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November 1, 2012

10:59
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Tracee Hamilton discusses local and national sports -- and whatever else you want to talk about.

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Tracee Hamilton

Tracee Hamilton has worked at the Post since 1993, toiling in office obscurity as an editor before someone said, "Hey, you've got a lot of opinions and can write a little. Why don't you become a columnist?"

Her interests range from genealogy to Nordic combined to Kansas basketball. If ever there were a Jayhawk who once flew off a ski jump, she'd know where he was buried.

Her list of pet peeves is considerably longer, but includes Missouri basketball and poor Metro etiquette. She welcomes dissenting opinions -- in the way Great Whites welcome open-water swimmers.

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Q.

Glad you're back!

Hope Dad's okay and all that. TBHitW
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, it's good to be back. Sorry for the prolonged absence.  A five-day trip had to be extended twice, once because my dad wasn't as well as I'd hoped and then again when my best friend's dad died. I'd have had to fly home anyway for that; we've been BFFs for 48 years and I spent a chunk of my childhood in their home so I really wanted AND needed to be there.

I came home to a hurricane, but that beat sitting in a hospital for two weeks.

I missed a lot so you all may have to fill me in on some things. The Skins-Vikings game was on TV in Kansas -- I was stunned  -- but the Giants game was not. I am up to date on K-State football, however. :)

Okay, let's get started....

– November 01, 2012 11:00 AM
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Gold glove winners

Hi, Tracee. Did you notice that none of the Gold Glove winners is on one of the teams that made it to the World Series this year? I haven't gone back and checked but that seems unusual. Good to see Adam LaRoche get the recognition that he deserves. And that is something that the Orioles have 3 Gold Glovers this year!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I, too, was glad for LaRoche. He could so easily have been seen as a bust here after his injury and instead he really thrived. Hoping the Nats re-sign him.

Not sure how I feel about Jackson, however.  Anyone want to weigh in on that?

– November 01, 2012 11:02 AM
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Bourbonrich

Welcome back and hope all things went well in Kansas. Sorry to see the Jayhawks cough it up to Texas but at least your team got close. I don't even have that salvation. What happens with the bowls if only one team is undefeated? I am a long time anybody but Notre Dame guy but really don't want to see two SEC teams again in the title game..
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Tracee Hamilton :

Honestly, I don't think that's going to be a problem becauase I think K-State is not going anywhere. (I sure hope K-Stater is here today; I want some credit for this!)

– November 01, 2012 11:04 AM
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Post-mortem

I imagine the Tigers and Tiger fans still feel bad, but how about the Yankees? They got swept by the team that got swept in the World Series. At least the Tigers can say that at mid-season many were sure they wouldn't even win their division.

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Tracee Hamilton :

I can't believe the Tigers looked so drab against the Giants. No hitting; usually reliable starters falter. A little like the Nats vs. Cards. Ah, well. They can't cry about it; they were rested and ready to go.

– November 01, 2012 11:05 AM
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Throw back uniforms

Have you seen the Redskins' throwback uniforms that they will wear this Sunday in the game against the Panthers? They actually look great. The pants are gold, not that awful yellow that the team wears today. Very sharp look. Not scary like the halloween costumes the Steelers wore last Sunday.

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Tracee Hamilton :

I like them. Now THAT is burgundy and gold.

– November 01, 2012 11:07 AM
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Bryce Harper's Clown Costume

He looked really silly, but he's a good sport to show it off. I understand a lot of it was for his corporate sponsors. So what would you have suggested as costumes for some of our sports figures? Jayson Werth as the Wolfman is a no-brainer. RZimm as a hero--Robin Hood, Ivanhoe, Lancelot, you name it. Tyler Clippard as the Scarecrow from Oz. Ideas?
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Tracee Hamilton :

If that's him, then good for him for having a sense of whimsy. I'm not good at costuming people but suggestions are welcome!

