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You, “Well, it looks like the right URL.  But I don’t recognize the site design at all and… ERIC HOSMER AS A SLEEPER?!  WHO HACKED GREY’S ACCOUNT?!  I wonder if they’re letting his mustache get at least 15 minutes of sunlight per day.  SERIOUSLY, DUBYA TEE EFF?!”  That’s right, over-the-internet friend, we’ve redesigned the site and now we’re here to redesign your mind on what you think of Hosmer.  So, it’s a constant struggle of mine that I think I might be self-defeating.  Do I self-sabotage?  When choosing people or situations, do I go for the road less traveled not out of excitement, but because it will be more arduous and less likely for success?  When I choose a girlfriend, do I try to find one that I know won’t work?  Or do I find one that will work and sabotage the relationship?  Better yet, is this why I’m interested in Eric Hosmer for 2013?  Or so I said to my shrink.  Luckily, she knows baseball and is familiar with Eric Hosmer.  How could she not after last year?  Half of my visits revolved around the Royals 1st baseman.  “Grey, I want you to go home and write a sell post for Hosmer, then reduce it to two point font size and have it tattooed under your eyelids.”  And that’s why I pay the big money to an non-accredited shrink!  On the flip side of that coin, there’s an eagle.  On the flip flip side, I refuse to draft Hosmer because of his 2012, then he produces in 2013.   Well, that’s the dilemma:  draft a guy that caused me so much pain to get more pain or not draft a guy and watch him succeed on someone else’s team.  Here we have a crossroads.  Maybe we should first look at what he can do next year.  So what should we expect from Eric Hosmer for 2013 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

Last year, if you drafted Eric Hosmer, you got caught up in a shizzstorm of bad luck.  He didn’t have a disastrous K-rate, and his walk rate was actually up.  With a .255 BABIP, he had the seventh worst BABIP last year.  He’ll probably never be a .320 BABIP guy without a lot of luck, but he should be closer to .300.  Put all of that into an easy-to-understand format, he had crap luck and didn’t start swinging at everything to get himself out of his slump.  He remained patient.  The pitches he did swing at, he pulled.  This wouldn’t normally matter, but teams put on an infield shift and he hit into it.  That could account for some of the low BABIP.  He needs to go the other way more.  Also, he was shut down in September due to a slight tear in his rotator cuff.  Only Hosmer knows when that started to bother him.  That should be healed by the spring.  It’s been so long since we’ve said anything positive about Hosmer let’s remember he hit 19 homers, .293 and stole 11 bases in two-thirds of a season his rookie year, and he’s still only 23 years old.  So, if he’s healed and can smack some pitches the other way to keep defenses honest, he hits 25 homers and .300 with 10+ steals.  His health is the only element out of his control.  If this were just a matter of him going to the opposite field, I’d say he’ll make the adjustments and you should draft him confidently.  For 2013, I’ll give him the line of 75/22/90/.280/12, but keep an eye on his shoulder in the spring.  As of right now, I’m liking him a lot for a bounce back and as a sleeper.  Now, what the eff happened to the site design?!

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  1. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:
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    Grey! Love the new site and logo. Well done old chap! Couldn’t help but laugh at seeing this sleeper post but I knew it was coming. Is it April yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tggq21: Soon, friend… Thanks!

  2. michael says:
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    your site is fantastic, the design and content (agree on Hosmer!). but finding someone who likes the fact that you now have an AUTOMATIC VIDEO WITH SOUND playing on your page is like finding a 5-tool unicorn you can plug into your UTIL slot. Can we get a default sound: off here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @michael: Hmm… I don’t get that, and there shouldn’t be any auto-audio ever… Where are you getting it at?

  3. Mike says:
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    I may be the only one to say this, but…

    I miss the blogroll.

    • Opal says:
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      @Mike: It’s still there – in the footer, under links, right next to the author listing. :)

    • VinWins

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      @Mike: You can find them by clicking “Links” at the bottom of the page. Not quite as convenient, but still there.

    • stynyr says:
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      @Mike: Me too. Drunk Jays Fans

  4. Bill says:
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    Like the new look…hate to be mr. Negative, but I don’t like having to click to continue the story. I have always hated sites that do this, and don’t frequent them as much. As usual your content is top notch. Keep up the good work. How about a story on Rutledge, Simmons or erlin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill: Rutledge is on his way… The More’s crap are the way of the future, way of the future…

      • @Grey: Finally, an Aviator quote on a fantasy baseball site! Woohoo!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha…

  5. L-Boogie says:
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    I fear change…

  6. Gus says:
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    Grey,
    Your website is
    More! Tell Me More!
    Well I hate the More! Tell Me More! aspect of it, otherwise,
    More! Tell Me More!
    it’s a great site! Keep up the
    More! Tell Me More!
    good work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gus: Tell me more, did the post put up a fight?

