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It feels like yesterday the baseball regular season started.  You wrote “I heart baseball” in permanent marker on your arm, then you met a girl who wrote “I heart guys who heart baseball” on her arm, then, during sex in September, you screamed out “I love you, Chris Davis!” and now you don’t have baseball or a girlfriend, unless your girlfriend was Bill James.  C’mon, calendar, make like a soldier and turn to March.  The only cure for the post-baseball season blues — recapping the preseason top twenty lists and being hand-fed Doritos.  First up, Cool Ranch and our preseason Top 20 Catchers for 2012.  It’s important to look back before we look ahead to 2013. To paraphrase the one and only B-Real, “How do you know where you’re at, if you don’t know where you’ve been? Understand where I’m coming from?”  It wouldn’t be fair for me to preseason rank the players, then rank them again in the postseason based on my opinion, so these postseason top 20 lists are ranked according to our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater.  It’s cold hard math, y’all!  Anyway, here’s the top 20 catchers for 2012 fantasy baseball and how they compared to where I originally ranked them:

1. Buster Posey – Weird year for catchers.  I really only left three catchers off from my top 20, if you count that I mentioned A.J. Pierzynski and Carlos Ruiz and said don’t draft them.  Also, one of those catchers (Rosario) got a sleeper post by our fantasy football writer, Sky, and I was more than open with you about grabbing him.  Only mentioning him just about every other day he played a home game.  The rest of the guys, whether they were ranked or not, you knew about.  It was a good year to be a veteran catcher.  As for Posey, in his short career, he’s proven that he’s absolutely F-I-N-E as long as he stays healthy, this year he did it.  May your Pablos stay fat and may your Poseys stay healthy.  Amen.  Preseason Rank #5, 2012 Projections:  65/20/75/.300, Final Numbers:  78/24/103/.336/1

2. Yadier Molina – About a week ago, Rudy was looking through my preseason rankings.  This was the first time I think he looked through my rankings.  He likes to look after the season to mock me.  So, naturally, he thought it was hilarious that I didn’t even rank Yadier.  I did; I just said don’t draft him.  You can say what you want, but he was a $1 flyer at the end of drafts, and, even if you took the $1 flyer, you weren’t excited about it back in March.  You had a counting stats guy.  Turned out you had an every-stat guy.  Insane year for Yadier.  Career highs in every single category at the age of 30.  This will be a recurring theme in our recap, this year catching was an older player’s game.  Maybe it was that catchers’ fantasy offseason camp hosted by Carlton Fisk.  Maybe all catchers are really cougars.  I know the opposite is true.  Hey now!  Preseason Rank #19, 2012 Projections:  45/9/50/.280/5, Final Numbers:  65/22/76/.315/12

3. Joe Mauer – Wanna hear a stat that doesn’t seem right?  This year was Mauer’s third year hitting double digit homers and his first since 2009 when he hit 28.  Think it’s fair to say 28 homers was taking Mauer’s ceiling, knocking a hole through it, standing on your tippy-toes on the roof, reaching up and there were the 28 homers.  Preseason Rank #7, 2012 Projections:  80/10/85/.310/3, Final Numbers:  81/10/85/.319/8

4. A.J. Pierzynski – 35 years old is the new 27 for catchers.  “Hey, Mesoraco, come back to me when you’ve got 1200 games under your belt and you can’t crotch down because there’s no cartilage in your knees.”   Maybe this whole year for catchers was perpetuated by Hollywood to generate buzz for Bull Durham II:  Shooting the Bull.  Crash and Nuke are player/co-managers standing around talking about how Susan Sarandon went commando-cougar and is dating a rookie 57 years her junior.  Will be interesting to see if Tim Robbins signs on or if it’s too close to home.  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers:  68/27/77/.278

5. Wilin Rosario – As previously mentioned aforementionedly, Wilin is the only young rookie to really make an impression this year.  Hey, maybe he can hook up with Sarandon.  I’m gonna be all about Wilin next year.  To get it started, I’ve already told you how I’m gonna be all about him and then pointed out how I already mentioned it and now I’ve painted myself into a corner with this sentence where I can just keep mentioning how I mentioned my Wilin love or just stop abruptly.  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers:  67/28/71/.271/4

