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  1. 8 points
    With over 84,000 posts, SG's work ethic is there, but it doesn't mean his ego isn't hindering him.
  2. 5 points
    I totally understand your position on Colon versus Machado, but I think this line of reasoning is flawed. We have limited opportunities to actually obtain top level talent. We need to take them and develop those guys or, IMO, we'll never compete. I like Colon, but not at #3 in the draft. I like having a team with 6 guys like him, but I don't like a team where he might have to be the big man on campus. At #3, I think we need to get the stud, not the safe guy. We won't compete with the Yankees if we take medium talent with these opportunities. In that sense, while I think your skepticsm is warranted, I personally think your fallback is flawed. If we can't develop any top talent, we have no chance. Machado should force the O's to focus on and improve their positional development. He should be the subject of hundreds of discussions going all of the way up to AM, starting now and continuing weekly once he starts to play. He should not just be the next positional guy in the organization. He should be the guy that we can't afford to fail, and that has to become the focus at all levels. IMO, that can't help but trickle down in the system. Machado had to be the guy, even if Colon would have been a nice guy to have.
  3. 3 points
    Well I guess it takes one Egomaniac to know another Egomaniac:):rofl:
  4. 3 points
    I posted that poll the other day about whether or not you're watching Strasburg or the Orioles tonight...and I'm not here to bash anyone for their choices. Living here in Northern VA, it's been the buzz around town for the past 3-4 days. It was practically impossible NOT to watch...and he put on an incredible performance, living up to everyones expectations, striking out 14, walking ZERO and setting a Nats record for strikeouts in a game. Now do not get the rest of my post twisted...I'm not here to turn in my Orioles fan card...I just want to point out a few things. What do the Nats have in addition to Strasburg? In no specific order: A grizzled HoF veteran catcher who picked up two hits tonight, called a great game and still shows to have a little spring in his step (Pudge). What do grizzled vets do when they come to Baltimore? A big slugging outfielder that they picked up in FA (Dunn). Do big sluggers come to Baltimore? A talented young third baseman who can hit for power and field his position exceptionally well (Zimmerman). Baltimore's answer? Josh Bell, far from a sure thing. A trio of players with over 10 homers (Zimmerman, Dunn, Willingham). I don't need to remind you what the Orioles have. A packed house. When was the last time we packed OPACY? Furthermore, who stands a better chance of having a packed house full of THEIR OWN fans? I saw the Nats pull off a flawless hit and run tonight. When was the last time the Orioles even attempted something like that? I saw the Nats give run support to a young pitcher. Strasburg gave up a 2 run homer and was down for 2-1 for much of the game but the Nats exploded for 3 runs to put him in line for the win. When do the Orioles ever score runs for a young pitcher...or any pitcher? And perhaps the most important thing of all: Buzz. Electricity. For two days now, the Nats have been the talk of Major League Baseball, picking Bryce Harper #1 yesterday and now having Strasburg, perhaps the biggest pitching prospect of all time making his debut tonight. What do the Orioles have? A pulse. A weak pulse at that....and another losing season, further making the trek into baseball Siberia. There were a few other things I noticed tonight that made me shake my head and go "Hmmm, must be nice..." but these were the ones that immediately came to mind while sitting here typing this out. We used to dump all over the Nats...we used to look down our noses at them when they moved to DC. We used to make jokes on here about how "well, at least we aren't the Nats". We used to compare their attendance record to ours, we used to compare their record and position in the standings to ours. We somehow used to use them to make us feel better about our own failures. Well guess what? The Nats appear to have everything we want. The Nats ARE what we want the Orioles to be and it cannot be denied. Am I jealous? Absofreakinlutely. Not only are they on the upswing while we're the worst team in baseball, but we can't even pick the right freakin year to be the worst team in baseball, seeing as they were able to get Strasburg AND Harper. We can't even get losing right! I tuned in to watch Strasburg tonight out of curiosity tonight...I wanted to see what the hype was about. I'm not sure I would have tuned in if he was playing for another team, but since this is happening in my backyard I couldn't ignore it. I saw an amazing, amazing pitcher. He hit triple digits (even 101 a few times), his curve was filthy and I do believe he struck out the side 3 times. It was definitely a sight to behold. So Strasburg is done with his masterpiece, the Nats look great as they played to a sold out house of enthusiastic fans...and I turn on the O's to see what's going on...and we're losing 6-3 to the Yankees. What a depressing night, indeed.
