Every now and then(and sometimes not for months) the contributors to The Irrelevant will share the one thing we've been into this week. It can be a movie, a book, a song, an album, some youtube video, a random meme, or twitter user, anything that's been taking up more space in our mind than it should. We want to share this with you because we like sharing things we're into.
Somehow I haven't written about this podcast in the past despite listening to over 1340 episodes. This omission has not been for lack of enthusiasm but rather because it has become an overlooked essential part of my life. This was the first podcast that made me realize the medium's potential and the community and legacy it has is unrivaled in baseball. The pod's main objective is what sets it apart from the pack; to find "if baseball were different how much different would it be"?
It isn’t your typical sports pod, instead of the giving us readings of the box scores and hot takes for the sake of hate listeners they really try to spread their love and joy of the game. The influence they have had on me is immeasurable, they’ve taught me to look at baseball in fun and interesting ways. They raised the bar for baseball discussion in my life on a daily basis while exploring silly topics and also provide stats and data behind trends and fun stories within the game. The show is currently going through their annual team preview series so it is a good time to jump in check it out if you are unfamiliar with it. Listen to your team's episode or pick a few teams you’re interested in to get a good feel for the show.
The reason for including the show this week though it has been on for years is it underwent a pretty big change recently. The show's original co-host, Sam Miller, returned and in addition to getting the dream duo back together they also recruited one of baseball's best voices in Fangraphs’ own managing editor Meg Rowley. When they announced the lineup change after weeks of speculation I was an explosion of happiness. If you have any interest in baseball this is the pod you need to be listening to.
I think I found my new favorite Bravo show. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has been a snoozefest because in this day of the internet we all know when storylines are being contrived to cover up any real and legal drama. The least they could do is deliver fun scenes while they spend their money if they refuse to give us the juice and that’s where Mexican Dynasties comes in. This show follows three of the most influential families in all of Mexico. The Allendes are the entertainment family made up of singer-father Fernando, momager Mari and their two singer sons Elan and Adan. Elan’s wife Jenny is a former beauty queen and also an aspiring singer who along with Elan have had no support from her in-laws over some Yoko-esque drama. One of my favorite things about this show is how it portrays the closeness of Mexican families even if it comes off unsettling.
The Madrazos are in the business of luxury cars, but the sister Paulina drives a Mazda so I’m not sure what is really considered luxury in Mexico City. Their houses definitely took me back to my own travels to Mexico where tile is everywhere and the furniture is dated because why throw it out if it serves its purpose just fine? Paulina’s relationship with her brother is the most enjoyable of the show and they are so close that they have been mistaken for a married couple even though Oscar is gay. Then there are the Bessudos who I was most impressed with because they are Jarritos royalty! Yes, the soda. Raquel and her manager daughter Doris come together after the patriarch’s death and Raquel is every unfiltered abuela we’ve had. From commenting on her daughter’s weight to making children cry this show truly gave me the fuzzies. I’ve said forever that Bravo needed more Mexicans on their network and per usual Andy Cohen has been reading my diary.