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will bailey
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Jul 31, 2006
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He does not look well. I don't understood how he doesn't have the wherewithall to call a fucking uber, or have a driver. I guess he was never the sharpest tho
How many people look well in mugshots after blowing a .3 BAC?
 

Leather

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Jul 18, 2005
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Sad. There was an article about 7-8 years ago about Damon that revealed his complete lack of vision beyond being a ball player, and how he’s always been completely ill-equipped to deal with a life where he’s not a star. Even more so than most players; literally wondering aloud why nobody wanted him anymore but convinced the call would come, no close family, no meaningful alternate interests. Just lost.
 

cromulence

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I just wanted to skip to when Damon appears, so I happened to click to 34:15, which is right before he gets cuffed. Is that a typical tactic when arresting a drunk person? It's pretty damn clever. At first I was like "What a strange sobriety test", and then.....
 

cournoyer

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Here's Junichi Tazawa pitching out of the bullpen for the resuscitated Wei Chuan Dragons, nailing down a win against the Brother Elephants. You get to see some of that trademark CPBL defense, too.

View: https://twitter.com/CPBL/status/1372383787330514945
3.58 ERA/ 3.31 FIP in 7 years with the Red Sox. Pretty solid. Once he left he pretty much flamed out immediately, but he was pretty good for awhile.
 

Yo La Tengo

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Nov 21, 2005
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I found this article on Mookie an interesting read. PTSD, I know. Also: designer clothes are stupidly expensive.

https://www.gq.com/story/dodgers-mookie-betts-profile
Here's a long quote of how Mookie decided to deal with free agency:


"Early on Betts determined that he would turn down whatever contract extension he was offered in order to make it to free agency, where he'd be able to earn something closer to his true market value. He just as soon would have re-signed in Boston, he says—but only if they made the right offer.

Just like learning to lay off outer-half curveballs, turning down big dollars took practice. “The very first contract extension I ever saw was super hard to turn down,” he says. “It was like $90 million or something. They slid over the sheet of paper, and I saw the number, and I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh.’ I had never seen that before, so that was hard to turn down. But once you can figure out how to say no, then it becomes easy as anything. Saying no the first time is the hardest thing.”

It got easier—but also stranger. He couldn't wrap his head around asking for anything less than what he knew he deserved. “I don't care if you're working at Waffle House or for the Red Sox or for the Dodgers,” he says. “You should just get paid what you're worth.” Ultimately the Red Sox decided they'd rather trade Betts than lose him to free agency, shipping him to Los Angeles. Dodgers executive Friedman concedes the obvious. “It's not often that a player of his caliber is available via trade,” he says. Dave Roberts, the team's manager, is more blunt: “My first reaction was ‘I can't believe it's really going to happen.’ ”

Betts thought he’d be with the Sox for life, and says he loved his time there—he and Bri had begun looking at new houses before the trade. But he isn’t sentimental about the bonds between player and team. The Red Sox “didn't owe me anything; I didn't owe them anything. The city didn't owe me anything; I didn't owe the city anything. We did what we were supposed to do. And at that point,” he says, “it's a business.” The Sox couldn’t—or just wouldn’t—pay him what he knew he was worth. So he wound up with a team that could."
 

allmanbro

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Jul 19, 2005
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The first two sentences in that quote seem to contradict one another - the way a lot of discussions of this do, ultimately saying nothing. I just don't think we can really confidently evaluate that process unless we have actual numbers of what was offered and what Mookie would have accepted (including whether COVID made him willing to take something less that he had asked for in Boston).
 

Yo La Tengo

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Nov 21, 2005
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The first two sentences in that quote seem to contradict one another - the way a lot of discussions of this do, ultimately saying nothing. I just don't think we can really confidently evaluate that process unless we have actual numbers of what was offered and what Mookie would have accepted (including whether COVID made him willing to take something less that he had asked for in Boston).
I suppose it could mean that his plan was to decline all offers until he was a free agent and then would have re-signed in Boston if the Sox made the "right offer." And, I can buy that explanation, and the fact that the plan changed as COVID impacted MLB and the market within the game. You're right about the rest: without knowing what was offered and rejected, we're just speculating.
 

allmanbro

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Jul 19, 2005
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I suppose it could mean that his plan was to decline all offers until he was a free agent and then would have re-signed in Boston if the Sox made the "right offer." And, I can buy that explanation, and the fact that the plan changed as COVID impacted MLB and the market within the game. You're right about the rest: without knowing what was offered and rejected, we're just speculating.
Ya, I think you are right that that was the intended meaning - not the clearest way of saying that. And agreed, that would have made sense for Mookie, if it's what he did.
 

nattysez

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Manuel Margot just homered. Seems like he may finally be poised for a breakout. Does anyone other than Matt V on MLB Network call him "Manny Margot?" I don't remember hearing that before.
 

jon abbey

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Jul 15, 2005
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Manuel Margot just homered. Seems like he may finally be poised for a breakout. Does anyone other than Matt V on MLB Network call him "Manny Margot?" I don't remember hearing that before.
The breakout seems to have come in last year's postseason, where he had a .895 OPS in 65 PAs, 5 HRs in 58 ABs. He is still only 26, I was pushing for NY to snag him last winter before TB did.