6. Matt Wieters – Since I put very little weight on average (because of how fickle it is), Wieters will probably be ranked around 3rd again next year.  Once again, he had a solid season and my favorite part of it is he raised his walk rate.  He’s a fraction of a breakout away from a 30 homer, .280 season.  Also, we’re deep enough into catchers to point out the obvious… There’s no 100 runs or 30 HRs catchers, and only one with 100 RBIs.  If you don’t punt, you’re a fool.  Preseason Rank #3, 2012 Projections:  80/24/85/.280, Final Numbers:  67/23/83/.249/3

7. Miguel Montero – His final stats are pretty close to where I had him in the preseason, but he ended up ranking a bit higher.  Know why?  Hint:  Offense is down once again.  Actually, that’s not a hint.  That’s the whole shebang….Shebang!  Shebang!  Preseason Rank #8, 2012 Projections:  60/17/75/.270, Final Numbers:  65/15/88/.286

8. Carlos Ruiz – In the preseason rankings, I said I’m not going to rank Ruiz, but he’d be ranked #21.  Then I belched.  Sorry, I should’ve laid off the Welch’s and should have known he’d get new career highs across the board and have an insane BABIP at the age of 33.  Riiiiiiight.  Extra I’s aren’t because my keyboard got stuck.  I’m trying to keep these recaps focused on what just happened rather than looking forward, but someone’s going to get burned on Ruiz next year.  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers: 56/16/68/.325/4

9. Carlos Santana – Supernatural is officially all over the map for what he’s going to give you year-to-year.  In 2011, his HR/FB% went up and his average went down.  His HR/FB% wasn’t obscene in 2011, but this year it went down and his average went up to respectable levels.  Maybe he’s the Prince Fielder of catchers, and next year he’ll hit 25+ homers again.  The positive takeaways are he lowered his K-rate and upped his line drive rate.  Some would say as long as he stays away from duets with Rob Thomas, it’s all positive.  Preseason Rank #1, 2012 Projections:  80/25/90/.260/5, Final Numbers:  72/18/76/.252/3

10. Ryan Doumit – I know you stayed up night wondering what Doumit would give you if he ever got a full season of at-bats.  You can sleep easy now; he’s barely a top ten catcher.  Preseason Rank #16, 2012 Projections:  45/14/55/.260, Final Numbers:  56/18/75/.275

11. Jonathan Lucroy – Actually, had a decent year if you consider he played in only like 95 games.  Actually II, This Is Actually The Sequel:  He didn’t have a great year, but hit one team (Cubs) insanely well, and that’s all you need to get in the top 11 for catchers.  Preseason Rank #18, 2012 Projections:  50/13/60/.260/3, Final Numbers: 46/12/58/.320/4

12. Mike Napoli – In the preseason, I dropped a Mike Napoli overrated post on you and told everyone to stay away unless you played in a league where you got extra points if the player’s mom had a nip slip.  Nip Slip leagues aside, prescient isn’t just a word you need a dictionary to define.  Also, to give you an idea of how weak catchers were/are/always will be, Napoli was ranked 15th a week ago.  You hit a few homers over the last week and you can jump a Mordecai Brown handful of catchers.  Preseason Rank #4, 2012 Projections:  60/25/70/.250/3, Final Numbers:  53/24/56/.227/1

13. Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Saltymochachino was one of the bright spots for the Red Sox this year, which is to say there were no bright spots when a catcher hitting in the .220’s is your bright spot.  He finally made good on his power over a full season and also clearly illustrated what a 30%+ K-rate will do to your batting average.  Preseason Rank #15, 2012 Projections:  45/15/60/.220, Final Numbers:  55/25/59/.222

14. Brian McCann – This year was the nail in the coffin for my McCann love.  He can take his stupid contact lens/getting Lasik surgery twice a year/”I’m gonna wear goggles now” issues that seem to plague him every year and go find a fantasy baseball ‘pert that cares.  Preseason Rank #2, 2012 Projections:  70/25/85/.275/3, Final Numbers:  44/20/67/.230/3