– November 01, 2012 11:08 AM
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Throwbacks

I have to admit I get a kick out of the throwback uniforms, even the unattractive ones. Heck, ESPECIALLY the unattractive ones. Like the blue unis the Packers wore last season. It's good to be reminded that just because the NFL approved it, it doesn't mean it's good.
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Tracee Hamilton :

It's true, the NFL wasn't always a marketing force with its finger on the pulse of America. Throwbacks don't usually bother me but the Steelers, I admit, were hard to even watch. But I get the love of the weird.

– November 01, 2012 11:11 AM
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End of the Mayan Calender

Why is the NHL the only professional sports league doing the intelligent thing. Why not cancel the NHL seaon now, since the world is going to end anyway on December 21 this year?
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's right, save the money and prepare for the end!

– November 01, 2012 11:11 AM
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Terps football

Where do the Terps go to find replacements after their number 5 and 6 quarterbacks tear their ACL's. Can they unredshirt someone and bring them back onto the team?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Campus-wide tryouts? Track team? Facebook? What an incredible run of very bad luck.

– November 01, 2012 11:14 AM
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Beefing up the Redskins

Can you play defensive tackle and get after the quarterback? That seems to be what the Redskins need to take some pressure off their G-- awful secondary. I think they should scout all the other NFL teams' practice players and grab 2 new corners and 2 new safeties. Young guys on the bubble from other teams should love to come to a new team and play their hearts out.

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Tracee Hamilton :

They need to do something, that's for sure. I'm guessing they're looking around. Brandon Meriweather, where art thou? (I know where he is, of course. It would be nice to see him play.)

– November 01, 2012 11:15 AM
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Gobble gobble turkey - Section 405

Wouldn't "Jive Turkey Gobblers" be a great name for a fantasy football team?
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Tracee Hamilton :

405 is losing it without his Nats. But I'll go along. Yes, it would be a great name.

– November 01, 2012 11:17 AM
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Sally Jenkins and Lance Armstrong

I know that Sally Jenkins is a colleague of yours, and a highly respected writer, but I continue to be appalled by her silence on Lance Armstrong. On Twitter last week Steinberg explained it by saying that she's wrapping up a book on Pat Summitt, but now in the last two days I've seen two articles by her on the impact of the hurricane on NYC. Why has she not written anything on Lance?? I hate to be cynical and say that's she's holding out to co-write a blockbuster "tell all" book with him, but it's tough to imagine that someone who is paid for their opinions and commentary has nothing to say about such a serious matter. This is why it's so problematic for reporters to become personal friends with the people they cover.

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Tracee Hamilton :

She is finishing up her book, that is true. I think she's back to work, officially, because of the storm. She's had to stay in a hotel because she was on Sag Harbor for the hurricane, lost power, went to her apt. in Manhattan, no power, so moved on. I'm  not going to throw stones because I haven't written anything on Lance yet, either. Although I don't have the relationship, and I never said the guy was innocent, I need to comment on the happenings while I was gone. I just haven't yet. I am 100 percent sure Sally will write on Lance once the  hurricane coverage dies down. During 9/11, she worked for the national desk for quite awhile because it's always good to have people on the ground in New York when things happen there.

And the past few weeks, before the hurricane, she was hurrying to finish the book. I know Sally on deadline and she was probably manic. Her book deadline is today. Honestly, I don't think she's avoiding it, although I'm sure it's upsetting, but this book has been very hard for her, I think. She and Lance have a relationship but Pat is one of her best friends. I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt.

– November 01, 2012 11:18 AM
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Defensive coordinator

Haslett has a record in place from his time on 4 or 5 previous teams where the defense he worked with, became worse and worse every year he coached it. It is a matter of record. What I cannot understand is did not he just get a contract extension? He seems to have no clue on how to adjust his defense to what is happening on the field during a game. Am I wrong?
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Tracee Hamilton :

He DID get an extension, in August, I believe, but the team announced it just recently (weird timing). I agree about the adjustments. He's had injuries to deal with but so does every NFL team. That can't be the excuse.

– November 01, 2012 11:19 AM
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defenseless receivers

Even though there are rules to protect defenseless receivers, many times they can get crushed by a safety and be out for weeks with a concussion. Fortunately, the Redskins' best player is a quarterback with a genius head coach who would never send him out on a long pass play to get blown up. At least I thought so until last week. Why would the Shanahi risk a whole season's injury on a gimmick play? The Shanahi seem to be coaching RGIII like he is expendable.

