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April 12, 2021
The Yankees are 4-5. Although there are 153 games to go, some fans are panicking early. Is there a reason to panic? Will the Yankees find ways to beat the Rays?
To talk about the series against the Rays and look ahead to this week’s slate of games, we bring you a new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson, featuring an interview with the great Ken Singleton.
April 8, 2021
What’s going on with Aaron Judge? Should Yankees fans be concerned? What should Yankees fans be happy with from this week?
The Yankees are off to a 3-3 start after taking two of three against the Orioles in the Bronx to start the week.
To talk about all in Yankees land, we bring you a new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and Yankees great Jeff Nelson.
April 5, 2021
Panic! Panic! Just kidding, it’s three games into a 162-game season. The Yankees lost two of three games to open the season against the Blue Jays in The Bronx. The bats didn’t do much, but they did get six dominant innings out of the bullpen Sunday from Michael King. Shockingly enough though, Giancarlo Stanton was booed by some Yankees fans…on Opening Day. He then was not in the lineup on Sunday. Should fans boo a player this early, and should Stanton be getting a day out of the lineup so soon?
To answer these questions, break down what the guys saw in the first three games and look ahead to the series against the Orioles, we bring you a new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and Yankees great Jeff Nelson, including an interview with two-time Yankees World Series champion Roy White.
March 29, 2021
Real baseball that counts is just a few days away. The Yankees open their season in the Bronx on Thursday against the Blue Jays. They will have just over 10,000 fans in the building after a season with no fans in Yankee Stadium. On paper, the Yankees are regarded as one of the best teams in baseball. Can they avoid the big injury bug? Can they win a 28th World Series title?
To preview the Yankees season, we bring you a new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and four-time World Series champion Jeff Nelson, featuring a chat with the Post’s Ken Davidoff and former Yankees outfielder and current special adviser to the GM, Nick Swisher.
March 22, 2021
There has not been too much drama or too many injuries at Yankees spring training so far this March (knock on your local wood). The fifth spot in the rotation is one of the question marks with the Yankees, 10 days away from opening the 2021 season in front of around 10,000 fans at Yankee Stadium. The other big question is which players are coming up from Tampa to join the 26-man roster.
To discuss the rotation, those final roster spots and the return of fans to the stadium, we bring you a new episode of “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson, featuring an interview with two-time World Series champion Bucky Dent.
March 15, 2021
Yankees fans know what the biggest concerns are going into the 2021 season. They’re the question marks in the starting rotation and injuries. The Yankees have had injury problems the past few years that have truly plagued them. They are trying to avoid that this year, but starters coming back from injuries will have fans a little bit worried. They have already lost a key bullpen piece until May in Zack Britton.
To talk about injuries, spring training and who the fifth starter could end up being, we bring you a new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and Yankees great Jeff Nelson, featuring an interview with Jimmy O’Brien, more commonly known as “Jomboy.”
March 8, 2021
Aaron Boone returned to the dugout this weekend just a few days after having pacemaker inserted. It gave players and fans a huge sigh of relief after the news came by surprise to some last week. Injuries to Yankees players have been a major reason for concern the past few seasons. Once again this year, staying healthy will be paramount as the Yankees compete for a World Series title.
To talk about the importance of staying on the field and everything going on in the world of the Yankees, it’s time for a new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and four-time World Series champion Jeff Nelson. The guys have a fantastic interview with former Yankees outfielder and baseball legend Gary Sheffield.
March 1, 2021
The Yankees are already a game into their 2021 spring training schedule. They went through the first game without an injury to speak of, which means it’s a grand success thus far. That’s going to be the big question for this team all season. Can they stay healthy? They brought a couple of starting pitchers in coming off injuries and have a few returning from injuries. Do they have enough to compete for a championship?
To address that and the offseason as a whole, we are back with Season 2 of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and four-time Yankees World Series champion Jeff Nelson. The guys were joined in the first episode back by longtime Yankees radio voice Suzyn Waldman.
EPISODE 35: SEASON IN REVIEW, RIP WHITEY FORD FEAT. RON GUIDRY
October 12, 2020
The Yankees season came to an end Friday night when they lost to the Rays in Game 5 of the ALDS. It was another disappointing season from a franchise that has won two World Series in the past 20 years. Lots has changed from the days of Jeff Nelson’s dynasty Yankees. Nellie and Chris Shearn talked about that on the season finale of the “Pinstripe Pod.”
Before getting into what happened in the ALDS, the guys opened up honoring Whitey Ford, who passed away at the age of 91 on Thursday. Nellie talks about his experiences chatting with him during spring training and Old Timers’ Days over the years. The guys then get into why the better team won as the Rays just had more pitching than the Yankees. Nellie says there is no accountability with the Yankees — it used to be championship or bust and now they seem satisfied to get into the playoffs. He talks about too many playoff games being scripted because of analytics. They then look ahead to the offseason and what this team needs to improve. Getting another frontline starting pitcher is key, because they can’t have faith that Luis Severino will come back and be the No. 2 starter. They don’t believe the Yankees should extend a qualifying offer to Masahiro Tanaka. Nellie would be a big fan of bringing Didi Gregorius back, moving Gleyber Torres to second base and DJ LeMahieu to first base. That could potentially mean finding a trade partner for Luke Voit. I pop on to wrap the segment looking back at all the great guests from Season 1 of the podcast, despite a whirlwind ride, when the world shut down days after we launched the show.
