Author | Erich Hawbaker


Who Are You And What Did You Do With Jim Johnson?

May 26, 2013 | Erich Hawbaker

That makes 4… Today is May 26 and already the Orioles closer has blown more saves than he did in all of last year. The suck of today’s disaster is twofold, because not only did Jim Johnson fail to get 3 outs with a 3 run lead, but he did so a mere 24 hours […]


Back from the Dead

May 21, 2013 | Erich Hawbaker

I’m kind of embarrassed to even be here again. Some of you might have assumed that I lost interest in this or left the country or got hit by a truck. But I actually have a far better excuse for not penning a blog in over 6 months- I just finished my first year of […]

Big Trade Looming?

July 07, 2012 | Erich Hawbaker

The All-Star break is upon us. And, if the season ended today, the Orioles would be headed to the playoffs. Thursday’s disaster with the Angels notwithstanding, the Orioles have reached halftime without completely faceplanting as most of us expected they would. The bullpen has been the most pleasant surprise, with an ERA still close to […]


May 13, 2012 | Erich Hawbaker

Well, the Birds overcame a 7-1 deficit and came within an out of sweeping the Rays on Mothers’ Day 2012. Quite a different story than the infamous Mothers’ Day Massacre up in Boston a few years ago (in case you’ve forgotten that one, poor Jeremy Guthrie took a 5-0 shutout into the bottom of the […]

Sic Semper Tyrannis

April 19, 2012 | Erich Hawbaker

As usual, the Orioles have started the season strong and have thusfar played well and been fun to watch. But unless I and every other casual observer are dead wrong, the Orioles will hang in there thru May, falter in June or July, and be completely out of contention by August. It’s a really good […]

Erich Hawbaker

Erich Hawbaker is a farmboy from Franklin County, Pennsylvania, where he has lived his entire life. He graduated from James Buchanan High School and Shippensburg University, where he earned his Master's Degree in Political Science. He first fell in love with the Orioles during the Why Not? season of 1989, and has never looked back. He became a regular WNST listener in college, participated in all three Free The Birds rallies, and continues to bleed black and orange (along with red, white, and blue).