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Our Ravens-Steelers Pats on The Ass

Posted on 07 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Nasty Purple Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.” Ryan & I select five different players to receive pats.

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 23-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field…

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. Ben Grubbs

4. Bernard Pollard

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3. Cary Williams

2. John Harbaugh

1. Joe Flacco (Pat on Both Cheeks)

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Our Ravens-Cardinals “Pats On The Ass”

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Our Ravens-Cardinals “Pats On The Ass”

Posted on 30 October 2011 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Nasty Purple Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.”

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 30-27 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at M&T Bank Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. Jarret Johnson

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4. Dennis Pitta

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3. Sam Koch

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2. Joe Flacco

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1. Terrell Suggs (Pat on both cheeks)

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Our Ravens-Texans “Pats On The Ass”

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Our Ravens-Texans “Pats On The Ass”

Posted on 16 October 2011 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Nasty Purple Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.”

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 29-14 victory over the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. Ray Lewis

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4. Terrence Cody

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3. Joe Flacco

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2. Billy Cundiff

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1. Anquan Boldin (Pat on both cheeks)

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The Reality Check Presents “The Five Plays That Have Defined Ravens History”

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The Reality Check Presents “The Five Plays That Have Defined Ravens History”

Posted on 11 October 2011 by Glenn Clark

With no game to offer analysis for this weekend, Ryan Chell and I decided to go a different way with our Tuesday “Five Plays” segment. Instead of “The Five Plays That Determined The Game”, we went with “The Five Plays That Have Defined Baltimore Ravens History.”

Interesting, huh?

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Tony Siragusa pancakes Oakland Raiders QB Rich Gannon in the AFC Championship Game (January 2001)

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4. Le’Ron McClain 82 yard TD run against the Dallas Cowboys to close Cowboys Stadium (December 2008)

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3. Steve McNair intercepted by Indianapolis Colts DB  Nick Harper in AFC Divisional Round playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium (January 2007)

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2. Kyle Boller drops ball, Denver Broncos DL Demetrin Veal recovers fumble (December 2005)

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1. Ray Lewis breaks up pass intended for Eddie George, returns INT for touchdown against Tennessee Titans in AFC Divisional Round (January 2001)

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After Ravens 34-17 win over Jets there are plenty of “Pats on the Ass”

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After Ravens 34-17 win over Jets there are plenty of “Pats on the Ass”

Posted on 03 October 2011 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Nasty Purple Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.”

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 34-17 victory over the New York Jets at M&T Bank Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

Cary Williams

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Lardarius Webb

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Vonta Leach

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Andre Gurode

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Haloti Ngata (Pat on both cheeks)

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Ryan Chell’s Pats…

Jarret Johnson

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Ed Dickson

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Ed Reed

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Ray Rice

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Chuck Pagano (Pat on both cheeks)

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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NFL Week 1 game notes: Ravens vs. Steelers

Posted on 09 September 2011 by Chris Pika

Week 1 of the 2011 NFL schedule features a pair of teams that have waged one of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL over the past decade, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens.

Sunday’s 1 pm (CBS) game in M&T Bank Stadium may prove to be everything the NFL Kickoff opener was not Thursday night — a healthy dose of strong defense.

In our second edition of “From the notes …” for Week 1, we look inside the weekly PR game notes produced by the Steelers and Ravens PR departments and the NFL Communications office via the Elias Sports Bureau.

Pittsburgh won the AFC North last season with a 12-4 record. The Steelers were the AFC Champions, and the club advanced to Super Bowl XLV, where they lost to the Green Bay Packers:

SUDDEN START: Due to the labor impasse the 2011 offseason was all but lost, leaving just over a week for teams to sign undrafted rookies, free agents and their own draft picks that they selected back in late April.

For the Steelers the main focus was on resigning their own players to keep a nucleus in tact that had reaped tremendous success over the past few years.

Pittsburgh’s appearance last year in Super Bowl XLV marked the franchise’s third trip to the title game since 2005. The Steelers bring back 20 players that started in that Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh will also return 18 players that started at least 11 games last season, including 15 players that started 14 or more games.