EPISODE 34: YANKEES ON BRINK AFTER PITCHING SHOCKER
October 8, 2020
Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson are not happy. Almost all Yankees fans are not. It was time to rant about it on the latest “Pinstripe Pod” Yankees podcast. I tried to calm Shearn and Nellie down, but to no avail. They were still boiling on Thursday’s podcast after Aaron Boone and the Yankees decided to pull Deivi Garcia after just one inning Tuesday for J.A. Happ. No guest was needed for this episode. This was a Yankees therapy session.
The Yankees are down 2-1 in the ALDS to the Rays and are on the brink of elimination Thursday when they try to save their season and send it to a win-or-go-home Game 5 for both teams. Shearn and Nellie open the podcast examining the wild decision to pull Garcia after giving up just one run on Tuesday night. Nellie says “you can’t script a postseason game” and analytics have certainly started taking over. The guys talk about Alex Rodriguez’s strong comments on the Fox postgame show Wednesday night about GM Brian Cashman and the front office getting involved and how they tried to outsmart their opponent. “Don’t play Jeopardy, play baseball,” he said. A-Rod, who the guys have critiqued a bit for his color commentary during games, was spot on and is really good as an analyst in the pre-and-postgame role. It’s been discussed many times before, but guys relying on analytics and looking into their hats for how to face a guy has gotten out of control.
EPISODE 33: YANKEES-RAYS ALDS PREVIEW FEAT. JIM LEYRITZ
October 5, 2020
The Yankees and Rays do not like each other. Benches cleared during the regular season when the two teams faced off. Now they take each other on in the ALDS. Get your popcorn ready. This could end up being a classic series, even without a fan in the building in a neutral stadium in San Diego. To preview the series in its entirety, we bring you a brand new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and Yankees great Jeff Nelson. The guys are joined in this episode by The Post’s Ken Davidoff from San Diego and two-time World Series champion with the Yankees, Jim Leyritz.
Shearn and Nellie open the podcast talking about the fierce rivalry this season between the Yankees and Rays. They talk about Game 1 being so important for the Yankees to win, the series being in San Diego and why this will be an epic series. The guys both believe the Yankees will win the series in five games.
The great Ken Davidoff then drops by from his hotel room in San Diego as he will be covering the series this week. Davidoff talks about what the pitching matchups might look like, why this should be a great series, the chirping between the two teams and why he thinks the Yankees will win the series.
EPISODE 32: YANKEES MOVING ON TO ALDS FEAT. KEN SINGLETON
October 1, 2020
Game 2 in Cleveland Wednesday night featured ups, downs, rain delays, grand slams, comebacks and everything in between. The Yankees came out on top thanks to a two-run ninth inning to win 10-9 and take the wild-card series in two games over the Indians. To break down the classic game, series and look ahead to the ALDS against the Rays, we bring you a brand new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and four-time Yankees World Series champion Jeff Nelson.
Shearn and Nellie open up the show talking about the Indians not showing up in the series after the Yankees limped their way into the playoffs. They open talking Game 1, Gerrit Cole’s strong outing and Shane Bieber getting rocked. “You’re never a true Yankee until you show how you can play in the playoffs,” Nellie said. The guys talk about the lineup setting the tone, especially the bats of Gleyber Torres and Brett Gardner in Game 1. They then dive into the wild Game 2 and the awful decision to start the game in terrible weather conditions, only to delay it again. The guys get into Gary Sanchez coming up big as Shearn calls himself out for saying he should not be starting. Sanchez hit the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and a game-tying sacrifice fly in the ninth. Also, is DJ LeMahieu human? The Yankees MVP once again had a clutch game-winning hit in the ninth inning and needs to be re-signed in the offseason.
EPISODE 31: YANKEES-INDIANS PLAYOFF PREVIEW FEAT. GEORGE KING
September 28, 2020
The Yankees will begin their push for a 28th championship on Tuesday when they begin their best-of-three game series in Cleveland against the Indians. To break down the opening playoff series, we bring you a brand new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and four-time World Series champion Jeff Nelson.
The guys open the show talking about the Yankees’ struggles this week going into the postseason. Nellie points to the team not being very good defensively and how it could hurt them in the playoffs. They talk about having to face the Indians, which is the one team they did not want to face. Can Gerrit Cole beat AL Cy Young Award favorite Shane Bieber? Can the Yankees find a way to win two out of three games?
In “Nellie’s Nugget,” Nellie looks back at some of his favorite postseason memories with the Yankees. The guys wrap up the segment making their predictions for the series. They believe if the Yankees win Game 1, they will win the series.
EPISODE 30: DO YANKEES WANT WHITE SOX OR TWINS? FEAT. WILLIE RANDOLPH
September 24, 2020
The Yankees still are not sure who they will play on Tuesday when the playoffs begin. Will it be the White Sox, Twins or even the Indians? It seems like it will come down to the Twins or White Sox, but the final weekend of the season will determine their opponent and whether it will be in the Bronx or on the road. To dive into everything going on with the team going into the final weekend of the season, we bring you a brand new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson.
