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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 07 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because the Netherlands beat Uruguay and advanced to Sunday’s World Cup Final. This means Rafael Van Der Vaart gets to play another significant game in South Africa.

Why is that good news? Well…apparently you don’t know that Rafael Van Der Vaart is married to Sylvie Van Der Vaart…

vandervaart

Like I said, this is good news.

Of course, had Uruguay won-we would have been talking more about Diego Forlan-WAG Zaira Nara, and there wouldn’t have been anything bad about that either…

zairanara

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Johnny Damon crushed walk-off homer to lift Tigers past Orioles in Detroit

Look, let’s go ahead and get this out of the way. I WAS named “Apologist of the Morning” by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester. I said it last night on Twitter (follow us @WNST), and I’ll stick by it…

Here’s where I’ll be fair. Sometimes the other team tries too.”

I should have prefaced that. I should have said that if the Orioles were a good team, they’d earn the benefit of the doubt that sometimes the other team tries too.

I didn’t feel as though the Orioles didn’t try last night, or as if anything in particular was a glaring reason for why they LOST the game. I really DID feel as though the Tigers were just much better.

Of course, I should be fair. They AREN’T any good. This is what happens when you aren’t any good. Even when you play well (Jake Arrieta pitched well, the Orioles added runs in the 8th and 9th inning, etc), the teams you play against can figure out ways to beat you.

Maybe another Tweet I sent out last night was more fitting for this team…

“Well, the Orioles managed to find a way to lose again. Just like a season long kick in the nuts…

It really is.

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of loss

Matt Wieters had both a double and a triple in last night’s game. Rumor has it that afterwards he IMMEDIATELY needed an IV.

Credit Arrieta for pitching well…6 and 1/3 innings, 1 earned run, 7 hits, 4 strikeouts, 2 walks. Hopefully he won’t give up hope. I’m not exactly sure how he couldn’t, but I hope he won’t.

You know what, you REALLY don’t want to look at the numbers. Instead, look at this video that SecretSauce.TV put together called “Twilight for Guys.”

(Editor’s Note: Warning. This video involves girls in their underwear making out with each other. Or in other words, don’t watch mom.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOpyyrtzgBU[/youtube]

3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Felix Pie activated, Kevin Millwood sent to DL

And Felix Pie had two hits last night. Although he couldn’t move Matt Wieters (trust me, I think it was terrible baserunning from Wieters too) to 3rd base-or score him-in a key situation; but I’ll leave that alone.

By the way, he didn’t win AOTM-but I wanted to address something Peter Schmuck wrote. Schmuck wrote…

“For his trouble, he waited 21/2 months for enough offensive support to earn his first victory of the year and now appears to be wilting under the weight of this discouraging season.

How else could you explain his performance Monday in Detroit, where he lasted just one inning, threw 45 pitches and allowed five runs? It was the third-shortest outing of his 14-year career and the sixth time in his past eight starts that he gave up at least five runs.

I understand that Millwood did a decent job to start the season, but are we really surprised that he’s struggling???

Kevin Millwood is a solid MLB pitcher who was poorly cast by Andy MacPhail as a front of the rotation starter on a bad team. He’s a good pitcher, but he’s a good pitcher who should be the 3rd or 4th starter on a good team.

He’s a pitcher who was 48-46 over his last 4 seasons (all with the Texas Rangers) before being traded to Baltimore. He averaged a 4.67 ERA over those 4 seasons as well.

He was GOING TO STRUGGLE this season. He isn’t Roy Halladay. He isn’t Felix Hernandez. He isn’t Andy Pettitte! He’s a veteran starter who has been good in his career; but has struggled at times.

It’s frustrating because it almost eliminates his trade value as we approach the July 31 deadline; but it isn’t surprising. It’s what happens when a team acquires “a guy” instead of “the guy.”

We know all too much about that here in Charm City.

4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Garrett Atkins officially released by Birds

Now here’s the part where we all sit around and think about our memories of Garrett Atkins…

-There was the time he hit his home run
-There was the time he went to London and brought Aldous Snow back to the Greek Theater
-There was the time he blew up that BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico
-There was the time he blew the call on Maurice Edu’s goal in the Team USA-Slovenia match
-There was the time he announced Mary Kane as his running mate in his campaign to replace Martin O’Malley as governor of Maryland

I’m not sure why everyone was down on him, it was a hell of a run.

(Edit from GMC: Apparently only the 1 home run was true amongst the things on that list. I could have sworn…)

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Zach Britton, Ryohei Tanaka struggled for O’s on farm

Before we move on, a couple of things…

-The Birds are back in action tonight as they try to avoid the sweep at Comerica Park. First pitch between Brad Bergesen and Max Scherzer is at 7:05pm on MASN. My guess? The Tigers will finish the sweep. But I always assume the other team will win.

-Did you miss Bowie Baysox pitcher and Orioles prospect Steve Johnson on “The Morning Reaction” this morning on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net today to check it out. We also had ESPN analyst and former Rangers/Cubs/etc OF Doug Glanville (author of the new book “The Game From Where I Stand”) and former Terrapins/Blast star Desmond Armstrong to talk World Cup on the show this morning-make sure you check them out as well.

6. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Ed Reed likely to be out until October

This wouldn’t surprise me necessarily. I know that Ed is wanting to get back on the field; but I wouldn’t exactly be stunned if he missed Training Camp. Should he miss Training Camp, there would be a major question as to whether or not he should be PUP’ed.

There are some simple facts here. 1-While Ken Hamlin and Tom Zbikowski give the Ravens depth at safety, neither are Ed Reed. 2-There are CLEARLY other issues involved in this, with Ed bringing up his contract multiple times during an interview on “The Morning Reaction” last Friday.

I’ll guess that Reed’s situation will be the story we’re most interested in while we’re in Westminster. In fact, I hope it is. A Joe Flacco injury would be a more interesting story. I’m not looking for something like that.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s John Eisenberg says costly moves show Ravens commmitted to making run towards Super Bowl

I would counter with the same thing I’ve said a hundred times before. The moment the Ravens traded for Anquan Boldin, they showed me they were intent on getting to Dallas and hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy. I’m not worked up about the additions of Marc Bulger, Ken Hamlin or Walt Harris. Any NFL team could make those types of moves.

Acquiring Anquan Boldin? That’s a Super Bowl-type move.

By the way, John Eisenberg will join Rex Snider this afternoon on AM1570 WNST at 3:30pm.

8. NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks says Ravens offense now in ‘spotlight’ thanks to offseason moves

This is very similar to what I told Mike Florio in his ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports season preview magazine. There is a shift here. Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and Michael Oher are the nucleus of a unit that should make the Ravens winners for years to come.

They’ve added pieces like Matt Birk and Anquan Boldin to that. They’ve kept pieces like Derrick Mason and Todd Heap with that.

And they’ve done it without sacrificing much of anything defensively.

There’s a reason why they’re considered a “Rolls Royce” of professional organizations.

By the way, I’d like to put something in the “spotlight” myself. Something named Rhian Sugden. (Thanks Guyism!)

rhian

9. Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says former Terps coach Dave Cottle removes name from consideration for Harvard lacrosse job

I said from the jump that I wasn’t sold on this being a good fit for Dave Cottle. He really has no background in the northeast, and having to get kids to an Ivy League school isn’t as easy as the success Princeton has had would make you think it was.

