Archive for May, 2010

Adam Jones…The New Lindsay Lohan?

May 28, 2010

Last night Orioles Gold Glove outfielder, Adam Jones reported via Twitter, that he had been detained in Canada.  In the tweet Adam wrote:

By the looks of this message, Adam seems pissed! It looks that as if Adam and someone else had not been traveling with the team on their trip to play the Toronto Blue Jays tonight. Personally, I love the public out-lashes on Twitter from Jones. Not only has he bashed the Organization for not helping him out in this matter but he also made fun of Garret Atkins earlier this year.

Adam isn’t the only “celebrity” to find themselves in a little immigration trouble as of late. My pick on the celebrity death pool for 2010, Lindsay Lohan has been having problems getting back into the country because of a “lost” passport while attending the Cannes film festival. Typically a lost passport wouldn’t matter but when you haven’t followed through with your probation for  2 DUI’s, 2 counts of cocaine possession, transporting a narcotic into a custodial facility, driving on a suspended license, drinking underage and leaving the scene of an accident all in JULY OF 2007, you’d probably flip out about a lost passport too.

Personally, I think this is part of the new “Stay Out of the United States You Drunk Skank” campaign signed by President Barack Obama last week.

I don’t think Adam Jones has nearly the rap sheet Lindsay Lohan does and shouldn’t have been detained. Hopefully this was all just a misunderstanding but how funny if he was detained because the boarder patrol confused him with this other guy.



Overrated/Underrated Ravens, according to Pete Prisco

May 28, 2010

Let me start with this disclaimer: Underrated/Overrated lists are, themselves, pretty stupid and ENTIRELY overrated. But just for fun…

In an article yesterday on CBS, Pete Prisco opined on the most overrated and underrated players on every NFL team.

For the Ravens, he had this to say:

Overrated: WR Anquan Boldin. He’s a good player, but not a great one. The Ravens will find out he isn’t a No. 1 receiver. He can’t beat corners deep.

Underrated: G Marshal Yanda. On one of the best lines in the NFL, he had the best season in 2009. He is a mauler who keys the run game. It might be Pro Bowl time for him in 2010.

Now, if you’ve been reading Prisco over the last couple months, you’ll know that he has been beating the “Boldin isn’t a #1” drum ad nauseum since the Ravens picked him up. His reasons have ranged from “Kurt Warner made him good,” to “Larry Fitzgerald drew all the double teams,” to now, “he can’t beat corners deep.” We get it, Pete. You don’t like Boldin as a number 1. But shouldn’t you at least, oh, I dunno, let the man PLAY A GAME in purple before declaring him overrated? You know what the Cardinals lacked that the Ravens have in spades? A RUNNING GAME. An ingredient that everyone universally agrees can help out a passing game. With Ray Rice in the backfield, that extra defender that opposing defenses have to keep in the box has basically the same effect as having to double Fitzgerald on the other side, no?

I’m not saying that Prisco is dead wrong about Boldin – time may prove him correct. It just seems way premature to call Boldin overrated at this point.

Especially when there are a few other Ravens who could be argued as “overrated” based on their actual performances in Charm City. Personally, were I to choose the most overrated Raven, I’d probably go with Terrell Suggs, based solely on last season’s performance, and with the full confidence that he’ll prove me wrong in 2010.

Now, as far as “overrated by himself,” I think we all know who that would go to:


As far as Yanda, it’s good to see a national guy giving Marshal some credit. I think, however, its a stretch to say he had the best season of anybody on the Ravens’ line. There were some games where all 3 of those inside guys (Yanda, Birk, and Grubbs) struggled mightily. When you consider that he had to play both tackle positions, and did so very well, Michael Oher probably had the “best” season of the Ravens’ offensive linemen in 2009.

My choice for most underrated Raven?


A scroll further down the list makes me forgive Prisco for his excessive and unfounded Boldin-hate though. Behold:

Pittsburgh Steelers

Overrated: S Troy Polamalu. Yes, he has been hurt. But that helps bring down his rating. Even when he has been on the field, he hasn’t been as good as his reputation.

Oooooh, I love it. That glorified linebacker, bouncy little sprite Polamalu is, of course, extremely overrated. But who amongst us non towel-waving morons didn’t know that?