We open the show with our “In The Paper” segment where I go through some of the biggest Yankees headlines and get reactions from Shearnie and Nellie. First up, it’s the future of Masahiro Tanaka. Was Wednesday his final regular season start in a Yankees uniform or will they bring him back next season? Second up, would the guys rather the Yankees play the White Sox or the Twins in the best-of-three first-round playoff series? The Yankees have had the Twins’ number in the playoffs, but this is a different season with no fans and a shorter series. Next, should the Yankees be resting guys against the Marlins this weekend or be going all-in to try and win these games? Lastly, should we lock in Gerrit Cole, Tanaka and J.A. Happ as the starters for Games 1, 2 and 3 next week?
EPISODE 29: YANKEES PLAYING FOR HOME FIELD FEAT. BOB LORENZ
September 21, 2020
The Yankees turned their season around in September, going on a 10-game win streak, before losing Sunday. Despite the loss, the Yankees have clinched a playoff spot with seven games to go. It seems like almost a lock that they will take on the Twins in the first round of the playoffs. To talk about everything going on with the Bronx Bombers, we present a brand new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson.
The guys open the podcast getting into the Yankees putting it all together at the right time as their players got healthy. They look at this last week of the regular season still being meaningful baseball for the Yankees to get home-field advantage in the first round. They know the Twins very well in the postseason. Can the Twins get revenge this year? Nellie believes that Rocco Baldelli and the Twins want to face the Yankees and beat them this time. They get into how incredible Luke Voit has been this season and his sidekick DJ LeMahieu needing to be extended. They wrap up talking about how Aaron Boone should manage these final seven games. Shearn then holds up one of his Emmy Awards during the recording of the show before welcoming in his Emmy-winning colleague.
EPISODE 28: GERRIT COLE IS PAYING OFF FEAT. CHAZZ PALMINTERI
September 17, 2020
The Yankees’ 5-15 stretch seems like a lifetime ago. They are winners of seven straight games and decided to get Higgy with it on Wednesday as backup catcher Kyle Higashioka blasted three homers, leading the Bronx Bombers to a 13-2 win. To talk Higgy, the bats leading the way and everything going on in Yankees land, we bring you a brand new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and Yankees great Jeff Nelson.
We open the podcast with our “In The Paper” segment, diving into the biggest Yankees headlines. The guys start with their surprise in Higgy hitting three homers and waiting to see that kind of night from Gary Sanchez. They talk about the lineup coming together, guys coming back from injuries and the big turnaround. They discuss Gerrit Cole’s monster numbers so far in September and him living up to the billing for this team. Will no off days during playoff series hurt the Yankees, potentially not allowing Cole to pitch three games in a seven-game series? Shearn isn’t buying it just yet, saying he’s “seen this movie before” with this team. Nellie points to the Yankees having the playoff experiences some of these other playoff teams don’t have, but looks at playing in Los Angeles in the playoffs, where the ball doesn’t carry as much, potentially hurting them.
EPISODE 27: HOW THE YANKEES SAVED THEIR SEASON
September 14, 2020
After a 5-15 stretch that had the Yankees nearly on the outside looking in for a playoff spot, they have won five straight games to turn their season around. A four-game sweep over the Orioles very much saved their season over the weekend. To look at how the Bronx Bombers did it, we bring you a brand new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and Yankees great Jeff Nelson.
The guys open the show with the funny part of the weekend, which was Aroldis Chapman seemingly pooping his pants. Poop has been a common theme of the podcast as Nellie has told multiple stories involving it, putting a new meaning to Nellie’s Nugget segments. Has that ever happened to Nellie or anyone he played with? The guys then get a bit more serious, diving into the Yankees’ turnaround and exactly how they did it. It took some good starting pitching, bullpen improvement and some timely hits. The Yankees now control their own destiny to get that second-place spot in the AL East and potentially move from the No. 7 seed to No. 5. The Yankees lineup gets some help in the coming weeks, but what will happen to Miguel Andujar and Clint Frazier? The guys believe they both deserve playing time. Do the Yankees have a shot at catching the Rays and winning the AL East or is it too late?
EPISODE 26: YANKEES HANGING ON BY A THREAD FEAT. CHRIS CARLIN
September 10, 2020
Stop the presses: The Yankees have won a baseball game. After dropping five straight, the Yankees got back in the win column with a much-needed victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night. To get into the win and everything going on in Yankees land, we bring you a brand new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson.
We open up with the “In The Paper” segment, giving out the top Yankees headlines. The guys start with the big win Wednesday and what it felt like to win a game again. They discuss the bats coming alive and Deivi Garcia pitching a gem. Should Garcia be in the rotation the rest of the season and be part of the 2021 rotation? They also get into the struggles of Gary Sanchez, who is hitting a lowly .121. Should the Yankees trade him this offseason? Shearn and Nellie look at the big games against the Orioles, the upcoming schedule and if the Orioles or Tigers can catch the Yankees for the final playoff spot.
EPISODE 25: YANKEES FREE FALLING IN THE STANDINGS FEAT. MEREDITH MARAKOVITS
September 7, 2020
The Yankees are free falling in the standings. Just a couple of weeks ago, they had the best record in the American League. On Labor Day today – or should I say Gleyber Day – they have fallen to the eighth and final playoff spot in the AL. It has certainly been a fall from grace for the Bronx Bombers. To get into the Yankees’ struggles, we bring you a brand new “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and four-time World Series champion Jeff Nelson.
