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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

OMNICHATTER for April 17, 2013

Among the pitchers taking the mound today are Sabathia, Masterson, King Felix, Scherzer, Matt Moore and Kershaw. Two of those names I would not have expected to mention in the same breath as the others when the season started.

Chatter up!

Gamingboy Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:29 AM | 223 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 17, 2013 at 10:03 AM (#4416644)
Decent amount of day baseball today and it looks like I have no work until the evening! Looks like Braves-Royals and Astros-Athletics in the afternoon. Phillies and Reds get going at 5:30. I can dig that.
   2. bigboy1234 Posted: April 17, 2013 at 10:56 AM (#4416694)
Rick Ankiel has 20 SO in 27 PA.
   3. realteamcoach Posted: April 17, 2013 at 11:20 AM (#4416729)
Brett Wallace has something like 17 in 26. Astros are legit, huh?
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2013 at 11:21 AM (#4416732)
Looks like Braves-Royals


Why is it such an early start (12:10 ET)?
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2013 at 11:23 AM (#4416736)
Still hitless:
Steve Pearce 0-14
Austin Kearns 0-14
Cody Ransom 0-11

One-hit wonders:
Brett Wallace 1-26
Brent Lillibridge 1-24
Dave Sappelt 1-19

Two-timers
Aaron Hicks 2-51
Ryan Flaherty 2-29
Sam Fuld 2-27

Three-peat
Pedro Alvarez 3-46
Ryan Hanigan 3-41
Russell Martin 3-40
   6. spike Posted: April 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM (#4416739)
Follow up on last night's injury -

#Braves Avilan said he’ll stick with water and Powerade instead of his usual pregame Red Bull, which might have contributed to cramping.— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) April 17, 2013

   7. Kurt Posted: April 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM (#4416753)
Did we ever get an answer to the question posted in yesterday's omnichatter?

16. Der_K Posted: April 16, 2013 at 04:30 PM (#4416016)

AG#1F: I think he dropped his old approach entirely. I kind of liked him out of Hawaii too.

***

Per a recent mlbtr post: Bud Norris earns easily the least of anyone who is his team's highest paid player*, at 3m. Who's second (and the only other guy on this list not making eight figures)?
* Forget about Wandy Rodriguez, for a second. He's partially paid by the Astros - he's not an Astro.
   8. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM (#4416757)
Russell Martin 3-40

Russell Martin is tired.
   9. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: April 17, 2013 at 11:36 AM (#4416760)
Per a recent mlbtr post: Bud Norris earns easily the least of anyone who is his team's highest paid player*, at 3m. Who's second (and the only other guy on this list not making eight figures)?
* Forget about Wandy Rodriguez, for a second. He's partially paid by the Astros - he's not an Astro.

Yup - I posted it when I got home from work. Chris Young, OAK, 9m.
   10. boteman Posted: April 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM (#4416786)
That earlier Phillies @ Reds contest is the slop-over from last night's suspended game. It was 0-0 in the 9th so who knows how long it might go today?

Topic for the day: which radio ads are new? Which are good? Which do you wish you would never hear again?

I used to be partial to that "Lookie, lookie, lookie" jingle on the Braves broadcasts, but became a bit cloying.
   11. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM (#4416803)
Rick Ankiel has 20 SO in 27 PA.


Ankiel's overall line is amazing. In 27 PAs, he has:

20 strikeouts
2 homers
2 lineouts
1 double
1 single
1 flyout
   12. DA Baracus Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:06 PM (#4416809)
Why is it such an early start (12:10 ET)?


Because both teams travel after the game. 2 game series!

I used to be partial to that "Lookie, lookie, lookie" jingle on the Braves broadcasts, but became a bit cloying.


That ad is so awful I will never use Cook's Pest Control.
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:08 PM (#4416811)
Which do you wish you would never hear again?


I'm pretty sure the Royals only have two radio ads they ever run:

1. Demand Sheet Metal Excellence! ***whirrrrrr.....ca-chunk, guitar riff****** from Sheet Metal Workers Local 428 or whatever
2. Tompkins Hyrdaulic Adaptors (their ad is like a PA guy listing the lineup: Gehrig, Mantle....Tompkins?!??!) What the hell is a hyrdaulica adaptor though? I'm guessing 95% of the Royals fans listening don't know.

