It’s a Happy Friday for me because in lieu of sleep last night, I instead ventured over the The Avenue in White Marsh to see Iron Man 2. It was the right decision. There is NOTHING better than Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, except for MAYBE Scarlett Johannson taking off her shirt in the back of a car. In fact, the movie could really have used more of her…
Let’s see what everyone has to say…
1. The AP’s Dave Campbell says Wigginton homered, Bergesen shined as Birds topped Twins at Target Field
Was there a little bit of an “it’s pouring down rain, let’s just swing the bat and get this over with” situation last night for both teams? Yeah, probably. But sometimes you win games like that. In fact, almost every team NOT named the Orioles had probably won a game like that this season. It’s like banking in a 3 point shot…it still counts.
If Ty Wigginton played for any other team in Major League Baseball, we’d probably request that he be steroid tested. For example, Kelly Johnson has hit 10 home runs for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season. I’d like to see him steroid tested.
But as far as Ty Wigginton is concerned, let’s stick with Brady Anderson’s “athletic opus” and just avoid the conversation moving forward.
2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of win
What jumps out at me from the box score last night are two things…
A-Brad Bergesen retired 20 hitters last night, yet didn’t post a single strikeout. Before we go too far down the “This was the Brad Bergsen of 2009″ path, let’s keep in mind that it was rainy and cold in Minnesota last night (I STILL don’t understand a completely open-air stadium there); and players-on both sides-were SWINGING. That being said, Bergesen was VERY effective, and hopefully can build on the start moving forward.
B-The Twinkies didn’t have a SINGLE leadoff hitter reach base last night in ANY inning. There’s no more simple formula for pitchers winning games than keeping leadoff hitters off base.
Now, two runs probably won’t win a whole ton of games this season-so forgive me if I’m not jumping off walls. It still felt good to get a win in a game that was completely uninteresting.
3. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Uehara effective in return to Orioles
What was goofier last night: Koji Uehara’s sideburns…
Or the goofy “Silver Elvis” wig Scott Olsen was wearing that apparently Washington Nationals players have been wearing all season…
Welcome back Koji. You can keep the sideburns, just don’t ever do what the Nats do.
4. The AP’s Rob Maaddi says Hall of Fame pitcher, former Oriole Robin Roberts passed away at 83
The news probably hit Jim Palmer as hard as anyone yesterday, as Roberts was a mentor to Cakes when the two were roommates early in Palmer’s career.
For obvious reasons, I don’t remember Robin Roberts as an Oriole, nor do I remember any of his MLB career. That being said, Roberts was an outstanding pitcher-and he clearly made an impact on Palmer, spurring his own HOF career. For that, I’m particularly grateful.
5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell homered, Chorye Spoone struggled for O’s on farm
And before we move on-a couple of things:
A. The Orioles and Twins are back at it tonight; first pitch from Target Field is at 8:10pm on MASN2. Kevin Millwood is slated to face Francisco Liriano-who has been UNREAL this season. If the Orioles lose just ONE of the next 3 games, I get a chinese lunch from Drew Forrester. I’m rooting for them to not lose ANY of them.
B. Congratulations to our “Apologists of the Morning”, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” this morning on AM1570 WNST’s “The Morning Reaction.” Scott Garceau and Jeremy Conn had Andy MacPhail on their show yesterday on 105.7, and a softball game broke out. They included such gems as “it’s no fun losing, huh?” and “You probably didn’t expect to see Lou Montanez in Centerfield this year, did you?”
Jennie Finch would have been proud…
6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Reed, Ngata, Washington, Webb, Nakamura won’t participate in Owings Mills this weekend; Oher expected to work at LT
After getting about 2 hours of sleep so I could see Iron Man last night, I’m going to be about as excited to stand out there and watch Donte’ Stallworth catch balls as I would be to go down to Camden Yards at this point in the season.
And of course John Harbaugh will actually let us watch all of practice this weekend, the one time of the year when I have no interest in actually watching all of practice.
Obviously, there are plenty of things to pay attention to. We’ll have to see just how serious the Ravens may be about flipping Michael Oher and Jared Gaither. We’ll also be watching to see how the snaps are divided at WR behind Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason and Stallworth. On top of that, we’ll watch to see how quickly guys like Terrence Cody and Sergio Kindle adapt to Greg Mattison’s defense.
And then we’ll remember that it is May 7th.
Football season can’t come quickly enough.
7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Paul Kruger to work exclusively at DE during weekend minicamp at 1 Winning Drive
This will be something else worth watching this weekend. As I mentioned the other day, there is a TON of depth at LB for this team going into Training Camp, which makes this move seem like it may pay off. Of course, we’ll have to see if Kruger’s bulked up frame really translates into more “oomph” if you will, as the team can use ANY HELP THEY CAN GET when it comes to getting to the quarterback.
Well, any help besides Lawrence Taylor that is.
What? Too soon?
8. The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt says former Ravens CB Samari Rolle will officially retire from NFL
As I said before, Samari is in the Derrick Mason/Rod Woodson/Trevor Pryce/Michael McCrary mix amongst the greatest free agent signings in Ravens history.
Similarly, Sara Galimberti is in the mix amongst the greatest track athletes in the history of Italy (Thanks Busted Coverage!)…
9. LoyolaGreyhounds.com previews tomorrow afternoon’s showdown with Johns Hopkins at Ridley Athletic Complex
It isn’t quite Morgan State-Coppin State basketball, but this really is a great example of BALTIMORE college sports. Both teams have a lot on the line, as JHU can’t make the NCAA Tournament without a win, and Loyola could be in Tournament danger with a loss.
(Edit from GMC: They’ll make the Tournament with a loss, but they’ll be a LONG way away from the Final Four sleeper status many of us felt they had attained weeks ago).
I’m stoked. I know Chris Bonetti is stoked. What the hell else are you going to do tomorrow? Lay out on the beach in Ocean City and check out chicks? Lame…
Oh wait, no. No, that’s not lame at all. But not as cool as the Greyhounds and Blue Jays. A game that you can hear right here on AM1570 WNST.
10. The Sun’s Mike Preston says onus on Towson attack to top Delaware tomorrow in CAA Tournament final
And with the improved play of Travis Love in the cage for the Tigers, I would tend to agree with Mike.
If you missed Tigers coach Tony Seaman on with Drew this morning, check out the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at the top of the page.
I suggest you go to Loyola-Hopkins, then haul down Charles Street to check out Towson-Delaware.
I also suggest you check out pictures of Edurne Garcia from FHM Spain, and give a tip of the cap to Guyism for passing them along to us…
11. Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Schoolyard Dreams could challenge Super Saver in Preakness
Most of my schoolyard dreams involved Topanga of course…
And finally, I leave you with this…
How I forgot to post the Ke$ha intro from The Simpsons last weekend is beyond me. I will correct that mistake now.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…