Ep. 11 — @AsteriskTour

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The A’s and Astros finished up this week’s series in Oakland under orange skies as California wildfires continue to burn up the state. The guys in the green and gold took 4 out of 5 to take a 6.5-game lead in the AL West, the biggest divisional lead in all of baseball. So who better to interview than writer Brendan Donley — creator of the wildly popular Twitter account @AsteriskTour.

The 2020 Astros Shame Tour documents the 2017 World Series cheaters as they make their way through the 60-game season, and has already racked up 310,000 followers since spring training. Donley discusses how/why he started the account, what it’s been like to have such a huge social media success, his true motivations (hint: not followers), interactions with fans, other projects, baseball history and more.

Be sure to check out his book “An October to Remember 1968: The Tigers-Cardinals World Series as Told by the Men Who Played in It” and new project The Big Inning on YouTube and at big-inning.com.