It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because…the interwebs found video of Shaquille O’Neal lip-synching to Aaliyah…
…this is why the internet was invented.
Let’s see what everyone has to say…
1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Carlos Pena homered in 10th as Rays stunned Orioles
Did anyone else feel like they had been backed into by a FREAKING BRINKS TRUCK LAST NIGHT?!?!?
I’m not sure why these game still bother me-but boy was that tough last night. Thanks to all who participated in our “Orange Crush” chat at WNST.net or via Twitter (follow us @WNST). Without that outlet, I’m not sure any of us would be able to keep our sanity on nights like last night.
Last night was just surreal. The orange pajamas, Brian Matusz dealing, Ty Wigginton homering, the first implosion, Luke Scott getting it back, then another implosion.
It was SURREAL.
There was a dead horse sitting by my car this morning. What else was I supposed to do with it?
If the Orioles had signed a REAL first baseman instead of telling Garrett Atkins he was GOING to play first base, they likely would have gotten out of the 8th inning tied at 3.
If Dave Trembley hadn’t thrown Matt Albers into the game Monday night for no reason whatsoever, he might have had a fresh pitcher last night in the 10th inning.
If Felix Pie didn’t inexplicably decide to run to 2nd base when BJ Upton (intentionally or unintentionally) bobbled a ball in center field, he probably scores on Miguel Tejada’s ensuing double, and the O’s could have blown things wide open in the 7th before Tampa Bay even had a CHANCE to rally.
Stop leaving dead horses outside my door!
Instead of those things, the Orioles are now 1-7.
It doesn’t even seem possible.
2. WNST.net/The AP provide numerical evidence of another loss
Some strange stats to look at last night-
-Matt Wieters & Adam Jones went a combined 1 for 9 and left 8 men on base. Ruh-roh.
-With runners in scoring position, the team continued to struggle-as they went just 1-6. As WNST Ballpark reporter Luke Jones pointed out, the team is now 1-29 with RISP and 2 outs. Ho.ly.Crap.
-In 2 2/3 innings of work from the bullpen (Jim Johnson, Will Ohman, Cla Meredith, Matt Albers, Jason Berken); the Birds gave up 4 earned runs on 5 hits and 2 BB’s.
So….there you go….
3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says bullpen couldn’t back up strong start from Matusz in Birds’ loss
The ONE thing worth taking solace in is that For 7 1/3 innings, Brian Matusz looked BRILLIANT. I’m talking 8 K’s/1 BB brilliant. I’m taking 2 hits-neither of which left the INFIELD brilliant.
In fact-if you asked me who looked better: Matusz or Laura Leigh in Maxim (via COED Magazine, Thanks!)…
…I’d take Leigh in a landslide.
But Matusz was still really damn good. You know, until giving up 4 straight hits.
4. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Trembley moved Tejada to 2nd spot, Wieters to cleanup in lineup shuffle
Dave Trembley was so desperate to get some offensive production last night that this was actually the first lineup he turned in…
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Hanley Ramirez
1B Albert Pujols
DH Prince Fielder
3B Alex Rodriguez
C Joe Mauer
RF Nelson Cruz
LF Jason Bay
CF Curtis Granderson
I think it would have been effective, myself.
In fairness to Dave Trembley, I don’t blame him for mixing up the lineup. But as I’ve said, if he’s looking for consistent run producers, keep shuffling.
5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Chris Tillman loser, Zach Britton winner for O’s on farm
And before we move on from the Orioles, a few things.
-Coungratulations to “Roar From 34”, who “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester determined this morning on AM1570 was our “Apologist of the Morning.” Amongst the transgressions? Comparing this Orioles team to the 2005 Atlanta Braves. You know-a Braves team that offered John Smoltz and Tim Hudson atop a rotation en route to their 14th straight NL East title.
-The Orioles get back at it this afternoon at 1:35, the game can be seen on MASN. Brad Bergesen goes to the bump against David Price. Nestor Aparicio will man our “Orange Crush” chat during the game. I’m no rocket scientist, but I think they might need this one.
6. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ozzie Newsome claims he hasn’t talked to any other NFL teams about Jared Gaither deal
Do we believe this? Maybe. Is it possible that teams have called to see what it would take but never actually offered a deal? Sure, that’s possible-and it would mean Ozzie Newsome didn’t lie in his assessment.
