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Quick Funkyball Update

The O’s are climbing the standings, edging their way into third.  Kansas City is dominating though.

Kansas City 11 4 .733
Boston 10 7 .588 2
Baltimore 8 7 .533 3
Texas 8 7 .533 3
Chicago 7 7 .500 3.5
Cleveland 7 10 .412 5
New York 6 9 .400 5
Minnesota 4 10 .286 6.5

It’s nice to have Baltimore and KC competeing again.  Even if it’s  fake.

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Tonight, in Racism: O’s Camera Guy

Alright, I’m sure he didn’t do it on purpose but still.  What’s the director of this broadcast doing while this is going on.

While discussing the Reimold/Pie battle for a spot this video played.

That’s not Pie.  It’s another dark skinned player.  And it’s not over yet.

Clearly, the director would have informed someone before the second offense, wouldn’t he?

For those of you playing along at home, that’s Xavier Avery.

Good site I found this picture on.  Support Hannah and show some love for the minors, please.

And it still ain’t over.  With Murray in the booth cue Thorne’s next bonehead comment:

The hall is just getting closer and closer huh Eddie?

D’oh!  Seriously how uncomfortable was that booth?  Thorne, foot in mouth.  Palmer, how can I spin this to talk about me.  Murray, are you serious?

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Sarasota Diaries, part 2

In attendance at yesterday’s Spring Training contest between the Orioles and Red Sox were Andy MacPhail, Dick Vitale, and most importantly Detective Tom Ludlow of the Eutaw Street Hooligans.

Yesterday’s game made me very happy. There were not as many Red Sox fans as I expected although they were well represented, and the O’s won. Yeah, it’s a meaningless game but it always feels good to get the best of those slimy bastards. The Red Sox did not play all of their regulars but number one on the ESH hit list was in the lineup, Dustin Pedroia. He appeared to be in mid season form, he had his cocky “ape swinging his arms” jog going and he still has not located his chin. He also still sucks horribly at not being a giant douchebag, as pictured here:

David Hernandez looked very good in his outing though he did pitch himself out of some jams in his last two innings. The Sox were also making some pretty good contact off of him that doesn’t show up in the box scores. Adam Jones made a couple of great catches in center, Nick Markakis saved a sure extra base hit in right, and Felix Pie also stopped a run with a great diving play in left. Still, it appears that Hernandez has found the strikeout pitch that he didn’t bring from the minors last year, and good slider. His breaking pitches appear to be much improved from what we saw last year in Baltimore and he now has swing and miss stuff that we never saw. Hernandez has always been a high strikeout pitcher in the minors and it is good to see it finally translating against major league hitters. He needs that if he is going to be a successful big league starter.

The big debate now is will he make the opening day rotation instead of Chris Tillman? An article from Dan Connolly in the Baltimore Sun suggests that the organization may be leaning towards Hernandez with Tillman being sent to AAA. This is slippery slope they are building if it is true. If we are going to put this much stock into spring training then why doesn’t it go for everyone across the board? There have been many fans grumbling about Trembley playing favorites and not treating everyone the same, this would be more evidence of that. If Tillman loses his job while not pitching terribly because Hernandez has been better, then why doesn’t Guthrie get squeezed out? In my eyes he hasn’t earned anything this year. He has been pretty bad in the majors for a year and a half and he can’t get anyone out this spring. If Guthrie hasn’t pitched his way out of the rotation then I don’t see how Tillman has. Tillman has already mowed down every level of the minors, he is going to learn how to get major league hitters out by facing major league hitters. We aren’t winning anything this year, he should be in the rotation.

