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Catch The Spirit

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Craig Hoffman talks to the players and people who make the Washington Spirit go! Stay up to date and get the inside scoop on your favorite NWSL team. From the latest news about the club to in-depth interviews with players like you've never heard before, "Catch The Spirit" is THE must listen for any and every Spirit supporter!
 
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Before Spin Rate goes on vacation, Drew sits down with sagacious prospect reporter for Baseball America, Ben Badler, for a comprehensive discussion about the Blue Jays' farm system. Ben shares his evaluation of Gabriel Moreno, Leo Jiminez, and other up-and-coming Jays. The duo also converses about the Arizona League and what to expect. Follow Drew …
 
The Blue Jays' off-season rolls on and while there's little new news about the team, there is prime news about Minor League Baseball. Major League Baseball is mandating MiLB clubs provide housing for their players, a notable leap for improving working conditions for prospects. Drew and Kailtyn outline the specifics of order and discuss its impact o…
 
Drew is joined by Jonah Birenbaum, baseball hurler extraordinaire, to cogitate over the Blue Jays' off-season to-dos. Contractually, we can't publish a podcast without deliberating who should get the bag, Marcus Semien or Robbie Ray...and why is it obviously Marcus Semien? Drew and Jonah pitch some names back and forth for who could step into a sta…
 
Drew and Kaitlyn check the tread on your tires and oil level before taking off in this Blue Jays off-season primer vehicle. The podcasting pair bring attention to key dates this off-season; one such date being MLB Free Agency and the "quiet period", where the most recent team a free agent suited up for has exclusive negotiating rights with that pla…
 
We dive in with our good friend and great person all around in Craig "Sincere Life" Smith. Everything from his top 5 and the state of Hip Hop today, to how he came up in Hip Hop as an artist and has taken a pivotal turn into comedy. Where that inspiration came from to go that route and start a podcast on top of it. Mixed in with a good amount of fu…
 
Amazing conversation and great insight from our guest Faith Hatch. We discuss everything from growing up mostly in Lodi Wisconsin, to her newfound research on her ancestors history in America, and representation in predominantly white towns for people of color, and much much more. Including but not limited to her other projects and getting back int…
 
Drew and Kaitlyn put to rest the 2021 Blue Jays season by recounting the run-up to the team's elimination on Sunday. The duo also take a glance back at the Wild Card race, and how Toronto was one win away from a postseason berth. The (Blue) birds of a feather cogitate if next year's squad will be better or worse than this season's team. Plus, the p…
 
Drew and Dan Shulman, [though he needs no introduction] play-by-play extraordinaire for Sportsnet and ESPN, cut through the lingering gloom of a postseason-less Blue Jays season to find the core of optimism for the future underneath. The two wax about if this was a successful season for the Jays; top off-season priorities; Robbie Rays and Marcus Se…
 
Drew and Mike Axisa, MLB writer for CBS, breakdown Thursday's pendulum-swinging series finale between the Blue Jays and Yankees. To prepare you for Thursday's game, the guys discuss New Yorks' hot streak entering the Toronto series as well as the Pinstripes' pitching game plan. Plus, has Joey Gallo been an objective disappointment for New York, and…
 
IT'S BEAT THE YANKEES WEEK. The season has, more or less, boiled down to this week for Toronto. Drew and Kaitlyn reflect on the Blue Jays-Twins series before discussing the Wild Card race and the Yankees' sweep of Boston. What will it take to stymie New York's momentum if you're Toronto? Why in the world is Hyun-Jin Ryu scheduled to pitch the serie…
 
What's been the secret ingredient in Robbie Ray's Cy Young-contending season? Are players that buy into a team's vision just as valuable as that one-in-a-million type of athlete? Former big-league executive, national writer for FanGraphs, and host of the 'Chin Music' podcast Kevin Goldstein joins Drew in answering these questions. Are there more th…
 
