year? I didn't put that together, but no, I don't believe that everyone's going to be in on Oh, Tony. Right. Uh, we would think, I mean, that is interesting. Maybe you could be in on Oh, Tony, but that's the only, that's the exception.
And then you do all the other moves in 2025. I don't know, but yeah, I didn't. And I wonder if Scherzer, if that conversation is, is how Scherzer reported it, that's a great followup you should have had.
I'm not going to go get a time. I'd like to be teammates with it. That's that's the whole, that's the, that was the thing that jumped out at me. Uh, John boy, I'm like, okay, so you're out of big time, any, any big time free agent this coming year, it's just maybe the biggest free agent, you know, uh, ever, maybe since like Reggie Jackson before you were born.
And when I was a little kid, you know, I mean like that's, that's how huge we're talking about. I wouldn't believe that, you know, it's going to be a wild courting of him because what we don't really know what he wants. Everyone thought he was going to go to the Yankees and there's big names and he went to the angels. He came to the U S to play baseball for less money. He avoided the posting fee and all of that and signed the, you know, the minor league deal or whatever that, uh, it was. So what does he want? Does now he valued the money? Is he going to be tempted to set the market and go as high as he can? Like all top three agents are, or is he just going to want to stay cozy with the angels? I can't, I can't believe I'm even saying that's an option, but I have no idea. It's entirely possible.
John boy of John boy media here on the rich eyes and show. So which teams do you think are now the favorites that we're seeing in Atlanta, Houston world series? Is that what we're seeing right now? Texas might sneak in somebody else in the Dodgers might break through again.
What do you got for me right now? I like, I think I like the front runners. I like Atlanta and I do like Houston and bringing burlander back, even though they were pretty, pretty good at the starting pitching, uh, you know, department anyway, but I think you can't count the Astros out, but I do like what the Rangers did. I do think the Rangers set themselves up. They, they make it into the wildcard or they get into the post season even if they went to the division, I think they set themselves up to have a, a playoff roster where, where some teams made some trades here to get into the playoffs, but they're not bolstering the roster enough to be a playoff contender, which I think the extra wildcard teams has, has done, which some people enjoy. Some people I don't enjoy. I was like, well, what are, what are the Cubs are going to do with Candelario?
It doesn't help them. Right. Um, with you, um, before I let you go, John boy, uh, what, what's your favorite, uh, lip reading that you've been able to pull off this year so far? I think it's gotta be Scherzer when he got ejected for the sticky stuff. And he just said, just kept saying it's rosin and sweat, it's rosin and sweat. And one of the broadcasts stayed on him for a while.
And I, my, I edited, so it was like a really slow cinematic zoom from wide all the way close to his face, just over and over rosin and sweat, rosin and sweat. Right. Now I guess he'll have that, uh, in Texas. He's certainly hotter there.
So it'd be even more sweaty, rosin, sweat, and tears. Uh, all right, man. What do you, what do you think happens with the Yanks? They totally missed the playoffs, right? Like I don't, I just don't see a team. You look in the dugout, they look demoralized, they look thoroughly demoralized. The Orioles beat them up. And now here come the rays of already taken this series.
Like this thing seems to be a wrap. John boy. I gotta agree.
I think that now the four games against Houston seeing Verlander again, it might get very, very ugly and yeah, I have, I don't think they're gonna make the playoffs. John Boyd. Thanks again. Uh, so, uh, your, your conversation with Aaron Boone is, uh, already posted, correct? Yep. You invited talking Yanks on any podcast app or, uh, on the YouTube channel.
John Boyd. Thanks for the time, brother. You'd be well. Thank you. You got it. You got an at John boy underscore on Twitter. You notice where we still have the bird up there on the screen. We're not, we're not putting the X that's for you.
Thank you. I mean, as we should just keep calling it Twitter and everyone will go back to calling it Twitter. So you feel any better?
John boy says he's jealous of the Mets fans. Ah, I mean better. You're still going to have to suffer and we've been suffering. It doesn't seem like there's any end in sight. I understand these prospects are young now coming, but we're probably going to end up trading them away too. It's just, here's the thing.
Never ending circle. Rich Cashman did what he had to do and resigning judge period and the story. Could you imagine how much worse it would be if judge left for the giants? Right? Oh yeah. The giants who apparently were in on Verlander too, or Scherzer, one of those two, they're going to be in an Otani. That's for sure. I mean, the giants lead the league and, and coming close if baseball trades were horseshoes and hand grenades.
