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Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff February 15, 2011 11:15 AM
Tony's Top 5
Biggest cliches at spring training
"I'll do whatever the manager asks." How generous of you. Ultimately, do you really have a choice? You can either do what he says or grab some pine. You just work here.
"I just want to stay healthy." That's funny, because the rest of us were hoping for malaria or, if we're lucky, tuberculosis. Knee and elbow injuries are also on the list.
"I don't set goals for myself." Sure you don't. Meanwhile, your agent has been putting together a portfolio based on stat projections because arbitration is fast approaching.
"He's in great shape." Well cue the band. He has millions guaranteed. He's in his 20s. He had the winter off. If he didn't work out two hours a day, he'd have spent the whole time playing Wii.
"I'm not really thinking about my contract." The ultimate nose-grower. Everyone thinks about his contract, especially in a contract year. We're all playing for the next deal.
Tony's Top 5
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".
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