May 23, 2022

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Better than the last half let’s go

It seems like every season Dodgers arrive ready to publish at least one shiny new pitcher that throws hard like hell and looks like a kid. Before you get a chance to get used to Dustin May or Julio Urias becoming superstars, you’re up against the likes of Bobby Miller.

Drafted by the Dodgers with the 29th overall pick for the 2020 draft, Miller is set to start this season in Double-A as the Dodgers’ top prospect. But last night, he got a taste of playing in the major leagues, when the Dodgers stopped him to start a spring practice game on their home court against the Angels. The first hitter Miller encountered was Shohei Ohtani, hitting him at 100 mph. It was so cool!

But we’re not here to talk about Miller’s performance in showing ads, which he fully qualified as. We’re here to marvel at his post-match interview, in which Miller inadvertently made a perfect impression on Nuke LaLoosh.

Miller says he almost fainted after hitting Ohtani which is very cute and charming, but what I’d really like to get back to here is his answer to a question about what he was saying to himself when entering the court between innings. “I usually tell myself something because I go there every time,” Miller said. “Be it, ‘Better than the last inning, let’s go,’ and some other things I probably shouldn’t say in an interview.”

Since watching this interview this morning, I haven’t been able to get the way Miller says, “Better than the last inning, let’s go,” out of my head. Has anyone ever quoted themselves in a lower tone? With a flatter effect? With this disregard for the verbal cues that mark the beginning and end of a quote? Love her! It keeps running through my mind, like a strange spell.

Better than the last half let’s go.

Better than the last half let’s go

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I hope this guy doesn’t get any real media training, and that he continues to do better than the last inning.

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