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Old 08-27-18, 10:24 AM
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Michael Kopech's voice wavered a little at times as he explained for a second straight day why he used racist and homophobic language in 2013 tweets he since has deleted, and he considered how their exposure affected his loved ones.

But after receiving backlash on social media and elsewhere, he also wanted to clarify that he apologized for what he said and not who he is. He said he's not racist or homophobic.

"First of all I had no right saying what I said and I want to apologize for being stupid and an immature teenager," he said about the tweets, one containing the N-word, that he made when he was a 17-year-old in Texas. "I think maybe a misinterpretation (Thursday) is maybe I was apologizing for maybe being racist or homophobic in the past and I wasn't apologizing for that, I was apologizing for what I said because I've never been racist or homophobic."

He added later, "I just hope that those who aren't close to me realize who I actually am and not that person."

How the comments would affect his loved ones, namely biracial girlfriend and actress Vanessa Morgan, also weighed heavily on Kopech.

"Unfortunately for my girlfriend and my family, I have my girlfriend in the spotlight as well," he said. "The last thing I want is to cause embarrassment to her."

Morgan, a Canadian actress who stars on the CW television series "Riverdale," has tweeted in the past about her father hailing from the East African country of Tanzania. Her mother is Scottish.

Kopech said he discussed the issue with Morgan.

"For the most part she understood that it was because I was young and stupid and she doesn't hold any of that against me," he said. "Unfortunately she still gets to hear everything that is said about it, and I don't want to cause her any embarrassment."

The episode also has had repercussions for his family.

"I have a 10-year old black nephew that in a few years he's going to be part of the crazy social media world and the last thing I want him to see is that his uncle may have been racist or offensive at one point. That really sits heavy with me.

"I made some mistakes. I didn't mean any of the things I said. There were jokes made in poor taste with my friends, but it's not language I continue to use. I am going to continue to try to be a role model for younger kids."

Kopech said he talked to Morgan, relatives and Sox officials before news went viral about of the tweets, which a Sox official said Kopech "deleted a while ago" but didn't elaborate.

Sox general manager Rick Hahn told the Tribune on Thursday that he's believes Kopech has matured since posting the offensive messages.

"Michael has been very upfront about his tweets from high school several years ago," Hahn said. "He has taken responsibility and apologized for his offensive and inappropriate word choices at the time, but he has stressed that those careless words do not reflect who he is today."

Interim manager Joe McEwing echoed Hahn's words before Friday night's game in Detroit.

"I know Michael has addressed it," McEwing said. "He's very apologetic, very remorseful of the words that he had said. Rick Hahn addressed it and as an organization, that's how we're going to take care of it."

Kopech became the fourth major-league player this season to have had offensive tweets unearthed and exposed on social media, joining Josh Hader, Sean Newcomb and Trea Turner. Kopech said screen shots of his tweets surfaced a few weeks ago.

"I don't think it's part of baseball," he said. "I think a lot of us were young and dumb at one point. We need to clean it up, we need to be better, and I specifically need to be better and I'm going to (be)."
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DBacks and Rockies tied for first, Dodgers now only 1 game back after a little win streak against some mediocre/bad teams. Should be an interesting finish to the division race.

Regarding the poll, I don't care. Especially if they're tweets when they were teenagers. People say dumb things at that age, and use terminology and slang based on their surroundings and who they grow up around.
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Pujols done for the season after undergoing knee surgery. At 39 years old* gotta wonder if he's gonna come back next year.

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Pujols done for the season after undergoing knee surgery. At 39 years old* gotta wonder if he's gonna come back next year.

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of course he will. he's still got a fuckton of money left on the table.
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Glad that the Cubs were able to win games started by Thor and DeGrom and actually put together a winning streak. Hope they can continue to hold off the other Central contenders.
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Pujols done for the season after undergoing knee surgery. At 39 years old* gotta wonder if he's gonna come back next year.

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I don't think there is any chance Pujols is actually his listed age. His career arc looks far more convincing if he is in fact two years older than listed.

The Angels owe him nearly $90 million for the next three years. Mike Trout was born too late to get the monster payday he deserves. I think teams are going to be much smarter and even Trout's next contract won't be the massive long-term deal that Votto and Pujols got just a few years ago.
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Pujols done for the season after undergoing knee surgery. At 39 years old* gotta wonder if he's gonna come back next year.

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I think he continues to play out his contract. On a side note, he's scheduled to make his first trip to St. Louis since he left after the '11 series.

And speaking of the Cardinals, this year's team just won their 10th consecutive series.
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Poop, DBacks win the first game of the series.
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Pujols done for the season after undergoing knee surgery. At 39 years old* gotta wonder if he's gonna come back next year.

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Ah man - who is going to lead the league in GDP this season?



















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I don't think there is any chance Pujols is actually his listed age. His career arc looks far more convincing if he is in fact two years older than listed.

The Angels owe him nearly $90 million for the next three years. Mike Trout was born too late to get the monster payday he deserves. I think teams are going to be much smarter and even Trout's next contract won't be the massive long-term deal that Votto and Pujols got just a few years ago.
Yeah, the asterisk was there for a reason. Plus Pujols inadvertently admitted that he was 2 years older than claimed earlier this season.

I had forgotten he still had 90 million left. He'll definitely try and come back for that, but I also wouldn't be surprised if he restructured his contract or ended up taking a medical retirement.
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Andrew McCutchen traded to Yankees.
Gio Gonzales to Brewers.
Josh Donaldson to Indians.
Curtis Granderson to Brewers.

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Ryan Madison to the Dodgers

Frustrating to watch the Cubs keep stranding baserunners.
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Before last night the Giants were only 7 games out of first place so I think it's too early too be giving away players. That doesn't look good for their fan base.
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Ryan Madison to the Dodgers
David Freese too.
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Lots of big names, but it remains to be seen if any of them will be difference makers. Most of these guys are useful, but their best years are behind them. Who knows how much Donaldson can contribute with his health concerns. I think most of these teams are rolling the dice hoping these veterans (and there's some value in experience) will hit a hot streak, like Hamels has done with the Cubs.
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Dodgers get one right back from the DBacks, and Jansen actually gets through a 9th inning without giving up a run
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Before last night the Giants were only 7 games out of first place so I think it's too early too be giving away players. That doesn't look good for their fan base.
It would one thing if they were 7 games out and in second place but being 7 games out and in fourth place is a really tough situation. Leaping over three teams is very difficult this time of year. Their fans understand that they are basically out of it.
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Andrew McCutchen traded to Yankees.
Gio Gonzales to Brewers.
Josh Donaldson to Indians.
Curtis Granderson to Brewers.
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I can't make this shit up.

According to MASN website the Orioles are 0-83 this season trailing after the seventh inning. LOL

I have been saying forever that the Orioles don't care about bench players(possible game winning pinch hits) but instead carry 8 relievers and don't quote me but I don't think the 13th pitcher on any Orioles 25 man roster has ever won a game.
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What a shitty afternoon. Fuck you, Jose. Fuck you, Bud.
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All in all it was a pretty good game for the Cubs today beating one of the better pitchers in baseball. The way they started the game with all those Ks I would not have expected them to run away with the game.
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Lester outpitches Nola as the Cubs take two of three in Philly.

I missed it earlier, but ESPN did a story on how Murphy got through waivers to the Cubs.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/2...and-their-laps

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MLB.tv may be having some issues. I tried to watch the end of the Cards-Reds game, and it keeps feeding me bits of half-innings in reverse order. First I was in the 10th, and now I'm in the top of the 8th.
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Didn't get a chance to post last night, but Kemp

Another close game today between the Dodgers/Dbacks.
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