Ep 0: The Astros Rise, and Fall; Welcome to The Edge
About The Show
The Houston Astros were the worst team in baseball before they became the best. For years, it seemed like they were doomed to lose forever, even as the guys in the front office promised fans that they had a plan. It turned out they did. Thanks to a combination of management strategies ripped from Wall Street and Silicon Valley and a ruthless pursuit of small advantages, the Astros won the World Series in 2017 and kicked off a period of dominance that might have continued unabated had it not been for what happened next. Sports journalist Ben Reiter was among the first to detect the Astros’ potential. Back in 2014, he predicted on the cover of Sports Illustrated that the historically bad team would soon become champions. He’d even nailed the year in which it would happen, and then wrote a bestselling book about how the team did it. He thought he knew the Astros better than anyone, but there was one thing that neither he nor anyone else had detected: the team had won by cheating, using a combination of live video feeds and a trash can positioned behind the dugout to tell their batters what kind of pitch was coming before they took a swing. As Reiter watched the scandal engulf the sports world, the Astros came to be seen as baseball’s most craven villains. In season One of the new Cadence13 documentary podcast franchise, The Edge, Reiter is going back to figure out what really happened and what it means – not just about baseball, but about the nature of cheating, competition, and culpability. With sound-rich production from the Prologue Projects, the team behind Slow Burn and Fiasco, Reiter talks to the people who saw the cheating scheme unfold from up close, examines the scandal from unfamiliar angles, and unspools a classic tale of an organization’s rise and fall. The Edge is surprising, propulsive, and smart: a premium narrative podcast that would fit just as well in the true crime and business sections as it would under sports.