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You guys whose think Arrieta is tougher and more competitive than Tillman, Hernandez et al is a insult to them. I bet you that they hate losing as much as anybody!!! You don't get to this level with a weak competitive spirit.
I'm guessing that most of the posters here who are expressing delight with Arrieta's comments, as well as others who might feel a good vibe about this interview, are probably not thinking of a contrast with guys like Tillman and Hernandez. I suspect that it relates more to some of the guys we had pitching in the rotation last year.
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Is there anyone that likes to lose?

Of course not, but I do think there are a lot of players out there who can go out there and put up a quality start, pitch well and be satisfied even if the team loses. I think everyone wants to win, noone wants to lose but there are players who are a lot more bothered about losing than others.

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Is there anyone that likes to lose?

According to some OH posters, Brian Roberts doesn't mind much. And the rest of the guys in our (until recently) "losing culture" seem pretty comfortable with it.

NOBODY NOBODY NOBODY gets to this level without that competitive fire. Nice aritcle, though. Met Arrieta briefly in Frederick last year - he couldn't be a nicer kid. Here's hoping...

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I'm guessing that most of the posters here who are expressing delight with Arrieta's comments, as well as others who might feel a good vibe about this interview, are probably not thinking of a contrast with guys like Tillman and Hernandez. I suspect that it relates more to some of the guys we had pitching in the rotation last year.

My reason for posting this was that it was cool to hear some fire coming from a guy who will eventually make the team. No more "laid back" guys who don't care if they win or lose. And there are people out there who are okay with losing as long as they continue to get paid.

I don't see this as a bad thing. The Orioles need guys who are scrappy and not school boys all the time. That's my opinion.

I would love to see some "characters" develop on the team. The Orioles squad is very conservative and the boys don't show their personalities as much. I remember Dempsey's antics and look on those days with fondness. I also liked Millar, but I like him more as a guy no longer taking up space on the team.

While people will say "no one wants to lose" a player can develop a certain attitude once the season looks to be a lost cause. I have seen some players behave that way as early as July and it doesn't help the team even if the team earns a losing record.

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You guys whose think Arrieta is tougher and more competitive than Tillman, Hernandez et al is a insult to them. I bet you that they hate losing as much as anybody!!! You don't get to this level with a weak competitive spirit.

Nobody is trying to pit one prospect against another. Of course all these guys are competitive guys. But different guys have different personalities. Some guys try to outthink the hitters. Some try to avoid the hitters' strengths. Other guys say, here's my best stuff, try to hit it. Arrieta is the latter kind of guy, and he's very confident. It's enjoyable, just like the other styles are also enjoyable in their own way.

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Arrieta has a similar degree of intangibles that Hobgood is said to have. Both are bulldogs on the mound and are very confident on the field. Both are said to have excellent poise out there as well, and those similarities arent even considering their stuff. From reports, both have a similar fastball, thrown hard in the mid 90's with major boring action. Hobgood has more pitches and a better curve ball while Arrieta I think throws a slider and a change, and his slider is better than Hobgood's slurve....

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