Shearn and Nellie open up the Gleyber Day edition of the podcast wondering if Aaron Boone will put him in the lineup or give him a day off. That leads into an epic rant from Shearn on the Yankees’ struggles and guys continuing to get days off, not understanding the gravity of the situation. With just 20 games to go, the clock is ticking and there isn’t much time to give guys days off when you are just two games up on even making the playoffs. Nellie explains how the Yankees do not want to play those top teams in the AL, because their starting rotations are better. They talk about players’ mindsets changing, not wanting to play every day and lose out on money if they get hurt, and how the times have changed from Nellie’s days. They discuss Giancarlo Stanton’s injury, him hardly playing any games since his first year here and the long rehab times. The guys look ahead to 10 huge games coming up against the Blue Jays and Orioles.
EPISODE 24: TIME TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE YANKEES?
September 3, 2020
The Yankees are finally done playing the Rays…at least in the regular season. They finished up their 10-game slate against them on Wednesday with yet another loss, finishing 2-8 against their AL East foe. The Rays have had the Yankees’ number and it has shown on the field and in the standings. To look back at the series, we present to you a brand new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and Yankees great Jeff Nelson.
I joined the guys to open up the show with our weekly installment of “In The Paper.” We start with the tragic passing of Mets legend Tom Seaver. We get into what he meant to the Mets franchise, New York sports and Major League Baseball. He made throwing a complete game look easy. After paying respects to “Tom Terrific,” the guys react to the Rays continuing to beat the Yankees. Are they concerned? Are the Rays just a superior team? They discuss guys getting hit and share their thoughts on the suspensions handed down to Aroldis Chapman, Kevin Cash and Aaron Boone. They backed what Cash had to say, standing up for his players. Nellie believes Chapman should have been suspended more than three games. The guys talk about how heated the rivalry has now become and all of this being a part of the game. Shearn goes off on a rant about it. We wrap up the segment with me trying to get a discount on the steak dinner bet if the Mets can beat the Yankees on Thursday. It didn’t work.
EPISODE 23: GARY SANCHEZ’S YANKEES FUTURE FEAT. JACK CURRY
August 31, 2020
After the Yankees dropped both games of the doubleheader to the Mets Friday to make it seven straight, it turned around for them on Saturday and Sunday. The Bronx Bombers won in walk-off fashion on Saturday, again in walk-off fashion in extra innings in Game 1 on Sunday and once again in extra innings in Game 2. To talk about everything going on in Yankees land, we present a brand new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and four-time World Series champion Jeff Nelson.
Shearn and Nellie open the podcast getting into the Subway Series and Gary Sanchez’s big grand slam Sunday. Is this the start of a turnaround for him? Nellie explains why the Yankees should consider trading Sanchez in the offseason. The guys get into J.A. Happ’s strong outing and how important that was. They also get into Deivi Garcia’s terrific MLB debut and why he should stay in the rotation in September. They then get into Sunday’s comeback win and the shift the Mets put on Luke Voit, which helped lead the Yankees’ rally. I then yell about Edwin Diaz, Luis Rojas and the Mets’ ineptitude in trying to close the game out and now having to get the guys a steak dinner.
EPISODE 22: JUDGE HURT AGAIN, YANKEES LOSING STREAK FEAT. DAVID CONE
August 27, 2020
The Yankees have lost five straight games and go into the five-game Subway Series this weekend reeling. They have a ton of guys hurt and the latest is Aaron Judge, who got hurt yet again Wednesday night against the Braves. That’s where we start on the latest episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson.
I read off some of the biggest stories to the guys and get their reactions in our weekly “In The Paper” segment. Judge came first and foremost. Are the guys worried about the constant injuries and his inability to stay on the field? Should Masahiro Tanaka have been pulled? He said he emptied the tank after the game. Is that concerning at just 66 pitches? Gerrit Cole finally had a rough outing, giving up three homers and five runs in his first loss since May 22, 2019. Should there be any worries over Cole? Are the Yankees purposely holding off from J.A. Happ so he doesn’t reach 10 starts to get the $17 million vesting option? Finally, the guys look ahead to the five-game Subway Series, what young pitchers we might see make starts for them and if they should consider making a trade before the deadline. I then make a steak-dinner wager with Shearn and Nellie over the series this weekend.
EPISODE 21: DO THE YANKEES INJURIES EVER STOP?
August 24, 2020
The Yankees had the whole weekend to get the three-game sweep at the hands of the Rays off their minds after the Subway Series was postponed due to a positive COVID test from a Mets player and coach. To get into the week ahead and all the Yankees injuries, we present to you a brand new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and four-time World Series champion Jeff Nelson.
Shearn and Nellie open up the show talking about the return of Aaron Judge this week when the Yankees go to Atlanta Tuesday and how important it will be to have him back in the lineup. They get into the rest of the Yankees’ long list of injuries from Gleyber Torres to James Paxton and the rest of the walking wounded. The guys talk about the Rays sweeping the Yankees in the Bronx last week and their dominance over them this season. Are the Rays the better team right now? As we were doing the show, I break the news about the rescheduled Subway Series games reported by Joel Sherman happening over the weekend and what it means for the schedule and rotation moving forward.
In “Nellie’s Nugget” this week, he looks back to a story from the 1996 Yankees and superstitions. It involves guys burning their gloves and gear and it resulting in a fire in the bullpen, leading to the game being delayed a few minutes.
EPISODE 20: SUBWAY SERIES MEMORIES FEAT. GRAEME LLOYD
August 20, 2020
The Rays have had the Yankees number so far this season, winning five of the first six games. On the latest episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and four-time Yankees World Series champion Jeff Nelson, the guys dive into the team’s struggles against their AL East rival and talk about the Subway Series this weekend.
