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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 reminds us of when “hype” has gone wrong

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 reminds us of when “hype” has gone wrong

Posted on 23 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps you haven’t heard that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. What’s that? You haven’t?

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already six lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any.

Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players

Perhaps it’s fitting that a warm, sunny Sunday mark the start of our eighth week. Luke Jones returns to the reigns of the #WNSTSweet16, and before it gets cold again, we’d like to think a little about baseball. Spring Training games start this week in Sarasota, making it an appropriate time to have baseball on the mind.

There is plenty of excitement for the start of O’s season in Charm City after the recent signings of P Ubaldo Jimenez and DH/OF Nelson Cruz. In fact, I would venture to guess that Birds fans might now describe themselves as “hyped” for the start of the season.

Of course, we’ve been here before. A number of players, whether acquired in free agency or brought up after being drafted and developed by the organization, have given us great hope but failed to deliver. That’s what we’re talking about in this week’s #WNSTSweet16, as the topic is The Sweet 16 “Orioles Who Didn’t Live Up To The Hype”.

Much like last week’s list, Luke has to deal with two sets of criteria. One is that the player has to have received “hype” (defined by Dictionary.com as “exaggerated publicity, hoopla”) before or upon his arrival. So Luke may end up ranking players based on just how much “hype” they actually received OR based on just how spectacularly they failed to live up to said “hype”.

The name Jeffrey Hammonds jumped out at me when we came up with this particular topic. Hammonds was viewed as a “complete” player that couldn’t miss after being selected fourth overall in 1992. Hammonds would go on to become an All-Star with the Colorado Rockies but never lived up to expectations in Baltimore. (This is particularly tough for me to accept because Hammonds is one of my all-time favorite Orioles and the player I was most wrong about in my life.)

In more recent years, two players the Orioles acquired (in different ways) tend to jump out. Andy MacPhail traded Garrett Olson to the Chicago Cubs in January 2009 for a prospect named Felix Pie…who…well…yeah. There are a lot of you who thought Felix Pie was the team’s next great outfielder. (Spoiler: He wasn’t.)

Before this past week, Vladimir Guerrero was the team’s most significant acquisition since the 2004 offseason (when they signed Miguel Tejada and Javy Lopez). Guerrero arrived to much fanfare in 2011 (an offseason that also saw the Birds acquire well known vets like Derrek Lee) but failed to deliver-tallying just 13 home runs and 63 RBI. (But hey, he did show us it was possible for a player to have an On Base Percentage just 21 points higher than his batting average!)

Who else? What other Orioles didn’t live up to expectations or hype?

We want your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email Luke via luke@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Luke will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew Forrester on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. Luke will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion”.

When was the hype too much for an Oriole who just simply wouldn’t be able to live up to it? Let us know now!

-G

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The Reality Check Starting Nine Orioles Rock Bottom Team

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The Reality Check Starting Nine Orioles Rock Bottom Team

Posted on 08 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

Ryan Chell and I introduced a new segment Wednesday on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net. The segment is called “The Starting Nine (Ten)” and is remarkably similar to “The Tuesday Top 7″ that you hear Drew Forrester and Luke Jones doing every week.

During Major League Baseball season, we’ll use “The Starting Nine (Ten)” to pick out the best players at each position in baseball (Pitcher, Catcher, DH, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B and three OF’s). It’s similar to how “The Morning Reaction” guys select the best Baltimore Ravens every week in season.

Outside of baseball season, we’ll select a topic and fill a roster with the same positions based on the topic.

For example, this week’s topic was “The Faces of the Rock Bottom Era of Orioles Baseball (1998-present).”

