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Welcome to The Quazcast, a weekly podcast that brings listeners in on a frank conversation between myself and a random person from the world of sports.

These interviews are about digging deep and avoiding the cliché questions and answers that too often plague sports conversations. My guest could be anyone. I might speak with a 90-year-old NFL kicker one week, the manager of a Major League Baseball team the next, and a bull fighter the week after that.

This week I talk with former Major League Baseball All-Star Ellis Valentine. Over eleven seasons in the big leagues, Valentine earned a reputation for having an amazing arm, prompting former Montreal Expos manager Felipe Alou to quip, “There’s a plateau where you can’t throw the ball any harder and you can’t be any more accurate. That was Ellis Valentine.”

The Gold Glove Award winning right fielder faced a ton of adversity throughout his career. In addition to fighting drug and alcohol addiction throughout his playing days, Valentine missed a crucial month of action back in 1980 when he was hit in the face with a pitch from St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Roy Thomas that cracked his cheekbone in six places. Valentine maintains to this day that he was targeted with a beanball.

Below is an excerpt of our conversation and a recording of the complete interview. As always, to get future podcasts downloaded straight to your listening device, you can subscribe to The Quazcast on iTunes.

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Welcome to The Quazcast, a weekly podcast that brings listeners in on a frank conversation between myself and a random person from the world of sports.

I might speak with a 90-year-old NFL kicker one week, the manager of a Major League Baseball team the next, and a bull fighter the week after that. The Quazcast is about digging deep and avoiding the cliché questions and answers that too often plague sports interviews.

This week’s guest is one of the game’s good guys: former Super Bowl winning New York Giants tight end Kevin Boss. After graduating from Western Oregon University with Academic All-District VIII honors, Boss declared himself eligible for the 2007 NFL Draft. He was selected by the Giants in the fifth round, and finished his rookie season as the team’s starting tight end after Jeremy Shockey went down to injury.

Boss was a key contributor to New York’s championship season, making important catches in the NFC Championship game and the Super Bowl. He’d spend the next three seasons with the Giants as a starter, cementing his reputation as a large, but athletic tight end, who most memorably leaped over a would-be tackler on a third down play against the Eagles in his final year with the team.

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the quazcast (1400 x 1400)

Welcome to The Quazcast, a weekly podcast that brings listeners in on a frank conversation between myself and a random person from the world of sports.

I might speak with a 90-year-old NFL kicker one week, the manager of a Major League Baseball team the next, and a bull fighter the week after that. The Quazcast is about digging deep and avoiding the cliché questions and answers that too often plague sports interviews.

This week’s guest is Kay Hanley, the former lead singer for Letters To Cleo. From cheering on the Boston Red Sox during their World Series to performing the National Anthem at Gillette Stadium on multiple occasions, Hanley is an enormous supporter of the Boston sports scene.

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the quazcast (1400 x 1400)

Welcome to The Quazcast – a weekly podcast that brings listeners in on a frank conversation between myself and a random person from the world of sports.

I might speak with a 90-year-old NFL kicker one week, the manager of a Major League Baseball team the next, and a bull fighter the week after that. The Quazcast is about digging deep and avoiding the cliché question and answers that too often plague sports interviews.

This week’s guest is former New York Giants running back Jarrod Bunch. A former first round pick out of Michigan in 1991, Bunch has moved on from his brief professional football career to make a name for himself in the world of acting.

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the quazcast (1400 x 1400)

Welcome to The Quazcast – a weekly podcast that brings listeners a frank conversation between myself and a random person from the world of sports.

I might speak with a 90-year-old NFL kicker one week, the manager of a Major League Baseball team the next, and a bull fighter the week after that. The Quazcast is about digging deep and avoiding the cliché question and answers that too often plague sports interviews.

This week’s guest is former Major League catcher Sal Fasano. When I started covering MLB for Sports Illustrated I noticed a change in perspective from when I was a kid. The guys you start rooting for aren’t the stars. Very rarely are they the stars. Instead, the players you cheer for are the guys who are decent, who have a story behind them, who are willing to talk, and are mostly just nice guys. My favorite of all time was Sal Fasano.

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the quazcast (1400 x 1400)

Welcome to The Quazcast – a weekly podcast that brings listeners a frank conversation between myself and a random person from the world of sports.

I might speak with a 90-year-old NFL kicker one week, the manager of a Major League Baseball team the next, and a bull fighter the week after that. The Quazcast is about digging deep and avoiding the cliché question and answers that too often plague sports interviews.

Today’s guest is Fred Claire, the former general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers and author of “My 30 Years in Dodger Blue.”

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