It’s a Happy Thursday for me because as of right now, I still haven’t had to eat any hot dogs yet. That’s a win.
I apologize for my tardiness with this, but here’s John Isner reading the Top Ten the other night with David Letterman…we’ll re-group after that.
Let’s see what everyone has to say…
1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Orioles belted 5 home runs in win over Athletics
So much for it being the season of the pitcher…
At the beginning of the season, Kevin Millwood pitched well-but the Birds couldn’t score, and it usually ended up leaving the team doomed to another loss.
Now that Millwood is struggling, the team is finally figuring out how to win. I’ll take that.
Adam Jones, Corey Patterson, Ty Wigginton, Luke Scott and Miguel Tejada all homered last night (we’ll get back to Scott’s later). Where the hell has that been all season?
The Orioles will now have a chance to win back to back series tonight, which is almost as good as playing meaningful games. Small victories, right?
2. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of win
I guess we DO need to address that Millwood went just 5 innings last night, giving up 6 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits against an Oakland team that’s roughly as capable of hitting as some of my young cousins. Granted, there was unbelievable trouble in the field-but Millwood wasn’t good.
Will it significantly hurt his trade value moving towards July 31? I doubt that. I was never convinced that Andy MacPhail was going to be able to fleece another organization in a Millwood deal, unless somehow Millwood had stunned everyone with a 10-0 start and sub 3 ERA.
There will still be teams who will want a veteran starter to try to help their run to the playoffs. Plenty of teams in fact. Someone is going to give up SOMETHING for Millwood-and I’m guessing it might be a LITTLE bit more than Chris Ray. Not MUCH more, but a little bit more.
Trading Millwood is not going to improve the future of the franchise in Baltimore. But it will get them SOMETHING…hopefully something that matters at least a little bit.
I’m personally hoping we can trade him for Susan Coffey (Thanks Barstool Sports!)…
3. MLB.com’s Noah Rosenstein says Luke Scott hurt running bases after go-ahead HR in win
How does this always happen to us?!?!?!?
It was a little funny listening to Juan Samuel say that Scott was going to try to leg it into a triple if it didn’t leave the yard. Funny because we all know Luke Scott isn’t going to be confused with Pete Rose any time soon when it comes to “hustle.”
There’s good news. Felix Pie is apparently going to be ready to go if Scott ends up on the DL. So…did you see the mistake Corey Patterson made last night? Expect more of that soon!
(Edit from GMC: Hopefully not. But I’m way to realistic to be too hopeful.)
4. The Sun’s Steve Gould says Frederick Keys pitcher Nathan Moreau threw no-hitter on farm
Did you miss Nathan this morning with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net NOW to check it out! Other guests this morning included:
-Great American Champion Joey Chestnut, who gave me some hot dog eating tips ahead of his pursuit of a 4th straight Nathan’s Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest title Sunday in New York.
-Dan Steinberg from the Washington Post’s “DC Sports Bog”, who re-hashed the John Riggins MASN commercial controversy I stirred up last week.
-Baltimore Blast Coach Danny Kelly, who went around the USMNT and all things World Cup.
A few other O’s-related notes before we move on…
-Congratulations to our pal Steve Melewski, who claimed another “Apologist of the Morning” title today, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator.” I’m still convinced that Brian Matusz is going to have a bright future in Charm City myself; but to say his season hasn’t been “disappointing” is absolute apology.
-The O’s are back in action tonight, trying to wrap up back to back series wins against the A’s. First pitch at Oriole Park at Camden Yards is at 7:05pm, the game can again be seen on MASN2. Trevor Cahill goes for the A’s against Jake Arrieta and the O’s.
5. ABC2’s Lamont Williams says Cal Ripken and Bill Ripken broke ground on new youth park at Memorial Stadium site
What an awesome day to be out at 33rd Street yesterday. Kudos to Ripken Baseball, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and everyone else involved with the groundbreaking event.
If you missed any of our coverage at WNSTV, here’s your chance to catch up. First we bothered Cal Ripken, who is clearly much too important to be talking to myself, Luke Jones OR Nestor Aparicio…
Brooks Robinson was hanging out, and took a small shot at what’s going on these days at OPACY…
And then Brady Anderson reminded us that he’s much better looking than we are…
6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens LB Terrell Suggs not concerned about missing OTA’s
As long as “T-Sizzle” has a good season, none of this will matter. If he struggles; his failure to report to Owings Mills will be something that fans and analysts alike will bring up all year.
John Harbaugh clearly wasn’t happy Suggs wasn’t there; but he handled it the best way possible. Suggs should have been at 1 Winning Drive; at least for SOME of the OTA’s. It’s a simple gesture. Maybe he’s doing enough work in Arizona that it won’t matter, but maybe he isn’t. We just don’t know.
Hopefully it won’t be an issue.
7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Sergio Kindle, Ravens rookies thought NFL symposium ‘great experience’
You know what else is a good experience? Checking out pictures of the cheerleaders for the Oregon Ducks over at Busted Coverage…
8. USA Today’s Skip Wood says Ravens popular preseason Super Bowl choice
Like I said then, when Ozzie Newsome and company acquired Anquan Boldin; it IMMEDIATELY made them a contender to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
But as I’ve also tried to remind in the months since then, there are other teams in the AFC that are legitimate Super Bowl contenders, including the Cincinnati Bengals right in the AFC North.
The Ravens aren’t the “favorites” to win the Super Bowl in my book; but they are AMONGST the favorites. Now they just have to go get to Dallas. No pressure there or anything…
9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says 6 future lacrosse Terps, 4 future Johns Hopkins Blue Jays playing in Saturday’s Under Armour All-America Game
I have a pair of tickets for Saturday night’s game at Unitas Stadium in Towson; for the first person that emails firstname.lastname@example.org with “I want tickets” in the subject.
If you don’t have plans for Saturday night-it’s worth going over and checking out the game. The girls play early evening, followed by the guys. These are the best high school lacrosse players in the country; and they will be stars of the college game for years to come.
I’d be there, but I DO have plans Saturday night. Sadly, nothing more than looking at pictures of Paula Prendes from FHM Spain over at Guyism…
10. WNST.net’s Ryan Chell says interim Maryland AD looking to keep Terrapins going in ‘same direction’
I’m hoping it’s the “RIGHT direction” myself. And cue Robert Randolph…
And finally, I leave you with this.
The R. Lee Ermey GEICO commercial? Awesome…
Maybe even better than the Andres Cantor spot. Maybe.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…