Hehe, I’m crazy for Rockies players.  You know why, so don’t play coy, though your baby blues are kinda cute when you’re playing coy.  Okay, play coy, walk to the end of the bar and look back and wink.  What the hell are you doing?!  I was being facetious!  Ugh, now I have to imagine you give me the looksies!  By the way, speaking of someone giving you the looksies, but not for good, but rather for evil.  I was at my local coffee place the other day, and, it was early, and I needed my coffee to function, and I was likely in the wrong, but that’s neither here nor there.  So, you know how the fancy coffee places have the lids by the garbage rather than putting them on?  I get my coffee and I head over for a lid.  A girl that was at the lid station backs up right as I get there and I narrowly avoid her and slide in to the garbage ledge by the lids.  Pretty slick maneuver, if I do say so.  However, it turns out by doing that I cut in front of a little person who had a steaming hot cup of coffee and also wanted to get a lid.  So, he stares at me like he wants to kill me and I say, “What?”  Well, that sets him off from zero to hundred and he starts screaming, “WHAT?!  WHAT?!”  Repeatedly.  And all I see is his cup of coffee potentially being thrown in my face, so I say, “Sorry, I didn’t see you there.”  And I think he took this to mean he was so short I couldn’t have saw him, so he starts cursing at the top of his lungs and staring me down until an employee of the coffee place steps between us.  Yes, I nearly got into an altercation with an angry little person at 7:30 AM on a Saturday.  Offseason!  So, like I was saying, Rockies players, rawr!  Today’s special installment is about Raimel Tapia.  He was called up this past year in September, which is obviously a less angry cup of coffee.  He saw 38 ABs, hit .263 and stole three bases.  This is not the last we’ve seen of him!  Actually, it was the first.  Anyway, what can we expect from Raimel Tapia in 2017 fantasy baseball?

Quickly, I think the playing time will be there because Blackmon, CarGonzalez or Parra will be gone.  If they’re not, Tapia’s going to be in the minors until at least June and rather useless in redrafts to start the year.  The Rockies appear to me to be moving towards the future.  Dahl, who exhausted his rookie eligibility last year will be in left, and Tapia, or as I call him in El Torito ‘Tapatio,’ should start in center with one of the aforementioned vets moving on.  Tapia’s power is that of Denard Span — not Denard as in Revere, but Denard as in Denard, which isn’t bad as in good nor bad as in bad, but bad as in meh.  Tapia is only 22 so he could move up to Gerardo Parra-type levels of power, i.e., 15-homer potential vs. 7-homer power.  The real allure for me on Tapia is his speed.  He looks like a 35-steal guy easily, maybe 45 steals during good seasons.  He can also slap-and-dash to a .300 average, but the big drawback is he needs to hit to get on.  He walks about as much as Alcides Escobar.  Hey, wait a minute, was it is a coincidence I mentioned the guy that Raimel most reminds me of?  It can’t be!  Alcides’s years of 5 HRs, 35 SBs, .293 may not be far off for Tapia.  Tapia could hit for more power, maybe more speed, maybe more average, but maybe less too, and he doesn’t walk at all.  Of course, Coors.  For fantasy baseball, instead of ‘of course,’ we should just say, “Of Coors.”  So, I’m going to say Tapia will break camp with the Rockies and go 72/5/51/.291/33 in 465 ABs, but if the Rockies don’t make room for him, I’m going to dock him 250 ABs later in the offseason.

  1. M says:
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    Great writeup as always!
    Since Tapia is the 5th OF right now (behind Blackmon, CarGo, Dahl & Parra), do you think it’s likely 2 of Blackmon/CarGo/Parra get traded or one of those guys gets traded and another OF’er transitions to 1B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M: I don’t think Parra is a starting outfielder unless the Rockies take two major steps backwards… I think CarGo or Blackmon are traded or transitioned

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great write-up!

    a. Super busy so just wanted to say hi. Hi!

    b. Tapia will be useful I’m sure. We’ll see how his PPT works out.

    c. There is no ‘C’. That’s how busy I am.

