Carlos Beltran, OF/DH for the New York Yankees was a special guest on the podcast. He's also played for the Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, and St. Louis Cardinals. I ran into Carlos at the Topps headquarters where he was on hand to introduce the 2016 Topps® Baseball Series 1 cards and discuss 65 Years of Topps cards and their value in today’s marketplace.
On the show, we discussed expectations for himself, the Yankees, & what his role as a leader in a clubhouse means to him, as well as his love of baseball cards. Yes, that's how I record some podcasts.
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This week the Sports Universe descends on the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50. My podcast, "Sports with Friends" is going to be talking about the game with a lot of guests from SF. I'll be posting them a few times this week here on Sportsblog.
First, former Super Bowl Champion, Brian Kinchen, who played for both the Patriots and the Carolina Panthers is a guest on Sports with Friends.. Kinchen is a retired 14-year NFL tight end and long snapper who played for Miami, Cleveland, Baltimore, Carolina, and New England. As a tight end, he caught 160 passes for 1,648 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2003, Brian joined the Patriots late in the season and snapped the game winning field goal in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Additionally, a documentary about his life/career is currently in production with a feature film in development titled “Before The Kick.” It details his return to football after becoming a middle school teacher.
His career has many twists and turns & he also has strong opinions on Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Cam Newton, the Panthers. It's a unique preview for Super Bowl 50.
I kicked off the week with my friend Russell Baxter from Bleacher Report, among other outlets. We discussed the Broncos vs. Panthers. Topics include Peyton Manning's legacy, and controversy that seems to be with Cam Newton.
And before the Championship games, I spoke with Gary Myers of the New York Daily News. Myers wrote the book "Brady vs Manning: The Untold Story of the Rivalry That Transformed the NFL." He has covered the NFL for more than three decades. He is currently a football columnist for the New York Daily News. He is also a fellow Syracuse alum, and a friend.
A few months ago we did a segment together promoting the book for MSNBC.
More to come, so make sure you follow me on Twitter. Go Broncos!
Pete Rose filed for reinstatement in Major League Baseball in December 2015 and was denied by Commissioner Rob Manfred. The main reason was that Rose continues to bet on baseball. Kostya Kennedy is the author of "Pete Rose: An American Dilemma." He joins the podcast to discuss Pete Rose, gambling in baseball, and the Hall of Fame.