So their mascot should be a bridesmaid. Do you have the national league standings? Okay. This I know we got the American league standings and you take a look at the, the, the national league standings and I think to myself, how many teams would I take over the Yankees right now? To do what?
Just to be better for the next two, three, four years. Okay. I would take right now, obviously I would take the Braves, Dodgers. I take the Reds.
How about them apples? The Reds have a lot of young talent. The Reds are leading the central right now. They are exciting.
A lot of young talent. They, they and the Brewers are going to toggle back and forth, I think in the lead for that with the Cubs threatening. I take the Marlins over the Yanks. Now when I take the Diamondbacks over the Yanks right now, Phillies and Giants.
I know it hasn't translated the wins this year. I take the Padres. I take the Padres. You know, the Orioles, Rangers, Rays. I take the obviously Astros and Blue Jays. I wouldn't take the Red Sox over the Yankees because there's a corpse that I'd have to have to say over that.
But even, you know, harder hearts, they're, they're in a better spot. I think the Yanks are going to end up firing their manager. I think, I think Aaron Boone's the one who's going to eat it. There's no more hitting coaches to fire. Well, I mean, in all honesty, if this is the team that we're seeing the rest of the way, that's going to struggle that to even win a series or. They just can't score any runs. They, they, because they don't make contact. They don't get on base. They don't hit, they don't hit. They don't get on base and they don't move runners around. It just seems like trying to get Cody Bellinger was a no brainer.
So was it, was it really that the Cubs didn't want to deal them or you just weren't offering enough? Well, Cody Bellinger really had another guy that, that, that's. That what? He's been awesome this year. I know. He's a left-handed power hitter that you guys desperately need. And, and the Cubs are, the Cubs are, got hot and the Angels got hot and the Yankees fell apart.
Yeah. That's the way it is in this new baseball world with, with all of these wildcard opportunities. If you're inhaling it, it does, it, it creates more teams that think they're still in it. The Yankees will just never admit.
They will never admit it's not working out. And this general manager decides to just stay the course and they reward the players. He, he's, he, he, he rewarded the players with his trust and they immediately turned around and came up with three hits in eight innings against the race.
And the prize off season free agent signer. You think I had one button on too many. I mean, Redone is just like, you know, like he's in the Ocean's 11 out there and he, he, he, he gave up four and four innings.
It's terrible. So let's leave them to be, we'll come back. 844-204-rich is the number to dial. Bruce Feldman's going to join us in studio in our number two talk college football. When we come back, did we hear an NFL head coach mention that everyone we assume is his starting quarterback maybe isn't going to be the starting quarterback.
That's next. This is the rich onion show. You're a type of guy that figures if it's not going the Yankees way, it's because the way you're sitting or what you're wearing, you literally believe that. Oh yeah. I literally believe that like somebody can walk in the room and I'll go like, who's this guy?
You gotta be careful. And you're like one time my brother-in-law was sitting in a chair against the Red Sox and the guy hit a bomb and then he came the next night and I said, you sat there last night? And he goes, yeah. I go, no, just sit over here. He goes, I can't sit here. I said, sit over there. You were there last night.
You screwed everything up. So I don't care. I don't care if there's a brother-in-law, you know what I mean? I mean, I throw my hat sometimes when I get mad, that might turn it and I go, all right, leave the hat, drop the baseball, leave the baseball. I'm telling you, like last night I brought out the broom and Chapman was starting to sweat me out. I go, get that broom out of here. Get that broom out of here right now.
Don't fool around right now with the mojo. I can, you know, I can do that in my house. When I'm at the stadium, at least I'm with people like me that I can relate to.
So I don't have to do that. It's harder to watch than participate because you have no control. It's like on an airplane, your life, you could die. You're like, you know, you go like that when you land and whatever. So you're out of control. At least when you're acting or you're doing the scene, it's you.
But I feel like I could turn things sometimes. I just feel like if I'm there, like even though with the Astros, I feel like if I go to H town, I could beat those Cowboys right in that stadium. Somehow my mojo, I almost did it once in 2001 in the Diamondbacks game seven. Yeah, it was working.
It was freaking working. People were calling me when Soriano hit a homer. I said, don't change it. They go, you're doing it. You're doing it.
I say, no, I know. And then it was that stupid bunt where Mariano trued the ball to second. Never should have did that. Changed the whole inning. I was almost in tears. Imagine driving back in the desert five hours after a loss game seven like that. Oh yeah. Some guy goes, wow, you're a real fan. Yeah, I know. That reminds me to use the Brooks Kafka phrase. Let's just do, we need to do a wellness check on Nick back here on the Rich Eisen show.
