It’s a Happy Monday for me, as I got the chance to see “Get Him To The Greek” this weekend, and it was really freaking funny. Russell Brand isn’t ALWAYS funny, but the Aldous Snow character is hilarious, and the Infant Sorrow band concept is hilarious as well. The “Furry Walls” song might only be funny if you saw the movie…but I saw the movie. And I’m more important…
Let’s see what everyone has to say…
1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Markakis got game winning hit in 11th as Birds topped Red Sox
OH THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I thought there was half a chance Stephanie Rawlings-Blake might orchestrate a victory parade through the Inner Harbor area and on to City Hall last night to celebrate.
Just be honest. Knowing the Yankees and Mets were set to stroll into Charm City over the next week, raise your hand if you thought there was at least half a chance the losing streak might end up reaching 17.
My hand is raised.
When MASN flashed Miguel Tejada’s career numbers against Hideki Okajima, it made total sense for the Sox to walk him and take their chances against Markakis. That being said, Nick Markakis is like the ONLY hitter you would trust in the Baltimore lineup to actually come through with a hit in that situation.
It was fun. That being said, it was one win.
Hopefully it won’t be 10 games before we’re talking about another.
2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of win
Brian Matusz was not bad at all yesterday, giving up just 2 runs on 4 hits (although he did walk 4) and striking out 7. That being said, he lasted just 5 and 2/3 innings and threw 117 pitches. Frankly, given the edict from the top of the organization to care more about pitch counts than trying to win, I was surprised Matusz was even allowed to pitch INTO the sixth inning.
He’s going to have to get more pitch efficient, and work deeper into games. I’m still of the belief that he is going to be the team’s best pitcher sooner than later, but he needs to be the best pitcher for 7 innings.
3. Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Juan Samuel enjoyed first victory as Orioles manager
Juan Samuel DESERVES to celebrate a managerial win, especially considering…well…I’m not so sure how many he’s going to get during his tenure as manager.
I didn’t necessarily expect him to go the Dave Trembley route and puff on a cigar in the post-game press conference, but I understand why he kept the scorecard to celebrate.
You know how I’d celebrate my first managerial win? I’d probably call Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and see if that’s the type of thing she’d be interested in knowing… (Thanks Guyism!)
4. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Andy MacPhail ‘can’t whiff’ on next managerial hire
Or in other words, Garrett Atkins wouldn’t be a good managerial hire.
I totally understand what Drew is saying, but there’s a small issue here. The issue is that due to the unbelievable 13 years of desperation, there ISN’T a former player or coach that is primed to become a manager anywhere in MLB-with the exception of former Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin, whose tenure in Baltimore was forgettable at best.
There are two categories to select from. One is the category of guys in baseball who are either former managers or primed to become mangers shortly. Melvin, Tom Kelly, Willie Randolph, Don Mattingly, Eric Wedge, Clint Hurdle, Ryne Sandberg, Larry Bowa and Phil Garner are some of the more well known names on that list. None of those guys are guys who are more interested in being the ORIOLES manager than they are in just being a manager ANYWHERE.
The second category is a group of former Orioles who we believe may be interested in becoming a manager, or who would like to see be interested in becoming a manager. Guys like Rick Dempsey, Mike Flanagan, BJ Surhoff, Billy Ripken, Cal Ripken, Mike Bordick, Ken Singleton and others are part of that list.
There’s really no crossover.
As far as I’m concerned, I just want whoever is best for the job. Problem is, I’m not really sure who that is. I’m not sure anyone else does either.
5. Virginian-Pilot’s Jared Diamond says Norfolk Tides pitcher Jake Arrieta ‘frustrated’ by strange Saturday night
And appearing frustrated might be enough for the Orioles to wait 3 more months before bringing up Arrieta.
The organization has screwed around with Arrieta over the last few years, getting mad at him for complaining about the Spring Training facilities and keeping him in the minors while they promoted the likes of Brad Bergesen, Chris Tillman and David Hernandez. Of course-of that group, only Tillman had the pedigree of Arrieta.
I hope Arrieta gets the call soon. I’m not convinced he’s going to set the world on fire, but I’d like to see what he has to offer. Bergsen would be the guy he would replace, but there’s always the chance Kevin Millwood or Jeremy Guthrie gets dealt before July 31 as well.
