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MLB Network Analyst. Author. Speaker.

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Useless Knowledge

E“Far too many good brains have been afflicted by the pointless enthusiasm for useless knowledge.” - Seneca A few years ago, I was working in talk radio and I had the difficult task of trying to keep up with EVERYTHING... NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA Football, hoops, baseball, PGA, NASCAR, Formula 1, Boxing, MMA and of course, horse racing... On top of that, I was always LIVE on the air so definitely needed to be well versed on current events and happenings in the world. Needless to say, it was A LOT... There was an element that was really cool; I could break down the Sharks 3rd line and tell you all about Stanford’s upcoming recruiting class... Not to mention, my gambling skills across all sports were DIALED IN. Yet, it was a 24/7 job and I could never turn off. The fear of being uninformed was REAL and it consumed me from the time I got up in the morning until I laid my head on the pillow at night... I was constantly reading, watching the news and scouring social media in search of hot trending topics that could potentially drive the show. It’s a very subjective opinion, but I felt I was very good at my job because of my obsession to accumulate knowledge, and a shit ton of it… Yet, I also look back and realize that for as much knowledge as I had, there really wasn’t a whole lot that ever added to my growth as a person. More importantly, the knowledge I would accumulate and share rarely ever added any sort of VALUE to anybody else’s life... Sure, I could stir up a debate and get a few people to laugh from time to time, but by no means did I ever feel like I was able to directly impact somebody else’s life in a positive and lasting manner. I haven’t really reflected on it all that much because of its recency, but the above Seneca quote had me look back and realize my brain was “afflicted by pointless enthusiasm for useless knowledge.” Trust me when I tell you I don’t believe The F*IT List, Daily Hustle, Team Go Hard or Let Them Play Foundation is changing the world, but they are having an impact on some lives and organizations who are committed to growing. I may not be able to break down the Cal women’s basketball team anymore, but ultimately, I believe I will have a much greater impact if we figure out a way to get them on the Daily Hustle email list... The education and search for knowledge will never cease... Let’s just make sure it’s USEFUL and not USELESS. -EB

5 MIN8 h ago
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Useless Knowledge

Leave it BETTER…

EWas leaving my favorite coffee shop in NYC a few weeks ago with a belly full of avocado toast and a fresh triple oat milk latte buzz... Outside of Underline Coffee on W. 20th St. is a congregation area set up on the sidewalk and even part of the street. The space is barricaded off from traffic with gigantic concrete planter boxes and makes for a pretty cool space to chill and get some good people watching in... The coffee shop is surrounded by several art galleries and is located directly under the High Line, an old railroad track recently turned into an amazingly artistic park that attracts millions of people a year. Living in the Chelsea/MeatPacking neighborhood for the past 8 years now, it’s been cool to watch how much the area has developed while maintaining much of its authentic NYC nature. Being there as often as I have has also made me feel very much like a local, and in some respects, I feel like all locals, in any area, have a responsibility to act like bonafide caretakers...

6 MIN1 d ago
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Leave it BETTER…

Better Versions…

EMy Mom always likes to say that our kids are supposed to be better versions of ourselves, and she’s got a pretty good point... From a parents perspective, we all know the mistakes that we have made with our lives. Ideally, we have learned from our shortcomings and do our best to implement a disciplined structure that will help prevent our children from going down the wrong path we are all to familiar with... Yet, as parents and mentors, we also know that when we over step our bounds and try to force children into a way of life they clearly are resistant to, complete and total rebellion is a very real possibility. So the question then becomes: how do we get kids to not F up the way we did without firing a ball and chain on their leg or putting them up in a cage? Just as our actions of the past taught us how NOT to act, our actions of the NOW teach kids how to act. Yes, I realize we preach this ALL THE TIME on the Daily Hustle, but kids don’t follow words, they follow ACTIONS... Whe...