Good vibes radiated from Rogers Centre in the Blue Jays-Minnesota series, as Josh Donaldson returned to Toronto for the first time since being traded. Drew and Kaitlyn project their fondness of the sentimental scene in Rogers as well as chat about Donaldson swapping jerseys with Vlad. Is concern for Hyun-Jin Ryu at an all-time high? If his funk car…
 
Drew welcomes special guest Ben Wagner, radio voice of the Toronto Blue Jays, to Spin Rate! Ben shares his thoughts about the Jays from a booth perspective and discusses how he anticipates the playoff race unfolding. Alek Manoah has impressed many fans, including Ben. What makes Manoah so good, and which Blue Jay has validated Ben's high expectatio…
 
Welcome to Spin Rate, where Drew Fairservice and Kaitlyn McGrath discuss your WILD CARD LEADING BLUE JAYS(!) twice-weekly on The Athletic. Regardless of the caliber of opponent, the Jays still plucked three of four games away from the Orioles, and Drew and Kaitlyn take time to dissect the series. You don't want smoke from Robbie Ray. Jansen and Gur…
 
With less than 25 games remaining in the regular season, the Blue Jays have some questions to answer. To help unravel those riddles, Drew welcomes Sportsnet writer and co-host of the 'At the Letters' podcast Arden Zwelling to Spin Rate! What's Marcus Semien's future in Toronto? Is there a ballpark figure for Semien's continued services up north? St…
 
We back! The Jays, too, are back, this time to their winning ways. Toronto has strung together five consecutive wins while posting impressive offensive numbers. Drew and Kaitlyn dish out their thoughts on the Jays' winning ways, but that's merely the appetizer! The antipasto is followed up by a hearty appreciation-post entree, dedicated to Marcus S…
 
Drew welcomes The Athletics curator of Reds content, and aficionado of Canadian culture, C. Trent Rosecrans to chat about Cincinnati's playoff push. In what ways are the Jays and Reds similar? Will either, or both, reach the postseason? Joey Votto, Canada's wonderboy, continues to dazzle at 37 years young. Equally as timeless as Votto is C. Trent's…
 
(In Owen Wilson voice) Wow! Jose Berrios and the Blue Jays starters looked like competent big league pitchers! Drew and Kailtyn dissect Toronto's road weekend series in Detroit, and they discuss how the starting rotation feathered its nest against a Tigers team going through growing pains. Berrios and Manoah looked solid, can they maintain their le…
 
Kaitlyn is on a Thursday podcast?! Wuh? Yeah, believe it, yo. Drew and Kaitlyn wishes they could emit the same energy and swag as Robbie "Strikeout King" Ray did in Wednesday's start versus the White Sox. Fanning 14 batters on a playoff-bound team might earn you some extra dough if you're Robbie Ray. Right? The duo poses the question "should Toront…
 
Is it best to attribute Toronto's weekend series loss to Detroit to bad luck, awful juju, voodoo, or black magic? Why not all superstitious, preternatural phenomena? Drew and Kaitlyn, begrudgingly, breakdown the Blue Jays' forgettable three-game set versus the Tigers, and comb through the bad to find some good. Plus, acknowledging Miggy's 500th car…
 
Among the recent string of rebuilding organizations, the White Sox and Blue Jays are two revamped clubs whose reassembling efforts are bearing fruit. Drew and Kevin Kaduk, founder of the Midway Minute, a Chicago sports newsletter, kibbitz about the Sox's reclamation project and how it's bearing results. How is Chicago's internal reset similar to To…
 
It was a disappointing weekend for Jays fans, and understandably so, however, there's a silver lining to all this stink; you get to listen to Drew and Kaitlyn rehash all the highs and lows! OK, well, maybe not so much silver as a nickeled lining...anyway. The voices of Spin Rate discuss the three-game series versus the Mariners, including Friday's …
 
Fret not, Angels fans. If you're ready to abandon mediocrity for an up-and-coming, near-playoff-bound franchise, then this podcast is your keycard to the Blue Jays suit. In your room, Riley Breckenridge, drummer for Thrice and Angels loyalist who joins Drew today on the podcast, will undress your ears with his percussive drumming. The co-owner of C…
 
