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The Ray Lewis dance

Posted on 15 March 2008 by caseywillett

Something that is always a topic of discussion for the Ravens is whether Ray Lewis is dancing or not or if he should dance or not. I know the Ravens got away from it more this year than in the past and wanted to do more of a team unity thing by coming out of the tunnel together.
 
There are and have been guys in the past that played on the Ravens that do not care too much for Ray’s dance, while others would lobby for Billick to let Ray dance. There was a feeling among some players that Ray should have stopped it after Terrell Owens mocked it in that Eagles – Ravens game. I was at Lincoln Financial Field that afternoon and that will be one of the moments in sports that is etched in my mind was watching people in the press box’s reaction to T.O. doing the Ray dance. Kevin Millar even tried to pull it off when being introduced during Orioles opening day.
 
So here is my question to you. If John Harbaugh and the Ravens took an informal poll as to whether you the fans want to see Ray do his dance every Sunday during home games or not, what would you say?

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GIBBONS, AND RUMORS THAT BETTER NOT BE TRUE

Posted on 07 December 2007 by Allen McCallum

 

It turns out that Gibbons was telling the truth all of that time when he continued to deny using steroids. Indeed he wasn’t.  He was using HGH all along. Gibbons simply adds to the long list of humiliations the Orioles have suffered during this decade of discontent.

Almost from his first spring training in Baltimore when he earned the nickname Popeye, people have suspected Gibbons of using performance enhancers. He is the classic example of why enhancers are used. An average…or below average athlete who may need something to help him get over the hump. One big season, and a couple of exciting career moments, are turned into a long term, multi-million dollar contract that will provide for him, his children, and probably his children’s children. If you had the chance to do it, wouldn’t you consider it?

Yes, all of the orioles 1st base/ outfielders/ DH’s have distinguished themselves in this off-season. Millar, Huff, and Gibbons have damaged their credibility, and have turned off a fan-base that is looking for anything in the Orioles to embrace. IF there were any three players who I would say the Orioles could just release it would be these three players, and that is before you include the off-season mishaps.

At least Gibbons knew enough to be humble in the moment, apologize for his actions, and not appeal the suspension. Another situation where an athlete vows that there is more to the story and you will understand when the truth comes out, with no follow through would have not been good for anyone.

RUMORS

Two rumors that involve the Orioles have surfaced in the last 48 hours which I pray are not true. The first involves Tejada going to the Astros for players such as Adam Everett, and Chris Burke. While Everett is a quality defender, the Astros are looking to move these players because they can’t hit. Chris Burke has been such a bust that even after Craig Biggio retired, the Astros went to free agency and blocked Burke (a player that they have been waiting for for some time now) with the signing of Kaz Matsui. If they can’t hit in the National League, in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the game, what are they going to do in the AL East? Can anyone say under the Mendoza line?

The other rumor involves Roberts going to the Cubs for players sush as Matt Murton and Sean Marshall. Matt Murton? Matt Murton?? …. Matt Murton??? Come on now! I know that McPhail came from the Cubs, but COME ON NOW!!! McPhail needs to find a way to trade with a team other than the Cubs. There is a reason why they are current team with the longest run without a championship.

If the rumors are true, the Orioles could have moved Ramon Hernandez in a deal for Lastings Milledge. If McPhail picks up Everett Burke and Murton for Roberts and Tejada after passing up Milledge and several other names thrown in by other organizations, you would immediately have to wonder if we have the right man at the wheel. Right now they are just rumors, and I hope that is what they will remain.

JONES TO THE DODGERS

The Dodgers are following their Los Angeles counterparts in signing another center fielder a year after overpaying for one in the previous off-season (Matthews and Pierre respectively) Andruw Jones only signed for two years. If he is a bust it won’t kill them. The money is far too much. He is still one of the best defenders, but he isn’t what he once was. They are bringing him in for his pop. The problem is that his pop last year was nothing like what it was the previous two seasons. On top of it, Dodger Stadium isn’t a hitters haven. Given the cost, I would have to say that the Dodgers will regret this move. A $12 – $15 million dollar per season price tag, and I might have a different opinion. The good news from an Oriole perspective is that it may make it a little easier to pry Matt Kemp from the Dodgers in any potential deals now that they have Jones.

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Casey at the bat: More coverage of sock gate 200

Posted on 27 April 2007 by caseywillett

Who would have thought that an April game between the Orioles and the Red Sox would have this kind of media attention? Ok, most of the attention is on Gary Thorne versus Curt Schilling and Doug Mirabelli in blood versus paint match, but still.

It is such a big deal that a reporter from ESPN was doing an interview with Kevin Millar about it, when he realized he was holding the microphone upside down and was talking into the wrong end until someone noticed it.

If you heard Kevin Millar

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Casey at the bat: Random thought

Posted on 26 April 2007 by caseywillett

Can someone explain to me the reason for baseball players having their back pocket turned inside out? Is it the fashion trend in baseball? Does it mean something?

The interaction between Kevin Millar, Jason Varitek, and Curt Schilling, when Millar comes to bat is a pretty interesting thing to watch.

Is Willy Mo Pena the biggest center fielder in baseball? He does a nice job of covering some ground out in the outfield as well.

Manny Ramirez is one RBI away from being tied for the most RBI

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O’s note

Posted on 21 April 2007 by caseywillett

John Knott is headed back to Norfolk today after Jay Payton has returned to the team. Payton said it feels great to be back with the team, and is not worried about his playing time, still feels he has to prove that he deserves to be in the lineup-which in case you are wondering, he will not be tonight.

