Happy birthday, Manny!
Turning 21 is usually one of life's big milestones. But major leaguer Manny Machado already has some incredible accomplishments for a minor. The star Orioles third baseman, whose birthday is Saturday, July 6, was drafted in 2010, joined the team last August and is currently on pace to break Earl Webb's record for doubles.
While Machado will be in New York facing the Yankees on Saturday, he'll be back in Baltimore Monday to play the Rangers and will have plenty of time to enjoy being 21 in Baltimore. In no particular order, here are 10 ways Machado can celebrate being 21 in Baltimore, from rolling the dice at Maryland Live Casino to sipping a Natty Boh-tini at Della Rose's. (Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports photo /March 2, 2013)
It seems to me that the recent advice given to Oriole Manny Machado by The Sun's staff is a sure recipe for a short lived career ("10 ways Manny Machado can celebrate his 21st birthday in Baltimore," July 5) and a wasted life.
Of the 10 ways that The Sun advised Manny to celebrate his 21st birthday, at least six involved drinking alcoholic beverages with two others that would probably include drinking. One involved Manny gambling and two involved eating food that is detrimental to his body. Drinking and gambling are not good habits for anyone to acquire and certainly not good advice for a 21-year-old at the pinnacle of success.
My advice to Manny is keep on doing what you have been doing. Maintain your morals and values that have brought you this far and using your God-given talents and abilities to etch your name into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.
James R. Cook, Joppa
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