Drew’s Morning Dish — Thurs., May 16

May 16, 2013 | Drew Forrester

I’m not trying to rush to judgment or anything, and three games isn’t the largest sample size in the world, but enough with the Freddy Garcia experiment already.

This is one time where Dan Duquette’s love for bargain-hunting didn’t work out for the Orioles.

We might discover the same thing in a week or two once Jair Jurrjens has made three or four starts.  Sure, these reclamation projects occasionally pan out, but more often than not, a pitcher who was once decent and then becomes mediocre-at-best  usually doesn’t return to glory.

In defense of Jurrjens, he’s much younger than Garcia and has some tread left on his tires, even though he doesn’t have any cartilage in one of his knees.

I’d give Garcia two more starts, max, to see if he can rightfully claim one of the starting rotation spots.  If we don’t see any improvement, bid him farewell and move on.


I don’t know what to make of the Rolando McClain “retirement” other than to say he probably saved the Ravens and Ozzie Newsome a lot of heartache.

I subscribe to the age-old theory: “A leopard’s spots never change…they just fade a little.”

McClain hasn’t displayed any ability to stay “incident free” with the police over the last couple of years, unless you count the last month or so since he was last arrested in Alabama.  He’s been fine in the month of May, I suppose.

Anyway, he wasn’t going to succeed here.

More than anything, I hope he turns his life around and goes on to do whatever makes him happy.

If it takes retiring from the NFL to get himself straightened out, then we should all applaud McClain for doing the right thing before he hurt himself or others.


I heard a caller yesterday comment on Bernard Pollard’s decision to not attend the Ravens’ formal ring-presentation ceremony.  Said caller opined that Pollard was right to not show up and “be forced to act like he respected Harbaugh when Harbaugh disrespected him so much”.

I assume lots of folks around town will carry the same opinion on this subject.

First, let me say this.  Bernard Pollard has every right to show up – or not – for the ring ceremony.  If he decides to just have the Ravens “ship it to me” – as he said in a recent interview – that’s his choice.  But, if he literally can’t fly to Baltimore and join his now ex-teammates (and some of those guys are now ex-Ravens like him) because of a dislike for John Harbaugh, then he’s probably proving a point the Ravens were forced to make by letting him go in March.

I know this for sure about John Harbaugh:  If Bernard Pollard showed up in Baltimore to get his ring, Harbaugh would greet him with a professional handshake and a hug and say, “You were an important part of the championship team, Bernard.  You deserve that ring.”

I don’t think Harbaugh would ask Pollard out for a steak dinner while he was in town, but John would be respectful enough to welcome him back for the ceremony.

I also heard a caller offer this gem:  “Harbaugh can’t just start cutting players because they like to have a say about how the team is run.”

Wrong, kid.

The head coach can make whatever judgment he wants about HIS locker room.  If, in his expert opinion, “Player A” isn’t a good fit anymore, the head coach has the right to dismiss said player.

If you don’t like the job the head coach is doing – which includes the decisions he makes – then you can always dismiss the head coach.

Let’s think about that for a second…

John Harbaugh.

Bernard Pollard.

Who stays?

Who goes?

We won’t embarrass Pollard with the answer.