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60% of Billingsley’s Problems Are 80% Mental

60% of Billingsley’s Problems Are 80% Mental

I was trained by the best – Yogi.  We went to diffferent schools together.   “If you come to a fork in the road, take it!” 

Joe Torre and his Baseball Advisor, TJ Simers

Joe Torre and his Baseball Advisor, TJ Simers

Chad Billingsley was buzzing along last night through 5 innings, and while he didn’t blow up in the 6th inning, he did give up two runs which is what has been happening to him somewhere between the 5th and 7th innings for a while now.  He had only thrown 77 pitches last night and hadn’t walked anyone, so I don’t believe he was getting tired.  I just think he loses concentration at some point in the game.  It’s easy to point out someone Else’s problems, I know, but Billingsley’s lapses have to mental – and that’s good news.  All he has to do is change his thinking.  Simple, but not easy.  The good news is that he’s 25 and maturity will help.  However, I think he needs to work on the Power of Focus at times.  You could see that when he plunked LaRue, he was visibly upset.  That’s where he has to change his thought process.  Instead of thinking hitting a guy is bad, realize that the next guy might not want to dig in too much, after seeing someone get drilled.    Change your thinking, change your life, Chad!  Oh, and pitch inside more!  That’s all I’ve got on the subject. 

Rants & Raves:

  • We don’t need the John Smoltz of 2009.  Now, the John Smoltz of the early 2000′s would be nice, but that guy is dead and buried!
  • Of course Broxton pitched well – even he knew he couldn’t blow a 4-run lead!
  • It makes no sense that Raffy continues to lead off.  He must have photos of Joe and Ned, maybe Bob Schaeffer…
  • Colorado is 4.5 games back – we have 3 games with them next week, so we control what happens.  Giants are 5.5 back.
  • Check out the DODGER INFO  bar at the top of the page – all kinds of goodies there.
  • During the entire month of September, the only team we play that has a better than .500 record is the Giants.  We have 6 games against them and 21 games against sub .500 teams.  I have to like our chances.
  • Tony Abreu is now at .360 – can you help a brother out?
  • Lindblom – 2.70 ERA at AAA.

Minor League Recap – 8/18/09 by Jared at http://thinkbluela.blogspot.com/
Albuquerque won 8-4

Tony Abreu – 3 for 4, RBI, R (.360 BA)
Chin Lung Hu – 4 for 4, 2B, R, BB, E (.285 BA)
Blake DeWitt – 0 for 3, R, 2 BB (.248 BA)
Jamie Hoffman – 0 for 4, RBI (.292 BA)

Josh Lindblom – 2 IP, 0 Hits, 0 R, 0 BB, K (2.70 ERA)

http://tinyurl.com/nhqef4
Chattanooga lost 2-1

Lucas May – 0 for 4, 2 K’s (.281 BA)
Andrew Lambo – 0 for 4, 3 K’s (.255 BA)

Javy Guerra – 0.1 IP, Hit, ER, 0 BB, K (4.74 ERA)

http://tinyurl.com/knmk68
Inland Empire lost 8-1

Jovanny Rosario – 0 for 4 (.000 BA)
Scott Van Slyke – 1 for 4, 2B, K, OF Assist (.291 BA)
Preston Mattingly – 1 for 3, K, E (.234 BA)

http://tinyurl.com/r9ejl9
Great Lakes lost 5-3

Dee Gordon – 0 for 4, K (.301 BA)
Kyle Russell – 0 for 4, 2 K’s (.271 BA)
Jerry Sands – 3 for 3, HR (2), RBI, 2 R, SB (.265 BA)
Mario Songco – 0 for 3 (.148 BA)

Geison Aguasviva – 6 IP, 3 Hits, ER, 4 BB, 5 K’s (1.51 ERA)
Roberto Feliciano – 0.2 IP, Hit, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s (0.00 ERA)

http://tinyurl.com/o34lmp
Ogden won 6-3

BCG – 0 for 2, 2 RBI, BB (.333 BA)
Nick Akins – 1 for 4, 2B, K (.250 BA)
Kyle Orr – 0 for 4, E (.223 BA)
JT Wise – 2 for 4, 2B, R, K (.313 BA)

Steven Ames – 1 IP, 0 Hits, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K’s (0.84 ERA)

http://tinyurl.com/qsndub
AZL did not play
Player of the day – Jerry Sands, 1B/OF

Sands is doing his best to prove that his Pioneer league rampage wasn’t an illusion. In his first 5 games as a Loon, Jerry went 2 for 17 with no extra basehitsand 7 K’s. Over his last 9 games, he’s 11 for 32 with 6 extra basehits and 10 K’s. The walks are down a bit and the strikeouts are up, but his 1.101 OPS can’t be ignored.

