Last night at Donna’s Tavern was a blast. I would like to thank all of the judges, especially Phil Jackman and Bill Ripken, for taking time out of their schedules for us. It was fun watching all 12 interviews. The hardest part was trying not to ask the same question as the other contestants. Keeping it new and interesting was a bit of a challenge. I was the third contestant to interview Bill Ripken and he didn’t disappoint. I wanted to ask him about the F^#K Face bat story. I never figured out how to form the question without needing a radio edit, so I skipped it. After the show, Tom Clayton and I ask Mr. Ripken to give us the inside scoop behind the bat. He said he wrote the phrase on the bat himself. It was his heavy warm-up bat. He accidentally picked up and didn’t realize he had in the picture. So now you have the rest of the story. Finally, I feel fortunate to have been selected as one of the finalist. Congratulations to the other six finalists and I can’t wait to see everyone at Padonia Station.
Caps: I didn’t get to see the entire Caps’ game during the competition. I was enjoying the interviews and glancing at the TV. The fun in the tavern saved me from the torture on the TV. It couldn’t have been pretty. From what I did see, the Caps didn’t show up. Every time I glanced up at the big screen, the Pens where always in the Caps end of the ice. The Pens continued to shoot it at the net and good things happened. The Caps where playing catch-up all game and just couldn’t recover from the slow start. For the series, they simply didn’t take enough shots on goal. You can’t win if you don’t take the shot. The Caps seemed to be the better skating team. The Pens seemed to be better puck handlers and more aggressive taking shots.
Orioles: Losing Adam Jones last night isn’t a good sign for the O’s. I hope his hamstring is better by tonight. If he isn’t 100% let him rest and get healthy. Unfortunately, if f he is out length of time, the offense and defense may struggle. He and Brian Roberts have been putting pressure on pitchers at the top of the lineup. His absence will affect Roberts on the base path and the type of pitches Nick Markikas sees. Jones was playing an above average center field and has been developing in to one of the best young outfielders in baseball. Jones & Scott’s injuries present an opportunity for some other young players.
We’ve been asking to see the talent on the farm recalled, so here is bat #2. Nolan Reimold has gotten the call up from Norfolk. He will get his chance to show he belongs in the lineup if the Orioles cooperate. Dave Trembley, please don’t waste this opportunity to see what he can do by sitting him on the bench! We know what Ty Wiggington can do already. Play the young guys and sprinkle Wiggington in occasionally. Call Pie, Montanez, and Reimold into your office. Tell them, here is your chance to show me what you’ve got. While Adam Jones is out, it’s your chance to shine. All of you will rotate between the outfield and DH. Let’s see if any of them belong in the majors. Whoever produces stays, the least productive player goes back to Norfolk. The competition will make them excel or crumble, but the organization needs to know.
Ravens: Before the show at Donna’s, I received my WNST text alert. The Ravens placed Willie Anderson on the reserve/retired list. I’m not surprised at the move. I figured he would be a June cap casualty. Maybe he saw the writing on the wall with the drafting of Michael Oher and decided it was time to go.
The team signed WR Kelly Washington to a 1 yr veteran minimum contract. I like the move; it is a low risk with a chance for a big reward. Coach Harbaugh is adding another ace on special teams who may help out the offense too. It was be nice to see him help out in a 3 or 4 receiver set. He is 6-3 and was a stud in college after playing minor league baseball for 4 years.
His freshman year he tore the SEC up with 70 catches for 1080 yds. He was hurt during his sophomore year at Tennessee, and came out early anyway I hoped the Ravens would take a flyer on him in the 4th or 5th round but Cincy grabbed him in the 3rd.