Drew’s Morning Dish — Thurs., September 5

September 05, 2013 | Drew Forrester

I lost twice yesterday.

First, right around 5pm, the Orioles notified everyone but me (that’s how they do things…they never actually contact you directly) that my 2013 media credential was being revoked for the remainder of the season.

Evidently, Bud Norris and several other members of the team have appeared on WNST throughout the season and the Orioles decided the proper punishment was to take away my credential.  I should probably let you know that Norris and his teammates never once appeared on MY show from 6am-10am.  Never.  Not once all season.  But my credential was revoked yesterday.

Don’t worry, I’m not giving it back.  In fact, I’m using it next Monday to cover the Orioles and Yankees game at OPACY.  As my attorney mentioned yesterday, simply saying they’re revoking my credential isn’t against the law.  Barring me entry into the stadium to perform my job might be, though.  So…I’m going to the ballpark next Monday and we’ll see who wins.

I’ll have plenty more to say about this in the next few days but the Ravens and Denver play tonight and I’m not going to make the Orioles acting like a horse’s ass be “the story” today when the NFL season is kicking off in 12 hours.

By the way, I have to wonder if my credential would have been revoked if I weren’t a middle-aged white guy?  If, for some example, I were a gay male…would my credential be revoked?  African American?  Asian?  Disabled in some way?  I wonder if the Orioles would have pulled the trigger on that bush-league move yesterday if I were anything but a plain old white male?

Anyway, I was a loser yesterday, but I wasn’t the only guy in town who lost on Wednesday.

The baseball team in town couldn’t win yesterday, either.

And if you thought the Jacoby Jones catch in Denver last January was a miracle, it pales in comparison to the good fortune and luck the Orioles now need to make the post-season.

If this was a game of HORSE and the word was “DONE”, the Orioles have D.O.N.

I still can’t figure out for the life of me why Zach Britton was tabbed as the Wednesday night starter in Cleveland.  Didn’t the Orioles sign Scott Feldman and Bud Norris to solidify the starting rotation?  Neither of them have been Cy Young, of course, but why Britton last night?  This is an organization with the aforementioned Feldman and Norris, plus Gonzalez, Chen and Tillman at their disposal.

Throwing Britton into the lion’s den last night was a mistake.

Four runs in the first inning confirmed that.

So, the Birds wake up in Baltimore this morning with 65 losses – the same amount of defeats as Cleveland – and are now in need of a 17-7 finish just to reach the 90-win mark.

D.O.N. —


If the Ravens want to quickly get everyone off of Denver’s jock and earn themselves that “respect” they so desperately desire, winning in the Mile High City tonight would do that.

It’s actually a great way to start the season for John Harbaugh’s team.

Go in and beat up the Broncos in their building on national TV…that’s going to get you respect, for sure.

Not tonight, though:  Denver 27 – Ravens 20

12 Comments For This Post

  1. unitastoberry Says:

    I hate to say this but I think the Ravens need to run the football big time tonight and control the clock to win. The defense needs to play all out and not be vanilla because if Manning sees a pattern he will take advantage. I’m concerned that 2 new safties will have Manning licking his chops. The Orioles are bush league when it comes to dealing with WNST. The owner is a joke still and they just need to let it go and realize that in pro sports you get criticized when you lose.

  2. dave hittinger Says:

    Last time I checked Denver has a 37 year old QB. Ravens win.

  3. tsnamm Says:

    Hey Drew…the Orioles have had a couple of bad patterns this season to go along with the non-heads up baseball that you mentioned on the air this AM…first one is that the hitters rarely work the count. When we have opposing pitchers wobbling, we go up there and help them out by swinging at the 1st pitch, instead of grinding the at bat. We also have a bad habit of trying to swing for the fences when we need base runners or a base hit is sufficient to score runs. We have been feast or famine, with HR’s this year…when we hit them, we win and when we don’t, we lose. And our starting pitching almost never gives us any length. 5 1/2 innings on avg. The Orioles are near the bottom of the league with our starters going deep into games…constantly needing 3-4 innings from tour bullpen isn’t going to help matters at all. We’ve now allowed all our wild card competitors to pass us and now we need to go a winning streak like we haven’t had all year, and have to jump 3 teams…possible? Yes Likely? Not at all…we squandered our chance with that bunch of bad teams that they should have beat up on earlier in the summer, and now its coming back to bite us… .500 and below won’t cut it…put a fork in them…they’re done.