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63 Responses to “60% of Billingsley’s Problems Are 80% Mental”

  1. Badger says:

    I wonder if the third time through the lineup Bills gets figured out and doesn’t change his approach.

    Abreu and Windblown will help in September. Loretta can coach first base as far as I am concerned.

    Raffy WILL get better. Doesn’t he almost have to?

    I too like our chances in September, that’s why I said we could be playing at .600 for that month. Colorado and the gints will fade like a western sunset.

    We are due for a run. We got a lot of hits last night, held a good offensive club to less than 4 – I think we are on our way back.

    Let’s just hope we don’t face any aces in the next 30 days.

  2. DRomo says:

    You are right Mark, And I have been saying it for months now, Bills needs his brain to catch up with his arm. He gets down on himself and implodes at times. Funny how folks say he needs a mean streak and the kid starts growing a goatee. It is kind of funny to me, I wonder if that is the reason behind it?

    Lets see how the boys do against Wainwright tonight. Again the biggest start of the series falls on Kershaw. Last time against the Cards he looked GREAT lets hope that Clayton shows up.

    Josh Lindblom – 2 IP, 0 Hits, 0 R, 0 BB, K (2.70 ERA) Wow! You think this guy can get a taste of the big leagues and be eligible for the post season? A fresh arm could be a great addition down the stretch.

  3. Ken says:

    Colorado also has an easy September schedule

    Mark – One thing for a player to be sweating, another for his hat to be sweating! He does have some type of physical problem. (Hypoglycemia, Genetics, Excess Caffine, Thyroid problem, Obesity, Anxiety disorders, Gout, Metabolic imbalance, Potassium imbalance, etc.) He was hit hard last night – just right at or very close to Dodgers who made some very good defensive plays. Remember things look different on TV as compared to at the game.

    Of course Broxton pitched well – He did not pitch on 3-5 days rest.

    Last night from behind home plate – Nice breeze, Larry King sure looks old, Dodger Dogs are good, Bills died at 100 minutes again (Diabetes?, potassium imbalance?), Manny looks really bad, Ethier looks good, Hudson looks good, Bills hit hard but shots right at fielders, Dodgers had some weak hits that were timely, Hudson looked good, Martin pulled the ball well but better not try that very often, Bowa should not try out for Dancing with the Stars, Broxton looked good, Sherill looked ok, Mac looked rusty.

  4. Jon Weisman says:

    Broxton didn’t enter the game with a four-run lead. He entered the game with a three-run lead, a runner on base and Albert Pujols at bat – after the sainted George Sherrill walked the power threat known as Brendan Ryan. I think that counts for something.

  5. T says:

    Let’s hope our mediocre team can play better than this in September especially since our opponents aren’t all that great.

    Abreu should be up over Loretta. Naked pics of Joe and Ned are in Loretta’s closet

  6. Mark Timmons says:

    Jon,

    Sherrill pitched like Cheryl last night, and you are correct. However, Jon Broxton is my current “whipping boy” – it used to be Andre Ethier but he has elevated his game to another level, so I picked Broxton – hopefully it will work on him too. I will keep riding Big Jon until he pitches up to his capability. I mean, he stuff is so good that a hitter could swing a 2 x 12 and miss.

  7. DRomo says:

    Weisman, are you down on Sherrill?

  8. Badger says:

    Broxton is 100% in last 1 save opportunity.

    Colorado has an easy schedule too huh? Well, they are also 4.5 games behind. We can take this thing if we just beat them when we play them, then let them and the the gints beat each other up.

    The West belongs to us.

