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Wingin' It Podcast

The Wingin’ It Podcast is the official podcast of the Rochester Red Wings launched in March 2020. The podcast – hosted by Red Wings Director of Communications Nate Rowan and Director of Broadcasting Josh Whetzel – focuses on news, notes, interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at everything going on with the Red Wings and Frontier Field.

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Episodes

Episode 15: Dick Bremer Interview

Nate Rowan and Josh Whetzel chat with FOX Sports North's Minnesota Twins play-by-play man Dick Bremer about gearing up for a shortened season, changes to how baseball broadcasts will look and sound, his baseball memories growing up in Dumont, MN, and his new book Game Used: My Life in Stitches which details 108 stories (1 for every stitch on a baseball) throughout his career

Episode 14: Final Game at Silver Stadium

Jim Mandelaro (1:43) and Pete Weber (39:27) talk with Nate Rowan and Josh Whetzel about the final regular season game at Silver Stadium on August 30, 1996 against Ottawa. WXXI-TV is playing that game on Father's Day, Sunday, June 21 at 1 p.m.

Week 13: MLB Draft Discussion

Nate Rowan and Josh Whetzel talk about the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft and the five-round format and former Red Wings during the Twins era that wouldn't have been selected with only five rounds. Josh also takes us back to August, 2015 when Byron Buxton, the second pick by Minnesota in 2012, had an eventful game at Frontier Field against Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and the rest of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

Episode 12: Garrett Jones Interview

Nate Rowan and Josh Whetzel chat with Red Wings Hall of Famer Garrett Jones about his baseball career, growing up a Chicago Bulls fan, and his time in Japan (4:46). Josh also has a highlight montage of Jones' time was a Wing (47:05).

Episode 11 - Mike McCarthy Interview

Nate Rowan and Josh Whetzel talk with Red Wings Pitching Coach Mike McCarthy about his charity work, changes within the sport, and what he's been up to during this COVID-19 pandemic (3:37).

Episode 10: Naomi Silver Interview and a Flashback with Joe Altobelli

Nate Rowan talks to Red Wings President/CEO/COO Naomi Silver (3:05) about her life in baseball, when she realized what her dad had done to save the team in Rochester, and her proudest moment working for the team thus far. Josh Whetzel flashes back to a game he did on the radio with Joe Altobelli on his birthday back in 2008 (41:23). Alto turns 88 on Tuesday, May 26th.

Episode 9 - Bob Matthews Interview

Josh Whetzel talks with local media member Bob Matthews, who retired abruptly on Friday, May 8 after a long career that included the Times-Union, Democrat & Chronicle, and most recently at NewsRadio WHAM 1180 (3:09). Bob discusses how he got started in sports media, his first year on the Red Wings beat in 1971, and how his life could have turned out differently had it not been for certain events in Vietnam.

Episode 8 - Randy Dobnak Interview, KBO Discussion, and a Flashback

Nate Rowan and Josh Whetzel talk to former Red Wing Randy Dobnak about his involvement with St. Jude Children's Hospital, his wild 2019 season, and what it was like pitching at Yankee Stadium in the postseason (3:14). Nate and Josh also discuss the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) and the three former Red Wings playing in that league this season (33:30). Josh also flashes back to the time ByungHo Park hit three home runs in a game in 2016 (39:31).

Episode 7 - Marv Foley on the Opening of Frontier Field in 1997

Former Rochester Red Wings manager Marv Foley joins Nate Rowan, Josh Whetzel, and Dan Mason to discuss his memories of opening Frontier Field in 1997, a season that ended with the Wings winning their 10th Governors' Cup (1:42). Josh and Nate also discuss the passing of former Red Wing Steve Dalkowski who was the inspiration for the character Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh in Bull Durham, which was directed by former Wing Ron Shelton (23:51).

Episode 6 - Former Coach Stu Cliburn Interview from Taiwan

Nate Rowan and Josh Whetzel talk with former Rochester Red Wing Pitching Coach Stu Cliburn about his experience coaching for the expansion Wei Chuan Dragons in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan (3:55). Josh also flashes back to a game nearly 10 years ago to the day (33:37).

Episode 5 - Flashback to 15 Combined Home Runs

Josh Whetzel flashes back to the crazy 20-18 affair between Rochester and Lehigh Valley from April 13, 2019, a game that featured a Triple-A record 15 combined home runs and an IronPigs franchise record nine homers (7:12).

Episode 4 - Opening Day Memories

Nate Rowan, Josh Whetzel, and Dan Mason discuss memorable Opening Days in Red Wings history (2:30). Josh flashes back to one of the more memorable Home Opening wins back in 2011 (32:19).

Episode 3 - Ryan Brecker Interview

Nate Rowan chats with Ryan Brecker about his full-time job as an Emergency Room Doctor, being on the Rochester Community Baseball Board of Directors, and his work as Treasurer of the Rochester Baseball Historical Society.

Episode 2 - Brent Rooker Interview and a Flashback

Nate Rowan talks with 2019 Rochester Red Wings All-Star Outfielder Brent Rooker about his wife who's an Emergency Room nurse, Tiger Land, Mississippi State, Premier12, and more (3:17). Josh Whetzel takes us back to the last time the Wings won a playoff series (32:12).

Episode 1 - Let's Try Podcasting

Nate Rowan, Tim Doohan, and Dan Mason from the Rochester Red Wings front office discuss the delay of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic and how the staff has handled a shift to working from home. Toby Gardenhire also joins to talk about spring training for the Minnesota Twins and how the roster for the Wings was taking shape. Gardenhire discusses prospects Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach, Zander Wiel, and Randy Dobnak.