Here are “The Starting Nine (Ten)” Ryan and I put together…

Glenn Clark’s Nine (Ten):

Pitcher-Daniel Cabrera

Catcher-Brook Fordyce

First Base-Garrett Atkins

Second Base-Delino DeShields

Shortstop-Brandon Fahey

Third Base-Mark Reynolds

Outfield-Felix Pie

Outfield-Marty Cordova

Outfield-Larry Bigbie

Designated HItter-Vladimir Guerrero


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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 20 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-UMBC @ Navy (Tuesday 7pm Alumni Hall)

10. Kix (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live); Cinder Road (Friday 7pm Recher Theatre); Mint Condition (Thursday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Cris Jacobs Band (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club); Carbon Leaf (Thursday 8pm Friday 3pm & 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Chuck Brown/Wale (Wednesday 6pm 9:30 Club); Common “The Dreamer, The Believer” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Judge me all you want. I went to see Mint Condition (and Boyz II Men actually) on the 4th of July a few years ago in Phoenix. It was AWESOME.

Knowing CJB is playing in Federal Hill Friday night only makes me sad thinking about The Bridge…

I’m such a nerdy fan of Carbon Leaf…

Honestly, I don’t think much of Wale’s new record. But his first was a freaking JAM…

9. John Waters Christmas (Wednesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center-Lyric); “Warrior” available on DVD/Blu-Ray (Tuesday); “The Adventures of Tintin” (Wednesday) & “War Horse” (Sunday) out in theaters

If I can’t make it to The Lyric Wednesday night, I’d be willing to settle for watching old clips of John Waters talking to David Letterman…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRJ-CZAnQNs

“Warrior” was the best movie of the year you didn’t see. Did you enjoy “The Wrestler”? “The Fighter”? Yeah…that realm.

Oh, and “War Horse” is the movie your girlfriend REALLY wants to see but is also REALLY afraid might be very sad so she’s thinking about not seeing it.

Wait. Strike that.

“War Horse” is the movie MY girlfriend REALLY wants to see but is also REALLY afraid might be very sad so she’s thinking about not seeing it.

It’s confusing. Here’s this!

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 22 August 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Los Angeles Sparks @ Washington Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Phoenix Mercury @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV); Soccer: MLS-Portland Timbers @ DC United (Saturday 7:30pm from RFK Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet); College Football: Towson Media Day (Wednesday 3:30pm Unitas Stadium); Canadian Football League: Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Friday 8pm from Winnipeg live on NFL Network)

10. Silopanna feat. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Matt And Kim, Fitz And The Tantrums, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Saturday 11:30am Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds); John Prine (Saturday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Train & Maroon 5 feat. Gavin DeGraw (Wednesday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Jimmy Buffett & The Corral Reefer Band (Saturday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live), Journey feat. Foreigner & Night Ranger (Sunday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); The Temptations/The Four Tops (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers (Sunday 8pm Wolf Trap), Doobie Brothers (Monday 8pm Wolf Trap); Buckethead (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head On Stage); Chuck Brown (Saturday 9pm 9:30 Club); “Our Idiot Brother” out in theaters (Friday)

Cised for Silopanna. If you’re not in on Fitz & The Tantrums, you’re making a HUGE mistake. I’m not surprised knowing you…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doe1KdaywKg[/youtube]

Trombone Shorty opened for Dave Matthews last fall when I saw him in Charlottesville. I’m the idiot for waiting this long to see him again…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWYA5OzK9xE[/youtube]

Sharon Jones is outstanding. That’s about all I have to say here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ouI5KcyHfE[/youtube]

If you’re from Maryland and don’t love Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, you should probably just move already…

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9. Maryland State Fair (Friday-Monday Timonium Fairgrounds); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds Annapolis); Cirque du Soleil Quidam (Wednesday-Sunday 1st Mariner Arena)

Good God I LOVE the State Fair. Not kidding. I honestly LOVE the State Fair. In fact, I will go over there with ANYONE and bet on Pig Races if you’re interested. Pig Races are awesome…

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

And the RennFest? I mean, is there anything…in the world…greater than ax throwing?

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The shirtless guy behind me? Coolest MF-er on the face of the planet.