  1. Brain Roberts 2b
  2. Melvin Mora 3b
  3. Nick Markakis RF
  4. Miguel Tejada SS
  5. Aubrey Huff 1B
  6. Kevin Millar DH
  7. Jay Gibbons LF
  8. Corey Patterson CF
  9. Paul Bako C

Ramon Hernandez is in the clubhouse, but not listed on the board as available tonight. Saw Ramon in the hall and he is bandaged up like he just finished a fight with Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Hulk Hogan, and Kamala.

The new Orioles team shirts are being worn around the clubhouse, and let

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Morning though

Posted on 12 April 2007 by caseywillett

To say the Orioles lineup is struggling would be the understatement of the year, but look at these numbers:

Brian Roberts 2-22
Melvin Mora 5-22
Nick Markakis 6-22

To me none of them seem to be pressing as much as Brian Roberts is. Brian always seems to be going after the 1st pitch or chasing bad pitches.

 

Is Gary Sheffield in the Sammy Sosa part of his career?  He just looks absolutely over matched when he is at the plate and not able to get around on pitches like he used to. Sheffield has one of the more violent swings in baseball and when his timing is on he can hit some monster shots in any given ball park.

Last night (not sure how it played out on television) that ball that Craig Monroe hit was a absolute shot out of Camden Yards.  With the way the weather was last night, you were going to have to hit a blast like that for it to get out. Most nights the ball that Kevin Millar hit would have been about 3 rows deep in the left field bleachers, but again the ball was not carrying out of the park last night.

The Royals come into town tonight and much of the hype will be about Alex Gordon, who is being picked to be the next coming of George Brett.

The Orioles need to get their bats going soon or things could get ugly for them quickly.

The crowd last night, albeit small, was very much into the game, cheering until the Craig Monroe ball landed on top of Edgar’s.

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Respect, hot chocolate, and cheese stea

Posted on 12 April 2007 by caseywillett

Adam Loewen earned some more respect from his teammates in the top of the 5th inning when he drilled Gary Sheffield with a pitch after Justin Verlander had hit Miguel Tejada in the 3rd inning.

I am sure Miguel Tejada appreciates the fact that Adam was willing to show the Tigers that it is not okay to hit one of his teammates with a pitch. I know some baseball purists do not like it, but to me, that is part of what baseball is all about.

The thing with hitting a guy with a pitch in retaliation is that you can not make it look obvious — like if Adam would have hit the first Tigers’ batter he saw after Miguel was hit.

Good news! I found the hot chocolate that I have been searching for the last two nights — now if I could only find the fluffy marshmallows.

Celebrity sighting at the ballpark tonight — Mike from Mike’s Doughboys! Do not tell anyone, but Mike was wearing an Orioles hat and shirt. Rumor is that Rob asked him if he had any cheese steaks in his car, and if so, could he get one to go.

It is well documented that I am a fan of Kevin Millar and what he brings to the team. Kevin was playing a mean air guitar with his bat during batting practice. Kevin is a big Godsmack fan and was airing it out to the song “Speak.”

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At the pa

Posted on 11 April 2007 by caseywillett

Ok, so Kevin Millar is not known for his break away speed, but that slide into 2nd base in the 3rd inning was pretty funny. To think he ran that fast and did not do any damage to that piano he was carrying on his back.

 

It is only four innings in, but Jaret Wright has looked good so far tonight.

 

 

Can you blame Sean Casey for ducking out of the way of the piece of broken bat flying at on the Nick Markakis single?

 

 

I still get concerned a little when any fly ball that requires some running is hit to Jay Gibbons- but hey give him credit he got to it.

 

Rough night for Pudge Rodriguez for the Tigers, 1st he gets a foul ball that goes off his foot, then he leads of the inning and gets a Ric Flair like chop from Jaret Wright while running to 1st base.

 

 

So I drafted players tonight for this home run derby that I am for the season, here is my team:

David Ortiz

Manny Ramirez

Mark Teixeira

Miguel Cabrera

Gary Sheffield

Chipper Jones

 

I like my chances

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Thoughts with my bowl of fruit loo

Posted on 10 April 2007 by caseywillett

For those of you that might have missed it yesterday, or want a good laugh this morning, here is the video of Kevin Millar dancing yesterday.

 

There are some other ones of Kevin on there that I am going to ask him about this afternoon-in particular one video that you will find of Millar when you watch the above video.

 

Tonight will be a big night for Jaret Wright when he toes the mound against the Tigers, Jaret has to go out there and prove that the performance in Minnesota was a hopeful hiccup, but we shall see.

 

Another positive out of yesterdays game, was that the bullpen got a little bit of a rest after being used a lot over the first week of the season.

 

Anyone see Sir Sidney getting beat around by the Twins last night? They were teeing off on him last night, the A-Rod HR was a shot to the opposite field-again I am sticking to my A-Rod MVP case.

 

 

Will be back later today with more thoughts about tonight

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Opening D

Posted on 10 April 2007 by caseywillett

I made it in to Camden Yards for Opening Day– a long story and day, but we will dive into that later.

I have already voted four times for Kevin Millar for team MVP.  I was a big fan of the move when the Orioles made it last year and think he can be productive when he gets enough at bats – “one five” loves him some “one five.”

Think Cal Ripken is not universally respected by baseball players?  Look no further than when Cal was being introduced.  Several of the Tigers came out and applauded for Cal, and when Cal was walking off the field, the Orioles team walked by and shook his hand. For all the things that are wrong in baseball, that was nice to see.

Very chilly sitting here in the press box today.  Not as cold however as the Sunday night game when the Red Sox opened here vs. the Orioles, when Sidney was the winning pitcher and Javy Lopez went deep on the first pitch he saw as an Oriole.

Ok, back to watching the game and trying to see if there are any celebrities in attendance today — other than Bruce Cunningham. Steve Bisciotti and Gary Williams are here together, a few rows behind the O

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