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Dirtbag! Have we found a nickname for Kipnis- “No matter the deceiving connotation of the term, Acta heaped praise on his rookie. “A dirtbag is one of those guys that runs through a wall to win every single day,” Acta said. “He throws himself around, is always dirty, runs every ball out, just does whatever it takes to win. That’s what we call a dirtbag in baseball. Really not concerned about how he looks on the field, but just getting it done.” [Meisel/Indians.com]
Interesting comparison- “See, it was not so long ago that another “small” quarterback was taking over a franchise in a state of flux. In 2006, Drew Brees signed a deal to become the starting quarterback of a team coming off a 3-13 season. While I know Brees was already an accomplished quarterback with the San Diego Chargers and McCoy still has much to prove, my focus here is on the receivers, not who was under center. Can you venture a guess at how many “big name” receivers Brees has had when he signed with the New Orleans Saints? Well I’m going to make it easy on you, none.” [Evans/National Football Authority]
Truly strange. Cavalier Baron Davis giving a horoscope reading. [Ball Don’t Lie]
Want to know what the Browns offense might look like? Take a look at the Rams last year- “One big wrinkle that the Rams utilized was the addition of a 1-step pass option to the running game. This run/pass option is often misunderstood by fans and commentators. On any of these run/pass option plays, the wide receivers will anticipate a pass and run a given route. The line, backs, and TEs will run the play as though the run were going to occur. Neither of these groups makes a read, they simply carry out their branch of the play as though both the run and the pass were happening simultaneously. The QB will make a pre-snap read based on the defensive players defending the wideouts. He will basically decide to go with the run play or the pass based on what the defense was doing.” [Dawgs by Nature]
“Manny Acta’s ImpACTA Kids Foundation has done wonders for the children in the Indians manager’s hometown of Consuelo, in the Dominican Republic. Acta has built fields and a library facility on fields once covered by weeds, and he’s also sponsored a Little League program that bears his name.
But Acta’s charitable efforts aren’t limited to the Dominican. He has taken to Cleveland as his home away from home, investing in the futures of some of the area’s best and brightest students through a scholarship program that began last year, his first at the helm of the Tribe.” [Castroturf]