Matt Antonelli / Antonelli Baseball

Supplying some much-needed inside baseball regarding current MLB negotiations, is former major leaguer and rising YouTuber Matt Antonelli. Antonelli was a first-round draft pick for the San Diego Padres, played with several other teams, and eventually opened his own baseball school.

His YouTube presence is a welcome addition to the medium, especially in light of pro baseball being indefinitely put on hiatus. Answering fans’ questions about all things baseball, Antonelli is an invaluable source of information, separating baseball fact from fiction, in an easy-going manner.

Recently, he’s been using his downtime to curate a select baseball card collection, several of which have been featured on his show. He freely admits that he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know about card collecting, proudly explaining (with youthful enthusiasm) each of his picks. You know, just regular guy stuff.

I usually catch up with his latest videos while having my morning coffee. If you’re a baseball fan, I highly recommend that you do, too. Give him a thumbs-up, ring that bell and subscribe.

Robert Baker Guitar

I’ve been watching Robert Baker’s YouTube channel for a couple of years now, and can honestly say that it’s one of my very favorites. While the genre of YouTube guitar-centric shows is a crowded one, Baker is one of the few hosts that is able to create an actual friendship with his viewers. That’s probably the main reason, along with his cheery “How ya doin’ everybody?”, that  we keep watching.

His style of guitar instruction is welcoming and optimistic, and he graciously never over, or underestimates, the viewer’s ability. He’s quick to comment “I know you can get this,” or “I had trouble learning this riff, when I first started playing.” He’s the teacher that knows not to yell at you during a critical section of your own learning curve. In our hurry-up society, he’s one of the few people I’ve come across that seems to have endless patience.

As a guitarist, Baker cut his teeth on the rock and metal of the 70’s and ’80’s, and his practical examples of music theory are pretty likely to include a classic Bryan Adams or Poison riff. He excels at making his viewers’ guitar ambitions seem possible, which for amateurs like me, is invaluable.

Baker is a stay-at-home dad, and his occasional interactions with his son, who likes to crash the show, are always good-natured and humorous. His wife drops in now and again, too, and it’s nice to see that they’re all part of a supportive, happy household.

Robert Baker’s channel is perfect viewing for coffee time, which is when I usually tune in. It’s always a pleasant hang, and a great way to start your day, or take an afternoon break. It should come as no surprise that Acacia Guitars aligned themselves with Baker, as someone perfect for representing their small family company with a custom guitar built for him. They must feel the same way that I do, that he’s well-worth having as a friend.

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Good Mythical Morning

Admittedly, I’m a little bit late to the party that is Good Mythical Morning. Hosts Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal began the show in 2012, which, despite its humble beginnings, now boasts a viewership of some 17 million subscribers worldwide.

You really have to tip your hat to these guys. The production value of this show is abnormally high for a YouTube show, which immediately validates the time you’re about to waste, watching them rate fast food burritos or give each other atomic wedgies. They’re quite obviously great pals, and the show has a really good-natured quality.

They’ve also become favorite guests of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, where Fallon joined them for culinary experiments entitled, “Will It S’more”,”Will It Hot Dog” and “Will It Hummus.” Silly objectives all, yet more entertaining than you’d think, which is why I watch these guys.

In a world where sometimes it seems negativity and partisanship rule the day, it’s nice to just turn your brain off and watch some fluff. Rhett and Link offer that to their audience in the best possible way.