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So an Oriole walks into a bar…yes the Orioles have become a joke

Posted on 21 August 2011 by Tom Clayton

 Well the Orioles are finally on track…..on track to lose 100 games.  They have reached this once impossible feat after a terrible loss last night in which the Orioles “closer” blew a two-run lead in the bottom of the 12th; granted he wasn’t helped by the terrible defense behind him.  After the loss I jumped on to Facebook to see the outrage of Oriole fans after what can only be described as an appalling  loss and low and behold…not one post.  None, I mean a few months ago fans were ranting and raving that the team was awful, and Kevin Gregg was the antichrist but now the critics are silent and the fans have given up.  I have always found it fun to follow the reactions of Oriole fans on social media because I see such varied and passionate opinions but this “team” has sucked all of the fight and passion from everyone.

Let’s be honest the Orioles are a joke, and I mean that literally.  I remember watching SportsCenter and hearing the anchor say, “And we go to the highlights of the Blue Jays and Orioles….the Orioles are still in the majors?”  And then no less than twenty minutes later on ESPN News as they showed Mark Reynolds crush a homer into a completely empty second deck the anchor proclaimed, “plenty of good seats remain in Baltimore” and after a little girl came running into frame to grab the ball he continued, “Oh the Orioles still have a fan left”.  This is how the national media views the Orioles, we are a joke that doesn’t receive nor deserves any respect.

As I sit here and watch the Orioles boot the ball all around Anaheim and see Felix Pie rolling around in the outfield like one of the Keystone Cops I wonder, why do I put myself through this anymore?  Why would someone allow themselves to be punched in the stomach on a daily basis for a team that couldn’t give a damn about them?  And the sad answer is I don’t know anymore.

I look at Andy McPhail’s philosophy of “grow the arms and buy the bats” and I think, at least sticking to his flawed plan.  Maybe the plan would work in a functional organization but when you have a HORRIBLE scouting department that routinely misses on top draft picks and never finds a diamond in the rough in later rounds how can you possible grow the arms?  The arms that Andy and company have grown are quite simply not working out….take a look at the young cavalry of arms and their statistics heading into today’s game.

Brian Matusz – 1-5 8.63 ERA with a WHIP of 1.92 and an opponent batting average of .350.  Matusz’ WHIP of 1.92 means that ON AVERAGE he is allowing nearly two base runners per inning.

Jake Arrieta – 10-8 with a 5.22 ERA; sadly Arrieta is the only Orioles starter with a winning record even with and ERA well over 5.

Chris Tillman – 3-5 with a 5.52 ERA; Tillman was considered one of the top prospects in baseball two years ago now after working with Orioles instructors he is considered another in a long line of busts.

Zach Britton – 6-9 with a 4.66 ERA; honestly Zach pitched really well in the opening month of the season and looked like a potential Rookie of the Year candidate then the league caught up with him and he did nothing to make adjustments.

The Orioles pitchers seem to not only continue to fail they are shipped back and forth to the minors on a daily basis; in fact every one of these young arms has been sent back down to the minors except for Arrieta who is out for the season.  I honestly cannot remember the last time I turned on the Orioles pregame show and didn’t hear about a pending move or a player being sent back down to the minors.  The Orioles need to be honest with themselves and understand this team is going nowhere and nobody cares about anything they do anymore so why not let these pitchers stay in the rotation and let them try and make the adjustments needed heading into next season?

The Orioles are a team that is in a major need of a complete overhaul starting from the top on down; this rebuilding process didn’t work as the foundation has crumbled around it.  I think the organization needs to take a long hard look in the mirror and at the 40,000 empty seats in the stadium and make a tough decision.  Either blow this thing up COMPLETELY or continue to be a joke among major league baseball. 

 

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The Sum Of All Fears

Posted on 17 August 2011 by Erich Hawbaker

I had a terrible thought the other day. After reading all about Carlos Zambrano’s latest meltdown and the talk of the Cubs looking for a way to unload him without paying him the rest of his ridiculous contract, it hit me. Could we see Zambrano in an Orioles uniform in the near future? It was one of those random epiphanies that just jumps into your head and takes you by surprise. But the more I think about it, the more afraid I get that it might actually happen.