A couple of things before we move on from the O’s…
-Make sure you are signed up for our WNST Text Service. We will not text out every draft pick over the next couple of days, but we will text out the first round pick tonight. I don’t think Bryce Harper will slip to the Orioles at #3, but everyone appears to be very high on Manny Machado and Jamison Tallion as well. In fact, MLB Network analyst John Hart (and you can watch the draft live tonight on MLB Network) told Drew Forrester this morning on AM1570 WNST that Machado compares favorably to a player like Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki. I’d take that!
If you missed Hart’s appearance on “The Morning Reaction” this morning, make sure you head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net and check it out. Other guests this morning included Belmont Stakes winning rider Mike Smith (who admitted that he stayed in his hotel after riding Drosselmeyer to a win to complete his career Triple Crown), former Maryland basketball coach Lefty Driesell (who looked back on the life of the great John Wooden), VERSUS NHL reporter Bob Harwood (who checked in on his way to Chicago for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals) and Baseball Prospectus’ Will Carroll. They’re all in the Audio Vault as well.
-Thanks to MASN for the colossal gut punch reminder that the O’s lost their 2nd round pick in the Draft when they acquired Mike Gonzalez from the Atlanta Braves. UGH.
-The Orioles are off tonight before opening up a 3 game set against the New York Yankees tomorrow. Kevin Millwood, Chris Tillman and Jeremy Guthrie are slated to face Phil Hughes, CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett during the series.
-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning” Rick Dempsey, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” today. Dempsey and Jim Hunter did the teaser for the “O’s Xtra” postgame show following Will Ohman’s blown save in the middle of the ninth inning. Hunter said “well Rick, a blown save for Will Ohman” to which Dempsey responded “Yeah, another blown save, but you gotta give the Orioles credit.”
You sure do. Congratulations, Rick!
7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens rookie DT Arthur Jones has ‘no regrets’ regarding trying last 12 months
And if you were out at Casey’s in Towson for our annual Miller Lite Purple Rookies Show last week, you’d know just how incredibly likeable Arthur Jones is. His story is worth the read if you get the chance to check out what Aaron had to say.
As another note, I have “no regrets” about spending my morning checking out Barstool Sports’ pictures of Amit Freidman…
8. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says UNLV UFA WR Rodelin Anthony ‘intriguing prospect’ due to size
It’s hard to argue this. In fact, as I wrote last night in my first edition of “Mocking the 53“, NO team in the NFL can really ignore a 6’5″ receiver. Anthony is intriguing, but it is REALLY unlikely that he manages to stick around. As of right now, he’s behind not only Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason, Donte’ Stallworth and Mark Clayton on the depth chart; but also David Reed, Demetrius Williams, Justin Harper, Marcus Smith and even Eron Riley.
The practice squad seems like the most likely destination for Anthony-where he’d have an important role playing taller receivers like Antonio Bryant or Braylon Edwards in practice.
The Ravens are practicing again this week-with a Passing Camp at 1 Winning Drive. We’ll be out in Owings Mills tomorrow with full coverage of practice football.
9. InsideMDSports.com’s Seth Hoffman & Jeff Ermann say Maryland getting ‘pit bull’ in Bino Ranson
The reaction to the word that Bino Ranson is expected to be hired to join Gary Williams’ staff in College Park has been pretty positive from Terrapins fans. Ranson will face high expectations as far as recruiting in Baltimore, especially working alongside a Baltimore legend in Keith Booth.
It isn’t official yet-but we’ll be watching for an announcement over the next few days.
10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Johns Hopkins’ Michael Kimmel and Steven Boyle amongst locals selected in MLL Draft
Congratulations to the former Blue Jays and all of the former local players who found out where their lacrosse future will lead them.
It’s not that I’m not interested, I’m just MORE interested in Collien Fernandes’ pictures at Busted Coverage…
And finally, I leave you with this.
Ray Allen’s incredible Game 2 in the NBA Finals made me think of Jesus Shuttleworth going off in “He Got Game.” It then made me think more about Public Enemy’s semi-awesome song “He Got Game”, the one that featured the sample of “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield…
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…