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This kind of article here is exactly what I subscribed for. Keep up the great work as usual Bob!

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Good column today, Bob, keep it going!

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You wore me down, Bob. I signed up as a paid subscriber. Looking forward to your stuff.

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Born in '65 I was a huge fan of the Big Red Machine in the early mid 70's. Growing up near Cincy I saw a lot of games. I still remember the lineup of Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan, Dave Concepcion, Pete Rose, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo & Ken Griffey. Pedro Borbon was my favorite pitcher. And I collected baseball cards. But as a kid one of the stupid things I used to do was use clothes pins to clamp baseball cards to the struts of my bicycle so that they would flap against the spokes making what I thought was a cool motor bike noise. And when I went to high school I gave the remainder of my baseball cards to a neighbor kid. These days I have no interest in baseball.

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68 here Bob and did the same thing for breaking in a new mitt. Knew all the players up until 10 years ago. Pitch clock has brought back my interest in Baseball as well. Followed you at IndyStar, WTHR. and the Athletic. Keep up the great work.

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This is what I like to see, cover more bases, college, Women’s sports, baseball in season, keep up the good work!

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I loved your work for the Cleveland Plain Dealer back then--

I still remember "Wyche Wacky"..

Those were special times for the Browns-- and now there is the current regime...

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I spend hours upon hours playing Strato growing up. I could be found at 2am at my parents kitchen table calculating stats for our leagues. I actually learned a lot from that game regarding probabilities and math.

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I love this one, Bob. On the Browns, I’m watching the game and his first throw was just horrid. So on top of everything else, they signed a bad QB. As for the Hoosiers, I don’t know who is responsible for Tom Allen’s contract, but can anyone tell me who the Hoosiers were negotiating against? Did I miss the whole Tom Allen is the next big thing in college coaching? Now that his team got obliterated yesterday, he has to go now. Not end of season, not next year, today.

The only thing missing from this one, Bob, was the one thing I most expected; where do the Colts go from here? I agreed with you that this season was simply about Richardson’s development. With that no longer on the table, shouldn’t they trade the players that have value and are on a different timeline? Buckner comes to mind...

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Bob, thanks for making me feel a little less guilty for for how I also fell out of love with baseball over the years, and it sounds like our reasons were similar. As a former HS player, the glacial pace of play drove me nuts. I stumbled across an old Yankees-Red Sox game from the late 70s one night about 10 years ago, and the difference was shocking, it practically looked like a different sport and felt like watching a modern game on fast forward. Ron Guidry worked at such a fast pace it made me tired to watch lol. So like you, I’m so thankful for the rules changes, which were long overdue. I can actually watch a game again for more than 1-2 innings. Not sure I’ll ever fall totally back in love, as my life is just too damn busy, but hopefully a new generation finds the game exciting again and keeps it relevant long into the future.

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