15. Jesus Montero – According to our Player Rater, he was valued at $11 in the preseason and he ended up giving you a negative two dollars’ worth of value.  That means he was better off dead.  Now give me two dollars!  The scary thing is he wasn’t really that far off from the stats I thought he’d have.  Yeah, catchers are an exciting position to recap.  Preseason Rank #9, 2012 Projections:  55/17/70/.285, Final Numbers:  46/15/62/.260

16. Russell Martin – I don’t care about Russell Martin, you don’t care about Russell Martin, Alyssa Milano barely cares about Russell Martin, so I’ll keep this short… Scott Proctor thought he was abused by Joe Torre?  Maybe 145 games at catcher wasn’t the best idea.  Martin is about the oldest looking 29 year old I’ve ever seen.  Aside from The Situation.  Preseason Rank #17, 2012 Projections:  50/10/60/.240/9, Final Numbers:  50/21/53/.211/6

17. J.P. Arencibia – Almost exactly the same catcher he was in 2011 only this past year he battled injuries.  But since his name stands for Just Punt, let’s look at what I got in a 12 team mixed league for catcher after punting.  Usually, I advise you Ron Popeil your catcher slot to “Set It and Forget It” and not change your catcher.  But this year I drafted Geovany Soto, and as this list shows, I couldn’t hold onto him.  So I had Arencibia, Yasmani and Soto, losing all three of them to injuries, until I was able to Ron Popeil Pierzynski.  Yes, catchers are so weak that the number four catcher in all of baseball was on waivers as late as July.  61/20/52/.227 in 440 ABs is what I pieced together with all my catchers.  I also bring this up now because I basically Frankenstein’d my way to Arencibia’s stats.  So, do you Set It and Forget It or do you struggle to piece together the 17th best catcher in a 12 team, one catcher league?  Preseason Rank #12, 2012 Projections:  50/21/70/.235, Final Numbers:  45/18/56/.233/1

18. A.J. Ellis – Besides it being a good year to be old and have a career year, it was an excellent year to have initials as your first name.  Too bad J.D. Salinger died, and couldn’t ever get in front of a breaking ball in the dirt.  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers:  44/13/52/.270

19. John Jaso – John Jason Jingleheimer Schmidt wasn’t your catcher and he wasn’t my catcher too.  Whenever we go out, the people always shout, on waivers there goes John Jaso Jingleheimer Schmidt!  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers:  41/10/50/.276/5

20. Salvador Perez – For accuracy sake, I told everyone to not draft him when it was announced he would miss three months with an injury, but he was originally ranked 14th overall.  For what it’s Wuertz, Perez had a perfectly respectable half a season.  Personally, literally, extra wordly, I’d want Perez more than some of the guys above in this list for when he was healthy.  Now “for when he was healthy” has to get back to modifying Tulowitzki.  Preseason Rank #14, 2012 Projections:  50/10/65/.280, Final Numbers:  38/11/39/.301

  1. Ned Shakeshaft says:
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    Sooo, $21 next year for Wieters in my $260 AL only 2-catcher keeper league?

    Whaaaaaat, too soon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ned Shakeshaft, I wouldn’t spend $20+ on a catcher but $21 is around going rate…

  2. AbNormal says:
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    What, if anything, could we expect from Victor Martinez next year? Would he continue to have C eligibility, or just be a DH?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AbNormal, Since he didn’t play this year he’ll have his previous eligibility… I’d expect 14-ish homers and a solid average…

  3. royce! says:
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    When you are ranking C for 2013, you should link to this post and your top 20 C for 2012 post. The two combine to present a very strong argument that drafting a C in the early rounds is almost like throwing away an early pick.

    I for one drafted McCann at 73 in one RCL, and took over a team that had drafted Napoli at 52. Both were dead weight because their names prevented me from grabbing a hot schmotato like Rosario or AJ (either one). Eventually traded Steve McCann for Uggla, and I think we soon after dropped em (easier to do when you haven’t drafted the player- you’re like, “well, I only gave McCann for him, and McCann blows”). In my h2h, I streamed hot schmotatos, and was no worse off for it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Yeah, that’s a problem with drafting catchers high that I don’t often talk about… When you have a top 5 catcher, you’re inclined to hold him and could end up being totally screwed, worse than if you didn’t draft anyone for catcher… I thought for a second you wrote ‘Steve McCann’… Pretty cool name, used to drive like a madmen through the hills of San Fernando in Pullit…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Ha! I thought that might read as “Steve McCann”…not quite as exciting in the “hills” of San Fernando.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Those hills can be pretty steep…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Steve McCann and Royce Uggla. Sound like a couple of characters from Boogie Nights.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha! Or maybe Harry McCann and Boyshe Uggla…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Sounds like a radio comedy duo from the 50s.