  9. Illini Dodger says:

    Broxton got lucky in the 8th. Pujols hit a smash right at Blake. He looked OK in the 9th but he had a big lead at the time. How about Joe’s confidence in Chad and Jon?

    Don’t I remember Joe saying he wouldn’y use Sherrill more than 1 inning? Is 1 1/3 more than 1 (twice now)?

    I love it when the Dodgers beat anybody, but now I really love it when the beat the Cardinals. Is any one else forced to listen to the horrible Cardinals announcers featuring the “Mad Hungarian”?

  10. Bill Russell says:

    I am betting that we won’t see pitching like Boggs in the playoffs this year. I am hoping that the offense comes alive soon. Has anyone got an update on Kuroda? Will he pitch again this season? or hopefully just take a few weeks off. That could be a big blow to our post season chances, taking away another starter with an already short staff if that indeed occurs.

    Well I’m going to the game tonight for the Matt Kemp bobblehead night. If Matt still has the flu and doesn’t start, he will be expected to enter the game as a pitch hitter and hit a granny. There’s no pressure for Mattster.

    Kershaw was also mentioned as having the flu bug yesterday. I hope he’s up for the task as we need to finally win a series again.

    Go Blue

  11. Bill Russell says:

    Also, O-dog had a great game yesterday, He’s defense was steller as it always is and the bat was on fire. Keep it up O Doggie. Lets keep you in Blue.

  12. Bill Russell says:

    The Dodgers are downplaying the idea of picking up Padilla. He could be a good pitcher however it is rumored that he’s also a nut case. If we could get him in a package deal for the minimum salary along with a box of Prozac, should we do it? Or would he turn out to be Milton Bradley in pitching clothes? Any thoughts on this?

  13. DRomo says:

    Maybe Padilla would fit here if he is done after the season he could be playing for another contract.

    BRuss, I agree with you facing Boggs isn’t exactly a big deal for this team. If Bills goes against an ace 3 runs given up loses the game. If Carpenter Jr. (AKA Wainwright) is on as usual tonight Kershaw had better hold this lineup to 2 or fewer to have a shot. I have said it before and I’ll say it again: This team has to beat good pitching to be taken seriously. By the way….BRuss, can you see who the guy wearing Manny’s uniform is? I swear it can’t be the same guy, the other guy could hit.

  14. DRomo says:

    Word on the street is Smoltz will be a Cardinal soon. Better there than here. Unless he is another setup guy. Although I think he would be to proud to be a 6th or 7th inning guy

  15. Badger says:

    We don’t need Smoltz. Our bullpen should be just fine, especially after the onth of September, when Lindblom will be called up.

    Not sure about Padilla. He has a costly contract and really hasn’t done all that in a while. Maybe. He might just need a change of scenary. One of the most interesting stats is how he did at home vs. on the road. In Texas, always a tough place to pitch, he had 5.84 ERA and .331 BAA. On the road – 3.88 and .227. Every park in the NL would be on the road to him, so, he might be worth a look.

  16. Bill Russell says:

    Who ever gets Padilla, need not worry about the contract obligations. That’s on Texas. They only have to worry about the outbusts, cancer spreading thur the clubhouse. If he comes with Xanex or Prozac or Uncle Johns wart away, it might be worth the look. Stay tuned

  17. Bill Russell says:

    Besides, it could be a pay back for Texas getting A hole Jones for free.

  18. DRomo says:

    I don’t know how expensive he is? I hear the Dodgers would only be on the hook for the prorated minimum, which is about $100,000. That is pretty cheap help. Also the Rangers would have to pay him his buyout making him a free agent at the end of the season. The guy may be a world class A-holle but it may be worth the risk, he will have to behave, plus we can cut him if he doesn’t work out.

  19. Badger says:

    He makes 12 million this year with a club option for 12 million more next year. I have no idea what he would cost us the rest of the year, but if Texas pays it, why not take a flier on him?

  20. Bill Russell says:

    Go to FOX Sports and theirs and acticle stating that the league minimum is $400,000 with it prorated it would be about $100,000.
    The Rangers would have to pay out next years contract.
    Not bad for a shot in the dark.

  21. Bill Russell says:

    Buy out

  22. Kay in L.A. says:

    Where is lawdog? Did he go on vacation? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Southpaw, the following was found under the “Dodger Info” tab at the top of homepage here. (I went there as advised by Mark.)

