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Did you hear what those fools said on the radio over at 105.7 The Fan?

Posted on 27 September 2015 by Nestor Aparicio



“All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another.”

– Keith Richards



SO, I SUPPOSE YOU’VE HEARD the big news that WNST “doesn’t take phone calls anymore.” In the midst of this ugly 0-3 start for the Baltimore Ravens, this is a perfect time for an illustration of the difference between “them” and “us” in the world of local sports radio and media information in 2015.

Who do you go to for news, information and analysis? And who do you trust? And where do you ever truly learn anything about the team or sports or strategy?

I’m guessing if you’re an intelligent, thinking Baltimore sports fan, the format at 105.7 The Fan this week will be like nails on a chalkboard. Wall to wall bitching, 24 hours a day and all fueled by the people who know the least about the team. You know, kinda like what you see at the bottom of the toilet on your Twitter feed.

I hear and read and see a lot of garbage about WNST and 105.7 The Fan ­­–­ contrasts, comparisons, scuttlebutt and nonsense that isn’t really unique in any publicly competitive environment – and it’s far past the time that I finally said something about my upstart “competitor” down the FM dial.

I get paid to be honest and tell you what I think and this is a topic that I’m actually a supreme expert on – sports radio and local media. And let’s be honest: everything they’ve ever done over at the corporate CBS Radio monster was a rip off and a cheap imitation of WNST from the beginning.

So this missive is actually long overdue. It’s time for a report card.

At 105.7 The Fan, they spend their whole public lives judging the work of athletes so as the Bruno Tonioli of this dance, this is a one-time expression of what I think of their “art” and ethics and journalism.

So, here it is:

I’ve had a year now of being back on the radio 24 hours a day, doing the best and most intelligent sports conversations in the marketplace. I’m entering my 25th year of doing sports radio better than anyone in Baltimore has ever done it. And, yes, we’ll be throwing a party in December.

Swimming behind the murky scenes in the media world of sharks and snakes, I’ve dealt with the low blows and insults of WJZ TV corporate poohbah Jay Newman, dealt with the emergence of a New York-driven corporate entity led by radio poohbah Bob Philips attacking my brand over the past decade with various lies and a heinous and baseless lawsuit from one of his pathetic former employees that was designed to get publicity for a lazy media member looking for a cheap headline. All of this “Walmart-style” business as usual from out-of-town corporate monoliths while adjusting to a changing marketplace in the volatile space of modern media during the worst recession in our history.

I also watched my wife battle for her life last year and survive to inspire me to save more lives. I wrote about the changes in my life then – and now. I’m a very happy guy. My life is fantastic and my future is as bright as it’s ever been.

Honestly, having 105.7 around simply shows off how good our work is at WNST.net.

A few of my former hosts, whom I literally plucked from the street and put on the radio to give them their biggest opportunity in life, are over there or elsewhere – where they belong – as I outlined last month.

I’m still very happy about that.

And I’m still here at little WNST, where I’ve been since 1998 as the last local, independent voice in a wilderness of corporate media greed, corruption and stench.

And I’m still quite relevant. Every word I say gets measured, critiqued and heard – except by Arbitron and the local advertising agencies. You’re reading my words right now. So will everyone at CBS Radio.

And, you can certainly be the judge any time day or night from anywhere in the world on your mobile device.

Try my brand and try theirs.

I think the quality of the content speaks for itself.

I rest well every night knowing that we do Baltimore sports media better than anyone in the marketplace – now or ever.

And it shouldn’t shock you that the folks over at CBS Radio don’t like me one iota.

But I’ve been watching their increasingly weak act.

And the primary difference is that they base their content around listener outrage, low information conversation and “uncensored” radio. That, and lazy hosts.

This is a week when I’d love to point out the vast differences between a local guy from Dundalk who

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Here’s why we made changes at WNST.net…

Posted on 29 August 2014 by Nestor Aparicio

This past Tuesday began a new chapter in my life and my media career. I’m glad you’re reading this and hope you plan to join us and stay engaged in the next phase of WNST’s evolution as my personal Baltimore radio and sports journalism brand expands and goes “old school.”

I’m very proud to own a local business that connects other local businesses and that serves my hometown and Baltimore sports fans all over the world. And I’m eternally grateful that you’ve supported me over the past 16 years.

As you might have heard at 5 p.m. on WNST.net & AM 1570, I’m going back to the basics here at the radio station but continuing to evolve with the best ongoing civic conversation about sports ever created in Baltimore. I’m now in my 31st year of “talking sports” with the community I love and I’m very appreciative to have a chance to take you along on my next journey.

Upon announcing earlier this week that we’ll be changing our WNST radio format I thought it would be better to expound upon some of the reasoning and spirit of my decision because I’ve seen the internet chat rooms and the scuttlebutt from my wife’s bedside at Johns Hopkins Kimmer Cancer Center this week and, quite frankly, I haven’t read anything that is even remotely close to accurate. And, somehow, even when I write the truth while my wife spends her 55th night in a hospital room over the past 167 days, it somehow gets twisted into something that paints me as a villain.

First, let me restate that over the past six months my wife has been battling leukemia and the side effects of a bone marrow transplant where an anonymous donor from Germany saved her life.

Do yourself a favor and read his letter to her here.

My family and our personal happiness and the prosperity of WNST – my life’s work and my sole investment on earth – is paramount for my survival amongst a ruthless bunch of corporate monoliths in the media space in Baltimore.

My love/hate relationship inside the media circle – and all of the fallout of awfulness and polarization – comes with the disappointment in the way I’ve seen the industry (and large parts of the implied integrity of the inner circle) deteriorate over the past 30 years.

All I ever wanted to do with my life was write or talk about Baltimore sports. That’s why WNST exists. I wrote nearly 4,000 words last week trying to explain why I do what I do and that still didn’t suffice for some of the nastier folks who are looking for some deep, dark secret about my intentions for my own well being and prosperity.

Somehow, saying that you’re “looking for happiness” is now subject to scrutiny and outrage? That’s insane, but then again, nothing shocks me anymore.

This all started with me wanting to get a press pass in Dundalk in 1984 and working at The News American and The Evening Sun before venturing solo into an already dinosaur AM radio business model in 1991 and a world where the political machinations and advertising world are so perversely incestuous, it’s as much of a miracle that WNST exists after 16 years as it is that my wife’s life was saved by an anonymous 21-year old donor in Germany.

I covered the long odds for our survival in last Friday’s blog.

WNST exists because of the local businesses and their owners who have supported me and my endeavors, events and spirit. It exists because my audience has

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Record-low crowd watches Orioles sink even lower

Posted on 12 April 2010 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles dropped another game 5-1 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, but fewer people watched it than any other in the history of the beautiful 19-year-old ballpark.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

The picture, taken about 15 minutes before first pitch, says it all. Very few people entered the gates afterward as the the paid attendance of 9,129 was a record low, breaking the previous all-time low of 10,130 set on May 26, 2009 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The number of actual people in the stands was far lower—probably around 4,000 by best estimation—but we’ve been through that discussion time and time again.

The excuses will start.

It’s April; the kids are in school.

The weather isn’t nice (It was only a frigid 66 degrees, after all).

Tampa Bay isn’t an attractive team to watch (It’s clear very few think the Orioles are either).

Did the small crowd bother the players?

“No, not at all,” said right fielder Nick Markakis. “We still have to go out and play. I could care less if there is nobody in the stands. You have to go out and play and can’t worry about that kind of stuff.”

Markakis’ words certainly don’t translate well to print, but I’ll give him a pass on this one. He lives in the community, is very charitable, and is clearly frustrated with the 1-6 start to the season. His underlying point was the need for the team to focus on improving and no other outside distractions.

A poor choice of words though.

Starter Jeremy Guthrie, who pitched well in a losing effort against Tampa Bay pitcher Matt Garza, took a more diplomatic approach in offering his thoughts about the crowd, citing the enthusiasm exhibited on Opening Day as proof that fans still care about the Orioles.

“I think if we do our part, [the attendance will] turn around.”

Quite frankly, the Orioles haven’t been a team worth forking over any amount of money for a ticket—plus the $2 day-of-game surcharge—in the first seven games of the season.

While Guthrie was strong for a second straight start to begin the season—pitching seven innings and giving up three earned runs—Garza silenced the Orioles bats over eight innings (allowing only a Felix Pie home run to lead off the bottom of the first) to pick up his second win of the season.

