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  1. One of the better NotGraphs pieces lately.

    Comment by El Duderino — July 9, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

  2. A stellar post, sir.

    Comment by Kyle — July 9, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

  3. I scoff at the naysayers that came out of the woodwork when the PED/notPED hit the fan.

    Comment by Train — July 9, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

  4. People seem to think that PEDs have the same effect on a baseball player that spinach has on Popeye.

    Comment by Johnny — July 9, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

  5. How long did you search for a picture of Braun that somewhat matched Orion? Whatever the answer, it was worth every second of the search. Fantastic stuff.

    Comment by Illinois glass M. Michael Sheets — July 9, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

  6. The other night, my housemate said, “Orion Braun,” and I immediately thought of that image of Braun, which is of him after hitting a go-ahead 3-run homer in the game in which the Brewers clinched the NL Central last year. To me, it’s the iconic image of the 2011 Brewers’ season. So it wasn’t really a matter of searching for a random image; rather, it was searching for the best version of this image. Still, it took me a little while: I’m picky.

    Thanks so much for the encouragement!

    Comment by Robert J. Baumann — July 9, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

  7. Right: I don’t think they do, which is why I’m probably a bigger Bonds fan than many (non-SF) fans.

    That said — and call me a homer on this if you like — I do believe Braun is innocent.

    Comment by Robert J. Baumann — July 9, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

  8. I could take all the PEDs I want, and I could never hit a home run off a major league pitcher.

    Comment by Johnny — July 9, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

  9. Worth it for the caption, and for inspiring me to pen a parodic verse entitled “O Berkman! My Berkman!”

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — July 9, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

  10. You probably could if Jamie Moyer makes it back to the majors.

    Comment by Jack — July 9, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

  11. I will feel bad when I have to close this tab because this post is way too awesome.

    Maybe I’ll just keep it open and laugh everytime I see “Orion Braun”

    Comment by MSpitz — July 9, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

  12. Great piece. Braun’s name should have been kept anonymous in the first place no? That whole media mess never should have happened.

    Comment by Mackey — July 10, 2012 @ 12:27 am

  13. I approve. Didn’t see Braun at the HR Derby (on TV anyway), I wonder if he enjoyed Kemp’s performance?

    Comment by Sixto L. — July 10, 2012 @ 12:35 am

  14. First Braun replaces Kemp as MVP, and now this?

    When will it end? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Comment by Dan Greer — July 10, 2012 @ 8:31 am

  15. Apparently Braun lost out the vote to Cabrera in part due to the drug test fiasco. It’s ironic the SF fans were the ones who made him not be elected to the AS game.

    Comment by Sociology Degreeer — July 10, 2012 @ 9:06 am

  16. No, I think that Braun lost out to Cabrera because Giants fans en masse voted for him. He finished as the top vote getter in the outfield.

    Comment by Jack — July 10, 2012 @ 10:57 am

  17. M42 & M43 align a little too perfectly with his chimes.

    Comment by RPMcSweeney — July 10, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

  18. Orson Welles clapping .gif.

    Comment by PrettyRicky — July 11, 2012 @ 3:36 am

  19. I see what you did there.

    Comment by AndyS — July 11, 2012 @ 10:58 am

  20. That MVP is looking less stolen by the day, I tell you what.

    Don’t be surprised to see Braun end up on the top of the hitting heap in 2012. The only guys in the whole league hitting better (McCutchen and Votto) have BABIP’s 80 points higher than Braun’s. Theirs are above their career averages; Braun’s is below his. The Hebrew Hammer may end up with 40 HR, 30 SB, and a 1.060 OPS while Votto and McCutchen might cool off a little. The Brewers could finish second in their division pretty easily, especially if the above scenario comes to pass since McCutchen and Votto play for NL Central rivals.

    Wouldn’t that make for an interesting MVP vote?

    To me, the average fan’s dislike of Braun is due to the idea that he stole the 2011 MVP from a presumably worthy Matt Kemp. Indeed, that would truly suck. But what if whatever PEDs Braun took last year did nothing to actually affect his performance? I don’t think his motivation was ever to steal an award. I bet he took something banned because he felt the weight of his mid-market team’s pennant race on his shoulders and he just broke down and make a stupid choice that in retrospect, didn’t even help him, anyway. I can empathize with that mistake much more easily than I can forgive a dirty thief.

    Comment by J Pizzle — July 15, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

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