4 MIN2 d ago
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Better Versions…

One failure to another…

E“Definition of success is going from one failure to another without losing enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill Ran across this bad boy the other day and figured it was well worth a Daily Hustle. What’s amazing is that in this self-help world that we live in, we all have our own definition of success and rightfully so. If it’s your desire to measure success by the size of your bank account or the size of your trophy case, that’s up to you... Personally, I prefer to subscribe to the John Wooden model which says: “Success is a peace of mind which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the very best you are capable of becoming.” Simply put, so long as we work our asses off and understand that we did everything in our power to become our absolute best, we have succeeded. Ok, so what about Churchill’s gem... We all know that failure is part of the process, and no matter who you are, it is unavoidable... Two of the greatest renaissance men and in...

5 MIN5 d ago
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One failure to another…

80 Will Get You 100

EThroughout the course of my professional baseball career, I regularly would encounter the same issue over and over again... I tried way too hard. Yea I get it Yoda, “do or do not, there is no try,” but gosh damn it dude there was way too much “do not” in my career, and trying too hard was the one simple reason for it. So... My little green, hairless omnipotent creature buddy is going to have to trust me on this... There is definitely a such thing as “try.” We have all heard phrases such as “try easier” and “try less,” but for years, I had the hardest time figuring out exactly WTF that means. Think about all of your best educational, occupational and athletic feats... Remember what that felt like? EASY right? The day you aced Mr. D’s history test, drilled a presentation at work, or dropped 56 points against Pescadero in an 8th grade basketball game, it seemed like there was very little effort in all of these feats... Why? Well, 2 reasons: We were PREPARED - We put in the w...

7 MIN5 d ago
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80 Will Get You 100

The Most Adorable Professional Athlete Of All Time…

EWas sitting on the desk of MLB Tonight a few weeks ago when Jose Altuve strolled up to the plate with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning of a tie game in Game 6 of the ALCS... Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees 6’5” 100mph flame throwing closer was on the mound and breathing fire out of each nostril... Altuve, who stands at 5’6”, is the inspiration for every kid in the world who has been told he or she is “too small” to play. Despite his diminutive size, he has developed into one of the best players in Major League Baseball. So there they were... A modern day David and Goliath about to go to battle with the American League Championship on the line. Chapman fired the first pitch at 100mph high and outside of the strike zone... Ball 1. Chapman’s next pitch was again north of 100 mph, but also north of the strike zone... Ball 2. With 2 balls and 0 strikes, Chapman dropped in a slider for a strike to bring the count to 2-1. Simultaneously, host Greg Amsinger, analyst Carlos Peña a...

5 MIN1 w ago
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The Most Adorable Professional Athlete Of All Time…

Summer Catch

EJust recently had dinner in NYC with one of my best friends in life... Peter Princi. Princi and I first met when we both were playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 1995... Princi was the “local boy makes good” and one of the few Cape Cod natives to have ever played in the Cape league (typically reserved for top prospect players from other areas of the country). I was the emotional, homesick California kid swinging a wood bat for the first time and getting my ass handed to me on a nightly basis... Nonetheless, we quickly forged a bond that has somehow found a way to hold strong for almost 25 years. Ironically, there was a Hollywood movie producer that spent the summer of 95’ lurking around the Cape and following our Chatham A’s team… 5 years later, the world was treated to the instant classic “Summer Catch,” starring Freddie Prince Jr. and Jessica Biel. Although many of the stories are fabricated or embellished to a great extent, there is enough truth in the movie to unde...

4 MIN1 w ago
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Summer Catch

Ikigai

E“The two most important days in our life is the day we are born and the day we find out why...” - Daily Calm Was listening to my Daily Calm meditation app the other day and they mentioned the Japanese word “ikigai.” Ikigai is a word used to describe our passion in life... The one thing that gets us out of bed in the morning and brings significant purpose into our lives. Ideally, this would be how we make a living but the reward of ikigai goes well beyond any monetary or materialistic compensation... Its significance is what touches the fabric of our soul and ultimately defines who we are. “Damn Byrnes, there are a lot of different things in my life that could be my ikigai, but how am I ever supposed to find it when I have to grind it out at work 5 days a week?” Hey it’s Stevie SuperSoft!!! “That’s a great question, Stevie. Oftentimes, it takes years to figure out what our true passion is... The key is to continue to charge life while exploring YOUR calling. Society is going...