Key players that the Steelers resigned in the offseason included CB Ike Taylor, LB LaMarr Woodley, OT Willie Colon, OT Jonathan Scott, K Shaun Suisham and NT Chris Hoke. Pittsburgh also signed LB Lawrence Timmons to a five-year contract extension.

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Celebrating Alomar and Gillick with Top 10 96-97 O’s Moments

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Celebrating Alomar and Gillick with Top 10 96-97 O’s Moments

Posted on 22 July 2011 by Glenn Clark

On Friday’s edition of “The Mobtown Sports Beat” on AM1570 WNST, Thyrl Nelson and I celebrated Sunday’s Cooperstown Hall of Fame inductions of Roberto Alomar and Pat Gillick with a four hour tribute to the 1996 & 1997 Baltimore Orioles.

During the show, I named my Top 10 moments during that special run in O’s history. As I explained last week, these Birds represented “The Only Magic I’ve Ever Known.”

(I didn’t include Jeffrey Maier or the season ending games in either season on this list. These were the memories we WANT to remember.)

10. Ripken passes Kinugasa (June 15, 1996)

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When Cal Ripken played in his 2,216th consecutive game in Kansas City, he already owned the record for consecutive games played.

If he had stopped at 2,210 consecutive games, there would have been no argument that he didn’t hold the record.

With no offense to Sachio Kinugasa, but nothing that happens in Japan can be fairly compared to anything in Major League Baseball. When Ripken surpassed Lou Gehrig in 1995, the record was his.

That being said, the fact that Kinugasa was able to attend the game at Kauffman Stadium made the warm June night pretty special. The evident connection between the two men made the night even more fun for baseball fans.

If you ever get the chance to chat with CSNBaltimore.com writer (and longtime Baltimore Sun columnist) John Eisenberg about this night, please do. The stories are a LOT of fun. I’d tell you myself, but they aren’t my stories.

9. Mussina NEARLY perfect (May 30, 1997)

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I have never been more captivated by watching a baseball game than I was that Friday night.

At the time, Home Team Sports (HTS) was still a premium channel on Comcast in Baltimore County. Friday night games however were regularly available over the air (most on WNUV 54), allowing 8th graders like myself to sit at home and watch the games instead of hanging out with our friends.

I’ll never forgive Sandy Alomar for the hit that he managed off Mike Mussina in the 9th inning that night. His brother is my baseball idol, but his name is evil in my mind.

There’s been only one Orioles no-hitter in my lifetime (a combined effort from Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson and Gregg Olson in 1991), never a solo no-hitter. I’ve seen the Orioles no-hit themselves a couple of times, but I’ve never seen an Orioles pitcher throw a no-no.

I really thought I was going to that night.

8. Wire to wire (September 25, 1997)

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With their 9-3 defeat of the Blue Jays at the building formerly known as SkyDome, the O’s clinched their first AL East title since 1983.

More significantly, they became only the sixth team in MLB history to win the division title going “wire to wire”, in first place from Opening Day to Game 162.

It was a remarkable run for the Birds, although 14 year old Glenn Clark may not have fully realized how significant it was because he was too worried about playoff matchups and hoping to avoid the Yankees in the ALCS.

He got his way. Unfortunately it didn’t end up making much of a difference.

7. Brady gets 50 (September 29, 1996)

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The legacy of Brady Anderson’s 50 home run season in 1996 can certainly be labeled as “clouded” at best.

That being said, whether the 50 home run campaign (which concluded with a dinger on the season’s final day in Toronto) was aided by substance or simply a result of a former leadoff hitter “reaching his athletic opus”, it still stands as the only time in Orioles history a player has reached the mark.

(Frank Robinson previously held the team record with 49.)

Despite the rumors, following Brady’s home run exploits in 1996 was fun for Orioles fans-especially the stretch were he lead off four straight games by going yard.

And no matter how we felt about it, there’s little chance the Orioles make a run to the ALCS in 1996 without those 50 home runs.

6. A walk off slam (May 17, 1996)

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Anderson’s “moment” was a season in the making. The Ripken “moment” was nearly 14 years in the making.