                Or the Odd Couple…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, totally… I used to love Harry McCann and Boyshe Uggla on the Sid Caesar Comedy Hour…

  4. Chris says:
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    Wow, you nailed the Mauer projections!

    Besides the 30+ yr old breakouts, you did real well with these overall.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris, Wow, I really did…. I didn’t even notice that when I wrote this up… Thanks!

  5. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    I usually wait until the last round to take a catcher, but when Posey was available at pick 128 when you had him ranked at 82, I had to take him. So for once I had no trouble setting and forgetting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s nice value on Posey, hard to argue with that…

    • ETMcgee says:
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      @VinWins, yeah, i drafted posey for $7 in my auction keeper league. now if have to decide if he is worth keeping at $10 next year or not.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @ETMcgee, I don’t know how easy it is to trade in your league, but if you don’t want to pay $10 for a catcher, you could probably trade him for someone that would normally cost you more than $10.

  6. g-sean says:
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    Jaso played the role of $1 catcher perfectly. Don’t hurt me and if I get anything at all I will be happy! Saved the catcher money and got Miggy with it. Rolled to first place in the AL only league!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Very nice! Yeah, at least with Jaso he hit in the heart of the order and often played as a DH…

  7. Jon says:
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    Do you think Posey is worth 15 pts of a 226 overall keeper budget? I generally agree about catchers and was very glad I didn’t hold Santana last off-season when he would’ve cost me in the 20s, but Posey at that price seems like it’d be worth it… thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he could be worth it, hard to say without knowing who else you could keep instead of him…

  8. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    I know I’m jumping the gun right now, but which catchers will you be targeting next season if your punting the top tier of catchers? Salvador seems to be who I keep thinking of.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Perez will be a nice one, assuming others aren’t looking at him too, but they probably won’t be b/c his full season numbers aren’t great in the big picture…

  9. Steve says:
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    J-Zimm didn’t respond to well to being freed from the weight of my fantasy expectation…

    • Carnac says:
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      @Steve, Just for S’s and G’s: JZ has 0 Ws this year when he’s given up more than 3 ER. And today is only the 2nd time all season he’s given up more than 4 ER.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was at the chiro, what happened to Jaime Garcia? BTW, Zimmermann hated facing the Cards all year…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Threw 51 pitches in the first two innings, so they just decided to get him the hell out of there.

        Another run scored as a result of an error. Some terrible defence in the playoffs so far…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha… Guess they figure they absolutely must win that game and they wouldn’t be wrong thinking that…

  10. Scandalous Bob says:
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    Long-time reader of the site, so I’ve been punting C for several years now. I just did the math from my 6-headed catcher (Ramos/Doumit/Lucroy/Ellis/Avila/Martin) over this past season:

    Runs: 60
    HR: 17
    RBI: 61
    SB: 2
    AVE: .260

    Not bad considering where some of the top tier guys ended up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did great, well done… A whole lot better than me in my 12 team league… How deep was that league?

      • Scandalous Bob says:
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        @Grey, 12 team Yahoo winner league

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Scandalous Bob, Makes sense…Again, good job….

  11. buzzdainer says:
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    What are your thoughts about Derek Norris and Travis d’Arnaud? What do you expect of them in 2013? What do you think of their respective ceilings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think much of them for 2013… Think about Jesus Montero and how everyone thought he was the next coming of, well, Jesus… If Arencibia is traded, then d’Arnaud will be a decent late game flyer in mixed leagues, maybe get 15+ homers and .280… Norris is a nice OBP/BA guy that will have a lower power ceiling than d’Arnaud, but will be ready definitely in April…

  12. Prezii says:
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    “Hey grey, should i drop rosario for perez? I just dropped perez two days ago but hes gettin hotter! Grandal and soto are out there too.. What do i do man, catchers are all over!”