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Tracee Hamilton :

They certainly have great faith in him, and I like the trick play chapter of the playbook, but that said, I wouldn't use him like that either. All the rules in the world can't really protect a player. Stuff is going to happen. He's already had his bell rung just playing his usual position. Why risk it? I don't know but I wouldn't have.

– November 01, 2012 11:21 AM
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Wittman

One of the most important things I think a good coach has to recognize is who's playing well, and who isn't. Pargo was playing very good defense, Crawford was so-so, but Beal wasn't and Price came in when we took the lead back and threw up bad shot after bad shot. I think Wittman should have pulled Price after the third really bad shot attempt. Also, Barron looks like he should be getting more playing time; at least he wasn't taken out. When they got the lead back they Wizzards seemed to lose their momentum. Don't see Wittman lasting the season if he can't figure out how to stay away from the frigid hands.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm just amazed  by how much Wittman likes this team. When they get their three injured guys back they'll be mediocre at best. They should be better than last season but that's not saying much. It could be a long winter. And yes, Price was cold and some coaches deal with that by saying "shoot till you get your touch" but he never did. Brutal.

– November 01, 2012 11:22 AM
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welcome back

Happy to see your chat online and hope that all is well with your dad. In other news, congrats to Adam LaRoche on his first gold glove award. Will be interested to see what other Natly awards this month may bring. Despite the abrupt ending, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride this season, and this postseason, when I was able to attend each home game. Those were some peak baseball experiences, my friends (okay, there were some deep valleys as well). Also nice to see my late brother's SFO Giants go all the way again. Gosh, I do love baseball, even if it sometimes breaks my heart (I once read that it was designed to do that). natsfan1a
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hey, 1a, nice to hear from you. The Nats' loss in Game 5 was a tough one but this was a turning point season for them. It will be interesting to see what they do to tweak this team. They've got a good chemistry now and this is when that can be screwed up by taking away key guys or bringing in duds. But you should still be enjoying the afterglow of the season, absolutely.

– November 01, 2012 11:23 AM
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NHL Lockout

How about this -- 50 / 50 split -- BUT-- and now the players have to pay their own expenses (hotel, travel, meals etc. ) AND the players only get paid when they play. Injuries short and long term = no salary for missed time.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, that will never, ever happen, but it's an idea. At least someone's trying to solve this thing. Letting this season die is a big, big mistake by the league.

– November 01, 2012 11:25 AM
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*STILL* Nuts about the Nats - Section 405

So this is what it tastes like -- both the good and the bad. I have *never* had the same range of emotions at a sporting event before. 

I was just about to pass a remark about "triskadecophobia" to my friend just as Werth was facing the thirteenth pitch of his ninth inning at-bat in Game 4 of the NLDS, then - WHAMMMM!!!! It was better than Strasmas, better than anything I'd ever experienced at a sporting event before in my life.

The next day started the same way, and ended with a punch in the guts. Worse than that choke job against Atlanta last summer, worse than losing a hundred games, worse than anything I've ever felt at a sporting event in my life. (I got "Are you all right" calls from friends in the days following).

Every so often, you come up with the snappy comeback instantly, not the next day. There was an ardent Cardinals fan in the row behind me, rooting hard for his team, but not in an obnoxious way. During the 9th inning, he yells out "Yes! There *is* a Jesus!". Instantly, I came back with "Yeah, he's our backup catcher". The last good moment of the 2012 season.

I'm still thankful for this wonderful season, and I want more!

Section 405

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Tracee Hamilton :

Glad to hear you're holding up okay, 405!

– November 01, 2012 11:26 AM
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Burgundy

There's a story that Vince Lombardi was ordering uniforms from his brother-in-law, who was a Rawlings rep, and the salesman showed him the samples and Vince said, "Great, I want 'em in burgundy and gold." The salesman said, they don't come in burgundy, they come in cardinal or scarlet or -- Vince interrupts and says, "I want 'em in burgundy." The salesman writes down, "Lombardi Burgundy (Cardinal)."
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Tracee Hamilton :

True or not, that's pretty good!

