LA Angels Monday News Crash: Astros Survive to Send Series Back to Houston

Over the weekend, Major League Baseball got three World Series games in Atlanta, of which the Braves won two and the Astros won one. Atlanta leads 3-2 and will travel to Houston attempting to avoid becoming yet another footnote in Atlanta blown sports history.

Perhaps the stage has already been set, after the Astros stormed back from a 4-0 deficit in the first inning Sunday to win Game 5.

Zack Greinke notched a hit, which potentially makes him the last pitcher to get a hit in the non-universal DH era.

Jerry Remy passed away over the weekend…the former Angel had been working in the Red Sox broadcast booth.

Someone apparently attempted to extort MLB? I doubt the plan was thought through that much…

Old friend Albert Pujols is still playing baseball, after his contract with the Angels has finally expired. He notched a walk-off infield single, which basically speaks for itself.

Kyle Seager was notified via email that his 2022 option with the Mariners would not be picked up. Although this must have been expected, there are definitely much better ways for the franchise to go through this process than email.

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Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Coke bought controlling interest in Body Armor for $5.6 billion. MNT should have received a nice return on that deal….

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Did he own shares of Body Armor?

Jim Atkins
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2 years ago

According to the listing in Wikipedia, investors included Kobe Bryant, Gronkowski, Baker Mayfield, Buster Posey, Skylar Diggins, MNT, Klay Thompson and a few more i don’t recognize. Kobe was the third largest shareholder after the two founders. His widow is on the board of directors.

Last edited 2 years ago by Jim Atkins
Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago
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Vanessa Bryant is supposed to get $400 million. So I’d imagine Trout picks up some change.

2002heaven
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2 years ago

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They’re all pretty good……..whether you care to acknowledge it or not
Framber, Jose, and Luis
Bye………

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gitchogritchoffmypettis
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These guys are also players on teams that are not the Angels….
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WallyChuckChili
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2 years ago

I hear Pujols is laughing at all the people that thought he would retire early to save his .300 BA

Cowboy26
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2 years ago

And I’m laughing at any moronic Major League GM who would want to waste a roster spot on this clown

FungoAle
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2 years ago

He’s wants 700 big ones. Will he sell himself to a non-contender just for the chance?

Eric_in_Portland
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2 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Detroit or Baltimore. Or, if the NL adopts the DH, Pittsburgh.

Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago

Have to go Baltimore there. Launching of home ballpark and division.

2002heaven
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2 years ago
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FungoAle
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2 years ago

The web site this link took us to is not reputable.

Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago

We should be “maybe interested” in every free agent at this point.

If Verlander will take a low base/high incentive contract I’d be all for it.

Story had a down year but still put of 4.2 WAR per BBref. There’s a price point at which he becomes attractive.

FungoAle
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2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Phillies might be looking to dump Segura. I’d be interested in him if they ate half the contract value of $14M base salary. Not a Story but his bat has some pop.

Still think the Angels roll internally to fill the SS slot. Better to add more beef to the OF.

Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Maybe, I’ve been toying around with a trade for DeJong from the Cardinals. He’s a non-tender candidate there with a slightly above average glove and a little pop.

He’s owed $15 million over the next two years plus will get $2 million for a buyout of his 2024 option. If the Cards would cover $5 million for a guy they might simply cut and owe $17 million, the Angels could get SS covered pretty cheaply.

He was bad last year but career wRC+ of 102 and only 27 years old.

matthiasstephan
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2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Couldn’t we sign either Villar or Galvis for less?

They both have a track record a bit better than DeJong’s trend line. Seems expensive to trade for a guy like DeJong in hopes that he returns to his first two year stats (3-4 years ago).

I would hate to give up any prospects to get someone, if we could have picked up their equivalent for just cash (especially less cash).

Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago

DeJong rates a little above those two defensively. Not a ton on bbref, but does peg him higher.

