Author Topic: WE DID IT  (Read 13867 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Online Slateman

  • Posts: 55713
  • THE SUMMONER OF THE REVERSE JINX

Online varoadking

  • Posts: 27889
  • King of Goodness
Re: WE DID IT
« Reply #476: July 10, 2020, 07:46:50 AM »

It’s an easy read. He has a light style and doesn’t get bogged down with reams of stats like some baseball writers.

I am only thru the first 50 pages or so, but I'm enjoying it.  I never liked his writing while covering the team activities...very superficial...so this is a very pleasant surprise.

Offline Count Walewski

  • Posts: 2364
Re: WE DID IT
« Reply #477: July 10, 2020, 08:57:58 AM »
Has there ever been a player as good as Rendon who seems to absolutely hate baseball?

The second best player I can think of who was like that was Keith Foulke, the closer for the 2004 Red Sox. He was very adamant that he hated baseball, and further he said he really loved hockey.

I believe at one point he was caught attending a Bruins game during a Red Sox game.

Offline HalfSmokes

  • Posts: 20744
Re: WE DID IT
« Reply #478: July 10, 2020, 04:02:48 PM »
Has there ever been a player as good as Rendon who seems to absolutely hate baseball?

I'm guessing there are more than we know in most sports- for the money they make, I'm sure a lot of guys pretend to love it. Rendon is different because he doesn't bother to pretend

Offline Vega

  • Posts: 5413
  • Take what you can. Give nothing back.
Re: WE DID IT
« Reply #479: July 11, 2020, 01:12:26 PM »
Has there ever been a player as good as Rendon who seems to absolutely hate baseball?
I recall Hiroki Kuroda being said to hate baseball. Not quite the same, but Dan Haren mentioned that he kept playing well after he knew he was done because teams were still willing to pay him to suck. So he kept at it even though he couldn’t perform well anymore and was miserable after every crappy start because the checks kept coming. I actually respect the guys who are just in it for the money; I call it the Bill Goldberg Method.

Offline JCA-CrystalCity

  • Global Moderator
  • ****
  • Posts: 29783
  • Platoon - not just a movie, a baseball obsession
Re: WE DID IT
« Reply #480: July 11, 2020, 02:34:24 PM »
I honestly think Rendon is not in it just to be paid.  I'm not saying that he's not looking to get the best lifestyle he could when he signed with Anaheim, but I think the guy just has fun playing the game.  The grin is from liking the game.  He just doesn't get freaked out about a loss or a K or an E all that often (he does give a look on a bad strike call).  He thinks if fans are there for a good time, they should be loud, but he would never be a fan.  He likes hanging out with guys and playing the game, but just isn't into styling and the show aspects of the show (very much the anti-Bryce, who loved being seen as a star and the things that go with it, like interviews, curtain calls, and signing autographs).

Online Slateman

  • Posts: 55713
  • THE SUMMONER OF THE REVERSE JINX
Re: WE DID IT
« Reply #481: July 22, 2020, 08:40:15 PM »

Offline sixthree175

  • Posts: 1655
  • Born in 1961
Re: WE DID IT
« Reply #482: July 22, 2020, 10:03:14 PM »
I honestly think Rendon is not in it just to be paid.  I'm not saying that he's not looking to get the best lifestyle he could when he signed with Anaheim, but I think the guy just has fun playing the game.  The grin is from liking the game.  He just doesn't get freaked out about a loss or a K or an E all that often (he does give a look on a bad strike call).  He thinks if fans are there for a good time, they should be loud, but he would never be a fan.  He likes hanging out with guys and playing the game, but just isn't into styling and the show aspects of the show (very much the anti-Bryce, who loved being seen as a star and the things that go with it, like interviews, curtain calls, and signing autographs).


That's sounds about right, JCA, although I try not to overthink Anthony Rendon.  He's what we old timers call a "free spirit". 

Online Five Banners

  • Posts: 1114
Re: WE DID IT
« Reply #483: October 01, 2020, 04:38:55 PM »
The playoff run started one year ago

Online Slateman

  • Posts: 55713
  • THE SUMMONER OF THE REVERSE JINX
Re: WE DID IT
« Reply #484: October 10, 2020, 05:08:46 PM »

Offline Count Walewski

  • Posts: 2364
Re: WE DID IT
« Reply #485: October 13, 2020, 08:53:53 AM »
I don't know about you, but every morning the first thing I do is check my Facebook memories to see what I was doing on this day 3 years ago, 5 years ago, 10 years ago, etc.

The last few days I'm seeing a lot of posts about Nationals tragedies from NLDSes past. On this day a few years ago I was very upset about a backup catcher allowing himself to get picked off.

The 2019 memories should be coming up in a few days, thankfully.

Offline imref

  • Posts: 32797
  • Redemption
Re: WE DID IT
« Reply #486: October 15, 2020, 08:41:18 PM »
One year ago today we won the pennant

Online Five Banners

  • Posts: 1114
Re: WE DID IT
« Reply #487: October 15, 2020, 09:28:02 PM »
One year ago today we won the pennant

Atmosphere was great, absolutely pedal to the metal from the beginning. In addition to the fantastic offensive start and chasing the starter so quickly, Corbin was even nearing a strikeout mark at one point.

And then of course, things went in a very similar trajectory to the game five against the Cardinals from long ago, as the latter clawed back and actually put the go ahead run at the plate. This time, they dealt with Carpenter, Dozier handled a bobble and got out of the bases-loaded inning, and the rest is history. Glad it happened at home.