– November 01, 2012 11:28 AM
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Lance Armstrong

Have your feelings on Lance changed since more information has come out, specifically the testimonials from his teammates about how *everyone* was blood doping?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I always felt he was guilty; I wanted to see him done in by more than a USADA vendetta and a few statements. The evidence that has since been released is more what I was looking for. I don't think his accomplishments in beating cancer and competing are things that can just be shrugged off, especially if "everyone" was doping -- they didn't all have cancer -- but in terms of the fallout, if that's what you're asking, I can't argue with any of it.

– November 01, 2012 11:30 AM
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Gold Gloves

Unusual but not common. The last time it happened was in 2007. There are lots of explanations: World Series teams aren't necessarily strong defensive teams; one Gold Glover might be surrounded by bad gloves; strong defensive teams don't have to have Gold Glovers; Gold Gloves depend on reputation. And then of course there's random variance and chance.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Thanks for looking. That isn't so unusual. I guess if you think about it, defense isn't going to get you to the World Series. Apparently, hitting is important (says the Tigers fan).

– November 01, 2012 11:32 AM
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Cooooley

Glad he's back. How do you think he'll do?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hard to tell from Sunday's game. I'm sure he's in shape but game shape is a little different. However, if he can the ball, he'll be a leading light on offense. Anyone who steps up at this point can be a star and a hero for Skins fans. Again.

– November 01, 2012 11:33 AM
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the nhl lockout

Regarding the NHL Lockout Part Deux (or is it 3?), it's not there is a disagreement. It's the lack of urgency. No meetings scheduled? No hashing it out in the papers? At least football and basketball met.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Exactly. At least a suggestion that will never fly is an attempt at something. I don't think even the most devoted hockey fan would argue that the NHL has the national clout of the NFL, and that losing a season can help no one. So why no meetings? The sort of "Meh. Whatever." vibe is not helping the image.

– November 01, 2012 11:35 AM
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John Lannan

Please explain to me why we don't want to keep Lannan. He's no Strasburg, but he did well for us and can pitch a lot of innings. I feel bad about losing LaRoche & Burnett.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, they haven't lost LaRoche yet. He has said he wants to stay here. Remember, a team with some success and a bright future is more attractive than the Nats of, say, two or three years ago. Don't give up. As for Lannan, I think they see him as someone they can do without and get something for. He did pitch well when he came up, no doubt.

– November 01, 2012 11:38 AM
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NHL

There won't be any pro hockey this year, will there? Is Gary Bettman the most useless commissioner in all of pro sport? What does he do all day?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Watch European highlights? Beats me. I. Don't. Get. It.

– November 01, 2012 11:39 AM
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Hot stove - Section 405

Please, please Mr. Rizzo: 

1) Sign Adam LaRoche

2) *Don't* sign Josh Hamilton

Your friend, Section 405

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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha! And won't the hot stove be fun this winter. Boz is roasting marshmallows as we speak.

– November 01, 2012 11:40 AM
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and whatever else you want to talk about

Since the Nationals are done for the year, the Capitals aren't playing, the Wizards look terrible, and the Redskins only play once a year, we should move on to the "whatever else you want to talk about." Since you have traveled a lot, what parts of the country would you most like to live in, if you could keep your Post columnist job, of course. Are people in the Midwest really nicer, or is it just because they have less traffic to deal with? I debate whether it is better to be invisible in a place like NYC or dealing with nice but nosy neighbors in Iowa.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, I used to love the Pacific Northwest -- still do, actually -- but nothing will ever replace the wide open spaces for me. I have liked everywhere I've ever lived but Kansas is home. Are people in the Midwest nicer? Although I hate to make generalizations, as a whole, I think so. And yes, it has something to do with a slower life. I've seen that change over the years, though.

To drive places and never sit in traffic -- I find that a joy. That's probably because I grew up in a town with no traffic lights.

If you live in a small town people do know your business. No question. On the other hand, if you live in a small town, people show up in times of trouble and they are more likely to look after your kids, notice something's wrong at your house, etc. There's a tradeoff.