We open the show with the “In The Paper” segment where I go through some big Yankees headlines and Shearn and Nellie react. First up, it’s the struggles against the Rays. Should the Yanks be concerned that they have not been able to figure out the Rays? Next up, it’s Gerrit Cole…should he have stayed in the game Wednesday night? Do the guys like his leave-me-in-the-game mentality? Third on the list is Zach Britton. If he misses significant time, will the Yankees bullpen be fine? Finally, we have a good debate on the Subway Series. I think it’s awesome, fun and should be continued to be played every year. Shearn thinks there’s no point of it anymore and that there should be no interleague play. Nellie explains why he loved playing the Mets and looks back to the memorable 2000 World Series between the New York teams.
Speaking of the Yankees and Mets, Graeme Lloyd played for both and won two World Series in 1996 and 1998 with the Yankees. Lloyd joins the show over the phone from Australia to talk about what he’s doing over there, rivalries when he played and him and Nellie look back to their memorable brawl with the Orioles. Lloyd told Nellie that if Armando Benitez hit Tino Martinez that they would run out of the bullpen and charge the mound and by the time they got out there, the benches had already cleared. It was a unifying moment for the 1998 Yankees. Shearn asks Lloyd about the infamous poop bullpen stories that Nellie has told, memories winning with the Yankees and what it was like going to the Mets in 2003. He also talks about how the Subway Series was special.
EPISODE 19: YANKEES EMBARRASSING RED SOX FEAT. HOMER BUSH
August 17, 2020
Is the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry a thing of the past? On the latest episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and four-time Yankees World Series champion Jeff Nelson, the guys talk about the Yankees’ three wins over the Red Sox. They get into just how dominant the Yankees have been over their division rival and how bad the Red Sox are this season. Nellie calls their pitching staff the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The guys discuss the rebuild going on in Boston and why there never could be any sort of rebuild in the Bronx. They both rant over how tough it is to listen to Alex Rodriguez in the broadcast booth and some of the bizarre comparisons he makes. Nellie turned the volume off the TV down and turned the music up. The guys talk about Aaron Hicks’ approach against the shift and him needing to focus on beating the shift and getting on base instead of swinging for the fences, especially as the leadoff hitter. They get into Aaron Judge’s injury, him saying he is 100% now and kind of throwing the training staff under the bus. They also talk about DJ LeMahieu landing on the IL, the week ahead against the Rays and J.A. Happ’s vesting option for 2021.
Then 1998 Yankees World Series champion Homer Bush joins the show. Bush talks about coming over to the Yankees, that 1998 team, his role on the team and the intimidation of coming to Yankee Stadium and being surrounded by great players. He talks about Joe Torre being a “father-like” manager to the players. Bush talks about Ozzie Smith being his all-time favorite player and the funny story of the first time meeting him during the 1998 World Series. He discusses his book “Hitting Low In The Zone” and why he wrote it. He talks about wanting to coach in the big leagues, not getting the shot yet after coaching briefly with the Padres and not giving away his knowledge for free. Bush also talks about staying ready, injuries shortening his career and the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues.
EPISODE 18: FRAZIER TIME, JUDGE CONCERNS? FEAT. LUIS SOJO
August 13, 2020
We opened up the latest podcast with the “In The Paper” segment, where I read the biggest Yankees headlines going on and Shearn and Nellie respond. We start with positive vibes after the sweep of the Braves and what the guys thought of the the two wins. We then move onto the latest Aaron Judge injury as he deals with “lower-body tightness.” We laugh about Shearn’s “pelvic stiffness” group text and whether or not the guys are worried about yet another Judge injury. After Clint Frazier returned with a bang Wednesday night, should he be getting more playing time? We then get into the possibility of teams not playing the full 60-game schedule getting a chance to make the playoffs based on winning percentage and how bad that would look for Major League Baseball.
The guys wrap up the open talking about Masahiro Tanaka’s latest start, his low pitch count, all these days off and how it might shift the rotation and they look ahead to the four-game set with the Red Sox and their brutal pitching staff. NY Post baseball insider Joel Sherman then presents “Sherman’s Hot Corner” on where the Yankees stand right now and how they can improve.
Former Yankees infielder Luis Sojo, who won four World Series with the Bronx Bombers, then joins the show. Sojo talks about how special it was joining Nellie and the Yankees in 1996, being a hero in Venezuela, winning five batting titles there and the difference being like an idol playing there and fighting for one of the final roster spots here in the big leagues. Nellie also went with Sojo to play in Venezuela and players used to be honored to be asked to travel to play in winter ball. He talks about his game-winning and World Series-winning hit in Game 5 against the Mets that broke my 9-year-old self’s heart and it being the biggest moment of his career. How many times did that ball bounce up the middle into center field? Sojo also talks about how weird yet incredible it was for the Yankees to bring him back in 2003 as an active player after playing in his first Old-Timers’ Day game a bit earlier in the season.
EPISODE 17: ANOTHER STANTON INJURY DEBACLE FEAT. RON BLOMBERG
August 10, 2020
Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson open the show talking about the good and the bad to take from the series against the Rays. The good was James Paxton striking out 11 batters and looking good up until the seventh inning. The bad was yet another Giancarlo Stanton injury sending him to the IL, where he has spent much of his time with the Yankees. Who will replace Stanton? Should Mike Ford be playing every day? They also talk about how strong the Rays’ pitching looks and Yankees-Rays truly becoming a rivalry after the chirping between the two teams over the weekend.