TAKE THAT, BOSTON! Toronto secures three-of-four-weekend meetings against the Red Sox to close the AL East gap. Drew and Kaitlyn extract the most important headlines from the Jays' series win, including George Springer's ascent to a celestial form and the club's excellent pitching. The duo then discusses Toronto's West coast get-away and run throug…
 
This episode we have our colleague and "Pick Up The Mic Podcast" Creator, Producer, and Host - Corey Whitmore. - We go over how he grew up in many places, code switching, his love of helping teens in his community and starting his podcast. -Discussing how courageous teens are these days, how social media makes a difference in their lives today, and…
 
Spirit Assistant Coach Kris Ward joins Craig Hoffman to give his take on the season so far. Kris talks about some of the team's high achievers in 2021, giving his unique insight on working with NWSL Player of the Month Ashley Hatch and runner-up Andi Sullivan, whom he's worked with since Sunny was 14. Plus, Ward talks about rookies Anna Helfrity an…
 
Maybe it's obvious or maybe it's not, but it's worth asking after the trade deadline, are the Blue Jays in win-now mode? Drew welcomes Sportsnet's sagacious scrivener, Shi Davidi, to answer that question and more. Plus, is Vlad Jr. in line for a Tatis-esque contract this offseason? Follow Drew on Twitter: @DrewGROF Follow Shi on Twitter: @ShiDavidi…
 
July 30th, 2021, was a day that will be chiseled into Blue Jays fans' DNA for years to come. After a two-year hiatus from Toronto, the birds finally returned to their nest and defended the Rogers Centre splendidly. Drew and Kaitlyn describe the emotions of last Friday to the best of their abilities and share sentiments from players, Jays' personnel…
 
The Jays netted a big fish! Welcome to Toronto, Jose Berrios! Yes, with the trade deadline closely looming, the Jays orchestrated a trade with Minnesota to nab the best available starting pitcher left in trade negotiations. The Athletic's Tim McMaster and Kaitlyn McGrath breakdown the specifics of the trade, and how Berrios will impact the Jays now…
 
This is the week that will determine whether the Blue Jays believe they are a postseason contender. Before Drew and Kaitlyn propose a bevy of trade hypotheticals, they recap Toronto's troubles in the Big Apple. Drew lays out his defense for the Jays' 'Process vs. Progress'. Although the club dropped a pair to the Mets, the reshuffled lineup was a s…
 
Drew welcomes Rob Wong, host of Blue Jays Baseball and Jays Talk on Sportsnet 590, to Spin Rate! The birds of a feather flock towards a recent development in the AL East, the Rays acquiring slugger, Nelson Cruz. What does this transaction portend for Toronto? Was Nelson a checkbox on the Jays' trade deadline wishlist? On this hypothetical wishlist,…
 
In honor of "Old Town Road", Vlad's first walk-up song at Rogers Centre, the Jays' were going to ride their offense 'til they couldn't no more in their series sweep of the Rangers. What was the biggest takeaway in the series? (Spoiler alert: Aside from the offense, pitching. Full stop. Pitching.) Drew and Kaitlyn confabulate about the Jays' second-…
 
Fresh off the MLB All-Star Game, Drew and special guest Jeff Paternostro, lead prospect writer for Baseball Prospectus, discuss prospects with the potential to achieve an All-Star honor within the Blue Jays farm system, or just evaluate the young professionals in general. With the MLB Draft taking place within the last week, Drew and Jeff start the…
 
As an homage to the Barenaked Ladies, I'm learning more and more about Canadian pop culture every day, "it's been one week since" you've listened to Drew and Kaitlyn together and, much "like Snickers, guaranteed to satisfy". Ole Miss pitcher, Gunnar Hoglund, was drafted 19th overall by Toronto in the MLB First Year Player Draft. Kaitlyn shares what…
 