    “Dodgers manager Joe Torre said after Monday’s game that Haeger definitely earned another start but didn’t say with any certainty when or if that would be.” (A bit of a Yogi-ism…)

    However, Haeger is probable for Saturday as of now.

    Will Kershaw pitch in spite of the flu thingy he has… and Kemp has too…. on his bobblehead night!!

    Everyone exhale. Smoltz was picked up by the cards. Padilla sounds like bad news. Forget about him too. Cheap can be expensive sometimes.

    I think Kuroda is day by day, as they do repeat CT scans, MRIs, etc. He has recurring headaches. Problems can appear after the fact, as with Natasha Richardson.

    Is there a limit on how long posts can be?
    :-)

  23. Illini Dodger says:

    from LA Dodgers Rumors Site:

    Dodgers “Moving Closer” To Signing Padilla

    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [August 19, 2009 at 12:45pm CST]

    12:45pm: Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports hears that the Dodgers are “moving closer” to an agreement with Padilla. 12:19pm: ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark hears that Vicente Padilla has become “a consideration” for the Dodgers now that a liner to Hiroki Kuroda’s head has further depleted the team’s rotation. The Dodgers are talking with Padilla’s agent, Paul Kinzer, and we could hear of a deal this afternoon. The Dodgers, who would only be responsible for about $100k if they add Padilla, had uncertain interest as recently as yesterday but they’re now considering him.

  24. Bill Russell says:

    If we sign Padilla for the balance of this season and it’s his turn to pitch in the rotation. How do we know which personality will be taking the mound? And will Russell have to adjust to more then one Person? I hope Padilla wouldn’t change people in the middle of the game. Ausmus could catch the one personality and Martin the other. Unless Ausmus was already used as a pitch hitter. Then that could be an issue. Just a thought

  25. DRomo says:

    When the roster expands we will have Ellis up here to catch too. So all personalities will be covered for Padilla.

  26. DRomo says:

    I hope Haeger gets another shot. He deserves it, but if he doesn’t he can complain to Eric Stults who has been great when he gets his shot then is cast aside everytime.

    Padilla (I believe) will be on his best behavior. For a few reasons here. If he loses his cool again and disrepects the team he will have a hard time finding a job next season. Bowa managed him in Philly and never had an issue with him…thats counts for something. Fernando was his heroe, he may help calm him down if he gets weird. $100,000 is nothing to this team’s payroll, that much falls out of Manny’s do-rag when he swings & misses. It is worth the shot. I suppose he takes Haeger’s spot after his next start.

  27. Illini Dodger says:

    The very latest:

    Dodgers “Very” Close To Acquiring Padilla

    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [August 19, 2009 at 4:36pm CST]

    4:36pm: Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times hears that the Dodgers are “very” close to adding Padilla.

  28. Illini Dodger says:

    Looks like this is a done deal, folks…….

  29. Buddy says:

    Padilla is the biggest clubhouse cancer there is. Talk to anyone who played with him in Philly or Texas and they’ll tell you he’s bad news. If his agent even talks to the Dodgers, that would sour my tastes significantly.

  30. Illini Dodger says:

    I have a bad feeling about this…………

    Kershaw was sent home early Tuesday because of flu-like symptoms and will be replaced by Jeff Weaver if he isn’t ready to pitch. Wainwright is looking to become the first National League pitcher to win 15 games. He beat the Dodgers on July 28.

  31. Badger says:

    So, this is basically an audition for his next contract.

    He would have to be really, really stupid to screw this up.

  32. Illini Dodger says:

    Posted by Shaun Garrison on 8/11/2009 11:09:00 AM Labels: Dodgers Talk on Dodgers Rumors Site

    “The common consensus is that Padilla and the Dodgers are a good fit. There is no doubt a change of scenery to a winning team, in a pitcher friendly ballpark would do him some good. Torre is a great coach and can bring this guy around and correct any clubhouse issues.