844-204-rich number to dial. We have not one, but two poll questions right now. We've posted them. They've been up for over an hour now.
Okay. Why don't we go ahead and read those out and I'll hit them with a retweet right now, Chris, cause just figured, you know, it's that time of year. We're now in August and the NFL more than any other league is a worst to first league. So many teams can go ahead and go worst to first. The Jacksonville Jaguars went from first overall on the clock two straight years to winning their division. So that's the way fortunes can turn in the NFL.
So go for it, Christopher. Yeah. Who's got the best chance at each conference, NFC, AFC to go worst to first and win their division this year.
So these eight teams were all last place last year, uh, commanders, bears, Falcons, and Cardinals in the NFC jets, Browns, Texans, Broncos, the AFC. Okay. Vote now at rich eyes and show on Twitter.
We'll give you about Twitter on Twitter is where you should do. Um, I still have the, the bird and the Twitter on my screen. Don't update your app. Is that right? Yeah.
Update the app. Boom X. Right. Mike says, is that how it works?
What's what happens? Yeah. Yup. I got X now. Oh my God. Do the update.
You get the X. Don't do the update people. Let's linger on the commanders for a second. Shall we? Let's linger on the commanders. Cause we had, um, um, Lewis Riddick on yesterday and he said, you know, um, essentially don't sleep on the commanders, right? Can you say that? Yeah.
Cause he liked, he likes Eric B enemy being added there. He likes the moves that they've made, uh, in the draft in recent years. They've got some really fast quick players. Great. Okay.
Right. Now that's, if you're going to take Eric B enemy and make him the play caller, don't you want to get basically what you want to, you want to get, uh, uh, quick receivers because fast receivers, that's what the chiefs do, right? Fast guys, by the way, the jets took me, Cole Hardman.
Don't forget he's on the jets too, but I don't want to go down that wormhole a little bit here. Um, and get the running game going. They got the kid, Brian Robinson Jr. and his big hat, right? Coming back, assume he's going to be the bell cow a little bit this year. Um, good defense.
Like what he's doing. Question is, what about Sam Howell? Who we saw yesterday is a fourth tier quarterback, according to the 50 unnamed folks that Mike Sandow of the athletic quizzed. And, um, so Ron Rivera was asked about Sam Howell's progress so far and what he expects to see in the preseason and get from that. Hmm.
See if you picked up on what I picked up on. Right now, this is all the growth and development opportunity. This is a chance to learn to base fundamentals of our offense. And he's been doing it since OTAs and mini camp. What you really need to look for is when we get on the field, you know, when, when we do game plan, when we do prepare, I know it's just preseason games, but those are going to be a paramount to telling everybody where he is, what's his growth.
And at the same time, as I've said, a couple times, don't sleep on Jacoby. He's done a nice job as well. I mean, we got some really good quarterback play going on right now. We've got a real good quarterback room.
We're very happy with what we've got right now. Ah, well, he started it and finished the soundbite with the two magic words. Don't sleep on Jacoby right now. Interesting. Jacoby as in Jacoby Brissett, who has started in this league.
Sure has. He started for the Patriots. Yep. He started for the Browns.
Yep. He started for the Colts. And you know, if he now plays for the Washington commanders, that would be, uh, an interesting development and also make him a much more valuable immaculate grid player as well. The new Fitzpatrick.
Don't Josh Johnson is the greatest immaculate grid player of all time. Just take a step back, sir. Wait for everybody.
Okay. So, so what's up with that? Don't sleep on Jacoby. And I guess since we were talking about Sam Howells headshot yesterday, maybe that's what the bedhead is. He's maybe he's sleeping on Jacoby.
Jacoby Brissett starting for the Washington commanders. Huh? Interesting.
Don't sleep on that. I'll tell you what, brother, they've got the weaponry and they've got the guy dialing it up who is in your face. I will never forget a few years ago when we were doing a, uh, NFL game day morning, did a feature on Adrian Peterson and we saw Eric B enemy is running backs coach at the time in his face. And I remember during that piece, Marshall Falk was sitting to my left and Marshall looks at me, he's just nodding his head. I'm like, what are you nodding your head about? He goes, that's B enemy. So if Sam Howell is, um, faltering or leaves any question, does that mean Jacoby Brissett is a starting quarterback in the NFL again? Seems likely. Or is he just like telling Sam, you know, I mean, coaches can be sitting there and saying in their back of their mind, well, I got to talk about my other guy too.
