Archive for June, 2010

Look-a-likes: Luke Scott Edition

June 30, 2010

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Which one is Luke Scott and which one is Luke Scott’s trade value after a back-to-back home run?

Only the Orioles can turn back-to-back home runs into a bad thing. After Ty “I’m Trade Bait” Wiggington tied the game against the Oakland A’s in the bottom of the 7th, Luke “I don’t want to leave Baltimore” Scott followed with a home run of his own.

After breaking the 6-6 tie, Scott rounded first base at his usual rate of speed (regardless if the ball is in play or  not), and came up limping while grabbing his left leg on occasion. Once scoring his third run of the night, Scott limped down into the club house.

This is just purely unbelievable! Scott, who is one of only few players on this team with any trade value just completely dropped the amount of compensation it will take to get him off our Old Bay covered hands.

It remains to be seen what the extent of Luke’s injury is; some people on Twitter don’t believe it is too serious.

Take this great post from Eutawhooligans for example:

No-No for Nathan Moreau

June 30, 2010

We’ll apparently there is some talent in the minor leagues for the Orioles. If former NFL coach was available for comment, I’m sure he’d be saying the same thing he did after his Cardinals lost to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, “THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!”

A minor victory for the Baltimore Orioles 2010 organization came tonight. Newly promoted Nathan Moreau tossed a no-hitter against the Salem Red Sox in his first start at High-A Frederick. Moreau, a 23-year old 2008 11th round pick of the Orioles tossed the second minor league no-no of the season. Chris Tillman threw a no hitter while he was in AAA Norfolk on April 28th.

According to the Sun (I don’t really want to research stats on a Frederick Keys player) Moreau was 2-3 with a 2.98 ERA over 16 games for the Shorebirds while starting seven of those games. Over 60 1/3 innings he struck out 70 batters.

Congratulations to Nathan Moreau and thanks for adding another bright spot in our farm system, even though we would rather hear this good news coming from the big leagues.

Garrett FATkins Has More Time To Eat

June 27, 2010

Today, Andy McPhail did his best Donald Trump impression and told Garrett Atkins, “You’re Fired!”

Designating Atkins for assignment now allows the Orioles to reactivate RHP Koji Uehara and his horrific sideburns.

Atkins, his squinty eyes and horrible diet is now unemployed but doing far better than everyone reading this website without  a job. He is guaranteed $4 million this year and also made an extra $500,000 from the Orioles as a buyout.

Everyone in Birdland saw this coming for months as Atkins, the once 20HR a year hitter was batting .214 with 1 HR and 9 RBI. The trade which brought Jake Fox to Baltimore was icing on the cake for Atkins because Fox can be beneficial in so many positions where Atkins could only play 1st base or DH (he didn’t even do that well).

It has got to be a horrible feeling for Atkins that he was just cut from the worst team in baseball. We can’t blame Orioles upper management for trying to resurrect a once promising bat in the lineup, the awesome work ethic on the field and great record was probably a little too much to turn his career around.

Please be on the lookout at your local Golden Corral for Garrett Atkins drowning his sorrows in $500,000 worth of Mac & Cheese


The Orioles Go All "Ed Reed/Ray Lewis" on MLB

June 25, 2010

WOW.. you can tell everyone in Baltimore is ready for football season, even our other major professional team in Charm City. The Orioles have now celebrated their Ed Reed anniversary in wins (20)!

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To be fair… they’re also currently celebrating their Ray Lewis anniversary of losses (52)

At the pace they are going this year, I’m hoping we can at least hit a T-Sizzle number of wins this year (55). I think that’s a great number to shoot for because the Orioles and T-Sizzle have shown about the same work ethic in the past year. Either they hit that or they should drown the whole team in bleach.

Can't Get Enough of the Vuvuzela?

June 25, 2010

In response to Nestminder’s recent post about the World Cup, I figured to post something really quick about what peoples’ finest memories of the world cup will be.

NO…I’m not talking about Landon Donovan’s miracle goal in the first minute of stoppage time to propel the US into the next round… I’m talking about Vuvuzela!