May 27, 2010

Le’Ron “Pain Train” McClain has been openly campaigning on his Twitter account recently. No, it has nothing to do with the upcoming mid-term elections, but rather with where exactly he will be lining up in the Ravens’ backfield as the “real” election races start to heat up this fall.


McClain has expressed some frustration that his touches decreased so dramatically from 2008 to 2009, due to the emergence of budding superstar Ray Rice. What had been a “3-headed monster” during John Harbaugh, Cam Cameron, and Joe Flacco’s rookie seasons in Baltimore turned into predominantly the Mighty Mouse show last year. As we can see below, McClain’s number of carries dramatically dropped off in 2009, while Rice’s increased substantially, and Willis McGahee’s dropped off just a bit:


If you follow Le’Ron on Twitter, you know that he says some goofy stuff. “CHURRRRCH!,” “SHOUT OUT TO GYM!!,” and “MAYTRIXXXX,” have been some recent favorites of #33, but lately “MCCLAIN 4 RB” has been his constant mantra. So is it all a joke, or is he really bugging the coaches for some more carries?

A little of both, actually.

From an article yesterday on

“[It’s] me just wanting to get back to where I was my second year,” McClain said before breaking into laughter. “I just thought it would be funny to start it up, so I just started it.

“I’m going to get a few folks to go around and put some stuff on cars and have a few [posters] up on some poles, you know: ‘McClain For Running Back.'”

Behind the laughter, there is some substance to the message. McClain would like to get a long-term contract and get more carries after he went from 232 carries for 902 yards in 2008 to 46 for 180 in 2009.

McClain said the role change was “frustrating sometimes,” but that he’s a team player who takes his blocking duties seriously. He also made it clear that he’s not out to replace Ray Rice as the starter.

Like many Ravens fans out there, I was calling for a bit more of the 3-man backfield last season as well. Late in games, McClain can be a valuable weapon for this offense, helping to grind out the clock as weary defenders shy away from tackling the 260 LB ballcarrier.

However, in 2010, with the addition of guys like Donte’ Stallworth and Anquan Boldin to the passing game, there may be even fewer carries to go around in the purple backfield. While Cam Cameron insists to us that the Ravens will still be a running team, most outsiders agree that the Ravens’ offense has the potential to be the most balanced it has ever been this year.

Which isn’t to say that there’s not a place for a bruising running back like McClain within that balanced attack. He’ll be a valuable asset to the team, whether blocking or carrying the ball, but barring injury, his days as “THE RB” in B’More are likely over.

And that’s a little bit of a shame, because this:

Pain Train

was damn sure fun.

Pie Faced Men Save The Day

May 14, 2010

Outfielder Felix Pie #18 of the Baltimore Orioles fouls off a pitch against the Boston Red Sox during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at Ed Smith Stadium on March 27, 2010 in Sarasota, Florida.

Felix Pie was nowhere to be found

Two pie faced men saved the day for the Orioles yesterday in the series finale against the Mariners. For the second time this season, the Orioles actually won a series.

In perhaps the most interesting half hour of baseball played in Baltimore this season, the Orioles stormed back from a 5-1 defecit to beat the Mariners 6-5.

In the bottom of the 8th with the bases loaded, Luke Scott drove a ball to the edge of the left-center field wall. A home run call was questionable because a fan practically smacked the ball out of the left fielders glove. Scott stopped jogging mid way to second base because he wasn’t sure what the call actually was.

Scott Pie

My hat goes off to the fans in the outfield who did whatever it took to keep Michael Saunders from robbing Luke of that HR. When things are going as bad as they are, any little bit helps (and that dude’s finger looked MESSED UP, if you watch the replay in slow mo).

Patt Pie

This recent addition pie face did his help with the bat and hit a solo home run out to the flag deck earlier in the game. He not only was affective swinging the bat but he also ended the game with his first outfield assist as an Oriole.

With the tying run on second, Ichiro singled to left field as the ball rolled to Patterson. With Josh Wilson rounding third, Patterson gunned the ball to Matt Wieters at home. Patterson’s throw was wide to the right side of the plate but Wieters made a tremendous play to tag out the runner and end the ball game.

Did someone say…..WINNING STREAK?!?!?!?!?

