Drew’s Morning Dish — Mon., April 22

April 22, 2013 | Drew Forrester

It’s amazing how dramatically different Baltimore football and baseball fans are when it comes to criticizing their players.

Joe Flacco goes 17-30 for 282 yards and 2 TD’s and 1 INT in a 23-16 win and all everyone talks about is the one pick he threw or the two short passes he dumped over the head of Ray Rice.

And that’s in a win, mind you.

Flacco gets raked over the coals after virtually every performance of his, good or bad.

Jake Arrieta, meanwhile, can’t throw seven innings of quality baseball and somehow his starts are poo-poo’d with fan responses like, “He has great stuff, though.  We can’t give up on him now” or “He was great in last year’s season opener against the Twins, remember that one?”

Maybe it’s because there’s a baseball game every night.  If we took to criticizing a player’s performance every single night, we’d drive ourselves batty.

In football, you play on Sunday and then we spend the next 2-3 days breaking it all down and telling you how much you stink even though we don’t have much of an idea of what we’re really looking at, honestly.

Arrieta just isn’t getting any better.

That’s it in a nutshell.

I don’t think he’s getting worse.

But from start-to-start, he’s not improving enough to warrant keeping him around.

He knows it, too.

Hope you find a good coffee shop in Norfolk, Jake.


That should just about do it for Rolando McClain’s career in Baltimore.

The worst part about his Sunday night arrest?  The headlines on the national sports web pages say, “Ravens McClain arrested in Alabama”.

He’s not REALLY on the team.  He has a contract for 2013, yes, but it’s a stretch to even say he’s on the team at this point.

His arrest brings embarrassment to the Ravens just by association alone.

I know, I know, “he gets his day in court” and all of that other fancy wordsmithing that’s code word for: “If he somehow isn’t found guilty, we can still keep him around”.

Anyway, no one is surprised by his Sunday night arrest, right?

I’m not.


Barring an almost unthinkable collapse, the Capitals are going to win the Southeast Division.  They have a 3-point lead on Winnipeg with three games to play and all three of the Caps’ remaining games are in D.C., including a big one on Tuesday against the Jets.

The Caps might even get a rare playoff break if the Islanders hang on to 6th place in the Eastern Conference.  Washington can handle them, I think, in the first round of the post-season.

Then again, the Islanders have played good hockey over the last three weeks and have gone from the outside-looking-in to a team that appears as if they’re getting hot at the right time.

I don’t know who it will be, but someone along the way will put the Caps out of their misery between now and the end of May.

I honestly don’t care who eliminates them as long as it’s not the Flyers.

What’s that, you say?

Oh, the Flyers didn’t make the playoffs this season?

What a shame…


Mark Reynolds has 7 HR’s for the Indians this season.

You knew that was going to happen, though.

If he stays healthy, he’ll have 35 homers for Cleveland in 2013.

Then again, they do have one more series with the Astros this season, right?

Make it 40 homers.


Is it me or is there not an overwhelming amount of excitement for college lacrosse so far this spring?

Maybe it was the lengthy winter and the cool weather that stuck around here until the second week of April.  I don’t know, I could be wrong here, but I just haven’t felt a buzz in the air for college lax like we usually do by now.

Then again, no one in the state has a really, really good team.  Everyone has a couple of losses, at least.  Maybe that’s it.