Author | Erich Hawbaker

Unhappy Valley

November 12, 2011 | Erich Hawbaker

If Mount Rushmore was in Pennsylvania, Joe Paterno’s face would be on it. For almost 50 years, JoePa has been the mastermind of Penn State football, winning two national championships and just recently breaking the record for most wins ever by a Division 1 coach. But just as the blue and white were celebrating Joe’s […]

The End of the Andy MacPhail Era- The View from the Balcony

October 16, 2011 | Erich Hawbaker

Well, Andy is officially out as the Orioles General Manager. And by most accounts, he hasn’t left the team in any better shape than he found it. There’s plenty of talk now about the possibility of Buck Showalter being promoted to the front office, but we’ll see. I don’t expect anything will happen fast. I, […]

The Sum Of All Fears

August 17, 2011 | Erich Hawbaker

I had a terrible thought the other day. After reading all about Carlos Zambrano’s latest meltdown and the talk of the Cubs looking for a way to unload him without paying him the rest of his ridiculous contract, it hit me. Could we see Zambrano in an Orioles uniform in the near future? It was […]

The Turning Point and the War on Errorism

July 06, 2011 | Erich Hawbaker

It’s really a miracle that I’m not bald by now. Being an Orioles fan in the Angelos era could drive the Pope to drink, and so many nights in the last 13 years after watching them snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, I’ve absolutely wanted to tear my hair out. I guess I never […]

Fool Me once, Shame On You…

May 31, 2011 | Erich Hawbaker

The Orioles left Baltimore on Thursday after sweeping the Royals to raise their record back to .500 for the first time since April 16. They then proceeded to get swept in Oakland and dropped the opener to Seattle today to dip back down to 4 under par. I had a feeling that Oakland would be […]

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).