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.



7 Comments For This Post

  1. unitastoberry Says:

    R McLaine should be living in Owings Mills working out everyday at the facility and back home in bed by 10 pm every night. Cut him.
    Arrieta is messed up send him down hows Stevie Johnson doing?
    Mark Reynolds as much as I trashed the guy a few years ago the tightwad known as the owner should have forked him over a few more million.

  2. Steve From Sandpoint Says:

    I was never a Arrieta fan. If he has options send him to AAA & let him ride the buses to games for a while. I said before we needed a Nos. 1 starter & a big bat in the line-up, but as a fan what do I know? Angelos & the O’s always on the cheap side in free agent talks & getting tired of them saying there poor.

  3. matt Says:

    i said mcclain was the 3rd worst possible signing possible this year next to T.O. or kellen winslow jr (we could get jamarcus russell for our O-line). confirmed.

    i would like to know at the end of the year if you think mark reynolds was worth 6 mil to the o’s. i think hes hitting .296 with those homers right now, but i realize that wont last. (DF: Based on who they signed to replace his bat – no one – you can say right now it was a bad decision to not re-sign Reynolds. Had they signed another bat to replace him, a real bat, you could say, “wait until September to see how it all shakes out” but they didn’t replace his bat with anything of quality.)

  4. Justafan Says:

    The Lacrosse season begins far too early in the year. Games are played in sub freezing temperatures, often at night. This has seriously hurt attendance at the games. Saturday was once a big day for Lacrosse. But now the truly important games are played on Friday nights, sometimes as early as 5PM to accomodate television. Not many fans can attend a game that begins at 5PM on a week night. Now, Saturdays have more games with less appeal to fans who are interested in seeing only the top teams. A game on television is not so appealing when the viewer sees hoardes of empty seats. It goes without saying that if the games is to continue to flourish, some adjustments are necessary. (DF: Good insight. And true. TV is what rules the 5pm game on Friday night. Lacrosse should be a Saturday sport, period.)

  5. Tim in Timonium Says:

    Yes, lacrosse starts way to early – particularly in a late winter / cold spring like we’ve had this year. Anybody can win this thing. Good game this Saturday – Loyola @ JHU. Go Hounds.

  6. The Armchair QB Says:

    McClain must be stupid and you can’t fix…..STUPID!

  7. BudIce05 Says:

    Flyers may not be in the playoffs but the WASHINGTON Crapitals will be cupless again…..

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