R2C2 with CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco

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CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco guide listeners through the 60-game MLB season and the return of NBA and NFL as they talk to friends, athletes, and celebrities about the world of sports and much more.

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Stephen A. Smith
Everything is on the table with sports media legend Stephen A. Smith. He makes the case for James Harden, KD, and Kyrie Irving making it work on the Nets; remembers beefs with Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson; discusses the player/media relationship; and shares his insights into Jake Paul’s knockout of Nate Robinson. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guest: Stephen A. Smith
Jan 21, 2021
Blake Snell
We open this week’s pod with an acknowledgement of Nick Saban’s historic greatness, some takes on the White Sox going all in, and a discussion of the Kyrie Irving situation in Brooklyn (2:10). Then we’re joined by former Cy Young winner and brand-new Padre Blake Snell (45:00), who goes deep on how he approaches pitching, what he learned from CC, the Rays-Yankees rivalry, and the emotions of being pulled too early from Game 6 of the World Series. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guest: Blake Snell
Jan 14, 2021
The Eagles Bench Jalen Hurts, Steph Curry Deserves Respect, and Baseball Has a Boring Offseason
We kick off the new year slinging heat about the Eagles’ decision to bench Jalen Hurts in the fourth quarter against the Washington Football Team, Kevin Durant’s early greatness this NBA season (20:00), the MLB’s mundane offseason (26:00), and the lack of respect for Stephen Curry (30:00). Later, we give our picks for this weekend’s NFL playoff games (41:00). Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco
Jan 07, 2021
Who Has the Best Rotation in Baseball? Plus: Closing Out 2020.
Happy New Year R2C2 listeners! We close out 2020 with a look back what challenged us and made us grow in this grueling year. Plus: We answer your questions on what the best rotation in baseball is, the best trash talk CC ever received, and more. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco
Dec 31, 2020
Amber Sabathia
‘Under the Grapefruit Tree,’ CC’s documentary with HBO, is set to release on December 22. That means the most-anticipated guest in the history of 'R2C2,' Amber Sabathia, finally had to sit down for a very special episode. In this episode, CC, Ryan, and Amber touch on everything from addiction and trauma, the shift from Cleveland to New York, and Valentine’s Day stories from when CC and Amber met in high school. You don’t want to miss this one. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guest: Amber Sabathia
Dec 21, 2020
Negro Leagues Stats, Giannis’s Supermax, and Fixing the College Football Playoff
We answer your questions about the Yankees’ offseason, Cleveland changing its name, and more (44:00), but not before CC slings some heat about the news that the Negro Leagues will be considered an official major league (and thus have their stats count toward the major league record books), Giannis’s supermax extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, and the trials and tribulations of this year’s college football season (11:52). Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco
Dec 17, 2020
Adam Jones
This week, we open with instructions for a special holiday giveaway to win a pair of autographed cleats from CC (0:54) before slinging some heat about James Harden’s ongoing trade-request saga, the embarrassing Jets, and the boring MLB offseason (9:54). Then, former All-Star outfielder Adam Jones joins the pod to talk about leaving MLB to play pro ball in Japan, COVID-19 protocols overseas, how to make baseball more diverse and inclusive, and his dreams for his post-playing career (28:38). Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guest: Adam Jones
Dec 10, 2020
Westbrook for Wall, and a Weird NFL Wednesday. Plus: Favorite Christmas Movies, Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson, and Buying a Christmas Tree in NYC.
We give our immediate reactions to the breaking news that John Wall has been traded for Russell Westbrook. Then, CC slings heat about retired New York Post reporter George King and the weirdness of the NFL season (0:40). Finally, we open the mailbag to answer your questions about favorite Christmas movies, mental health in sports, and more (33:00). Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco
Dec 03, 2020
Nate Burleson
CC and Ryan sling some heat about the lack of energy in the MLB offseason vs. other sports (0:40) before being joined by Nate Burleson, former wide receiver and host of ‘Good Morning Football’ (17:32). The guys talk about what it’s like to critique players without being a hot-take artist, James Harden requesting a trade to the Nets, the Jets' and the Giants' quarterback questions, and whether the Raiders are legitimate playoff contenders. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guest: Nate Burleson
Nov 25, 2020
Devin Williams
The guys discuss the latest in the football, basketball, and baseball worlds, including Kim Ng making history as the first woman and the first Asian American to be named GM of a baseball team, James Harden potentially heading to Brooklyn, and whether Daniel Jones is good enough to convince the Giants not to tank (0:32). Then, Brewers reliever and National League Rookie of the Year Devin Williams joins the show to talk about how he developed his changeup, moving from starter to reliever, growing up in St. Louis, and more (25:53). Hosts: CC Sabathia, Ryan Ruocco Guest: Devin Williams
Nov 19, 2020
Dominic Smith