The Penn State job would have been a great gig for Cottle-but the Nittany Lions found their man. Instead, he’s probably better suited sitting it out and seeing what might open up in the next year or two. He’s MUCH better off in the Mid-Atlantic. Had Towson parted ways with Tony Seaman (which they rightly didn’t), that might have been a good fit.

10. UMTerps.com says Comcast Center to host Women’s NCAA Tournament games on Sunday, March 20 & Tuesday, March 22 2011

I’ve attended Women’s Tournament games in College Park, and they do an outstanding job of hosting the event. Hopefully, Brenda Freses’s team won’t be on the outside looking in during March Madness this year.

Question: Is there any chance Laura Leigh Siani could be part of the Tournament??? (Thanks Brosome/Busted Coverage!)

siani

And finally, I leave you with this.

Is it even safe for the Orioles to go to the Ballpark in Arlington this weekend??? Not only are fans falling from the upper deck (I’m not even going to bother re-posting that video), but even fans in the outfield are pinning kids against fences to try to steal cheap souvenirs…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7_C92Q3uIQ[/youtube]

Heat does crazy things to people…

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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My Day at Citizens Bank Park

Posted on 20 May 2010 by dansoderberg

Philadelphia, PA – After attending two O’s games in April I decided it was time to see some actual  Major League Baseball action, so I packed up the family and headed to Philly to watch the Phils and the Cubbies.  I’ve always rooted for the Cubs and became a full fledged Cubs fan after taking a trip to Wrigley about 8 years ago, so I went to the game with a rooting interest.

First off, Citizens Bank Park is a very nice ballpark, it’s not quite Camden Yards but it is damn nice.  There is an open concourse all the way around the park so you can see the field from the concession lines and when walking to the restrooms.  I’ve been to Comerica in Detroit and PNC Park in Pittsburgh an they also have an open concourse.  It’s really the one thing those parks have all over Camden Yards, though the concourse at Camden Yards is much wider and easier to maneuver while carrying a 9 month old and a 3 year old, as I was today.

Citizens Bank Park also had a great play area for kids called the Phanatic Phun Zone.  We spent about 20 minutes there before the game letting my 3 year old son stretch his legs after the long car ride.  He had a great time and frankly would have stayed there all day had we let him.  The ballpark also features a Build-a-Bear workshop just in case you want to drop $80 bucks on a stuffed Phanatic, we passed.

Citizens Bank Park also features an area beyond the outfield called “Ashburn Alley”, which is Philly’s version of Eutaw Street.  Ashburn Alley had some  activities for kids, plenty of concessions (including Greg Luzinski’s “Bull’s BBQ) and some interesting exhibits on Phillies history.  The authenticity of the B&O Warehouse, and the fact that it’s the original, give Eutaw Street the edge on Ashburn Alley.

As for the game, the Phils beat the Cubbies 5-4.  The game featured a 3-run bomb from Jimmy Rollins and solo shots from Chase Utley and the Cubs Kosuke Fukudome.  If you’ve never had the chance to see him play, Chase Utley is ridiculously good.  Also, the Cubs 20 year old Shortstop Starlin Castro jut looks like a future star.  He exhibited tremendous range, quick reflexes, hustle on the bases as he beat out a dribbler for a single, and he stroked an RBI single to the opposite field for the Cubs first run.

Going to Citizens Bank Park and seeing the park packed with fans for a Thursday afternoon game really made me miss the spectacle that was Camden Yards in the 90′s.  Unlike Camden, Citizens Bank Park is not in the city center and is basically surrounded by parking lots and access roads.  The area around the park lacks the carnival type atmosphere that used to exist outside of Camden Station.  There are no street vendors or ticket scalpers to speak of; ome people may look at that as a positive but I missed the chatter and the activity.

If you’re looking to see some real Major League Baseball and are tired of waiting for the Orioles to become relevant again I’d strongly suggest making the trek to Philly.  Today the sky’s were blue without a cloud in sight and the temps were in the low to mid 80′s.  It was a great day for baseball, win or lose for the Cubs.

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 20 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because:

A-It was a thriller in Owings Mills yesterday, and a great lacrosse game is about as good of theater as there is in sport

and…

B-The 2012 Olympics may not have been awarded to Baltimore and Washington; but at least we didn’t come up with a stupid mascot like London did…

london

That might actually make the thing they used in Atlanta in 1996 look like a decent mascot. You remember, the thing that was so weird that they originally named it “Whatzit” before changing the name to “Izzy”…

izzy

What’s wrong with just making a Bear or a Tiger a damn mascot?!?!?

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s Stephen Hawkins says Nelson Cruz’s sac fly in 9th lead Rangers over Orioles

What a freaking mess this was last night…

-Jeremy Guthrie apparently spent after 6 innings (according to Dave Trembley via Rick Kranitz)
-Koji Uehara wiltering in the Texas heat
-SIX relievers in less than 3 innings
-Garrett Atkins being….Garrett Atkins
-Cesar Izturis doing his best Paul Molitor impression
-Josh Hamilton maybe…or maybe not…hitting 2 home runs
-Jim Hunter apologizing, Jim Palmer analyzing
-Dave Trembley getting mad at Palmer and Hunter for not being able to fight with C.B. Bucknor during MASN’s “Wired Wednesday” segment
-Atkins, Miguel Tejada, and Corey Patterson combining to be responsible for leaving 16 men on base
-A two run rally from the Rangers when they couldn’t get the ball out of the infield!
-Will Ohman’s wacky shtick
-Brian Roberts in the hospital?
-A walk-off win to send the crowd in Arlington home…happy?

It was just a WEIRD night at The Ballpark in Arlington. Maybe it’s best that the Birds are only playing two there.

I want to analyze this one, but it’s really hard to do.

Another nice effort from Guthrie, but I’d like some more info on why Kranitz thought he couldn’t go longer than 90 pitches. Was he hurt? Is he laboring? Was the heat really an issue in The Lone Star State?

And the biggest issue of course…WHY DO I EVEN CARE THIS MUCH?!?!?

2. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of loss

You really don’t want to look at this.

As my buddy Brian Marston from Forest Hill pointed out, the Rangers were somehow actually WORSE than the O’s with RISP-but they still won!

You know, I’m going to do you a favor. Instead of looking at the box score, look at Antone DeJesus making some ridiculous home run-saving catch in the minor leagues…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5-fDeGBXDg[/youtube]

Trust me, that was much better than thinking about last night’s game any more.

3. WNST.net’s Jay Trucker says Brian Roberts hospitalized with pneumonia, Andy MacPhail not concerned

And why would he be???

This sounds awfully similar to the organization’s reaction when the original news about B-Rob’s troubles came down in Spring Training. While Buster Olney was reporting “kidney stones”, the organization was dismissing it as some form of back pain.

There really does appear to be something particularly troubling going on with Brian Roberts. Does it mean he won’t return in June? Not necessarily. But does it mean that we can probably expect it to be an issue in the future? I’m guessing yes.

Is it a bad sign when you read that Brian Roberts has pneumonia and you can’t possibly be surprised?

It really sucks being an Orioles fan.

