Quick takes before the thunderstorm hits and zaps my computer…

June 13, 2007 | Drew Forrester


> I’m not going to the ballpark tonight, but I have to confess there’s a part of me that would like to turn on ESPN tonight and see Scott Van Pelt at the SportsCenter desk, with an Orioles logo over his right shoulder as he says this…”a bizarre incident in Baltimore tonight where during the 4th inning of the O’s/Nationals game, the video board in right center field caught on fire…the game was delayed for 50 minutes while firefighters battled the blaze…the Orioles evidently knew for some time the video board was out-dated but they remain in a bitter dispute with the Maryland Stadium Authority over who’s going to foot the bill…no one was hurt during tonight’s fire and the game ended without further incident.

> So tomorrow is the day Dale Earnhardt Jr. tells everyone what team he’s signing with?  Two words come to mind:  THANK GOD.  I’ve never seen so much made about some guy who works once a week and is about to cash-in to the tune of $70 million dollars.  Who gives a damn where he goes?  Every national media outlet is foaming at the mouth over this story.  Everywhere you turn today it’s Earnhardt this and Earnhardt that.  Just put the money in his account and let’s get on with some racin’ for crying out loud.  And if Earnhardt Jr. is worth $70 million, shouldn’t Jeff Gordon be worth $170 million?  When is JG going to hold someone up for ransom?

> I’m heading to Oakmont (PA) for the U.S. Open on Thursday and Friday this week.  Any WNST listeners heading up the turnpike to check out some golf on either of those days?  If so, e-mail me at drew@wnst.net and maybe we’ll have a lemonade (the $4.50 “small” of course, I’ve got diapers to buy) together.

> Not only did Rick Dempsey of the O’s broadcast team appear on WCBM last Friday, but Jim Palmer was on 98 Rock this morning.  It’s just hard for me to understand how this happens…I mean, after all, just four weeks ago, Palmer told the producers at WNST he wasn’t allowed on our station because he was informed “by team officials” that he needs to show favoritism to the club’s “broadcasts rights holders.”  If I didn’t know better, I would almost think the O’s are intentionally keeping members of their broadcast team off of WNST but allowing them on other stations.  That can’t be true, can it?  Nah…

> I think you’ll enjoy our 9am-10am hour on this Thursday’s edition of The Comcast Morning Show.  I’m going to start a monthly “coffee talk” segment with an off-the-field sports figure in Baltimore…I’ll kick it off this week with John Buren, formerly of WJZ-TV fame.  The hour-long discussion will feature candid, off-the-cuff questions and answers about the world of sports and John’s 17-years at Channel 13.  Hope you like it.

> Eight more golfers to give away in our U.S. Open contest…we’ll do it tomorrow morning.  Left in the hat are:  Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Tim Clark, David Toms, Zach Johnson and Phil Mickelson.  We have a great prize package for the winner:  a foursome at The Timbers at Troy, a range card with 600 golf balls from the Pine Ridge Driving Range and a dozen SRIXON golf balls, courtesy of SRIXON Golf. 

Here comes the storm, let me shut off my computer so it doesn’t blow up.

Have a nice night…O’s and the “over” is my call for tonight.  Just a hunch.  Birds 9 – Nats 3