The controversial and annoying Vuvuzela has people turning their TV’s down during the World Cup coverage because of it’s “bee” like sounds when played in harmony with tens of thousands of other drunk idiots at a World Cup match. (Hint: If you turn the treble down on your TV volume settings, it helps with the high pitch sounds)

For weeks I’ve been wondering, “What would it be like to fart in a Vuvuzela?” because I’d surely do that at a soccer match to get not only the place playing at a different tune, but a different smell too. Luckily, I left it to my radio icons, Opie and Anthony and comedic genius Jim Norton to fulfill my curiosity of a different Vuvuzela sound.

Please enjoy….

Why I Love the World Cup

June 24, 2010

The United States Men’s National Soccer Team had one of the most exciting finishes you’ll ever see in sport yesterday, scoring in stoppage time to win 1-0 and gain themselves a berth in the knockout stages of the 2010 World Cup.

Many, many Americans are, like me, absolutely ecstatic about the result, and are eager to see our boys play at least one more game in the world’s largest sporting event.

However, many others in the USA could honestly care less about the World Cup, or soccer in general. I’m not here to admonish or scold those people for “not getting it,” or offer any similarly insulting sentiments. Rather, I’d like to explain what it is that makes me personally love the World Cup.

Millions of Americans played soccer as youths, only to shun it for baseball, football, and basketball as they grew up. I am not one of these folks. Soccer has ALWAYS been looked down upon in my family; soccer players were, and still are, “foot fairies” to my father, so no son of his was going to be playing that weird game where hands are useless and prohibited. No, my interest in the most popular sport in the world wouldn’t start until the 2006 World Cup.

Looking for something to do as the Orioles suffered through what was then their ninth straight losing season (those were the days, eh?) and with Ravens’ training camp still six weeks or so away, my friends and I decided to go “all in” on the World Cup. We bought face paint and applied it like old pros, and headed out to James Joyce Irish Bar & Restaurant in Fells Point to watch the matches with some seasoned and authentic “football” fans.


At James Joyce, we had more fun than I could have ever anticipated. We met people from all over the globe – Englishmen and Irishmen, a Belgian, and some second generation Italian-Americans. The electricity in the bar rivaled that of anywhere I’ve ever been for a Ravens game short of M&T Bank Stadium.  I was even taught of a drink I had never heard of, called a Snakebite (half cider, half Bass – I think).

I was hooked.

Despite the US team making an early exit in that World Cup, I continued to follow every match, randomly picking teams to root for all the way through to the Italy-France final.

And after that, my soccer fandom went on a 4-year hiatus. No, I didn’t get into the DC United or start following the English Premier League, although I can easily see the appeal in either. Remember, the title of this isn’t “Why I Love Soccer,” its “Why I Love the World Cup.” I by no means consider myself a “knowledgeable” soccer fan. I can name a good part of the U.S. roster, and a star or two from a handful of the other teams, sure. But I also find that every 4 years now I have to re-teach myself the offside rule (especially when it’s being applied as liberally as it is in this World Cup. Also, it’s perfect for a Ravens fan when it seems like the referees are hell-bent on screwing over our team in this sport, as well).

Here in 2010, the ride has been even more exciting. My girlfriend and I had the good fortune to be down in New Orleans, LA for the U.S. team’s first match, against the mighty English. For several weeks before our trip, we researched the best places to watch the Cup in N.O., and we kept coming upon this bar called Finn McCool’s Irish Pub. McCool’s is, evidently, where all the local expatriates go to watch international soccer, rugby, cricket, or whatever else it is they play across the pond (competitive tea drinking?), and they have their own football (soccer) “clubs” that play locally. Seemed perfect.

And was it, ever.

They had outdoor seating set up with a large projection screen.

I heard from one fellow that he got there at 9 AM and there wasn’t a seat to be had at the bar.

There was a nice lady set up painting faces for tips.

GO USA 10-2

There was abundant chanting and impromptu versions of “The Star Spangled Banner,” and “God Bless America.”

I partied with THIS guy:

GO USA 10-1

Shit, I even met an Orioles fan from New Orleans (his sister moved up here about 7 years ago, and since there is no team down here, he went with the Birds; poor guy), and we spent a few minutes discussing their ridiculous ineptitude.