      • Gus says:
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        @Grey: @gbuie It didn’t put up a fight More Tell Me More it’s just I am lazy clicker, who would rather scroooool thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I have similar problems with it, but they’re all over the internet now, and they allow me to split up the ads so the page loads faster…

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: I hate musicals, but I recognized that line. Probably because of Olivia.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @VinWins: I hear her and Travolta are putting out a Xmas album, makes you wanna celebrate Hanukkah…

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @Grey: Ha! I just avoid Christmas music completely.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Good call! Hey, did you used to have a gravatar? Was it only when logged in? Are you logged in right now?

              • VinWins

                VinWins says:
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                @Grey: Yeah, there was a magnificent Husky. It’s there when I go to the author page. I am logged in.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @VinWins: Okay, looking into it… Thanks!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @VinWins: So, I was told for you to have an image you have to go through gravatar.com It’s simply to set up, if you already have and there’s still no image, then it’s a different problem…

                  • VinWins

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                    @Grey: Ok, I haven’t been there. I wasn’t allowed to wander all over the internet before.

  7. Pinecones Perkins says:
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    I like the new look.

  8. MrMojoRisin says:
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    Hooray for Hosmer!
    Hooray for the new look!
    Boo for the tell me more button

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MrMojoRisin: They’re all over, over-the-internet friend… Can’t fight City Hall…

  9. David_KOA says:
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    @Grey,
    Alex Rodriguez is going to be having another surgery and his timetable is three to six months.

    Also the Red Sox & Mike Napoli are closing in on a three year agreement. They say he would be the starting first baseman in 2013.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @David_KOA: Red Sox aren’t going to be better with that… Damn on A-Rod, he’s just about done…

  10. mc serch says:
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    Congrats on the redesign, it def looks more like a big boy site now…agree on Hosmer, in what round does he start to make sense?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mc serch: Thanks! Around 10th round in 12 team…

  11. Rags says:
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    Minor nitpick, but while using firefox, the drop down menus have gaps between some (but not all) of the links, through which you can see the ads underneath.

    • Opal Gamble says:
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      @Rags: What version of FF are you using? Trying to replicate the issue.

  12. birrrdy! says:
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    Hate to be a sour puss, but I definitely do not like the new look, and especially the new font. yuk. And I need the the old Grey photo staring back at me with fantasy goodness on his posts (not the charicature avatar). and go ahead and shorten everyone else’s article, but not the Grey-penned gems. put them on the home page in their full glory!

    That all said, the site is loading waaaay faster. that’s pretty cool. you must’ve made a technological upgrade with the redesign, and that, good sir, is much appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @birrrdy!: Look at it as a roundabout, very expensive and not-that-direct way to make the page load faster…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @birrrdy!: My big dopey mug is back…

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @Grey: SWEEET!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe… No problem…

  13. The site looks great guys – well done!

    And the Hosmer post is well timed as I am just now debating on pulling the trigger in my first draft of the year. It’s a 15 team league – and here we are in the 9th rd. I have three more picks til mine comes up (#128) so we’ll see if he makes it or not. Rutledge is actually the back-up plan, so interesting that he was mentioned as well. I may go Rutledge since I don’t have a MI yet.

    Anyway – congrats again on the new look.

    Ryan C

    • Grey

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      @Ryan Carey: Thanks! I’d take Hosmer in the 9th of a 15-team league…

      • @Grey: Well of course Hosmer went – as he should have. Settled for Rutledge after all.

        • Grey

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          Not a terrible “settle.”

  14. Teddy says:
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    Grey,
    The redesign is awesome. Well done!
    Peace,
    Ted

  15. Colonel says:
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    The new look is terrific. Yeah! Thanks!

    Do you prefer Hosmer over Rizzo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Rizzo over Hosmer…

  16. Al lydon says:
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    Grey,
    This is like the junkie(you) who trie’s the back door to the drug store and it’s unlocked. I’m not saying don’t go in.Because the junkie (you)
    is going in.There’s so many drug’s (Hosmer)to pick from.Try you some( Melky),or my favorite (Ike Davis).No more (Hosmer) for you.Way to many side effects.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not addicted, I can kick the habit any time, just one more, please…. I like Ike too… Post coming for him soon…

      • Al lydon says:
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        @Grey:
        I know your not addicted,I’m not either.I never dream about all those possible homer’s and RBI’S anymore that could happen in 2013. If I could just stop shaking.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          We need Badger and Skinny Pete to sell the rest of these addicts on him… If you don’t watch Breaking Bad, ignore that comment…

  17. Dan Pants

    Blairtch says:
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    Where/when can I get myself one of those fancy new razzball t-shirts I see in the banner ad?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blairtch: BTW, you should go to gravatar.com and upload your comment image… (Same image as you write with, if you like)….

