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Pointing toward the legend of Larry Doby with America’s greatest living sportswriter

Legendary 93-year old Newark Star-Ledger columnist Jerry Izenberg visits with Nestor to discuss new book: “Larry Doby in Black and White: The Story of a Baseball Pioneer” but also discusses his path as a social defender of Ali, an unbreakable Super Bowl run and his life as a journalist not “Godding up athletes.” Let him teach you something…

How did the Cleveland Guardians get this good?

Our defending champion of all things Cleveland sports Daryl Ruiter joins Nestor from The Land of Believe to discuss an upstart and emerging Guardians squad as gritty pennant contenders coming to Baltimore with the best bullpen in baseball and reasons to dream of October.

How much should Rutschman be behind the plate?

After a fourth consecutive loss on Monday night, the Orioles are reeling a bit with cold bats and a fatigued squad. Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the depth of the Guardians bullpen and why Adley Rutschman doesn’t catch every night.

Beautiful music and Orioles baseball

When the Maryland Crab Cake Tour puts friends together, the wisdom flows. Our Allen McCallum and Baltimore Magazine Editor-In-Chief Max Weiss share symphonic musical notes and their mutual Orioles love with Nestor at Koco’s Pub in Lauraville.

Orioles look for bats to awaken at home against Guard

As the Orioles bats went silent over the weekend in Houston, Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the fatigue of a long June and the let down after an emotional week in New York. Now, here come the first-place Cleveland Guardians with the kind of bullpen Baltimore could use down the stretch.

And here come the first-place Cleveland Guardians

Over the last decade when they’ve gathered to discuss mostly Browns and Ravens football, legendary Cleveland radio host Munch Bishop has been quite modest about the amount of on-field success of the Guardians baseball franchise. As the upstart “Guard” arrive at Camden Yards, Nestor aims to measure how that Cleveland ownership might be paving the way for the Rubenstein philosophy in Baltimore.

Going to the modern movies with Max and Allen

We never have more fun on the Maryland Crab Cake Tour than when we’re laughing with old friends who have become new friends. Our OG Orioles ballpark reporter and symphony man Allen McCallum joined legendary movie critic and Baltimore Magazine Editor-In-Chief Max Weiss taking Nestor to the modern movies and cinema at Koco’s Pub in Lauraville. Who needs Siskel and Ebert?

Will King Henry lead the Ravens to the promised land of a Super Bowl parade?

Nothing more fun than when Luke Jones and Nestor Aparicio legitimately disagree on a trade or a player acquisition. As the Ravens go to summer break, the duo discuss the legend and lore of Derrick Henry and what will make the Ravens’ offense Super Bowl worthy by February. The #RavensFlock will love this one…

Beanball but no brawl in The Bronx as Orioles beat Yankees in a wild one

Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the potential beanball war brewing between the Orioles and Yankees as the Birds beat Yankees in The Bronx in a wild one on Wednesday night. Join the pair together today for the 4 p.m. rubber match as they do the Maryland Crab Cake Tour and watch the Yankee Stadium finale from the bar at Costas Inn in Dundalk all afternoon.

When the bats go cold in New York…

After a Nestor Cortes loss to begin a key series with the Yankees in The Bronx, Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the long-term realities of the starting rotation for the Orioles as the injuries show up and bad blood begins to boil with New York over injuries to Jordan Westburg and Aaron Judge on Tuesday night.

Orioles will need to muscle up in The Bronx

With the bottom of the rotation coming in New York in the most important games of the season, Luke Jones tells Nestor that the Orioles will look to keep the offensive power coming against the first-place Yankees this week after battering Zack Wheeler on Sunday at Camden Yards.

