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Friday, April 06, 2012

The Exciting Excitement of Dee Gordon

Do handshakes win baseball games? Of course not. Neither does being impatient at the plate. But Cabrera’s slap-happy ways did get him to pull off things like this. Something I, as an Orlando Cabrera believer, fully expected to happen even as I watched Justin Verlander plow through the Indians one after another in a bid for his second no-hitter of the season.

Which is precisely what’s so annoying about Aaron Gleeman’s aforementioned tweet. Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven (and me, for that matter) enjoy believing that the players we love will continue to do the magical things we’ve witnessed them do. Was Orlando Cabrera the sole reason five different teams made the playoffs six times in seven years? Of course not. But why is it a problem to think that his aura had something to do with it? It’s far less ridiculous than equating that thought to a pinch hitter deserving a spot in Cooperstown.

Paul d mobile Posted: April 06, 2012 at 06:00 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 06, 2012 at 08:15 PM (#4099765)
Not just excitement, but exciting excitement!
   2. Sweatpants Posted: April 06, 2012 at 08:24 PM (#4099768)
Ask Giants fans about Orlando Cabrera.
   3. Sunday silence Posted: April 06, 2012 at 09:10 PM (#4099777)
ok I'm sure there is a simple answer: can someone explain how Verlander is working on his second no hitter of a season that just had opening day? SOme writing styles just elude me I guess or maybe I dont follow the sport enuf.
   4. Dan Posted: April 06, 2012 at 09:23 PM (#4099780)
Orlando Cabrera is retired. He is referring to last season when he started out on the Indians, so Verlander's 2nd start of 2011.
   5. Sunday silence Posted: April 07, 2012 at 12:56 AM (#4099822)
God that was so effin hard to follow. He starts the para. off with to all intents and purposes appears to be the present tense. Something about handshakes. Proceeds to an embedded link referring to the aforsesaid no hitter last season. Then the next para. is again written in present tense. It's fun to link to stuff but if the links are required to understand the para. then I think we need grammar rules....

ANyhow thanks for explaining it I would never have figured it out.
   6. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: April 07, 2012 at 02:25 AM (#4099834)
Back to Dee Gordon...

I predict he'll be batting 8th by month's end. Love his glove and wheels, though.
   7. KingKaufman Posted: April 07, 2012 at 04:29 AM (#4099843)
I agree about the writing. What an annoying style, this business of referring to "this," where you have to click on "this" to even know what the guy's talking about. That's not "using the medium." It's just laziness.
   8. Joe Kehoskie Posted: April 07, 2012 at 04:58 PM (#4100039)
Agree 100 percent with #7. Grantland is far from the only offender, but they seem to be getting worse and worse. Why make readers leave your article to read a 10-word "tweet" that could have simply been copied/quoted? If that's innovation, I'll take the old way.
   9. tshipman Posted: April 07, 2012 at 08:01 PM (#4100110)
I don't think there's a good practice for quoting Tweets on the internet.

There are a lot of levels of decision making:

1. Do you re-produce them like a picture? (Yahoo sports does this).
2. Do you print them with a link, and correct spelling/text speak?
3. Do you print them and correct spelling/text speak?
4. Do you print them verbatim, hashtags/spellings and all?

I think JUST linking is worse than any of those options. I'm not really sure what the correct practice should be for tweets otherwise. Many of them don't make sense for people not used to Twitter. On the other hand, you shouldn't change quotes. YahooSports' compromise works fairly well, but it messes up your typesetting.
   10. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: April 07, 2012 at 08:19 PM (#4100116)
Cabrera peaked in 2003, playing for a team that no longer exists in a city that barely cared, became a Red Sox legend despite playing roughly as many games in Boston as Daniel Nava...

Pfft, like Nava isn't a Red Sox legend.

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