The Players’ Tribune: R2C2

The Players’ Tribune: R2C2

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Two ‘R’s. Two ‘C’s. Two friends with a Star Wars obsession and four days of down time between starts. Thus, a podcast is born.

Join Yankees’ pitcher CC Sabathia and media personality Ryan Ruocco as they bring fans inside the mind of one of MLB’s most successful and durable performers.

Recorded in-season and exclusively between CC's days on the mound, you never know who will enter the bullpen as the duo discuss sports, music, culture and more.


Time Travel with Jay Williams  

Once upon a time R2C2 was only a fledgling idea in the minds of two ambitious friends. The NBA playoffs were just getting started when Ryan and CC reached out to The Players’ Tribune about their idea for a podcast. They knew that their chemistry had the potential to make them a great on-air team — they just needed an opportunity. Jay Williams, who had just joined TPT as an executive producer, loved the idea and was eager to lend a hand. In April, the three met to produce the very first episode of R2C2 and the rest is history. In this installment the trio talk mistaken identity, the mental preparation necessary to take the mound, CC’s fear of the dark and Kobe’s mind games. On this show, we’re taking it back to where it all started — and it was so fun that we had to share.

Didi Gregorius + Aaron Hicks = Bonus Episode!  

Fresh off a bench-clearing brawl in Detroit, and gunning for first place in the AL East, these Yankees give you a little taste of what it’s like inside the clubhouse. Didi and Aaron join the R2C2 crew as they recap the Motor City melee, get ready for another epic series against the Red Sox and share thoughts on which Yankee is most likely to slide into a celebrity DM. Didi describes his road to the majors, meeting Aaron at 17 and the joys of playing in one of baseball’s largest markets. Meanwhile outfielder Aaron talks fashion, his top-notch golf game and the prank he thought CC pulled only 20 minutes after meeting him. This episode is not to be missed!

Nobody Wants to Play Catch with Dellin Betances  

The All-Star Yankees reliever sat down with us back in May. At the time, the Yankees were hosting the Kansas City Royals and a Warriors-Cavs NBA Finals seemed all but inevitable. Dellin joined R2C2 to talk brotherly love with CC, the joys of his new marriage and the reasons why he prefers relief pitching to being a starter. Not to be outdone, CC reveals that he has never found a good slice of pizza in the nine years that he's spent in New York. And as you might suspect, those were fighting words.

Fat Joe Is So Excited!  

This week we're back in the Bronx with hometown hero and hip-hop legend, Fat Joe. Fresh off a birthday bash at which he broke his latest song, “So Excited,” Joe joins us to talk about chance meetings with Phil Rizzuto, and lessons in fat-guy confidence that he learned from Biggie, Big Punisher and Heavy D. Also, Joe discusses going to a Kanye West concert with some of the Yankees and names Scott Disick an honorary member of the Terror Squad, and CC reveals the real reason why Aaron Judge wears jersey number 99. It’s a raucous good time! 

From Oaktown to H-Town with Jeff Van Gundy  

This time the dynamic duo pays a visit to Houston and chats with former NBA coach and current ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy. Jeff and CC discuss their Bay Area roots, the Oakland Coliseum and the bright future that awaits the Raiders in Las Vegas. They also do a deep dive on Phil Jackson and Paul George, while Jeff dishes on some of Pat Riley’s greatest locker room speeches.

WNBA All-Star Weekend + Sue Bird = Killer Bonus Episode!  

Bonus Episode!!! We're taking this show on the road! 10-time WNBA All-Star Sue Bird joins the crew as R2C2 takes Seattle by storm. (Yes, our puns are crazy. You're welcome.) The trio talk hoops, Sue's fabled relationship with Nick Carter, gender biases and how no one bothered to ask about Megan Rapinoe until now. Sue and CC share their secrets to staying young, and the world rejoices -- Game of Thrones is back! 

That time that CC ghosted Derek Jeter  

What better way to kick off a podcast with the The Players’ Tribune than an interview with the captain himself? Derek Jeter joins CC & Ryan to talk Yankees legacy, his golf game and retirement while our hosts flex their knowledge of Game of Thrones. Derek adds to his legend with an elaborate tale of his days as a clubhouse prankster and he also calls out CC for being a pretty unreliable golf buddy. R2C2 has landed.

Teaser Episode  

R2C2 begins Wednesday July 12th with special guest Derek Jeter.

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