  5. 2 points
    The problem is, there is no substance in this discussion.There are things misconstrued as evidence, such as his twittering and bubble-blowing, but those don't really mean anything in terms of his ego. They could, or they couldn't. Jones could be the most intolerable jackass in the world. Or the most humble person this side of Brooks Robinson. Reading his tweets, listening to 10-second sound-bytes, watching him collect awards, and seeing him blow bubbles in no way prove or even support the argument in either direction. If there were some quotes from people in constant contact with him (coaches, teammates, mentors, himself) that were saying that the success got to his head or anything like that, that would be something. But there aren't. Things coming from reporters, even Tony, really don't mean much. Things coming from Dave Johnson and other radio people mean even less. Hangout posters interpretations of Jones' bubble-blowing as showboating mean absolutely zero.
  6. 2 points
    This is Jones' third season with the Orioles. On June 8 of Palmer's third season with the Orioles, he coughed up two homers in three innings and made only a pair of big league appearances over the next 22 months. Obviously there are countless differences between them as ballplayers, but it bears repeating that Jones is still a very young (and very precocious player). His accomplishments as a young man bode very well, and God willing he has many, many years of good baseball ahead of him. Guys like Reimold & Luke Scott hadn't even sniffed the big leagues at the age Jones is now. MVP & 6-time All Star Miguel Tejada was enjoying his first MLB season batting higher than .233 in the year he turned 25.
  7. 2 points
    I went with "okay," but I think there should have been another choice...."pretty solid." I would have picked that one. Machado was the easy choice at 1-3. I'm not a big fan of much of the video on him I've seen, but all of those scouts can't be wrong. But then again, Lou Montanez was a high first round pick, #4 I believe, and a SS for the Cubs. Klein and Anderson are great picks. I liked the LHP Bywater pick too. All three are solid picks to, at the very least be solid bullpen arms. They obviously know Klein as they've been on him for years. I wonder if Joe was thinking about waiting until round 4 on him, but he decided to grab him there. I like the Mummey pick too, but I'd bet Joe was looking for Leon Landry (LSU) to be available here. I like that he showed more power as the season progressed as he came back completely from the injury. Very good defender with an average arm and solid speed. The Narron selection is a great pick, assuming he signs. A big switch-hitter with power and the pedigree is outstanding. What is not to like in round 5? I really like the Sawyer pick too. He was rising up the charts a bit, but he may be a tougher sign. Offensive-minded catcher, who seems to have really improved defensively this past year. He put on some muscle in the past year and is highly thought of. Parker Bridwell is a kid who if he doesn't sign, should be picked much higher in a few years. Typical Jordan pick, in that he projects well. He's athletic and will get better now that he will give up football apparently. Clayton Schrader is a power closer from San Jacinto, the top JUCO program in the country. Not a projectable guy, but he could move somewhat quickly if he signs. Hornback is a solid looking young catcher, who had no errors in 151 innings of work on the same San Jacinto team. He even hit .361 as a freshman. Mosby is a bit of a sleeper here. He hit .451 with 18 homers in JUCO as a sophmore. I also like the picks of Oliveira, King, Vader and Wise picks. Urban (Penn State) and Esquivel (Rice) are two tough signs to watch for. If you look into the picks, the five catchers are what jump out at me. Also, more JUCO picks than usual. To me, if you think Jordan's job is on the line, that is nuts. He is very well-respected throughout the industry. In a few more years, when many of the young players he has drafted begin to ascend through the system, things will be much clearer. We knew there'd be a gap in talent when the shift from more college talent to more higher ceiling high school talent happened. They went pitching heavy in the draft and said we'd trade for the position talent down the road. Well, I guess that part is still....down the road. Things are just starting to get in line throughout the player development system. You can draft all the talent you want, but if the players need "development," that is on the coaching staffs along the way. This is a very solid draft to me, so far. A second round pick sure would have helped. The things that cannot be measured easily is the mental toughness and desire a kid has. If Steve Melewski's information is correct that Jordan is seeking more of that, then I'm encouraged. But, I think that is a systemic problem in the Orioles' organization. The atmosphere and culture of our minor league teams have to foster those intagibles. I look at what the Rangers are doing with the philosophies of Nolan Ryan and how he has raised the expectations of his young pitchers and their preparation. That is the kind of thing we need to do more of.