And, the kicker: there was a full charter bus of Englishmen (and women) there to watch the game, their bus all decked out in Union Jacks and English flags (you can see the bus in the background in the above photo). One of the dudes on the bus came out dancing and was wearing chain mail around his head and neck, like a medieval knight. Awesome.

Unfortunately, for the next two U.S. matches, I was stuck at work, trying to follow online. On the bright side, because of Donovan’s aforementioned “golden goal,” the U.S. lives to play on, and will meet Ghana in the knock-out stages on Saturday.

A common sentiment among soccer-haters here in the homeland is the annoyance with the low, low, scores. Sure, there are a lot more 0-0 ties in international soccer than you’ll find in say, NFL football. On the other hand though, when you think about it, the average NFL score of 21-17 is actually only, in reality, 3-2.5. The best argument I can give against that feeling of “not enough scoring” though, is that, when that goal finally DOES come…the party is on. Especially when you are into extra time and the ref can blow his whistle at any moment to end the game…and your team’s run in the tournament. Seriously, check out some of these videos from around the country of Donovan’s goal, and tell me you wouldn’t have wanted to be there:

More here.

If you can’t agree that a moment like that captures all that is great about sports…again, like I promised, I won’t say “you don’t get it,” but I will say this: I don’t get YOU.

As far as my dad, he still says he’d “rather watch the grass grow,” so if you’re unconvinced, I know you’re not the only one.

Those of us that do love it though, will be in full frenzy mode Saturday at 2:30, when Donovan and the rest of the U.S. team take on Ghana in what amounts to the “Sweet 16” of the World Cup.

Go U.S.A.!

Demper to Get an Interview?

June 23, 2010

Ok, now this is just bizarre.

It is now being reported that Rick Dempsey is scheduled to interview for the Orioles’ open managerial position. Bobby Valentine has already pulled a “Joe Girardi” and told the team “thanks, but no thanks” (though they hadn’t yet offered him the job), and former Indians’ skipper Eric Wedge is reportedly lining up a second interview. Buck Showalter is also in the mix.

But Dempsey? The guy who has been publicly stamping his feet about wanting this job for years now, and even moreso over the last couple weeks since Dave Trembley was canned? By all accounts, Andy MacPhail had (and still has) NO INTEREST in hiring the Demper to manage his baseball team. If that’s the case, giving the guy an interview at this point (this would be his 4th time interviewing for the O’s management position) is utterly pointless at best, and insulting at worst.

So what gives?

It seems to me and at least several others (feel free to disagree here), that ol’ Greedy Petey Angelos is not being as “hands off” as we had all been told, and expected to believe, he was since MacPhail came to town – or at least, not any more. The rumor floating around town today (I saw this somewhere on twitter, so don’t go saying you heard it from me) was that Angelos wanted to hire Dempsey as the interim manager after Trembley’s firing, and MacPhail wanted Bowie Baysox manager Brad Komminsk. Juan Samuel was the compromise. With the news that Dempsey is set to get an interview, fresh on the heels of that damning rumor, the picture that is starting to come to light is one in which Mr. Angelos is still playing Wizard of Oz, pulling the strings behind closed curtains.

Is this going to be the end of Andy MacPhail in Baltimore?

The warehouse is certainly setting up for some interesting theater moving forward, which is a welcome distraction from the turds actually playing in Oriole uniforms these days.

Ravens add QB Depth, Sign Bulger

June 23, 2010

In a move that no Ravens fan or blogger that I know saw coming, the team today signed veteran quarterback Marc Bulger.

Bulger, 33, has spent the entirety of his nine-year NFL career with the St. Louis Rams. His best seasons were 2004-2006, when he threw 59 touchdowns to just 31 interceptions, and had quarterback ratings of 93.7, 94.4, and 92.9. Lately he hasn’t been the same player though, as over his last three seasons he has 27 TD to 34 INT, and hasn’t compiled a QB rating over 71.4.

I’ll go ahead and give Bulger the benefit of the doubt for those last few years, because he played FOR THE RAMS. Those St. Louis teams were 3-13, 2-14, and 1-15. All the guy had to work with was Stephen Jackson and an aging Torry Holt. Stepping into Baltimore and being surrounded by weapons like Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin, Dante Stallworth, and even Derrick Mason, and having a defense that won’t routinely give up 30 points a game could do wonders to resurrect Marc Bulger’s career.

