The inaugural episode of “Between Innings with Dan Kolko” released Tuesday via Kolko’s Twitter account. The new podcast, featuring Kolko and MASN producer John, is recorded at Chad’s in Friendship Heights, a restaurant amidst a transition to a Nats-centric destination— a transition all ex-Orioles fans sympathize with.
Few baseball podcasts can offer what Kolko’s has the potential to. The Nationals podcast market currently includes Nats Talk on the Go, hosted by The Nats Blog’s own Craig and Joe, and a show by Bill Ladson, the Nationals MLB.com beat reporter. But the access Kolko has to the team is arguably unmatched by even Ladson. The Nats sideline reporter syndicates access and personality, filling a once empty role in a young-ish baseball town.
Few other podcasters will preface analysis with “I talked to [Nats player] the other day, and…” quite as often as Kolko did in his first episode or as often as he probably will be going forward. The marketability of a podcast with this beat, the persona Kolko has been able to establish for himself in DC and even the environment in which “Between Innings” is recorded in is a sign of a strengthening Nats community.
Kolko fit about five segments into the 50-minute episode, starting with Leading Off and ending with On Deck. The hosts delved into discussion of Nationals story lines, fan questions, and stories from the road in between.
Trea Turner was the featured player interview and, uh, holy Jeter, I have never loved a player as a player more in my life. Trea talked about his development as a baseball player earnestly and with enough charm that his ten minutes alone are worth listening for. But Kolko’s demeanor and perspective makes it must hear material.
Trea is a dream player, which we knew, but Kolko drew out the anecdotes to support it. #NARRATIVE.
Tags: Dan Kolko, Nationals, Nats, Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
First podcast episode is up! Trea Turner joins me, and Producer John & I take fan Q’s & talk early-season storylines https://t.co/yizWywVJFN
— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) April 4, 2017