The Cow wrote:GotowarMissAgnes wrote:The Cow wrote:Agnes name me the O's last couple top home grown hitters. If you have to go all the way back to Cal Ripken I will excuse your giddiness over Markakis.
And that's relevant, how?
Markakis performance speaks for itself.
No need to bring up red herrings.
Markakis was an excellent prospect at the start of last season. I'm sorry if you and some of the other readers ar so ignorant of his prospect status, but anyone that paid attention to minor league ball ID'd him as a serious prospect in 2005. He was typically ranked about the 4th or 5th best OF prospect in all of the minor leagues at the start of 2006. Would it really be all that incredible for the #5 OF prospect to end up out-performing the #1 OF prospect? Somebody remind me what round Mike Piazza was chosen and how many catcher prospects were chosen before him? If so many baseball experts missed on that one, I'd hardly be so damned confident that Young is a LOCK.
You are so quick to throw insults aren't you a peach. I will say a prayer for you. I and most in this forum are far from ignorant to Markakis' prospect status. But I and most in this forum are from ignorant of Young's prospect status. IMO if Young were a prospect of the O's, Yanks or Red Sox this forum would have already inducted Young into the HOF. As it is you have SEEN Markakis play and I am sure he is a good player, BUT you have seen Young play very little in comparison to Markakis, so I understand the bias towards Markakis. And then when you throw in the fact that Baltimore has not produced a hitting prospect since Cal Ripken well I can only imagine that maybe just maybe the O's and the Baltimore media may just have Markakis just a tad over hyped.
What makes you think this forum is full of Oriole fans? I would bet there are more D-Ray homers on here than Oriole fans. How can you compare the "hype" around Markakis with the hype that is certainly present with Young?