“He’s shown himself to be one of the better pitchers in the league,” said manager Dave Trembley.

Again, the Baltimore lineup was anemic, as the Orioles are now just 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position over their last three games and 9-for-57 (.158) for the season. The Orioles have scored three runs in their last three games. They’ve touched home plate in only two of their last 28 innings.

Must I go on?

Something needs to change quickly. From top to bottom—with a modest nod to Miguel Tejada and Matt Wieters—this lineup has been completely outmatched by numerous pitchers.

When asked about the possibility of shaking up the lineup, Trembley was receptive but offered nothing specific.

“Yeah, I probably should do something. Maybe just to show a different look.”

He’d better.

Whether he puts them in numerical order, alphabetical order, shortest-to-tallest, or takes a page from Billy Martin and draws names out of a hat, it HAS to be better than the look we’ve seen over these seven games.

Even using the already-low standards of the previous 12 seasons, it’s getting to be very difficult to watch.

All you have to do is look around at all the empty green seats.

Check out the final box score here.


Good evening from Oriole Park at Camden Yards as the Orioles (1-5) prepare to take on the Tampa Bay Rays (3-3) in the first of a three-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. with Jeremy Guthrie (0-1, 4.26) will take the hill against Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza (1-0, 1.13) in a rematch of the second game of the season in which Garza stifled the Orioles’ bats in a 4-3 Rays win.

The Orioles will try to rebound from a very disheartening three-game sweep at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays in the first home series over the weekend. The Rays most recently lost two out of three to the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field, including CC Sabathia’s flirtation with a no-hitter on Saturday afternoon in a 10-0 Yankees victory.

In a move surprising no one (especially if you subscribe to the WNST Text Service), the Orioles placed Brian Roberts on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal strain. The organization has recalled infielder Justin Turner from Triple-A Norfolk to take his spot on the 25-man roster.

In Dave Trembley’s pre-game comments, he would not commit to a set starter at second baseman but said Turner will provide depth. All indications point to a combination of Julio Lugo and Ty Wigginton receiving a bulk of the starts in lieu of Turner, a career .307 hitter in the minor leagues.

I’m not sure how this move helps Turner, and if the Orioles are so desperate to receive an offensive lift from Wigginton or Lugo, the team has bigger problems than we thought.

In what might be a piece of good news for Orioles fans (Hey, just being honest…), Mike Gonzalez will not be with the club until tomorrow as he is with his wife in Arizona awaiting the birth of his daughter. Gonzalez is expected back tomorrow, so there is no chance of a Gonzalez meltdown this evening.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Tampa Bay
SS Jason Bartlett
LF Carl Crawford
RF Ben Zobrist
3B Evan Longoria
1B Carlos Pena
CF B.J. Upton
DH Pat Burrell
2B Reid Brignac
C Dioner Navarro

SP Matt Garza (1-0, 1.13 ERA)

LF Felix Pie
CF Adam Jones
RF Nick Markakis
3B Miguel Tejada
C Matt Wieters
DH Luke Scott
1B Garrett Atkins
2B Julio Lugo
SS Cesar Izturis

SP Jeremy Guthrie (0-1, 4.26 ERA)

As always, please join us for our Orange Crust chat, hosted tonight by Bob Haynie and starting at 7:00 p.m. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates from the ballpark.

Please check below for updates (time-stamped) leading up to the first pitch, after which I’ll be joining Bob and other WNST personalities in the chat room.


6:25 p.m. — Here’s your strange stat of the evening. Tejada is 6-for-14 with a home run and six RBI batting with men on base and 0-for-11 with the bases empty.

At least he’s economical.

6:05 p.m. — Trembley said before the game that Roberts would not accompany the team on the upcoming West Coast trip and said the second baseman may received another epidural injection for the herniated disk in his lower pack (Updated: he has received a second epidural injection). Though Roberts is on the DL due to an abdominal strain, it’s clear the back is still very much a concern for the Orioles’ leadoff hitter.

Roberts is eligible to be activated on April 25, but it is unknown whether the second baseman will return on that date.

In his absence, Trembley mentioned Pie, Lugo, and Jones all as candidates for the top spot in the order as well as the light-hitting Izturis. Regardless of who it is, the Orioles will sorely miss Roberts’ plate discipline and tendency for two-baggers (56 last season).

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"What Were They Thinking" - Volume 6

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“What Were They Thinking” – Volume 6

Posted on 08 January 2010 by WNST Interns

I haven’t written a WHAT WERE THEY THINKING (W2T2) blog since the holidays arrived. Needless to say, I have lots to catch up on ….

And, yes, this is my favorite blog …..

Big Unit Retires – Goodbye To A Fashion Staple

Randy Johnson officially hung up his cleats, yesterday. His career was defined by terms like INTIMIDATING, OVERPOWERING and ECCENTRIC.

That’s right, I said eccentric.

Randy Johnson was an enigma. From the way he handled on-field pressure to his frosty treatment of those holding cameras, microphones or notebooks, he was a unique character.

Lets take a look at the versions of Randy Johnson we witnessed over a couple decades’ time …..

Randy’s Mullet:



Legends also inspire others. Perhaps, the “Mullet” was the inspiration Randy Johnson gave to others …..





In fact it’s probably fair to say Randy Johnson’s LEGEND has inspired the hairstyles of celebrities outside of the world of sports …..




While the hairstyle was certainly a trademark for the future Hall Of Famer, I think most people will remember Randy Johnson for specific incidents of GREATNESS, where he dominated lineups and collected strikeouts by double digits, per performance. In fact, Johnson played a part in a couple memorable Baltimore situations …..

July 13, 1993 – Randy Johnson sails a fastball over John Kruk’s head in the All Star Game. In response, Kruk spins his helmet backwards and basically GIVES UP.

August 14, 1997 – Randy Johnson is scheduled to pitch against the Orioles in a summer evening matchup, at Camden Yards. But, the LIGHTS wouldn’t work. Amid rumors swarming around Cal Ripken and his consecutive games streak, the game is canceled. However, some of us suspect the birds just wanted to face the BIG UNIT in a daytime affair, the following day.

Randy Johnson’s career saw him reach numerous personal and team-related achievements …..

He could be the final 300 game winner we see for a very long time …..

His 4,875 strikeouts rank second ALL TIME …..

He will be remembered as the GREATEST SOUTHPAW of the modern era …..

He earned $175 million in his career …..

He was part of a POSSE …..

He won a World Championship with his buddy …..

Okay, okay …. I know you’re waiting for this …..

Without a doubt, one of Randy Johnson’s most memorable performances came on a cold January day, in 2005. As the newest Yankee strolled through Manhattan, he made his disdain for media known while telling the camerman to get the camera “out of my face.” Oh yeah, and don’t talk back to him …..

That was probably the funniest incident regarding Randy Johnson. Aside from the funky mullet and slaughtering statistics, that fateful day on the streets of New York will be etched in the memories of many baseball fans. Thus, I gotta ask, “Randy, what were you thinking …..”

Baltimore’s Hottest & I Mean “HOTTEST” Cup Of Coffee …..

I have no doubt that most WNST listeners/readers relax with their favorite coffee-type drink, each morning, as they scan the website for the freshest updates and perspectives. It’s a ritual, right?

Now, look down at your cup and relive the experience of making it or having it made for you. Who made your coffee? Do you even remember? If so, was it from this GUY …..

Or, how about this goober ???

Trust me, if a sexy nurse from Anne Arundel County has her way, coffee in the Baltimore area is gonna get a whole lot “HOTTER.”

If you love coffee, you’re about to get a reason to REALLY LOVE IT …..

Meet Brandy McMillion, owner of Java Divas, in Pasadena …..

When I say Brandy’s a nurse, I’m not kidding. Yeah, she dresses as a NAUGHTY NURSE on Mondays, because it’s “Women In Uniform” Day, at Java Divas. But, her profession is nursing, at a Baltimore area hospital.

Here’s the deal …..

Last year, Brandy, and her husband experienced the same reality cast on MILLIONS of Americans, over the past couple years. He lost his job ….. AND, their second child was due. The adversity certainly put a financial strain on their household and the immediate future.

So, whadda ya think they did? That’s right, they watched TV !!!! And, while watching the Travel Channel, they were blessed with an idea that might just change their LIVES forever …..

