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AMY LAWRENCE FROM CBS SPORTS RADIO ON NFL, NBA, MLB & HER CAREER

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Sportscaster Joe Castellano talks to a variety of sports figures from around the country about the latest news. These in-depth conversations take you inside the personalities of the people involved in the sports we love to watch, listen and read about.

Amy Lawrence can talk sports all day long and she does it overnight as well on her “After Hours” show on CBS Sports Radio. What makes Amy great is her infectious, enthusiastic personality and sports knowledge and that is on full display on this week’s podcast. She offers entertaining and informative insights into the upcoming 49ers/Cowboys playoff game, the return of Klay Thompson to the Warriors and Major League Baseball’s lockout/upcoming Hall of Fame announcement. We take a deep dive into Amy’s career which included a stint at ESPN radio and always involves the pursuit of play-by-play opportunities. During her two decades as a sports talk show host, she has persevered through all of the challenges that you would expect from a true pioneer for women covering sports.

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THE SPORTS VIRUS PODCAST: Ron Wotus Chats About His 24 Seasons As Giants Coach

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Sportscaster Joe Castellano talks to a variety of sports figures from around the country about the latest news. These in-depth conversations take you inside the personalities of the people involved in the sports we love to watch, listen and read about.

Ron Wotus has stepped aside after spending the last 24 seasons as a San Francisco Giants coach and now he joins TheSportsVirus Podcast to chat not only about his retirement, but also Buster Posey’s decision to hang ’em up. Plus, we talk extensively about NL MVP candidate Brandon Crawford, who just won his fourth Gold Glove award and we discuss why the 2021 Giants clicked well enough to win 107 games. Wotus takes us through the years from the time when Dusty Baker was at the helm to Felipe Alou, Bruce Bochy and finally the Gabe Kapler era.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN SEASON FINALE: Kontos on NLDS Umpire Debacle, Overall Season, Future

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Updated once a week and celebrating its 12th season on TheSportsVirus.com!

Joe Castellano has been joined by former Giants reliever George Kontos all season long and on this 2021 season finale they discuss game 5 of the NLDS, which concluded with an egregious umpiring call by Gabe Morales that ended the Giants season and sent the Dodgers to the NLCS. They go in-depth about Camilo Doval’s pitch selection in game 5 and review the Giants record-breaking season. Plus, they look to the future and discuss the possible return of Brandon Belt and Kris Bryant.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Kontos on Giants/Dodgers Matchup, Why Posey is the Team Leader

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Former Giants reliever George Kontos has been our analyst all season and now he assesses the Giants/Dodgers NL Division Series matchup. He explains why Buster Posey is the leader of the team and gives his thoughts on how the pitching staff could be used against LA.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: SF Chronicle’s Steve Kroner Gives Complete Analysis Of Giants Success

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Steve Kroner from the San Francisco Chronicle joins Inside China Basin to assess the Giants season and explain why they are the best team in MLB in mid-August. He evaluates Giants manager Gabe Kapler and talks about his key moves. We also ask Steve to put on his “Commissioner” hat so he can give his opinions on what’s good and bad about recent MLB changes.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Baseball Writer Tim Brown On SF Success, MLB/Dodgers Handling Of Bauer

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Giants podcast former Yahoo Sports national baseball writer and author Tim Brown tells us about a new book he’s writing and shares his thoughts on the Giants, Trevor Bauer’s plight, MLB’s new rules to prevent foreign substances on baseballs and what Shohei Ohtani means for baseball and the upcoming All Star game. Brown has covered baseball for more than 25 years and has written two New York Times bestsellers — “The Phenomenon” with Rick Ankiel and “Imperfect” with Jim Abbott. In 2016, he was awarded first place in beat writing by the Associated Press Sports Editors. Follow him on Twitter: @ByTimBrown.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Shawn Estes On Sammy Long, MLB Foreign Substance Crackdown

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Giants podcast former Giants pitcher and current NBC Sports Bay Area analyst Shawn Estes gives his thoughts about the Major League Baseball crackdown on pitchers using foreign substances on baseballs. We also talk about why Sammy Long was so good in his first career start and discuss LaMont Wade, Jr. and Jason Vosler being demoted to AAA.

Estes says the stricter rules won’t impact the elite pitchers as much as the average pitcher: “…Better spin on the fastball and breaking ball definitely provides an advantage. It takes them to that next level. The average pitcher becomes above average. The good breaking ball becomes great. The spin on the fastball up in the zone becomes less hittable.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Kontos On Sticky Substances -“Better Grip” vs “Distinct Advantage”

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Giants podcast former SF reliever George Kontos is back to talk about the Giants reversing course offensively, going from barely scoring in DC to bombs away vs. Arizona. We discuss Brandon Crawford’s All Star case and dive deep into MLB’s crackdown on pitchers using foreign substances on baseballs.

Kontos on pitchers using Spider Tack: “Going out of your way to get something that will make (the baseball) significantly stickier is where we have the problem.. I think it’s good for baseball to not use blatant cheating substances.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Marc Delucchi From Around The Foghorn On SF Hot Start/Prospects

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Mark Delucchi from Aroundthefoghorn.com joins Inside China Basin to talk about the Giants great start to the season that has them tied for first in the NL West entering play on Tuesday. He also updates us on the progress of the Giants prospects.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: George Kontos On SF Rotation Success, Camilo Doval & Extra Innings Rule

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Former Giants reliever George Kontos won two World Series rings with San Francisco. Now he’s an analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area and he’s helping us dissect the Giants on a regular basis this season. Our second 2021 podcast took place on Tuesday following back-to-back shutouts in Miami and Philadelphia and a San Francisco studio stint for George.

Kontos discusses the hot start for the Giants rotation and cold start for the lineup. He tells Joe Castellano why he doesn’t like the extra innings rule, how he got the number 70 and who convinced him to grow his trademark beard. Plus, he analyzes rookie reliever Camilo Doval: “It’s been impressive how he’s come in and done his job and managed his emotions…His slider is very, very good. He throws it with the same intent and arm speed as his fastball, so out of the hand it looks just like a fastball which is why he’s getting some of those swings that the hitters look a little bad on.”

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