  18. Eddy says:
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    Congrats on the new site! The new logo looks badass.

    I’ll echo the “tell me more” complaint, but you’ve justified it so it’s all right.

    Quick question though. I absolutely love the SON on the right. But is it possible to have an in-window scroll so that it covers everyone that day? In addition, instead of the team that a SP is associated with, can we see their score instead? I don’t know anything about web design so maybe those things are impossible. Just a couple of suggestions!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the suggestions and kind words! I’ll pass them along…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay, so I’m told every pitcher loading in there will slow the site massively… The score instead of the team is doable, but we’ll need in-season data… (Those are faked right now, since there is no SON in December)… So remind to change it to the scores in April and we should be able to…

      • Eddy says:
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        @Grey:

        Will do.

        I’m assuming once the season rolls around I can simply launch the SON page and see all the pitchers for the next few days like last time, correct?

        • Grey

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          Yeah, there’s just no data right now so the page is blank…

  19. NoonTime says:
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    MOAR ADDS!!! I only count 18… how am I supposed to accidentally click on an add if they are that few and far between?

    MOAR MOAR MORA…..

    Melvin is that you?

    I LOVE WWW 3.0 or is it HTML8

    Maybe I will learn that language in 10 days!

    Sexy beast… you and the site.. keep up the good work!

    • NoonTime says:
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      @NoonTime: Any way to edit comments in the new regime? Like when I put adds instead of ads?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @NoonTime: Hmm… re:editing… I’m not sure… I’ll ask…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NoonTime: Thanks! You should go by Afternoon Delight.

  20. FKuz says:
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    Like the new site redesign, but it isn’t mobile friendly at all, unlike the last one. Any plans for a mobile version of Razzball?

    P.S. Bonus fantasy baseball question – Cliff Lee or Matt Moore in a keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! An app is next on the “big boy” list… Moore…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FKuz: I am told that the site will be more-mobile friendly than it currently is… Designer is currently working on something….

  21. Reno 911 says:
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    Much like seeing RA Dickey as a top SP option, the new site will take some getting used to, but it looks good, and I did not have a to click.

    • Reno 911 says:
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      …did not have a “more” button to click…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Reno 911: That’s weird, but you might’ve came in to the site directly to this post, that’s why…

      • Reno 911 says:
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        I do usually get right into the post via fantasyrundown.com. Not that you’re not the best FBB prognosticator… I just like to see what others have to say too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hmm… Yeah, Goose links directly to the post so you won’t see the “More” unless you go to razzball.com (the homepage)…

  22. Sky

    Sky says:
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    I for one welcome our new tell me more overlords.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: Interesting avatar…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Grey: What the bumpernuts…why the frunk is it looking for an image on the baseball side? You cast me out of baseball eden last year. What is this wizardry?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Sky: I kinda like your avatar like that… It looks like it was bought from Ikea…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Grey: Well now I’m kinda sad. All I got was the red ‘x’ of death. I always wondered what I’d look like if I were Scandinavian.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You’ll have to change your name to Lars…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                @Grey: and all my vowels would get covered in umlauts. Öh nö, ït’s häppënïng!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  All your vowels look like they have pimples…

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    @Grey: I’ll have Hayden Panettierre take a look at it for me.

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          @Sky: All fixed. Sorry about that.
          I can explain the frunk re: the baseball side, but it’ll just degenerate into a bunch of technobabble-armwavy-thrill that will likely result in narcolepsy. I’ll spare you ;)

          • Sky

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            @Opal: I like bed time stories! Anyways, thanks Opal. Site really does look snazzy!

  23. royce! says:
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    Well la-di-freaking-da, mister fancy pants with your grown up blog…this font is making me reconsider my comments…it makes my words look cooler than I think they are…weird. Anyway, congrats on the new shizz!

    • royce! says:
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      @royce!: Hey, just figured out how to use HTML tags or attributes or whatever! I won’t do that again. My avatar looks badass though…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Look at you playing around with bold… You, “An exclamation mark by name is not enough, I need bold!” Ha…

  24. Eddie says:
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    The website looks terrific!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  25. Vacation says:
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    Grey, new site looks good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Vacay!

