Podcast: John Smoltz takes us inside the MLB All-Star game

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This is The StewPod, our baseball podcast with a dash of pop culture. If you dig the show, please subscribe and review us on iTunes.

With the All-Star game right around the corner, this week’s StewPod is here to get you prepared for baseball’s Midsummer Classic. And we’ve got a heck of a guest to help. John Smoltz, an eight-time All-Star and Hall of Fame pitcher, joins the podcast to give us an insider’s perspective on the game.

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Smoltz is actually preparing for something new this year. Even though he’s played in plenty of All-Star games, he’s making his first appearance in the All-Star broadcast booth. He’ll be next to Joe Buck during Fox’s coverage of the game Tuesday, which begins at 7 p.m. ET with pregame coverage on Fox Sports 1.

John Smoltz is a nine-time All-Star now. (AP)
John Smoltz is a nine-time All-Star now. (AP)

We cover a variety of All-Star related topics with Smoltz, from the memories of his first All-Star appearance to which pitchers he thinks should start this year. We also talk about his Hall of Fame induction last season and what he’s looking forward to this year.

Here’s a full rundown of the show:

  • Who you got in the Home Run Derby?

  • John Smoltz joins the show

  • Comparing the All-Star game as a player and broadcaster

  • Who are you excited to see in the All-Star game?

  • Discussing AL/NL starting pitchers

  • Smoltz’s favorite All-Star moments as a player

  • Hall of Fame talk

  • Three Strikes with Bad News Ramen about Bryce’s bat, feel-good stories and more.

  • Important question: Baseball hair

[Music: Whitney – “The Woods”]

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Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!