JackFrost
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2 years ago

I would not be opposed to Villar or Galvis (no other money spent on bats) if it meant getting Scherzer for 1-2 years, or even Stroman.

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Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago
Reply to  JackFrost

That’s my entire goal in my off season piece. Stroman and one of the mid tier guys. That means basically no money for SS.

With Stroman being a huge ground ball guy, I want the best glove I can reasonable acquire. And with Stassi being such a plus at C, having a weak hitting SS is less detrimental.

Ideally I’ll add Stroman and either keep Cobb or add Kim as a multi inning reliever.

FungoAle
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2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Stroman is getting all the love after Max and will command a $85M+ on a 4-year deal, most likely more. I would not bite on that. You could have a DiScalfani for ~$20M for 2-years and throw in Gray for maybe $16M AAV? Eduardo Rodriguez is also an option.

Last edited 2 years ago by FungoAle
Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

I’m sure I’ll work up lots of scenarios between now and then.

I’ve liked Stroman for a while and his age and durability are appealing. But getting Rodriguez and/or Gray out of hitter’s ballparks has a lot of appeal too.

We need a SS, 2 rotation pieces, and an entire bullpen. Right now I’m leaning towards going cheap on SS.

I think Max gets Bauer’s deal this off season. Something very similar, any way.

Last edited 2 years ago by Jeff Joiner
FungoAle
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2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Cheap SS works for me as well. Even if it meant, in-house. So long as the glove fits the position. A no-hit, no-glove SS will not work. Are we ok rolling with Rengifo?

Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Definitely not Rengifo.

Mayfield and Goose are fine on the beach. I want a legit MLB’er at SS.

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

South Beach or Trestles?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Jeff Joiner

If we can’t get Villar I don’t think DeJong’s a bad idea. Good D is the priority, don’t want to overpay for bat, but if his bat comes back that’s a big bonus.

Give credit…. 2002Heaven was the first guy I saw on here floating this guy.

Biggiswrth
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2 years ago

Is a Simmons return then a possibilty?

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

Ben?

Can he Pitch?

FungoAle
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2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

LMAO! Yeah, ol’ Benny.

JackFrost
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2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

We know he can’t shoot, so why would he be able to pitch ??

Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago

We’ll have to scrimp somewhere and I think the lineup is deep enough to have a below average bat at SS. We actually have a pretty good bat at C, after all.

Trade: DeJong, Ahmed
Free Agent: Villar, Galvis, or reunite with Iglesias.

Of that pile, the youngest is DeJong and if the bat does return, the options on his contract wouldn’t be that bad. But if one of Paris/Verol/Jackson does blossom over the next two years he can be gone.

JackFrost
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2 years ago

Yikes indeed.

These are probably the two players I want the least.

Verlander I absolutely do not want on the Angels. Likewise with Story.

Story would be an overpaid and underachieving burden on us.

BTW, how does Jon Becker know we are interested in these two?

Could it be he’s just making shit up ???

FungoAle
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2 years ago
Reply to  JackFrost

This is the same fan site who were talking up Cishek as a player who needed to come back.

Agree, I would not want Story for the $$$.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  FungoAle

Just an Idea…. what if Story wanted a “prove it” deal to get out of this FA class for say 10M for one year?

FungoAle
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2 years ago

Sold, that would be a great story at that price..

WallyChuckChili
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2 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

But then we’d be out on the Narrative

steelgolf
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2 years ago

And Granderson.

red floyd
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2 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Is he available?

steelgolf
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2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Yep , they would be out on any Wilsons.

matthiasstephan
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2 years ago
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Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago

I think every fan base would take that.

Cowboy26
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2 years ago

Why not a year redemption deal for Baez? Especially if he could go back to short stop?

Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago

That is a horrible throw on the Pujols play. Calling that a single rather than an error is a big favor to Big Al.

That said, the fans there have to be loving seeing him play.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Obviously there will be ABSOLUTELY NO good free agents signing in Seattle because of the way they treated Kyle Seager…. who actually earned all the money in his contract, as apposed to other all time albatrosses.