In short …. HOT WOMEN + COFFEE = $$$

A feature on drive-thru coffee shops, serviced by girls dressed in sexy clothing – and little of it – caught the McMillion’s attention. These shops are becoming increasingly popular on the West Coast, and throughout the Desert South portions of the United States. Yup, Brandy looked on her map, confirmed that Severna Park, Maryland, is on the East Coast (I’m Kidding !!!!) and the dream began.

And, after months of planning and hurdling obstacles, such as licensing, suppliers and location, “Java Divas” became a reality, on November 16, 2009. The business is 3 months old and every day is better, from a retail perspective.

After hearing about this “Little Coffee Shop …. with HOT WOMEN,” I had to pay a personal visit. Why? You know that answer ….. I’m Rex Snider. Things like this pique my interest. So, I made an appointment, and stopped by Java Divas for a chat. And, I wasn’t disappointed – in the staff or the appealing nature of the business, itself.

I’ve been thinking about how I would describe the girls who were working during my visit. Of course, I dealt with Brandy – she owns the joint. I want to be respectful to her husband, because I would want him to be respectful toward my wife. But, as an entrepreneur, he knows the lure of their business practice. So, I’ll say this quite humbly …..

If the entire staff looks like Brandy, Pasadena is gonna drink MILLIONS of cups of Java Divas coffee. I will definitely stop by their drive-thru on Tuesdays, for “Fantasy Day” and Fridays for “Sports Spirit Day.” But, rest assured, there is no way I’m missing Saturday, because it’s “Beach Day.”

That’s correct, they wear bikinis, while serving the brew …..

Another very attractive young lady was on hand, as well. But, I’m gonna leave it at that ….. her dad is a personal friend, and he’s capable of causing physical trauma. But, I have a feeling Sarah will be quite successful at Java Divas.

I wish I could tell you more – but, my time at Java Divas kinda passed as a blur. I recall asking a few stupid questions, where Brandy looked at me as if I was that bearded guy from The Hangover …..

Admittedly, it’s easy to lose your concentration …. but, to be honest, the girls at Java Divas serve fantastic gourmet coffee drinks (serving Caffe Pronto) and tasty treats to satisfy your morning or mid-afternoon hunger. They’ve got EVERYTHING you’ll find at Starbucks – but, it’s lesser expensive and did I say the help is HOT ???

Above all, the Divas are LADIES. It was easy to sense they know part of their appeal – obviously. But, in observing their customer interaction, I was impressed by the the professionalism and devotion to providing an excellent product and service. Java Divas is a winner …..

And, as we point out at WNST, they’re BALTIMORE. Brandy McMillion and her girls are not bound to some chain in Seattle or a parent company. They’re smart ….. and hardworking. They acted on an idea and succeeded. Yeah, I wish me and my buddies would’ve thought of the idea, first …..

That ain’t happening. But, the girls at Java Divas are happening !!!! Consider visiting them today – they’re located at 8355 Ritchie Hwy. (corner of Pasadena Rd.) – just south of the Rt. 10 access. More for more information, check ’em out on the web …..


This is one of those rare occasions when a “What Were They Thinking” blog has a positive inclusion. I’m glad Bill and Brandy McMillion were THINKING and WATCHING the Travel Channel. Best of luck !!!!


Tiger Poses In Prison Gear …..

Have you seen the latest issue of Vanity Fair Magazine?

Trust me, I’ve never picked up Vanity Fair ….. BEFORE NOW. Tiger Woods, has obviously made a string of poor personal decisions over the past couple years – and you can count this magazine shoot among them …..

What in the hell was he thinking? In fact, how could ANYONE foresee such photographs as being positive for their image? This isn’t the TIGER WOODS we know. Then again, maybe it is. We’ve certainly seen a different Tiger, since November. Nothing should surprise us any longer.

Perhaps, he really is among a cast of characters who would’ve gladly posed for such a photo spread …..


Who is the “REAL TIGER WOODS” ??? I don’t think anyone has that answer – including, his wife. A couple weeks ago, I vowed to refrain from talking about Tiger’s personal life and I’ll stick to the plan. But, his decision making, and/or lack thereof, really is causing some people to wonder about the guy.

Maybe, this entire debacle of Tiger’s “life gone bad” can be pinned on one person who currently serves in an advisor’s role. I guess it’s possible to tie questionable photo shoots with stonewalling cops and other poorly contrived ideals. And, it wouldn’t be surprising to see an “insider” dismissed, as the conflicted golfer tries to pick himself up.

Regardless, somebody had to agree to these photos. Somebody had to think THIS was a good idea. But, there has been alot of that lately …..

Someday, Tiger Woods will stop making THIS blog, so often. But, until then, I must ask …. “Tiger, what were you thinking …..”

Happy Birthday, King …..

Lost somewhere among a very ordinary Friday, America has forgotten TODAY’S significance. It was 75 years ago today – January 8, 1935 – that a child born in Tupelo, Mississippi, would someday CHANGE the world.

Indeed, today is Elvis Presley’s birthday. The KING of Rock & Roll influenced every genre of music and every musician – whether they know it or not. He challenged barriers and stereotypes that censored expression.

Sure, he bent and compromised his lyrics to ensure his performances invaded televisions in homes across this country. But, in spirit and with being honest to himself, he couldn’t muster a tune without dancing. Heck, he “dirty danced” before it was invented …..

While he’s often remembered by the oddity surrounding his death, he’s a man who really lived.

He never took NO for an answer. He was generous – probably too generous – to family, friends and strangers. And, he fulfilled obligations …..

Is he a standard? Hell, yeah. In fact, he is the STANDARD.

When we think about the BEST of the BEST, certain names come to mind …..







Yes, Elvis Presley is BIGGER than all of our sports heroes combined. He’s reached far more people and inspired millions, upon millions.

Yet, on this 75th Anniversary of his birth, he won’t be found on the cover of the Baltimore Sun or USA Today. He’s not gracing the homepage of Yahoo or AOL. And, nearly every bar and nightclub will let tonight slip by without playing one of his songs. Shameful.

But, not here. I didn’t forget him. In fact, I didn’t forget another deserving soul, either …..

Happy Birthday, Bob Haynie !!!!

Happy Birthday, Elvis !!!!

And, for those who FORGOT ….. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING ????

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My New Years Wish For Everyone .....

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My New Years Wish For Everyone …..

Posted on 29 December 2009 by WNST Interns

As I’m writing this blog, my family is beginning to wrap-up Christmas, while getting primed for some New Years cheer. You know what that means? Yup, BEST OF and WORST OF lists …..

And, as an added bonus, it’s the end of a decade. Indeed, Glenn Clark and I should keep readers busy with pretty opinionated countdowns over the next week.

Today’s blog (5th Day Of Christmas Installment) will absolutely be my longest EVER – I’m trying to include as many people, as possible. It’s simple, today, I’m handing out New Years Wishes to FAMOUS PEOPLE …. NOT SO FAMOUS PEOPLE …. and everyone in between.

Also, since we’re at this decade’s end, I’m offering individual, insightful prospectives – and where we might just find each other at the end of the next decade. I hope you enjoy …..

Joe Flacco

New Years Wish – I gotta think Joe is anxious win a football game, in Pittsburgh ….. where his college career began and ended less than happily. I hope Joe finally gets that win, in 2010.

Where’s Joe In 10 Years – I’m predicting the 2019 Baltimore Ravens’ roster will have only one player remaining from this current edition – and it’s Joe Flacco. He’ll have a Super Bowl ring and several Pro Bowl appearances on his resume’, as his career is winding down.

Sarah Palin

New Years Wish – I’d like to see people treating Mrs. Palin a little nicer. I’m not a hardcore politcal junkie – but, I think it’s reasonable to say she doesn’t get a fair shake.

Where’s Sarah In 10 Years – Well, she won’t be coming from or going to the White House ….. unless she’s a visitor. She’s not electible. However, in 2019, I think she’ll have her own sports talk show, in Baltimore. She will co-host with a guy who obsessively belittles and criticizes her.

Tiger Woods

New Years Wish – Well, I’m wishing Tiger some stability in his personal life and a quick return to golf. That’s where we really enjoy seeing him.

Where’s Tiger In 10 Years – I don’t know. Heck, in 2019, Tiger could be at Florida’s version of THE PLAYBOY MANSION, while hanging out with fellow “older bachelor dudes,” like George Clooney and Derek Jeter. Or, he can regain the things more important than golf, and this recent saga can really be past history.