During the tenure of Andy MacPhail and a little before that, the Orioles have had a peculiar habit of snapping up the Cubs’ rejects; Sammy Sosa, Rich Hill, Felix Pie, Derrek Lee. All of them were guys that MacPhail handled while he was running the Cubs, and all (except Sosa, who came here before Andy did) were supposedly proven major league material he brought here to make the Orioles better. NONE OF THEM even came close to meeting that expectation. Granted, the ex-Cubs wing is only a part of the Orioles Rest & Retirement Home For Aged Transient Big-Name Free Agents, but I digress. MacPhail’s track record when bringing in players from teams he worked with previously has been nothing short of disasterous. And having observed Zambrano firsthand while running the Cubs, would he be more likely to take a chance on him if the oppurtunity presented itself?  

Carlos Zambrano is the Terrell Owens of baseball; there’s no question that he has a lot of talent, but it is eclipsed by his inability to control his temper and get along with his teammates. But if the Cubs do indeed cut him loose, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll never pitch in the majors again at just 30 years of age. Could he be the next household name that the front office signs in their continuing attempt to convince us fans that they’re trying to win? Make no mistake, Zambrano is a bull in a china shop much like Albert Belle was. And for some reason, I have a very clear picture in my head of Jim Hunter and Rick Dempsey sitting behind the desk and explaining why this is a tremendous pickup for the Orioles and just what they need to start turning things around. King Peter’s propaganda machine rivals that of Fidel Castro.

Maybe I’m completely off my rocker on this one, and maybe I’m not. What do you think? Comments and discussion are much appreciated.

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Come on Buck!

Posted on 03 August 2011 by Mitchell Toland

I’m really getting tired of seeing the same pattern with Buck Showalter and the Orioles.  We bring guys up from the minors to play and see what they have but then they get inconsistent, at best, playing time.  We know what we’re getting from guys like Robert Andino and Felix Pie.  We have guys like Nolan Reimold and Blake Davis sitting on the bench and playing inconsistently when we aren’t really sure of what they can offer.  All we know is that Reimold hit a decent amount of home runs his rookie season and that Blake has played well in the minors.

How are we ever going to truly know how good these guys are when they are playing every other day, or every third day.  Like I said, we know what we’re getting from Felix Pie and Robert Andino.  Pie is going to offer us horrid defense and Andino is going to give you a decent off the bench bat and pretty solid defense.  We need to know what these other guys have to offer with consistent everyday playing time.  We know Reimold is not the best left fielder but he hits for some power and a decent average in the time we have seen him.  Blake has played pretty good defense since that horrible error against the Red Sox in his first game and he has hit decently despite his average. He’s only had 21 at-bats since July 7!  It’s freaking ridiculous.  Don’t bring a guy up if  you don’t plan on playing him consistently.  It’s not like the O’s are in playoff contention or battling for .500 and you don’t want to play a rookie too often.  We’re the worst team in the American League!

We just need to play these guys and see what they have to offer so we know whether or not it’s even worth having these guys on the team!  The same thing happened with Ryan Adams earlier this year.  He was called up after raking in Spring Training and in AAA and when he got here he got almost no at-bats and wasn’t given a real opportunity to play.  Why are we not trying to play young second baseman who we are probably going to need to play almost everyday soon. Brian Roberts is done.  I don’t even consider him a member of the team anymore.  He cannot be counted on to play everyday.  It is a real shame we still have two years left on the contract with him for $20 million.  I remember when that deal was signed thinking it was a bad idea for an aging speed second baseman.  So because we have an unreliable second baseman we need to find out what the young guys can do! This is the same with left field.  We have no idea who is the left fielder of the future.  We know it’s not Pie.  So why is Nolan Reimold not playing every freaking night for the rest of the season so we know what he have.  If he plays well we can look at it as we have a decent option in left field heading into next season.  If not we know we have to look outside of the organization as we don’t have anyone in the minors ready to play that position.