NY Post baseball columnist and good friend of the program Ken Davidoff then drops by with Shearnie and Nellie. Davidoff talks about some of that chirping and the Rays being able to give the Yankees a run for their money. The Rays trot out arm after arm from that bullpen, making them a dangerous team, especially in the short season. They also talk Stanton’s constant i+
Former Yankee and the first designated hitter in baseball history Ron Blomberg then joins the show. Blomberg talks about how special it was being the first DH back in 1973, how it all happened and why he loves the universal DH now and why it should be a part of baseball forever. He also gets into his bat being in the Hall of Fame, limited bats back in the 1970s and why he wanted to keep it.
EPISODE 16: SHOULD YANKEES BE CONCERNED WITH STARTING PITCHING?
August 6, 2020
We start the show off with Jake reading off some Yankees headlines and Shearn and Nellie weighing in on them. The guys talk about the latest roster moves, optioning Miguel Andujar, Thairo Estrada and Nick Nelson. Should the Yankees consider trying to trade Andujar? Should Clint Frazier be on the big-league roster? With Tommy Kahnle out after having Tommy John surgery, should they be concerned about the bullpen? They wrap the segment with their thoughts on seven-inning doubleheaders and if they should be a thing past this season.
Shearn and Nellie then talk about splitting the doubleheader on Wednesday and the good and bad that they saw. They dive into J.A. Happ’s struggles and their worries with the starting rotation as a whole. They talk about Angel Hernandez being a bad umpire and Nellie tells a story about him umping one of his games and holding grudges with guys. They both agree that Mike Tauchman needs to potentially be an everyday player in the starting lineup with the way he is playing. In “Nellie’s Nugget” this week, it’s another story involving…yes…poop. Enjoy the show.
EPISODE 15: AARON JUDGE IS UNSTOPPABLE
August 3, 2020
Aaron Judge is a man possessed right now. Home runs are being hit all over the place. After the Yankees swept the Red Sox and won their sixth straight game Sunday, we present to you a brand new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and four-time World Series champion Jeff Nelson.
Shearn and Nellie open the show reacting to the Yankees’ 9-7 win Sunday night and look at just how bad the Red Sox have been so far, along with the AL East not being very good. They talk about how great Aaron Judge has looked, hitting six homers in the past five games. The guys laugh at Alex Rodriguez’s Judge comparisons on ESPN’s Sunday night broadcast. They discuss his very early MVP chances and how essential him staying healthy is for the Yankees lineup. They also break down the struggles for James Paxton in his first two starts and just how great the Yankees look right now, standing alone as the best team in baseball.
EPISODE 14: DEATH, TAXES, YANKEES BEATING ORIOLES FEAT. TIM RAINES
July 30, 2020
The guys open the podcast talking about the Yankees’ dominance over the Orioles, Gerrit Cole leading the Yanks to their second win in just four games so far and just how good he has been early on. They discuss how bad the Orioles are going to be this season, looking ahead to the series against the Red Sox and if there is reason to be concerned with Gary Sanchez and Brett Gardner’s slow starts.
Nellie then tells another story involving poop from his playing days with “Nellie’s Nugget.”
NY Post baseball insider Joel Sherman then debuts his “Sherman’s Hot Corner” segment on Cole, Sanchez and the Yankees’ bizarre week after two postponed games due to the Marlins’ COVID outbreak.
Hall of Famer Tim Raines, a 1996 and 1998 World Series champion with the Yankees, then joins the show. Raines talks about being able to play for so long, his run with the Expos, always having a smile on his face, the chemistry on those Yankees championship teams and his thoughts on Brian Boehringer and the “serial killer” joke.
EPISODE 13: SERIES WIN IN DC, COVID DELAY FEAT. KEN SINGLETON
July 27, 2020
Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson open a brand new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” talking about Monday’s game getting postponed, the Marlins’ outbreak, the impact on MLB now and the rest of the season. Will MLB get through the whole season? If it happened to the Yankees, would there be a greater chance the would sport shut down?
The guys then dive into what the Yankees did over the weekend. Nellie breaks down Gerrit Cole’s debut Thursday. They talk about James Paxton’s rough outing Saturday, Tommy Kahnle’s filthy changeups Sunday, Emilio Bonifacio’s baserunning blunder for the Nats and if there is any concern over Gary Sanchez’s defense after a passed ball.
YES Network Yankees analyst Ken Singleton then joins the show for a second time. Singleton talks about the series win over the Nationals, James Paxton’s struggles and how good Giancarlo Stanton was in the series.
EPISODE 12: YANKEES SEASON PREVIEW, PREDICTIONS FEAT. JOHN FLAHERTY
July 23, 2020
Shearn and Nellie look at the rosters heading into Opening Day and discuss Michael King deservedly making the team. They then dive into the starting rotation and the injuries they have suffered. Nellie believes having three lefties in a rotation is a big mistake, and there are reasons that most teams don’t do that. They go through each position for the Yankees in the field and how they expect the depth chart to turn out. The guys then make their predictions for the Yankees this season. Spoiler alert: they both expect the Bronx Bombers to win the AL East.