4. ESPNDallas.com’s Calvin Watkins says umps admitted they missed call on what would have been home run for Josh Hamilton in Rangers’ win

As I said last night via Twitter (make sure you follow us @WNST), we’re all in agreement that Josh Hamilton is doing steroids, right? I said it because I wanted to dismiss Jeremy Guthrie giving up a bomb like the one he gave up for Hamilton’s first home run-more or less the 2nd one that ABSOLUTELY should have been a home run.

The real issue is that the replay system is totally screwed up. Dana DeMuth said that Ron Washington didn’t request a replay, but wouldn’t have granted it even if he did. How is that even possible?!?!? Umpires are going to defend each other’s calls, and the replay system should be in place to circumvent a situation like that.

If that’s the system, it needs to be fixed. Of course, had it helped the Orioles win last night-I probably wouldn’t be so miffed about it.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Scott Moore, Chris Tillman had big night for O’s on farm

Before we move on from the Birds, a few things:

-I guess it’s a done deal that Michael Aubrey is coming up for the Nationals series. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Garrett Atkins’ tenure is over in Baltimore, but I would presume it marks the end of his tenure as everyday first baseman. The real question this weekend is what to do with Luke Scott? If Michael Aubrey plays first base, do you move Corey Patterson to center and put Luke Scott in left? Do you bench Patterson and have Adam Jones lead off again? Do you bench Scott-who is in the middle of his annual hot streak?

You can’t possibly call Michael Aubrey up and keep him on the bench with Luke Scott at first, can you???

-Congratulations to Steve Melewski for being named “Apologist of the Morning” today by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester. It was a frustrating morning for me after another loss, but I still can’t fathom writing 400 words and dedicating an entire segment of the pre-game show to a single Matt Wieters throw. It was a throw. It was fast. I’m glad he made it. I’m even happier that he’s leading the American League in caught stealing.

But again, it was a throw. PERSPECTIVE, please.

-If you missed Norfolk Tides 1B Brandon Snyder with Drew today on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, make sure you click on the Audio Tab and head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to listen. Snyder is mired in a terrible slump, and just really wanted to talk about it. Also this morning, Drew talked to Trenni Kusnierek from MLB Network, former Cubs/Phillies/Rangers OF and current ESPN analyst Doug Glanville, and Stevenson lacrosse coach Paul Cantabene.

-The O’s wrap their short series with the Rangers tonight in Arlington, Brian Matusz faces Scott Feldman. First pitch on MASN2 is at 8:05pm. Is anyone going out to Nats Park tomorrow night? I’m thinking about making the trip.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Le’Ron McClain wants long term deal

Nothing to be concerned with here. Of COURSE Le’Ron McClain wants a long term deal. Any RFA wants a long term deal. And after reaching the Pro Bowl while getting the majority of carries in 2008, Le’Ron McClain is always going to want more carries.

As long as he doesn’t become a distraction in the process, there’s no reason to be concerned.

If YOU’RE looking for a distraction, I think the picture of Audrina Patridge from the cover of Ralph Magazine that Guyism posted yesterday will do the trick…

audrina

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says WR Justin Harper, CB Cary Williams, S KJ Gerard signed exclusive rights deals

All 3 guys are really long shots to make the roster, but they each bring something different to the team. Justin Harper brings size and leaping ability, but unfortunately he offers little in terms of consistency.

KJ Gerard-the UFA out of Northern Arizona really impressed them in the offseason and Training Camp last year, enough that he was bumped from the practice squad to the active roster after Haruki Nakamura got hurt. But with Nakamura healthy and Ed Reed expected to return, it’s unlikely the Ravens will keep a 5th safety.

Cary Williams also has more size (6’1″) than the rest of the corners on the roster, but lacks experience. If Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington are healthy, it’s unlikely they’ll keep move than 5 corners. It sets up for a battle between Williams and Travis Fisher for the most part.

8. GoMustangSports.com says Richie Ford scored in OT to cap thrilling win over Roanoke in NCAA Tournament quarterfinals

I can’t even begin describe how awesome this game was. The Maroons (what a terrible name) actually got 72 shots in the game, 40 of them on goal! Geoff Hebert played out of his mind for the Stangs, as did Roanoke goalie Jake Dorsey.

I get it-it’s DIII lacrosse. If you can’t get excited for it, I’m not going to talk down to you. But it WAS exciting yesterday. It was THRILLING, frankly. There was a packed house at Caves Athletic Complex (maybe as many people as ventured into Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday night), and they were treated to something special.

Up next for Stevenson is Salisbury in the NCAA semifinals; after Salisbury survived Haverford in overtime last night. The game will be Sunday at Sea Gull Stadium. If you’re in Ocean City this weekend, it’s worth stopping by on your way back.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland seniors trying to avoid becoming first class since 1971 to graduate without reaching Final Four

I’ll just go ahead and say it. The Terps SHOULD be in the Final Four AT LEAST every four years. Some people (Patrick included) will remind me that making the Final Four ISN’T EASY, but I don’t buy it when it comes to the Terrapins. They HAVE better resources than almost any other team in the country, and they should compete at that level. I understand that academics makes it difficult, but it’s not an excuse for them to not reach that level.

For the record, I expect them to beat Notre Dame and get to the Final Four this year, but I won’t be celebrating. It means they met my expectations. I’m not going to apologize for having outrageous expectations, either. They have the monetary resources. They have the best talent in the country in their backyard. They SHOULD be there.

By the way, make sure you check out Patrick’s story about the shadow George Huguely is casting over Dom Starsia and the Virginia Cavaliers. It’s must-read stuff.

10. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes, Landon Milbourne to graduate today-still think about loss to Michigan State

Myself-I DON’T want to think about it. Congratulations to the Maryland seniors, but I’m not discussing what happened in Spokane that day. Instead, Busted Coverage had some pictures of someone named Emma Taylor, I’d rather talk about that…

emma

And finally, I leave you with this.

Via With Leather, Jets QB Mark Sanchez may or may not be dating Jamie-Lynn Siegler. I may or may not hate Mark Sanchez…

jamie

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Pudge plugs along, Castro’s flubs down Cubs

Posted on 10 May 2010 by dansoderberg

I remember back to 1991 when the Rangers recalled then 19 year old Ivan Rodriguez to the big leagues.  Pudge was an obvious phenom brought to the big leagues for his glovework.  He gunned down would-be basestealers from his knees and picked off runners at first.  Anything he did with the bat was a bonus.

Well, 19 years and over 2700 hits later Pudge is still plugging along.   The Washington Nationals signed Rodriguez to tutor their young catchers and help guide a young pitching staff.  Anything he gives them with the bat is a bonus.  And quite a bonus it is.  The now 38 yo Pudge is hitting .365 through his first 24 games as a National.  The upstart Nats are a surprising 18-14 and just 1.5 games behind the defending NL Chmp Phillies in the NL East.

In an interesting contrast the Cubs recalled 20 year old shortstop Starlin Castro from AA on Friday.  They sang the same tune as the Rangers 19 years ago, stating that Castro was brought up to solidify the defense and anything he does with the bat is a bonus.  Well, the kid started off with a bang; hitting a 3-run bomb in his first at bat and a 3-run triple later in the same game.  Tonight, the Cubs lost 4-2 to Florida in Castro’s first game at Wrigley.  The star-crossed Starlin made 3 errors, and another bad throw that could’ve been an error, leading directly to Marlins’ runs.  Here’s hoping it was just a case of the jitters and Castro can enjoy the same type of staying power as future Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez.