Hoiles’ “moment”? Roughly one swing in the making.

The Orioles trailed the Seattle Mariners 13-10 in the 9th inning. What happened next was something I had practiced in my back yard roughly 160,000,000,000 times.

With two outs, the bases loaded and a 3-2 count (of COURSE it was a 3-2 count), Chris Hoiles hit what can only be described as the MOST ultimate of “ultimate grand slams.”

Thank God I hadn’t stopped watching that night.

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A Decade Later, I’m As Excited For This U2 Show As I Was My First

Posted on 22 June 2011 by Glenn Clark

It was (roughly) ten years ago today.

Tickets to see U2 at the Baltimore Arena (now of course known as 1st Mariner Arena) went on sale on a Saturday morning. I was spending the weekend on the water in Annapolis with friends, so I had no internet access and no ability to get to a Ticketmaster outlet like the one at Hecht’s in White Marsh Mall.

I was stuck with having to take my chances in calling 410-481-SEAT (does that number even exist anymore) at 10am and hoping to get through and purchase tickets.

I was of course unable to do so. After getting busy signal after busy signal, I was finally able to get through to a rep who informed me that only minutes after going on-sale, the first ever Charm City appearance (according to U2Gigs.com) for the boys from Dublin was sold out.

In 2001, there was no MySpace or Facebook or Twitter to take to in order to attempt to find tickets. Craigslist still didn’t have a Baltimore page and tickets on eBay were far too expensive for a young man only months removed from his graduation from Perry Hall High School.

The attacks of 9/11 were still fresh on the morning of October 19, 2001. As a freshman at UMBC, I had yet to learn the art of not scheduling classes on Fridays. When I woke up, my roommate Matt Saenz (who played soccer for the great Pete Caringi with the Retrievers) asked me if I was headed downtown for the show. It was that moment that I decided I couldn’t miss.

I made one phone call that morning-it was to my friend Barry Aparicio, who was still a senior at PHHS. I said to him simply “the best band in the world is coming to our back yard. Are we really going to miss this?”

It cost us $100 apiece to get floor tickets outside the arena that night, but the memory was worth significantly more.

My memories of that night were significantly more valuable than $100. I’ll always remember the emotions of that night being heightened in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Despite being from Ireland, the band was particularly patriotic to America-with Bono wearing a jacket that when turned inside out displayed the American flag.

Later in the show the singer was handed an American flag by a concert-goer and draped himself in it, appearing to be in tears in the moment.

A fan brought a sign to the show with the chord progression written on it for Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.” That fan was pulled from the crowd and handed a guitar to join Bono and The Edge for the song.

The night closed with the names of 9/11 victims displayed throughout the arena during an inspiring performance of “Walk On”, an anthem of encouragement after the attacks.

It was one of the most special nights I’ve ever experienced in Baltimore.

A decade later, my expectations for Wednesday night’s U2 show at M&T Bank Stadium are through the roof.

The excitement in Baltimore has been palpable for months. Social networking and human networking alike has been electric in conversation about the show, with Baltimoreans trying to buy/sell/trade/upgrade tickets, track down Bono in Federal Hill or somewhere else in town, make plans before or after the show (we’ll be at Tiki Barge and Stalking Horse ourselves) and discuss their love of one of the greatest bands in music history in general.

We’ve had big events in Baltimore in the last ten years. There was the Ravens/Colts AFC Divisional round playoff game in 2007 (we try to forget about the outcome of that), the AC Milan/Chelsea friendly in 2009 and an appearance from Bruce Springsteen at 1st Mariner Arena later in the same year.

With the exception of 2009, Preakness has continued to bring roughly 100,000 or more patrons to Pimlico every May. The Virgin Mobile Fest brought similarly large crowds to the same venue before scaling down and moving to Merriweather Post Pavilion. The inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix is expected to bring massive crowds downtown this Labor Day weekend.

But this is special.

This is U2.

Is really doesn’t get any bigger than this on one summer night in Baltimore.

We certainly haven’t gotten this feeling from anything the Orioles have done in the last ten years. (Like Ian Eagle said, “It’s not a low blow, it’s just a fact.)

