Talking on The Baseball Bucket List: A Role Reversal for an LOD Podcast Co-Host
Back in May, Anna DiTommaso of the Baseball Bucket List joined David Conde and I to record Episode 37 of the Legends on Deck Podcast. In this episode, David and I has questions for Anna regarding her website and podcast alike. It was a great conversation about childhood memories, ballpark visits and building a community of baseball fans.
As a result of this episode, Anna invited each of us on her show for individual episodes. Naturally, I jumped on the opportunity to continue this conversation. If you haven’t yet listened to Anna’s show, The Baseball Bucket List Podcast, it is offers a wide variety of interesting and entertaining discussion with baseball fans. Anna always asks guests at a few similar questions: How’d they get into the game? What’s their favorite baseball memory? And, what’s left on their bucket list? Other questions are generally specific to the background of the guest.
Of course, we talked about my background as a baseball writer and podcaster with Legends on Deck. We also talked a great deal about what baseball as a game has meant to me throughout my life. Not long ago, I wrote What Legends on Deck Means to Me: Connecting the Generations Through Baseball. In this article, I explain some of my origins in the game. The podcast with Anna turned out of be another outlet for me to share baseball memories and discuss why I enjoy baseball so much.
Turning the Tables
As the Co-Host of the Legends on Deck Podcast, I play the role of interviewer. As we like to say, the LOD Podcast is about our guests telling their story. In fact, we call it a 70/30 split, where our guests do 70% of the talking. Being a guest on another podcast was a complete role reversal for me. Now, I was the one answering the questions and providing the vast majority of the content.
All in all, I think the episode came out really well. I went into the show expecting to talk more about ballpark visits, which I had plenty of material. We covered a lot of that on the LOD Podcast. On the Bucket List, we began with a chat about old Tiger Stadium and moved into the early days of Fantasy Baseball, stats and highlights and how viewing games has changed so much over our lifetime. We also dove into pick-up sandlot games and how playing unorganized baseball at a young age was such a big part of developing a love for the sport. We also talked about my work at Legends on Deck.
In other words, I went into the show thinking I might go one direction and ending up going another way. And, I think it worked out quite well too. One thing I’ve learned from listening to the Bucket List Podcast is that every episode is very different and the guests can really shape the direction of the conversation.
Any opportunity to talk baseball is something I will always welcome. And I am grateful to Anna at the Baseball Bucket List Podcast for allowing me to be a guest on a show for the first time. Go out and give it a listen!