Their ads must be dirt cheap cause I don't know why those two are ALWAYS on.

I can't think of a good radio ad. I think their whole reason for being is to be annoying enough you remember the vendor.
   14. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:09 PM (#4416813)
Did we ever get an answer to the question posted in yesterday's omnichatter?

Chris Young of the Oakland Athletics.

BB-ref says he and Cespedes both make $8.5M.
   15. Eric Ferguson Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM (#4416820)
The 1-877-Cars-for-Kids PSA on 980 in DC is THE WORST.
   16. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM (#4416821)
Doug Eddings and Angel Hernandez on the umpiring crew in today's ATL-KC game. That's less than ideal.
   17. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM (#4416825)
Minor looks really, really good. Touching 93 on the gun.
   18. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM (#4416828)
Doug Eddings and Angel Hernandez are only 44 and 51 years old respectively! It seems like people have been complaining about them since before I was born.
   19. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM (#4416835)
You better be really, really careful if you're working Justin Upton inside.
   20. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM (#4416840)
Gattis has been cooling off in a big way since the Washington series began. I hope adjusts soon.
   21. SOLockwood Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM (#4416841)
#15: That's K-A-R-S with a "K" If that hasn't been burned into your brain, you're not a regular listener.
   22. DA Baracus Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:34 PM (#4416848)
Gattis has been cooling off in a big way since the Washington series began. I hope adjusts soon.


Well, they have good pitchers. A lot of guys are going to cool off against them.
   23. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM (#4416849)
I used to be partial to that "Lookie, lookie, lookie" jingle on the Braves broadcasts, but became a bit cloying.

When did it become cloying? After the first 8 years?

   24. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:37 PM (#4416855)
Butler has gotta come up with that. Heck of a play by Escobar.
   25. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM (#4416858)
Holy hell, Alcides Escobar.
   26. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM (#4416863)
In fact, between Escobar and Simmons we're going to see (and already have seen) some serious glove work at the shortstop position.
   27. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:06 PM (#4416893)
Are the braves the only team failcouer gets hits against?

Just like when he was with the team, the braves are the only ones in the league that don't understand he can't hit sliders in the dirt away.
   28. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:10 PM (#4416899)
Lousy strike three call on Heyward. Never came close to the strike zone.
   29. Brian White Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:21 PM (#4416912)
BP playoff odds being featured on the Braves broadcast. Unexpected.
   30. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:29 PM (#4416915)
BP playoff odds being featured on the Braves broadcast. Unexpected.

And then ridiculed by braves announcers. Expected.

HARDEHAR!!! GET OUT OF YOUR MOM'S BASEMENT TOM!! FINALLY STATISTICS CATCHES UP WITH THE NAKED EYE!! GURRR!

/chip carey
   31. dr. scott Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:30 PM (#4416916)
Just looked this up. Oakland is leading the league in Walk, Steals, OPS+, and Home Runs.

And reddick and Cespedes are not even hitting. Its good to play the Astros a lot. as long as we can stay away from the 2013 Murderers row... should have this thing locked right?
   32. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:33 PM (#4416918)
And reddick and Cespedes are not even hitting. Its good to play the Astros a lot. as long as we can stay away from the 2013 Murderers row... should have this thing locked right?

I like the way you think! The A's are a good team. I don't think they'll run away with anything, but they should be in the mix all year. It's just a well constructed team with good depth both on the bench and at AAA in case of injuries.

This Braves-Royals game is flying by.
   33. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:36 PM (#4416924)
And then ridiculed by braves announcers. Expected.


What exactly is the point of running playoff odds two weeks into the season? It's going to be 95 percent preseason predictions anyway.
   34. DA Baracus Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:37 PM (#4416925)
What exactly is the point of running playoff odds two weeks into the season?


To show that the Marlins are already eliminated.
   35. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:38 PM (#4416928)
What exactly is the point of running playoff odds two weeks into the season?