Taylor Swift & Miley Cyrus

New Years Wish – I really, REALLY hope you girls are saving your money. And, I hope both of you survive this “ride.” I’m wishing you an easy transition, when THIS ends.

Where’s Taylor and Miley In 10 Years – Well it really depends on the support they have right now. But, I suspect both of them will be counting their MULTIPLE MILLIONS, when 2019 comes to an end.

Alex Rodriguez

New Years Wish – I don’t know ….. but, I sure hope you got your cousin, Yuri, something nice for Christmas.

Where’s Alex In 10 Years – I’m gonna predict A’Rod captures the All Time Homerun Record from Barry Bonds’ grasp, and he’s gonna lose it, too, by 2019. He’ll also be retired ten years from today.

President Obama

New Years Wish – I think it’s cool to have a President who roots for his hometown team. And, I’m wishing him a White Sox World Championship, in the next 3 seasons. Get it …. 3 seasons ????

Where’s Preseident Obama In 10 Years – Well, I think it’s fair to say he’s no longer President, in 2019. In all honesty – and this is NON-PARTISAN, I think he will lose in his re-election bid. Critics say he’s done very little, in office. Supporters say he’s only been on the job for 11 months.

Think about it …. he’s roughly 1/3 of the way through his Presidency – if you don’t include the 6 months he’ll spend campaigning, prior to the 2012 election. I’ll be blunt – this is a bad time to be President ….. and it’s no reflection on him. I have a feeling he’ll get caught up in a sweep …..

That said, he’ll be a former President Of The United States, and most likely Commissioner of the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball, in 2019.

Nick Markakis

New Years Wish – Aside from hoping the Orioles outfielder develops into a bonafide big league slugger, I’d wish some personality on Nick Markakis. And, some tact – when there is ONE KID standing near the gate, sign the autograph.

Where’s Nick In 10 Years – I’m a member of the small group of people who think Nick Markakis is a “slightly above average” ballplayer. I can foresee him still playing baseball, in 2019, but I doubt it’s in Baltimore.

Anita Marks

New Years Wish – A Chris McAlister or Willis McGahee BOBBLEHEAD ???

Where’s Anita In 10 Years – I’m bettin’ Miami ….. Regardless, I’m thinking she’ll have a Scott Garceau Voo-Doo Doll, in her hip pocket.

Peyton Manning & Tom Brady

New Years Wish – It doesn’t really matter what I hope or wish …. both of these guys are gonna win one or two more Super Bowls and their respective roads, to Canton, are already paved.

Where’s Peyton & Tom In 10 Years – They no longer compete !!!! They’re joined at the hip on an NFL Gameday Show. They’ll wear all their RINGS at the same time – further reinforcing what jewelry does for a guy’s appearance …..


Lil Wayne Carter

New Years Wish – Considering that Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., is expected to go to jail, in February ….. I’m wishing him some common sense. Lil Wayne got popped for illegally possessing a handgun – and he’s gonna pay the price …..

Where’s Wayne In 10 Years – This is hard to predict, but I won’t be surprised if he’s BROKE, IN JAIL or DEAD. Unfortunately, Wayne is fulfilling the same life his dad exercised. In an interview with Katie Couric, Wayne dismissed his father as never being in his life.

Really? Well, at 27 years old, Wayne has 4 kids with as many mothers – in different cities across the United States. And, he’s getting ready to spend a year in jail. Good luck, Wayne …..

Brian Matusz

New Years Wish – In a word – HEALTH.

Where’s Brian In 10 Years – I’ve gotta feeling Brian Matusz is the guy who won’t “miss.” Ten years from today, he’s the linchpin of the Orioles rotation – with a career record of just over 125 wins.

Bob Haynie

New Years Wish – I’m wishing Bob a very lucky NCAA Bracket, in March. You know, one of those “Ultimate Challenges” that nets the winner $10 million, in cold hard cash. Would ANYONE see or hear from Bob, again?

Where’s Bob In 10 Years – Approaching 20th Anniversary edition of the “Bob Haynie Show, Brought To You By Bud Light.” And, of course, he’ll be getting ready to celebrate his personal hero’s 90th birthday …..


Gary Williams

New Years Wish – Umm, as many NCAA Tournament berths, as possible? After all, that’s what Maryland fans and supporters really expect.

Where’s Gary In 10 Years – Exactly ….. and, I mean EXACTLY where he is right now.

Lindsay Lohan

New Years Wish – That she gets her life together.

Where’s Lindsay In 10 Years – SEE LIL WAYNE.

Albert Pujols

New Years Wish – My wish for Albert ??? Hmmm ….. if there is ANYTHING we should know, I’d hope he tells us before making history.

Where’s Albert In 10 Years – All-Time Homerun King.

Drew Forrester

New Years Wish – A beer with Merton at the 4100 club – where lots of BALTIMORE COLTS memoribilia lines the walls.

Where’s Drew In 10 Years – Playing rounds and rounds of golf with his son? And, still waiting for Greg Bader to meet him halfway …..

Ray Lewis

New Years Wish – A masterful performance in Sunday’s game, at Oakland – and a WIN, to boot.

Where’s Ray In 10 Years – Enshrined in the Hall Of Fame, and making personal appearances, for a nominal fee. Oh yeah, he’s living someplace warm.

Thyrl Nelson

New Years Wish – That ESPN’s “Talented Mr. Roto,” Matthew Berry would call Thyrl and start asking for fantasy advice – God knows he needs it.

Where’s Thyrl In 10 Years – Sitting at Matt Berry’s desk …..

LeBron James

New Years Wish – How about some humility? What else can I wish for a guy with “CHOSEN 1” tattooed on his back?

Where’s Lebron In 10 Years – Retired ….. and short of Michael Jordan’s status.

Clint Eastwood

New Years Wish – Hey, he’s nearing his 80th birthday …. I’m just gonna wish Clint a big dose of good health !!!!

Where’s Clint In 10 Years – Lets hope he’s around to see this blog …. and approaching his 90th birthday.

Glenn Clark

New Years Wish – I’m a huge fan of Glenn’s blogs. If a CRITICAL award (ie – Grammy, Oscar, etc.) is ever devoted to blogging, I hope Glenn nabs a couple.

Where’s Glenn In 10 Years – Glenn will sell the rights for “Crabs and Beer” to People Magazine, and use the proceeds to build a small mansion, next door to Gary Williams’ huge mansion. Glenn will undoubtedly have full access to interactive ventures, like “Gary Cam” …. “Gary, Gary, Gary – 24/7” …. or our personal favorite “You Call Him Gary, I Call Him GOD ….”

John Harbaugh

New Years Wish – That Coach Harbaugh’s brother in law, Tom Crean, finds the “Garyland” shirt on a Google search. Can you imagine the reaction …..

Where’s John In 10 Years – This is the perfect time to disclose my wife’s affinity for the Ravens Head Coach. She thinks he looks super sharp, when cleaned up. Perhaps, he will be beyond his coaching career and pursuing his 2nd career, as a member of the “NFL On Fox” cast. Based on his interviews with Baltimore media, I’d say the coach has some work to do …..

Rex Snider

New Years Wish – That I can somehow manage to make it through the middle of February without ending up lifeless in a dumpster ….. and with teeny little blonde-dyed hairs found in Ray Bachman’s trunk.

Where’s Rex In 10 Years – Co-Starring in the Vegas lounge act “Three Hot Blondes”, with former Steelers kicker, Jeff Reed and Billy Idol.


Kobe Bryant

New Years Wish – Has he EVER been to Baltimore? I’m wishing that Kobe and the Los Angeles Lakers would visit 1st Mariner Arena, during the next NBA pre-season.

Where’s Kobe in 10 Years – Retired, loving life and just awaiting his induction into the Basketball Hall Of Fame. Oh yeah, he’ll also capitalize on the “Pulling A Kobe” moniker and brand his own website of creative gifts for husbands who are trying to get back IN the bedroom.

Oprah Winfrey

New Years Wish – That she will consider allowing Rex Snider and Ray Bachmann to host the Oprah show when she departs, in 2011.

Where’s Oprah In 10 Years – Anywhere she wants !!!! God knows she’s got the money …. and TIME.

Jeff Gordon

New Years Wish – I’m wishing that Jeff gets that “fire” back !!!! We’ve seen a different #24 over the past few years, but I suppose a very secure financial future and a family will do that – especially when you risk your life for a living.

