Yeah ok, he went 3-14 from the field, but that’s kind of his thing too. But playing harassing defense against everyone on the floor, a willing screener and always making the right pass on the other end, and of course one of the league’s premier help defenders.


As most will say, this the deal you make with Green, he’ll do all those things that will pull a team’s ass out of a sling in a game like this. And occasionally he’s just going to dance with the devil in the pale moonlight and get tossed and egg the fans on like it was all part of his plan.

It is a strange juxtaposition that Green is actually the ultimate team player on the floor, doing all the things that glue a team together, and yet can go on incredible streaks of selfishness, like taking justice into his own hands with that stomp on Sabonis or already whipping a rabid Sacramento crowd into a frenzy simply because he wants to cover for his silliness or, y’know, drifting a teammate.


Maybe it’s best not to try to explain it, because we’re eight years into this and he’s got the hardware that caps a lot of arguments. Sometimes guys are both of those things. Seems tiring.

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I’m always a sucker for these kinds of stories:


Drew Maggi is 33, and has played over 1100 minor league games without setting foot in a MLB batter’s box or in the field. He has bounced through six different organizations, starting with the Pirates and swinging back to them on his journey. He’s almost certainly played in some pretty out there outposts beyond an age where that would be normal.


Perseverance can be a hell of a thing. It would be hard not to notice when you get to your 30s and you’re still on the buses and have watched maybe dozens of guys, some bordering on 10 years your junior, getting that call or making you expendable or have to catch on with another team and basically start over. You’re that guy in the clubhouse, and no matter the mantras about team and being a role model for your hard work and dedication, there have to be moments where it’s pretty damn awkward.

That’s not to criticize those who wave the white flag, to say that they are deficient or lacking something. Maggi is clearly just built differently. He probably won’t be around Pittsburgh long, he only got the call after Bryan Reynolds went on bereavement leave. But he’ll have the moment his manager in AA told him he was going up, and the moment he walked into PNC Park as his place of work, even for just one day.


There must’ve been times when he dreamed of more, and had to keep paring that down to something within reach to keep going. But to be ever be called a Major Leaguer is still a pretty exclusive club in the grand scheme of things. I’m sure he’d tell you those 1100+ minor league games were worth it just to walk into the ballpark yesterday.

How can you not get romantic about baseball?

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