I’ve seen U2 twice since that 2001 show, but those shows were in Washington and Philadelphia. They were good shows, but they didn’t include the “special” feeling that comes with a major night in Baltimore.

This is the definition of a “major night”, and I’m just as excited as I was ten years ago.

-G

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Ravens Announce (Potential) 2011 Preseason Schedule

Posted on 12 April 2011 by Glenn Clark

The National Football League released the 2011 preseason schedule Tuesday, despite the ongoing player lockout.

The Baltimore Ravens are slated to open the preseason against the defending NFC East Champion Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly. The game is to be played the weekend of August 11-15. The Ravens have not faced the Eagles since a 36-7 Week 12 victory in 2008, a game that is best remembered for Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid benching starting QB Donovan McNabb in favor of backup Kevin Kolb.

The Ravens will play their first home preseason game the weekend of August 18-22 against the defending AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens ended the Chiefs’ 2010 season with a 30-7 victory in the AFC Wild Card playoff round at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Ravens are again slated for a preseason battle against their neighbors to the south, as they host the Washington Redskins on Thursday, August 25. The game is scheduled for an 8pm kickoff from Charm City and is set to be broadcast nationally on ESPN. The Ravens won a 23-3 decision over the Skins in Week 2 of the 2010 preseason at FedEx Field.

The Ravens will wrap their preseason schedule on the road for a third consecutive season. The Ravens are slated to visit the defending NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, September 1. The Ravens dropped a 26-21 Thursday Night Football contest at the Georgia Dome in Week 10 last season. This will mark the third time in four years that the Ravens will face the Falcons in their preseason finale.

Outside of the Redskins game, the other games are slated to air on WBAL11.

The NFL has said it will announce the 2011 regular season schedule later this month with or without an agreement between owners and the NFLPA.

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Trip to Arizona Reminds Me 2011 Orioles Just Need to Win

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Trip to Arizona Reminds Me 2011 Orioles Just Need to Win

Posted on 30 March 2011 by Glenn Clark

When Nestor Aparicio told me Wednesday would be the day I would scribe my Baltimore Orioles preview piece, I chuckled a bit. I’m sure he had no idea of the symbolism involved.

If you listen to “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST (and you certainly should), you probably know that Wednesday marks the first time I’ve taken a vacation since returning to the Charm City airwaves in 2008.

I’m headed to Phoenix, which is where I lived and worked for two years after leaving CBS Radio here in Baltimore.

Just before departing CBS for the Valley of the Sun, I heard that Nasty was organizing an event called “Free The Birds”. I will admit now that upon hearing of the event, my thoughts (in my head and on-air) were along the lines of “what a blowhard.”

It wasn’t until I got to Arizona that I truly understood what Nestor was doing.

My only full season of MLB coverage in Arizona came in 2007. I was there for the end of the 2006 season and half of the 2008 season-but ’07 was my only full year of covering baseball-specifically the Arizona Diamondbacks.

It you’ll remember, 2007 was the year the D-Backs went on an improbable run to the NL West crown and a trip to the NLCS (where they would ultimately be dismissed by the Colorado Rockies).

The 2007 Diamondbacks were a special group. They were a young team (CF Chris Young, RF Justin Upton, SS Stephen Drew, 1B Conor Jackson and 3B Mark Reynolds were all at the beginning of their careers) with a few “journeymen” type veterans (1B Tony Clark, 2B Orlando Hudson and LF Eric Byrnes) sprinkled in.

Their pitching staff (led by stars Brandon Webb and Randy Johnson) was clearly what carried them to October, but even that group included some journeymen, as Doug Davis and Livan Hernandez held down rotation spots.

They were a fun team that found success from Opening Day until the postseason, and it made the entire summer in Phoenix sort of magical.

Every game in every series at Chase Field (and away from Chase Field) mattered. Every game had a story line. Every game had underlying drama.

Every game was discussed by sports fans the next day on radio, around water coolers and on social media accounts (MySpace was the most popular at the time) throughout the state.