Where’s Jeff In 10 Years – Retired from NASCAR, with 6 Championships. He’ll stay in Manhattan (where he lives) or relocate to Southern California and embark on an acting career.

Ray Bachmann

New Years Wish – I’d wish Ray an opportunity to come across a nice 3-piece suit. But, I’d imagine it would need to be PURPLE or ORANGE to interest him.

Where’s Ray In 10 Years – Wherever he is ….. Ray will be wearing an Orioles or Ravens ensemble, and I have no doubt he’ll be cursing …..

Mike Tyson

New Years Wish – Honestly? That people stop exploiting the guy – and, perhaps, he’ll realize some stability in his life.

Where’s Mike In 10 Years – You don’t really wanna know where I think Mike Tyson will be in 10 years.

Stacy Keibler

New Years Wish – That she never, ever goes near a wrestling ring, again.

Where’s Stacy in 10 Years – Umm, living a comfy life, in Southern California, with a very rich husband?

Peter Angelos

New Years Wish – What’s that old saying ??? “If you love something, let it go ….”

Where’s Peter In 10 Years – I gotta feeling Mr. Angelos isn’t really into those sentimental sayings. That’s right, 22 years and counting …..
Dale Earnhardt Jr.

New Years Wish – actually this WISH is for his fans – HE IS NOT HIS FATHER. Got it ??? That said, he’s a decent competitor and I hope just savors his career.

Where Dale In 10 Years – Taking a MONEY BATH with Oprah Winfrey?

Mark Suchy

New Years Wish – A membership to Golds Gym ….. and access to Jose Canseco’s garbage.

Where’s Mark In 10 Years – Hosting “Terps Talk & The Gary Obsession” with Glenn Clark?

Troy Smith

New Years Wish – “A bird’s gotta fly, dawg.” You know what I mean? But, what if the bird doesn’t have a nest …. or, if it doesn’t fly very well? Ahh well, I’m wishing him the best …..

Where’s Troy In 10 Years – Flyin’, dawg ….. flyin’

Jason Jubb

New Years Wish – Ahh, more time with his little man !!!! And, an open invitation to afternoon sports talk …..

Where’s Jason In 10 Years – Making sense of why the Orioles are still losing ….. and riding an 12 year Fantasy Baseball LOSING STREAK !!!!

Steve Bisciotti

New Years Wish – that he has TIME to help out with a 10 minute phone conversation during our “Curing Cancer …. One Call At A Time” marathon, in July, 2010. Evidently, last July was a VERY BUSY month …..

Where’s Steve In 10 Years – Pulling his hair out ….. as his head coach, Mike Preston, alienates players with weekly report cards and detention.

Nestor Aparicio

New Years Wish – A press credential for Camden Yards – what else ???

Where’s Nestor In 10 Years – Owner of the most successful sports-media community, in the area. And, saying to himself “Damn, hiring that Rex Snider was a PHENOMENAL IDEA.”


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My 2010 Baltimore Orioles Promotions & GiveBACKS

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My 2010 Baltimore Orioles Promotions & GiveBACKS

Posted on 08 October 2009 by WNST Interns

I really enjoyed my Wednesday evening – sitting around watching another postseason baseball game, as members of the 2009 Baltimore Orioles are already undoubtedly spread across the United States and Caribbean …..

While I cannot inspire these idle hands to helping the Orioles’ on-field woes (for the record, I’m beginning to think Jesus, himself, might decline a shot at such a miracle …..), I do think I could help Andy MacPhail with promoting the product.

Uh-oh, my mistake …..Andy just finds ballplayers.

You know what that means ??? Yep, the radar is narrowing on the likes of Rocco Baldelli, Nick Johnson and Joe Crede …..

Indeed, what you get between the baselines might not change. But, I have some pretty bright ideas to ensure fans enjoy the overall ballpark experience. Who knows ….. my ideas might actually bring people back !!!!

And, they are …..

    Tuesday, April 14th vs. Tampa Bay – Scores Girls @ The Ballpark 

– special thanks to Anna Benson …..

Is there a specific group missing at Camden Yards? Well, that’s easy – it’s EVERYBODY. However, during my dozen trips, in 2009, I noticed a lack of college-aged fans, enjoying baseball.

I got news for the Orioles – guys in the 18-25 age range really love sports, including baseball. They also crave simple food, cold beer and GIRLS. It’s a perfectly tempting combination.

So, what’s the risk in bringing in a few dozen HOT GIRLS to run the bases between innings, sell concessions and replace every miserably downtrodden usher for the night?

Start the game at 9pm, and make the minimum age for entry at 18 years old. It would be a WIN-WIN. Trust me, I know COLLEGE KIDS – and if you mix sports, girls and beer (for those 21 and over), the joint will be packed.

And, who knows ….. maybe they’ll come back, just for BASEBALL.


    Sunday, May 16th vs. Cleveland – Preakness Sunday

It’s simple, the Orioles need to find a way to capitalize on Baltimore’s BIGGEST ANNUAL SPORTS EVENT. Find a way to collaborate with the Maryland Jockey Club, during the weekend of May 15th & 16th.

The O’s and MJC already share a common problem ……

Nobody cares about the product, and their venues are embarrassingly empty. Why not work together, with incentives, to bring people to Saturday’s race and Sunday’s game?

Some cities would kill for such an opportunity.


    Monday, June 7th (No Game Scheduled) – National Cancer Survivor’s Day

That’s right, there is no game scheduled during this Giveaway/Promotion Day. Actually, the Orioles are enjoying an off-day, in the midst of a homestand, and series’ against the Red Sox and Yankees.

No help or promotion needed, right?


Monday, June 7th is “National Cancer Survivor’s Day” !!!! It’s a day when people who’ve beaten the ultimate opponent rejoice and celebrate their life defining victory.

Do you realize how many cancer survivors LOVE BASEBALL? Why not open the ballpark to them?

It’s simple, eligible participants (and one guest) just need to present a ticket to an upcoming game (Yankees/Red Sox excluded) and a note from their doctor. Once inside, they can participate in batting practice (everyone gets 5 swings), shagging flies/grounders and conversations with Orioles players and coaches.

Okay, okay, getting the players might be a monumental task. I suppose we’ll see what the young birds are made of – including a heart.

Open the concession stands, and donate the profits to the American Cancer Society. It’s the right thing to do.


    Thursday, June 10th vs. New York Yankees – Kate Hudson Appreciation Night

A special promotion when the Bronx Bombers are in town ??? YOU BETCHA. And, it’s a very simple proposition …..

This an evening for BALTIMORE BASEBALL FANS to take their ballpark back – even if it’s just for one night. The Yankees are in the house and we’re gonna make it real freakin’ uncomfortable for them.

First, the Orioles hold on to every single ticket for this game. That’s right, it starts with the team coveting all 48,876 tickets. Season ticket holders will be provided their tickets – if they show up at designated gates for entry.

Yup – if you’re a season ticket holder, you’ve gotta attend the game – if you want your tickets. You can bring guests – but, you’re responsible for WHOMEVER you bring into the game.

All other tickets will be issued at remaining gates. And, it’s a very simple process …..

You wanna come inside? No problem – have a Maryland ID, birth certificate or report card. And, you MUST wear an orange or Orioles-themed shirt. The cost of tickets is $20 each – and they’ll be provided in groups of up to 4, together. It’s first come – first served.

And, yes, this rule applies to everyone. What’s that ??? Mark Teixeira’s mom and dad wanna come to the game ??? They’re more than welcome – just put on some orange and get ready to heckle your son for a night. We’ll expect nothing less.

This will be a very special evening, because the Orioles are gonna get off some of that piled-up MASN money. They might not be spending it on players – but they’ll spend it on a night of entertainment ……

And, it all begins with every fan in attendance proudly displaying their free giveaway – a poster of Jesus ….. umm, I mean Johnny Damon. Whoops, wrong again, it’s Chris Robinson – aka the former – MISTER Kate Hudson. Hold up those posters while the Yankees lineup is announced.

We’re gonna kickoff the night with a splendid rendition of the National Anthem by a LIVING LEGEND. Indeed, Pete’s gonna kickout a couple hundred grand to bring the “Material Girl,” herself (a former A’Rod friend), out to sing the Star Spangled Banner.