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Lou Montanez’s Misfortunes: Baltimore Orioles

Posted on 30 March 2010 by Andrew Stewart

If you were to ask a Baltimore Orioles fan who Lou Montanez is, a vast majority of them would say, “Lou who?” If you followed up by saying, “Montanez won the Triple Crown in 2008 at Double-A and went on to hit a home run in his first official major league at bat,” their response would be, “why in the hell is he not on the club?”

The unfortunate answer to that is bad luck.

As a senior in high school, Lou Montanez had the appearance of a future star. The young 18-year-old phenom was drafted third overall by the Chicago Cubs in 2000. To go along with the third overall pick, Montanez got a very sizeable signing bonus ($2.75 million).

The Cubs’ plan for Montanez was to start him out at rookie ball and slowly have him make his progression to the major league level. Unfortunately for Montanez, the dream of playing in Wrigley Field never happened, and Montanez would not make his major league debut until late in the 2008 season with the Baltimore Orioles.

During his time with the Cubs, Montanez slowly climbed his way up the ranks. He did not reach Triple-A until 2006, and struggled with his batting, hitting .224 over 81 games. Ultimately, the honeymoon between Montanez and the Cubs was cut short in 2006 after the Cubs chose not to resign him.

On Jan. 5, 2007, Montanez signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles. Immediately, Montanez was assigned to the Bowie Baysox, Baltimore’s Double-A affiliate.

In his first 31 games for Bowie, Montanez hit .339, before being bumped up to Norfolk. Unfortunately for Montanez, the numbers did not carry over; he ended the 2007 season hitting .259 with seven home runs in 69 games at Norfolk.

The following season Montanez started the year back at Bowie, and got off to another fast start with the Baysox. In 116 games Montanez hit .335, 26 home runs, and 97 RBI, and went on to win the Eastern League Triple Crown. Montanez was than later called up to the Orioles in August of 2008, skipping Triple-A in the process.

Montanez’s major league debut for the Orioles came on August 5, 2008, however Montanez’s first major league at-bat was not until the August 6, 2008. Lou went on to do the improbable and hit a home run in his first major league at-bat.

This made Montanez only the second Oriole to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, with Buster Narum accomplishing the feat in 1963.

The early success continued for Montanez, as he finished the season hitting .295 with three home runs in 38 games for the O’s.

Montanez started off the 2009 season at Norfolk before being called up again in April. However, his stay with the Orioles did not last long due to the fact that Montanez broke his wrist, and did not return to the Orioles in 2009.

At the age of 28, Montanez entered his third spring with the Orioles in 2010. He entered today’s spring training game against the Tigers with a .310 average. Montanez increased his average to .326, going 2-4 with a triple and three RBI.

The 2010 season will likely see Montanez start out at Norfolk again due to a log jam in the outfield. Luckily for the Orioles, you can never have too many outfielders. Just as every season goes for Montanez, he will likely get an opportunity at some point in time, barring an injury or trade.

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15-7-0

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15-7-0

Posted on 21 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

As a reminder, we don’t include the Ravens in this. The Ravens get their own “Tuesday Top 7″ every week, so we’ll worry about them then.

You deserve props:

1-Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, Frank Gore, Michael Turner, Drew Brees and Marques Colston, and Kurt Warner

Elsewhere in the NFL Sunday, ummm…….Jeff Reed Sucks.

reed

HAHAHAHAHA! STEELERS SUCK! YOUR KICKER SUCKS!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Ehh, it’s Week 2. Let me be excited. You guys always ruin everything for me.

2-Floyd Mayweather

Not that anyone was surprised. With no offense to you Juan Manuel Marquez, the fact that your trip to Las Vegas didn’t end THIS way should probably be enough to make you feel like the whole thing wasn’t a wash……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuynfY6LTRw[/youtube]

3-Jason Bay, JD Drew and Clay Buchholz

I swear to God you would have been hard pressed finding 5 people in the city of Baltimore who would have gone to see the Orioles play the Red Sox today, no matter circumstances. Thanks again to the fans of the city of Boston, who came in thousands to support our city. You guys are the worst human beings of all time, but we need your money. Since you don’t come back again this season, I hope you drown in your chowder.

(Editor’s note: Apparently I’m not supposed to say that. Or feel that way. WTF? Is this a blog or a damn Public Service Announcement?)

4-Michal Neuvirth

PRESEASON HOCKEY, WOO!

Did you know that Neuvirth (a Capitals goalie prospect) is from the Czech Republic? Did you also know that Megan Fox appeared in a recent issue of the Czech Republic’s version of “Esquire”? Crap, I lost you at Megan Fox, didn’t I? Okay…..

megan

5-Vitor Belfort and Josh Koscheck

I will admit this. I didn’t watch UFC 103 Saturday night. Not because I’m not a manly dude, but because I was at a Dave Matthews Band concert. Oh, crap.

Anyway, here’s video of Brock Lesnar training for something. I don’t know what it is, but I’m gonna guess saving the world????

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Evyox0Rsu8[/youtube]

6-Kip Wells, David Price, Yovani Gallardo, Kevin Correia, Ian Snell, Ubaldo Jimenez, Ronnie Belliard, Matt Garza, CC Sabathia, Scott Kazmir, Brett Anderson, Brian Duensing, Luke Hochevar and John Buck

Elsewhere in baseball, Cubs OF Milton Bradley was suspended the rest of the season for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

Namely…..trying to win?

If that’s true, the O’s should probably just go ahead and not bother…..

7-Mark Martin and Scott Dixon

I would tell you more about NASCAR or IRL, but you and I both know we don’t give a crap about any of this. So I’m gonna stretch here. I was in the locker room at 1 Winning Drive one day last week, and Terrell Suggs had “Fast and Furious” playing in his locker. I’m not sure how or if that movie had anything to do with racing, but Jordana Brewster was in it, and I can now post a picture of her and forget that we were ever talking about racing…..

jordana

8-Jeremy Avery, Evan Royster, Ty Jones, Jahvid Best, Dane Sanzenbacher, Landry Jones, Russell Wilson and CJ Spiller

Elsewhere in College Football this weekend, the University of Minnesota (who never could figure out a way to slow down Jahvid Best), announced that they will be doing SOMETHING to curb excessive drinking by students who attend games. I’d tell you more about what they were doing, but I would have had to have read the entire AP story.

I do know that this almost HAS to be the first time in the history of the Associated Press that the words “get blirzed” had news worthiness. But what does “get blitzed” mean, anyway? Not something I’m familiar with……

9-The Czech Republic and Spain

I’m pretty sure no one in the world was watching the Davis Cup this weekend, but…..it happened? The Czechs and Spaniards will now meet in the final.

To celebrate, I Google Image searched “Spain Sexy.” We can all now celebrate appropriately.

spain

10-Steve Sarkisian

Relax USC, you still have this……

usc

11-30 Rock

Did I watch the Emmy’s? No, but I DVR’ed them so I could watch later why the hell would I watch that crap?