It's just a goof.
   36. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:39 PM (#4416930)
Not sure i like hitting for minor here.
   37. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:40 PM (#4416934)
Way to use your ass!
   38. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:42 PM (#4416935)
How was that a strike? Why does Blue hate Heyward?

edit: nevermind!
   39. Sweatpants Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:42 PM (#4416936)
Not sure i like hitting for minor here.
I don't like any move that involves Schafer hitting in a non-blowout.
   40. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:43 PM (#4416937)
Heyward has your strike right here, eddings.

*points at crotch*
   41. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:45 PM (#4416938)
First base open, 2 outs...aww #### it, let's just strike this jerk out instead.
   42. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:47 PM (#4416943)
Not sure i like hitting for minor here.


You're probably losing one inning of work and he's leading off the inning. The Brave bullpen should be able to go 7-8-9 without much difficulty and you want the chance to get that tie run around. I'd agree if it was tied but I think the pitcher leading off the bottom of the 6th down a run is a time to pinch hit. If he was on 70-75 pitches and you thought he could get you through 8 or maybe 9 then maybe you take a shot at a bullpen saver but for one inning worth? I would pinch hit.
   43. spike Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:48 PM (#4416945)
Wrong thread. Come on Braves!
   44. zonk Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:49 PM (#4416948)
Tonight's Cubs game ought to have one good thing going for it: Brent Lillibridge has been released.
   45. deputydrew Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:58 PM (#4416964)
Does anyone else have trouble with the MLB Gamecast thingy? I love it, but the line score fails to appear. All I see between the two ads (for Blackberry, right now) is a blank box. It's been like that about 90% of the time for me.

Also, CNN reports an arrest in Boston.
   46. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:01 PM (#4416970)
So doug eddings just has no idea where the left side of the plate is.
   47. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:01 PM (#4416972)
Oh jesus christ.
   48. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:01 PM (#4416973)
Wade Davis living way off the plate all day. On the one hand, the Braves need to adjust, on the other, a lot of those pitches getting called are impossible to hit. Awful zone.
   49. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:03 PM (#4416976)
So doug eddings just has no idea where the left side of the plate is.

He's having a terrible day.
   50. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:04 PM (#4416977)
Out by 20 bazillion feet. D'oh.
   51. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:04 PM (#4416978)
HORRIBLE WAVE. What were they thinking there? Not even close.
   52. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:04 PM (#4416981)
Does anyone else have trouble with the MLB Gamecast thingy?


What are you watching it on? It's working fine for me in Google Chrome.
   53. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:07 PM (#4416985)
I love it when shockwave flash dies just in time for a play at the plate.
   54. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:11 PM (#4416990)
Call it both ways eddings, you piece of ####.
   55. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:12 PM (#4416991)
Bo may be all those things, but he's not a Barry White voice having ############.
   56. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:18 PM (#4416999)
Ramiro Pena! And he gets a hit!
   57. spike Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:31 PM (#4417024)
Eddings is a #### home plate umpire
   58. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:34 PM (#4417030)
I hope the Braves do something in the top of the 9th. This is the first time I've gotten to see an entire Braves game and I don't want them to get totally punked by Wade Davis and an absurd strike zone.

Minor looked pretty good though.
   59. Poulanc Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:41 PM (#4417039)
The Braves radio guys are laying into Eddings pretty rough.
   60. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:41 PM (#4417041)
Well, that wasn't very exciting.
   61. DA Baracus Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:41 PM (#4417042)
The Braves are undefeated in games in which they score at least 1 run.
   62. Mike A Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:41 PM (#4417043)
Uggla looked like he was ready to kill Doug Eddings. Can't say without good reason, hate to see the streak end on some awful umpiring. Ah, well.
   63. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:41 PM (#4417044)
Congratulations doug, you win.
   64. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:42 PM (#4417045)

Also, CNN reports an arrest in Boston.


And that Dewey has defeated Truman.
   65. JE (Jason) Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:44 PM (#4417047)
Terence Moore is devastated.
   66. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:49 PM (#4417054)
And that Dewey has defeated Truman.

Heh. I see the media is going to be as cool and collected as usual when it comes to a big story.
   67. Kurt Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:55 PM (#4417061)
The 1-877-Cars-for-Kids PSA on 980 in DC is THE WORST.


