50 words or less …. will Orioles fans flock to see Pujols and the Cardinals?

May 12, 2011 |

As the title of today’s blog entails, I’m wondering if crowds at Camden Yards will improve when warmer weather and some ROCKSTAR talent arrives for notable visits. Of course, we know WINNING at a consistent pace will eventually deem increased attendance.

And, as last night proved, this Orioles team can compete against the game’s elite pitchers. It stunned me, but that’s the magic of baseball …..

Here is today’s edition of “50 Words Or Less ….”
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Are You Kidding Me ???
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Last night serves as evidence that conventional wisdom and baseball knowledge sometimes have no value, at all. The Mariners clearly had a figurative advantage over the O’s, as they approached the second game of the series …..

One of baseball’s best pitchers against a kid with a 7.00+ ERA …..

The birds’ best bat against King Felix was idled with the flu …..

No problem. Adam Jones ensured no further questions regarding impressive play by his teammates would surface during clubhouse interviews. He carried the load, like it or not.
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It’s A Bet
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During yesterday’s AFTERNOON DRIVE, Nestor popped in-studio for a few moments and our cordial conversation quickly evolved into a heated debate and ultimately, a wager of sorts …..

As we talked about attendance at Camden Yards, I mentioned that crowds would increase for some of the upcoming inter-league visits. We haggled over the St. Louis Cardinals series, slated for June 28-30th.

I believe an impressive crowd will surface to see Albert Pujols. Nestor isn’t buying such logic. So, if 75,000+ people show up over the 3 game series, I win the bet. If the total attendance is less, he wins.
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Our wager? The loser gets the above pictured Bob Barker tattoo. The price can be right …. or wrong. I’m just hoping that I’m accurate on the overall attendance for the series.

By the way, Nestor balked at the proposition of a Hines Ward tat …..
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What Will Your Tombstone Say ???
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If you’re a WNST listener, I’ll venture an assumption that you’re aware of our staff’s musical tastes and varied allegiances. Springsteen, Rush, Van Halen and some group called Mumford & Sons are well represented.

But, would any of us take our musical preferences to the grave? I doubt it. That said, have you ever considered a message (if any) to be represented on your headstone? I guess the choices can vary.

Give Scott Silva’s family credit …. they pretty much ensured he gets noticed – 27 years after his death. I hope Mick and the boys are flattered …..
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If I Was The Skipper
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Yeah, yeah, I get it …. the most important part of baseball is WINNING. But, aside from the competitive angle, have you ever considered your rules and policies, if you wore Buck Showalter’s uniform?

Facial hair? No problem. Uniform pants dragging the ground? No problem. Long hair? Again, no problem. But, I would absolutely forbid the “FLAT BREEZY” look on players’ hats.

Who was the first Orioles player to wear his hat without bending the brim? Was it George Sherrill? Brad Bergesen? I recall the first baseball player I ever saw with the unbent brim was CC Sabathia.

I don’t care who started it …. this ridiculous look would end if I commanded the team.
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Some Men You Just Can’t Reach
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Have you looked inside the world of Jay Mariotti lately? The dude just can’t keep his hands off a former girlfriend – in fact, he can’t stop stalking her, either.

Mariotti was convicted of assaulting his former flame, last year. He paid dearly …. losing his gig at ESPN, and virtually disappearing. Well, he almost disappeared …. before surfacing, again, to allegedly stalk and assault the same woman.

Yesterday, Jay Mariotti appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court, where he pled not guilty to three felony counts regarding his obsession with the ex-flame. He is being held on $250,000 bail.
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Finally …..
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Well, I have been waiting three years for this day. And, the past few months have provided a heightened anticipation of the inevitable …..

The greatest American rock band, EVER, is hitting the road. Van Halen will kick off their 2011/12 World Tour, on September 24th, in Brisbane, Australia.

Rumors persist that Buckcherry could serve as the opening act on many of the U.S. dates. But, if that falls thru, maybe they could let Rush open the shows …..

I’ll chat with you at 2pm …..

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