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As someone who wasn’t from Phoenix (and who actually went to Chase Field for three games in June looking like the above and below pictures), I had no emotional ties to the D-Backs. Yet as the season continued, I found myself more and more emotionally invested as the city where I resided came down with a case of Diamondbacks fever.

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I even found myself in a public fight with Diamondbacks President/CEO Derrick Hall before NLDS Game 1 against the Chicago Cubs-arguing with him that the team shouldn’t play “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the 7th Inning Stretch because it would give too much encouragement to the Cubs fans in attendance.

I REALLY didn’t care in my heart whether or not the Diamondbacks won the series. My team (the O’s) had just polished off their 10th consecutive losing season. Yet for some reason, the magic of the Diamondbacks’ accomplishment had touched even a dyed-in-the-wool Birds fan like myself.

It was then…in October of 2007…that I finally understood what Nestor (and company) were trying to say.

I hadn’t experienced that type of feeling as an Orioles fan in a decade.

I haven’t experienced it since then of course either.

The last time a meaningful game was played in Baltimore was in October of 1997, when Tony Fernandez crushed both Armando Benitez and the dreams of every 14 year old kid at Perry Hall High School like myself.

I at least got to see a meaningful game as a high school freshman. We’re now approaching a time where area kids will enter high school having not been alive for a single meaningful baseball game.

It’s real.

After seeing the Diamondbacks’ magical run and the way even a transient city like Phoenix was carried away by a season of baseball-I knew that “Free The Birds” was about the desire to finally see the city of Baltimore again experience the same thing.

And we all know just how much the city of Baltimore really needs to experience something like that.

That brings us to the 2011 Baltimore Orioles.

What’s happened with this franchise since 1997 isn’t the fault of President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail, Manager Buck Showalter, DH Vladimir Guerrero or any other player, coach or front office member…with one glaring exception-but we’ll leave Peter Angelos alone this time.

Just because the past 13 seasons aren’t the fault of the overwhelming majority of the principles involved in 2011 season doesn’t mean that the issues surrounding the past 13 seasons can suddenly be ignored.

Whether they like it or not, the 2011 Baltimore Orioles carry the burden of the failures of recent teams.

Just as the 2010 Baltimore Orioles did…and the 2009 Baltimore Orioles did…and the 2012 Baltimore Orioles will if this team doesn’t succeed.

The team (and most notably CF Adam Jones, who recently made some colorful comments to the Baltimore Sun) will be reminded of that when they report to Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Friday, April 22nd to open a six game homestand against the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

It will be a somewhat painful reminder that what happened between 1998-2010 is still very much an issue to fans in Baltimore today.

The 2011 Baltimore Orioles will have to accept the desperation of a fanbase deprived of a winner for 13 cities every time they step on a baseball diamond.

We’ll find out over the next six months whether or not they can handle the responsibility.

The early returns have been questionable. Jones has popped off about the fanbase, Showalter took time in an interview to worry about the money Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is spending and how Yankees SS Derek Jeter stands at the plate.

The Orioles (and Orioles fans) cannot afford to waste their time this season worrying about anything other than winning baseball games.

They’re fighting a battle that won’t be easy. While most pundits agree this team is better than they have been in recent years-few believe they will be better than the Yankees, Red Sox or even the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. Few believe that meaningful games will return to OPACY after the All-Star Game this season.

The Orioles will look to do their best to prove those pundits wrong, and it won’t be easy.

In the meantime, they’ll have to try to win back an entire city. There will always be a group of hardcore fans that will support a team emotionally and economically no matter what the results are-but this team will look to re-establish a broader level of support beyond that group.

To do so-the only thing they can concern themselves with is winning.

In fact, the Orioles would be wise to channel Al Davis and consider a “Just Win, Baby” mentality for 2011.

If they do so-Jones won’t have to worry about who is in the stands when the Yanks come back to town this August. Showalter won’t have to worry about how much money any other team in Major League Baseball spends.

The 2011 Baltimore Orioles just need to worry about winning.

Nothing else.

If they can win even enough to have their name on the Wild Card race list when the Yanks visit this August-the feeling at those games will be even more special than what I experienced at playoff games in Phoenix in 2007.

-G

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