Welcome to this very strong 39th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. This week, MK Bower of The SportsXchange joins us to talk Rockets & Warriors, Cy Young winner Doug Drabek talks UH Cougar baseball and MLB, and The Boston Herald’s Evan Drellich discusses the Red Sox and Astros headed into this week’s series at Minute Maid Park.
It’s official – Dolores Lozano, of ESPN Deportes and the Houston Super Bowl Committee, is The Weekly Brew’s new cohost. A Baylor alum and former track and field athlete, Dolores is a terrific and welcome addition to the lineup and has hit the ground running. Welcome aboard, Dolores!
MoiseKapenda Bower, a longtime Houston sports media legend, joins us to break down the NBA Playoffs and especially the Rockets’ (slim) chances against the NBA’s all-time regular season winningest team, the Golden State Warriors, in the first round. Bower puts into context star guard James Harden’s spectacular, underrated season, averaging better than 29 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds on the year, one of only four players (including Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and LeBron James) to do so. Bower also assesses the performance of interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff and talks about the coaching direction in which the Rockets might head during the offseason this year. Bower is also certain that general manager Daryl Morey will be back next year, per owner Leslie Alexander.
Then 1990 Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek, a University of Houston alum, former Houston Astros standout and current pitching coach for the Mobile BayBears, joins the podcast to discuss what playing in the strike-shortened 1994 season, playing alongside Barry Bonds and what he enjoyed most about his college experience (spoiler alert: it was watching Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and the rest of the Phi Slama Jama crew). Drabek also discusses the experience of watching, as a father, the difficult two surgeries his son Kyle Drabek had to fight through before being called up by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Finally, Evan Drellich, former Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer and the Boston Herald’s latest addition, covering the Red Sox, calls in to talk about his impressions of the ‘Stros during spring training, the upcoming Boston/Houston series at Minute Maid Park and some of his Red Sox coverage, including an amusing story about Pablo Sandoval’s inability to say ‘no’ to food, at one point gaining 21 pounds in 21 days during the offseason.
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