  26. Steve says:
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    Jeez – I leave the country for 5 minutes and…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Sorry, Steve, I warned you there would be some changes coming… I think you’re good for the next few days… Enjoy your trip!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Heh. Was just there for the weekend – back in En Zed now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh wow… That was fast… So how was that insane restaurant?

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: I wouldn’t say it was the best meal I ever had, but the whole experience (location, clientele etc) was amazing.

            Yeah, was just a weekend for me – my wife is still there on business. Was hot though – nearly 100 on Saturday…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I definitely remember that restaurant from a Bourdain show… Looked like an incredible all-around experience… Don’t they farm all of their menu items right there too? Where were you again in Australia?

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey: Sydney. Yeah, just about everything would be local. They have great beef in Australia (almost as good as ours!) and Sydney seafood is fantastic.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @Steve: Gotcha… Yeah, I think it’s the same place… I was actually hanging out with an Aussie this weekend and he said Sydney was like LA and Melbourne was like NY… Or maybe I’ve reversed those…

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey: Nah, that sounds about right.

                    No more subscribing to posts? I liked getting the comments by email. Looks great otherwise.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, crap… I forget to add that… Will have the designer look at it tomorrow…

                    • Opal says:
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                      @Steve: Should be able to subscribe now!

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey: Also noticed that there’s no ‘Reply’ link in your ‘Oh crap’ reply below. Is that deliberate? Would assume it’s to stop the comment ‘nest’ narrowing to nothingness…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Steve: Actually that comment is above this one. The one I’m referring to is your comment at 6.47pm…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve: Nah, it wasn’t on purpose… Sometimes I reply on the backend of the site and it doesn’t add a “Reply” automatically…

                    • Opal says:
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                      @Steve: It’s limited to a depth of 10 for the exact reason you assumed. :)

  27. prezii says:
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    Woahhh… Im lost.. is this grey?? Hello?? *feels for fuzzy patch of fur*.. oh there you are!

    This is going to take some getting use to but its definitely alot more “hip”. I hope its still phone friendly..

    • prezii says:
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      P.s. hosmer? Really??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s hip like Poochie from The Simpsons!

      • prezii says:
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        @Grey: now thats hip… I like the SON just sittin right there. The SON is always right by our side. Im likin it.. kudos!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, Prezii… I’m still getting used to it myself, but I think it’ll be better in the long run because we have other stuff rolling out…

          • prezii says:
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            @Grey: looking forward to it!

  28. Anthomny says:
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    @Grey: Ugh not a fan of the new site…. bring back the old ISH or get a new layout. good grief.

    • Grey

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      Sorry… Hopefully you get used to it…

  29. Vacation says:
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    Grey or anyone else: I know its too late for this year but does anyone know of any fantasy leagues for offseason leagues? Yes, I recognize that this may be the sign of a problem.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Offseason leagues? Not sure what you mean? Like stratomatic where they play it out without players doing anything?

      • Vacation says:
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        Sorry, I was thinking about Dominican winter ball leagues and the like. I need a fix, man.

  30. costaricanchata says:
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    hey !
    something’s different .

    is that a new shirt ?

    hah !
    (i believe this to be the very first ‘hah’ on the re-designed site … so take THAT all of you
    wannabe cherry poppers) .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Way to de-virginize us!

  31. costaricanchata says:
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    also ,
    the wife is freaking over not being able to watch her tv shows … survivor , top chefs ,
    grey’s anatomy , amazing race , etc .

    can any of you high=tekkers help a guy out with some inter-web links to some free tv ??

    mucho gracias (in advance) .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m thinking Steve can, you should ask him directly since right now Subscribe to comments isn’t set up… I also think all of those shows can be viewed online… Right at their websites…

  32. Pinecones Perkins says:
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    Yes. He went back to the photo instead of the caricature.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The public has spoken…

  33. ChrisV

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    I am enjoying playing around with the new layout, now that it’s finally been birthed.

  34. Terrence Mann says:
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    Nice upgrade. It’s like going from mmd to a real donkey. I have to scroll left to right to read all the text, though. Fixable?

    • Opal says:
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      @Terrence Mann: Oooh, no, that’s not right. What browser are you using… and what resolution is your screen?

      • Terrence Mann says:
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        @Opal: Droid phone.

        • Opal says:
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          @Terrence Mann: thanks for letting me know. Mobile-friendly is in the works – side scrolling sucks.

          • Terrence Mann says:
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            @Opal: Gotcha. Good to hear.

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