    Cheers,
    Ante

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        You’re such a tease. Can’t leave you hanging like that, can I?

        a. Just to say, lots of prep work ahead of the Ambassadors’ visit (they were only one Ambassador away from me calling it an Ambassador’s visit, phew, crossed that bridge).

        b. Then the entire program I spent hours putting together gets cancelled last minute and the Executive committee in N’Djamena put their own program together. Anyway, if you were within earshot I would sing this song for you…..

        …….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-6PnsnBpQE……

        c. Two times in a row that there is no ‘C’. It must be a sign of something!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. If you were in Detroit, you could cross the actual Ambassador Bridge B. 10cc! C. Haha

  3. JB Gilpin

    JB Gilpin says:
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    Mmmmmm, Tapia. On basketball, we have a true phenomenon called “REL bias”. I own Tapia in REL baseball. REL bias!

    A. I think you’re underselling his power a teensy bit.

    B. Someone was SO SHORT even YOU couldn’t see them?!?!?!?!!

    C. No C. Or I could say Not C. But then I sound gestapo-ish

    D. I miss you

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @JB Gilpin: Agreed, he has way more than 5 homer power, particularly in Coors. If you watch the tape on Tapia from 2014 to now, he’s made adjustments to his swing. His lower body is more compact, in turn his bat’s significantly quicker, and his swing has added a little loft. I think he could hit 12-15 in 400 PA.

      He’s a contact machine, he never walks, but he also almost never strikes out. I know, I know, his K% wasn’t very good during his callup. That said, he looks like a dynamic offensive force. If he can get the Bb% up to the 5-7% range he could be a threat to score 100.

      Another angle on this is Tapia played 104 road games in AA before being promoted to AAA. That’s got to be a drain, living in hotels the whole season, long bus trips etc.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: So, you’re saying he’s essentially 2015 Blackmon this year?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Grey: Not 2016 Balckmon. This year, he could be 2014 Blackmon.

          Once Tapia fixed that hitch in his swing, much of which came from his super wide stance, he’s a lot cleaner to the ball. It’s Coors, and a guy that can put the bat on the ball like that. Iis going to get the benefit of the Coors BABIP bump. Things will happen. He’s got Blackmon’s speed now and has a similar profile in terms of plate discipline. The big difference is the batted ball profile. Blackmon hits an insane amount of line drives, and Tapia doesn’t.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Wow, 2014 Blackmon is even better than my 2015 Blackmon, sounds like we’re talking about a backwoods southern auction…. Member I’m underestimating the Coors effect, but watching video of Raimel he looks like a slap and dash player, and his minor league numbers don’t fully say I’m crazy, though maybe closer to 10 HRs than 5

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Grey: Yeah I think this is dialog from 12 years a slave. Is that racist?

              He showed more power than Blackmon in the minors, and he’s a boyish 22. Should grow into some power. He did have 9, 13, 8 homers over the last three seasons.

              Plus COORS!!! And Juice balls!!!! I almost expect players to hit for more power in the majors lol.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha… Or Republicans describing last years of Obama presidency… I’m just talking this year with Raimel, but maybe you are too… Being 2014 Blackmon is a lot to ask of a rookie

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: That would be pretty great. Also, re: ABs, didn’t CarGo already indicate that he’d be happy to transition to 1B? If so, that could give Tapia a full time role (assuming over Parra) even without any trades.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I’ve heard that, and damn do the Rockies need a 1B. How do they not have a 1B? You play in Coors.

              • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: Yea, and you can’t help but imagine a Chris Carter or Chris/Khris Davis type at 1B in Coors. Maybe someone named Khris Carter or Cris Bryant will come in the COL system . . .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JB Gilpin: A. Maybe B. Hey! C. Ha D. Ugh, where have you been?! You’re my favorite, don’t tell Rappin Ralph

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Always a Groomsman never the Best Man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Story of my life!