5 MIN1 w ago
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Ikigai

For Us or To Us

EOnce heard Tony Robbins pose the question: “What if life happens for us and not to us?” This one made me think for a minute, but ultimately, doesn’t life just happen? To be totally blunt, life doesn’t give a f*ck about what happens to you or me, but no need to take it personal and let that hurt our feelings because guess what?!?!? Life cares deeply and is actually consumed with our reaction to absolutely everything it fires at us. Our response to whatever life brings is forever creating our reality and manifesting current and future happenings. I know, it sounds a little complicated. Let’s use a real life example to bring this baby home... After playing for the A’s organization for parts of 8 seasons, my heart was ripped out when I got traded to the Rockies. Emotionally upset, I did my best to move on and try to adjust to a new city and a new team... 2 weeks later, I was just starting to feel comfortable when I was traded again. ♂️ I was now a member of the Baltimore Orioles...

5 MIN1 w ago
Comments
For Us or To Us

My “DUDE”

EWas working at MLB Network a few weeks ago when I ran into a familiar face in the makeup room... LEGENDARY baseball executive John Hart. I first met John a few years ago when he began working at MLB Network, and I can quite honestly say I have met very few people ever like him. Simply put, he is handsome, engaging, endearing, innovative, an ultimate competitor and a true gentlemen. Oh yea, John happens to be an avid Daily Hustler as well. John was a former college All-American and minor league player before joining the professional ranks as a manager in the Baltimore Orioles organization. He joined the big league coaching staff in Baltimore before eventually moving on to join the Cleveland Indians as a special assignment scout, interim big league manager and eventual director of baseball operations, general manager and executive Vice President. While in Cleveland, John made a commitment to the process of building a winning organization… Instead of focusing on high priced free agent...

4 MIN1 w ago
Comments
My “DUDE”
the END

Latest Episodes

Useless Knowledge

E“Far too many good brains have been afflicted by the pointless enthusiasm for useless knowledge.” - Seneca A few years ago, I was working in talk radio and I had the difficult task of trying to keep up with EVERYTHING... NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA Football, hoops, baseball, PGA, NASCAR, Formula 1, Boxing, MMA and of course, horse racing... On top of that, I was always LIVE on the air so definitely needed to be well versed on current events and happenings in the world. Needless to say, it was A LOT... There was an element that was really cool; I could break down the Sharks 3rd line and tell you all about Stanford’s upcoming recruiting class... Not to mention, my gambling skills across all sports were DIALED IN. Yet, it was a 24/7 job and I could never turn off. The fear of being uninformed was REAL and it consumed me from the time I got up in the morning until I laid my head on the pillow at night... I was constantly reading, watching the news and scouring social media in search of hot trending topics that could potentially drive the show. It’s a very subjective opinion, but I felt I was very good at my job because of my obsession to accumulate knowledge, and a shit ton of it… Yet, I also look back and realize that for as much knowledge as I had, there really wasn’t a whole lot that ever added to my growth as a person. More importantly, the knowledge I would accumulate and share rarely ever added any sort of VALUE to anybody else’s life... Sure, I could stir up a debate and get a few people to laugh from time to time, but by no means did I ever feel like I was able to directly impact somebody else’s life in a positive and lasting manner. I haven’t really reflected on it all that much because of its recency, but the above Seneca quote had me look back and realize my brain was “afflicted by pointless enthusiasm for useless knowledge.” Trust me when I tell you I don’t believe The F*IT List, Daily Hustle, Team Go Hard or Let Them Play Foundation is changing the world, but they are having an impact on some lives and organizations who are committed to growing. I may not be able to break down the Cal women’s basketball team anymore, but ultimately, I believe I will have a much greater impact if we figure out a way to get them on the Daily Hustle email list... The education and search for knowledge will never cease... Let’s just make sure it’s USEFUL and not USELESS. -EB

