Off The Bat, Episodes Five and Six: Now With Less Baseball!

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Last time, Off the Bat provided the best of content along with the worst of content. This time, Off the Bat finally puts together shows that are as little about baseball as possible.

Episode #6

These two images should just about cover the first fifteen minutes of this episode of Off the Bat:

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(The huddled blue mass that Melanie Iglesias is kicking is second-year pitcher Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays.)

In the show-opening rundown of zany happenings across the Major Leagues, Off the Bat nyucks for around a full minute about this unconventional post-walk-off celebration:

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This episode aired on Tuesday, May 6. Meanwhile on Twitter, back on April 30:

So, Off the Bat is basically like a really expensive, time-delay version of Cespedes Family Barbecue. Cespedes Family Barbecue being the absolutely hilarious Twitter/blog double-whammy that is owned and operated by two college freshmen, who also have thousands of more Twitter followers than the verified, nationally publicized Off the Bat account.

The reasons for CFBBQ’s large following -- a phenomena that surely befuddles MTV2 execs as neither of the CFBBQ team are mildly successful mid-2000s rappers -- is largely attributable to “having a sense of humor,” in addition to “actually knowing/caring about baseball.”    

With both the Yankees and the Mets on the road while Off the Bat was filming, no professional baseball players were available to appear as this week’s in-studio guest. It’s okay, MTV2 has reach, and they got Memphis rapper and frequent Billboard resident Yo Gotti in the studio to partake in a little trivia challenge.

Was the trivia challenge about baseball? Ha! No, Yo Gotti is not a baseball fan, so the trivia challenge was about the Memphis rap scene that birthed him. Off the Bat has quite clearly not wanted to actually talk about baseball since its inception, and now here we have a solid 5 minutes of a 22-minute show that entirely avoids baseball. They should really give into their temptations at this point and just be “Pop Culture Show.” It would really be best for everybody.

Episode #7

This week Melanie lands a dream assignment and gets to interview Jon Hamm, on a promotional tour of his perhaps-problematic new baseball movie, Million Dollar Arm. The collision between true, suave celebrity and our humble cable TV show turns supremely awkward as Melanie is quite clearly star-struck throughout the interview. While Iglesias yearns for eye and/or spiritual contact with Hamm, he is clearly on like his 17th of 30 promotional interviews for the day, and answers the questions from a respectable professional distance while wearily looking into the great beyond:

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Li’l kissy lips:

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The conversation quickly turns to the subject of Hugh Jackman’s abs, a moment that presumably fulfilled all of Melanie’s professional goals.

Did you miss Off the Bat on TV? What the hell?! You can watch highlights of these two episodes here and here.

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