This is followed by the ceremonial first pitch by the great Owen Wilson. I hear he’s got a mean “split her.” No doubt, this little appearance is gonna cost a few bucks, too. But, the Good Lord and Mr. Angelos know we deserve it.

As the game progresses, some very fitting tunes will be played, between innings. And, I’m talking the good stuff – “Like A Virgin,” “Borderline,” “Crazy For You,” “This Used To Be My Playground,” “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “Jealous,” “She Talks To Angels,” “Remedy” …..

Of course, the 7th Inning Stretch will be a memorable occasion. The ultra-gorgeous, Mariah Carey, will perform “God Bless America.” And, the WORLD FAMOUS Black Crowes will take a prominent spot in front of the 3rd base dugout to perform “Thank God I’m A Country Boy.” Now, that’s worth the price of admission.

Will the Orioles need to do their part? You bet. If they win the game, every fan pledges to donate $10 to Nick Markakis’ “Right Side Foundation.” That’s nearly a half-million dollars. Is there any greater inspiration for Nick to finally get off his rear and start leading his team?

It can be a night to remember …..


    Monday, July 19th vs. Tampa Bay – 40th Anniversary of 1970 Orioles

Would you like to spend an evening with Brooksie, Boog, Cakes and The Crow? Toss in Don Baylor, Paul Blair, Andy Etchebarren, Dick Hall, Bobby Grich, Mike Cuellar and others, and it could be a very nice evening.

Maybe, this would be the only way to get Davey Johnson back in the house ….

It’s heartbreaking to see the special Orioles teams forgotten. Lets hope the Orioles do the right thing – honor the ‘70 O’s !!!!


    Wednesday, August 18th vs. Seattle – “Happy Birthday To LEGENDS” Night 

It’s 2010, and that means THREE Orioles Legends, who happen to also be Major League Baseball Hall Of Famers, are celebrating monumental birthdays.

In fact, these gentleman all share birthdays within a couple weeks of each other, during the month of August. I’ll guarantee you the folks at WNST won’t forget this momentous occasion. Lets just hope the Orioles don’t forget, either …..

In fact, I’m hoping the Orioles can get everyone together for a special night of celebrating – and with a HUGE BIRTHDAY CAKE. It seems like August 18th – in the middle of a homestand would be a perfect evening.

Without further delay, allow me to introduce the birthday boys …..

Earl Weaver – August 14, 1930 – 80 Years Old

The most decorated and beloved manager in Orioles history will be turning 80 years old. Along with a very public party, I think it would be fitting for the Orioles to present Earl with a customized version of the 1983 World Championship ring.

He was a year removed. But, he earned it.

Frank Robinson – August 31, 1935 – 75 Years Old

The man who hit the most famous homer in Orioles history is gonna be 75 years old. Extend that olive branch, and name the left field plaza, beyond the bullpens, in his honor.

Cal Ripken Jr. – August 24, 1960 – 50 Years Old

The Ironman conquers a half-decade of life. Is there anything he hasn’t already received? I don’t care if it’s 1% ….. give Cal a minority stake in the Orioles. It would be a tangible reason for him to take an interest in the team.


    Monday, September 14th vs. Toronto – Ravens Pep Rally

That’s right, it’s the Tuesday following the start of the NFL SEASON. I guess there is always a chance the Ravens will open the “Monday Night Football” season (LOL – yeah, right), so we’ll safely make this promotion on a Tuesday.

This is an opportunity for the Orioles to collaborate with the Ravens, again. And, the perfect fundraising opportunity exists. The Orioles will split the gate with the charitable endeavors of OJ Brigance, Lenny Moore and John Mackey. Fair enough, right?

Lets be blunt, it’s the Orioles and Blue Jays, on a September weeknight. Without any incentives, a matchup between two hapless teams might draw a crowd of 5,000 diehards.

However, if the likes of Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, John Harbaugh, Ozzie Newsome, Todd Heap, Jon Ogden, Artie Donovan, Raymond Berry, Don Shula, Mike Curtis, Tom Matte, Ted Marchibroda and others are willing to lend a hand, TO LEND A HAND, I’d be willing to bet the ball park would be packed.

Heck, such an event might even attract Mike Ditka (he can backup all the talking he’s doing), Frank Gifford, John Madden, Roger Staubach, Archie Manning, Jim Brown, Fran Tarkenton, Terry Bradshaw and many others.

Wow, Looking Good, Terry !!!!

This would be a night to TRULY GIVE BACK, and raise thousands of dollars for a few very noble causes …..


    Thursday, September 30th vs. Detroit – “Bob Haynie’s 10th Anniversary Party”

I know, I know, your first impression is “Rex is straight stoned,” especially given the fragile relationship between the Orioles and WNST …..

But, if you think about it, this is a perfect opportunity for the Orioles to recognize a guy who has carried their banner, on-air, for a decade. That’s right, he’s the guy who’s at least “sipped” the orange kool-aid, ON-AIR, for more than 3,650 days …..

And, the team didn’t pay him a dime, directly or indirectly, for his loyalty …..

Mark Viviano can’t claim this …..

Tom Davis can’t claim this …..

Pete Schmuck (I’m a HUGE fan) can’t claim this …..

Bob Haynie loves the Orioles. Bob Haynie could rightfully – and with unblemished integrity – hold their feet to the fire. Instead, he chooses the high road. There is something to be said for such affection.

Honor the man !!!!

And, this is how you do it ……

For Bob Haynie’s “10th Anniversary Party,” the Orioles can make Bud Light affordable. I’m talking $4 per beer. C’mon they’re making money on that !!!! Promote the product that promotes Bob.

To get things started, we’ll use the services of the visiting team …..

The Tigers’ Jim Leyland can meet Bob outside the Eutaw Street gate, where they can burn a couple “sticks” and chat about ANYTHING. While Bud Light will be available, Mr. Leyland will defer his decision on consumption to whether the Tigers have driven him to drink – during games, by that point.

And, this is a BIG PARTY – it’s Bob Haynie’s Anniversary. There’s no telling who might show up …..

The game will start at 4pm, with an early evening finish. Then, the celebration moves a couple blocks north, to 1st Mariner Arena …..

Recently, the namesake of Bob’s favorite band, Eddie Van Halen, announced the group plans on touring, in the Summer of 2010. Now, I know what you’re thinking …. the chances of Van Halen keeping all the wheels and collective egos intact, and on their tour bus has been a challenge, to say the least.

However, they did make it through the last tour, in 2007-08 and after only one hiatus and several rescheduled dates …..

Also, Peter Angelos owes the Van Halen brothers a SOLID. Remember, he backed out of a tentative deal that would’ve landed the band performing, at Camden Yards, in 2004. Pete owes Ed a gig – plain and simple.

Why not make it Bob Haynie’s Anniversary Party ??? I can imagine a lot of Orioles fans rockin’ out to “You Really Got Me,” “Unchained,” “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” and “Somebody Call Me A Doctor.”

There would certainly be a fitting video tribute to the last 12 years of Orioles Baseball, as Dave and Eddie grind out an impassioned version of “Where Have All The Good Times Gone” …..

There is just something special about seeing David Lee Roth and Bob Haynie, both sporting a pair of ass-less chaps, while sipping on some Jack Daniels and singing an “Ice Cream Man” duet.

Do it, Pete ….. DO IT !!!!

Well, there it is – my proposal for the 2010 Orioles Promotions and Giveaways. Feel free to add your own ideas, below …..

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The Sammy Sosa Era ??? I Want Answers From Andy MacPhail ….

Posted on 17 June 2009 by WNST Interns

Have you ever awakened in the morning and a crystal clear thought hits you like a freaking bus?

If so, consider this morning one of those sobering situations …..

For all the good he’s done as President of the Baltimore Orioles, Andy MacPhail owes us some answers – from the final years of his stead in the same role with the Chicago Cubs. Uh-huh, those CHICAGO CUBS.

You can forget the rebuilding of the Orioles’ minor league system – albeit, an amazing two year turnaround …..

You can also forget swindling the Houston Astros out of Luke Scott and Troy Patton, for the eroding skills of Miguel Tejada …..

And, lastly, you can forget the GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY of this young 21st century, when Adam Jones, George Sherrill and Chris Tillman were landed for the grand price of Erik Bedard …..

While Andy MacPhail has arguably done a superb job with the hand he was dealt on June 20, 2007, he now has some questions to answer regarding our beloved Orioles – but from a time before he joined the team.

The reason ???