5 MIN8 h ago
Comments
Useless Knowledge

Leave it BETTER…

EWas leaving my favorite coffee shop in NYC a few weeks ago with a belly full of avocado toast and a fresh triple oat milk latte buzz... Outside of Underline Coffee on W. 20th St. is a congregation area set up on the sidewalk and even part of the street. The space is barricaded off from traffic with gigantic concrete planter boxes and makes for a pretty cool space to chill and get some good people watching in... The coffee shop is surrounded by several art galleries and is located directly under the High Line, an old railroad track recently turned into an amazingly artistic park that attracts millions of people a year. Living in the Chelsea/MeatPacking neighborhood for the past 8 years now, it’s been cool to watch how much the area has developed while maintaining much of its authentic NYC nature. Being there as often as I have has also made me feel very much like a local, and in some respects, I feel like all locals, in any area, have a responsibility to act like bonafide caretakers...

6 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Leave it BETTER…

Better Versions…

EMy Mom always likes to say that our kids are supposed to be better versions of ourselves, and she’s got a pretty good point... From a parents perspective, we all know the mistakes that we have made with our lives. Ideally, we have learned from our shortcomings and do our best to implement a disciplined structure that will help prevent our children from going down the wrong path we are all to familiar with... Yet, as parents and mentors, we also know that when we over step our bounds and try to force children into a way of life they clearly are resistant to, complete and total rebellion is a very real possibility. So the question then becomes: how do we get kids to not F up the way we did without firing a ball and chain on their leg or putting them up in a cage? Just as our actions of the past taught us how NOT to act, our actions of the NOW teach kids how to act. Yes, I realize we preach this ALL THE TIME on the Daily Hustle, but kids don’t follow words, they follow ACTIONS... Whe...

4 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Better Versions…

One failure to another…

E“Definition of success is going from one failure to another without losing enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill Ran across this bad boy the other day and figured it was well worth a Daily Hustle. What’s amazing is that in this self-help world that we live in, we all have our own definition of success and rightfully so. If it’s your desire to measure success by the size of your bank account or the size of your trophy case, that’s up to you... Personally, I prefer to subscribe to the John Wooden model which says: “Success is a peace of mind which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the very best you are capable of becoming.” Simply put, so long as we work our asses off and understand that we did everything in our power to become our absolute best, we have succeeded. Ok, so what about Churchill’s gem... We all know that failure is part of the process, and no matter who you are, it is unavoidable... Two of the greatest renaissance men and in...

5 MIN5 d ago
Comments
One failure to another…

80 Will Get You 100

EThroughout the course of my professional baseball career, I regularly would encounter the same issue over and over again... I tried way too hard. Yea I get it Yoda, “do or do not, there is no try,” but gosh damn it dude there was way too much “do not” in my career, and trying too hard was the one simple reason for it. So... My little green, hairless omnipotent creature buddy is going to have to trust me on this... There is definitely a such thing as “try.” We have all heard phrases such as “try easier” and “try less,” but for years, I had the hardest time figuring out exactly WTF that means. Think about all of your best educational, occupational and athletic feats... Remember what that felt like? EASY right? The day you aced Mr. D’s history test, drilled a presentation at work, or dropped 56 points against Pescadero in an 8th grade basketball game, it seemed like there was very little effort in all of these feats... Why? Well, 2 reasons: We were PREPARED - We put in the w...

7 MIN5 d ago
Comments
80 Will Get You 100

The Most Adorable Professional Athlete Of All Time…

EWas sitting on the desk of MLB Tonight a few weeks ago when Jose Altuve strolled up to the plate with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning of a tie game in Game 6 of the ALCS... Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees 6’5” 100mph flame throwing closer was on the mound and breathing fire out of each nostril... Altuve, who stands at 5’6”, is the inspiration for every kid in the world who has been told he or she is “too small” to play. Despite his diminutive size, he has developed into one of the best players in Major League Baseball. So there they were... A modern day David and Goliath about to go to battle with the American League Championship on the line. Chapman fired the first pitch at 100mph high and outside of the strike zone... Ball 1. Chapman’s next pitch was again north of 100 mph, but also north of the strike zone... Ball 2. With 2 balls and 0 strikes, Chapman dropped in a slider for a strike to bring the count to 2-1. Simultaneously, host Greg Amsinger, analyst Carlos Peña a...