Nolan Reimold and Blake Davis should be playing everyday.  We just brought Chris Davis in from Texas and he is playing everyday already.  We know what Pie and Andino and Brob give us now and none of it is great.  Let Reimold and Davis play everyday for the rest of the year and let’s see what these guys have to really offer us.  Hell, if you don’t honestly believe Blake Davis can play then bring Ryan Adams and his bat back up here and play him everyday. He’s hitting .288 with 8 homers at Norfolk this year. Not a lot of power but obviously he can hit.   We just need to be playing someone new that we think has potential and see what they really have to offer us for the rest of the year.  We’re only hurting the development of guys like Blake Davis when we call them up and then let them sit on the bench and get 20-30 at-bats a month.  It’s ridiculous.

Last week against the Blue Jays I remember Reimold having a home run and a double in a game and driving in 3 runs, I believe.  The next night we were facing Romero.  Reimold sat the next night because he was 1 for 10 career against Romero and Pie played because he was 2 for 5.  Ten freaking at-bats is not enough to have a track record against a guy.  It can take more at-bats than that to even get a real feel for a guy.  So you take Reimold out of the lineup when he is swinging a good stick so that you can play Felix freaking Pie.  It’s just ridiculous.  That is over managing at its finest.

You can’t plan for the future if you don’t know what you have in the present.  Stop micro-managing and just play these guys everyday and spell them with Pie and Andino.  Andino could spell Reimold, Hardy, or Blake Davis if we needed him to.  We have to find out what we have if we’re ever going to get better in the future.  As always, thank god for the Ravens.

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Don’t worry, Friday Mud isn’t going anywhere at the trade deadline

Posted on 29 July 2011 by Drew Forrester

Yes, it’s really happening.  Football is back.

This time last week, a deal between the players and owners looked all but done.  It took through the weekend to get it hammered out, but here we are on Friday now and real live football is taking place in Owings Mills today.

I have no idea what the Ravens are going to do in 2011.  My guess is that they’ll be pretty good, but I’ll stop right there as far as predictions go.

So, while I don’t know what the Ravens record will be this season, I do know that virtually everyone in town is thrilled to have something to follow in the upcoming months that smells of legitimacy.  Once September 11 rolls around and the games start counting – and mattering – the weeks are filled with reflection, happiness, disgust, promise, hope and community spirit.

These are fun times.

And Friday Mud promises to be fun today, too.  I can’t guarantee you a winner as far as the Ravens go, but I can certainly promise you – and deliver – a winning edition of Friday Mud.

Go ahead and read it.  And please put a “w” next to Friday Mud’s name in the standings.

It’s a win.

Have a great weekend.

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>  So, by now you’ve seen the highlights of Wednesday’s game in Toronto where Felix Pie threw the ball backwards, basically, while trying to get someone out at the plate. Later on in the game, he forgot that a passed ball on strike 3 was a “live ball” and simply stood at home plate and started to take off his batting gear. No one knows who the culprit was, but evidently some wise ass in the Orioles locker room left THIS CARD for Pie after the game.  Harsh, I’d say.  But good advice, for sure.

>  We’ve made fun of Steelers fans around here and with good reason.  This time, though, the joke is on us.  Remember a few months back when I quipped that you’d never see two decent looking female Steelers fans in the same photo?  I was wrong. You want proof?  Check out THESE TWO STEELERS FANS.

>  If you’re a fan of the local sports media scene, you’re well aware that Fox 45 TV anchor Bruce Cunningham abruptly “departed” from his afternoon radio gig at 105.7 The Fan back in the spring.  Lots of people wondered what exactly Bruce would do with all of his free time.  Turns out our WNST private investigator uncovered the REAL story behind Cunningham’s sudden exit.  He recently started a movie production company.  Don’t believe me?  Well, RIGHT HERE is the proof.

