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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’s guest is Brian Johnson, currently a scout with the San Francisco Giants. Originally drafted by the New York Yankees in 1989, Johnson, who quarterbacked Standford University for parts of three seasons, spent eight years in the Majors playing for the San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers and of course, the Giants. For fans in San Francisco, Johnson is most fondly remembered for the home run he hit in the bottom of the 12th inning in a game against the Dodgers on September 18, 1997.  The walkoff home run not only won the game, but moved the Giants into a tie with Los Angeles for first place in the National League West. They’d go on to win the division that year.

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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