On the very first episode of Effectively Wild, Ben and Sam spoke about the Reds and their then-closer Aroldis Chapman. The Reds were not discussed again until episode 43,  when a listener ("Gweedoh565") sent an email chastising the hosts for talking about the then-last place Cubs three times, while having the then-first place Reds as a topic only once. The no-Reds talk was brought up again in episode 818 by Russell Carleton, and is often mentioned on the annual Reds season preview episodes.