Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

July 23, 2009 | Glenn Clark

It was an uninspired, lifeless performance in the Bronx this week…..for the most part. But it wasn’t unexpected. July is the time of year when this team just struggles mightily because the season just feels silly to them. There’s nothing to play for, the excitement of a new season is gone, they don’t have a break to get to anytime soon; and they’re all worried about whether or not they’re going to need to move come July 31.

When you’re a bad baseball team, this is usually the most difficult time of the season. Sadly, August and September are rarely much better around here even if they are for other losing teams.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says O’s fell to 15-32 on road after sweep at Yankee Stadium

Drew Forrester says Drew Bennett Ravens ‘preferred choice’ amongst WR’s

Rex Snider says Birds have worst July 23rd record in last 6 years

Drew Forrester says Mason still hasn’t made comment since “retirement”

Glenn Clark says Johnny Holliday’s “Kids Have Done It” favorite announcer call of all time

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Berken struggles as Birds swept in New York

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says after day off today; Bergesen, Birds visit Penny, Red Sox tomorrow

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds make Sarasota official Spring Training home

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Virginia native Meredith happy to join team he grew up following

Yankees Official Site’s Anthony DiComo says Burnett takes care of business for Yanks in win

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s suffered 5th loss in 6 games since All-Star break

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Trembley, MacPhail to meet Friday in Boston, could determine Rich Hill’s future with team

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says John Angelos looking forward to joining ‘civic fabric’ of Sarasota

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Sarasota move appears to be ‘win-win’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jones, Markakis hit solo HR’s in 9th to make things close

The AP says Posada homered for Yanks in win

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says moving to Sarasota will give Orioles better access to important opponents

New York Post’s George A. King says 47,000 at Yankee Stadium (including Orioles fans on the WNST bus) saw Yankees sweep Birds

New York Times’ Joe LaPointe says Swisher star at plate, in field for Bombers in victory

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says Mariano Rivera saved Bruney to pick up 28th save of season

Newsday’s Evan Drellich says Swisher appeared ‘comfortable’ in RF during win

Newark Star-Ledger’s Matt Gelb says A-Rod, Cano each had RBI hits for Yanks in win

Bergen Record’s Al Iannazzone says Girardi thought Burnett ‘excellent’ in Yanks’ victory

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Chris Waters hit around in loss to Gwinnett

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Liz threw 7 shutout innings as Baysox topped Harrisburg

Frederick Keys Official Site says Florimon homered for Keys in loss to Salem

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Welty homered for Shorebirds in win over Greenville

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Colin Allen takes loss as Ironbirds shutout by Mahoning Valley

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Gary Helmick went 3-4 with 3 runs scored in win over Greeneville

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Miguel Abreu had 3 hits, 3 RBI for Baysox in win over Senators

Frederick News-Post says Jake Stevens took loss as Keys fell to Red Sox

Virginian-Pilot says Fiorentino homered for Tides in loss

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says 2nd year WR Marcus Smith feels like starting job ‘right in front of (his) face’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says McGahee trying to claim back starting job from Ray Rice

The Official Site says Flacco turning heads with Reebok video

(If you haven’t seen the video yet……)

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The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says fans were excited to meet McGahee downtown at Boost Mobile

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Ravens ‘worried’ about WR’s even if Mason comes back

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens reached out to Joe Horn

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says McGahee ‘feels great’ going into Training Camp

The AP says Harbaugh ‘optimistic and hopeful’ Mason will return to team after conversation

Washington Post’s Mark Maske reports Harbaugh says Mason wants to be in ‘right frame of mind’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco thinks Gooden will start next to 52 at ILB

NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal says Mason told Harbaugh he’s ‘ready physically’

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 12th in power rankings

SI’s Ross Tucker would be ‘angry’ if he were one of Mason’s teammates

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Horn must prove he ‘has it’ for Ravens to sign him

ESPN.com’s James Walker can’t gauge degree of success Ravens will have in trying to talk Mason out of retirement

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Mark Clayton on ‘hot seat’ in Baltimore

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Turner may have QB spot solidified, but WR questions remain

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Moten, Wujciak give Terps ‘sure things’ at LB

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have 7th best LB group in ACC

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman safety Eric Franklin (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman QB Danny O’Brien (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says early prognosticators high on Terps

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Langhorne, Toliver, Coleman will all be on floor tonight at Verizon Center for WNBA matchup between Mystics and Sky on ESPN2

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says journey to Lithuania helped former Terp Langhorne

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Brett Harvey helps Team USA claim gold at Maccabiah Games

UMBC BASKETBALL:

Examiner Alexander Pyles explains mascot True Grit

SOCCER:

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Friday night’s Chelsea-AC Milan match at M&T Bank Stadium to be first sellout of World Football Challenge tour

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Drew Bennett is apparently the Ravens’ ‘preferred choice’ at WR. I have had a few ‘preferred choices’ at the end of a long night of drinking that actually WEREN’T as pretty as Drew Bennett. He probably wouldn’t make a major difference, but the Ravens SHOULD bring him in, whether Mason returns or not. If he can’t play, the team will probably be able to tell that before September 13.

-The move to Sarasota is a positive thing. Certainly should have happened a few years ago, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t a positive upgrade for this organization.

-If you don’t understand the significance of Friday night’s soccer match; you probably aren’t a downtown business owner, or anyone who profits off of civic events. The World Football Challenge is a big deal. Artscape is a big deal. Preakness is a big deal. Ravens games are a big deal. The American Idol concert at the Arena is a big deal. Having more of these events come to downtown (or anywhere else in the region) would be a big deal. If there was a NASCAR track built in Aberdeen; THAT would be a big deal. We NEED these events. I’ll write more about it tomorrow for sure.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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