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Jared Carrabis: Key to Talking Baseball is Leaning Into How Weird It Is

“You can go to a baseball game every night of your life for 30 years and still see something that you’ve never seen before every single time that you go.”

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Since baseball is an everyday event, sports talk show hosts need to find a way to keep it interesting in order to keep their audience engaged. One personality who has figured out how to accomplish that, especially in Boston, is Jared Carrabis.

After being at Barstool Sports in recent years, Carrabis is now a part of the DraftKings family. At DraftKings, he will be hosting two podcasts: Baseball Is Dead with Dallas Braden and Jared Carrabis: A Red Sox Podcast with Pete Blackburn and Pat Light.

Carrabis was a guest on the most recent episode of the Golic & Smetty podcast with Mike Golic Sr. and Jessica Smetana to talk about the start of the MLB season. He said that thanks to an old colleague at NBC Sports Boston, people started coming to him to get their baseball fix in Boston.

“Over here in Boston, Mike Felger, I love him, we’ve worked together a bunch,” Carrabis explained. “He has it out for baseball. He said I can’t sit here and do an hour of baseball talk. That’s what he said. I was like, you know what, Mike, thank you that you acknowledge that because when you can’t do it, that’s when people come to us. It’s about how you do it.”

As for how to approach talking about baseball, Carrabis said the key for him is to embrace how weird the game can be on a day-to-day basis.

“If you want to do an hour of baseball talk and you are talking about all the geeky, nerdy stats, that’s not going to be appealing to a mass audience,” he said. “What I’ve kind of discovered in doing this Red Sox podcast since 2015 now is that baseball is a weird game.

“You can go to a baseball game every night of your life for 30 years and still see something that you’ve never seen before every single time that you go. It’s really about how you cover it and leaning into how weird it is and how entertaining it can be.”

While Carrabis has had the chance to interview many prominent people, his dream interview is to talk to Barry Bonds. Carrabis interacts on every one of the posts Bonds puts up on Instagram.

“He [Bonds] is my white-whale interview. That’s the one guy out there besides Roger Clemens,” said Carrabis. “Clemens agreed to do it. Last year, he agreed to do it. We just couldn’t link up on dates. That was one of the coolest moments about the day of the DraftKings announcement. Roger Clemens responded to it.

“Barry is my number one, would love to interview guy. We have a mutual friend who said he thinks he could facilitate this. The mutual friend is Christian Yelich… The Barry Bonds interview, let’s bring it to DraftKings.”

Time will tell if Carrabis will land that interview for DraftKings. If he were to get either Bonds or Clemens on the program, it would definitely be a must-listen for any baseball fan. 

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Rob Dibble, 97.9 ESPN Help Collect Nearly 5,000 Turkeys

“This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”

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97.9 ESPN Hartford host Rob Dibble helped collect more than 5,000 frozen turkeys and over 8m000 pounds of non-perishable foood items last week.

The station, along with other iHeart Connecticut stations, also raised more than $189,000 during the 23rd annual Turkey Tuesday at Connecticut Foodshare’s headquarters.

“We are continually grateful of the outpouring of donations from our listeners and Connecticut community on our annual events to ensure a Thanksgiving for all,” said iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven Vice President of Marketing Vanessa Wojtusiak. “This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”

Dibble has been a longtime support of Connecticut Foodshare, hosting its director Al Marino on his show several times throughout the year to ensure families in Connecticut have access to the food bank.

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Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement

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Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.

“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”

Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.

After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.

Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.

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Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week

“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

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It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.

“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.

“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.

They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.

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