10 WINS!!!!!!!

May 13, 2010

Sayonara single digits… the Orioles have finally reached the double digit win plateau!

The Orioles have now taken 34 games to equal the win total of the Ravens from last year (including playoffs).

Now that our team has a laughable credible win total, here is a guide on how to say the number “10” in multiple languages. Orioles fans have no excuse to let everyone know how awesome their team really is!

Spanish – Diez

Dutch- Tien

French- Dix

Norwegian- Ti

Romanian- Zece

Greek- Deka

Russian- Desjat’

Czech- Deset

You get the point… the fact that I even act like I’m excited about this is pathetic

Street Signs Make Ray Lewis Cry

May 11, 2010

Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens linebacker, looks up at the street sign that bears his name. A section of North Avenue is renamed “Ray Lewis Way #52. ”

The City of Baltimore honored one of the most recognizable faces in the city today. A part of North Avenue and Broadway was named “Ray Lewis Way #52” to honor one of the most feared linebackers in the history of the football. Most Thanksgivings, the community and the needy can find Ray Lewis handing out food and other items to those less privileged.

Rain caused the event to primarily be held indoors, where Ray Lewis brought some moisture of his own to the party. Joined by head coach, John Harbaugh, and various other city figures no one cares about, an emotional Lewis took the podium and addressed the media as well as the community.

An emotional Ray Lewis wipes tears from his eyes as he talks about his feelings for the city of Baltimore and its people while Ray Lewis, III, 15, and Baltimore City Comptroller Joan Pratt look on. Later, Lewis unveiled a street sign on a section of North Avenue at Broadway that is renamed “Ray Lewis Way #52.”

Speaking to the crowd, Lewis said, “If Ray Lewis Way does nothing else, just look up instead of looking down,” “If the street does nothing else but make you look up in life and say he did it differently, let that be the goal.”

So lets crack open a Natty Boh and congratulate Ray Lewis on his street dedication. Hopefully he won’t have too many Boh’s and drive, ultimately causing him to lose his street sign and maybe his license like another Baltimore hero we may know…

The O's Should Adopt A Soccer Mentality

May 10, 2010

Many of you would already agree the Orioles have a soccer mentality… at least offensively. It seems like all season this team has operated as if scoring two (goals, points, runs etc.) would be enough to win a game.

Soccer to people in the United States is much like winning is to the Orioles organization this generation – unheard of!

Major League Soccer has been around since 1993 and is expecting expansion of up to 20 teams by 2012 (I wouldn’t expect the Arizona Illegals to become an expansion team until 2019).

The whole reason I’m bringing up soccer is about a recent act of appreciation one of the MLS franchises showed to its fans. After the Seattle Sounders lost 4-0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy, one of their players suggested the fans shouldn’t have to pay to watch the team play so bad.

Ownership listened to the request and issued a credit for each of their 32,000 season ticket holders for the purchase of upcoming season tickets. When I heard this news, I was shocked; not because ownership would give back to the fans but that the Seattle Sounders actually had 32,000 season ticket holders. Does an MLS team actually double the amount of season ticket holders than the Orioles do fans in attendance at games?

The bottom line is that it’s actually refreshing to see a franchise that actually cares about their fan base. The Seattle Sounders clearly appreciate the passionate fans that show up at each game and want to make sure the fans get all of the experience they paid for. Your favorite team doesn’t have to win all the time for the fan-base to be happy with that team, all we, as fans, expect is a competitive product being put on the field.

Peter Angelos and the Orioles front office have done exactly the opposite of what the Seattle Sounders have done or ever would do. This team has been focusing on “hope” and the “future” since 1997 and have done everything but put a competitive product on the field. The only competitive product we can cheer for is our minor league franchises which has been the only excuse “people drinking the orange Kool-Aid” can use to deem our organization a “success”. Thankfully, minor league admission is appropriately priced at an average of $8 per game. The sad part is the Orioles can’t even sell out the stadium offering tickets of $8 for their own fans.


This will never happen!

So come on, Pete, where are our refunds for this 9-23 abomination (still the worst in baseball, as of today)?

Best Headline Ever?

May 7, 2010


Thanks to, for making an already beautiful Friday that much better.

