It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because the new Jack Johnson disc “To The Sea” came out yesterday. It’s pretty good. Good enough that I’ll make “The Upsetter” this week’s “Greatest Song of All Time This Week”…
Let’s see what everyone has to say…
1. The AP’s Howie Rumberg says Tejada made costly error as Orioles fell to Yankees in New York
Our girl Jen Royle described it as one of the most “heartbreaking” losses of the season. The rest of us barely even noticed it happened. In fact, as the game was coming to a close; I was getting in my car to go check out Shrek (which was okay) over at The Avenue in White Marsh. This wasn’t heartbreaking, this was Orioles Baseball 2010.
Javier Vasquez was the most likely of the 3 pitchers going for the Yanks this week for the Orioles to have a chance against. So…scratch that.
As far as the Tejada play is concerned, Tejada should have been able to get the throw there, and Wigginton should have been able to make the scoop. Of course, Tejada isn’t really a good MLB 3rd baseman, and Wigginton isn’t really a good MLB 1st baseman, so it’s hard for me to be made about any of it.
Or anything else related to this awful team.
2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of loss
Well, Brian Matusz was really good. 6 2/3 innings, 3 runs (just 1 earned-and the other two given up after he left), 6 hits, 5 k’s, 3 BB.
The Orioles lost the game on an Alex Rodriguez groundout.
It’s really tough to talk about it. In fact, I’m taking a break for a second. Here’s a picture of Liz Parada from What Would Tyler Durden Do. We’ll reconvene shortly.
3. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says O’s mustered just 5 hits against Javier Vasquez in loss
Or, as Drew explained this morning-they had exactly as many hits as Alanis Morissette did on “Jagged Little Pill.”
Corey Patterson hit a home run, so at least we have that going for us.
Adam Jones and Julio Lugo each finished the game with 4 LOB. Not as if it was a game chocked full of missed opportunities, but the 7th inning does come to mind.
Nope, talking about the game again was a mistake. I should have known better. I’m moving on.
4. Fanhouse’s Ed Price describes Birds as ‘failure’
Which means he knows enough to make him qualified to talk about the team.
The Orioles ARE a failure.
Peter Schmuck wrote something this morning about the Orioles needing to do the right thing and let Dave Trembley go. We discussed it on the morning show, and I will admit (although I’m going to break out in hives doing it), that I might sign off on Andy MacPhail NOT firing Dave Trembley during the season.
If the Orioles DO fire Trembley (and we all know they should), they’re left with two options:
1-Hire someone in house (like Juan Samuel or Brad Komminsk) for the rest of the season on an interim basis. The risk associated with a move like this is that the team might somehow actually WIN a few games with a new manager. It’s unlikely, but it’s (I guess) possible. If they could find a way to win a few games, they may be forced to keep a guy like Samuel or Komminsk around, especially if they appear to have developed chemistry with guys like Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters, Adam Jones and Brian Matusz who actually are part of “The Plan.”
2-The team could go out and hire a real manager like Bob Melvin or Tom Kelly; but they’d be handing them a terrible team. The reality is that the team is still likely to trade away a few guys who have been productive this season (Luke Scott, Kevin Millwood, Ty Wigginton, Miguel Tejada are all possibilities); and they’ll have little chance to win games. Bringing a new manager into a losing culture doesn’t bode well for creating a “new atmosphere” moving forward.
The only person who could manage the team the rest of the season and wins and losses would be irrelevant would be Dave Trembley.
The issue is, I can never sign off on doing something that involves winning being irrelevant.
Every day the Orioles allow Dave Trembley to manage the team, they’re saying winning is irrelevant-as the Orioles are NOT winning.
Much like the team, this is a no win situation. The team has no one to blame but themselves, as they came into the season with no chance of winning-and this is what they deserve for that.
As far as fixing it, they might not have much of a choice but to let Trembley finish the season.
It’s not like any of us will be watching the rest of the way anyway.
5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Caleb Joseph, Steve Johnson had big nights on farm
And before we move on from this wretched ballclub, a few more things:
-The Orioles are back in action tonight-apparently their petition to cancel the rest of the games was denied by Bud Selig. Brad Bergesen goes to the hill against Phil Hughes, first pitch at Yankee Stadium on MASN is at 7:05pm.