FungoAle
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2 years ago

Give Kyle a Kleenex and tell him Jered said hi.

Twebur
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2 years ago

Seager said that he and Dipoto hadn’t spoken to each other in four years, not even in passing conversations.

I think we now have a distinct advantage over the Mariners going forward….Perry is nicer than Jerry.

Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

While I know this is a results business, that is definitely bad. It takes all of a few seconds to say hi, nice game, how are the kids, etc.

toad2065
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2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Don’t you think that there might be another side to this “story”? The continuing hate on this site for Dipoto is frankly ridiculous.

Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago
Reply to  toad2065

Yes. Kyle is likely a massive dick.

I don’t hate Dipoto, by the way.

Charles Sutton
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2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

He was acting like an ass before Weaver plunked him. Then again, I understand he reached out in genuine concern after putting Shoey in the hospital.

FungoAle
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2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

I think Jedi was our GM when Weaver plunked him, right? When our lone bad-ass Weave’ was walking the walk. Damn, how I miss that dude.

We need Amir Garrett to bring some toughness to the field.

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Cowboy26
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2 years ago
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FungoAle
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2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Imagine, after Shohei got plunked and Amir was headed to the mound after that frame

btw…recommend that Arte hire The Fumble commentator to cover Bally’s Sports – Angels

Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

I’d be happy with Britt Johnson.

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

But can she pitch?

FungoAle
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2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Agree and Agree

FungoAle
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2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

Perry and Jerry, sounds like an ice cream brand or a Hostess Twinkie rip-off.

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Perry’s Pizza or Jerry’s Dip n’ Dots?

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

I don’t think the JeDi talks much to any of his player subjects except maybe though his BFF Scotty. That way if he has to trade anyone before dinner he doesn’t have any attachment issues.

Hopefully he treats his wife much better than that.

Fansince1971
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2 years ago

Quick question- how do you attach photos? I know how to do gifs but am having trouble figuring out photos

Charles Sutton
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2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

For down in the comments, I use an outside host. Over in the lower right of the dialog box for a comment there is a paperclip icon that suggests it is for attaching images. I will try it for you now.
Edit: No. That thing doesn’t work.

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red floyd
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2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

You need to host on the internet. Just type the url of the image (not the image page), and the pic will show up.

e.g.: https: // www. example. com/image.jpg

(ignore the spaces, I just put them there to prevent the site from interpreting it as a real link)

Last edited 2 years ago by red floyd
matthiasstephan
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2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Like imgur?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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yup

red floyd
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2 years ago

imgur?

Fansince1971
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2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Just curious- how do you get to the image link. Most of the images I click on just link to the site not the image

Fansince1971
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2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Just tried a test on a Trout photo. When I clicked on it, a window came up with 3 options “share” “add to photos” and “copy”. The link that resulted from share and copy was not for the image but the website where the info mage appears. Any suggestions?

red floyd
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2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Right click on the picture, there’s usually a “copy image link” option

red floyd
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2 years ago
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(From chrome — here it’s “Copy image address”)

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Fansince1971
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2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Really helpful. Thank you!

Fansince1971
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2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Yep. Have tried the paper clip with no luck. With an outside host you just cut and paste link?

Charles Sutton
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2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

If you pick an address provided by the host site to “share image” sometimes there is an extra bit of alphanumeric gibberish that shows up after the image. Try the right click technique Red Floyd just suggested to get a pure image url.

red floyd
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2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Yes, but specifically the image (jpg/png/gif) file link, not the page.

Eric_in_Portland
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2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I amused myself by creating this meme, uploading it to ImgBB, then bookmarking the link so anytime I needed it (and I needed it a lot) I could enter that link. “https://ibb.co/pWFgP9B”

https://ibb.co/pWFgP9B

Fansince1971
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2 years ago

That’s very cool!