An Olympic-sized opportunity to seize the rings

In their weekly update on all things Home Run Riches and new games and big winners, Executive Director John Martin of The Maryland Lottery tells Nestor about a chance to go to Italy or Los Angeles for the next round of Olympic Games via Mega Millions. Oh, and all of those Orioles grand slams stacking up…

Finding old friends and new memories at Max’s Taphouse during Fleet Week

Even though it will always be “Max’s On Broadway” to an old music critic, Ron Furman of the current and longtime Max’s Taphouse tells Nestor about the magic of Broadway and Fell’s Point during Fleet Week from Kooper’s Tavern on the Maryland Crab Cake Tour. Ain’t no friends like old friends…

Father’s Day, golf and crab cakes

As our Maryland Crab Cake Tour returned to Koco’s Pub and Lauraville during Pride Week, Marcella Knight joins Tom Pierce of Classic Five Golf, Ricig and Nestor to discuss Father’s Day and crab cakes and golf for the family.

Everything that happened for Orioles and Phillies fans since 1983

It’s a time once again for Philadelphia and Baltimore to return to battle with big stakes at Camden Yards this weekend for local fans. Tom Pierce of Classic 5 Golf joins our sports cartoonist pal Ricig and Nestor at Koco’s Pub in Lauraville on the Maryland Crab Cake Tour to compare Philly and Baltimore baseball notes.

Pitching in on an historic season for Orioles starting rotation

With a full rotation of effective, quality starts against Tampa and Atlanta, the Orioles pitching feels better than it did when John Means and Tyler Wells went down for the season. Luke Jones and Nestor marvel at the effectiveness of the rotation and how they’ll need it with the Phillies and Yankees ahead.

Dads and Pinehurst and U.S. Open magic time again

Our Classic Five Golf pro Ed Miller of Pine Ridge in Timonium tells Nestor about magic of another Father’s Day weekend with dads and sons enjoying the legend and lore of Pinehurst as the best in the world gather for the U.S. Open.

Last chance to impress the coaches before summer camp

Luke Jones and Nestor discuss this week’s Ravens mandatory mini-camp and the chances for young offensive lineman to win jobs in an open and fluid summer competition to protect Lamar Jackson and open holes for Derrick Henry.

Pitching in for a serious sweep in Tampa

Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the starting pitching brilliance of Orioles in Tampa as the Birds sweep their way back to Baltimore and big games against Atlanta and sold-out Philadelphia this weekend.

Pointing toward the legend of Larry Doby with America’s greatest living sportswriter

Legendary 93-year old Newark Star-Ledger columnist Jerry Izenberg visits with Nestor to discuss new book: “Larry Doby in Black and White: The Story of a Baseball Pioneer” but also discusses his path as a social defender of Ali, an unbreakable Super Bowl run and his life as a journalist not “Godding up athletes.” Let him teach you something…

How did the Cleveland Guardians get this good?

Our defending champion of all things Cleveland sports Daryl Ruiter joins Nestor from The Land of Believe to discuss an upstart and emerging Guardians squad as gritty pennant contenders coming to Baltimore with the best bullpen in baseball and reasons to dream of October.

How much should Rutschman be behind the plate?

After a fourth consecutive loss on Monday night, the Orioles are reeling a bit with cold bats and a fatigued squad. Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the depth of the Guardians bullpen and why Adley Rutschman doesn’t catch every night.

Beautiful music and Orioles baseball

When the Maryland Crab Cake Tour puts friends together, the wisdom flows. Our Allen McCallum and Baltimore Magazine Editor-In-Chief Max Weiss share symphonic musical notes and their mutual Orioles love with Nestor at Koco’s Pub in Lauraville.

Orioles look for bats to awaken at home against Guard

As the Orioles bats went silent over the weekend in Houston, Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the fatigue of a long June and the let down after an emotional week in New York. Now, here come the first-place Cleveland Guardians with the kind of bullpen Baltimore could use down the stretch.

And here come the first-place Cleveland Guardians

Over the last decade when they’ve gathered to discuss mostly Browns and Ravens football, legendary Cleveland radio host Munch Bishop has been quite modest about the amount of on-field success of the Guardians baseball franchise. As the upstart “Guard” arrive at Camden Yards, Nestor aims to measure how that Cleveland ownership might be paving the way for the Rubenstein philosophy in Baltimore.