I'm pretty sure it's Kars-for-Kids. K-A-R-S Kars for kids. (or is it Kars4Kids? Odd that they don't distinguish for/4.)
   68. Eric Ferguson Posted: April 17, 2013 at 03:01 PM (#4417066)
Yep, that's right. I'm just a bad speller.
   69. spycake Posted: April 17, 2013 at 03:09 PM (#4417073)
The 1-877-Cars-for-Kids PSA on 980 in DC is THE WORST.

If it is any consolation, it's not just limited to DC. It's on one of the Minnesota sports stations too (although thankfully not the Twins station, that I've noticed).
   70. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 03:18 PM (#4417081)
They used to have those ads in San Francisco, too. Maybe they still do.
   71. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: April 17, 2013 at 03:45 PM (#4417121)
why are the white sox releasing charlie leesman?
   72. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 17, 2013 at 03:58 PM (#4417133)
why are the white sox releasing charlie leesman?

To make room for Tyler Greene.

Julio Borbon has hit the waiver wire. There's a name I hadn't heard in awhile.
   73. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 17, 2013 at 04:14 PM (#4417147)
so the Astros, they are pretty bad.
   74. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: April 17, 2013 at 04:37 PM (#4417167)
so the Astros, they are pretty bad.

Captain Obvious reporting for duty.
   75. Eric Ferguson Posted: April 17, 2013 at 04:44 PM (#4417176)
I made the bold prediction that they wouldn't finish last in the AL West. I regret that decision.
   76. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 17, 2013 at 04:46 PM (#4417178)
The A's look like Charlie Finley owns the team again, only now he's giving out bonuses for beards.
   77. sardonic Posted: April 17, 2013 at 04:49 PM (#4417181)
Starting to feel like shades of 2006, when the A's went 17-2 against the Mariners and won the division.
   78. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: April 17, 2013 at 04:54 PM (#4417186)
72 - that's why they dfa'd leesman. but why release him? - they didn't have to and he was on ba's top 20 prospect list for them after he posted a (probably lucky) era just under 2.5 in aaa last year.
   79. #6bid is partially elite Posted: April 17, 2013 at 04:56 PM (#4417188)

Still hitless:
...
Austin Kearns 0-14


Austin Kearns is still in baseball?!

I hear Brad Wilkerson is hitless for 2013 as well.
   80. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 17, 2013 at 05:12 PM (#4417192)
Speaking of names you haven't heard in awhile, the star-studded Leones de Yucatan (Angel Berroa, Ramon Ramirez, Luis Vizcaino, Joe Thurston, Ken Ray) triumphed over last-place Veracruz.

Veracruz's starting pitcher? You guessed it: Lorenzo Barcelo. The WBC hero whose last major-league appearance was in relief of Dan Wright, and saw him retire Shane Halter and give up a single to Jacob Cruz.

Ken Ray made 82 major-league pitching appearances, 69 of them in one year. That's kind of unusual. Perhaps giving 69 appearances to Ken Ray was a warning sign that the 2006 Braves would be watching the playoffs from home for the first time since 1990.

   81. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 17, 2013 at 05:19 PM (#4417201)
Rockies-Mets game tonight has been officially postponed. It's still snowing here.
   82. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 05:31 PM (#4417211)
The Astros are terrible and are making the A's look better than they are, but...the A's ARE the only team to have swept them so far.
   83. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 17, 2013 at 05:33 PM (#4417213)
Rasputin's shout out!
   84. AJMcCringleberry Posted: April 17, 2013 at 05:50 PM (#4417226)
If it is any consolation, it's not just limited to DC. It's on one of the Minnesota sports stations too

It's played in NY too. It's also an awful ad because I have no idea what it's for. Are the cars auctioned off and the money goes to kids? Are people driving kids around? Are kids driving the cars? Are they for a child mechanic sweat shop?

Rockies-Mets game tonight has been officially postponed.

I hate whoever made this schedule.
   85. esseff Posted: April 17, 2013 at 06:09 PM (#4417245)
It's played in NY too. It's also an awful ad because I have no idea what it's for. Are the cars auctioned off and the money goes to kids? Are people driving kids around? Are kids driving the cars? Are they for a child mechanic sweat shop?


