We broke format for this week’s episode and invited Tim Dillard to be a guest on My First Band. The charismatic professional pitcher-turned-broadcaster spent the vast majority of his 18-year playing career as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization, including stints at all levels of the team’s minor league system and parts of four seasons in the Majors. Along the way, he became a fan favorite, he amassed some unbelievable experiences, and collected some great stories.

Recently, Dillard spent part of a Brewers off day at Milwaukee Record headquarters, where he talked to My First Band host Tyler Maas about his post-retirement work in television, growing up immersed in baseball, and standout memories from his lengthy career spent largely in the minors. Dillard also talked about the role music plays on the field and in the locker room, what he listened to growing up, what he listens to now, and the time he and some teammates went to an Incubus show in Iowa after a game and got into some trouble.

My First Band is sponsored by Mystery Room Mastering and Lakefront Brewery. The show is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever else you get podcasts. You can also listen to rebroadcasts of previous My First Band episodes on WMSE every Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m. CST. Music used in this episode comes courtesy of Devils Teeth (“The Junction Street Eight Tigers”).