Speaking of winning the AL East, NY Post baseball writer Dan Martin agrees. Martin joins the guys to talk about the lefty-heavy conundrum in the rotation that Nellie is not a fan of, why that should not matter if they perform well, how the pitching staff may end up shaking out, the team’s health and his prediction for the Yanks and who he thinks they will face in the World Series.
YES Network color commentator and former Yankees catcher John Flaherty then joins the show. Flaherty starts by talking about catching Nellie with the Yankees in 2003, the adjustments to broadcasting games and how the Yankees are looking heading into the season. “Flash” also provides strong insight on Gary Sanchez’s improved defense behind the dish, the importance of James Paxton in the rotation and why he thinks the Bronx Bombers will win the division.
EPISODE 11: SUBWAY SERIES SWEEP FEAT. CECIL FIELDER, BRIAN BOEHRINGER
July 20, 2020
The Yankees enjoyed a two-game spring training 2.0 Subway Series sweep on Saturday and Sunday. The games don’t count in the standings, but they did show that the Yankees look ready to roll for their 60-game season opener Thursday against the Nationals. To talk about the weekend and get you set for the season, we bring you a brand new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and four-time World Series champion Jeff Nelson.
Shearn and Nellie talk about how strong Aaron Judge looked with his two-homer game Sunday, the Yankees blasting, how the Yankees young pitching looks and the team honoring the late Anthony Causi on Sunday. Nellie breaks down why not having fans could be an advantage for players, especially for Gerrit Cole in his debut on Thursday in Washington D.C.
After Charlies Hayes jokingly called Brian Boehringer a “serial killer” on last week’s podcast, we get Boehringer to react to the comments/story. Boehringer talks about his love for forensic science, the books in his locker and the pranks and fun the 1996 team and especially the bullpen would have. Boehringer talks about Nellie’s love for throwing tomatoes and other foods.
EPISODE 10: LeMAHIEU’S BACK, NO FANS FEAT. MICHAEL KAY
July 16, 2020
Monday’s episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson had some buzz around it after Charlie Hayes made comments about (jokingly) thinking their teammate Brian Boehringer was a “serial killer.”
The guys opened Thursday’s podcast talking about those comments and Boehringer texting Nellie about it. There will be a follow up from Boehringer himself coming on Monday’s podcast. Shearnie and Nellie then get into some positive Yankees news as DJ LeMahieu is expected to rejoin the team this week and should be ready for Opening Day next Thursday down in Washington, D.C. They discuss LeMahieu’s impact, Aaron Judge’s return and instrasquad home run, Giancarlo Stanton homering and James Paxton’s importance as the No. 2 starter in the rotation.
YES Network Yankees play-by-play announcer and ESPN Radio New York host Michael Kay then joins the show. Kay talks about his voice, the 60-game season, how different it will be calling road games from the studio and not the stadium and calling games at Yankee Stadium without fans. He also gets into the new extra-inning rules, key pieces for the Yankees this season, why them and the Dodgers are title favorites and their strong covering of spring training 2.0 on YES Network.
EPISODE 9: CHAPMAN GETS COVID, 1996 YANKEES FEAT. CHARLIE HAYES
July 13, 2020
The guys open up the podcast talking about Aroldis Chapman becoming the latest Yankees player to get hit by coronavirus. They also talk about Aaron Judge’s stiff neck and his inability to stay on the field the last few years. Is there a reason to be concerned yet or is it too early to panic? They then discuss Gerrit Cole looking strong so far and the rotation’s outlook heading into a 60-game season. They wrap the opening segment with the return of “Nellie’s Nugget” as Jeff tells a story from the 1996 Yankees bullpen. For a second time on the pod, it’s a story involving poop.
NY Post baseball columnist Ken Davidoff then drops by again to chat with Shearnie and Nellie. Davidoff updates the guys on the status of Chapman, his positive test and the results of the people he was surrounded by. He talks about Judge’s injury, who will replace Chapman as closer, the impact on the bullpen, the backup plan for DJ LeMahieu and why Davidoff believes the Yankees are not the favorites in the American League right now.
Charlie Hayes, one of Nellie’s teammates from the 1996 World Series champion Yankees team, then joins the podcast. Hayes had a few tremendous clips from this interview, including comments on Brian Boehringer and why he thought he was a “serial killer” by the way he looked around and the Jeffrey Dahmer books in his locker.
EPISODE 8: SWEETEST ASS IN BASEBALL FEAT. JOHNNY DAMON
July 9, 2020
Instrasquad games are on TV and baseball is very much in the air as the Yankees are set to open their season against the Nationals in Washington in exactly two weeks.
Jeff Nelson has some terrific analysis on Gerrit Cole and how certain baseballs and seams can be different for pitchers. They also dive into the toughest parts of the 2020 schedule, not having longer than a seven-game road trip and getting seven games at home against the Red Sox.
Johnny Damon then joins the guys. The former Yankees outfielder and 2009 World Series champion discusses winning a World Series in Boston and in New York, the decision to sign with the Yankees and the difference in fans. Damon also talks about whether the Yankees should change their hair policy, his return to The Bronx, why he believes there should be fans in the stands this season, if MLB will get through the season, having the “sweetest ass in the league”, if he — a father of eight — will have more kids, and who he likes to win it all this year.