Going to the modern movies with Max and Allen

We never have more fun on the Maryland Crab Cake Tour than when we’re laughing with old friends who have become new friends. Our OG Orioles ballpark reporter and symphony man Allen McCallum joined legendary movie critic and Baltimore Magazine Editor-In-Chief Max Weiss taking Nestor to the modern movies and cinema at Koco’s Pub in Lauraville. Who needs Siskel and Ebert?

Will King Henry lead the Ravens to the promised land of a Super Bowl parade?

Nothing more fun than when Luke Jones and Nestor Aparicio legitimately disagree on a trade or a player acquisition. As the Ravens go to summer break, the duo discuss the legend and lore of Derrick Henry and what will make the Ravens’ offense Super Bowl worthy by February. The #RavensFlock will love this one…

Beanball but no brawl in The Bronx as Orioles beat Yankees in a wild one

Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the potential beanball war brewing between the Orioles and Yankees as the Birds beat Yankees in The Bronx in a wild one on Wednesday night. Join the pair together today for the 4 p.m. rubber match as they do the Maryland Crab Cake Tour and watch the Yankee Stadium finale from the bar at Costas Inn in Dundalk all afternoon.

When the bats go cold in New York…

After a Nestor Cortes loss to begin a key series with the Yankees in The Bronx, Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the long-term realities of the starting rotation for the Orioles as the injuries show up and bad blood begins to boil with New York over injuries to Jordan Westburg and Aaron Judge on Tuesday night.

Orioles will need to muscle up in The Bronx

With the bottom of the rotation coming in New York in the most important games of the season, Luke Jones tells Nestor that the Orioles will look to keep the offensive power coming against the first-place Yankees this week after battering Zack Wheeler on Sunday at Camden Yards.

An Olympic-sized opportunity to seize the rings

In their weekly update on all things Home Run Riches and new games and big winners, Executive Director John Martin of The Maryland Lottery tells Nestor about a chance to go to Italy or Los Angeles for the next round of Olympic Games via Mega Millions. Oh, and all of those Orioles grand slams stacking up…

Finding old friends and new memories at Max’s Taphouse during Fleet Week

Even though it will always be “Max’s On Broadway” to an old music critic, Ron Furman of the current and longtime Max’s Taphouse tells Nestor about the magic of Broadway and Fell’s Point during Fleet Week from Kooper’s Tavern on the Maryland Crab Cake Tour. Ain’t no friends like old friends…

Father’s Day, golf and crab cakes

As our Maryland Crab Cake Tour returned to Koco’s Pub and Lauraville during Pride Week, Marcella Knight joins Tom Pierce of Classic Five Golf, Ricig and Nestor to discuss Father’s Day and crab cakes and golf for the family.

Everything that happened for Orioles and Phillies fans since 1983

It’s a time once again for Philadelphia and Baltimore to return to battle with big stakes at Camden Yards this weekend for local fans. Tom Pierce of Classic 5 Golf joins our sports cartoonist pal Ricig and Nestor at Koco’s Pub in Lauraville on the Maryland Crab Cake Tour to compare Philly and Baltimore baseball notes.

Pitching in on an historic season for Orioles starting rotation

With a full rotation of effective, quality starts against Tampa and Atlanta, the Orioles pitching feels better than it did when John Means and Tyler Wells went down for the season. Luke Jones and Nestor marvel at the effectiveness of the rotation and how they’ll need it with the Phillies and Yankees ahead.

Dads and Pinehurst and U.S. Open magic time again

Our Classic Five Golf pro Ed Miller of Pine Ridge in Timonium tells Nestor about magic of another Father’s Day weekend with dads and sons enjoying the legend and lore of Pinehurst as the best in the world gather for the U.S. Open.

Last chance to impress the coaches before summer camp

Luke Jones and Nestor discuss this week’s Ravens mandatory mini-camp and the chances for young offensive lineman to win jobs in an open and fluid summer competition to protect Lamar Jackson and open holes for Derrick Henry.

Pitching in for a serious sweep in Tampa

Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the starting pitching brilliance of Orioles in Tampa as the Birds sweep their way back to Baltimore and big games against Atlanta and sold-out Philadelphia this weekend.

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