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  1. I’m not making any specific accusations, but it bears repeating that baseball players are the stupidest athletes by far.

    Comment by Nathan — April 1, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

  2. ESPN has an article where Mr. Hunter himself takes a central role.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/preview09/news/story?id=4021631

    Comment by don — April 1, 2009 @ 7:55 pm

  3. Don’t forget that Matthews’ dad was a quality major leaguer.

    That probably doesn’t help matters for Jr.

    Comment by Ray — April 2, 2009 @ 2:13 am

  4. This is both true and sort of a “duh.”

    Of course they’re insanely competitive – if they weren’t, they wouldn’t have made it to the majors and stuck there.

    Of course they have trouble seeing the forest for the trees. Failure in baseball is so common that in order to succeed you have to be able to not sweat the failures. If a player looks at his stats and says “wow, I kinda suck,” his confidence is probably shot, and confidence is a huge. So it then becomes a fait accompli.

    I mean… damn, look at Bernie Williams. Bernie was done years ago, but he still talks about a comeback. We can look at it and say “wow, delusional!” But in a sense these guys have to be delusional at times. If they weren’t, they probably would’ve quit at some point before they made it to MLB.

    Comment by Rob in CT — April 2, 2009 @ 9:43 am

  5. I work with these dogs and as far as animal behavior goes, I’m a firm believer in nurture and training. I’ve met Jack Russell Terriers that I wouldn’t go around again, but have for no reason had a awful expertise with an American Staffordshire Terrier. If you’re talking about their owners- well, which is a distinct story. Humans are animals as nicely, and we have a tendency to each have our personal suggestions about “moral concepts”.

    Comment by Mcgill — March 15, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

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