>  To avoid having to talk about the baseball team’s woeful summer of baseball for four hours every Friday, I’ve taken to playing my top 10 favorite albums of all time to mark the end of the work week.  This week, I’m down to my #4 all-time favorite and it comes from THIS MAN.  It’s certainly hard to pick one of his great albums as my favorite, but I went ahead and chose Darkness on The Edge of Town.

>  Let’s face it, the Orioles pitching staff needs a new look.  They have some young arms down on the farm, but I don’t see any of them coming up and being better than what we already have in Baltimore.  I took it upon myself to find someone who is probably just a tad better than the likes of Simon, Bergesen, Gregg and Hendrickson.  And I think I did.  I’m fairly certain THIS GUY could get more hitters out than some of the dudes we’re trotting out there these days.

>  Evidently I’m no longer allowed to be critical, post criticisms or offer a negative opinion of anything Boston-related, so I’ve recently taken the high road and resorted to posting positive things about Beantown.  With that, I found a great photo of a spirited, intense, enthusiastic young Red Sox fan.  As you can see, the young man is clearly growing up to be a “natural” supporter of the “Sawx”, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots.  In fact, as you SEE HERE, he has quickly picked up on some of the true nuances of rooting for the various teams in Boston.

>  I never knew athletes kept photos in their uniforms for special moments, but evidently a lot of them do.  The urban legend is that they keep pictures on their person to reply to hecklers.  Like, for instance, the moment a few weeks ago when the Yankees were in Tampa Bay and some college guys started berating Derek Jeter about his batting average.  Jeter paused in the on-deck circle, reached into his back pocket, said, “Any of you clowns ever have this happen you?” and then displayed THIS PHOTO.  It got awfully quiet after that.

>  I thought the Three Stooges were all dead.  As you can see RIGHT HERE, they’re very much alive.

>  Tiger Woods announced on Thursday that he will return to action at next week’s event at Firestone CC in Akron, OH. Woods took to Twitter to announce his return to the TOUR.  He also unveiled a message for his critics, deciding to use THIS OLD PHOTO to inform everyone of some additional new plans in his life.

>  At the annual Philadelphia Flyers Fan Club convention last month in Florida, the itinerary included a number of recreational activities including softball, cornhole and darts.  They also had a special Friday night “Hotties in the Hot Tub” happy hour where all attractive female Flyers fans were advised to put on their hottest swim wear and convene at the hotel hot tub for some reckless behavior.  HERE is what the hot tub happy hour looked like.

>  I’ve tried to give Glenn Clark some personal advice and urged him to broaden his horizons and try to learn more about our government and the political nature of our great nation.  Last week, I stressed to him that he should read up on our country’s national security…in fact, great minds continue to author extraordinary books on the subject of defense.  I picked THIS ONE up for Glenn last week.  A great read…

>  As the Toronto Blue Jays worked feverishly on a trade this past Wednesday, their GM and his support staff got so fed up with interruptions in their office they put a sign up on the door that read “TRADE IN PROGRESS, PLEASE STAY AWAY UNTIL DEAL IS DONE”.  The Orioles front office put up a sign on their front door at roughly the same time the Blue Jays were working on that deal to acquire Colby Rasmus from the Cardinals.  In Baltimore, the sign on the door of Andy MacPhail’s office LOOKED LIKE THIS.

The Shoot Section (where I tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth)

Back in April, after a couple of years of being bothered with various bothersome ailments and injuries, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and began treatment with antibiotics. Depending on which medical expert you believe, those antibiotics can either be of great help or great harm.  Personally, they helped me greatly, if that counts for anything.  What I’m really here to do today is to remind you that you must not only check yourself for ticks every single time you’ve been outdoors, but you must remain cognizant of the Lyme Disease symptoms and visit your doctor if you find yourself coming down with any of them. RIGHT HERE is a simple but extremely informative web page about Lyme Disease.  If caught early, you’re much more likely to not have the disease wreck you like it did to me for the better part of three years.  Be vigilant, check yourself for ticks regularly, know how to remove them from your body if, in fact, you find one on you, and be completely aware of the symptoms — many of which might disguise themselves as everyday bothers like joint pain, heart palpitations and the like.

