The latest episode of my Wise Kracks sports betting podcast is here! As two massive baseball fans, Jon Orlando and I have never been more excited than we are about today’s episode and special guest Ozzie Smith. The Wizard of Oz is here for a career-spanning interview, but before that we check in on the latest from the world of sports and how their bets have been going lately.
The Suns March On in the NBA Playoffs
It’s become a Wise Kracks tradition for Jon to mention the Phoenix Suns ever since he made the bold prediction they would go all the way back when they were still playing the Lakers. If only he had put his money where his mouth was. I’m not the biggest NBA fan but even I’ve been impressed with the latest action in the playoffs. Sticking with the MLB theme of today’s show, we also discuss the latest supposed controversy of putting substances on the ball. Neither Jon nor I are too impressed by the outcry.
The News from Vegas
Jon fills me in on all the latest from Vegas, including the anticipation for the new Resorts World Casino complex. Scheduled to open this week its set to be the most expensive casino resort ever developed in Las Vegas – if they can get it open on time. There has also been plenty of betting action in town on the Golden Knights, who have surprisingly fallen behind 2-3 in their series against the Montreal Canadiens. I explain how all the little bets from people betting on the home team have caused the line to move significantly, so that there is huge value on Montreal. I even get a little philosophical on the difference between Vegas gamblers and East Coast gamblers.
Special Guest: Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith
Jon and I are truly hyped to welcome a legend of Major League Baseball onto the podcast. Ozzie Smith ended up with 13 Golden Gloves across a glittering career and today the Wizard of Oz is on Wise Kracks. Ozzie is absolutely fascinating, explaining the ways he sees that the game has changed since he was a player. He’s happy to get technical, and two baseball nuts like us love it. Ozzie is a baseball purist, and it shows. He gives his thoughts on analytics, rule changes and how attitudes are shifting in the sport.
Ozzie gives the full backstory on how he came up with one of the most iconic trademarks in MLB history – his backflip. We reminisce on some of the biggest moments from Ozzie’s career, including against Jon’s beloved Dodgers. This is just about the most excited Jon and I have ever been about meeting a guest on Wise Kracks. We’re like two kids meeting our hero. You don’t want to miss it.
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