It's not every day you get to talk shop with the man who protected Tom Brady for a decade and two Super Bowls, and a former pitcher who's mentors were Roger Clemens, Nolan Ryan, and Sparky Lyle. In case you missed it, this week on "Beers, Business, and Balls", we talked with Dan Koppen and Tip Fairchild, the hosts of "Past Our Prime".
Koppen is a familiar name in the New England community. A three year starter for Boston College, he was drafted by the Patriots in the fifth round. He went on to protect Tom Brady for a decade, winning two Super Bowls, and earning Pro-Bowl, All-Pro, and Madden Most Valuable Protectors honors. He also holds one of the highest winning percentages as a non-QB, going 118-33 in his career. Post playing, he became an assistant coach at the powerhouse RI high school Bishop Hendricken (home of now rookie Colt, Kwity Paye) and opened up his own brewery in Rhode Island called "Linesider".
Fairchild was a star in Maine, being one of the top pitchers in the state. He was drafted by the Astros in 2005 and rose up the ranks in their minor league system, pitching close to 300 strikeouts in under five seasons. Injuries took Tip's life into a different trajectory, mastering his craft in strategy and corporates sales. A big-time SalesForce and data driven believer, Tip got right to work and became a key focal point to his current companies success, helping lead their sales execution to the next level. That company is Squad Locker.
Their common bond, and ours too, Squad Locker is rated the top startup in Rhode Island and our merchandise partner, Koppen and Fairchild are tied into the brand and now are producing content from the office. Now, "past their prime", they duo teamed up to create an entertaining and informative podcast called Past Our Prime. Koppen and Fairchild take you in the locker room from the eyes of has-beens and never was, interviewing fellow athletes and diving deep into conversations from a different lens.
Our interview takes you on a journey down the path of Dan’s decorated career as an Pro Bowl offensive lineman with the New England Patriots, having his number retired at the same high school as Saquon Barkley, and break down what makes Tom Brady so great. We talk baseball shop with Tip, including his professional experience playing for Sparky Lyle, alongside Roger Clemens, and his favorite moments of his career. We of course mention some of the best beer in New England, who's going to the World Series and Super Bowl, and what to expect from their show in the future. You can catch the full interview at the 20:11 mark. Cheers!