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Grey: one time I got stuck being an usher. Ughhhhh. I never got my gift either. Still waiting on that.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s like being asked to help someone move, your only real gift is helping someone else, which isn’t really a gift at all

              • Big Odio says:
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                @Grey: I was originally asked to be a groomsmen but another guy through a hissy fit and I’m a reasonable person. What man throws a fit over that?

                That is the extent of my participation in weddings. I’ve had two people tell me in hindsight they should of had me because of fighting or no shows on the wedding day. Weird how I’m the reasonable one.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Actually, I could see you being the reasonable one… You seem like the friend families like and the kid is like, “Mom, if you only knew.”

                  • Big Odio says:
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                    @Grey: usually except in this case. The loved the other guy who was one of the most obnoxious people ever and the redefinition of Eddie haskell. I was that crazy free thinking guy. They didn’t like that. Bit I couldn’t be a dick to my buddy. That wasn’t fair to him and would hate if someone did it to me.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You got out-Haskell’d

                    • Big Odio says:
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                      I guess. I never made anyone do something they didn’t want to.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Mmhmm

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @Big Odio: I was in wedding once, the Father of the Bride was a huge Yankees fan and as a sign of unity he gave the groom ( A red sox fan) a Jeter jersey and his Daughter a Oritz jersey.

              He told me not to boo when he presented the Jeter jersey….I booed.

              We’re no longer friends.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Which teams are available?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Still waiting to hear back from a few but Dodgers, Tigers, Rockies, Blue jays, and Padres. More possibly to come.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If only the Padres could give back the Padres

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: They have SO MANY prospects now. Should be able to deal a lot of those guys for some good pieces.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Are you a Padres truther?

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: I might be, but I like what Preller has done. This international class is going to be watershed moment for that organization. He’s loaded up the farm.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’s just so hard to trust that organization after so many years of bleh

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: Preller was in charge of all the international signings for the Rangers. They have him to thank for Odor, Mazara, Profar, etc. He also turned Yonder Alonso and Mark Rzyleckiwbfbsbdhsnsndjs into Anderson Espinoza.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh I have nothing against Preller, it’s the Padres who have made questionable decisions, but I guess what you’re saying is these decisions came before Preller, that’s fair

  4. Martin says:
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    Keep Tapia over Colome in a keeper? (If I don’t keep Colome I will have zero closers)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep Colome

  5. Strolg says:
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    Did you at least get Altuve’s autograph?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha… I was too petrified, dude went agro

      • Strolg says:
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        @Grey: As a Cubs fan I just wanted to thank the Cougs for representing when we needed her. How did she look in her Manny Trillo jersey?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… You think she knows anyone except Sandberg? You’re wildly mistaken

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Grey: what about Larry Bowa?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh yeah! She does love herself some Larry Bowa!

              • Big Odio says:
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                @Grey: The Bowa snake?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Easy!

                  • Big Odio says:
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                    @Grey: hey now!….hank

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I might go back to Larry Sanders when I’m done with Justified

                    • Big Odio says:
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                      Its hands down one of the best comedies ever

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, it’s also a little dated though, if I’m being honest

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Some jokes are funny that they’re about Bill Clinton and those jokes still work

                    • Big Odio says:
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                      its like if you listened to old Bill Hicks comedy when Bush senior was president it sounds eerily similar to the criticism of Bush jr…what year am I in?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Were the Bushes similar? I feel like Jr was dopey and Sr was tough talking but wimpy

  6. Big Odio says:
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    Some guy just hit me up on twitier about tehol. He’s not on twitter anymore? That’s like him not breathing. Did he get put in twitter jail?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m curious too what happened… there’s so few others things it could be, right?

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Grey: me too. My theory is this: he is a known hard core Trump supporter and his account got “rigged”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… I was just turned away from my polling place… didn’t let me vote… beginning to think it is rigged

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Grey: why did they turn you away?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              They said I voted by mail which I didn’t… they had my address wrong

              • Big Odio says:
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                @Grey: Democracy hates Jews is my take away here

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah you’re likely right… Alt-right! Bam!