    Ohh good times… Haha cant wait for the 1st base one! The opening to every player reads “Hosmer could have went here, but…..”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Effin Hosmer, bane of my existence…

  13. Anthony says:
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    Really hard offseason trade..12 team H2H most categories with OPS added. It’s also an auction league, thoughts on this trade? We keep 16 soldiers. Just looking for overall value all positions well covered.

    Trade Jennings ($1), Phillips or Walker ($20 and $1 respectively) for Bruce ($12) and R.Howard ($20).

    I can’t decide which is the better side, my gut says do it because of Bruce’s upside and that Howard will still have Howard numbers next year. Please help! Thanks a lot man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take the Bruce side, but it’s close and fair… Jennings is the wild card… For a $1, it’s a real hard… But I’d go with Bruce and Howard…

  14. ferris says:
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    interesting

    looking at wieters and montero

    2 runs + 8 hrs + 3 stls > 5 rbis + 37 batting average points

    hard math is curious and interesting

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, they’re actually insanely close if you look at the Player Rater… $9.50 and $9.30 on their value…

  15. Chris says:
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    They decided to bring the fences in for Jesus…wouldn’t
    be suprised if he ended up top 3 catcher. Look at his home/away splits

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I do think he’s too young to write off… This is a recap, not for next year…

  16. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Are you going to follow the catchers post with pitchers…oh, zing….Is the lead in pitcher DICKie….oh, zing again….OK I’m ridickulous…oh….this needs to stop.

    I think Rosario is a nice catcher, I’m just not completely sold on him. Here is where Jack Full of Realism comes to the party. “Hi Jack, welcome to the party”, Jack replies ” There are two people here and a half inflated blow up doll, this is more of a get together at best or a funeral for the single, 42 and still living with your mom crowd” . Back to the point. I think he has 30 HR pop, that is undeniable, but everything else is up for grabs, factoring in the sophmore slump and the chance he can be the Latin Napoli or in espanol, Napololiez. He can hit you .270 or .230, his difficulty hitting righties (.239) vs. lefties (.348) leaves a huge margin for error. Don’t get me wrong, I like the kid, but I would rather have Perez and his smooth .300 average and possible 20 hr pop over Willin for next year. In fact, I will bank on a sleeper article on Perez for next year, of course with the injury disclaimer attached to the article.

    The guy that has me really confused is Doumit, true the change of scenery has its merit. I was waiting all year for some freak injury that would put him on the shelf for Spring, but it never happened. Are these the numbers we should expect? Can we expect more? I’m going to smoke a bunch of hash and ponder this question. Then if I can remember I wrote this then I will get back to you.

    Is this like your summer vacation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Nah, 1st basemen will be up next… Wilin is Latin Napoli, he could hit .235, and I think .270 is his ceiling, as you pointed out his splits aren’t great and that could lead to him being platooned, which would really hurt his value…. Perez will definitely be discussed, maybe a sleeper post… Yeah, this is my summer vacation, ha!

  17. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Its Napoliez!!!!!!!!!!!

    Is your summer dedicated to your real career or has the industry been unkind to you?

    Don’t forget to try out Psyche and Burn Notice on the netflix, if you don’t see them, then do the search and they should come up. will stream to your TV so you don’t have to walk to your mailbox.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Summer is dedicated to my real career, yeah… I’m finishing up Boss On Demand after burning through a DVD set of it last weekend… Then I have Breaking Bad up next… Then Psyche, maybe… Boss wasn’t good, I wouldn’t recommend it…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, good heads up on boss, I was on the fence, you seen house of lies?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I had to, met with Don Cheadle about a pilot I wrote… I also had to lie and say I liked the show… Pretty terrible…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, damn, i really liked it

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Chocolate and vanilla, I suppose… I kinda hated it though… BTW, I talked to the shirt guy about an XXL. He can do it if you want one…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey, I sure do, I can send him a blank one if he doesnt want to buy them in bulk.

                I call it a guilty pleasure show, and I like the nudity and a few of the actors, mostly Don, but I like some of them. I’m also not a writer of TV, so my opinion would probably be a little vanilla.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Eh, I love reality shows, so some would say my taste is terrible… BTW, loving The Voice… Was bummed they didn’t show the grandfather’s battle though… I guess he does have the shirts, just didn’t tell me about it…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey, yes, but we are all guilty of bad taste, we just don’t know it. I like some pretty awful stuff and I love it.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, I love the MTV Challenges, so I’m more guilty than most…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey, Do you watch the tattoo reality shows?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nah, I don’t… Never seen one… Good?

