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Drew’s Morning Dish — Mon., June 24

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Drew’s Morning Dish — Mon., June 24

Posted on 24 June 2013 by Drew Forrester

I don’t care if the Blue Jays swept the Orioles over the weekend, I’m still playing Geddy Lee singing the Canadian national anthem at some point during Monday’s show.

It’s not his fault the Orioles’ pitchers can’t get anyone out.

You’re never as good as you look when you’re winning and never as bad as you look when you’re losing, but the Birds pretty much stunk up the joint over the weekend.  Take away the nice effort from Miguel Gonzalez on Saturday and just about everyone got a failing grade for the series with the Blue Jays.

No big deal.

Lots of baseball left.

Granted, it would help boost our hopes here in Baltimore if a couple of decent players were added between now and the trade deadline — and I’m not talking about NOT Bruce Chen and Brian Roberts.  I’m talking about newcomers…guys with a pedigree who might be able to help the club this year and beyond.

But, even with this team and no new arrivals, the Birds will be competing for a post-season spot come September because none of the other teams in the division are anywhere near good enough to pull away in August.

Once Labor Day rolls around, most or all of the AL East teams will still have a puncher’s chance of earning a playoff spot.

It’s a long season.

One lost weekend in Toronto doesn’t end it.

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I had to laugh at the folks clamoring for the O’s to retaliate against Jose Bautista after his gesture to Darren O’Day on Saturday afternoon in Toronto.

You people crack me up…almost as much as those asinine “unwritten rules” of baseball crack me up.

Here’s the best way to retaliate LIKE A MAN against Bautista:  Strike him out.

If you want to retaliate like a coward, go ahead and throw a baseball at the guy.  That’s surely going to teach him a lesson.

Here’s one other thing the Orioles could try:  Scoring some runs.  That might help win a game or two in Toronto.

I applaud Buck Showalter for not bowing to the pressure that existed from a lot of baseball nerds out there — and for just sticking to the game and not trying to get any of his players hurt via either a retaliation pitch or a brawl.

Last time I checked, the Orioles have a pretty decent ballclub.

No sense in losing a player – a la Zack Greinke earlier this season – for 6-8 weeks because you decided to incite a riot after some guy on the other team made a gesture at one of your players.

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I’ve been a member at Mountain Branch golf course in Joppa since 2001 and I have to say that over the last two months – including right now – the place is in the best shape I’ve EVER seen it.

You won’t find another daily fee course in the area – in its price range – in better condition.

The new owners (two local Baltimore businessmen) and the new head golf professional have really made a significant impact this spring/summer.

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The Flyers are evidently about to part company with Danny Briere.

I’m not even going to pre-consider what I would do if he, somehow, wound up in Washington.

I would probably take an official hiatus as a Capitals fan.

Seriously…

 

 

 

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With every nerve aware, here are my Top 50 Rush songs of all time

Posted on 07 September 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

With my favorite Canadian rock band back on the road — approaching 60 years old, each of them — I am back into a groove of listening to Rush. I’ve been listening to Rush since 1980. I wrote about it extensively when they played in Baltimore in April 2011.

And since I’ve always presented my favorite songs by my favorite musical artists, today I present my Top 50 songs — a in very specific order.

These are some liner notes and odes to my favorite lines in my favorite Rush songs. And if you’re a casual Rush fan, here are some “new” songs for you to check out. I didn’t include any songs from Clockwork Angels simply because it’s too young to be put into perspective against the rest of the catalog.

I love me some Rush…

MY Top 50 RUSH SONGS

50. The Pass – Something has to be last in line and I really like this song. “Rebel without a conscience, martyr without a cause…”

49. Grand Designs – I love most of this album. “So much style without substance, so much stuff without style.”

48. The Body Electric – Always loved the drum and bass intro to this one. Old school, underappreciated.

47. Digital Man – “He picks up scraps of information, he’s adept at adaptation. Because for strangers and arrangers, constant change is here to stay…”

46. The Enemy Within – “It takes a little more persistence
to get up and go the distance…”

45. Mystic Rhythms – “The more we think we know about the greater the unknown. We suspend our disbelief and we are not alone…”

44. Earthshine – A beacon in the night.

43. By-Tor And The Snow Dog – They busted this one out a few years ago and the crowd went nuts.

42. Roll The Bones – “Why are we here?”

41. Fly By Night – Overplayed on the radio, I know you’ll think I have this one a little low but it’s never been my favorite.

40. Working Them Angels – Best of the more recent material for me.

39. Working Man – Another one that classic rock seems to like and this was the song that made them a viable U.S. band.

38. Nobody’s Hero – Took a lot of courage to write this one. I like musicians with courage. I like this song.

37. Driven – Incredible bass lines in this one that’s a hard charger.

36. Overture (2112) – Classic, timeless, spacey.

35. Temples of Syrinx – Love the crowd reaction to this one.

34. La Villa Strangiato – Some say the hardest song in rock and roll to play.

33. Stick It Out – “Don’t swallow your anger, don’t swallow the lies…”

32. Witch Hunt – “Quick to judge, quick to anger, slow to understand. Ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand…”

31. Big Money — Got no soul.

30. Jacob’s Ladder — “The clouds prepare for battle…”

29. Middletown Dreams – “Dreams transport desires, drive you when you’re down…”

28. Manhattan Project — Dropping the big one.

27. In The Mood — “Hey baby it’s a quarter to eight…”

26. The Analog Kid — “When I leave I don’t know what I’m hoping to find and when I leave I don’t what I’m leaving behind…”

SEE PAGE TWO FOR TOP 25

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