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Tony's Top 5

Biggest cliches at spring training

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"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.
4
"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.
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"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.
2
"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.
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"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

Favorite blog entries

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The final chapter on Teixeira and How Red Sox pitchers work the strike zone Jan. 7, 2009 and July 17, 2009. Some actual reporting – an obsession with Mark Teixeira and the art of pitching.
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For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
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Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
2
Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
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You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
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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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