Sammy Sosa

That’s right, the Sammy Sosa who arrived in Baltimore, for a February, 2005, press conference, while doing his best impersonation of a slimmed-down Jared Fogle, from Subway. Look at Sosa, in 2003, and then look at him during those early days, in Baltimore, just a couple years later.

Yep, and it’s the same Sammy Sosa who essentially began a steady regression in production, starting in 2002. In the span of 3 seasons, Sosa went from hitting .328 with 64 bombs, to .258 with 35 homers. And, in the second half of 2004, Sosa actually hit .233, before walking out on his team in late September.

As we all know, Slammin’ Sammy followed up his lackluster 2004 season by bottoming out with a .221 clip and just 14 homeruns. But, the real insult? He did it in a Baltimore Orioles uniform.

We remember that stint, huh?

And, take a wild guess of who delivered Sammy Sosa to the Orioles’ doorstep? BINGO ….. it was Andy MacPhail. As President of the Chicago Cubs, MacPhail oversaw the trade of Sosa to the Orioles for the equivalent of a couple Papa Johns pizzas and a 2-liter bottle of Coke.

Yeah, Sosa might’ve worn out his welcome in the confines of Wrigley, but who trades away a guy coming off a 35 homer campaign – with 238 total dingers, in the 5 years prior to the trade, for virtually NOTHING ???

On the day Sammy Sosa was traded to the Orioles, he was averaging 48 homeruns, per season, in those 5 years before the deal. Yet, he comes here and has his worst season in 13 years. And, it was so strikingly poor, when compared to the dozen prior seasons.

What necessitated the sudden deal to the Orioles? Why were Andy MacPhail and Jim Hendry so bent on dealing Sosa? Regardless of his relationship with Dusty Baker and other members of management, Sosa was a producer. Why trade him for players who don’t come close to equating his contributions?

Perhaps, we got a peek into the real reason, yesterday …..

As everyone knows, it’s been confirmed that Sammy Sosa failed a drug test, in 2003. Imagine that. Are you really surprised?

Now, let’s just cut to the significance of the blog …..

While we now know that Sammy Sosa was a steroid user when he sat in the warehouse and LIED to everyone about his aspirations and dedication, I’m wondering if anyone else, with connections to the deal, was less than forthright.

Yeah, you know where I’m going with this …..

Andy MacPhail owes us some answers.

What did he know when he traded a steroid user – and a guy who failed a drug test – to the Baltimore Orioles? Indeed, those tests were confidential, but everyone has sources, right?

Andy MacPhail needs to be grilled on this. Who’s gonna do it, Rick Dempsey? Jim Hunter? Buck Martinez? Please …..

We all know how such a conversation will go ……

Jim Hunter – “Andy did you know Sammy Sosa failed a drug test, in 2003?”

Andy MacPhail – “Nope.”

Rick Dempsey – “Andy did you suspect Sammy Sosa was using steroids?”

Andy MacPhail – “Nope.”

Jim Hunter & Rick Dempsey – “Well that concludes our interview with Andy MacPhail, back to the guys in the booth.”

We all know Andy MacPhail won’t consent to interviews with anyone other than the MASN-Talking Heads. Or, he might get daring and do a couple minutes with the orange kool-aid drinkers, at CBS Radio.

But, you can bet on THIS ….. Andy MacPhail will never sit before Bryant Gumbel, Bob Costas, Dan Patrick, Rick Reilly, Keith Olbermann, Nestor Aparicio, Steve Davis, Drew Forrester, David Steele, Bob Haynie, Rick Maese or countless others who wouldn’t simply settle for “NOPE” as an answer.

The sad truth is this is probably as close as we’re gonna get to the real set of facts. Like it or not, we’re gonna be stuck with “NOPE” or something even more vague. Sure, Andy MacPhail and those in his circle will duck behind the “curtain of exclusivity” that’s shielded them whenever an outsider wants a few words.

But, know this ….. Andy MacPhail’s reputation is a little less stellar, this morning. At least as far as I’m concerned …..

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Blog & Tackle: Beat the clock in KQBST contest

Posted on 10 April 2009 by Chris Pika

At home on a Friday afternoon since the office is closed, I get a chance to listen in to WNST on the computer. Since the King (or Queen) of Baltimore Sportstalk contest is underway, here are some observations.

That five minutes that Nestor Aparicio allows each contestant is just like someone getting a shot at open mic night at a comedy club. You don’t understand how long five minutes can actually be when you are doing a monologue. The only difference is that you are not being heckled from the audience when you struggle. It’s just you and the clock.

Most people don’t realize how fast they actually talk when they are nervous. You have a ton of things you want to go over in your head, but it comes out in one big stream. I have a tendency to do that when I’m on the air with Nestor or Bob during the week, and I have to take a breath between thoughts. Relax and take your time. Don’t be Jim Rome with huge long pauses between words, but don’t race to the finish line to make your points. You have more time than you think.

That said, five minutes is nothing compared to an hour, two hours or four hours on the radio every day. It is incredibly hard to do and do well, as Drew Forrester, Bob Haynie and Nestor show on WNST.

Luckily, contestants can prove themselves in different ways in order to get a chance at WNST glory. Writing is big component of this WNST.net web site. If you can communicate — either in a short blog, a longer commentary, or even breaking news coverage — by the written word, you have a better chance to win.

Radio and blogging share one thing in common. It’s a conversation between the host/blogger and the audience. The trick is to engage the audience to contribute to the discussion by calling in or leaving comments on the blogs.

There is no set formula to writing for a web site. Some can be good in 200 words, some take longer to get there. But, one thing is a MUST: read your stuff two or three times before you hit the publish button. Make sure the blog is the best you can make it — spell check, fact check and grammar check your writing. A well-crafted blog informs, entertains and gives readers something to think about.

The best advice I can give is not try to hit a home run out of the gate either on the radio or on the blog. Be consistent, and show that you can carry on a conversation like you do at the dinner table or while out with your friends (before the drinks kick in).

The audience knows the difference between someone who knows what they are talking about and those who don’t. If you don’t know something, admit it and brush up on that knowledge. Don’t try to fool them … just be yourself and learn along the way.

Have fun and best wishes to everyone participating!

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Tuesday Morning's Crab Cakes and Light Beer

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Tuesday Morning’s Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 31 March 2009 by WNST Interns

The Swinging Bunt

The Final 4 is set! Congratulations to Michigan State, UConn, Villanova and North Carolina you’re going to the Final 4… even though no one at WNST really thought you would. In our friendly 9 person office pool only Nestor had 2 of 4, while Bob and Ray failed to pick any of the National Semifinalists. Out of everyone, Drew with UConn is the only participant with his champ still alive. Personally, my bracket was… not my best effort, though I was the only person to have Villanova this far. However, unfortunately my pick to win it all, Louisville, as well as Memphis and Syracuse did not pull through for me. Oh well.

Joe? … Fred? All right, now that the rain delay is over, we’re going to throw it back live to Joe Angel and Fred Manfra from Fort Lauderdale for all the rest of the exciting action between your Baltimore Orioles and the New York Mets… take it away Joe… Joe? Fred? Anyone? Helllloooo? Is anyone there?

Scanning the Blogosphere

Camden Chat apparently likes Lou Montanez as the title of their most recent piece is, “I like Lou Montanez now.”

The Loss Column thinks Simon is in for #3 and the last 2 spots in the O’s rotation will come down to either Eaton, Hendrickson, Bass, or Penn.

Dempsey’s Army looks at who SHOULD be in the Orioles rotation when the team comes north, not necessarily who WILL be.

B-More Birds’ Nest asks the million dollar question… “Who is going to pitch for this team?!”

Sports by Brooks knows by this ESPN game graphic that Villanova and Pitt were really, really, really close throughout the entire second half.

Baltimore Beat Down identifies some prospects who might still be around when the Ravens draft in the 2nd round.

SI’s Hot Clicks features the game winning goal from the 7 Overtime Maryland-Virginia game from Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville.

Truth and Rumors wonders whether Scott Boras will be looking for a $50M deal for the next potential MLB #1 overall draft pick, Stephen Strasburg, a fireballing right handed pitcher from San Diego State.

CMS Video of the Day

While only Villanova-Pitt gave us entertaining basketball over Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the commercial breaks gave fans something to look forward to. My two favorites:

The Heineken spot with the guys celebrating the ‘beer closet.’