– November 01, 2012 11:44 AM
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Steeler's Uniforms

I don't get all the hate. I thought they were great - GREAT. Especially the matching socks. And the numbers. And everything. Except the pants (pretty boring). Reminded me of old-time rugby jerseys. Of course this is in the context of one-time throw-backs. If they were for the full season I'd be at the head of the line complaining. But come on people, they were fun.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I am not sure it was hate. They made me dizzy and I thought they were ridiculous. That said, hate? No. Just something fun to talk about. A lot of people liked 'em. I didn't like anything about them (especially the pants). But I also didn't lay awake that night fuming about it, either. :)

– November 01, 2012 11:46 AM
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Gold Gloves

It's also possible that a guy who makes a lot of spectacular plays (e.g. Mike Trout) has a lot of pitchers in front of him who give up a lot of well-hit balls. Enough of those go five feet further and your team isn't going anywhere. TBHitW
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Tracee Hamilton :

Another point.

– November 01, 2012 11:48 AM
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LaRoche

But they have to re-sign him. What would I do next season without his sunny smile and ebullient demeanor?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Sarcasm? I like him but then, he lives in you-know-where.

– November 01, 2012 11:51 AM
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Throwback Jerseys

The best way to tell if they were appreciated is to see whether half of Pittsburgh walks around looking like deranged Bumblebee Men after Christmas.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, I have a feeling there won't be one of these under many trees on Christmas morning. Could be wrong.

– November 01, 2012 11:53 AM
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LaRoche

"...but then, he lives in you-know-where." All of our hearts?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Kansas. But you knew that!

– November 01, 2012 11:54 AM
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Gold gloves and world series

To be fair, the voting for gold gloves tends to be arbitrary and baseless, as voters go almost more on reputation than on actual fact or even careful study (after all, who can see every play by every player 162 games a year?) Adam Jones of the Orioles won the gold glove, but was 10th in the AL for fielding percentage of qualified CF's, Same for Andrew McCutcheon, who had a great year at the plate but defensively couldn't touch Michael Bourn, who was catching balls all over Fulton County and saved 38 runs for the year. So it's not suprising that a world series team not have any gold glovers because often the best defenders fly under the Radar. Angel Pagan had a great season offensively and defensively, but wasn't in the top 3 of Giants that people paid attention to (Panda, Melky Cabrera, Buster Posey). Likewise Austin Jackson of Detroit, who got overshadowed by Fielder and Cabrera. It's hard to draw attention to great defenders...
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's a great point. It's not terribly scientific but then you could argue that postseason awards and polls aren't really scientific either. Like hearings that many Oscar voters don't see all the films. And I am sure that's true of the Emmys, given some of the winners.

– November 01, 2012 11:54 AM
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Dadgum it

I said the Gold Gloves thing happened in 2007, but it was actually 2005. (2007 was the year that Kevin Youkilis won the Gold Glove! I remember watching him in the Arizona Fall League in 2002, and I was standing next to two scouts who kept shaking their heads and saying, I know you love him but this fat kid is never ever going to make the majors.) -- Rico
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Tracee Hamilton :

Rico, bringing the knowledge AND the correction. Gotta love it.

– November 01, 2012 11:57 AM
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Gold Gloves

Do the winners get an actual gold glove? How much is that worth? Heck, how much does it weigh?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Here's a photo of one -- it is a gold glove, though how much of it is gold, well, I'll leave you to Google that one.

– November 01, 2012 11:59 AM
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Throwback uniforms

The 1930s were a weird time for sports uniforms. Remember, the underwear-over-the-pants feature of Superman's and Batman's costumes was taken from what wrestlers wore back in those days.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I guess we're lucky we don't have throwback days in our professions. I wouldn't mind a throwback to "Downton Abbey" days, but then, I would have been a maid, not one of the rich girls in the gorgeous dresses.

Okay, if *I'm* talking about dresses it's time to stop. It's good to be back! Thanks for joining me and let's do it again next week!

– November 01, 2012 12:00 PM
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