The point remains. If you don’t think Tina Fey is sexy/awesome, get bent Steve.

fey

12-Sergio Kindle

Is Taylor Potts still alive?????

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSsLkBG_64Y[/youtube]

Somewhere right now, none of these people are amused…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C69SNL5IdT4[/youtube]

13-Female Sports Fans

fans

I always wondered how Nestor Aparicio made it work with a life-long Red Sox fan. I always imagined that would be the breaking point for me. But I had a realization this weekend. I was watching Sunday Night Football with some friends, including one who is a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan. This presented a unique scenario, as I have REGULARLY been the person who told everyone else to shut up while I was watching some sort of sporting event. But this time, I felt myself trying to have a conversation while my friend the Cowboys fan (who just so happens to be a LOVELY young lady) was wholeheartedly uninterested in ANYTHING I might have to say. And the only word I could use to explain it would be…….

Sexy.

Hey, I don’t give a half a crap about the Cowboys, but I couldn’t help but find such attention to football hot.

But maybe it’s just me.

14-Stoplights

You know Barry brought to the Glenn Clark compound Sunday afternoon? How do these delicious treats do you?

stoplights

You might not think that a Ritz Cracker, McDonald’s pickle, aged cheddar cheese, and pepperoni sounds that good; but they went DELICIOUSLY with the 187 Blue Moons we downed until Ray Lewis made our day complete.

15-“Alligator Pie” by Dave Matthews Band

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufSi-Jvn1T4[/youtube]

I hadn’t seen Dave Matthews Band in 5 years until Saturday night. Okay, maybe 2 years. Or maybe I saw them last summer. Or last week. Seriously, you guys ask too many freaking questions. Can’t you just let me live my damn life? I was gonna tell you so much funny stuff about Alligator Pie and the show Saturday night-but instead-get bent. I do so much for you people.

You got lucky:

1-Anyone who wants Glenn Clark to be wrong

I got exactly ONE of the 4 games I picked Friday right. To make that worse, I picked the Patriots. And the Steelers. And the Packers. And the Browns (I think). And the Eagles. And the Panthers. And the Chiefs-I think. And the Titans. Jesus.

But here was my face just seconds after I found out Maryland had fallen to Middle Tennessee State……

liquor

More on the location of the picture later.

2-Rex Ryan and Chad Ochocinco

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h1Xxk3VS_E[/youtube]

Note to the Packers fans who gave the middle finger while Chad Ochocinco did his Lambeau Leap-I get that you were wholly embarrassed by the fact that the Bengals came to Green Bay and kicked your ass; but this is now the ONLY way you will be remembered in the future.

3-Anyone who has ever wanted to officiate a NBA game

I think they should go with her personally…..

nba

4-Ryan Lochte

This guy was named Swimmer of the Year by USA Swimming.

Yeah, there’s probably no one else who was more deserving of that award at all……

Nah.

5-Everyone who WASN’T affected by the floods in Dundalk

flood

Thanks to The Sun for the picture. Props to everyone in Dundalk for avoiding violence and looting during this. For your suffering, you get the Poop Plant this year. Congratulations.

6-Washington Redskins fans

I didn’t realize Ray Bachman had switched allegiances…..

bachman

Your team beat the Rams 9-7. And what’s worse, FOX is forced to show the game in our market; meaning we missed whatever ACTUAL NFL games might have been being played at the same time.

7-Khloe Kardashian

It’s not that Khloe Kardashian is unattractive. She’s lovely, really.

khloe

But, do you think Lamar Odom was aware that she had a sister named Kourtney?

kourtne

Or a sister named Kim?

kim

I mean, they’re on TV……they have like 100 shows. The one used to date Reggie Bush. And Ray-J. Well, maybe she wasn’t dating Ray-J, but they seemed awfully comfortable together in this one movie I saw. Anyway, what was I talking about? Eh, who cares, there were boobs above.

You’re a zero……

East Philadelphia/South Jersey

Usually, I get behind a place that has a store like this…..

beer

But if I want 12 beers, and don’t want to pay 30 bucks for them; I don’t want to have to go back to Delaware to do it. New Jersey is quite possibly the WORST place of all time; and the fact that I had to drive WEST off of 95 to get to the EAST part of town is easily the strangest thing I have ever experienced ever. Sell your beer at a liquor store. Charge 8 bucks for a 6 pack of something decent. Not the 15 they tried charging me at a diner.

And Camden, NJ-I’m not sure how they get people out of Merriweather Post Pavilion so easily, but I would suggest maybe you consider learning how to do the same thing. The 2 and a half hours I spent sitting outside the Susquehanna Bank Center were about as pleasant as the rest of your miserable state’s existence. I hope Maryland beats Rutgers by 80 next week.

(Editor’s note: I know they won’t.)

-G

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Boo Tex, but don’t blame him

Posted on 03 September 2009 by dansoderberg

The Yankees once again roll out of Baltimore on a winning streak and this time they’re take 30,000 Cesar Izturis t-shirts with them up the Jersey Turnpike.  Mark Teixeira’s reception in Baltimore wasn’t nearly as hostile this time around, mostly because any O’s fan with half a brain sold their tickets on Ebay months ago.  I went to an O’s/MFYs game in May and lustily booed Tex.  I didn’t boo him for turning down the Orioles to sign with the Yankees.  I booed him because he said that he wore a Yankee cap to Memorial Stadium and Mattingly was his favorite player.

I don’t blame Tex or think he’s the devil for signing with the Yanks.  The Orioles were never serious about signing him and made nothing more than a token offer for his services.  Yes, $140 million is a lot of money, but it’s a lot easier to offer it when you know it’s $40 million below the high bidder.   We also know it was a token offer because it’s not as if that $140 million is burning a hole in Andy MacPhail’s wallet.  After Tex rejected the offer Andy went out and signed Ty Wiggington to a $6 million two year deal.  I guess that means the Orioles have $134 million to spend on free agents this off-season.  That should be more than enough to add Chone Figgins and Matt Holliday to the lineup.  That would constitute buying the bats.   I won’t hold my breath.

On a brighter note, Aaron Boone returned to the Majors today with the Houston Astros just 5 months after open heart surgery.  Boone had surgery in late March to correct an exisiting heart ailment that had recently worsened.  Boone, who went 0-3 today against the Cubs, certainly serves as an inspiration and a great example of the progress that can be made with hard work and dedication.  My Father had a triple bypass a few weeks ago and is recovering nicely, while dealing with an extreme amount of pain and discomfort.  To think that Boone is playing in the Big Leagues just months after heart surgery is truly remarkable and an example of all that can be good about America’s Pastime.  I hope Boone has a productive  month of September and a healthy future.

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15-7-0

Posted on 24 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

You get props……

1-Brian Roberts, John Danks, and Nolan Reimold

In other Orioles news, I was sitting at the Maryland football scrimmage Sunday when I found out that Adam Jones had left the game against the White Sox early. WNST’s Luke Jones asked me “Why?” and I responded “Because he had something better to do?”

If you don’t think that’s funny; you take yourself way too seriously. I’m looking at you, Melewski. Looking forward to MASN’s coverage of Maryland football this season. Also, the Maryland Cornhole Cup was rescheduled…..so Team Gator Bites has another chance to dominate. September 19th pal. You and I can run through the competition in Annapolis.