Of course, the two Super Bowl rings that rapey guy on the left has aren’t all that pathetic. And the Pirates, for whom rebuilding “isn’t working,” are 5.5 games better than the Orioles so far this season. But who am I to argue with the Microsoft Network?

Oriole Way: After Sweeping Someone…Get Swept!

May 6, 2010

Lou Montanez runs into the center-field wall at Yankee Stadium after missing a fly ball by New York's Mark Teixeira in the fourth inning.

Are you kidding me? Just as things semi-started to look good, the Orioles traded the role of “sweepers” to “sweep-ee’s” against the Yankees.

What a better way to follow up three straight wins against a hated divisional foe than to lose the next three games against an even more hated divisional foe? Now that’s the Oriole Way!

Now before all of you attack me for not saying anything positive, I meant to put up a post about our sweep of the Red Sux but have been absolutely slammed with work. Plus, there was no way this “organization” is worthy of two consecutive positive posts.

The only positive posts back to back you will ever see are:

1.) Peter Angelos died/sold the team/committed suicide/is a vegetable

2.) Cal Ripken or someone with some baseball knowledge takes over this franchise

Since I’m on this kick of listing items, lets try it again with a different theme!

The only way the Orioles could beat down Yankee pitching this road series was for some pretty unrealistic things to happen; they include:

1.) C.C. Sabathia’s fat ass had a heart attack on the mound

2.) Instead of fans running on the field in Philadelphia, some bikers would jump the fence and kick the crap out of A.J. Burnett for disgracing all bikers with arm tattoos.


3.) One of the 87 WNST road trippers who wasted their day traveling to the Bronx snuck a laptop into the stadium and drained all the Yankees’ bank accounts, thus making the overpaid players give up.

Nestor J. Aparicio

None of these happened so we just didn’t stand a chance. I think we have learned one thing so far from this season, positive things will not happen consecutively!

We all know the season is shot and there is practically no chance of the playoffs, so lets start making this season mean something. Like, WORST team in baseball – they are currently 3 games ahead of the Cleveland Indians for the worst record in the American League and 1 game ahead of the Houston Astros for worst overall team in baseball.

There you have it folks, look at me taking this lemon of a season and turning it into lemonade.  UUUGGGHHHHH

Free The Birds 2010

May 5, 2010

Nasty Nestor from WNST announced this morning the date of “Free the Birds” 2010.

May 17, vs. Kansas City, 7:05 start

This is the third Free the Birds event, and I attended each of the first two. The first, on September 21, 2006, was a resounding success, was mentioned by many media outlets across the country, and quite honestly, was the most fun I’ve ever had at a baseball game.

Here’s some video from the event:

The second FTB was in September 2007, and was much more sparsely attended. However, the sad state of Orioles baseball was impossible to miss. Check out my photos from that event here.

Nearly three years after that second event, our Orioles sit at a dismal 7-20, worst record in the majors. Sure, the minor league system has greatly improved, and we have some legitimate young talent to give us HOPE for the future…but the fact is, we’re still a laughing stock. And, regardless of the product on the field, the people in the warehouse continue to treat the fans like crap, most recently by getting rid of the “scalp-free zone” outside the stadium and imposing an additional charge on walk-up sales on game days.

Even if you aren’t on board with Nestor’s “Pete MUST sell the team” mentality (although, I have no idea how you wouldn’t be, but to each his own), I still encourage you to come to the game. As you can see from the video above, once inside the park, the group is extremely positive, with chants of “O-R-I-O-L-E-S,” and the kind of cheerleading O’s players are not used to at all (in ’06, Miguel Tejada was particularly appreciative of us, pointing at us and tipping his hat several times).

Also of note is that there is no “walk-out” planned this time. Many that would have otherwise supported FTB in ’06 were turned off by the walk-out, feeling that it was a slap in the face to the players, who are only out there trying to do their jobs. Again, NO WALK OUT on May 17.

Nestor is banking on the fact that O’s fans still care enough to get angry and organized about the sorry state of this franchise. Many disagree, saying that the B’More fan base has totally sunk into apathy at this point.

Help us prove that latter group wrong on May 17. Come out and show the Warehouse that we ARE still here, we DO still care, and, whenever they are ready to actually TRY to start winning again, we’ll gladly fill Camden Yards every night.