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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Byron Kerr: Nationals’ “Beast Mode” in full effect

I, by changing into a beast, give the animals here intelligent leadership…AS ONE OF THEM!

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Maybe they call it “Beast Mode.” You have seen the Nationals’ first baseman Michael Morse and his now-famous t-shirt during MASN’s Nats Xtra postgame show interviews, haven’t you?

...Guys like Werth, Rick Ankiel, Danny Espinosa, Laynce Nix, Ian Desmond and Morse play baseball not to avoid contact, but to seek it out. This is the kind of team the Nationals are becoming. Pants are ripped up, there is mud and clay over all their white uniforms after nine innings with these guys.

...I felt it last season when I walked through the Reds clubhouse in Cincinnati while working the sidelines for MASN.

A certain toughness and never-say-die attitude permeated from each player. They were respectful and greeted you politely. But they definitely gave off the feeling that they felt they were better than the team the were playing and they were going to prove that on the field.

Joey Votto, Gomes and Johnny Cueto displayed this confidence almost on their sleeves. I get that sense with Gomes now that he is a National and Tuesday’s collision at the plate is an example of the Nationals “beast mode” in full effect.

 

Repoz Posted: August 03, 2011 at 12:29 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: fantasy baseball, media, nationals

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   1. Bug Selig Posted: August 03, 2011 at 02:49 PM (#3891710)
A certain toughness and never-say-die attitude permeated from each player


All I know about this Kerr fella is that one of us doesn't know what "permeated" means.
   2. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: August 03, 2011 at 02:59 PM (#3891720)
permeated from each player
Ouch.

displayed this confidence almost on their sleeves.
Cliches do not get better by qualifying them in ways that draw attention to the fact that they are not literal.
   3. mex4173 Posted: August 03, 2011 at 03:15 PM (#3891732)
I can't hear the phrase "beast mode" without thinking of Beast Wars.
   4. Sweatpants Posted: August 03, 2011 at 03:18 PM (#3891736)
Since moving to D.C., the Nationals are 465-615 but 60-60 against the Braves.
   5. Rickey! Filipino Diving Team Posted: August 03, 2011 at 04:01 PM (#3891768)
If by "beast mode" you mean making a dirty slide that cut the legs out from under a defenseless player and made him land on his head, I suppose. Gomes deserves a knee to the skull for that crap.
   6. Lassus Posted: August 03, 2011 at 04:10 PM (#3891778)
If by "beast mode" you mean making a dirty slide that cut the legs out from under a defenseless player and made him land on his head, I suppose.

"Skirts, sand, men, Georgia spelling of 'whine', etc." - S.H.

(P.S. I'm sitting Beachy today out of fear of Morse, et al.)
   7. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: August 03, 2011 at 04:11 PM (#3891779)
Sweep the leg, Jonny...
   8. Banta Posted: August 03, 2011 at 04:15 PM (#3891783)
I can't hear the phrase "beast mode" without thinking of hitting someone with my car.
   9. CW, Super-Nerd Posted: August 03, 2011 at 04:18 PM (#3891785)
But they definitely gave off the feeling that they felt they were better than the team the were playing and they were going to prove that on the field.


How's that working out for them?
   10. JJ1986 Posted: August 03, 2011 at 04:21 PM (#3891789)
If by "beast mode" you mean making a dirty slide that cut the legs out from under a defenseless player and made him land on his head, I suppose.


It worked. Gomes turned an easy force out into a run.
   11. Rickey! Filipino Diving Team Posted: August 03, 2011 at 04:22 PM (#3891790)
Lassus, I have no idea what that means.
   12. Rickey! Filipino Diving Team Posted: August 03, 2011 at 04:24 PM (#3891791)
It worked. Gomes turned an easy force out into a run.


No he didn't. Freeman's high throw that pulled Ross off the dish generated the run. Gomes did nothing but endanger the health of David Ross by sliding way inside intentionally looking to do him harm.
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 03, 2011 at 04:47 PM (#3891801)
Freeman's high throw that pulled Ross off the dish generated the run. Gomes did nothing but endanger the health of David Ross by sliding way inside intentionally looking to do him harm.

When Gomes committed to his slide, he wasn't able to predict where Ross would end up or whether a "take out" slide was needed to prevent a return throw to first to get the batter. It was a perfectly acceptable play - this is professional baseball, after all.
   14. Rickey! Filipino Diving Team Posted: August 03, 2011 at 04:51 PM (#3891804)
When Gomes committed to his slide, he wasn't able to predict where Ross would end up or whether a "take out" slide was needed to prevent a return throw to first to get the batter. It was a perfectly acceptable play - this is professional baseball, after all.


Yes, it is. And a professional player needs to drop a knee on Gomes' skull to explain to him the cost of intentionally endangering a player.
   15. Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie Posted: August 03, 2011 at 04:55 PM (#3891807)
Lassus, I have no idea what that means.

He is accusing you of an inconsistency of thought. FIGHT!
   16. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 03, 2011 at 05:03 PM (#3891815)
And a professional player needs to drop a knee on Gomes' skull to explain to him the cost of intentionally endangering a player one of my precious Atlanta Braves.

FTFY.
   17. Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: August 03, 2011 at 05:19 PM (#3891841)
   18. jingoist Posted: August 03, 2011 at 05:47 PM (#3891873)
"Beast Mode"
Is that anything like Depeche Mode?
   19. Rickey! Filipino Diving Team Posted: August 03, 2011 at 06:16 PM (#3891907)
He is accusing you of an inconsistency of thought. FIGHT!


Only an idiot would attack me on grounds of inconsistency with regards to the Braves and think it was going to leave a mark.

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