2-Roger Federer and Elena Dementieva

Apparently this girl won a tennis tournament this weekend………

elena

……..like it matters.

3-Shaun Hill and Derek Anderson

Maybe former Terps QB Shaun Hill should actually be on the “Lucky” list seeing as how he didn’t even have to PLAY and he locked up the starting QB job with the 49ers.

Of course, starting QB for the 49ers at this point has about as much prestige as being the starting QB for Glen Burnie High School.

That’s right Forrester; the Gophers suck.

Also, Derek Anderson may well have taken a step to securing the Browns’ starting QB job…..by somehow being not quite as awful as this human being……

quinn

4-David Pauley, Ryohei Tanaka, Brandon Waring and Joel Palanco

Elsewhere in Orioles minor league action this weekend; the Aberdeen Ironbirds were no-hit Sunday by Brooklyn’s Brandon Moore.

Which goes to show you that this organization is REALLY committed to getting you prepared for what life is going to be like once you come to Baltimore…….

5-Michelle Wie, Ryan Moore and Mike Reid

I want to thank WNST.net blogger BJ Appel, former Harford Community College golf standout Chris Appel, and their lovely family for hosting our fantasy football draft Saturday night. They supplied Gatorade, crabs, cookie bars, and I added orange drink and Doritos to the party. It couldn’t have been lovelier.

But it was slightly awkward when we walked downstairs and Chris was watching something that is apparently called “The Solheim Cup.”

I’m not entirely certain of what “The Solheim Cup” is, but I do know that no matter how many participants in the event looked like this……

creamer

…..this was not event created with heterosexual men in mind.

6-Kyle Busch and Dario Franchitti

Kyle Busch swept the NASCAR races at Bristol this season; which made Rex Snider interested………and no one else.

Speaking of sports no one is watching, my friend Dave Carey (formerly of the Baltimore Examiner) passed along this WNBA video game commercial he saw recently…….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FGI7R0u3TQ[/youtube]

…..which is good because I DO like layups, defense, jump shots, and layups!

7-Scott Feldman, Jack Cust, Michael Cuddyer, Chris Carpenter, Ryan Garko, Carlos Pena, Kevin Youkilis, Charlie Haeger, Roy Oswalt, Clayton Richard, Ryan Raburn and Hideki Matsui

Elsewhere in the world of baseball, Jason Giambi will reportedly join the Colorado Rockies.

Remember when SI called Giambi “the new face of baseball?”

giambi

I legitimately believe Otis Nixon would have been a better nominee for the award…..

nixon

(Editor’s note: Alex Cole may have been the unluckiest man in baseball card history.)

8-Jozy Altidore and Wayne Rooney

If you think I knew that the Premier League had begun, you’d be wrong. But I do know that since losing the UEFA Champions League to Fox; ESPN has invested a great deal in all sorts of other soccer. I’m all for this of course; as there’s nothing better than waking up after an evening of 13-15 hundred Clipper City Ales and having live sports on TV.

Of course, I guess whenever you wake up at 2pm there’s normally live sports on TV; but Premier League soccer is about 1,000,000,000,000,000 times better than waking up to Tom Davis and Phil Wood taking about the Nationals on my TV.

“Tom, let’s talk about the 1952 World Series”

Christ. Melewski and these guys deserve each other. I’m not completely certain, but I think they should re-name MASN “OWGHNIWPRGACAN” (Old White Guys Have No Idea What People Really Give A Crap About Network.)

9-Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards, Debbie Dunn and Lashinda Demus; Angelo Taylor, Jeremy Wariner, Kerron Clement and LaShawn Merritt and Brittney Reese

In other Track and Field news……..Usain Bolt is really fast?

Did Usain Bolt REALLY get a piece of the Berlin Wall? I’ve officially found a gift more useless than the copy of David Cassidy’s greatest hits I gave Josiah Potter for his 16th birthday.

Also, did we ever figure out if that one track chick was a dude or not? This has been the most distressing problem I’ve faced since I ran out of clean underwear last week and didn’t have time to do laundry before having to go back to Training Camp.

You expect me to let you know how I solved this problem; but I’m pretty sure you already know.

10-Tim Tebow

I’m not REALLY impressed by the fact that Florida was selected preseason number 1 in the AP poll; I’m just contractually obligated to remind you of how great Tim Tebow is at least once a blog.

Look man, the first time you go to the Philippines and perform circumcisions; I’ll blog about you. In the meantime, have another sip of your Zima and remember that Lord Tebow is greater than you.

11-McDaniel College

Successfully hosted roughly 100,000 Ravens fans this year during Training Camp. Maybe the most remarkable statistic is that I only nearly fought with ONE member of the S.A.F.E. management team this year.

It’s not that I’m suggesting that Training Camp should move from Westminster. But if it were to, maybe THIS could be an acceptable alternative?

hooters

12-Luke Ramirez and Andy Rios, Nicholas Smisek and Steven Cardone

I kinda think the whole Little League World Series concept is weird. But I know that if I were to start a Little League team, Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez would be my first pick…..

the jet

And while we’re here; let’s just go ahead and get this out of the way…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr5lHZQz-Z4[/youtube]

How can baseball be so awful yet The Sandlot be the greatest movie of all time???

13-Caleb Porzel and Eric Franklin

I couldn’t help but notice how much better the running backs were than the quarterbacks at Sunday’s Maryland Football Scrimmage.

That may or may not be a good thing. But Porzel looks like he’s going to be special.

I do have one suggestion for the Terps’ freshman running back. No matter how great you get, stay away from this woman….

kardashian

Look man, I know. I’ve lost hours on that ass myself, and I’ve never even met her. But it has ruined greater men. Just trust me.

14-Third Eye Blind

I picked up a copy of their new CD “Ursa Major”, selected Track 4 and permanently selected “repeat”……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YDuvNnu1MM[/youtube]

I dare you to tell me about why you like Weezer. Christ.

15-The K-Series and Magic Hat Wacko

kseries
wacko
It is really difficult for me to explain what my Friday night was like. But I CAN tell you that it involved a few hundred Wackos and a house where they had an industrial sized oven on the back patio. I affectionately referred to it as “The K Series.”

Apparently I was at a house in Jarrettsville……which may or may not actually be in America. An ex of mine (The Artist Formerly Known as the Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet?) had a party at a house that was so bizarre it isn’t even possible for me to really capture the awesomeness of the place.

It had a beach.
It had a strange greenhouse structure.
It had wires hanging everywhere.
It had a random man holding an umbrella.

If this was your house, please don’t be offended. I really found your place to be very awesome. And really freaking weird.

You got lucky…….

1-Eric Bruntlett

Yeah, cause sometimes THIS just happens…….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niz0VPpSxok[/youtube]

This would be like me accidentally wandering into Mother’s in Federal Hill and walking out with this…..

kunis

Speaking of which, have you heard that the guy who made “The Wrestler” is making a movie in which Mila Kunis has “aggressive sex” with Natalie Portman?

I’m not a Bill Simmons fan at all; but I’m pretty sure after seeing this movie, I will be able to write the sequel to “Now I Can Die In Peace.”