We start this episode with some amazing personal news from Ryan, and CC slings heat about Chris Paul trade rumors and Don Mattingly being named National League Manager of the Year (2:00). Later in the show, the guys are joined by New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith to discuss the shortened MLB season, athletes' social media usage, speaking out after the Jacob Blake shooting, and more (15:00). Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guest: Dominic Smith
Nov 12, 2020
Action Bronson
This week, CC slings heat about a new format for a college football COVID playoff tournament, Tom Brady vs. Bill Belichick, and the hirings of Tony La Russa and AJ Hinch (1:30). Then, Action Bronson joins to discuss his quarantine weight loss, working out with CC, being on set with Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro during ‘The Irishman,’ Knicks and Jets fandom, and much more (18:49). Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guest: Action Bronson
Nov 05, 2020
Breaking Down Blake Snell, Kevin Cash, and How the Dodgers Became Champions in MLB’s Strangest Season
We start with CC’s take on what he would’ve done if he were Blake Snell the moment when Kevin Cash exited the dugout to pull him after allowing only two base runners in a World Series elimination game. Then, CC shares a particular frustration with ESPN and Odell Beckham Jr., and the guys discuss their quarterback tiers for this NFL season. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco
Oct 29, 2020
Instant Reactions to World Series Game 5
Clayton Kershaw continued to rewrite the narrative that he struggles in the postseason, as the Dodgers took a 3-2 lead over the Rays in the World Series. Can the Rays once again even the series on the back of a strong Blake Snell start? Or will the Dodgers close it out in six games? Plus: We react to the end of Game 4 from Saturday night, one of the most ridiculous finishes to any baseball game ever, let alone a World Series game. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco
Oct 26, 2020
Dave Stewart Talks Reggie Jackson, Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, and How Pitching Has Changed Since He Played
We start this week with a Slingin’ Heat featuring Mookie Betts, NFL betting lines, and the upcoming league collective bargaining negotiations (1:50). Then, we’re joined by three-time World Series champion Dave Stewart to talk about his illustrious playoff career, the toughest batters he ever faced, pitching wisdom he learned from Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax, how the game has become less about entertainment, and more (13:03). Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guest: Dave Stewart
Oct 22, 2020
How Should the Best Franchises Balance Analytics With Old-School Wisdom? Plus: A Mid-Playoffs Mailbag.
We’re back for another late-night podcast to react to the Dodgers’ offensive outburst in Game 3 of the NLCS and the Rays’ sturdy rotation and bullpen through four games in the ALCS. Plus: CC slings some heat about analytics, the New York tabloids, and the Jets’ and Giants’ quarterback situations. Finally, we take some of your questions about the future of the Yankees rotation, what it’s like in the locker room after a tough postseason elimination, and more (44:28). Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco
Oct 15, 2020
The Rays Eliminate the Yankees In a Heartbreaking Game 5
Gerrit Cole and Tyler Glasnow were electric on short rest. Aaron Judge went yard off the best reliever of 2020. The Yankees’ and Rays’ bullpens went toe-to-toe. But it was Mike Brosseau taking Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman deep that was the difference. We break down everything Yankees-Rays Game 5, where the series went wrong for New York, what the future looks like constructed around this current core, and more on an instant-reaction R2C2. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco
Oct 10, 2020
Yankees-Rays Game 3 Instant Reactions. Plus: Making Sense of Kyrie’s Coaching Comments.
CC and Ryan give their immediate takeaways as the Yankees fall behind the Rays 2-1 in the ALDS, preview Game 4, and discuss the Yankees’ chances of combing back in the series (1:08). Plus, this week in Slingin’ Heat, we hear CC’s take on Derek Jeter’s tenure thus far as the Marlins CEO, Kyrie Irving’s comments about the role of head coaches on the Nets, why the NFL hates the Raiders, and more (40:42). Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco
Oct 08, 2020
The Yankees' Hectic Game 2, Carlos Correa’s Comments, and Reactions to the Lakers’ Dominance
The Yankees closed out the two-game sweep of Cleveland on Wednesday night. We take you through how they got there, including CC’s perspective on what it feels like to be Shane Bieber getting rocked in Game 1 and what it feels like to be Gerrit Cole dealing in Game 1. Plus: Andy Reid is the best offensive mind in NFL history, the Lakers made quick work of the Heat in Game 1, our thoughts on Carlos Correa’s “us vs. them” quotes, and a preview of the Tampa Bay Rays—New York Yankees series. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco
Oct 01, 2020
Mookie Betts and Bill Simmons
This week we’re joined by Bill Simmons to unveil a new segment, Slingin’ Heat, in which CC shares three takes he’s observed from the sports world in the last week (0:43). Then, MVP and World Series champion and Dodgers 12-year man Mookie Betts joins the show to discuss how he’s adjusting to life in Los Angeles during COVID-19, the Dodgers' World Series hopes, what it felt like to get traded from Boston, the mind games of hitting vs. CC, and more (1:10:47). Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guests: Mookie Betts and Bill Simmons
Sep 24, 2020
Manny Machado on the Electric Padres, the Best Plays He’s Ever Made, and Meeting Kobe Bryant
