CharmCityHokie

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About CharmCityHokie

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    Plus Member Since 7/08
  • Birthday 12/17/1986

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  • Location
    Frederick, MD
  • Interests
    Camping, Cars, Music, Travel
  • Occupation
    State Department Program Officer
  • Favorite Current Oriole
    Markakis
  • Favorite All Time Oriole
    Ripken Jr
  1. What a bizarre, yet interesting subject to come across as I come back to this site after a couple years in the wind. I actually came back to search for a post I made about my dad and listening to Orioles games on the radio with him many years ago but stumbled on this. I stopped posting (and looking) at the site about two years ago due to my alcoholism. Not that the OH contributed to that, but I couldn't afford to pay my plus membership anymore because I needed that money for booze. I was too embarrassed after cancelling my membership to even look at the site because I knew for what and why I opted out. I was (and am) one of the worst kind of alcoholics you can come across; I'm fully functional no matter my state, and I have taken advantage of that time and time again. I'm 30, I have a respectable job with the State Department, I have a great girlfriend and my family is solid. I was born and raised in Maryland, my family has been there since the Ark and the Dove landed at St. Clement's Island. I was raised right, spent the majority of my early education in Catholic school, though it didn't really take, I'm quite agnostic at this point. I have worked for the Department of Defense, served as a volunteer firefighter, I have a Ph.D in history (in spite of the irony that I felt while writing my thesis in a subject that focuses on the past and how much I couldn't stand what I had become). Despite all that, alcohol consumption raged through my twenties. It reached a point where at times I thought I might be dying because I'd wake up and my liver was so swollen that buttoning up my shirt for work would hurt and my kidneys would burn when I used the bathroom. I've been borderline obsessive-compulsive my whole life, whether it be with knowing everything there is to know about Star Wars as a child, to cars as a teenager to Orioles baseball all my life. My obsession, and addiction, to alcohol can't be blamed on my family, or genes, I found it myself, and I threw myself into it headfirst and I didn't look back. I've embarrassed my family too many times to mention, and myself as well but that is only a footnote since I had written myself off years ago. There is no recovery for me, just stubborn determination, I know if I have one drink, it'll turn into dozens and the only thing that'll stop me is my body not being able to accept anymore. So I'm sober, I live in a 400 sq ft. studio in DC as I try and pay off my debts, financially and emotionally (for the lack of a better of a word). I never participated in AA or anything like that, so I guess I'm taking advantage of the relatively anonymous setting of a message board to tell my story. It's 1:30am and I can't sleep so I typed this out, more or less as an apology to Tony and to Weams as to why I erratically posted and then ended my membership, not to say I was a prolific poster that they'd remember, but despite that I am still embarrassed. Either way, I'm doing better that I used to be, I was born in Frederick, Maryland in 1986, I grew up the middle son of a proud father who passed on far too soon, and I will continue to fight to make him proud. I live by Emerson's few words when he said "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." There are things that matter less to me now, but there are certain things that matter with the utmost significance, and thats what I focus on.
  2. I'm interested in getting involved in another keeper league. I play Ottoneu right now and do a yearly non-keeper Yahoo league usually. Email me at dgrussel@vt.edu if you need another team.
  3. Wow, what a rough draft...http://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/index.cgi?team_ID=BAL&year_ID=2009&draft_type=junreg&query_type=franch_year
  4. Just for reference sake for those who were unaware, the author (Kiley McDaniel) worked in the Orioles scouting department at one point. Just FYI
  5. Main weak point in his hitting seems to be the lefties. He's only had 25 ABs this year against them, but had only 3 hits. Hopefully they give him a little more exposure to them as the season goes on so he can start adjusting. In fairness, he did go 8/24 against them last year, but it was the GCL.
  6. I know we're a power built team, but verse the Yankees I'd play the crap out of small ball and wear them out over a series. Constantly have them running around trying to field bunts, hit and runs, steals, etc. and see if we can exhaust their age, injuries and eroding skills.
  7. You've been on fire lately RZ, I've gotta spread some rep. Huntzinger really stuck out to me for today's game. Former BoSox 3rd rounder, he transitioned to the bullpen full time for the first time last season. Split his time between AA/AAA for Boston and his stuff seemed to really play up out of the bullpen, sporting a 1.83 ERA in 68.2 IP (49 games) with some great peripheral stats; 6.7 H/9, 8.1 K/9, 0.4 HR/9 though also with a high 3.7 BB/9. I'd like to see more of him this spring, he might be an option for us later in the year if he keeps showing good stats in relief at Norfolk. He'll be 26 in July. http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=huntzi001bro
  8. Yes, this.
  9. I sincerely doubt it, he's already 27 and has only pitched 2 innings at AAA. He's had shoulder surgery and even before that showed better in the bullpen then as a starter. As a reliever, his H/9 is great and he has fantastic K/9 numbers. As a starter, his H/9 jumps above 9.0 and his HR/9 and BB/9 numbers both increase significantly, and his K's fall in the same right. He's had great GB/AO ratios in the past, so if he can rediscover that, he could be a real solid middle reliever if not more than that. I could see him showing up this season at the bigs if he stays healthy. http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=drake-001oli
  10. I know alot of people on here know some of these details about Oliver Drake, but thought it was an interesting little blurb from FanGraphs regarding his background: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/sunday-column-mets-indians-orioles-white-sox/ Hopefully he can keep his health this season, he's definitely a guy I've been keeping my eye on the last few years and has really done well with the transition to the bullpen. He's Tony's #23 prospect: http://forum.orioleshangout.com/forums/showthread.php/137591-2013-23-prospect-Oliver-Drake-RHP
  11. Someone tell me a reason for no. The dude basically was ready to retire, he's not a 4 year sign, I dont think hes more than a 1/14 sign, and I'm good with that. Sign me up for 2/22, if he turns into a dumpster fire, cut him, this team can gamble with some money, we have more chips then are being shown.
  12. Well we granted him free agency status by declining his option and refusing to sign him. I dont see that as him not giving us a chance to sign him. Are you suggesting we offer a 13 year veteran the minimum? Do you really want to spend 2 million on a broken player? I mean, baseball is a business, and he got a good offer for what he is now, who cares if its the Yankees or the Padres. It's sad that you hope the worst for someone when they've done nothing but an action that involves sustaining their life. He's 36, which is old for baseball, but not old in the least for life. You give me 2 million guaranteed? I'd play for the Yankees too, better than making minimum wage.
  13. Well he does have Hudson beat in the minor league home run category for their respective careers, 23 to 0.
  14. Soon to be the newest member of your Hanwah Eagles, hailing from the Republic of Korea http://www.kffl.com/gnews.php?id=884306-korean-league---felix-pie-headed-overseas
  15. I was under the impression that Dosch came out of the draft more as a utility guy profile (not great defensively, not much power, not much speed, etc.) than anything like a potential regular. Am I wrong in that thinking?