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    Oh, Canada!

    From the StarTrib:

    Diamond, 24, reached his own milestone, becoming the first Twins pitcher to reach 10 victories in a season since 2010. But he was happier for his fellow countryman, Morneau, the fourth Canadian-born major leaguer to reach 200 homers.

    I wonder where Diamond stands in the pantheon of Canadian pitchers to reach 10 victories? How about Canadian players with last names starting with the letter 'D'?

    Does anyone else find the inevitable notation of so-and-so being Canadian to be superfluous and annoying? It seems that Canada gets more play in this area than Venezuela or the Dominican Republic. Why make a distinction as to nationalities when a milestone is reached? Who holds the record for doubles from Pago Pago?
    "Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand."

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    Quote Originally Posted by powrwrap View Post
    From the StarTrib:

    Diamond, 24, reached his own milestone, becoming the first Twins pitcher to reach 10 victories in a season since 2010. But he was happier for his fellow countryman, Morneau, the fourth Canadian-born major leaguer to reach 200 homers.

    I wonder where Diamond stands in the pantheon of Canadian pitchers to reach 10 victories? How about Canadian players with last names starting with the letter 'D'?

    Does anyone else find the inevitable notation of so-and-so being Canadian to be superfluous and annoying? It seems that Canada gets more play in this area than Venezuela or the Dominican Republic. Why make a distinction as to nationalities when a milestone is reached? Who holds the record for doubles from Pago Pago?
    It's because coming out of Canada as a baseball player is an accomplishment.

    A. Short playing season cuz it gets cold.
    B. Canadian Athletes are born to play hockey.
    C. They drink a lot in Canada and the ball looks fuzzy coming out of the pitchers hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powrwrap View Post
    Who holds the record for doubles from Pago Pago?
    It looks like everybody from Pago Pago is tied for the Pago Pago doubles record with zero. Not many MLB players coming out of there.

    Several NFL players, though. http://www.famouswhy.com/Born_Where/...can_Samoa.html

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    I think it intrigues people because Canadians are so generally indistinguishable from Americans in day-to-day life, except when it comes to something as "American" as baseball, which hardly exists in Canada. There's actors and celebrities like Michael J. Fox and Mike Myers (and the T-Mobile girl, woo!) that people wouldn't even know were Canadian unless you told them. Yet Canada produces very few baseball players, whereas in a Latin American country, baseball is arguably more important than soccer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StormJH1 View Post
    I think it intrigues people because Canadians are so generally indistinguishable from Americans in day-to-day life, except when it comes to something as "American" as baseball, which hardly exists in Canada. There's actors and celebrities like Michael J. Fox and Mike Myers (and the T-Mobile girl, woo!) that people wouldn't even know were Canadian unless you told them. Yet Canada produces very few baseball players, whereas in a Latin American country, baseball is arguably more important than soccer.
    I knew that T-Mobile girl was Canadian when she said in the commercial "video chat withoot needing Wi-Fi."

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    Also, we're in Minnesota. The papers in Florida probably cover Latin American countries more thoroughly.

    Of course, in New York they only cover New York, since the rest of the world does not exist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StormJH1 View Post
    I think it intrigues people because Canadians are so generally indistinguishable from Americans in day-to-day life, except when it comes to something as "American" as baseball, which hardly exists in Canada. There's actors and celebrities like Michael J. Fox and Mike Myers (and the T-Mobile girl, woo!) that people wouldn't even know were Canadian unless you told them. Yet Canada produces very few baseball players, whereas in a Latin American country, baseball is arguably more important than soccer.
    I don't know about that. I partied with some Canadians after a few of the Toronto @ MN games this year and it was pretty obvious that they were Canadian. There were a lot of "Eh"s and "Aboot"s being thrown around.
    You can come up with statistics to prove anything. Forty percent of all people know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StormJH1 View Post
    I think it intrigues people because Canadians are so generally indistinguishable from Americans in day-to-day life, except when it comes to something as "American" as baseball, which hardly exists in Canada. There's actors and celebrities like Michael J. Fox and Mike Myers (and the T-Mobile girl, woo!) that people wouldn't even know were Canadian unless you told them. Yet Canada produces very few baseball players, whereas in a Latin American country, baseball is arguably more important than soccer.
    .I don't understand this, it's written in American.

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