The article also mentions that the Orioles cleanup hitter to begin the year will be Miguel Tejada. Man, I’d take credit for calling that if it wasn’t so predictable… and stupid. I will reiterate, Miguel Tejada has hit a combined 7 home runs outside of Houston’s ballpark in the last 2 seasons. You know Houston, where the fence is like 150 feet to left field. Hopefully we will be laughing at the days he was batting 4th by May at the latest. I’m fully expecting a line like .280/.320/.425 from him, and that is not a cleanup hitter. He is a 7th hitter in our lineup, batting him in the middle is nothing short of laughable. Miguel Tejada has not been a middle of the order hitter since 2006. Wake up, Dave Trembley. He also appears to be as fat as Ty Wigginton these days, though I credit Wiggy a little bit here because he appears to have shed the pounds that Miggi gained to catch up to him. Ty would totally still kick his ass in any eating contest though, I have no doubt about that.

On a positive note, Felix Pie still looks like the player we saw in the second half of last year. He played very solid defense in left and hit nothing but ropes during the game. He was robbed of a base hit when Douche Bigelow snagged a liner in his first at bat and Victor Martinez made a diving stop on a hard hit grounder down the right field line in his second. He then delivered an RBI single in his third plate appearance, and struck out looking at a pitch that he (and I) thought was ball 4 in his last. The umpire did not agree with us.

Another bright spot in the game was Garrett Atkins, who collected 3 hits and did not look like the scrub he has been recently. Granted, it is one game and I totally expect him to be an absolute flop but he did look good today. My fellow ginger Justin Turner also continued his fine spring with two more hits and 3 RBIs in the game. He would be my replacement for Brian Roberts if Roberts does not end up ready for the start of the season.

We made the trip up to Dunedin today to catch the O’s and Jays only to have the game rained out. There went a blog entry…. and 60 bucks. Brian Roberts was scheduled to play in that game, and we will have to see how the rotation shakes out following the rain out. I will be going to the minor league game tomorrow afternoon to see Matusz pitch before heading back to Maryland tomorrow evening. Until then stay classy, ESHers.

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Sarasota Diaries, part 1

I arrived in the Tampa International Airport on Thursday evening on AirTran flight 724. Shortly after retrieving my bag, which surprisingly wasn’t lost, I made my way to Avis to pick up my rental car. What transpired next was a terror I did not prepare for. The lady at Avis was alarmed when I brought in my reservation, I had reserved a mid size car and she believed they no longer had any available. After finding what appeared to be a manager, they were able to locate the “last remaining” mid size car on their lot. I was given the proper paperwork and instructed on where to go to get my keys. I made my way upstairs to the lot and received a strange looking key, obviously intended for use with a Toyota. When I arrived at my parking spot, a sheepish smile came upon my face. Of course I would get this as a rental car, of course…

A fucking Toyota Prius. What occurred next was the expected onslaught of stuck accelerator jokes and me feeling like the biggest douche ever. I then drove this Prius from the Tampa airport down to Sarasota, about an hour’s worth of solid driving and it was just as shitty as you would expect.

Friday was a night game so we had some time to kill during the day. There were two events that occurred that I feel need to be included in the blog. I will not describe the first as I think the picture will do it enough justice. You just don’t see this every day.

The Amish are everywhere down here, it was quite surprising. This next photo needs an introduction. As some of you may know, the ESH loves Denard Span. He is one of our favorite heckling targets for no reason that any of us are aware. The Orioles played the Twins last night and my seats were sandwiched between a large group of major league scouts and a large group of Denard Span’s family. This group appeared to be Span’s wife and their approximately 47 children. All of which were calling out to daddy when he came to the plate. One of these offspring had epic style that you just don’t see too often these days…

Yeah, that’s a rat tail.

Much respect to my lady companion Ashley for these photos, I’m not much for taking pictures.

On to the game, as you may have seen in the box score Chris Tillman started the game and struggled a bit. His stuff looked very good but he struggled locating and commanding any of his pitches, like he does sometimes. The good news is he still didn’t get rocked despite not bringing his “A” game. It is pretty much a foregone conclusion that he will start the year as the Orioles fifth starter. I’m not worried about him, guys with his stuff and minor league dominance at his age don’t come around often. He will figure things out and he will be very good assuming health.

