It’s a Happy Thursday for me because I’m not sure why my friends thought I’d enjoy a picture of Alexander Ovechkin dancing in his underwear with an attractive young women…but I do.
I’ll even spare all of the “funny that he was doing that while Patrick Kane was hoisting the Stanley Cup” comments that I’m tempted to make.
Eh…I can’t help myself. Ha ha Washington Capitals fans!
Let’s see what everyone has to say…
As I said yesterday via Twitter (follow us @WNST), it was a bit disturbing to see Jeremy Guthrie suddenly turn into the 2009 version of Jeremy Guthrie, as he looked more like a Home Run Derby pitcher than the confident pitcher we’ve seen for the better part of the 2010 season.
It was especially disturbing for Aubrey Huff to park one in McCovey Cove. I don’t blame him for wanting to get out of Baltimore and this unthinkably dreadful organization, but I haven’t forgiven him either. He called Baltimore a “horsesh*t city.” Screw him.
Taking 1 out of 3 in San Francisco was about as much as the Orioles could have asked for. I never thought they had a chance to beat Tim Lincecum, although I guess Lincecum was actually fairly beatable yesterday despite putting together 10 strikeouts.
They’re off today. Thank God for that.
2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of loss
How bout that Julio Lugo??? I hope he didn’t leave AT&T Park without getting a baseball signed by ol’ Cy Young Lincecum. Thank God Scott Moore was scratched!
And Nick Markakis continued his parade (if you forget about his 8th inning at bat) towards a first trip to the All-Star Game, he had 2 hits and a walk. Miguel Tejada had a couple of hits but also a couple of strikeouts; but Corey Patterson finished the day 0-4 with 3 K’s.
That’s all the positive from yesterday. Well, that and of course the fact that Guyism introduced me to Tina Wallman…
3. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Buck Showalter expected to interview with O’s next week
I guess the good news is that if the Orioles DO hire Buck Showalter, they can almost be assured that their NEXT manager will help them win a World Series. (See “Joe Torre, Yankees” and “Bob Brenly, Diamondbacks.”)
Color me unmoved by Buck Showalter. I know he’s had success as a manager, and maybe he could be good again. I don’t REALLY see him leaving ESPN for the type of work it’s going to take to revitalize this community and organization; and I don’t know how much he would really LOVE being the manager of the Orioles as much as he might want one more ride in the sun at the MLB level.
I assume that’s exactly what Andy MacPhail is going to find out in the interview. If he ever gets around to asking. He hasn’t gotten around to some other things around here…you know…like the “building” part of rebuilding.
4. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds have interest in Jake Fox, decision to make on Garrett Atkins
Boy…the excitement never ends.
In fairness, the Atkins decision shouldn’t be too difficult. I know it will probably hurt Andy MacPhail to admit he was wrong; but Juan Samuel apparently has no use for Atkins. With that in mind, there’s really no point in keeping him here.
That being said, I’m not sure what the point would be in bringing Garrett Atkins II (or Jake Fox) to Baltimore. We’ve been down this road before. Could Jake Fox turn out to be a guy who could bring a semi-decent bat off the bench to a team? Yeah…maybe? But is that what the Orioles are missing right now?
The Orioles already have those guys. Their names are Ty Wigginton and Luke Scott. Problem is, the team is so incomplete that they are forced to play them every day.
Ugh…this is really bringing me down again.
5. Baysox.com says Brandon Waring swung bit bat as Bowie won slugfest over Reading on farm
And before we move on from the Orioles, a couple of things to keep in mind…
-The Birds are off today before heading to San Diego and opening a weekend series with the Padres at Petco Park. Brian Matusz, Kevin Millwood and Jake Arrieta will throw this weekend for the Birds against Wade LeBlanc, Clayton Richard and Jon Garland for the Fathers.
-Congratulations to Adam Jones, who was selected as “Apologist of the Morning” by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester this morning. I’m not trying to pile on the fact that Nestor Aparicio has been beating him up on Twitter, either. It’s more about the fact that he said THIS after yesterday’s loss…
“It was a tough one. We left alot of men on base. We gonna get them in though. It’s gonna happen.“
Which leaves me to ask the important question of “WHEN?!?!?!?!?”
-Did you miss former Oriole Mike Bordick on “The Morning Reaction” today on AM1570 WNST? If so, make sure you head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to check it out. Other interviews this morning included…
- A look around the World Cup with former USMNT star Eric Wynalda of Yahoo! Sports and Fox Soccer Channel
- Bowie Baysox reliever Pat Egan, who is off to an OUTSTANDING start this season
- and Alan Bastable-the senior editor of Golf Magazine who previewed the U.S. OpenIt’s all in the Audio Vault, check it out!
“Should have been Gary Gait!”
I’m kidding, of course.
No pressure on John Tillman-but as my buddy Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse on Twitter) reminded us, Associate AD Michael Lipitz said the school still has NCAA Championship aspirations.
It’s only been since 1975. No pressure or anything.
7. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Maryland lacrosse ‘needs to win’ under Tillman
Which was going to be the case whether the Terps hired Mike Pressler, Paul Cantabene, Don Zimmerman, Jeff Tambroni, Scott Marr, Marc Van Arsdale, Lars Tiffany, Leland Rogers or ANYONE ELSE to replace Dave Cottle.
The point is that by not getting one of the sexier names (like Pressler or Tambroni), they won’t get an initial spark of interest. Winning-starting with the talented team they return this season-will be crucial to not lose or win over casual fans.
8. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says John Harbaugh expects Ravens to sign ‘at least one’ of Walt Harris/Ken Lucas/Ken Hamlin group
The coaches really seemed to like Harris when he tried out in Owings Mills; but it’s worth remembering that Harris will turn 36 during Training Camp. I’m not sure what an unemployed 36 year old corner would really bring to this team, but that doesn’t dismiss his chance of showing up at McDaniel College either. My preference would be Lucas, but that’s just me.
There have been rumors floating around that other players will be cut soon, as the team tries to figure out the group that will report to Westminster. If there’s any room on the roster, I would ask that the team consider signing Elin Grindemyr. It would make my job a lot more interesting! (Thanks Barstool Sports!)
9. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Bengals WR Ochocinco doesn’t believe Ravens best in AFC North
As a Ravens fan, I will admit to sometimes forgetting that Cincinnati IS the team to beat in the AFC North this season, considering they won the division a season ago and swept the Ravens & Pittsburgh Steelers in doing so. We tend to forget that because they were dismissed on Wild Card weekend by the New York Jets while the Ravens soundly beat the New England Patriots; but the Bengals WERE the better team, and they ARE the team to beat.
That doesn’t mean I necessarily expect the Bengals to win the division this year. But I know they’ve gotten better this offseason-and they’re a Super Bowl contender just like the Ravens are.
Let’s avoid revisionist history if possible.
10. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ray Lewis against expanding NFL season to 18 games
I don’t like it either for the record.
You know what I do like? Whoever these girls are. (Thanks Beer Goggler/Busted Coverage!)
And finally, I leave you with this.
As I said yesterday on Facebook, I am ashamed to admit that I have never tried Lake Trout before in my life. I have a friend in town from Texas, so we’re changing that today. We’re headed here…any advice?
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…