Of course, all of this is a moot point barring an injury to Joe the Quarterback. Bulger is strictly being brought in as an insurance policy, not to compete with the team’s franchise QB in any way.

Other QBs on the roster though, namely John Beck and Troy Smith, who thought they had a chance to earn a backup job going into 2010 are certainly going through some new scenarios in their head tonight. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Troy Smith say something utterly ridiculous here in the next few days (on a Cleveland radio station, no doubt), about how he’s being disrespected or treated unfairly or blah, blah, blah.

I love the move. The 2010 Ravens look to be a very legitimate contender, and we Ravens fans should be able to rest much easier knowing that an injury to Flacco wouldn’t be totally catastrophic – not with a proven NFL QB as his backup. Again, no disrespect intended to Messrs. Beck or Smith, but should a Ravens QB other than No. 5 be asked to do anything other than hold a clipboard this season, I’m glad its going to be Marc Bulger and not one of you two.

Happy 50th O's

June 22, 2010

This weekend the Orioles suffered their 50th loss of the year at the hands of the San Diego Padres. The Padres (Spanish for “Father”) are  just one of any other 29 teams in MLB who can make the O’s call them daddy.

Bottom line is this team sucks, they aren’t worth writing a serious post on and it’s really hard to come up with anything positive to say about this team. I made a big deal when we hit double digit wins and somehow we managed to lose 50 games before we won 20. This piece of crap team somehow managed to lose 50 games before summer even started (beat it by one day). Until this post, the “10 Wins!” post was still showing up here on the front page – ironic and sad that the “50 Losses” post is the one that knocks it off.

Stay tuned to for all the latest news on this crappy embarrassment to Charm City. When I say “latest news” I mean latest news, I will not be running to my MacBook in any timely fashion to write about this bunch of losers.

Is it football season yet?

Nicky Mark Shows a Little Bark

June 17, 2010

In case watching Orioles baseball has made you feel like the team has already mailed it in, what with their apathetic attitudes and lackadaisical efforts, know that at least one Oriole has had just about enough of this crap, like us.

Nicky Mark sounded off to the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec earlier this week, and laced into his teammates for just the kind of scratch-your-head hitting approaches we fans have been grumbling about all year:


On team needing better approach: “Sometimes, guys are going up there and it looks like they have no idea what they’re doing. I’m not saying that to bash guys. I want guys to be successful, I want this team to be successful, and I have to produce as well. I’m part of this. But it takes a lot more than one big bat. We definitely need that one guy who could hit you 40 home runs, but from top to bottom, you need guys getting on base. You need guys in there who have a plan, who have a clue and who know how to execute that plan and get on base. We don’t need every guy in this lineup trying to hit home runs. We’re paid to get on base and figure out how to score and drive in runs. You look at the Yankees. They have guys who can hit home runs but everybody in that lineup can get on base.”

On hitting coach Terry Crowley and player accountability: “You have to go up there with an approach. [Crowley] has 110 percent nothing to do with the way we are going about our business at the plate and on the field right now. You can have anybody come here and you still are going to have a couple of guys who are not going to change their approach and fix it. It’s worthless. You can point your fingers here and there, but it is what it is. You’re in the big leagues. You have to change your approach on your own. If you go up there clueless, you’re going to come back [to the dugout] clueless. It’s that simple.”

On direction of the club: “At this point, yeah, where are we going? I know we have a lot of injured guys, we’re in the toughest division in baseball and we’re a last-place team. But at this point, it’s mind boggling. You don’t even know what to think, but you still have to be professional and go out and play every day.”

You gotta feel for Nicky Mark. The guy’s power numbers are (way) down, but he has his average back up to .300, and his .394 OBP is 18th in the Majors (thanks Camden Chat). He is a #2 hitter being forced into a #3 slot because his team is ridiculously terrible, he just signed a long-term deal and is seeing his team get progressively WORSE, not better. He’s always been the quiet clubhouse type, so maybe this is him realizing that hey, if the coaching staff aren’t going to hold anybody accountable, than SOMEBODY better start speaking up? Hopefully he is in his teammates’ ears privately, specifically the ones he called out anonymously in the article.

This is Birdland.


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