Not sure, but I think it works like this: You give them an old clunker that's not worth anymore than $200 from a junkyard. They certify that you donated a car to charity, with a blue book value of, say, $2,000, giving you a deduction that reduces your taxes by more than the $200 you would have got from the junkyard. The kids charity then gets the $200 from the junkyard. At some point, I suspect there'll be a clampdown.
   86. Sweatpants Posted: April 17, 2013 at 06:31 PM (#4417260)
Perhaps giving 69 appearances to Ken Ray was a warning sign that the 2006 Braves would be watching the playoffs from home for the first time since 1990.
He was even the closer for about a week. Remarkably, the Braves had two pitchers who did even worse as the team's closer that season.
   87. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 17, 2013 at 06:48 PM (#4417271)
72 - that's why they dfa'd leesman. but why release him? - they didn't have to and he was on ba's top 20 prospect list for them after he posted a (probably lucky) era just under 2.5 in aaa last year.

The wording of requesting waivers "for purpose of his unconditional release" is a bit curious. Perhaps they want to do him the favor of catching on with a team that may need him more? Or maybe he's a jerk and they don't want him around.
   88. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 17, 2013 at 07:03 PM (#4417279)
I hear Brad Wilkerson is hitless for 2013 as well.
I remember when he was supposed to be the "star" on the 2005 Nationals. Oh my how times have changed for the better.
   89. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 17, 2013 at 07:05 PM (#4417282)
Remember when he was traded for Alfonso Soriano, and everyone thought getting Wilkerson was a steal?
   90. JJ1986 Posted: April 17, 2013 at 07:10 PM (#4417284)
Remarkably, the Braves had two pitchers who did even worse as the team's closer that season.


Was that the year they had Reitsma and Kolb?
   91. Dan Posted: April 17, 2013 at 07:12 PM (#4417286)
Justin Masteron's ERA just tripled.
   92. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 17, 2013 at 07:18 PM (#4417290)
Rockies-Mets game tonight has been officially postponed. It's still snowing here.

Shovel faster, you lazy bums.
   93. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: April 17, 2013 at 07:26 PM (#4417296)
It's played in NY too.


It's played in LA as well.

Does anyone else get Sit-N-Sleep commercials?

[edit] Looks like they're a SoCal only chain ... you all don't know how lucky you are ...



   94. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 17, 2013 at 07:27 PM (#4417297)
Bryce Harper is back but Denard Span is not. Proof that Bryce recovers from the flu faster than most humans.
   95. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 17, 2013 at 07:29 PM (#4417300)
I knew guys who look like A.J. Burnett, tattoos and all, when I was growing up. I am always at least a little suspicious of them when I run into them these days and they say hello.
   96. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 17, 2013 at 07:39 PM (#4417311)
Remember when he was traded for Alfonso Soriano, and everyone thought getting Wilkerson was a steal?
And remember when everyone crapped all over the Nationals for not trading Soriano at the deadline (nothing of value was being offered by anyone), and they used the compensatory pick to draft Jordan Zimmermann?

That's basically the one series of transactions that Jim Bowden won hands-down, going-away.

EDIT: I nearly forgot this, but the Nationals first-round draft pick in 2007 (#6 overall) was...Ross Detwiler. Their second-round draft pick in 2007 was...Jordan Zimmermann. That's one hell of a draft performance right there.
   97. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 17, 2013 at 07:42 PM (#4417314)
Ugh. I hate getting the bases loaded with no outs and failing to score. Worst possible offensive performance.
   98. Mike Webber Posted: April 17, 2013 at 07:48 PM (#4417321)
Saltalamachia has his finger nails painted white tonight, presumably to help Aceves see the signals. Or maybe just because it is pretty.

Is this something new? We've all seen the tape around the fingers, but has anyone seen painted nails before?
   99. Good cripple hitter Posted: April 17, 2013 at 07:51 PM (#4417325)
No, Posada used to do it and google reveals a number of catchers (Martin, AJ, Suzuki) who have done it before.

Hector Sanchez even used orange before.
   100. Dan Posted: April 17, 2013 at 07:53 PM (#4417329)
I've seen Russell Martin use neon green too.
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