  8. 2 points
    I'm sick of the cannard that if one is critical of someone of a different race, there *has to be* some underlying, deep-seated , racist implications behind it. It's carelessly and sometimes shamelessly tossed out there and the people painted by that brush are left defenseless. This leaves otherwise well-meaning people to get overly self-conscious and question their own character. It's gotten to the point where people go out of their way *not to criticize* someone of a different race to avoid any adverse perception.
  9. 1 point
    I am doing this thread as a way to clear up a few things I've said in regards to how people view Adam Jones and his tenure on this team. This is the last time I will address this, but I feel this needs to be said loud and clear. First, I do have to compliment RShack on an excellent post he made in the Adam Jones live chat thread in regards to unconscious racial bias when criticizing people different than yourself: The hidden bias research has shown that people sometimes unconsciously place harsher criticism on those perceived different than themselves. I believe it's called the IMPLICIT ASSOCIATION TEST. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18122831/ -- I am at work and don't have time to do all the research but there is a site that this article is referencing that tests a person's biases based on visual stimuli and it has some interesting -- but not at all shocking -- conclusions. I would be the first and last person in any conversation to admit to my own racial biases and its something I work at every single day of my life. To pretend otherwise is disingenuous and would contribute to the very real problems that exist in the world outside of sports-related message boards. I will say this, black athletes are often under a more intense microscope than white athletes and this gets proven time and time again even when white athletes commit a similar transgression yet get much easier treatment from the mainstream media. (re: Big Ben in Pittsburg). This is a looooong and exhaustive article about how the mainstream sports media tends to report black athlete transgressions vs. white athlete transgressions: http://sportsonmymind.com/2009/09/08/happy-30th-espn-the-wwl-lionizes-black-athletes-just-not-in-the-way-the-headline-suggests/ While I will apologize for the length of this quote, it hits to the core of what I am trying to say here: There has long been a documented lack of restraint and respect towards black athletes and the quick reporting of supposed transgressions. It is not a stretch to assume that the combination of socially-constructed biases and the long term effects of consistent unbalanced scrutiny by the mainstream sports media toward non-white players would have some kind of influence on how people perceive and evaluate a black player. I am not at all suggesting that Adam Jones is above reproach. Far from it. The guy makes too many mistakes and needs to work harder at his defense and plate discipline. 'Nuff said. But did anyone look at the ridiculous questions he got on his live chat? "Are you in a gang?" That's insane. Almost as insane as there being threads criticizing the man because he CHEWS BUBBLEGUM! He doesn't chew tobacco, he doesn't act like some street thug, he speaks eloquently and treats fans with respect but somehow he is threat to the traditions of the game because HE CHEWS BUBBLEGUM. I just found it interesting that so many people criticize him so quickly and especially after the man won an (undeserved?) Gold Glove. I was happy that an Oriole player got some kind of recognition for his work and folks here were -- and still -- say that the man somehow got an award as a gift. I have suggested and still do that there is a kind of racial component to the Adam Jones harshness at times. Does he deserve criticism? Of course. Does he deserve the harsh nitpicky criticism? I don't believe so. And whenever the subject of race pops up, folks immediately jump to the "I have black friends, I like this black player" defense/argument as if though that adequately answers the point of the situation at hand. It doesn't. I have all kinds of friends, but when I find myself making certain assumptions about certain groups of people, my friendships don't come into play because those are external decisions. Socially-constructed biases that become embedded in our consciousness don't always directly affect our daily decision making processes (like friends, co-workers, places to eat, etc.) but do come into play when issues of empathy and fairness come into mind. On this subject, another article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100527122141.htm Bottom line, folks tend to be tribal and less harsh towards people like themselves. I've seen this time and time again in many different arenas. With sports, its all too clear. Now, I am not suggesting anyone here is a member of the KKK for criticizing Adam Jones. That's silly. I am saying that I have noted a quick knee-jerk harsh reaction to what the guy does and I have often wondered why that is. In any case, I hope that some of this makes sense but chances are that someone will read this and misunderstand what my point is. MSK
  10. 1 point
    I've always operated on the principle that aspersions and character criticism need something more than speculation in a vacuum to be worth posting. I mean, those are thin, thin observations. They're not evidence of anything, to be sure.