-We still have a few spots left on our Miller Lite Orange Bus Trip to The Bronx tomorrow; as we’ll watch Kevin Millwood hopefully pick up his first win since coming to Baltimore against CC Sabathia. Seeing as how there’s going to be Miller Lite and Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square is catering breakfast, I’d be fine if we were going to see an AHL game. Some of our roster might as well be in the AHL anyway.
6. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ravens officially brought back George Kokinis
This has been one of the stranger offseason storylines I can remember. It was known that Kokinis was coming back months ago-but for some reason the team wouldn’t talk about it. In fact, when I asked John Harbaugh about it at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, he not only blew the question off, he appeared to be about ready to strange me after that.
There is a rumor that the team had to remain quiet about it because of a pending lawsuit Kokinis has with the Cleveland Browns. There’s also a rumor that the team remained quiet about it as they were trying to define his role alongside Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta.
Who knows what the reason really is, but it seems like bringing back a respected personnel man to the organization can’t possibly be a bad thing for anyone involved.
7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens reportedly set to sign K Shayne Graham to compete with Billy Cundiff
It’s about time.
I’m not sure why it’s taken this long (and it still isn’t done by the way) for the team to make this happen, but this is a welcome addition to the team. Hopefully Graham and Cundiff will push each otehr not only during the remaining OTA’s, but also when they get to Westminster for Training Camp.
Of course, this isn’t exactly like picking between Kelly Brook and Megan Fox in a beauty contest. There’s a reason the Cincinnati Bengals parted ways with Shayne Graham after last season (his two misses in the Wild Card game against the New York Jets were certainly a big part of that), and Billy Cundiff was adequate but not exceptional for the Ravens.
Also, the Ravens had hoped that Steve Hauschka and Graham Gano would push each other at McDaniel College last summer, but it didn’t exactly translate to much success for either guy. Simply having a competition doesn’t mean the competitors are primed to succeed.
For the record, after looking at the pictures of Kelly Brook from FHM United Kingdom that Guyism posted yesterday, there’s half a chance I’d pick her OVER Megan Fox…
8. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says eyes will be on undrafted free agents like Mike McLaughlin, Prince Miller during this week’s Rookie Camp
A couple of reminders before we move on from the Ravens:
-We will be out at 1 Winning Drive today for Rookie Camp, and will have updates during the day via Twitter (@WNST). You’ll be able to hear from John Harbaugh and players this afternoon with Rex Snider and Ray Bachman on AM1570.
-TONIGHT is our annual Purple Rookies Show at Casey’s in Towson. This is your chance to hear from and meet the NEWEST Baltimore Ravens, including Sergio Kindle and Terrence Cody. It’s going to be a lot of fun, make sure you come out and meet the new guys! If for some reason you miss the show tonight, it will air tomorrow morning at 9am after Nestor Aparicio fills in for Drew Forrester and I on “The Morning Reaction.”
9. Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says former Maryland guard Eric Hayes, former Morgan State guard Reggie Holmes worked out with Wizards
Neither of these guys is going to be selected in the NBA Draft, but I expect both of them to get a shot on a NBA Summer League roster in Las Vegas this year; where they’ll have a chance to crack a roster. Both have valuable skills, but are incomplete players. They have something to offer, but it will have to be a right fit type of situation.
Holmes was SUPPOSED to join us this morning on “The Morning Reaction”, but missed it due to another workout. We’ll get him later in the week. In the meantime, make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today and check out Drew’s chats with Justin Gimelstob (the former tennis player and now Tennis Channel analyst who checked in with a live update from the French Open in Paris), Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl (who previewed the World Cup before heading over to South Africa), and Bowie Baysox INF Brandon Waring.
10. The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Duke coach John Danowski, Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan support Baltimore being at least semi-permanent home for lacrosse Final Four
And you’re certainly not going to get a dissenting opinion from me.
Nor are you going to get a dissenting opinion regarding whether or not Francoise Boufhal is attractive (Thanks Barstool Sports!)…
And finally, I leave you with this.
Since we’re going to be in The Big Apple tomorrow, I’m thinking about picking up an Elvis sandwich. Peanut butter, bananas, honey, bacon, etc? Yes please. Apparently they have some in the Village…
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…