Designerguy
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steelgolf
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2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

 😂 

tanana40
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2 years ago

RIP Jerry Remy, the Angels second baseman when I first became an Angels fan.

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  tanana40

He ultimately brought us Don Aase. the Angels first traditional closer.

2002heaven
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2 years ago

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$8M a year. meanwhile we had taylor ward, jack mayfield, and phillip gosselin……….
Still playing for the Braves in the post season for crying out loud!!!!
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Last edited 2 years ago by 2002heaven
matthiasstephan
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2 years ago
Reply to  2002heaven

You are getting worse.

Ward was hurt. We didn’t pick up ANYONE at the deadline because we weren’t making the playoffs (see Trout and Rendon with season ending injuries, and Bundy and Quintana forgetting how to pitch).

Why would you spend 8M for an OF for a team not going to the playoffs?

Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago

Particularly an impending free agent.

FungoAle
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2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Betting the Braves bring him back. Have very good bat to ball skills. Defense is marginal.

Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

That’s always been his thing. Lots of contact, some pop, no walks, and meh glove.

Personally I like a lot of contact. Best way to move runners around.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  2002heaven

Yes. That is a player that CLEVELAND signed for 8M. He went on to hit for a sub-.700 OPS. Then he was traded to the Braves. Sent to AAA. Then brought up and played very well for less than 40 games. Now he’s doing well in the post season. He had a 98 OPS+ for the season, Ward had a 108. He had 1.1 WAR for the season in 114 games. Ward had 0.6 in 65 games.

As long as we are desperately grasping for stuff to attach angry emojis to, I had a brownie at a birthday party yesterday. It was a little dry.

Neither the brownie I ate, nor Rossario (a player I actually like) would have made much of a difference for the 2021 Angels hospital ship….. accept Ward didn’t cost 8M. Nor did the brownie.

steelgolf
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2 years ago

Dry brownies? Should be a crime against humanity. I hate when they are right on the line between a brownie and a cookie.

Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

I rarely go chocolate, or even dessert, but I ordered what was described as “warm chocolate cake” with a side of ice cream for a special night out with my wife and was served a lump of some really dense chocolate something.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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…and in other news, Albert Pujols is still running to first base after hitting a laser down the 3rdbase line in Saturday’s game.

steelgolf
Super Member
2 years ago

Yep, he stretches a shot into the corner, all the way into a single.

Twebur
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2 years ago

I could see him traveling the planet like a circus freak playing baseball for the next decade……..signing, selling his memorabilia, taking pictures, speaking, a mobile HOF museum, trophies, bats, balls, the original copy of his $250,000,000 contract with the Angels…….. and I must say I like that about him. He loves baseball.

Biggiswrth
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2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

It’s Manny Ramirez all over again. Signing and playing anywhere that would pay him. I think at one point didn’t he have a contract in Japan that included all you can eat sushi?

steelgolf
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2 years ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

Manny was recently in Australia playing, or trying to.

DowningDude
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2 years ago

Jerry could’ve pulled a Jeter and sent Seager a gift basket.

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Forget the gift basket. The M’s should have hired WTY to deliver Seager the message.

2002heaven
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2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

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At last housing for our minor leaguers!!!
Thanks Arte!!

Last edited 2 years ago by 2002heaven
gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  2002heaven

Also, rainbows… and Arte…. what’s that all about? And what do they have to do with Cowboy’s comment that you replied to? I’m beginning to wonder if we need to ask you to show us on the teddy bear where the man who looks like Arte touched you as a child. You could probably solve cold fusion if you were as mindlessly focused on that as you are Arte.
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Twebur
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2 years ago
Reply to  2002heaven

That house is listed as a fixer upper in Yorba Linda for $725,999 and has multiple bids on it………..

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  2002heaven

You selling your house again 2002? Did you finally install indoor plumbing or are you still digging holes outback?

FungoAle
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2 years ago
Reply to  2002heaven

I got dibs on the coach in the den!

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

The Clutch or Satchel?