Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

July 16, 2008 | Glenn Clark

The reason I was actually hoping George Sherrill wouldn’t get into last night’s game was because of EXACTLY what Joe Buck said as he took the mound. It went something along the lines of….

“Sherrill is a bit of an interesting story. A relief specialist in Seattle, he got off to a GREAT start this season, but has scuffled recently.”

Sherrill really didn’t fit the bill of an All-Star heading into the break, but he certainly pitched like an All-Star last night. He entered the game with the bases loaded, and struck out Adrian Gonzalez to get out of a jam. He then went on to pitch two additional scoreless innings.

Solid performances in Yankee Stadium can certainly boost a closer’s psyche (see Chris Ray following his escape of a bases loaded jam for his first save in ’06); whereas a bad performance can clearly damage a closer’s psyche (see Byung-Hyun Kim in ’01). Hopefully Sherrill will use the boost to go to have a solid two weeks and improve his trade status heading to July 31.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Thyrl Nelson impressed by Sherrill last night

Drew Forrester making noise at Maryland Open

Vince Fiduccia thinks 15,000-16,000 perfect size for new arena

Alex Thomas compares Orioles to Entourage’s “Turtle”

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Bill Ladson says Sherrill enjoyed All-Star ring

All-Star Game box score says Sherrill worked very good 2 1/3 innings

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says pitching problems could lead to freefall

The Sun heaps highest first half praise on Huff, Johnson, Roberts

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Orioles still long shots in Vegas

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker imagines 2010 starting lineup

The Examiner enjoyed seeing former Birds honored at Stadium

ESPN.com Page 2’s Paul Jackson says Johnson’s pitch to Fasano in ’04 example of ‘blooper’ pitch

RAVENS:

NFLPlayers.com’s Mike Donnelly says Rolle goes to Bahamas to trace ancestry

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy previews Inside Linebackers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens miss deadline to get extension done with Suggs

Aaron Wilson says Ravens still want to re-sign Suggs

The AP says Ravens could franchise Suggs again if necessary at end of season

Sporting News War Room thinks McGahee 6th best RB in NFL

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says ’09 prospect Taylor picks Pitt over Maryland

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps will face Vermont Nov. 21

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in from Agent Zero event (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with prospect Braswell (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Porzel picked Terps over Virginia, Pitt, West Virginia, Minnesota, etc.

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says former commit Dargan headed to Arizona Western

The AP says former signee Bass enrolls at Memphis

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Good Counsel CB Young has offer from Terps

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Porzel lifelong Maryland fan

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bass will go to camp with Tigers

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens believes both Steffy, Turner will make multiple starts this season

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem discusses commitment with Porzel (must subscribe)

REAL MARYLAND:

The Official Site’s Matt Skinner checks in on Eby at Deaf Games

UMBC LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says midfielder Poillon transferring from OSU to UMBC

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Rosecroft stops live racing in ‘emergency situation’

Thoroughbred Times’ John Scheinman says state considering thoroughbred racing at Rosecroft

BOXING:

Fightnews’ Antonio Castro says Toney ‘in much better shape’ for tonight’s rematch with Rahman

Fightnews says Rahman weighs in at 244, Toney 226 for tonight’s fight

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Rahman feels ‘stronger, wiser’ than when he was Champ

The Sun’s Stefen Lovelace says Pasadena’s Paschall to fight former Olympian Dirrell

LA Times’ Dan Arritt says Rahman, Toney agree tonight’s loser should retire

POKER:

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says many Marylanders cash in at WSOP main event

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Stefen Lovelace says Parkville’s Corbett injured in serious car crash

AHL:

The Examiner’s Jim Williams says Phantoms could be available to move to Charm City

PRO VOLLEYBALL:

The Examiner’s Eric Detweiler says future of Rash Field event in jeopardy

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Here’s the skinny on Frank Robinson vs. Art Donovan today. Frank Robinson played 6 seasons in Baltimore; making 5 All-Star trips, winning one AL MVP, 2 World Series titles, 1 World Series MVP, and 1 All-Star Game MVP. Art Donovan played ten seasons in Baltimore; making 5 Pro Bowls and winning 2 NFL Titles. I’m going to pick Frank Robinson, but based on time spent in Baltimore-this thing is awfully close. Art represents more of the “King of Baltimore” aspect, but Frank’s 6 seasons here were amongst the best stretches anyone has had in this city.

-To be honest, maybe it is best that the Ravens weren’t able to work things out with Terrell Suggs. I still think Suggs is amongst the best pass rushers in the game, but I wouldn’t mind him proving that ’07 was a fluke this year. He can either earn a bigger contract, or he can allow the Ravens to consider Life After Suggs if he underperforms again this season. If he does have a big season, the Ravens still maintain the option to give him the tag again next season-but it would be costly.

-If Hasim Rahman is really stronger and wiser than he was during his title reigns, he SHOULD beat James Toney when they fight tonight. If he is the same Hasim Rahman we’ve seen in his last two (televised) fights against guys like Taurus Sykes and Zuri Lawrence; then he will clearly lose to a fighter who still has something to prove. Unfortunately, I am going to have to pick Toney to win the fight. I’ll say they go the distance with Toney getting a decision. If Rock loses, he SHOULD retire from major level fighting and come back to help the local fight scene.

-I have no idea why the Philadelphia Phantoms would want to move to Baltimore. I would think they would like to stay in the Philadelphia area (maybe the Liacouras Center at Temple?) as they have a RABID fanbase in the City of Brotherly Love.

-I hope Patrick Stevens is wrong about his prediction that both Jordan Steffy and Chris Turner will make multiple starts for the Terps this season; but I know he is likely right. If this scenario DOES play out, it will mean that the Terps are either underperforming on offense, or dealing with injury issues.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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