                  • Big Odio says:
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                    @Grey: Its the non neo con job

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… I was able to vote in the end, yay…

                    • Big Odio says:
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                      @Big Odio: “vote in the end” you mean you butt voted?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Was there any other way to vote today?

                    • Big Odio says:
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                      I just did a version of boogie in the butt in my head with vote replacing butt

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I just thought of doodie bubble… RIP

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Big Odio: Not joking he said he had a screen addiction. So he’s taking a break from all social media.

  7. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    I once got into an argument with Beetlejuice from the Howard Stern show.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes! Details please

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: He was “guest bartending” one St. Patty’s Day and I took a picture with him with my sweet Motorola Razr or something. He then demanded that I pay him $10 for said photo. He was slugging Budweiser pounders like he was The Rattlesnake Steve Austin, and I think I just bought him a beer to squash it. Or I finally just stepped over him and continued on my way.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… awesome! Love the Razr detail

  8. Copperhead Road says:
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    No love for Clint Frazier? Is it a question of playing time this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just haven’t highlighted him yet

  9. 1. First, a huge shout-out for y’all’s collective fine work here. Razzball was one of my secret weapons in making moves that got me the title in my second year in a 12-team keeper league (after taking over an 11th-place team).

    2. As it is a keeper league, I’m facing a choice of four keepers (no salary what-not, just an automatic first four draft picks) from my champion team. I’ve whittled my choices down to these:

    *Mookie Betts
    *Starling Marte
    *Mad Max Scherzer
    *Mad Madison Bumgarner
    George Springer
    Xander Bogaerts
    Trevor Story
    Zach Britton

    Mookie the Best is a no-brainer. After that, though, I keep second-guessing myself.

    I hate keeping pitchers, so my first instinct says Mookie, Marte, Springer, and Bogaerts (or maybe Story).

    BUT (!) my head says that the chance to get Mad Max and Mad Mad Bum with essentially 3rd and 4th round picks is seriously enticing. That’s a great (and for SPs *relatively* safe) 1-2 punch that allows me to ignore SP deep into the draft and still be strong on that side of the board in multiple categories. Plus, since I’ll have picks 12 and 13 in the draft after the four keepers, I should be able to nab two solid bats there — hopefully equivalent to Xander/Trevor and Springer — whereas there’s almost zero chance of nabbing equally solid SPs at that point. (I’d say the chance of both Mad fellows making it out of that initial active drafting round would be zero.)

    So that means four keepers are Betts, Marte, Mad Max, and Mad Mad Bum.

    Right? Wrong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Betts, Marte, Springer, Scherzer…so many ways you could go and you wouldn’t be wrong…

      • @Grey: So you still think Springer has another level-up to his game? Obviously would be great if he did.

        And the older Mad Max over the younger Mad Bum? Hmmmm. I’ll have to think about that. I tend to be ageist, but I also keep waiting for the Bum’s arm to bloody well fall off.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I love Springer, think the next level is there… Bum or Scherzer is the hard call

          • @Grey: Noted, and thanks!

            Am a Rox-lover here, too. Story-Dahl-Tapia-Murphy … I like that Colorado Kool-Aid!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Give me some!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  10. nick the dick says:
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    There’s a litlle person who works at the Stop and Shop I go to and one day my son made some comment in front of him like why is that man so tiny. You could see the hurt in his oversized eyes and he seemed genuinely distraught that he was kinda being made fun of by a young kid. But then I see this same little dude out at the bar and people are making him do mad miget-y stuff like headstands and shit and he’s doing it no problem! Like he lives to entertain people with his smallness. I’m like dude, you can’t have it both ways, I don’t feel bad anymore…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… a little person working both sides of the aisle!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Don’t make fun, make em’ do something fun!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That should be a bumper sticker!

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Coin phrases for dollas

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You’re butter on the idioms

  11. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey

    I need to prepare for my minor league draft coming up but don’t know where to look for the prospects. Can you recommend some websites to look at so I can prepare for the draft?

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