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I got my Manny autograph in his rookie season (and I'm not even going to FanFest this year), so I don't really have a dog in this fight.

Perhaps if Manny's unable to make FanFest, they can give out vouchers to ticketholders for his session(s) to get one of those autographed cards in the mail? The kids don't get to meet him, but at least they'll get an autograph out of the deal. Thoughts?

I think the kids want to see him, his smile and his personality. I definitely don't need Manny's autograph. Or to talk with him.

The young fans like having heroes that are fun.

It's part of what makes a baseball player worth the contracts that they get.

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This is neither the last Fanfest, nor Manny's last season as an Oriole, so is this much ado over nothing? He does have a legitimate reason for not attending, IMO.

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From Roch:

Ubaldo Jimenez getting married this week. Good reason to miss FanFest

Selfish SOB! What about his adoring fans? :laughlol:

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Baltimore Sun quotes Showalter as saying "not happy about it" in response to Manny missing Fan Fest due to "close friends expecting a child".

Although Manny usually says the right things, I still don't know that he really gets it sometimes.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/bal-orioles-prospect-dylan-bundy-ready-to-put-injuries-behind-him-20151212-story.html

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Unless there were some kind of extenuating circumstances regarding the birth, I'd call that a pretty weak excuse.

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Baltimore Sun quotes Showalter as saying "not happy about it" in response to Manny missing Fan Fest due to "close friends expecting a child".

Although Manny usually says the right things, I still don't know that he really gets it sometimes.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/bal-orioles-prospect-dylan-bundy-ready-to-put-injuries-behind-him-20151212-story.html

I was there. I heard him. He was not happy.

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Unless there were some kind of extenuating circumstances regarding the birth, I'd call that a pretty weak excuse.
Showalter said during a fan forum that right fielder Alvarez’s arm is so good that the club would consider transitioning him to the mound if things don’t work out as a position player. But the plan for now is that he will continue to be a position player. … Duquette said the Orioles retain pitcher Pat Connaughton’s rights and would want him back if the club’s 2014 fourth-rounder leaves pro basketball. Connaughton is currently a little-used reserve with the Portland Trailblazers.

Dan and Buck both taunted Pat to come back. They both said he was a much better baseball player.

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Dan and Buck both taunted Pat to come back. They both said he was a much better baseball player.

I get wanting a top prospect to come back but implying he isn't a good basketball player is absurd and disrespectful. Do you know how hard it is to make an NBA roster? I have heard this a few times on here now and each time I do, I shake my head. Ignorant comment IMO. Let the guy live his life and if he chooses to come back, fine. This is not the way to motivate someone IMO.

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Dan and Buck both taunted Pat to come back. They both said he was a much better baseball player.

Hey now! Pat is averaging .83 points a game. He's shooting 100% from both the line (2-2) and three point range (1-1).

He just needs more then 29 seconds a game to show what he can do.

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I get wanting a top prospect to come back but implying he isn't a good basketball player is absurd and disrespectful. Do you know how hard it is to make an NBA roster? I have heard this a few times on here now and each time I do, I shake my head. Ignorant comment IMO. Let the guy live his life and if he chooses to come back, fine. This is not the way to motivate someone IMO.

He's a great basketball player.

He looks to be a very poor NBA player.

That better? :rolleyes:

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I get wanting a top prospect to come back but implying he isn't a good basketball player is absurd and disrespectful. Do you know how hard it is to make an NBA roster? I have heard this a few times on here now and each time I do, I shake my head. Ignorant comment IMO. Let the guy live his life and if he chooses to come back, fine. This is not the way to motivate someone IMO.

You think that if they could do it again Portland would still draft and sign him to a 2 year guaranteed deal?

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