  4. Robert Says:

    Since I presently get my television over-the-air & I’ll be watching our boys in purple, I won’t get to see how many orange kool-aid drinkers show up at OPACY tonight, but I am a karma guy, and it would be appropriate & deserving if crickets could be heard downtown, not for the team itself, rather as a retort to the O’s brass. Each time O’s management acts, reacts & misbehaves, sticking their fingers into the eyes of the citizens of greater Baltimore, it reaffirms my decision (going on 4 seasons now) to withhold my fiscal support & physical presence until they have a mea culpa moment. Cheers.

  5. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    I said before the 9 game road trip started that they needed to make a statement & lose no more than 3 games & wow they win 3 games. This team is done & Angelos can go back to counting his MASN money that he’s going to make off of upcoming meaningless O’s games. When you don’t address your problems you lose;good luck Drew !!!

  6. Justafan Says:

    Since you are a middle aged white guy, I doubt very seriously that the likes of Barrack Obama, Al Sharpton, or Jessie Jackson would have any sympathy for you.

  7. Jason Manelli Says:

    WTF O’s? Their decision to revoke Drew’s credential is really a slap in the face to all of us who listen to and read Drew online. The first amendment issues aside, Drew, Nestor and company do the best and most authentic, independent sports journalism in Baltimore. So to the O’s front office, you’ve made this lifelong fan feel jilted.

  8. The Armchair QB Says:

    Orioles’ officials acting like buffoons…..so, what else is new? You and I will NEVER agree on the O’s position relative to the Ravens opener being switched to Denver, but from where I sit, regardless of how early MLB’s schedule came out, it is NEVER etched in stone and is ALWAYS being modified on the spur of the moment to accommodate rain outs, so please don’t insult my intelligence by telling me that they couldn’t have modified their schedule with 6 MONTH’S ADVANCE NOTICE! Let’s just say that, in the final analysis, it was the same people who just revoked your credentials who were ULTIMATELY responsible for the Ravens game being moved to Denver! Stupid is as stupid…….does!

  9. BK Says:

    Typical Orioles BS. However, even you Drew drank the orange cool aid just because of two winning seasons and one playoff appearance, and seemed to forgive/forget the O’s management for what they have done to our baseball team, our fans, and our city over the last 15 years. Kind of a slap in the face of reality again, huh? That is why guys like myself still won’t go down to the stadium much or do anything that financially benefits the Orioles other than watch on TV and route for the players only. There is one of your answers as to why the stadium is still 40% empty on a beautiful Tuesday night in August in the midst of a playoff race. Won’t change until they change or Angelos goes IMO.

    Go Ravens!

    (DF: I just can’t get over how some of you people can’t read or comprehend the facts. It’s maddening. Then again, it’s Baltimore. It’s not unexpected.)

  10. Lisa, Aberdeen Says:

    I’ll be watching both Ravens (TV), Orioles (phone). Last time I checked, the Orioles were not mathematically eliminated from playoff run.


    (DF: I’ll be watching both too, Lisa. The Orioles are a 5-game winning streak away from being right back in it.)

  11. Kolo Jezdec Says:

    I am a fan of all things Pittsburgh where sports is concerned, but I am a huge supporter of the O’s and I am pulling for the O’s to get into the playoffs. Nothing would make be happier than a Pirates vs Orioles World Series. My daughter would be wearing her orange and black and I would be in my black and yellow, telling her stories about the ’71 and ’79 series. I think I would be happy no matter which team won.

    Still can’t believe that people blame the O’s for the Ravens opening in Denver. The Ravens are the Champions of the NFL! If you run the NFL, you make changes to accommodate your Champion. Maybe like moving the game to a Wednesday night. Of course, that assumes that the NFL actually runs the NFL, rather than NBC running the NFL.

    BTW, are Ravens fans complaining that opening at Denver means that they play at home week 12, then play at home 4 days later on Thanksgiving, while the Steelers play on the road week 12 and on the road 4 days later on Thanksgiving? The silence is deafening…

    Good luck to the Ravens tonight.

  12. Kolo Jezdec Says:

    Also BTW, did anyone mention that today’s Morning Dish says: DREW’S MORNING DISH — WED., SEPTEMBER 5?

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