I don't want him to think I'm not noticing him. And I keep talking about the kid and he's battling his ass off and he's leading and he's doing this and he's doing that. And he just throws his name out there and now we're sitting here wondering, does that mean Sam Howell's not, cause I'm thinking he's the starting quarterback of this, uh, of this team. They're going to give him his chance. They drafted him.
They liked him. They're developing him and he's going to be the guy, but maybe not. Washington opens the season home against Arizona. With all due respect to the Cardinals. That seems like a nice, soft open at Denver home for Buffalo at Philadelphia. Then against the Chicago bears on Thursday night. Let's see.
I don't see it that way. I think this could be one in five, oh, and six and Ron Rivera's out. I don't think Ron Rivera is going to go out. I don't think a new owner is going to come in and just immediately replace a coach in the middle of the season. I don't think that I think Ron's got the season and I think the teams can be better than you think as well.
I don't think that's one in five. We'll see what Sam Howell looks like. What a big question mark that is. Did you also see video from training camp up in Oxnard, Dak Prescott and Trevon Diggs getting into it? Oh, they didn't. I mean, well, Diggs said something very ungentlemanly towards Dak.
And Dak flipped the football at him. You should hear what Del Tufo says to Brockman every morning. And we see, you know, I'm not stirring anything up here. No, I'm not. No, I'm not. No, I'm not. No, I'm not.
I'm, I'm, I'm thinking that's actually a good thing. Troops are salty. Troops are salty and that they are type A guys going at it.
And that, and that Dak, you know, flipping a ball at the guy who's got a hundred million bucks, you know, a hundred million dollar contract now who's barking at Dak. I kind of liked the saltiness of it. I don't mind it.
I don't mind it either. We all know that stuff happens in camp fights. It's a hundred degrees out in Oxnard and they're going at it and they're starting to bark at each other.
They're, they're, you know, we're at that part of trading camp where everybody's looking to start squaring their eyes on an actual opponent. Yeah, someone other than your brother. Correct. Right. But I can say this. I saw the video. I heard what he said. It didn't, you know, I'm like, okay, whatever. But then I thought, you think anyone ever said that to Tom Brady? I don't think so.
You think anyone ever said that to Peyton Manning? No, I get it. And I feel like, you know, that's, that's this, that's sort of your, you're now spinning it in a, in a direction where I have to be fair and balanced. I appreciate that. You know, I'll see these people. I saw that again. It's just where I can't wait for football to start getting played here.
Yeah, me too. Because I feel like that takes a lot of like you watch these other shows and flip the ball at him. You flipped it right out. Let's go, man.
Cause all eyes are on you. Apparently he's the, on the hot seat this year. So he's just got to throw, he's got to throw single digit interceptions. That's for sure. No doubt. Bruce Feldman's going to come out here in studio in just a few minutes time.
Top of the next hour. Let's talk college football with Bruce coming up. I mean, how many times have you wanted to call one of us with Trayvon Diggs? I did.
Definitely will never do that. Do we know what he said? Oh yeah.
I'll tell you once we go off air. Oh, I didn't see this yesterday. He essentially, you know, they're, they're having banter. Dak rolled out. The defense kind of stopped him.
They can't hit him. And Diggs got in his face and he said, she called him shut your shut your BA up there. Oh yeah. What's more likely a, the higher total Cowboys wins or Dak picks.
He's not trying to stir anything up, but he's about to start something. I'll go, I'll go Dak picks. Oh man. And I think it's both in double digits. Come on.
What do you think? Dax going to suddenly now only throw four or five interceptions on the season this year. He's not, he's not that type of player. No he's not. He's just going to take risks.
And I think that just comes part, part and parcel of package with him. I mean, people act like interceptions don't happen. Like Peyton Manning didn't throw what?
29. Dak's a tier two quarterback. And that's, that's what you get with him. This guy.
Tier two. This guy. You might be surprised who I choose to win the NFC East.
We know you're going to pick the Eagles. Is that right? You think so? Absolutely. Well, you're all in hurts yesterday. I mean, you kind of, Oh, I'm in my hurts bag right now. Yeah. You telegraphed it. Why wouldn't you be? He's awesome.
And they got a lot of talent on that team. He's tier two as well, by the way. Hurts tier two. Yeah. Sure. Sure. Sure.
I can't get it. We can have six guys in tier one. It's fine. It's okay. It's okay. We can have six guys.
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