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Gene Hackman
Athletes may be overpaid, but don't call them lazy

Milling about the club level of Ripken Stadium on Monday morning, awaiting the Aberdeen IronBirds' media day activities to begin, I was surrounded by members of this year's team who had been requested by myself and other attending journalists to sit and answer our questions about the upcoming season, and being in the presence of so many professional ballplayers at the beginning of their careers began to make the normal thoughts bounce around in my head, the foremost among those being, "wow, these guys look so young up close." At the relatively advanced age of 31, I don't feel snotty saying a 19-year-old looks like a kid, but, lest I come off condescending, I will add...

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