A bright spot in last night’s game was Nolan Reimold. I listened to the ridiculous thoughts people were having regarding Reimold. I remember a poster on Orioles Hangout actually suggesting that he be put on the 60-day DL and not brought back until mid season because it was clear he was obviously not ready to play in the majors right now. This was after 18 spring at bats. Let me repeat that, 18 SPRING at bats. He had about 4 games worth of sporadic at bats and people were already saying he was cooked. If a guy goes 0-18 during the season, it’s a mild slump that barely gets recognized. Well since then he was been on a tear and he had two more hits last night including his first spring home run. I’m not much concerned about that however. What I wanted to see was how he was moving on the bases and in the outfield and he appeared to have very little remaining effects from his surgery. He was moving around quite well and did not appear tentative. He looked healthy, everyone can shut up now…though you had no reason to worry in the first place.

The biggest story of the game of course was Brian Roberts debut. What happened? Well, Brian looked exactly like a guy who had not seen live pitching in quite a while. He struck out 3 times and looked pretty bad doing it. He did however pull a ball just foul in his second at bat that missed being a home run by a few feet. He did this while batting left handed which had been the problematic side for his back, so I will take that as a decent sign.

Scott Baker absolutely dominated the Orioles lineup as most pitchers have been doing this spring. Plate discipline is a glaring weakness right now, but who knows what people are working on. You all can sweat over our poor spring if you want, it doesn’t mean a whole lot once the bell rings. I don’t put much stock into spring training in general, it’s silly to form your roster on the basis of performance over a small sample of games against inconsistent competition anyway. Everyone appears to be edging towards health and that’s all I want out of spring training, get to the regular season in shape, healthy, and ready to rock.

In conclusion, Amish people are funny, Denard Span has a whole mess of kids that are quite clearly awesome, and Sarasota is full of old people.

Part 2 coming tomorrow.

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Gross Line of the Day

Brandon Snyder on how he felt his major league camp was, just after being optioned to the minor league team:

“I feel like I’m really close and I feel like I left a good taste in their mouths. And if they need somebody, I’m on the top of their list and on the top of their mind as the guy who can come up and make a difference.”

I look forward to seeing, not tasting, more of Brandon Snyder in the near future.

Tom is en route to Florida as we speak.  I’m looking forward to an update from him and we’ll post what he gives us.

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This One’s For the Ladies

Roch passed on the news today about a few former players joining the broadcast booth this season for color analysis.

Former Orioles Eddie Murray, Brady Anderson, Mike Boddicker and Ben McDonald will join the MASN broadcast booth for select games this season. They’ll assist with the color commentary on a rotating basis.

I’m liking those names.  I’ve been ready for some fresh blood in the broadcast booth for some time now.

I do have one fear though:  With Brady and Jim in the same booth, all that sexy modeling experience may cause some friction between those two.  So before the season gets underway.  Let’s settle this, once and for all…

Oddly enough, I nabbed both of these pictures from the same blog.  I even read skimmed the whole article.  Pretty funny stuff.

Now for the The Undies Booth Brawl:

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Today’s Game Vs. the Cardinals

Just saw the line ups posted by Roch.

Felix Pie CF
Robert Andino SS
Lou Montanez RF
Nolan Reimold LF
Brandon Snyder 1B
Josh Bell 3B
Scott Moore DH
Chad Moeller C
Justin Turner 2B

Brian Matusz LHP
Here’s the Cardinals lineup:

Lugo 2B
Ryan SS
Pujols 1B
Holliday LF
Ludwick RF
Molina C
Freese 3B
Mather CF
Hill LHP

We’re not the ones that usually post line-ups and shit like this…plenty of O’s writers handle that niche…but I’m pretty excited about listening to this game.

Love Snyder, Bell, Reimold, and Pie being in the line up.  Especially facing Rich Hill.  We have a pretty solid understanding of what he’s about.  How do our young hitters fair?

Really intrigued by Matusz facing Pujols and Holliday.

Who do you think wins these match ups today?

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