Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

June 19, 2009 | Glenn Clark

Major League Baseball can really do a lot to avoid situations like the one that came up when Sam Mayfield caught Matt Wieters’ first HR ball with EASE.

Put this on the back of every ticket stub….

“Major League Baseball holds the right to confiscate any baseball hit into the stands should they choose to.”

BUT, they should be fair about it. If a MLB team wants a particular baseball back, they should automatically have a trade policy in place. No negotiating, no taking fans or baseballs hostage, just an immediate agreement. You give us the ball back, we give you one autographed bat and one autographed ball. If you want your picture with the player, it will be arranged after the game.

It’s not unfair. It’s a baseball. A child’s plaything. If someone really wants the thing, let them have it. For a fair return price of course. But as we saw with the scrum in San Francisco when Barry Bonds’ HR ball broke Hank Aaron’s record (*?), having these baseballs immediately become the property of a fan can lead to violent, dangerous situations.

Just avoid all of it. Create a rule, and make it uniform. But be fair about it.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Marco Romanell says ‘Orioles Magic’ alive at OPACY Thursday night

Thyrl Nelson says Sosa’s PED use no more surprising than Orioles losing

Bob Haynie remaining ‘patient’ with Birds

Keith Melchior says potential Raven Marshall just one of many athletes getting in trouble

Lawson Lambert says Ovechkin won 2nd straight MVP award

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens agree to contracts with RB Peerman, LB Phillips

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens sign former Ole Miss LB Tony Fein following tryout

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says CB Gerard, FB Cook, K Gano, LB Ellerbe all candidates to make roster as undrafted free agents

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens ‘have not engaged in trade talks’ for Brandon Marshall

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens cut rookie QB Drew Willy

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens cut CB Anwar Phillips

The Sun’s Edward Lee says WR Justin Harper, OL Joe Reitz amongst 2nd year Ravens who participated in Rookie Camp

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says rookie DB David Jones, DE Luis Vasquez also cut by Ravens

NFL.com says former Raven Deion Sanders amongst ‘most outrageous characters’ in league history

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Huff gave Birds walk-off win with bases-loaded single off K-Rod

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

MLB.com’s Brian Eller says Hill will have to hit tonight in Philadelphia against Bastardo

Mets Official Site’s Anthony DiComo says K-Rod blew second save of season in loss

Phillies Official Site’s David Gurian-Peck says Bastardo trying to bounce back from bad start against Red Sox

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Chris Tillman lost to Louisville despite solid start

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Bascom went 7 shutout innings but got no decision in win over Reading

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Zagone took loss as Shorebirds shut out by Lake County

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Huff got game winning RBI on back to back nights

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley thinks Jim Johnson ‘could be’ future closer

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Berken got no decision after giving up 4 runs on 7 hits over 6 2/3 innings

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Phillies bring 3-6 record vs. AL East teams into series with O’s

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Orioles ‘getting better all the time’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jones walked home tying run in 9th after falling behind 1-2

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Pie scored tying run with big pinch running assignment

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Erbe, Blake Davis rehabbing with Aberdeen as Ironbirds open season

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Valido hit 2 run homer for Baysox in win over Phillies

Examiner Jay Trucker says Baez deserves to be All-Star

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 23,000 saw Birds beat Mets at Camden Yards

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Wieters ‘broke through’ vs. Mets

The AP says Albers credited with win for Birds in relief

Virginian-Pilot says Brandon Snyder promoted to Norfolk after Tides’ loss

New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch says Mets ‘wasted another strong outing’ from Livan Hernandez in loss

New York Times’ Ben Shpigel says Daniel Murphy had put Mets ahead with 7th inning double

New York Daily News’ Adam Rubin says Jerry Manuel wanted Mets to get insurance run for K-Rod in 9th

Newsday’s David Lennon says K-Rod has blown 2 of 3 save opportunities since starting season 16 for 16

Newark Star-Ledger’s Brian Costa says Rodriguez thought 9th inning effort ‘awful’ in loss

Bergen Record’s Steve Popper says Wright, Church, Beltran also added RBI for Mets in loss

ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark says Baez Oriole ‘most likely to get traded’

ESPN.com’s Howard Bryant says players like former Oriole Palmeiro no longer ‘invincible’

Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown has Birds 29th in power rankings

NBC Sports’ Tony DeMarco says longer Delgado out, more likely Mets try to acquire player like Huff

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says C.J. Brown, Tyler Smith will eventually battle for starting QB job

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem breaks down O-Linemen with Tom Brattan (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says at least 17 of initial 60 players named to Crab Bowl are Maryland targets (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Lance Stephenson’s father, Gary Williams apparently aren’t talking

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Vasquez thinks Draft process ‘invaluable’ experience

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Strawberry 16th best player of Gary’s 20 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Nicholas 15th best player of Gary’s 20 years

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps interested in ’10 Charlotte Christian School forward (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Jakob Engelke says Strickland will join Gamecocks after sitting out 09-10 season

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says David Adkins will bring ‘player development’ to Frese’s bench

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have ‘friendlier’ schedule in ‘09

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says former Mid Jarboe named to Team USA Training team

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Richie Meade candidate for Princeton job, interest unknown

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ David Ausiello
recaps film session with Niumatalolo (must subscribe)

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Machel Millwood, Pat Healey, Andrew Marshall all honored by USL-2

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-As much as Matt Wieters’ first home run helped the start of the “Wieters legacy”, what he did last night is even more crucial in my mind. He took a tough pitch, went with it, and used aggressive baserunning to get into scoring position. What a big play, what a great night, and what a huge moment for Matt.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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