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Marlon Humphrey sticks with assessment of Ravens team identity as one that chokes in playoffs

Marlon Humphrey sticks with assessment of Ravens team identity as one that chokes in playoffs

In the moment of defeat, emotions can run high and words can be harsh. So when Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey addressed the media following Baltimore's stunning 28-12 loss to the Tennesse Titans and did not mince words about how he viewed the team, one could assume that it may have been due to the raw frustration he was feeling in the moment when asked about the team's identity and how it should be remembered.

“The sad reality of it is, this Ravens’ team, we’ve been here two years in a row and we’ve lost, so I think you’ve got to look yourself in the mirror,” Humphrey told reporters on Saturday night. “This team’s identity right now is get in the playoffs and choke. It is what it is. That’s just the hard truth.”

On Sunday, with a few hours to process the loss, the key piece of the Ravens secondary stood by his comments, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec.

When looking at the Ravens playoff success in the past two years, it is understandable to see where Humphrey is coming from. After a strong finish to last season, the Ravens dropped a home game in the Wild Card round at home to the Los Angeles Chargers, looking like a shell of the team that thrived in the regular season.

This year, it was more of the same. A 12-game winning streak to end the regular season and earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC all came crashing down as the Titans ran all over the Ravens and shocked the world. Entering as Super Bowl favorites, Baltimore looked far from it on Saturday. Whether that is actually "choking" or just a result other factors contributing to the loss will always remain an opinion depending on who you ask.

To Humphrey and many others inside the locker room, the loss will sting and create self-reflection. Until the Ravens get a chance to redeem themselves, that will be the case.

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Despite his viral video, Trea Turner is happy for Anthony Rendon

Despite his viral video, Trea Turner is happy for Anthony Rendon

When Anthony Rendon signed with the Los Angeles this offseason, there were plenty of people upset. But it's possible that no one was sadder than shortstop Trea Turner.

Shortly after Rendon's move was announced, Turner posted a video on Twitter of him kicking a shirt with Rendon's face on it on the ground, demonstrating his mood on the situation. The video immediately went viral.

While Turner's reaction mimicked that of many Nationals fans, his post was all in good fun as he and Rendon have become close friends over the years.

"Obviously Anthony is a good buddy of mine, I can poke at him a bit," Turner told NBC Sports Washington.

In fact, when Turner put the video up, he wasn't even sure if it would come across Rendon, who is notably not a big social media user. However, someone helped him see it.

"I didn't actually think he'd see the video because he has not social media," Turner said. "But I'm pretty sure his wife showed him and he texted me like immediately right after and was giving me c--p right back."

Despite what the video shows, it was all fun and games between the two. Though there's no denying that Turner and the Nationals will miss Rendon in the coming season, the shortstop understands what goes into the decision. 

In the end, Rendon had to do what was best for his future.

"I knew it was a possibility that he was leaving, obviously. When you go to free agency there's always that possibility," Turner said. "Just like guys in the past, I'm all for whatever the individual wants to do better himself or better his family, or whatever he thinks is the right decision I'm going to support it."

"I'm happy for him, he's an unbelievable player. We're gonna miss him but he's going to do good things for them"

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Gerardo Parra commemorates World Series with incredible tattoo

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Gerardo Parra commemorates World Series with incredible tattoo

Gerardo Parra will always be a World Series champion. But in case anyone ever forgets, he got something permanent to help jog their memory.

Parra, the always-bubbly outfielder who helped the Nationals work toward to postseason run with this infectious 'Baby Shark' walk-up song, has added a tattoo on his arm to commemorate what was a memorable 2019 season. To sum it up, it is incredible.

Based on Parra's Instagram story, the tattoo was done by Luis Gil, a Miami-based artist. The whole tattoo is well-done, from the World Series logo to the fans and stadium in the background all the way to the World Series Trophy itself. However, there's one other element that clearly steals the show: The Baby Shark with Parra's signature sunglasses on it.

For Parra, there's nothing more fitting than that. As far as tattoos go, this is up there with the best.

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