With the same battery-energy as Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra, Drew and Jonah Birenbaum pitch and catch Blue Jays musings with such panache, you'd think they were on the diamond. The guys bid farewell to Rowdy Tellez, who was traded to Milwaukee in exchange for pitcher Trevor Richards. Will Tellez's departure affect the team negatively? Is Richards' a…
 
*In Steve Harwell singing voice* "Hey now, Jays got four All-Stars, get on the field now, and go play". Toronto smashed all other American League teams in All-Star participants with four honorees, including three starters, the most of any team regardless of conference. Drew and Kaitlyn discern whether if all that glitters is gold with Toronto's ASG…
 
Andi Sullivan and Tori Huster chat with CTS Host Craig Hoffman in his other role as radio host on The Team 980. This is the full version of their conversation that was cut short on the radio due to time constraints. They talk about the team's start, returning home, Andi and Tori's positional flexibility and how the younger players - specifically Tr…
 
Drew welcomes special guest Scott MacArthur, co-host of Lead Off on Sportsnet and FAN590, to the show! Drew and Scott react to Toronto acquiring Corey Dickerson and Adam Cimber from the Miami Marlins. How will each new Jay impact the club? What does this acquisition say about the current nucleus of the team? Is Toronto positioning themselves for a …
 
OK, we get it, it was Baltimore but, hey, wins are wins, right? Drew and Kaitlyn summarize Toronto's assault on the Orioles before comparing and contrasting the organizations' approaches to rebuilding. Which rebuild will yield superior results, granted, the Orioles are still in the midst of their rebuild but is their ceiling higher? The Jays of a f…
 
USA Today's Emily Olsen joins the podcast to talk about the state of the Spirit entering the Summer. Emily and Craig Hoffman talk about the success of Trinity Rodman, Ashley Sanchez and Ashley Hatch as well as ways the trio and their teammates can convert more often in the final third. Craig and Emily also talk about the USWNT's roster decisions, w…
 
Drew welcomes the sagacious Tao of Stieb to Spin Rate to help inject belief in Toronto's player development into the arms of Jays fans. With a trove of talented prospects, should Toronto consider packaging some for a worthwhile talent? Digging deeper into this topic, is Toronto in a position to win now? Drew and the Tao conference about the merits …
 
We gladly welcome back Audrey Martinovich during Pride Month to give us some history lessons on how Pride started, her own struggles recently in her own neighborhood and if that's linked to being Bisexual herself, how she dealt with finding her own identity, how social media seems to help people of different backgrounds unite and have representatio…
 
After having their birdhouse rocked for five straight games, the Blue Jays rebounded against a lesser avian, the Orioles, ending their drought. Drew and Kaitlyn pick through Toronto's much-needed win and zero in on why Semien thought the club's 'W' was "big". Although the team cleansed themselves of their losing curse, are they in a position to go …
 
Drew and The Athletic's deputy managing editor Marc Carig sit down to voice their thoughts on Baseball Reference including Negro League statistics into their database, a step towards recognizing an era in baseball that goes unnoticed more than it should. The duo share why this decision is a positive impact on the game, and what further steps should…
 
Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Yes, a typical Sunday series pitted against a vicious division rival, what more suspenseful, intense, nail-biting affair could you ask fo...oh...it's 18-4? Wait, what?! 18 to FOUURRRR???? Toronto teed off on Boston in a most glorious fashion. A fashion in which two fashionabl…
 
Spirit legend Joanna Lohman joins Catch The Spirit to celebrate the launch of her new book Raising Tomorrow's Champions: What the Women's National Soccer Team Teaches Us About Grit, Authenticity and Winning and pride month! The activist, athlete and now author talks about all three aspects of her life with Craig Hoffman. Lohman talks about how the …
 
Join The Atheltic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Drew welcomes 3Motion AI chief scientist, Dr. Mike Sonne, to Spin Rate! Dr. Sonne studies biomechanics and how bodies' motions can affect things like pitching...maybe even pitching that's assisted by certain substances. He and Drew unhinge the truth from fiction in the foreig…
 
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