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Faces of Orioles ‘Dark Ages’

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Faces of Orioles ‘Dark Ages’

Posted on 19 July 2011 by Glenn Clark

Continuing to watch Felix Pie stumble and bumble his way around left field night after night lead Drew Forrester and I to come up with an idea for this week’s Tuesday Top 7.

This week’s topic was The Top 7 “Faces of the Orioles’ Dark Ages.” The “dark ages” would be the time between 1998-present where the Baltimore Orioles have failed to post even one winning season.

Drew and I agreed that we wouldn’t include Pie on the list, mostly because at this point we would just be piling on.

Glenn Clark’s list…

7. Travis Driskill

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6. Garrett Atkins

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5. Jose Morban

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4. Daniel Cabrera

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3. Freddie Bynum

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2. Rafael Palmeiro/Sammy Sosa/Vladimir Guerrero

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1. Marty Cordova

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Drew Forrester’s list…

7. Matt Riley

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6. Mike Gonzalez

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5. Jay Gibbons

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4. Sammy Sosa

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3. Adam Loewen

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2. Brian Roberts

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1. Justin Duchscherer

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If you missed the explanation of why these players made the list on “The Morning Reaction” Tuesday on AM1570 WNST, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

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Morning Reaction Orioles Midseason Report Card

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Morning Reaction Orioles Midseason Report Card

Posted on 06 July 2011 by Glenn Clark

The Baltimore Orioles are now two games into the second half of the 2011 season. On Wednesday’s edition of “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, Drew Forrester and I gave our grades for Orioles players during the first half of the season.

CATCHERS:

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Matt Wieters-Glenn Clark B+, Drew Forrester B
Jake Fox-Glenn D, Drew D
Craig Tatum-Glenn C-, Drew B

INFIELDERS:

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Derrek Lee-Glenn D+, Drew D
Brian Roberts-Glenn D, Drew D
JJ Hardy-Glenn A-, Drew A
Mark Reynolds-Glenn B-, Drew C-
Robert Andino-Glenn C+, Drew C
Blake Davis-Glenn C, Drew B-
Cesar Izturis-Glenn D, Drew D
Ryan Adams-Glenn C, Drew D
Brandon Snyder-Glenn C-, Drew C-

OUTFIELDERS/DESIGNATED HITTERS:

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Luke Scott-Glenn D, Drew D
Adam Jones-Glenn B-, Drew B+
Nick Markakis-Glenn B-, Drew C-
Nolan Reimold-Glenn C+, Drew C-
Felix Pie-Glenn F, Drew D-
Vladimir Guerrero-Glenn D+, Drew D+

STARTING PITCHERS:

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Jeremy Guthrie-Glenn C+, Drew C+
Jake Arrieta-Glenn B-, Drew C
Zach Britton-Glenn B, Drew B
Brian Matusz-Glenn D, Drew F
Chris Tillman-Glenn D, Drew D
Brad Bergesen-Glenn D+, Drew C-
Chris Jakubauskas-Glenn C-, Drew D

RELIEF PITCHERS:

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Koji Uehara-Glenn B, Drew B+
Jim Johnson-Glenn B+, Drew B-
Pedro Viola-Glenn C, Drew C
Kevin Gregg-Glenn C-, Drew C+
Alfredo Simon-Glenn C-, Drew C-
Jeremy Accardo-Glenn D, Drew D
Mike Gonzalez-Glenn D, Drew D
Josh Rupe-Glenn D, Drew D
Jason Berken-Glenn C, Drew C-
Clay Rapada-Glenn D-, Drew B-
Troy Patton-Glenn D, Drew F

MANAGER:

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Buck Showalter-Glenn C-, Drew B+

If you missed the breakdown of our midseason grades on Wednesday’s edition of “The Morning Reaction”, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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