EPISODE 7: BASEBALL’S BACK, TANAKA’S HEAD FEAT. KEN DAVIDOFF
July 6, 2020
With baseball back, so is our New York Post Yankees podcast, “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and four-time World Series champion, Jeff Nelson.
Shearn and Nellie open the show talking about the 60-game season ahead, the frustrating negotiations between the owners and the players union and what the rosters will look like as the season goes on. The guys also talk about DJ LeMahieu and Luis Cessa coming down with COVID-19 and what will happen if more players get the virus. They also discuss the line drive off Giancarlo Stanton’s bat Saturday at Yankee Stadium that drilled Masahiro Tanaka in the head, leaving him with a mild concussion.
NY Post baseball columnist Ken Davidoff then joins Shearn and Nellie. Davidoff discusses how different it will be for media covering the team during these uncharted times. Davidoff then gets into Tanaka’s injury and when he might return, whether MLB will get through the season, the difficult job ahead for Aaron Boone and Gerrit Cole’s role.
EPISODE 6: HONORING ANTHONY CAUSI FEAT. CHRIS CHAMBLISS
April 13, 2020
This show is a tribute to longtime NY Post sports photographer Anthony Causi, who tragically passed away Sunday at 48 years old due to coronavirus.
I share a few words on the impact Causi had on my colleagues at the Post as well as the strong relationships he had with players. NY Post sports columnist Mike Vaccaro, his friend and colleague, joins Chris and Jeff to honor Causi. Vac talks about the incredible photographer Causi was, the tremendous person he was, what his loss means and shares some stories and memories of him.
Six-time World Series champion player and coach with the Yankees Chris Chambliss then drops by the podcast. Chambliss talks about his famous homer to win the pennant in 1976, winning titles in 1977 and 1978, how special the 1996-2000 Yankees teams were, coaching Derek Jeter, being on Joe Torre’s staff and playing for Billy Martin.
EPISODE 5: BASEBALL AT THE MOVIES FEAT. DASCHA POLANCO, NICK TURTURRO
April 6, 2020
Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson open the show chatting with NY Post sports writer Peter Botte. They talk about his new Yankees book, if baseball will be played this year and the best baseball and sports movies.
Actress and Yankees fan Dascha Polanco then joins the podcast. Polanco talks about her love for the Yanks, her role on the hit show “Orange Is The New Black,” doing the “In The Heights” movie and working with Sylvester Stallone on a movie.
Actor and rabid Yankees fan Nick Turturro then drops by with the guys. He talks about some of his favorite Yankees teams, games and memories. He also talks about being in “The Longest Yard,” the star-studded cast and his memories as a doorman at Billy Joel’s apartment building.
EPISODE 4: OPENING DAY MEMORIES FEAT. TINO MARTINEZ
March 30, 2020
Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson open the show talking about Aroldis Chapman’s Instagram picture with his jacked arms and how being that strong affects a pitcher. The guys then share their Opening Day memories as Nellie tells a story about his first Opening Day with the Yankees.
NY Post baseball columnist Kevin Kernan drops by the pod to discuss a shortened season and what changes baseball needs to make.
Yankees great and four-time World Series champion Tino Martinez then joins the show. He talks about coming with Nellie from Seattle to New York, replacing Don Mattingly, winning four titles, the 2001 season, being replaced by Jason Giambi, taking over for Mark McGwire in St. Louis and the legendary managers he played for in his career.
EPISODE 3: AARON JUDGE’S MYSTERIOUS INJURY FEAT. KEN SINGLETON
March 23, 2020
Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson open the show talking about Aaron Judge’s collapsed lung nobody knew about and concerns over his injury history. The guys then react to Mariano Rivera’s comments about a shortened season and how many games this season would make for a true champion to be crowned.
NY Post baseball writer Dan Martin then makes his debut on the pod to talk about what Judge said about his injury and the feeling around camp in Tampa as coronavirus grew and players had to leave.
Three-time MLB All-Star, World Series champion and YES Network Yankees broadcaster Ken Singleton then joined the show. He talks about Judge’s injuries, Rivera’s comments on length of the season, working in the Yanks broadcast booth and he looks back at his playing days with the Orioles, losing out on the MVP to Don Baylor and playing for Earl Weaver.
EPISODE 2: WHEN WILL BASEBALL RETURN?
March 16, 2020
Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson open the show talking about the coronavirus and the impact it has had on their lives, baseball, sports and the world. They talk about when the baseball season could realistically begin.
Jake Brown plays a clip from his chat with Doc Gooden on Nellie, which leads to a story from Nellie about them on the 1996 Yankees.
NY Post sports columnist Mike Vaccaro then makes his debut on the show. Vaccaro talks about how to write about sports without sports, when baseball might return, how the season could end up shaping up, what changes could be made and looks back to 9/11 when sports was on pause.
EPISODE 1: HOW YANKEES CAN SURVIVE INJURY CRISIS FEAT. PAUL O’NEILL
March 9, 2020
Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson open the debut show talking about Aaron Judge and his rib injury. What exactly happened and can the Yankees overcome the injury bug?
NY Post baseball columnist Joel Sherman drops by to talk about Judge’s timeline, how the rotation may shake out after the injuries and if the Yankees are still the favorites in the AL East.
Yankees great and YES Network broadcaster Paul O’Neill then joins the show. O’Neill discusses the multitude of injuries, how the game and workouts have changed, why the Yankees will be fine, Clint Frazier’s role and memories of O’Neill’s days with Nellie winning titles in the Bronx.