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, If you appreciate the art, then the NY and LA Ink have some cool stuff. LA is kinda whack because the main charcter is probably the lamest most annoying person on TV. Hands down. I also watched because I have known some of the people on the shows and have had work done by them.

                      Ink masters is funny, cause some of these people suck and you watch them mess up tattoos on real people. Its actually entertaining because these are legit tattoos done in under a time limit. So people rush or are clueless with what to do.

                      Of course if you don’t like tats then they might not be for you.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I actually have a tattoo (I got mine with Rudy in college), but I’m not a huge fan of them, so I’ve never gone out of my way to watch the show… If the characters are good though, I’d watch anything…Not like I’m a huge fan of antiques, and I’ll watch a 3 hour block of American Pickers…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, L-O-V-E on one set of knuckles and H-A-T-E on the other?

                      Or a spider on the neck, maybe?

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Steve, BASE on one hand and BALL on the other

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I heart Rudy and vice versa…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, Ink masters is on Spike, I think Monday nights and its entertaining in kinda whack ways.

                      I think it boils down to watching some people doing some amazing work when it comes to NY Ink and LA Ink. But if you don’t appreciate the art form then its not for you. I like to see good portrait work and I have seen more bad ones than good ones, so thats always a nice thing to see. Then reality show thing is all the drama they create and thats what might be your thing. I’m assuming mustache is a drama queen.

                      you said you had a meeting with cheedle, so how short is he in real life?

                      oh and what’s your tattoo of? is it the yankees logo? butterfly tramp stamp? and please don’t tell me you got it on your ankle

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I have a teardrop tattoo under my eye… He wasn’t that short, about average height, around my height…Yeah, not sure if the tattoo shows are my thing…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, what is average height, would you be tall in southeast Asia?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Five eight…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, you’re short

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha… I’m definitely not tall…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, You would be big in the Japanese leagues

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sounds like a Refreshments song…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, Ha, I’d be Godzilla in Japan

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hmm, that’s probably more like rap lyrics now…

  18. Steve says:
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    I’m happy for you, Bruce. Really I am.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I feel like I mentioned last week that he was gonna get hot in the playoffs…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, you did. I actually hope him and the rest of the Reds do well. I suported them back in ’90 when the WC was on TV here live for the first time.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, you didn’t have the World Series until 1990? That was the BIlly Hatcher series… Good stuff, though I was rooting for the A’s…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, We’d get highlights and stuff, but don’t remember anything live before that.

            Funny – I don’t remember Hatcher at all (just had to look it up). The main thing I remember is Davis homering in his first WC at-bat and thinking how cool that was. I remember Sabo too – and Senor Smoke!

            Oh – and the Nasty Boys too of course.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Eric Davis was a beast… Looking back at that team it’s surprising that they were the underdogs… Chris Sabo and his goggles, ha!

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Against any other team they probably would have been favourites. Just looked it up and the A’s won 103, games, Welch won 27, Stewart won 22 and of course they had Eck, Rickey, Canseco and McGwire…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, you’re probably right… Hey, don’t forget Carney!

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey, Twitter just told me that Bailey has set a record for Ks in a postseason game. One of the former holders? Jose Rijo (who I thought was Senor Smoke, but that may not be the case…)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      10 Ks was a record? Maybe for the Reds only…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Er, yes. My apologies.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No worries… Figured that…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Holy crap, I know what I want for Christmas…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Kinda like the Philadelphia Hebrews one too…

  19. Carnac says:
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    Unsurprisingly, the fan who got onto the field during the Reds/Giants game with a Romney sign ran from Right to Center.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Was being chased by Big Bird?

  20. Steve says:
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    Bailey picked a pretty good time to start delivering on some of that potential…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, seriously… It only took about 5 years to come to fruition…

  21. Steve says:
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    Come on you A’s. Keep this thing going.

    Look at that lineup though. Just doesn’t look like a playoff team, does it?

      • Steve says:
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        @royce!, Those are great. So many I want.

