It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because I finally got around to seeing the video of Will Ferrell pitching for the AAA team in Round Rock, Texas. I completely forgot to post it earlier. MY BAD! I’m sure someone else in the world hasn’t seen it, so here goes…
Let’s see what everyone has to say…
1. The AP/STATS preview Orioles’ series opener tonight against Mariners
Here we go.
Cliff Lee faces David Hernandez (who is still looking for victory #1 this season) tonight, first pitch at Oriole Park at Camden Yards is at 7:05pm and the game can be seen on MASN2. I hope you’ll follow us on Twitter (@WNST) during the game for humorous comment; with our own Luke Jones live at OPACY.
Cliff Lee is worth going out to see pitch, and the Orioles are the home team. Plus, they’re giving away Brian Matusz t-shirts tonight.
And seriously, what the hell else are you going to do tonight? Watch Glee???
2. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Free The Birds about trying to get Birds to ‘fix’ problems
Which is really the crux of the issue here.
Would I have organized an event for this Monday night when the Orioles play the Kansas City Royals? I doubt it. Do I really want to pay money to go watch two miserable teams meet up downtown in a game that is more likely to be dubbed “unwatchable” than “ESPN Instant Classic”? Of course not.
But when it comes down to “right or wrong”, and whether or not I support a showing of fans who all stand under the umbrella of “there is still something wrong, and we NEED to fix it”-the answer is YES.
Something is STILL wrong. The fact that the minor leagues have improved under Andy MacPhail is NOT enough for me to say “okay, everything’s fine.” The team is still TERRIBLE. I do not have confidence that the leadership will do what is necessary to compete in the AL East in the immediate future. There is still a MAJOR disconnect between the organization and the fanbase, and the stadium still sits mostly empty almost every night.
There are problems. I want them fixed. I’m standing up to say something about them.
This isn’t an “anti-Peter Angelos” or “anti-Andy MacPhail” or “anti-Dave Trembley” statement for me.
This is nothing more than a “fix the problems” message from me.
When it comes to RIGHT or WRONG, I’m going to do what I feel is right. And what I feel is right is to not sit idly by and dismiss the problems of the organization; although plenty of others will.
I hope you’ll join us.
3. Fanhouse’s Steve Phillips says Orioles ‘need to give fans hope’, which can be done through managerial change
Firing the manager wouldn’t give Orioles fans hope. Matt Wieters gave Orioles fans hope. Hiring a REAL manager would give fans hope.
With all due respect to Steve Phillips, firing the manager in New York probably did give the fanbase in New York hope when he was GM of the Mets-as it represented a chance to give someone new a shot to win.
Firing Dave Trembley wouldn’t give Brad Komminsk (or whoever the Orioles brought in) a chance to win. He’s still inherit the same terrible team that has been just good enough to win 9 games thus far this season.
However, firing the manager MIGHT at least make a statement that “losing isn’t okay.”
It would be nice to see that statement made. But I certainly don’t expect it to be.
4. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Corey Patterson, Miguel Abreu had big nights for O’s on farm
Ugh…there’s an argument that even Corey Patterson represents hope when it comes to this bunch here in Charm City. Of course, Lou Montanez remains on the roster.
A couple of quick things before we move on from the Orioles:
A-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning”-as Peter Schmuck was selected by “The Great Arbitrator” this morning on AM1570 WNST. Peter started to make excuses about why the Orioles might struggle against Seattle this week-pointing out that the M’s were sending both Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez to the hill.
BUT-he stopped himself-saying “I’m not making excuses for them in advance. They need to make some hay against the Mariners, Indians and Royals over the next eight days.”
Of course, he couldn’t help himself…
“It’s fair to point out that they’ve probably opened the season against the toughest collection of pitching that any team has faced this year.”
It’s fair, and it’s still apologetic. That’s why we love you Pete. (Edit from GMC: We REALLY do.)
