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Yo fellas, didn't we win WWII? Enough German already.

Let's see if Hernandez gets out of this.

Deutsch ist eine große Sprache für Oriole's Anhänger. Es hört sich immer wie Schreien an. Zuschauen, den sie mich machen, will schreien.

(German is a great language for Orioles fans. It always sounds like yelling. Watching them makes me want to yell.) :)

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