  11. 1 point
    Ah look, a Celtics fan acting like Celtics players!
  12. 1 point
    OMG, just shut up already. How about your personal conversations with him? WTF do you know?r Just stop crying. Its an opinion based off of what I see and what we have heard from several people, including Tony. If you don't like it, fine...But christ, shut up about it. That argument is so damn stupid. You don't know him either. So, take that argument and shove it because it is stupid. Its the same tired argument that you have over and over again and you choose to not apply it to yourself.
  13. 1 point
    West Villanova born and raised outside shooting bball I spent most of my days... Had fresh on the license plate and dice in the mirror, if I could tell anything this cab was rare, I though oh forget home to Bell Air!
  14. 1 point
    When you said Bel Air I immediately just thought of the old Will Smith show, "Fresh Prince of Bel Air." And I am a horrible comedian.
  15. 1 point
    I would not call the Nationals a winning team by any stretch of the imagination: http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/standings?tag=globalNav.mlb;fastFacts They are dead last in their div. and have to top the Mets, Phillies, and Braves to change that. Not going to happen anytime soon.
  16. 1 point
    I think the Celtics need to cry more... I can't think of a more detestable group of players/coaches. Whether it's Doc Rivers and his "maybe I should start complaining" technique for whining while trying to make it seem like he's not...or KG making his fake tough guy face..or PP throwing himself to the ground constantly, and then blaming fouls for not showing up...or Big Baby trying to make KG's fake tough guy face, while not realizing it actually makes him look like he has some disability... The only guy who's existence is tolerable is Rondo. Maybe PP shouldn't have declared the series over after a win that required Jesus Shuttleworth's career game.
  17. 1 point
    I listened to the interview. Palmer said Jones came to him and said something to the effect of, "This game is hard -- I have a lot of respect for guys like you who played it for such a long time." To me, the comment -- and the remarks Palmer made afterward -- showed that Jones is still searching for answers and understands that the success he had in the first half of '09 is not automatic by any stretch. It was brought up in the context of "trusting your stuff" -- a favorite Palmer expression -- and how at some point young players need to become comfortable with their own skills. They also talked about Adam's plate discipline and how he's not doing himself any favors by not swinging at strikes. As he has said on the game broadcasts, Palmer repeated, "Why would a pitcher throw Adam Jones a strike when he doesn't have to?" It was an interesting take -- as Palmer's takes usually are. But it didn't sound like Jones was going to Palmer for hitting advice or anything like that. More like a young player going to a Hall of Famer and acknowledging just how hard this game can be at times.
  18. 1 point
    Fortunately what you think you see and what is real isn't necessarily the same. I don't think you have one damn clue about what you're talking about here.He's overhyped himself and that's what has caused his struggles? Nonsense.
  19. 1 point
    How did Jones overhype himself? Perhaps you mean the Orioles overhyped him. Or do you think Jones and his giant ego came up with the idea for the commercial and then sat down side by side to write it? I mean, Jones is clearly overhyped at this point, but it's not his fault. It's also not his fault he got picked as a Gold Glove winner or an All Star. But clearly, those only happened because his massive ego conducted a crazy PR campaign for him.
  20. 1 point
    It's so easy to get caught up in the moment and lose sight of the big picture. Think back to just a year ago today - the Nats' record was 16-41 (that sounds familiar) after dropping another home game in front of 16,000, they hadn't signed their first round pick the previous year, and there were doubts that they would be willing to pay the "$50 million" that Strasburg wanted. The O's, on the other hand, beat the Mariners 3-1 behind rookie Brad Bergesen, who earlier in the season had become the 2nd of 5 rookie pitchers who would win their major league debut for the O's that season. Adam Jones was hitting .340 with an OPS over .900, Nolan Reimold had an OPS over .900 in his first 3 weeks in the majors, which included a game-winning HR, and Matt Wieters had just made his MLB debut in front of 42,000 at Camden Yards. Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman were lights-out in the minors and Troy Patton & Jake Arrieta were being promoted to Triple-A after dominating AA. This time last year there was a lot of hope in Baltimore and not a lot in DC. Since then Strasburg signed, flew through the system, Harper was drafted, and the Nats got off to a decent start (although still under .500). Meanwhile the O's young players have struggled or have been hurt (Reimold & Pie), one of their two best players suffered a likely season-ending and possibly career-threatening injury, and the O's just missed on the player they likely preferred in the draft. It truly is the reverse situation. My point is not that everything is going to be OK with the O's - I'm not sure it will be. My point is that things can change pretty quickly and the world may look very different a year from now. Young players in baseball are incredibly unpredictable - probably more than any other sport. Let's see how it all plays out. It's one of the things that makes baseball so damn interesting.