B-Hearing that Jim Johnson is going to see Dr. James Andrews is NEVER good news. I’d rather hear that he’s going to see The Undertaker. (Edit from GMC: I mean The Undertaker that has never lost at WrestleMania, not the other Undertaker. That’s never good.)
(Oh, And speaking of the WWE, I LOVE The Miz, but I’d probably fly THROUGH THE ROOF if they let Bret Hart beat him next week somehow. I know they won’t, but I would seriously FREAK OUT.)
5. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Troy Smith ‘loves it’ in Baltimore, thinks Ravens can do ‘special things’
Well, wouldn’t you know…one of those “special things” happened this morning. I added Troy to the list in our “A Month of Jerks” segment on the show. You can hear my explanation in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault right here at WNST.net.
As far as Troy the quarterback goes-this was going to happen all along. He had a 5th round tender. If another NFL team wanted him, they had their shot at him.
He’s going to have to suck it up this season-knowing there’s at least a chance that Joe Flacco could get hurt and he might have to play.
(Edit from GMC: I’ve knocked on everything in this room that has wood. PLEASE dont’ let Joe Flacco get hurt!)
6. BaltimoreRavens.com says Michael Oher to appear on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
When I heard Oher was going on ABC, I was REALLY hoping it was “Dancing With The Stars.” Not because I think the Big Man would move any better than, say, Jonathan Ogden in those GEICO commercials; but more because it would give me an excuse to see some more of Nicole Scherzinger…
7. Thoroughred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Lookin At Lucky will run in Preakness, Martin Garcia will ride
As we talked about on the show this morning; I really feel that if the weather is nice Saturday, Lookin’ At Lucky is the horse to beat. If it’s raining and sloppy, I’ll go with Calvin Borel and Super Saver again.
If you missed Bob Baffert (or Dale Romans-trainer of Paddy O’Prado and First Dude) this morning with Drew Forrester, check out the Audio Vault. Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas is scheduled to join Drew tomorrow morning at 8:05.
8. BloodHorse says Mission Impazible will skip Preakness
And yes, this was announced via Mission Impazible’s Facebook page. The horse said…
“NEW UPDATE! My connections have decided to pass on the Preakness and target the GI-Haskell or GII-Jim Dandy this summer. I will be moving up to Belmont to train for a prep race to be determined at a later date that will set me up for the August 1st weekend. Have no worries! The name MISSION IMPAZIBLE will make headlines this summer!”
Facebook is a funny place. I mean, who knew horses had Facebook pages? The only thing I used Facebook for before now was to find more pictures of Intern Genna doing questionable things…
9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Loyola trying for first 10 win season since 2001
As I said yesterday, the trip to Cornell will be a VERY difficult task for the Greyhounds; especially given how they played in their games against Denver and Johns Hopkins to close the season.
More difficult task? Getting me to stop looking at bikini pics of Audrina Patridge over at Guyism…
10. Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says no timeline for Tony Seaman decision at Towson
Hear, I’ll make this easy for Mike Hermann.
Bring him back.
There, that wasn’t so hard-now was it?
There’s a chance that another coach (Paul Cantabene comes to mind) could have success with the Tigers, but I am by no means convinced of it. The CAA is a tough league, and having to recruit against the likes of Hopkins, Maryland, Loyola and UMBC in state ALONE makes the gig even tougher.
Seaman took Towson to a Final Four.
I’d stick with him.
11. Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says Robert Burke introduced as new hoops coach at Mt. St. Mary’s
History says being the man (Milan Brown) to replace THE MAN (Jim Phelan) is EXTREMELY difficult. Of course, Brown actually had some success replacing Jim Phelan in Emmittsburg, which should help Burke make the transition as Mountaineers head coach. His background includes stops as an assistant at American and Georgetown.
You know what’s more difficult than replacing “The Man”?
Convincing me that I should be doing ANYTHING besides looking at pictures of Jason Kidd WAG Hope Dworaczyk that I guess are from Playboy and were posted by Busted Coverage…
And finally, I leave you with this.
The Cincinnati Cyclones and Reading Royals got into a fight. I approve.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…