Found June 22, 2013 on This Is Getting Old:
Sooo that Pedro Alvarez fella is hitting the ball lately.  Get an extension done now while he’s still affordable! The big story was obviously Gerrit Cole.  Cole might never lose a game at this rate.  101?  100?  95 MPH changeup?  I’m actually not sure it’s a changeup.  I’m not sure Gerrit Cole throws an actual,…
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