OUR ORIGIN STORY
We started Balls and Sticks because we found something missing in the podcast space: two women, talking about our favorite sports (baseball and hockey, hence the balls and the sticks!) from an informed fan perspective. We definitely spend some time discussing our own teams (the Astros and the Leafs for Meg, the Tribe and the Sabres for Hannah), but we're baseball and hockey fans above everything, so we talk about it all.
We love analytics, we love heartwarming stories, and we love players with personalities. (Not that there are too many of those in hockey, but, well...we're hopeful for the future.) We're equally likely to have in-depth discussions about which NHL teams have the most cap space problems, why ERA sucks as a baseball stat, and who had the best hockey playoff beards of the season.
Most importantly, we're all about the positivity. Sure, at times sports make us cry and/or throw things at our TV in rage (please don't ask Hannah or Meg about the Cubs or the Bruins, respectively), but more than anything we love being sports fans. We're pros at finding the silver lining, and we don't like trashing teams or players unless they actually deserve it.
After a literal lifetime of suffering, Meg is still rejoicing that her Astros are the reigning World Series champs. From rebuilding to resurgence, the Astros are here to stay. Victory sure is sweet.
She hopes that the same glory is in sight for the Maple Leafs, whom she loves with her whole entire heart. Kyle Dubas is probably her favorite member of the organization.
Meg is also a Texas expat living in New England, a professional data nerd by day, and one of the eight people in the US who follows professional cycling.
(Find Hannah on Twitter @hburry92)
Hannah is your typical diehard Cleveland and Buffalo sports fan. Yes, she cried big fat tears when the Tribe made it to the World Series in 2016. Yes, she cried even more of them when they lost.
One day she hopes to see her Sabres hoist Lord Stanley’s Shiny Drinking Vessel into the air. She dreams of the Tribe raising a World Series banner from this century. She believes that the Cavs will one day win the Larry O'Brien again. She sort of thinks the Bills can make it to the Super Bowl. She’s much less sure about the Browns, but she loves them anyway.
Hannah is from Cleveland, went to college in Buffalo (and adopted it as her second home), and is an honorary Canadian. Don't mention Mike Trout around her unless you want a lesson on his entire career and his current stats.
Thinks that Connor McDavid has the personality of a hockey puck.