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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Former Giants LHP Jeremy Affeldt and KCBS Anchor Steve Bitker

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Updated once a week and celebrating its 11th season on TheSportsVirus.com!

Today we revisit a March conversation we had with former Giants LHP Jeremy Affeldt on the Inside China Basin podcast. He talked about the Giants not being favorites when they were winning World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014:

“People look at power and the home runs they have. I would always laugh. Good pitching will break down good hitting any day of the week.”

Now in late May, MLB players are reviewing a proposal to have a 2020 season. KCBS radio sports anchor Steve Bitker isn’t on board:

“I’m a big sports fans, I love watching games, but I would prefer it if MLB, the NBA, the NFL and the NHL didn’t return this year at all. I just think it’s way too early.”

Listen To Jeremy Affeldt and Steve Bitker

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Giants 1B/OF Chris Shaw Perseveres, Former SF LHP Scott Eyre Reflects

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Giants 1B/OF Chris Shaw joins the SF Giants Inside China Basin podcast. He’s put up big numbers in the minor leagues, but has yet to prove himself in the bigs. Here’s his message to fans wondering about his future:

“STAY TUNED. I’M NOT DONE AND I’M NOT GOING TO QUIT.  I CAN’T EVER PICTURE MYSELF GETTING TO A POINT WHERE I’M WILLING TO WALK AWAY HAVING LEFT A STONE UNTURNED. I JUST WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO LIVE WITH MYSELF IF I DIDN’T GIVE IT EVERYTHING I HAD. THAT’S KIND OF HOW I’VE BEEN MY ENTIRE LIFE. I HAVE BEEN AGAINST ODDS FOR A GOOD AMOUNT OF MY LIFE BASEBALL-WISE AND I’VE ALWAYS REALLY LOVED THE CHALLENGE OF GOING OUT AND BEING ABLE TO PROVE EVERYBODY WRONG.”

Former Giants reliever Scott Eyre talked about the team’s reaction to the 2002 World Series game 6 loss to the Angels:

“I THINK WE WERE IN AWE OF WHAT HAPPENED. IT WAS LIKE A 12-PITCH AT BAT TO (SCOTT) SPIEZIO THAT FINALLY PUT THE NAIL WITH THE HOME RUN…I THINK A LOT OF US SUNK. THERE WAS NOT A WORD SPOKEN IN THE CLUBHOUSE AFTER THE GAME. I DON’T REMEMBER EATING FOOD AFTER THE GAME. THE NEXT DAY WHEN WE GOT TO THE FIELD ALL I EVER HEARD FROM ANYBODY IN THE CLUBHOUSE WAS POSITIVITY. WE HAD THIS, WE WERE GOING TO WIN AND THEN WE GOT SHUT DOWN BY JOHN LACKEY. CRAP HAPPENS.”

Listen To Chris Shaw and Scott Eyre

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Former Giants Reliever George Kontos Reflects On His Career In SF

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George Kontos joins the SF Giants Inside China Basin podcast to talk about his 8-year Major League career which has included 300 appearances over 6 years with the Giants. His journey is a story of perseverance which includes Tommy John surgery and surprisingly getting selected on waivers by the Pirates. In this podcast, Kontos talks about the thrill of being a 2-time World Series champion and the emotions of playing against his favorite childhood team, the Chicago Cubs. 

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ahmed Fareed From NBC Sports Reminisces About His Bay Area Days

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Today we catch up with former NBC Sports Bay Area Giants pre-game/post-game host Ahmed Fareed, who is currently with NBC Sports Network.  We talk about his career and his San Francisco memories. “I really miss” covering the Giants, says Fareed. 

Listen To Ahmed Fareed

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Our next guest is former Giants reliever George Kontos. This podcast will be the first Inside China Basin podcast available on the Bleav Podcast Network!

