Author | Erich Hawbaker

Gonzalez, Bean Balls, and Ballots

May 19, 2011 | Erich Hawbaker

Once again, the Orioles just find a way to lose to the Yankees. Twice in extra innings they manage to load the bases, and twice they can’t push one stupid run across to win. This game really did have everything: Two fantastic starts by Colon and Britton, a 1-3 double play, a blown save by […]

Big League Chew?

April 04, 2011 | Erich Hawbaker

Sweepity sweep sweep! I’m not about to proclaim that happy days are here again, but I must admit that I’ve been pleased with what I’ve seen so far from the 2011 Orioles. The pitching has been stellar, defense is excellent, and offense is good AND timely. And of course, the one year I don’t grab […]

Striving For Mediocrity

February 02, 2011 | Erich Hawbaker

It’s about this time every year that my brain begins its semiannual transition out of one mode and into another. By August, I start to get the itch for football season and slowly begin checking out of baseball. It’s a lot easier to do when your team is nowhere near playoff contention, and as we […]

Ugly History Repeats Itself

October 21, 2010 | Erich Hawbaker

In last night’s Yankees-Rangers game, the Orioles faithful had a flashback. In an eerily similar play to Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS, the visiting team’s outfielder backed up the wall, didn’t make the catch, and then immediately pointed up at the stands above to signify fan interference. I watched the replay at least 10 […]


September 12, 2010 | Erich Hawbaker

This is a tirade that I’ve been meaning to go on for awhile now. And after watching Penn State get smacked around tonight and seeing this on ESPN’s webpage, I’ve decided to do it. Political correctness has once again reared its ugly head in the world of sports. This time, the victim is the mascot […]

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).