Of course, he made the assessment at the annual “Liars Luncheon.”
Jared Gaither is CLEARLY in play, but the Ravens are not going to give him away for free. It’s a tough situation for all parties involved-as I mentioned yesterday and will mention again in the future no doubt.
If the Ravens say they want a 1st round pick in the NFL Draft for Gaither and nothing left, teams are going to balk at that. But if the Green Bay Packers or Dallas Cowboys get on the clock late in the 1st round thinking they’re going to take Bruce Campbell, it’s at least worth considering. Of course, teams probably would need to know they could sign Gaither long-term, and Draft weekend would be a bad time to try to do that.
What I’m basically saying is that Gaither’s value will go both up AND down on Draft weekend. He’s a better option than other players available, but the closer the Draft gets, the more difficult it becomes to negotiate a long-term deal with Drew Rosenhaus and company.
This issue won’t necessarily be resolved by Draft weekend, either. Should a team suffer an injury to an anchor tackle in Training Camp, they might suddenly decide that Gaither is WORTH a 1st Round pick.
No matter how you try to slice it, there’s no easy answer for any of this.
7. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ravens terminated contract of CB Samari Rolle
As I’ve said before, Samari will always be viewed in my mind as one of the Top 5 free agent acquisitions in Ravens history. Not Derrick Mason or Michael McCrary level, but in the neighborhood of Trevor Pryce, Rod Woodson (he was great-but didn’t play here long), Shannon Sharpe, etc.
I’m not sure why Samari didn’t use the Ravens’ decision as a chance to just announce his retirement. Maybe he really thinks he still has something left in the tank (a lot of guys feel this way much longer than they should, sadly); or maybe he’s looking for a chance to sign with the Titans and retire there-although he didn’t play there too much longer than he played in Baltimore.
Certainly not unexpected, but still worth taking a minute to remember a very nice career here in Baltimore.
8. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Maurkice Pouncey to visit 1 Winning Drive tomorrow
This is an interesting propisition. Let’s say Dez Bryant AND Jermain Gresham are off the board, and the Ravens have struggled to move back.
Maurkice Pouncey MAY well be the best player available on the board-but the Ravens already have Matt Birk-so Pouncey would be unlikely to start this season.
Do you sign off on taking the best player available, even if he is a player that is unlikely to start?
He’s 6’5″, 304 pounds. He played in the SEC. He looks legit.
But his contributions to a team that considers themselves a Super Bowl contenteder would likely be minimal.
Tough call. Easy for me to say I’D sign off, but I’m not 100% on the decision even myself.
9. South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Mike Berardino says Ravens could be interested in Dolphins KR/WR Ted Ginn Jr.
And they should be.
With Lardarius Webb a major question mark even for Week 1, it might be best for John Harbaugh to tell him to just think about getting ready to play Corner (especially if the team doesn’t acquire much more secondary help this offseason), and to not worry as much about returning.
Jalen Parmele performed admirably in the role last season, but was by no means explosive.
Ted Ginn Jr. COULD be that guy, and MIGHT still have something to offer at WR for a team that doesn’t have a ton of long-term options at WR.
I say “might” because…he “might.” No reason to expect anything more than that.
10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Will Yeatman might not be ready to return in time for Maryland’s showdown with Hopkins Saturday night
I’ve gotten a ton of “I have a nervous feeling about this game Saturday night” messages this week. As I’ve said to everyone who has sent me a message like that, so do I.
Dave Pietramala has OWNED Dave Cottle while the two have been involved in the Hopkins-Maryland rivalry. The Jays NEED a marquee win. The atmosphere will be electric at M&T Bank Stadium Saturday night (you know-if the weather is nice). Will Yeatman (and Brian Farrell) have been dealing with injuries.
I feel like I’ve seen this script before.
11. GoMustangSports.com says Ian Bolland tallied 16 saves as Stevenson topped St. Mary’s 13-10
No rest for a weary ‘Stangs bunch, as Paul Cantabene’s crew returns to action TOMORROW afternoon at Caves Athletic Complex against York College.
You know what Mary should be a saint in my book?
Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island…
And finally, I leave you with this…
Here’s the slurring drunk Jerry Jones video from Deadspin. Enjoy!
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…