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spiritof66 last won the day on June 22 2017

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    New York City
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    Reading, music (drums, guitar), baseball history, college basketball
  • Occupation
    Retired lawyer
  • Favorite Current Oriole
    Jones, Mancini, O'Day
  • Favorite All Time Oriole
  1. Place yer bets! (aka, the Pete Rose thread)

    That's right. Not sure why my brain crapped out on me as I typed that -- not that I'm much of an expert. In horse racing, you're betting on a horse to win (or to place, or the order of the top finishers or whatever). The odds aren't fixed; they change right up to the start of the race. The amount of the payoff for a winning bet is determined based on all the bets made; you share the money that was bet with the other successful betters. That's parimutual betting. Dog racing and harness racing work the same way. By contrast, when you bet on the Orioles to win more than 75 games or the Ravens to win a game by more than 6 points, you're betting against the house. That's your bet. Its terms -- and the payout for a successful bet, which is 100 percent of the bet less the house's vigorish -- are unaffected by other bets on whether the Orioles will win more or fewer than a stated number of games.
  2. Place yer bets! (aka, the Pete Rose thread)

    Confirming what others have said. When you get your bet down, the terms of the bet are printed on your slip and fixed at that time -- just like an NFL game or a horse race. I'm usually out there for a few days shortly before the season starts and place my bet then. I've never thought about the timing making a difference once you get to late March, but maybe I should act now on the off-chance that the Orioles make a move that improves their rotation. (You can't hear it, but that's me laughing in the background.)
  3. What If Tillman Gets Hammered in Spring Training?

    I agree it's frustrating. (Saving my usage of guy-banging-his-head-against-brick-wall emoticon for the Game Threads.) But are you -- is anyone? -- surprised that the Orioles haven't signed Cobb? I'm not. I'm still hoping, but if they do sign him, then I'll be surprised. That, too.
  4. Place yer bets! (aka, the Pete Rose thread)

    I forgot to add that I would bet on the Orioles keeping Manny until the end of the season, no matter where they are in the standings.
  5. What If Tillman Gets Hammered in Spring Training?

    Have to disagree with you there. The worst thing would be for Tillman to walk a bunch of guys, get hit, and stay in the rotation. That could happen because . . . well, just because. You seem to say that if Tillman had gotten lit up the Orioles would (or might) conclude that he's not a viable option for the rotation, and to imply that they would then be more likely cough up what it takes to sign Cobb (or find another way to upgrade the rotation) That makes sense if you assume that the Orioles' decisions involving large amounts of money are made rationally, thoughtfully and at least semi-intelligently. To understate it, that's not always the case.
  6. Place yer bets! (aka, the Pete Rose thread)

    I've made some money the past few years betting (in a Nevada sports book) the over on Oriole wins for the season. I'm a little bit nervous about this year, but I see that it's dropped from around 77 to 73, so I'll probably try it again.
  7. What If Tillman Gets Hammered in Spring Training?

    I sure wouldn't act that way if I were making the decisions for a team that's going for the post-season this year. Maybe you wouldn't. I'm pretty sure Dan Duquette wouldn't. That doesn't mean the Orioles wouldn't.
  8. Has any done sports crates?

    Of course, I meant I would discard any Lew Ford stuff after shredding it, burning the shredded strips, dissolving the ashes in acid, and burying the solution at a construction site. I realize there's no certainty, but that might work.
  9. Has any done sports crates?

    Intriguing, now that I know what it is. I guess if they include an autographed photo of Lew Ford, or something equivalent, you can just throw it away,
  10. Has any done sports crates?

    Completely unhelpful, but honest, response from an older fan:
  11. Cobb only thread

    It appears that Angelos the elder will not fire anyone with a contract -- that is, he won't put himself in the position of having to pay someone who isn't working for the team. Whether that's based on some cockeyed notion of thrift (not to be confused with Syd Thrift), a supposed "principle" like the one that's been suggested as behind the Orioles' attitude toward international free agents, or something else, I don't have a clue. Nor do I know whether John Angelos, if he's really calling the shots these days, would have the authority to fire an employee ho's under contract.
  12. Cobb only thread

    I agree with you and with most of the Times review. Generations of baseball fans have read and heard so often what a totally horrible person and teammate Cobb was that we all believed it, and I'm sure most still do.
  13. Cobb only thread

    With a team option for a second year at $12 million.
  14. Cobb only thread

    Totally unfair comment about Charles Leerhsen's Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty -- especially if you haven't read it, as I'm guessing is the case.