    The bottom line is this, a move to Chavez Ravine and the National League will give Padilla a boost. This will help out his very misleading ERA as his stats are in my opinion somewhat inflated. The Dodgers need a pitcher that can pitch 7 consistent innings, while keeping the walks to a minimum and limit offenses to 3 or 4 runs. I think Padilla can be our guy and the best thing is the risk is very minimal if we wait until he clears waivers. The Rangers are putting a lot of energy into ridding themselves of Padilla currently, and he has become a cancer on and off the field for the Texas ballclub.”

  33. DRomo says:

    Last year we heard “….Manny is a cancer…”
    This year “…Padilla is a cancer…”

    It’s THINK CURE week! Why not sign him now?

    As for Kershaw if he is sick let him sit. Wainwright will probaly own us tonight anyway. Why waste Kershaws good outing just to get another no decision? Or does the panel here think we will suddenly learn to hit against a good pitcher?

  34. Kay in L.A. says:

    If I had to choose between Padilla and Smoltz, I would take Tomko.
    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090818&content_id=6477404&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

    Just funnin’ with ya guys.

    Seriously, why would a genuine a-hole like Padilla suddenly turn nice?

  35. Badger says:

    Kay – because he is auditioning for his next contract.

    I say go for it.

  36. Buddy says:

    Talk to anyone from the Phillies or Rangers who played with Padilla and you’ll get the same response every time. The guy is a headcase and a mess to be around in the clubhouse.

  37. Illini Dodger says:

    Badger is right.

  38. Mark Timmons says:

    Kay,

    People who are very close to the Dodgers say the two biggest A-Holes on the Dodgers are Kemp and Ethier. I didn’t say it, but it comes from a reliable source…

  39. Mark Timmons says:

    Buddy,

    Sounds like Manny…

  40. Mark Timmons says:

    Give it a try. If he acts up, we can Kill him!

  41. Harold says:

    Mark I have a reliable source too and I suspect your source must have an ax to grind to speak about Ethier and Kemp in that manner. What did they do, not sign an aurograph?

    My source is http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com/about.html

    She attends almost all of the Dodger home games and writes that Matt in particular signs a lot of autographs and is very fan oriented. Who is your source? I thought we got over that crap last year that Matt had his head up his rear because he ran the bases like Valdi and didn’t get along with Jeff Kent. Who did? Don’t hear much about that this year. Matt and Andre are our MVP candidates this year.

    A reliable source is the stuff of rumors and is not reliable unless revealed.

    GO DODGERS!!

  42. Ken says:

    The Dodgers need a Padilla to pitch inside without fear. For $100,000 of Frank’s money I would sign Padilla and protect Kuroda with a 15 Day-DL Rest. Good move under the circumstances.

    Smoltz to Duncan and Padilla to Bowa. 2 coaches who can deal with certain types of people and their unique issues.

    Fairly Good Lineup tonight – Go Kemp

  43. Badger says:

    If he is any trouble at all – dump him. We don’t owe him anything.

    It’s worth a try.

    Go for it.

  44. Buddy says:

    Sure, Padilla pitches without fear but his teammates have resented him for causing unnecessary bruises. Here’s the article about what teammates said about him after he left Texas. This is a different monster than Manny Ramirez.

    http://sportsbybrooks.com/texas-rangers-to-pitcher-vicente-padilla-gtfo-25499

    and

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/stories/081209dnspopadilla.39feb2f.html

  45. Ken says:

    Manny Ramirez was ready to welcome Padilla upon hearing the news, even though he said he didn’t know the pitcher.

    “A pitcher that is going to go out there and protect his players, I want that guy on my team,” he said.

  46. Buddy says:

    Just a very bad move to sign Padilla, despite the minimal sunk cost. He would be the last guy I would ever consider signing, even in low Single A ball.

  47. Ken says:

    On second thought the lineup is a little strange. Kemp has the most RBIs since July 1st and he is hitting 2nd!! Martin is hitting in front of Hudson, this the catcher that is 10th on the team in RBIs for July (counting all of the pitchers as one person) The pitchers have more RBIs in July than both Martin and Furcal. Put Hudson in front of Kemp, Manny can bat 5th since all he is trying to do is hit a home run since Puljois showed up. (My ….. is bigger than your….., come on), Blake needs to rest bring up Abreu NOW!

