HDWEB: Lance Lynn's 10 strikeout day was GLORIOUS

In today's HOW DARE WE ENJOY BASEBALL, we marvel at Lance Lynn's ten strikeout day, we consider a Mike Trout extension, we laugh at kittens playing baseball, and we wonder what the best way to buy off teammates would be. YES!

Good afternoon HDWEB'ers. Here's everything about baseball you need to know and have to see.

If you have ideas or suggestions, send 'em my way at @justinbopp.

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I asked Ben Duronio of Talking Chop if he was worried. Candidly, he said "eh, didn't expect him to be anything this year." So maybe Ben isn't panicking. I'm not either, but let's talk in July and see how that rotation is holding up.

  • There will be a Kitten All-Star Game in July - SBNation.com
    Kittens that think they're people! Playing baseball!

  • Manny Ramirez hopes to return as a 'role model' - SBNation.com
    Manny knows he can't hit like he did when he was 30 anymore, but he thinks he can be a "clubhouse" guy in his 40s. Can we be honest? If Manny's best pitch (baseball term) is that he can add value to his team by being a good clubhouse guy, it's probably time to recognize the writing is on the wall. My sincere suggestion: Manny should be a baseball ambassador to the world. Whether that's a sideline reporter making players laugh, or he's on some circuit talking to kids about why they shouldn't do PEDs, or he's a one-man, traveling baseball circus of exhibition and feats, it doesn't matter. He brings real joy to baseball and I think he can still contribute. Just not on the field.

  • Josh Beckett injury: Dodgers starter dealing with thumb sprain - SBNation.com
    He got it stuck in the door. /adds one to 'list of weird spring training injuries' next to "stepping barefoot on a cactus."

  • Confession: I've never had bulgogi but now I want to...

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  • Jason Heyward wins the prize for best way to buy off your teammates in case you have a(nother) shitty year:

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It’s not an act in the way that some might fear. It’s not all bravado designed to make fans gravitate towards him, or to sell books or products or whatever. Not in the immediate sense. No, it’s more that Wilson is showing the confidence that he believes necessary to his job. Listen to him talk about the need to eradicate "I hope" from your mental lexicon: "You’re going to give up a home run if you think about not giving up a home run."

Brian Wilson is acting confidently because he believes in the power of positive thinking, in effect. And that’s not crazy at all. Players that approach competition as a challenge rather than a threat have shown to be more successful, and the authors of the Mental Game of Baseball would also approve of his confident approach. Think positively, act confidently, even if it comes with a crazy haircut.

  • Have a beautiful day:

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