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jimminey tapdancing christmas. he's 18. "i've met classier 18 yr olds" no shtsherlock. the problem is 0% of them have his baseball talent. ken griffey jr is the exception to the rule.

18 yr olds do this kind of stuff. if they don't, its cuz they are lame.
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HurricaneNamedDitka wrote:jimminey tapdancing christmas. he's 18. "i've met classier 18 yr olds" no shtsherlock. the problem is 0% of them have his baseball talent. ken griffey jr is the exception to the rule.

18 yr olds do this kind of stuff. if they don't, its cuz they are lame.


and that is BS. I didn't see this from an 18 yr old Jason Heyward, and 18 yr old Mike Stanton, I'm not seeing it from a 19 yr old Mike Trout, and the list goes on and on. The guy is a doucheknuckle. If my kid acted like that....
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The next pitch he faced should have been right between the numbers on his back. Pain is a great tool for teaching.
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this will follow him for a looooong time
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flipper wrote:this will follow him for a looooong time


no, it won't.

if he hits when he gets to the majors, no one will care at all what he did in his first year season the minors. The pitcher that gave up the HR will be the only guy that ever thinks about it again.
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Lastings Millege running around like a douche, high-fiving fans. people still talk about it.

This video will surface throughout his career...I didn't mean he'll be defined by it, just that it will be with him for a long time... esp if he acts like a pampered spoiled athlete, like so many do
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flipper wrote:Lastings Millege running around like a douche, high-fiving fans. people still talk about it.


because Milledge hasn't done anything worth talking about since then.
If he'd even come close to realizing the potential so many scouts saw in him at 18, it would be nothing more than a trivial footnote.
But because he's been a bust for 3 more teams since then, it's one of the only significant or memorable moments of his career.
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HurricaneNamedDitka wrote:jimminey tapdancing christmas. he's 18. "i've met classier 18 yr olds" no shtsherlock. the problem is 0% of them have his baseball talent. ken griffey jr is the exception to the rule.

18 yr olds do this kind of stuff. if they don't, its cuz they are lame.


and that is BS. I didn't see this from an 18 yr old Jason Heyward, and 18 yr old Mike Stanton, I'm not seeing it from a 19 yr old Mike Trout, and the list goes on and on. The guy is a doucheknuckle. If my kid acted like that....


you have no idea. i guarantee all of them have flaunted a bomb. about as much of a guarantee of you saying they haven't. the problem was until they made it to the majors only baseball diehards knew who they were (same with trout).

even the casual of baseball fans knows who bryce harper is.

its hilariously stupid to freak out over this.
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I have decided to pump the brakes a bit on this kid. There is a really nice article about him in last week's SI that gives you a little more insight to him. Also, the "blown kiss" incident is dissected and there is a lot more to that then we all got to see from the various media outlets. It seems that the pitcher he hit it off of was staring down their dugout after every strikeout that day and then stared him down during the whole trip around the bases. He deserved it. I have no problem with what Carlos Guillen did to Weaver the other week so I guess I can't have any problem with this either. Think I'll give him another chance.
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Queue the Bryce Harper watch, Mike Morse is paying a visit to Dr. Freeze.
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Not until June.

They'll likely give him enough AAA AB's to make sure he's ready before starting his service MLB service clock.
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jesteva wrote:Not until June.

They'll likely give him enough AAA AB's to make sure he's ready before starting his service MLB service clock.

Unlike most prospects, I don't think they're too concerned with his service clock. I bet they're planning on extending him sooner rather than later. Besides, the way super 2 is going he might need to wait until the All Star break before being called up if Washington really wants an extra year of cheap control. With more teams waiting to call up their guys super 2 is moving further and further back.

If they're fading in May I bet they call him up, if they're in the hunt and attendance isn't effected they may wait but if he's raking I doub tthey will.
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Virro wrote:Really don't have any love for this kid. You see them in every sport, let's see what happens when he starts facing real peers.


I'm thinking a 98mph heater to the kidney will be on the agenda early on.


Got the welcome you wanted last night. :lol:

Douchebag aside, I've been impressed with what I've seen from the last week or so.

But to address another point in this thread, I do think at 18 our personalities are somewhat formed and there's not a ton of change without a dramatic event. Josh Hamilton comes to mind like that. Getting a few $M would seem to reinforce current behavior not cause reflection and possible change.
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I am on the fence of whether I like him or not. Despite having a non-favorable rep throughout the minors (and even before that), the guy is doing all the little things. Running out ground-outs is one of the easiest ways to become endeared to the fans, and while some will say it's an act, I like it... I don't mind the face-paint or the cocky attitude. If you are that good at something and you aren't a little cocky, there is something wrong. I know old school baseball die-hards will disagree with that last statement, but I want my star to have that killer instinct. "I am going to beat you because I am better than you". Nothing wrong with that...

But Dear sweet Jesus, every talking head in the sport has already crowned him as the next Mickey Mantle. Take them out of your mouth and let the guys nuts breath for a second.
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He's not the guy running the hype machine. Can't be mad at a 19 year old just because espn and sports illustrated have had giant hard-ons for him for 3 years.

He's good for baseball and he's great for the Nationals. And stealing home 5 pitches after being intentionally hit is the greatest possible "F*%^ You, Cole" he could have delivered.
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