2-Anyone who can punt at the new Texas Stadium

LOLOLOLOLOL!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjx6vsR71sg[/youtube]

I love the fact that Jerry Jones is now failing at everything he does. Sorta like his scheduling for the final game in the OTHER Texas Stadium……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX3gYiQ3tww[/youtube]

The Cowboys are just awful. They and the Redskins deserve each other. Is there any rivalry in the world that features such passion between two teams despite the fact that NO ONE outside the two cities gives a crap about either of them?

3-Loyola College Students

I have no idea who won the showdown between Michael Phelps and Shaquille O’Neal Sunday night; mostly because I chose to go to a real college (Maryland) instead of being a Greyhound. But Shaquille O’Neal is so awesome that even he can make Michael Phelps interesting enough to be worth watching. Plus, he did this…….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWw2PHQEWTg[/youtube]

4-Ricketts Family

I have a suggestion, Ricketts family. Want to make the Cubs kick ass again? Re-sign this man…..

henry

“ROWENGARTNER!”
“He knows my name!”

5-Juan Diaz and Andre Berto

Just when Chad Ochocinco was starting to seem cool again…….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3eN0KwXcMU[/youtube]

……he had to go and turn into an ass again. I hope Andre Berto pounds him to within an inch of his life.

Meanwhile, Diaz won a questionable decision over Paulie Malignaggi in Houston. After the fight, he said some NSFW things like “boxing is full of sh*t” and “nobody watches boxing anymore because of sh*t like this.”

Which at least goes to show that he understands EXACTLY what’s going on currently in his sport.

6-Brett Favre

Who’s more popular in the North/Midwest? Favre……or Buscemi?

(Editor’s Note: Language NSFW. Unless you work at Perry Hall High School. Speaking of which, TLDGOTFOTP spends her first day as a teacher at Perry Hall Middle School tomorrow. I told her not to be worried because it’s safer to know that some of the kids are carrying guns.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeNmSy2yr4c[/youtube]

7-Anyone who has insurance for their Fantasy Football team

Look man, I’m a little worried about the long-term health of my 3rd round pick (Kurt Warner) myself; especially seeing as how I also selected Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston…….but INSURANCE?

(Editor’s note: Also, if you’re the guy who Skypes into a Fantasy Football Draft and is COMPLETELY unprepared, it might be time to find a new league. Drafting Joe Flacco will only salvage you so much in my mind.)

You’re a zero……..

Anyone (like me) who never had the privilege of eating an ice cream bar with Hulk Hogan on it

icecream

As I was stealing an internet stream of Summerslam Sunday night (Jeff Hardy leaping off a ladder to drive CM Punk through the announce table? Yes please.), it came to my attention that there was once an ice cream bar that featured the Hulkster right there on the cookie. I don’t know how this ever happened……but I am good and embarrassed.

As far as the greatest inventions of all time are concerned; I know electricity and the light bulb were cool, and sliced bread has its place, but there is no doubt that this is Number 1……with a bullet.

(Editor’s note: Here’s the video of Hardy pummeling Punk. I’m sure it’ll be up for at least 10 minutes or so…..)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnwycsLzMjI[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983……

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 30 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

I wasn’t overly impressed by Chris Tillman last night; but it was just one start. He was good, he made a few mistakes, and he showed a few positive signs.says Aubrey Huff ended skid with big hit in win

A Brad Bergesen win today would go a long way to keep some positive feelings alive in the Orioles’ clubhouse.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio

Luke Jones says Demetrius Williams had knee stretched out on sidelines during afternoon practice

Nestor Aparicio says Phillies probably not potential suitor for Sherrill

Bob Haynie says Jones helped Tillman offensively and defensively

Nestor Aparicio says long negotiating over contracts like Oher’s ‘necessary evil’

Keith Melchior gives Trembley ‘D’ grade

ORIOLES:says Tillman didn’t factor in decision, but Birds beat Royals anyway

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Bergesen takes hill in finale for Birds today against Hochevar, KC

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says torn labrum lands Rich Hill on DL

Royals Official Site’s Dick Kaegel says Greinke left with lead, but bullpen couldn’t hold it as O’s beat Royals

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Tillman gave up 3 homers, went just 4 2/3 innings; but Birds won debut

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Angels, Dodgers considered ‘most likely’ possible trade destinations for Sherrill

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Tillman ‘kept his composure’ after early struggles

Examiner Jay Trucker says Trembley went with Zaun behind plate instead of Wieters in Tillman’s debut

The AP says Jones homered, drove in 3 for Birds in win

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says nearly 20,000 saw Birds beat Royals at Camden Yardssays Trembley wasn’t ‘aware’ Hill had torn labrum

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land

The AP says Hill told reporters tear went back to time with Cubs

Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton says Robinson Tejeda, John Bale can’t seal job for Royals out of bullpen

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:says Fiorentino hero as Tides rallied to beat Indianapolis

Norfolk Tides Official Site

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Tanaka winner as Baysox topped Connecticut

Frederick Keys Official Site says Beato lead way as Keys shut out Salem

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Bordes loser as Delmarva swept by Asheville in Game 2

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Elvin Polanco homered, but Shorebirds lost to Asheville in Game 1

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Tyler Sexton loser as Ironbirds shut out by Hudson Valley

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Helmick, Flacco homered; but Orioles lost to Princeton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Alberto Castillo earned win in relief for Tides over Indians

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Matt Angle picked up game winning RBI as Keys topped Red Sox

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says pro wrestler King Kong Bundy made appearance for Keys at Harry Grove Stadium

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says organization concerned with (time) length of Arrieta’s starts

RAVENS:says Oher agrees to 5 year contract

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Davon Drew, Lamar Divens back to practice, off PUP list

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Justin Harper star of Wednesday’s Training Camp practices

The Official Site says Harbaugh doesn’t think Flacco ‘any different’ this season

The Official Site says NFL Official Morelli to explain rules changes Saturday in Westminster

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens, Steelers, Jets only teams to have all Draft picks signed

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens hoping Heap can get back to ‘top form’

The Sun’s Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley say Derrick Martin trying to make team as safety due to large number of CB’s on roster

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Training Camp different for Flacco this year being ‘the guy’

The Sun says McNair’s family to be ‘taken care of’ despite QB not leaving will

The Sun’s Edward Lee says vets Reed, Nakamura, Bannan, Marcus Smith all attended practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says LJ Smith dealing with sore hamstring

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Westminster police had set up speed traps on Tuesday due to start of Training Camp

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Gregg’s ability to ‘cut and run without incident’ positive sign he has healed

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says father Sean Tuohy said Oher tried to leave Memphis for Camp every day this week

Carroll County Times’ Daniel Henderson says former Virginia Tech WR Harper trying to ‘make up’ for missing ’08 season

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says LJ Smith missed Wednesday practice, not dealing with ‘serious injury’

The AP says Oher’s deal expected to be worth more than Mendenhall’s deal in ’08 at same Draft slot

Washington Times’ Ryan O’Halloran and Rachel Orland say Ravens ‘need’ receiver

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says ESPN’s Cris Carter thinks Ravens have reached point of ‘desperation’ in WR search

SI’s John Lopez says ‘Ravens season waiting’ on Mason’s decision

NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal says Oher will be in town for first full squad practice Friday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Heap has ‘lot of doubters’

