Nati Boys #47: Every Classic Needs a Sequel

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Baseball is back! We dive into some of the spring training news, with the Tebow injury, Russell Wilson socking dingers at Yankees camp, and Cozart making some disparaging remarks about our beloved Redlegs. Since it’s Oscar season, our fantasy draft this week is of movies that we feel need sequels. Enjoy the show!

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Zack Cozart, Not Dodger Fans to Blame for Bench Warming Seager

SBNation -The rosters for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game have been released and, for the most part, there aren’t many glaring errors. Of course, you’ll have fans of various teams claiming that their underrated star player got snubbed in an egregious manner and the issue should be addressed by a very distinguished panel, but those arguments normally come and go without much of an issue. However, most of howling about any sort of snub is coming from Los Angeles after Corey Seager was only given a reserve spot as an all-star and Justin Turner was sent to the Final Vote.

Now, you might be thinking “Hey, it doesn’t matter how you get in the All-Star Game, it only matters that you get in,” right? That’s probably true for Seager, but with the way Turner has been playing so far this season, you could make the argument that he shouldn’t have to go through the Final Vote process. The person who is arguing that point the loudest is Kenley Jansen, who didn’t mince words when it came to his opinion on the matter. Jansen is going to Miami, but he told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times that he blames the Dodger fans for not doing a good enough job of voting for Turner.

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There was a large contingent of Dodgers fans that were upset that their second-rate (hope people can take a joke) shortstop didn’t win the All-Star Game fan vote over Cincinnati’s Zack Cozart and his donkey campaign led by Joey Votto. A lot of people were quick to point the finger at Joey and Zack for using the donkey gimmick to win the swing states. Not only did Zack win, he won in relatively convincing fashion. I’m no expert in ASG voting history, but winning by 86,117 doesn’t fit the narrative the Dodgers fans (and players, stay tuned) are trying to present as a fringe guy getting the edge on the deserving All-Star just because a future Hall of Famer promised to buy the now-All-Star a donkey.  Continue reading

Joey Votto Is in the Market for a Donkey

 

Just when I thought I couldn’t love this team more, this happens.

CBSSports.com – Reds shortstop Zack Cozart, who is having a phenomenal season, jumped over Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager as the leading vote-getter at his position. Pretty neat to see Cozart get so much support.

Anyway, if Cozart does make the All-Star Game this season, teammate Joey Votto promised him a special gift: a donkey. Yes, a donkey. I don’t get it either, but it is what it is.

People always complain that Joey is a robot and doesn’t do anything redeemable outside of being one of the best hitters of our generation. What will the haters say now? Just because Joey doesn’t have a tagline he repeats ad nauseam or laugh uncontrollably when he knows the cameras are on him after a great play, people have always assumed he has zero personality and is annoyed by fans. Now that that non-specific player I just described was traded to the Braves, the real Joey is finally being discovered. Continue reading