5 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Most Adorable Professional Athlete Of All Time…

Summer Catch

EJust recently had dinner in NYC with one of my best friends in life... Peter Princi. Princi and I first met when we both were playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 1995... Princi was the “local boy makes good” and one of the few Cape Cod natives to have ever played in the Cape league (typically reserved for top prospect players from other areas of the country). I was the emotional, homesick California kid swinging a wood bat for the first time and getting my ass handed to me on a nightly basis... Nonetheless, we quickly forged a bond that has somehow found a way to hold strong for almost 25 years. Ironically, there was a Hollywood movie producer that spent the summer of 95’ lurking around the Cape and following our Chatham A’s team… 5 years later, the world was treated to the instant classic “Summer Catch,” starring Freddie Prince Jr. and Jessica Biel. Although many of the stories are fabricated or embellished to a great extent, there is enough truth in the movie to unde...

4 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Summer Catch

Ikigai

E“The two most important days in our life is the day we are born and the day we find out why...” - Daily Calm Was listening to my Daily Calm meditation app the other day and they mentioned the Japanese word “ikigai.” Ikigai is a word used to describe our passion in life... The one thing that gets us out of bed in the morning and brings significant purpose into our lives. Ideally, this would be how we make a living but the reward of ikigai goes well beyond any monetary or materialistic compensation... Its significance is what touches the fabric of our soul and ultimately defines who we are. “Damn Byrnes, there are a lot of different things in my life that could be my ikigai, but how am I ever supposed to find it when I have to grind it out at work 5 days a week?” Hey it’s Stevie SuperSoft!!! “That’s a great question, Stevie. Oftentimes, it takes years to figure out what our true passion is... The key is to continue to charge life while exploring YOUR calling. Society is going...

5 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Ikigai

For Us or To Us

EOnce heard Tony Robbins pose the question: “What if life happens for us and not to us?” This one made me think for a minute, but ultimately, doesn’t life just happen? To be totally blunt, life doesn’t give a f*ck about what happens to you or me, but no need to take it personal and let that hurt our feelings because guess what?!?!? Life cares deeply and is actually consumed with our reaction to absolutely everything it fires at us. Our response to whatever life brings is forever creating our reality and manifesting current and future happenings. I know, it sounds a little complicated. Let’s use a real life example to bring this baby home... After playing for the A’s organization for parts of 8 seasons, my heart was ripped out when I got traded to the Rockies. Emotionally upset, I did my best to move on and try to adjust to a new city and a new team... 2 weeks later, I was just starting to feel comfortable when I was traded again. ♂️ I was now a member of the Baltimore Orioles...

5 MIN1 w ago
Comments
For Us or To Us

My “DUDE”

EWas working at MLB Network a few weeks ago when I ran into a familiar face in the makeup room... LEGENDARY baseball executive John Hart. I first met John a few years ago when he began working at MLB Network, and I can quite honestly say I have met very few people ever like him. Simply put, he is handsome, engaging, endearing, innovative, an ultimate competitor and a true gentlemen. Oh yea, John happens to be an avid Daily Hustler as well. John was a former college All-American and minor league player before joining the professional ranks as a manager in the Baltimore Orioles organization. He joined the big league coaching staff in Baltimore before eventually moving on to join the Cleveland Indians as a special assignment scout, interim big league manager and eventual director of baseball operations, general manager and executive Vice President. While in Cleveland, John made a commitment to the process of building a winning organization… Instead of focusing on high priced free agent...

4 MIN1 w ago
Comments
My “DUDE”
the END
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