And the Guitar Hero commercial with Bobby Knight, Coach K, Roy Williams, and Rick Pitino alongside Metallica.

Look at Coach K’s face in this still-frame… it’s hysterical!

The Morning’s Final Thought

Here’s a really interesting list provided by The Big Lead of the “Top 10 College Hoops Programs in the Last Decade.”

1. Michigan State – 10-10 tourney trips, 6 Sweet 16s, 4 Final Fours, 1 title
2. Kansas – 10-10 tourney trips, 7 Sweet 16s, 3 Final Fours, 1 title
3. North Carolina – 8-10 tourney trips, 5 Sweet 16s, 4 Final Fours, 1 title
4. Connecticut – 8-10 tourney trips, 5 Sweet 16s, 2 Final Fours, 1 title,
5. Florida – 8-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 3 Final Fours, 2 titles
6. Duke – 10-10 tourney trips, 7 Sweet 16s, 2 Final Fours, 1 title
7. UCLA – 8-10 tourney trips, 6 Sweet 16s, 3 Final Fours, 0 titles
8. Arizona – 10-10 tourney trips, 5 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
9. Texas – 10-10 tourney trips, 5 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
10. Maryland – 7-10 tourney trips, 3 Sweet 16s, 2 Final Fours, 1 title

And a lost of some Honorably Mentioned schools:

Pittsburgh 8-10 tourney trips, 5 Sweet 16s, 0 Final Fours, 0 titles
Illinois 9-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
Ohio State 6-10 tourney trips, 1 Sweet 16, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
Louisville 7-10 tourney trips, 3 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
Oklahoma 8-10 tourney trips, 3 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
Kentucky 9-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 0 Final Fours, 0 titles
Memphis 6-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
Syracuse 7-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 1 title
Gonzaga 10-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 0 Final Fours, 0 titles

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The Orioles “REAL” Problem …..

Posted on 12 March 2009 by WNST Interns

Before you go any further, please know this is an accompanying piece to Bob Haynie’s blog, from yesterday.  For me, it’s a worthwhile and revealing subject.  Perhaps, it really sheds light into the true problems that have crippled the Orioles for over a decade.


Yesterday, I was driving along route 795 and minding my own business when I nearly crashed my car at the Owings Mills exit.  There weren’t any road hazards or unsafe conditions.  Nope ….. no visual distractions.


In fact, the cause of my near Talladega-like pileup came directly from my radio and the content of what I was hearing.  I was tuned into WNST-1570am – as all informed sports fans should be doing during their daily trek around town.


As Bob Haynie interviewed former Orioles big-wig, Jim Duquette, from Florida, I was astounded to learn a tidbit of information regarding past Orioles draft selections.  For those who might have missed the conversation (hey, you could’ve been in a meeting or on a sales call), I’ll recount the highlights and implore you to check the Audio-Vault at WNST.net – trust me, you don’t want to miss that conversation.


The topic regarded Orioles prospect, Billy Rowell.  Recently, the Orioles switched Rowell from 3rd base to right field.  Rowell has labored through the O’s minor league system, and with due respect to Les Nesman (an actual Haynie reference), there must be an organizational hope Rowell can find “himself” in the position change.


Jim Duquette elaborated on his familiarity and experiences with Billy Rowell.  This included Duquette recounting the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. While there was agreement and consensus on Rowell’s offensive potential, he was not unanimously endorsed by the entire Orioles braintrust, as the 9th overall selection.


In fact, according to Duquette, he and a few others preferred a slight statured, right handed pitcher from the University of Washington.  That pitcher’s name was Tim Lincecum.  Uh-huh, you got it ….. the defending National League Cy Young Award winner.


For those who love baseball, you know Tim Lincecum is the hottest commodity among young, flamethrowing hurlers.  He’s gracing the covers of magazines, fantasy guides and video games.  He’s what some folks would call a ROCKSTAR.


At 24 years old, Lincecum appears primed for a nice career and years of contribution to the San Fransisco Giants.  Yep, the Giants selected Lincecum on the heels of Billy Rowell, with the 10th overall pick.  Hurts huh?


In truth, Billy Rowell is just another player in a line of Orioles draft picks who’ve underachieved and failed to merit their high selection.  And, Tim Lincecum is another player the Orioles PASSED when blessed with a chance to nab ‘em.


Yeah, I’ve heard the excuses ….. “Draft picks are just a gamble” ….. “There are no sure things” ….. “All these kids are a risk” and many, many more.  I’m sorry, but the Orioles MUST do better or they will not dig out of this gigantic hole – that took a decade to create.


The Billy Rowell/Tim Lincecum debacle is just one of many “misses” the Orioles have committed on draft day.  Here’s a few more, in succession …..


1999    :  Orioles selected Mike Paradis/Larry Bigbie/Keith Reed/Richard Stahl (13th, 18th, 21st, 23rd overall)  Players skipped – Jason Jennings, Alex Rios, Carl Crawford, Brandon Phillips, Ryan Ludwick, John Lackey, Justin Morneau, Hank Blalock, JJ Putz, Shane Victorino, Aaron Harang, Coco Crisp, Jake Peavy


2000    :  Orioles selected – Beau Hale (14th overall)  Players skipped – Chase Utley, Adam Wainwright, Xavier Nady, Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, Aaron Hill, Dontrelle Willis, Brandon Webb, Rich Harden, James Shields, Jason Bay, Ryan Church


2001    :  Orioles selected – Chris Smith/Mike Fontenot (7th & 19th overall)  Players skipped – Casey Kotchman, Noah Lowery, Jeremy Bonderman, JJ Hardy, Dan Haren, Ryan Howard, David Wright


2002    :  Orioles selected – Adam Loewen (4th overall)  Players skipped – Prince Fielder, Scott Kazmir, Nick Swisher, James Loney, Jeremy Guthrie, Matt Cain, John Lester, Brian McCann, Cole Hamels


2003    :  Orioles selected – Nick Markakis (7th overall)  No Complaints Here !!!!


2004    :  Orioles selected – Wade Townsend (8th overall/was not signed)  Players skipped – Jered Weaver, Steven Drew, Josh Fields, Hunter Pence, Dustin Pedroia


2005    :  Orioles selected – Brandon Snyder (13th overall)  Players skipped – Matt Garza, Jacoby Ellsbury, Craig Hansen, Kevin Slowey, Micah Owings, Clay Buchholz


2006    :  Orioles selected – Billy Rowell (9th overall)  Players skipped – Tim Lincecum, Ian Kennedy, Max Scherzer, Joba Chamberlain


2007    :  Orioles selected – Matt Wieters (5th overall)  No Complaints Here !!!!


 I’m not suggesting, nor expecting the Orioles to hit a “homerun” in the high rounds of every draft.  However, their recent record and resulting selections are EVIDENCE that someone or a group of “someones” are failing this organization in the crucial process of draft and development.


It’s so easy to knock Andy MacPhail for not opening the bank vault to Mark Teixeira, Manny Ramirez or AJ Burnett.   But, a conservative budget and stance on free agent talent is not the problem.  Poor drafts and development are the problem.  And, these problems have translated into the Orioles team we see today.


If you listen to Tom Davis or one of his cronies, they’ll say “drafts are luck.”  That’s bunk.  Just look at the successes of a few other MLB teams, over the last decade …..


Boston Red Sox – Jon Lester, John Papelbon, Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Craig Hansen, Clay Buchholz, Hanley Ramirez, Jed Lowrie, Kevin Youkilis, Justin Masterson


Tampa Bay Rays – Rocco Baldelli, Josh Hamilton, Carl Crawford, BJ Upton, Elijah Dukes, Delmon Young, David Price, Evan Longoria, James Shields, Andy Sonnanstine


Oakland A’s – Barry Zito, Bobby Crosby, Jeremy Bonderman, Nick Swisher, Joe Blanton, Kurt Suzuki, Rich Harden, Huston Street


Why do you think the Tampa Bay Rays are so good?  In fact, they’re damned good, and it’s a result of strong drafts and great selections.  They have succeeded where the Orioles have failed – period.


The Orioles have NAILED the draft twice, over the past decade.  This is inexcusable, especially when they’ve had prime selections.  And, this is the very reason the franchise wallows below mediocrity.


Until the Orioles have better drafts and select true talent, things will not change.  Maybe it’s already turning around.  I certainly hope so.  Oh, and I wonder WHO overruled Jim Duquette on the Lincecum/Rowell decision ……

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