  48. Ken says:

    CBO Report – Dodger pitcher salaries – 43.6 Mil. On the Roster 13.5 Mil, on the DL or gone 30.1 mil. Ned – We got someting to talk about!

  49. Mark Timmons says:

    Harold,

    I cannot compromise my source (I also hate it when people say that), but I can tell you that this is not a person scorned. This is a person very close to the organization. Now, this is his opinion, but he said he liked EVERYONE on this team but Ethier and Kemp and called them A-Holes. He also called Jeff Kent and Brad Penny the same.

    Martin, Loney, Bills, Kersahw, Raffy, Manny and the rest – he says they are great.

    Again, not my opinion…

  50. Mark Timmons says:

    Also, I know Matt’s dad and speak to him and Matt and they have been great to me. Andre is very suspicious of people and not very outgoing, unlike Matt. I have both of their autographs.

    Again, that is not my opinion, but when someone who is well connected says that, it gives you pause.

  51. Michael says:

    Didn’t notice it previously mentioned but Hiroki is DL’d and Tony Abreu is back.

  52. DRomo says:

    Mark and crew,

    I am volenteering at the stadium this weekend as part of the ThinkCure weekend. I encourage anyone who can, to get involved. Cancer has touched so many of our lives. It is a little thing (volunteering 2 hours) and you will help a great cause & our Boys in Blue!

    Peace fellas

  53. Badger says:

    Just checked gameday – 9 up 9 down. So far, no progress against an elite pitcher, but still 6 innings to go.

    Also just checked the transactions section up on top and it said Kuroda was DL’d retroactive to June 16. I assume they meant August 16 so, he is going to miss a few starts. Mayhaps the Dodgers have a plan to replace him in the rotation?

    I have no doubt that there are a-holes at the Major League level and that there are more than a few of them in Dodger Blue. I don’t care. Loveable they are not, just win baby. If the brass thinks Joe can handle Vicente, then that’s good enough for me. If they have another plan, let’s see it.

  54. Badger says:

    Kershaw approaching 100 pitches in the 4th inning.

    Say goodnight Gracie.

  55. Ken says:

    Maybe Kuroda is hurt worse that the news is saying. Remember how he was only going to be out for a week or two with the oblique muscle and he was gone for months.

  56. Michael says:

    Wow, if Russell can catch Kershaw tonight[he has already saved 3 or 4 wild pitches] he can catch Chuck the Knuck. I bet James Loney can’t wait to get to Colorado.

  57. Ken says:

    So how many outside pitches have you seen pulled by Dodger hitters tonight – Where is Donnie T-Ball?

  58. Badger says:

    Just saw a live look-in on Gameday and watched as Furcal swung at ball 4 and tapped back to the mound with a runner in scoring position.

    We don’t hit so well against good pitching do we?

    S.F. and the Rockies doing what they are supposed to do against bad clubs. This is getting interesting.

  59. Badger says:

    The Dodgers with more errors than hits.

    Maybe what is needed is for me to stop watching this thing on Gameday. I’m going to bed.

  60. Bill Russell says:

    The best quote of the day goes out to Kay who said ” If I had to pick between Smoltz or Padilla I’d pick Tomko”. I fell down laughing at that one. Thanks for the laugh.

    Just got back from the game. What a disappointment….

    Martin can’t throw out Pujols stealing, Hudson can’t block the ball and Furcal forgets to back up the play. The defense is looking very bad lately. Kemp and Manny didn’t know who should catch Molina’s Fly so they just let it fell between them and then Furcal has no chance of throwing the runner out at home and throws it by Martin allowing Molina to advance to third. Blake fumbled a ball, Hudson fumbled a ball and the scorer gave the batter a hit? Kershaw pitched like he had the flu and Matt Kemp played like he had the flu. It was and exciting come back and then just as big of a let down in the 9th. The most entertainment was on the second deck. Someone had brought a plastic blowup doll of a naked lady and the fans was knocking it around like a beach ball.

    Well, I got my Matt Kemp bobblehead to add to my collection but the night was exciting only to become a huge let down. Only 3 1/2 games and counting. The Dogs had better get on the stick or next week we may be saying it’s the third place Dodgers. The glass is half empty now……………. Maybe Padilla will be the boost we need. Peace

  61. broxton did it again…that it

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