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Rice will have 710 yards, 4 TD’s this season

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:says Baltz, Wujciak named preseason All-ACC

The Official Site

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Princeton Review notes Terps as having best athletic facilities in country

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Torrey Smith surprisingly NOT on All-ACC team

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps trying to make up for O-Line departures with 123 career starts, including All-ACC Edwin Williams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says preseason nods have ‘limited value’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Rhode Island to visit Terps in 2013

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps tend to outperform preseason expectations

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps already have 13 commitments for ’10, still involved with one major recruit

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says North Carolina, Michigan State, Illinois, Virginia Tech were also interested in Terps commit Nate Clarke (must subscribe)says new coach Bakich has to make Terps ‘relevant’

TERRAPINS BASEBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:says Flip Saunders almost became Terp

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:says Frese, Terps prepared to open final camp of summer

The Official Site

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles Terps target Alicia DeVaughn (must subscribe)offers details on alumni tailgate events

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site

The Official Site says Tigers to make appearances on Big Ten Network, Comcast SportsNet this season

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ambrose expects players to ‘work hard’

The Diamondback’s Chris Eckard says Terps generated $54 million of revenue in ’07-‘08

TOWSON LACROSSE:says former Tiger Drew Pfarr passed away at age 27

The Official Site

NAVY FOOTBALL:says Pospisil named to AFCA Good Works Team

The Official Site

SWIMMING:says Phelps made ‘statement’ by breaking record without full body suit

Swimnetwork.com

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Phelps bounced back from loss in Rome by winning 200 fly in record time

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says closest swimmer Korzeniowski 1.72 seconds behind Phelps at World Championships

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps plans to race short course events in Baltimore, Washington later this year

The AP’s Paul Newberry says Phelps surpassed Spitz by breaking 34th world record of career

USA Today’s Vicki Michaelis says Bowman thought Phelps was in ‘good spirits’ before crushing competition in 200 fly

HORSE RACING:says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra to arrive at Monmouth for Haskell Invitational tomorrow

The Sun

BALTIMORE MARINERS:announces job opportunities for next season

The Official Site

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Ravens were going to get a deal done with Michael Oher; and I think that it took a fair amount of time for both sides.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

It’s been a while; so here are some “Weekend Picks”…..

AC Milan 2, Chelsea 1

There is of course no reason for me to pick an exhibition match; but I’m an Italian soccer fan, so I’m going with the Rossoneri.

Red Sox take 2 of 3 from the O’s

Jeremy Guthrie or Brad Bergesen will figure out a way to get a win somehow this weekend. Combined, they’re one pretty good pitcher.

Drew Bennett IS the receiver the Ravens sign

I don’t think they really have any interest in Joe Horn to be honest.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Rich Hill appears to be pitching giving way for Tillman

Nestor Aparicio excited for NFL Draft to move to primetime

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds stand to ‘benefit’ from Spring Training move to Sarasota

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec thinks Baez ‘good bet’ to be traded

The Sun says Cubs interested in acquiring Zaun

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says getting out of Ft. Lauderdale ‘major leap forward’ for organization

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Red Sox haven’t been much better than Birds since All-Star break

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck remembers Ft. Lauderdale fondly

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Baez preparing to celebrate 10 year anniversary since defection from Cuba

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Tillman likely to replace Berken or Hill in rotation

ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark says O’s want to be ‘overwhelmed’ to deal Sherrill

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Tillman struggled as Tides fell to Gwinnett

Bowie Baysox Official Site says finale with Harrisburg washed out

Frederick Keys Official Site says Tyler Henson’s 2 run double not enough as Keys fell to Salem

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Kolodny homered for Shorebirds in win over Greenville

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Justin Dalles tallied game winning RBI as Ironbirds topped Hudson Valley

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Hobgood gave up 3 runs (1 earned) over 2 innings as Orioles fell to Greeneville

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Steve Bumbry went 2-3 with double, SB, RBI in Ironbirds’ win over Renegades

Frederick News-Post says Beato took loss as Keys fell to Red Sox

Virginian-Pilot says Justin Turner had 3 hits, 2B, RBI for Tides in loss to Braves

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thinks Mason ‘honorable’ to not just come to practice and fake enthusiasm

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh ‘loves and cares about’ Mason

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Newsome wants to know if Mason has ‘passion, love’ for game

USA Today’s Gary Mihoces says Steelers Ravens’ ‘biggest roadblock’ to winning AFC North

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager says Peerman has chance to get playing time in Ravens backfield

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says former recruit Edet committed to North Carolina A&T

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Terps 52nd in preseason poll

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps stronger inside on D-Line than outside

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have 9th best DB’s in ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have 3rd best special teams unit in ACC

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman kicker Nick Ferrara (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman RB Porzel (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says James Padgett will wear #35 previously worn by Dave Neal

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jordan Williams will wear #20

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The AP says former Terp Langhorne had 16 points, 10 boards for Mystics in win over Sky Thursday night

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says lunch series with Niumatalolo starts again September 1

The Official Site says safety Emmett Merchant ‘most looking forward to’ Ohio State game

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says USAA sponsorship ‘great’ deal for Mids

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Farrell says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra, Belmont winner Summer Bird to race for $1.25 million purse at Haskell

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe and Frank Angst say Monmouth officials pumped up purse for Haskell by $250,000

SWIMMING:

The AP says Phelps arrived in Rome for World Championships Thursday

USA Today’s Vicki Michaelis says US Swimming Coach Schubert expects Phelps to be on 4×100 relay team

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Palace ‘in the hunt’ for USL-2 playoffs

SOCCER:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says thousands of fans showed off soccer ‘passion’ despite cancelled practices Thursday

The Sun’s Gabriella LaVerghetta offers history lesson on AC Milan

The Sun’s Danielle Chazen compiles history lesson on Chelsea

The Sun’s Ken Murray says international players at Towson, Loyola, UMBC all excited for WFC match

Washington Post’s Steven Goff says Sherwood grad Onyewu ‘emotional’ about playing with AC Milan before tonight’s friendly with Chelsea at M&T Bank Stadium

Washington Post says Chelsea topped AC Milan 2-nil at Rose Bowl earlier this week

Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says European events like tonight’s World Football Challenge ‘raise bar’ for MLS in United States

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Don’t like the NFL’s decision to move the Draft to a Thursday night; but fully understand it. The NFL has every right to try to create a ratings juggernaut and bring home mega advertising dollars; but it doesn’t necessarily mean it is the best thing for football fans. Much like the way Ravens fans gather on Sundays for what I can only describe as fellowship amongst fans; Draft weekends have created the same type of fellowship amongst fans. The NFL had that. They won’t anymore.

-Tonight’s match is particularly important for the city as the US tries to bring in a future World Cup. Having the best tickets of any of the stops on this World Football Challenge tour sets up well for getting future World Cup qualifiers or even a World Cup match. Baltimore may NOT be the best soccer market in the county, but being centrally located amongst east coast cities certainly gives us the advantage when it comes to being an ideal location for soccer fans to travel to.

-I don’t question Drew’s sources at all; and firmly believe that he is accurate. That being said; I will still be STUNNED if Andy MacPhail gives up on Rich Hill before Jason Berken.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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