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Author Joan Ryan and Ray Woodson Talk Baseball Chemistry

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Today we talk about baseball team chemistry with Joan Ryan, who authored the book Intangibles. Ryan is a former sport columnist who interviewed a lot of players and managers on the subject and drew some interesting conclusions. We discuss how team chemistry had a great impact on Giants teams over the last 30 years.

Former KNBR Radio Giants post game show host Ray Woodson also gives his take on the subject. 

Listen To Joan Ryan and Ray Woodson

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Join us again next week when Ahed Fareed from NBC Sports is our guest.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Shawn Estes (NBC Sports Bay Area), Michael Duca (Author)

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Today former Giants LHP Shawn Estes joins us to talk about his career as an analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area and he tells some great stories from his playing career. Michael Duca, who is the co-author of the book The Baseball Codes is also our guest.

Listen To Shawn Estes and Michael Duca

Watch this podcast as a Webcast on our YouTube channel too! Live every Tuesday then archived later in the week. 

Join us again next Tuesday when author Joan Ryan joins us to talk about her new book Intangibles and Ray Woodson will be our guest as well.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Hall Of Famer Mike Schmidt On Kapler/Bonds/Astros Scandal

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Today we have a special edition of our podcast as we catch up with the great Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt. We chat about Mike’s illustrious career which included 3 MVP awards, 12 All Star Games, 10 Gold Glove awards and 548 career home runs. He talks about the emotions of facing retirement (he played his last career game in 1989 in San Francisco at Candlestick Park), his 500th career home run and winning the 1980 World Series MVP.

We also discuss the Hall of Fame candidacies of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens and we get to hear Mike’s thoughts on new Giants manager Gabe Kapler and the Astros cheating scandal. 

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Watch this podcast as a Webcast on our YouTube channel too! Live every Tuesday then archived later in the week. 

Join us again Tuesday when NBC Sports Bay Area Analyst and former Giants pitcher Shawn Estes is our guest! Plus we will discuss the book The Baseball Codes with co-author Michael Duca.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Big Time Stats Guys Ethan Cooperson (CBS) and Ed Sfida (FOX)

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Today we step away from Giants baseball talk and focus on a behind-the- scenes aspect of sports broadcasting – Statistics.  Ed Sfida serves as the statistician for Joe Buck on FOX NFL games while Ethan Cooperson is Jim Nantz’s personal stats man on the NFL on CBS. They tell stories about how they became two of the best in the business and what it takes to be a “Big Time Stats Guy.” Since they are both Philadelphia natives, Ed and Ethan both have opinions about former Phillies manager turned Giants manager Gabe Kapler.

We also have a special tribute to another stats legend, Chuck Gardner,  our good friend who passed away on Sunday. 

Listen To Ed Sfida and Ethan Cooperson

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Next week we will get back to talking Giants baseball with NBC Sports Bay Area Analyst and former Giants pitcher Shawn Estes! Plus we will discuss the book The Baseball Codes with co-author Michael Duca.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Barry Bloom From Forbes.Com On Possible All Arizona MLB Season

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Veteran baseball writer Barry Bloom a senior contributor to Forbes.com and a contributor to Sportbusiness.com joins us to talk about Major League Baseball considering playing the 2020 season in Arizona. Plus, we discuss Barry Bonds and his Hall of Fame candidacy.  

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Next week we will go behind the scenes of network TV sports broadcasts when we talk to top statisticians Ethan Cooperson (CBS, Stats Perform) and Ed Sfida (FOX).

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: John Shea On Willie Mays Book “24, Life Stories & Lessons From The Say Hey Kid”

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Veteran San Francisco Chronicle baseball columnist John Shea joins us to talk about a new book that he co-authored with the great Hall of Famer Willie Mays! We go in-depth with John about “24, Life Stories and Lessons From The Say Hey Kid” which comes out on May 5. 

Listen To John Shea

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Next week Barry Bloom from Forbes.com and SportBusiness.com will be our guest.

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