  21. 1 point
    You don't know Adam Jones at all, or anything about him or his ego. So why do you constantly make mindless remarks like this about players? All you know is what you read and hear, just like the rest of us, and the accuracy of much of that info is questionable at best.
  22. 1 point
    I don't see them hiring Valentine. I think he would be too much for Angelos and MacPhail.
  23. 1 point
    I don't get the hatred for the Nats, really. Maybe it's finally getting to everyone that the Nats are better than us for once, and probably for the immediate future too, but why all the hate? They aren't in our division, they aren't even in our league. Maybe I'm not predisposed to hating Washington-based teams because I'm not from Baltimore, but what's the harm in quietly rooting for them to do well? I know whenever I see the Dodgers or Twins playing I'd rather see them win than lose (unless they're playing the O's) and I'm starting to feel the same about the Nats. Who doesn't do that? Do you hate every major league team that isn't the Orioles? Hell, I remember rooting for the Red Sox during the playoffs in '04 when they came back against the Yankees. In the end, my allegiances lie with the Orioles, and I'd have a hard time accusing anyone here of being a fair-weather fan.. I mean we haven't had a winning season in 13 years yet here we all are on a message board dedicated to the worst team in baseball the morning after a beating from the Yankees. I think it's safe to say we're all Orioles fans, and I don't like the idea that I'm somehow less of an Orioles fan because I'm not seething with hatred for the Nationals. Good for Washington, and good for Stephen Strasburg. I wish them the best, and I can only hope we meet up in the World Series somewhere down the line.
  24. 1 point
    This whole entire thread is sad. I wish the Orioles were winning so we could talk about actual baseball and not cooked up fantasies about why Jones is criticized more than other players because he is black and not because he is one of the worst hitters on our team. FTO
  25. 1 point
    I got negative rep'd for that post. Amazing. Between that and getting negative rep'd for supposedly criticizing the board when I actually said I supported it, it's been a banner week for me in terms of rep abuse.
  26. 1 point
    Not surprising. If you want to pimp your underwear the proper way, you go to the best.
  27. 1 point
    Scottie, you tease. You're like a coquettish habadasher winking at us from behind the fedoras.
  28. 1 point
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  29. 1 point
    I wouldn't want to be in the fox hole with you when things get tough.
  30. 1 point
    I'd also like to note that identifying "otherness" should neither be surprising, nor viewed as morally deficient. From an anthropological perspective, identifying that which is not like you meant identifying possible threats, and categorizing the ways one is "not like you" was one of the mechanisms of analyzing and cataloging the level of risk. The core of what MSK is really saying here (and he applies it to all people, not any single race) - outside of the media double standard stuff, which frankly seems a little underbaked (after all, Roethlesberger has been the subject of repeated excoriating articles, whether they were "slow" to report or not, and Shannon Brown has not) - is that folks should be aware of how quickly they latch onto a kind of criticism, because sometimes it can be an instinctive grab for an easily identified marker (of trust, value, risk, whathaveyou). The Gladwell reference is interesting. I'm far from a fan (his conclusions are often forced, his topics often second-hand) but I think it touches on the double edge of this subject: frequently, we react quickly, instinctively, to things and that "first thought/best thought" nature works to our advantage, helping us identify opportunity as well as perceived threats, and occasionally actually identifying something deeper than that. But, it's not always accurate, nor is it always the appropriate mode of analysis. There's a great line in Up In The Air, where the main character says Stereotyping is nothing but a heuristic. Often we can recognize when we are stereotyping, but the same can't be said for some of the mechanisms underneath that stereotyping. What we notice. What we identify. What we catalog. What we chew on. I'm a lawyer now, and folks use that as a means of categorizing me on this board. Before that, however, I was a poet and taught literature at the university level. What a stereotype can't do is reconcile that contradiction. I think MSK would like folks to recognize when they might be focusing on one kind of "otherness" with Jones in an attempt to "understand" (i.e., categorize) him, and realize there may be other sides, too, that would require us to pause before leaping to conclusions. I think Beltwayman makes a good point, by the way, about defeated expectations for Jones and how they drive a lot of the animus towards him. But as I noted earlier, it's entirely possible that we identify a need to criticize due to those expectations, but rely on identified "otherness" factors simply because we're predisposed to identify that which isn't us as more likely to be wrong. And why wouldn't we? To do otherwise would lead to endless metaphysical self-questioning. There's a serious chicken/egg issue at work. For those who claim they don't have these issues, that they don't see race, that it never plays a role - consciously or unconsciously - well, you're essentially saying that you've evolved beyond it. So, you know, pat yourself on the back. The rest of us, simple machines that we are, will always suffer from a bounded rationality that we're forced to fight daily.
