Friday, February 29th, 2008 at
And you want to be a ballboy, call Peter Angelos.
The Baltimore Sun’s Roch Kubatko reports that “there will be an open tryout March 8 at noon at Oriole Park for people 18 and older who want to be a ballboy or ballgirl this season”.
I pray this isn’t a typo. I just want Benny from the mailroom to finally live out his dream of being pegged by an Adam Loewen pickoff throw.
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 at
“Meanwhile, Jones continues to seek out more information on the city he will call home during the baseball season. When word came out that the six-player deal was finally completed, Jones fielded a call from one of his brothers, who suggested that he start watching The Wire, the HBO police drama set in Baltimore.”
Quote from Meet Mr. Jones: The Heart of the Deal by Jeff Zribiec, Baltimore Sun 2/11/08.
Sunday, February 10th, 2008 at
“With Baltimore, it seems like you were backwards. When I first got there, they were signing players and trying to compete with Boston and New York. Then it went downhill. I’m glad to be here.”
– Seattle Mariner Erik Bedard
No matter how Rick Maese tries to spin it, Bedard’s right. The Orioles have been going backwards since 1998. By no means does trading him to the Mariners mean the team is out of the woods but it’s a hopeful first step. Adam Jones is a great pickup and Orioles manager Dave Trembley has already told George Sherrill that he wants him to be the closer this season.
Orioles fans, including myself, are surprised and strangely relieved that the deal was successful. We suck again and that’s a good thing. Hopefully this is a sign that GM Andy MacPhail will be allowed to go about his job and rebuild the team. Besides Jones and Sherrill, the Orioles picked up three pitching prospects in addition to the prospects received in the Miguel Tejada trade.
After trading Bedard and Tejada, Brian Roberts is next up on the block if the rumors are correct. Owner Peter Angelos is a strong supporter of Roberts and has been reluctant to let him go in spite of the Cubs wanting to feel the fiber of his fabric. Even if the Orioles trade Roberts for value, the fact still remains that the organization has wasted over ten years and millions of dollars for 4th place finishes. If that’s not going backwards, I don’t know what is. Baltimore’s already the city that bleeds. It’s got to stop somewhere.
Monday, January 28th, 2008 at
Losing to Duke tonight or … um yesterday was bad enough but this and this have convinced me that there’s no hope and we’re all going to implode on each other.
I knew Meet The Spartans would be number one but really, people? Are people really begging for the return of the New Kids on the Block? Maybe I could understand if we lived in Europe and embraced shit groups like Take That and the Spice Girls on the regular. Are there rumors of a Boyzone reunion? Don’t tell Gary Glitter. He might get too excited and have another heart attack before realizing they’re of age.
Rambo had it right. Nothing ever changes. Just ask Peter Angelos. I need Colonel Troutman to talk me down or a Murland win at Cameron on February 13. I gotta go talk to my purents.
** You might have noticed that I saw Rambo this past weekend. No time for a review because it’s time for sleep. That’s where I’m a Viking. Let’s just say that if you see it, you’ll overdose on what you expect. It was impossible to keep track of the decapitations and severed limbs. It’s like trying to keep track of shots fired in The Killer. What do you learn? It’s acceptable to blow up bad people and stuff for freedom. Fuck yeah. Make sure you do a thorough job otherwise you won’t come to a resolution about the fate of your soul. The best way to do this is mow them down and take off as many body parts as possible.
Maybe the Karen people would have better luck if they changed their name to Helen or something Burmese. A little hiding out in the open if you will. Always gotta be thinking.
The unintentionally funny movie preview was solid. I won’t give away the title of the movie as that’s the best part but I haven’t laughed at a preview like that since Blood and Chocolate.
Friday, January 18th, 2008 at
Things aren’t so bueno for Miguel Tejada these days. He probably thought he was free and clear when he was traded from the Orioles to the Astros until he was named in the Mitchell Report.
Then the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee decided to look into whether he lied to federal investigators in 2005. As if that wasn’t bad enough, his brother died in a motorcycle accident on Tuesday.
One would think that would be enough to deal with but we ain’t even got started yet. It looks like the violent Olestra diarrhea is hitting the industrial fan. The FBI has initiated an investigation into Tejada and the Houston Chronicle reports that he could lose his green card.
Tejada, a native of the Dominican Republic, is a legal U.S. resident with a green card. Yet there are some instances in which he could be denied entry back into the country just by admitting he committed a crime for which he is being investigated.
“Obstruction of justice is considered under immigration law a crime involving moral turpitude,” said attorney Alexandre Afanassiev, who practices immigration litigation. “So the question then becomes, how long did he have his green card? Why? Because the law says that if you had your green card for less than five years and then committed a crime of moral turpitude, you can be subject to deportation. In other words, they can take your green card away because of that crime and (have you) sent home.”
One has to think Andy McPhail is hoping for deportation. It would make Orioles management look like geniuses until they trade Erik Bedard to the Cubs for a case of skunk Old Style and a lifetime supply of dogs from the Wiener’s Circle. I would go for Burritoville (RIP) or Taco Burrito Palace #2.
Maybe Miggy can play for Los Aguilas de Mexicali and convinced Fernando Valenzuela to come back for one more year. So much for the B-12.