As we countdown the hours to the first pitch of Game 1, let’s have some of the best minds in baseball tell us what’s up. It’s been a dramatic run up to this 2021 World Series: the Houston Astros are still in hot water with non-Astros fans for their 2017 sign stealing scandal, and the 88-win Atlanta Braves toppled the defending champs and 106-win LA Dodgers, partying like it’s 1999. Will the Astros’ third visit to the World Series in five years prove fruitful, or will Atlanta win it’s first title of the 21st century?
Anyway, we thought you’d like to make sure you are as up to date as possible on who is the favorite to take the pennant, who are the key players, and a little history on how these two franchises rose to the top. So here is our round up of podcasts to listen to this World Series.
Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello use the same data as the cutting-edge MLB front offices to breakdown the World Series position by position in their most recent episode. For all of the biggest baseball news, highlights, and analytical breakdowns, the MLB’s “Ballpark Dimensions” is covering all the bases.
The Edge: Houston Astros
You know we had to. It’s difficult to ignore the fact that the Astros cheated, faced few consequences, and are right back in the World Series. While their coaching staff from the 2017 run was liquidated, most of their core players remain. Also, the Boston Red Sox (who’ve faced sign stealing accusations, as well) had a funny feeling that the Houston Asterisks—sorry, Astros—may have been up to their old tricks in the American League Championship Series. Either way, “The Edge” is a great podcast about the whole scandal.
In the most recent episode of “The Lead,” The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli tells us how these two teams match up behind the plate, what’s at stake for both franchises, and the players that may have the most impact. With the Astros in their third World Series in five years, and the Braves back for the first time since the turn of the century, don’t miss this episode from the best storytelling podcast in sports.
755 Is Real: A Show About the Atlanta Braves
For any Braves fans out there, or just anyone who doesn’t want to focus on the Astros, “755 Is Real: A Show About the Atlanta Braves” is giving you all information on the National League Champion. Locked and loaded with former Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty as host along with David O’Brien, you’ll be brought inside the clubhouse on all the Braves latest news. The Braves haven’t been to the World Series since 1999, so let’s see if Prince will be blasted in the streets this November.
Locked On Astros
And for those of you rooting for the ‘Stros, keep up to date with “Locked On Astros.” A daily podcast from the Locked On Podcast Network, hosts Eric Huysman and Brett Chancey are betting on the Astros all the way. You can hear a Game 1 preview from them here.
The Athletic Baseball Show
To get us ready for Game 1, “The Athletic Baseball Show” is taking us on a trip down memory lane with a look at this past season. Their most recent episode revisits their interviews Astros’ manager Dusty Baker and Braves’ President of Baseball Operations Alex Anthopoulos as we analyze how this Fall Classic came to fruition.
“Talkin’ Baseball” is a classic: every day the Jomboy podcast is breaking down and recapping all that’s happening in the MLB. You’ll be able to hear them cover every game of the World Series the next day, so make sure you stay tuned to this all-in baseball podcast.
Nothing Personal with David Samson
For a true expert look at the Series, former president of 18 years for the Miami Marlins David Samson knows a little something about what a World Series winning team looks like if his ring has anything to say about it. In his most recent episode, Samson talks about what it’s like before the first pitch of Game 1. Talk about nerves. From CBS Sports and the MLB, “Nothing Personal with David Samson” is a daily podcast giving us a unique perspective on the game.