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  1. Yea, that's exactly what I'm thinking. If I was a pitcher, the only things I'm thinking about in terms of my body is having really strong legs, a really strong core, and being incredibly flexible/pliable. Unless you're David Wells, you don't deserve to be a big leaguer if you can't excel at basic stuff like body composition. It's insane to me.
  2. Referencing that article though, it seems like baseball players (especially pitchers), of all the sports, take conditioning the least serious. I know that pitching is as technical a thing as you will do in all of sports, but I also feel like if strength and conditioning was taken more seriously, it would add strength to other parts of the body (legs, core), take a little stress off the arm, and thereby reduce injuries. Maybe it bothers me more than it should, but it just seems weird that some of the guys seem sorta nonchalant about conditioning and what not. I feel like it's helped guys like Arietta and Verlander stay injury free throughout their career. It boggles my mind to see guys like Chris Tillman and even now with Luis Ortiz not placing S&C at the top of the list in terms of becoming a ML pitcher. Anyways, this was just a minor quibble, but it stuck out to me.
  3. When you think about being a fan, you want three things from a player you pay to see. That he gives his best effort, he shows fans he cares outside of the stadium, and that he has fun with you inside the stadium. I haven't been alive long, but I don't know of anybody in any other sport who did his absolute best to make sure the fans felt like they were a part of the team. Dude brought Baltimore together like no other player, and has been an ambassador like no other as well. Although he wasn't as great a player as Ray Lewis, he's right up there in terms of Baltimore athletes who have given everything they had to the team AND the city. It's very rare that you get both, and it should be appreciated long after he's left. Also, it's a shame that there will be some people here who refuse to appreciate the man he is because they disagree about how he feels about where he stands as a black man in the major leagues. If you are one of those people, I hope that you eventually grow out of that ignorance and realize the fact that he's been every bit the star that Baltimore craved for those losing years both on and off the field. Adam has been my childhood hero and I know he'll continue to do great things.
  4. I think baseball players decline quickly simply because most guys don't really take care of their body in the offseason. I remember Adam saying something like that before, but in general, you see a lot of sloppy looking guys who seem to still be able to get it done. Guys like Lebron and Brady take working super and health super serious which is why they get a lot out of their bodies at an older age. Baseball is like golf in the sense that you don't need to really be in shape to still do well. However, I think the lifestyle eventually hinders a lot of players earlier in their careers rather than later.
  5. It hasn't happened because they know not to do that!!! It's the exact same reason why players who are gay hide it. When you know that you can't say or do anything extra in order to keep your job, you don't do it. Lol, but what could be more hostile that having food and racial epithets thrown at you while at work. I know for a fact that that is more of a hostile work environment than you've ever had to deal with.
  6. Let's look back at what Jonesy said last year. “We already have two strikes against us already,’’ Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones told USA TODAY Sports, “so you might as well not kick yourself out of the game. In football, you can’t kick them out. You need those players. In baseball, they don’t need us. Tony, now I'm going to tell you how a good amount of black players have felt growing up through these comments. It was mentioned here that the black players in Boston would just be "another n*****" if they weren't good at baseball. Whether it's been because of they've been treated, what they've heard, or insinuations they've felt, that is what has been taking place for a long time. I feel like you're trying to make it a numbers issue when it really isn't. It's about treating people the right way. Black players have felt that if they do something extra or comment about unfair treatment, they will be replaced. David Price has already been subjected to racism. What's to say that Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley won't if they start playing bad.
  7. Precisely. He's been a part of the solution since he step foot in Baltimore, so to say anything less is asinine and defamation of the man's character. Secondly, Tony, I said there is a GOOD AMOUNT (not all) of white people who believe that baseball is a white man's sport. It goes all the way down even to the high school level. Remember the incident at Eastern Tech that happened around here a couple months ago. It's a sentiment that I'm positive a lot of African American ball players have felt coming up here in the states. Like I said before, it doesn't matter how many black ball players are on rosters, what matters is how they are treated. The foolishness needs to stop, and starts with people not telling people to get out safe spaces or whatever, and start changing their mindset.
  8. Smh, this is exactly what I was talking about. The number of black baseball players in MLB doesnt matter bro. How they are treated does. You have absolutely no idea what it's like to come up through high school, the minors, and majors, as a black baseball player, and you never will. I hate when people talk about safe spaces and stuff, but wouldn't dare call their kids certain words or have their kids called certain words by anybody else. Words have power and are behind some of the worst atrocities this world have ever seen. For you to talk about safe spaces in a situation like this is mind boggling
  9. For the person that brought up the percentages of African Americans in MLB and the US, it just further cements my point that there are a good amount of white folks who still see the country as "their country", and baseball as "their sport". That's why it saddened me when people, even on THIS site called for Adam to be off the team when he's done NOTHING but be the leader of this team, the USA squad, and contribute to the Baltimore community in many different ways. THIS is what he was talking about; doing everything right, showing nothing but class, being a leader on and off the field, being an ambassador for Baltimore and the Orioles, and STILL being seen as less than human. Absolutely sickening.
  10. And people wonder why Adam said this was still a white man's game. There were 42 African American's on rosters at the beginning of this season, and those guys (along with Hispanic dudes as well) will have to deal with the pure foolishness that none of the white players have to deal with. Anybody who shot down Adam Jones' comments from last year now knows EXACTLY what he was talking about.
  11. And also btw, no matter how much I vehemently disagree with Steve Clevenger (which I really really do), he has the full right to say what he feels in his heart. The athletes we watch every day are humans, not robots.
  12. I think that it's always interesting when things like sports and politics mix. Stephen A. Smith made a great point this morning on his show when he stated that when we as fans, asked for more from our athletes in terms of being a role model, having more access to them, asking them to be involved in our communities, we were also asking for more of their personal beliefs whether good or bad. Thats why certain comments about Adam being kicked off the team irked me because, we've asked our O's to be HUMAN BEINGS in our community apart from being an athlete on the field. And when he shares his HUMAN emotions along with all the hard work he does on the field for our entertainment, it's a problem. Doesnt make much sense to me
  13. I absolutely agree with you about the media stirring up a lot of this but on the other hand, it is interesting to see on social media, Caucasian folks who I went to school with and such, vehemently agree with the Tomi Lahrens of the world (not saying it's good or bad btw. I really do respect everyone's opinion). What I do think we POC think about the most isnt you or our friends or neighbors, it's moreso the structure and systematic things this country puts in place from the top down.
  14. Why you gotta be like that man. People are having legitimate conversation, sharing human history, personal experience etc. This can be a great convo if you added something constructive bro
  15. Well, let me say this. I was born in 1993 and so I really have no idea why that was. I always thought that it was because of the rising of travel league (including the price) but I definitely want to hear about what older guys have to say about why less brothas play today. I was speaking based on what I've seen from my generation.
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