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 Post subject: Team Personality
PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:35 pm 
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I think one of the most unsettling things about the Pirates is the "stars" they've had in the past dozen years have been so...amazingly...boring. Bay and LaRoche are so laid back and dull. McLouth is so determined and un-quotable (Don't get me wrong, I love how McLouth plays the game. I'm talking about marketability and personality).

Doumit is a bad ass and I dig that. Mientkiewicz isn't a starter but I love his fire and willingness to say what's on his mind. Snell is a fireball that shows emotion. He's fun to watch on the mound. Morgan seems to have an outgoing personality that would be great for this team (if he were a starter).

I guess what I'm getting at is the Pirates have been really bad on the field for too long and have had some equally boring personalities to go alongside that. It's a pretty bad combination if you ask me.

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 Post subject: Re: Team Personality
PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:08 pm 
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Yeah, I think you're right. They haven't had any colorful characters since the early 90's with Van Slyke, Bonds, Bonilla, Walkie and even Chico Lind with his jumps. I don't know exactly what it all means, except that this is a colorless team that also isn't very good. Maybe when McCutcheon arrives, he'll add something to the mix.


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 Post subject: Re: Team Personality
PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 7:45 pm 
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DocJeanO wrote:
Yeah, I think you're right. They haven't had any colorful characters since the early 90's with Van Slyke, Bonds, Bonilla, Walkie and even Chico Lind with his jumps. I don't know exactly what it all means, except that this is a colorless team that also isn't very good. Maybe when McCutcheon arrives, he'll add something to the mix.


For a while this team was totally colorless, as in no African-Americans...

Maybe we could start a new rumor that Littlefield was a member of the Klan

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 Post subject: Re: Team Personality
PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:01 pm 
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Wouldn't Jack Flash fulfill the requirements of being a 'personality'? The sooner we get him back the better. I do hope that the guy(?) who caused the original injury gets, at the very least, 'plunked' the next time he appears against us.

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 Post subject: Re: Team Personality
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I cant remember, who hurt him?

was it Diaz?

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 Post subject: Re: Team Personality
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nad69dan wrote:
I cant remember, who hurt him?

was it Diaz?


Yes. Came in late, well off the bag, cleats raised, kicked him on the leg.

Cheap shot in my eyes. Second time in very few games that Wilson has been targeted. (Wigginton being the other in 2007.)


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 Post subject: Re: Team Personality
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Bucfan wrote:
nad69dan wrote:
I cant remember, who hurt him?

was it Diaz?


Yes. Came in late, well off the bag, cleats raised, kicked him on the leg.

Cheap shot in my eyes. Second time in very few games that Wilson has been targeted. (Wigginton being the other in 2007.)


My dislike of Wigginton came when he plowed over that catcher for Arizona and broke his ankle...I believe it was another cheap shot

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 Post subject: Re: Team Personality
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nad69dan wrote:

My dislike of Wigginton came when he plowed over that catcher for Arizona and broke his ankle...I believe it was another cheap shot


I don't recall thinking that incident was a cheap shot (that was Hill, right?). Then again, I think it is hard to determine whether a collision with a catcher is a cheap shot. Was there something in particular that made you think that?


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 Post subject: Re: Team Personality
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I believe there was no acutal play at the plate, the ball was cutoff coming in from the OF...Thats why I think it was cheap, I think Ty had in his mind he was going to run him over no matter what

My memory could be wrong though...

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 Post subject: Re: Team Personality
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nad69dan wrote:
I believe there was no acutal play at the plate, the ball was cutoff coming in from the OF...Thats why I think it was cheap, I think Ty had in his mind he was going to run him over no matter what

My memory could be wrong though...


I didn't see the play, but it is tough for a baserunner to know that a throw is going to be cut off. When it is, the catcher should get away from the plate for his own health's sake.

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 Post subject: Re: Team Personality
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This is tough for me to answer because a lot of guys have a lot of personality, but the average fan never sees it because they turn the personality switch off in front of the media.


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 Post subject: Re: Team Personality
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Zane41 wrote:
This is tough for me to answer because a lot of guys have a lot of personality, but the average fan never sees it because they turn the personality switch off in front of the media.

Good point. The scene from Bull Durham where Costner is teaching Robbins all of the cliches he'll need to know comes to mind here.

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