San Diego Padres superstar third baseman Manny Machado joins the show to break down what it feels like to be on the up-and-coming “it team” in Major League Baseball. He talks with the guys about unwritten rules, the Dodgers rivalry, Los Angeles vs. San Diego as cities, the best defensive plays Manny has made in his career, and more. Plus: Machado recounts the first time he met Kobe Bryant. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guest: Manny Machado
Sep 21, 2020
The Yankees' Roller-coaster Season With Luke Voit
The guys are joined by MLB’s home run leader, Luke Voit, to discuss the quirks of the 2020 Yankees season—including a long slump, their recent hot streak, and what it feels like to play in Yankee Stadium with no fans. Voit also shares some insight into how he became a better defender this offseason, what it takes to be an “all-fields” hitter, and where he’d line up if he played in the NFL. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guest: Luke Voit
Sep 17, 2020
Caris LeVert on Fitting in With Kyrie and KD, the Nets’ New Coach Steve Nash, and Playing With Jamal Crawford
Nets’ emerging star guard Caris LeVert joins the show to talk about everything from his superstar teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to the death of his love for Chipotle. Plus: how he heard the news of Steve Nash being hired as the new Nets coach and the toughest players to cover in the league. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guest: Caris LeVert
Sep 10, 2020
Brian Koppelman on ‘Billions’ and How Sports Made Him the Artist He Is Today
The guys are joined by ‘Billions’ cocreator and showrunner Brian Koppelman to discuss his sports fandom, how playing sports growing up shaped his TV and film career, and the importance of failure. Plus, of course, the plan to bring back ‘Billions.’ Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco
Sep 03, 2020
The Sports World Is on Pause As the NBA, WNBA, and MLB Protest Police Brutality
The Milwaukee Bucks chose not to play Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Orlando Magic in protest of police brutality in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake, and the Rockets-Thunder and Lakers-Blazers matchups were also postponed. Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds chose not to play, as well as the Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Francisco Giants. We discuss the way the sports world hit pause, how far player activism has come since the Clippers’ protest of Donald Sterling, and the way athletes have become leading voices in American politics. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guest: Bill Simmons
Aug 27, 2020
Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe on the Political Athlete, Defying Age, and Experiencing the WNBA Bubble Together
The sports world’s ultimate power couple joins ‘R2C2’ to discuss how they’ve adjusted to life inside the WNBA bubble at IMG Academy in Florida, the concept of being “political” as an active athlete, and defying age stereotypes as you progress through your career. Plus: Rapinoe, Bird, CC, and Ryan give their ultimate desert island food and TV shows. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guests: Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird
Aug 20, 2020
Celebrating 100 Years of Negro League History With Bob Kendrick and Curtis Granderson
We’re joined by the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Bob Kendrick, and MLB All-Star Curtis Granderson to discuss the importance of embracing the history of the Negro Leagues, stories about Negro League legends, how the Negro Leagues shaped the game we see today, and the league’s legacy on its Centennial. Visit the Negro Leagues Museum website here. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guests: Bob Kendrick and Curtis Granderson
Aug 16, 2020
Gerrit Cole on Being the Yankees’ Ace, Building Relationships With New Teammates, and Witnessing Aaron Judge’s Greatness
Gerrit Cole is the new guy in the Bronx—CC knows a little something about that. The guys are joined by the Yankees’ new ace to talk about staying intense with no fans in the stands (12:45), getting to know new teammates and developing a relationship with a new catcher (34:00), CC’s ceremonial first pitch (43:47), witnessing Aaron Judge up close and personal (49:42), and more. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guest: Gerrit Cole
Aug 13, 2020
Kemba Walker on the Celtics’ Title Hopes, New York Basketball, and MJ Stories
CC and Ryan are joined by All-NBA point guard Kemba Walker to discuss how he’s adjusted to the Orlando bubble (11:58), New York basketball (25:13), his relationship with Michael Jordan (0:00), and the Celtics’ playoff hopes (48:53)  Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guest: Kemba Walker
Aug 06, 2020
Pitching in a Pandemic, Winning the World Series, and Learning From Vets With Max Scherzer
In the Ringer debut of ‘R2C2,’ CC and Ryan are joined by three-time Cy Young Award winner and reigning World Series champion Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals. Scherzer describes how it feels to be in a locker room and pitching during a pandemic—especially with the news that the Marlins are currently experiencing a coronavirus outbreak (12:11)—before sharing the best pitching tips he’s learned from veterans in his career (37:30), winning the Cy Young vs. winning the World Series, and betting on himself in free agency (48:40). Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guest: Max Scherzer
Jul 30, 2020
Introducing ‘R2C2’ With CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco
Six-time MLB All-Star CC Sabathia and Emmy-winning New York sportscaster Ryan Ruocco are bringing their podcast ‘R2C2’ to The Ringer Podcast Network. They’ll have all the same honest and raw conversations with big-name guests, shop talk with MLB stars, commentary on the sports world, and more. The third time through is the biggest one yet!
Jul 28, 2020