        • royce! says:
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          @Steve, Some great college ones, though none of which I have any connection to. Brown one with Bruno the Brown Bear!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        That’s an awesome shirt… I want just the mustache…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, but that’s what makes it fun…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Oh, completely. It’s awesome. Maybe I should have added a LOL (emoticon)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wonder if they have the rights to these likenesses…

  22. Steve says:
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    Hahaha. Has anyone else seen Cespedes’ Yahoo headshot? Looks like he forgot to stand on the box.

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve, That’s awesome.

      He’s an artist, and he’s trying to convey that he has a high ceiling that he hasn’t reached yet.

  23. royce! says:
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    Holy shizz, amazing catch, Coco.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn! Very nice…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Lisper’s Nightmare!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Sthuper Sthtuff!

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, If Cespedes and Seth Smith are on base at the same time, you’d need windshield wipers on the inside of the commentary booth.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HA! Hilarious…

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey, Or, even better – get Daffy Duck doing the play-by-play…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Hehe…. Would short circuit the mic from the spit…

                • Steve says:
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                  @Grey, Not a good lineup at all for the lisper –

                  Crithp
                  Cethpedeth
                  Moth
                  Donaldthon
                  Thmith
                  Norrith

                  Not to mention Weddick and Dwew.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    And Anderthon pitching…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Hehe. Great win. Can they win two more? Hard to see it, but it’ll be fun to see if they can.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, agreed… I like Miggy and Prince and Leyland, but it would still be nice for the underdog to win it…

  24. Jon says:
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    Hey Grey, keeper question for ya. Would you prefer to hold onto:

    A) Ian Desmond
    B) any 3 of Frazier, Rasmus, Medlen and Anderson

    …and if B, which 3?

    Rest of my keepers look like this: Posey, AGon, Hosmer, Cano, Lawrie, Tulo, Stanton, Bumgarner, Zimmermann

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B) Medlen, Rasmus, Anderson

  25. Steve says:
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    Reds should be ashamed that a team hitting this poorly still have a chance in this series.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This won’t be popular with Hippo, but I’m bummed the Cards keep upsetting teams… I really wanna see the Nats do something…

  26. TheNewGuy says:
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    So this is where the cool guys are hangin out…

    Tiny Tim lookin good in relief! Possible Giants closer next year, could it happen? I’d sure rather have him than the jumble of guys they’ve had this year, and keep Romo for the 8th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nah, don’t see it happening… He’s worth more to them in a starting role… And if he struggles in relief then it’s a cluster getting him back into the rotation…

  27. Steve says:
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    Sounds like this fella Rosenthal was really bringing it against the Nats. Any interest in him as a potential K-Rob type?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s walking the line between uninspiring starter or high-risk, high-reward reliever… He doesn’t look nearly as dazzling as K-Rob, but he could have a season of it, I suppose, since these guys do come a bit out of nowhere…

  28. slew says:
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    George Foster is throwing out the first pitch at GABP tomorrow.
    What an ugly mug!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s no Don Mossi, but he’s pretty freakin’ ugly…

  29. Steve says:
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    Uh-oh, A’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stupid Alfredo Jettucine… Watching the Yanks game though…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Here they come. And in more good news for the A’s, you can rely on Leyland to leave Scherzer out there a batter or two longer than he should.

        At least he always seems to do that whenever I owned Scherzer…

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, He’s changed!

          Um, that was pretty dumb from Drew…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Not looking good right now…

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey, They’ve had a great year but it looks over. In that lineup, you can’t have your 4 and 5 guys hitting .077.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Raaaah-oool….

  30. Steve says:
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    Sheeeeeeeeeee-it.

  31. letsgobravos says:
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    Damn, Ibanez is killing it. Looks like a senior citizen, but that tiny park is definitely to his liking.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a late early bird special…

  32. Cole says:
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    I guess once the BAL bullpen starts doing calisthenics around the 6th A-rod is too busy being scraped to death by his pants zipper to hit and they roll in Ibanez. Makes sense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Totally…

  33. Steve says:
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    See what I did there?

  34. Steve says:
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    I know this Valverde well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Look at you, working that magic for good!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Btw, what a ugly closer that Valverde is… Blech…

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