  31. 1 point
    Great post MSK, a lot of people missed the point and remain oblivious to facts. Note he never said there was racism, he pointed out that it should not be ignored that Adam Jones is African American. And with that whether intention or not, certain things follow. For those stuck on the "gang" question and whether it was a joke post or not, surely you'd believe that the MASN guy got plenty of negative and some non-baseball criticisms and questions. Reading the thread on the chat, I was waiting for a comment about Adam wearing shades when the video started.
  32. 1 point
    Strausberg's start tonight was a prime example of one simple fact: If you build it, they will come. Nothing more, nothing less.
  33. 1 point
    Eh, people like him from far away. He makes it about him-him-him. I want no parts of the guy. But, assuming we wanted guys who would hog the spotlight and make it about themselves, who could fill-out his coaching staff? Rickey is a no-brainer, people think he'd teach guys to steal bases, but he'd be absolutely terrible. So, that's one. Let him coach 3B too... instead of flashing signals to the hitters, he could yell instructions to them: "Rickey says to swing away!" Jose Canseco could coach the OF-ers, to make sure they get their heads squarely under flyballs. After the game, he could meet with reporters and make sure they know the troof about what's really going on in the clubhouse. He could be 1B coach... when guys gets on 1st, he can pat them on the ass and keep track of who's butt is rock-hard from, um, exercise. Ryan Freel could be bench coach. When he's not busy having Valentine ignore him, he could complain about not getting enough playing time. Who else?
  34. 1 point
    I wish I wouldn't get ridiculed by everyone I know, because I really want to jump ship. I look like a complete fool for talking up Wieters, Jones, etc. Now when everyone says "they suck", I really don't have a legitimate argument in their defense.
  35. 1 point
    No, the weren't they just bought the jersey's and caps. Oriole fans would not leave even after 0-21
  36. 1 point
    Well he's turned around poor teams quickly. That's a plus, and he isn't afraid of riding players: http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Bobby_Valentine Man that would be crazy if he was the savior of the aftermath of DJ, twice... The Mets had 6 losing seasons after DJ left. The Orioles have had 12, soon to be 13. Perhaps the Curse of Davey Johnson is real, and you need to hire Valentine to break it...
  37. 1 point
    All I am saying, be careful. I lost nearly every one of my rep points by making a point very similar to this.... but kudos.
  38. 1 point
    Way to pat yourself on the back. If, as you suggest, people are extra-critical of Jones because he is black, then why is Pie so popular around here? Stop trying to read the subtext of a very obvious situation. It's 2010. People want results, regardless of ethnicity. I don't care of our players our purple with antlers coming out their butt-cheeks as long as they produce.
  39. 1 point
    It's true that Sam Horn never struck out 5 times in a major league game. Neither did he ever strike out four times. However, on 7/17/1991, in a 15-inning loss in Kansas City, Orioles DH Sam Horn walked in the top of the first and doubled in the top of the 15th. In a half-dozen at-bats in the other 13 innings, he struck out six consecutive times! (Randy "Moose" Milligan hit a three-run homer in the first inning of that game --scoring Horn-- but the Orioles lost despite Milligan's 5 RBIs & Baltimore pounding out 19 hits)
  40. 0 points
    In case you haven't noticed, the Nats are making some noise in the NL East and now will have Bryce Harper. Great week to be a Nats fan.
  41. -1 points
    I'm not a buzzkill. I've been on the Spoone bandwagon as long as anyone. From way back, before even his breakout year. I just think expectations should be measured. I mean, how is this different than your ecstasy over Troy Patton last year?
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