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About beantownrefugee

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  • Birthday 10/20/1973

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    Hall of Pain
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    Inducting the Red Sox and Yankees into the Hall of Pain
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    Crush Davis
  • Favorite All Time Oriole
    Eddie Murray

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  1. beantownrefugee

    Ticketmaster is Active

    I'm still receiving the same error message as well. I phoned the Orioles this morning, was on hold for 5 minutes waiting for a rep, finally took the option to leave a voicemail. Haven't heard back. Maybe the Billy Joel announcement tied up the phone lines.
  2. beantownrefugee

    Ticketmaster is Active

    I got as far as being able to log in. Then, under "List of Items", when I mouse over "Orioles Fanfest", it says I have two complimentary tickets, and to click "view items". I click " view items", and it says "this item is no longer for sale". Oh man. Anyone else having the same issue?
  3. I signed up as well. I suspect this will be more about the gameday experience rather than on-field direction of the ballclub. But a good idea. I plan to be the old fogie who just wants baseball without all of the "noise". Old fogies need their voice heard too.
  4. beantownrefugee

    Dean Kremer 2018

    I attended the Baysox game today. Kremer looked real good, never seen him pitch previously. Did a nice job mixing up his pitches. Stadium radar gun showed 93 - 94 mph on several fastballs. Jay Flaa came in and pitched the 7th, 8th, and 9th. Gave up a 2-out, none-on HR in the 9th. Other than that, he looked good as well. Baysox offense was helped out by some keystone cops defense by Erie. Offensively Baysox were led by Austin Hays (HR, double) and Corban Joseph (HR). Yusniel Diaz wasn't too impressive with the bat IMO - but just a one-game sample size.
  5. Adam seems to have two benefits to finishing the season here, as far as his next contract is concerned. 1.) Capability to play RF 2.) Ability to serve as a mentor. I bet it caught other teams' attention how professional he was in the transition to Mullins playing CF. If the Orioles don't offer him a deal this off-season of sufficient number of years, other teams would surely appreciate the professionalism and mentoring, and it could net him the contract he desires.
  6. beantownrefugee

    Renato Núñez

    I saw Nunez on June 30 in Norfolk, a Tillman rehab start. Sat right behind the 3rd base dugout. Tillman got into trouble in the 3rd due to a Nunez error, and another scored a hit, but really should have been fielded by Nunez. At least that game, he didn't seem to have a great first step in fielding the ball. With his bat, certainly worth seeing if he can at least become a serviceable IF. But I'm expecting some growing pains.
  7. beantownrefugee

    Grade the Rebuild, Phase I

    B/B-. I had it as A/A- prior to yesterday. Thought DD was deliberate in trading Manny and Britton, and seemed to get a good deal given that other teams knew we had no choice but to trade them. Liked that they prioritized International Signing Money in the trade for Brach. Yesterday dampened my enthusiasm. Did not like the salary dump as part of the Gausman trade. Schoop trade may be too early to tell, but with the flexibility that the O's did not need to trade him yesterday, seems like the O's could have acquired more. Next phase's success rides heavily on whether the O's can sign VVM, and a solid selection with the #1 (or 2 or 3) pick in the 2019 draft first round.
  8. beantownrefugee

    The Brad Brach appreciation thread

    I met Brad's wife Jenae at one of the O's wives / SOs Maryland Food Bank collection weekends. Jenae was very personable and humble, and mentioned how much she and Brad appreciated the Orioles for giving Brad the opportunity. I'm certainly appreciative of Brad's production for the O's over the years, and wish he and Jenae the best.
  9. beantownrefugee

    Orioles hiring Eddie Murray as Special Advisor

    First, I am ecstatic to see Eddie, my all-time favorite player, back in the fold. Brought me a big smile seeing Eddie last night on MASN. Eddie's final years in Baltimore have always been the darkest hour in my 40 years as an O's fan. As a kid, I regularly sat in the bleachers, saw Eddie jogging to first on ground outs, with the fans booing. I have no idea what might have been in some fans' hearts, but I can tell you that I knew some of those around me booing, and it was because Eddie was not giving his all. I suspect that some of Eddie's ill feeling can be traced all the way back to Dick Young's treatment of Eddie's family, some of it to the local media in his final years, some of it to Edward Bennett Williams' 1986 press conference stating that Eddie needed to stay in better shape and produce more. A great thing that Eddie hit #500 as an Oriole, has his statue, and has been welcomed back several times even before this.
  10. beantownrefugee

    Machado Trade Expectations

    You could be right, and it would be consistent with what we've seen in the past few years. My feeling is that the O's will be open to trading any or all of Bundy / Gausman / Cashner / Cobb (Bundy and Gausman are by far going to draw the most interest). But they will not just trade to make a trade. There could be some benefit to stability at SP, while the young positional prospects find their footing at the major league level. Less pressure on them if the SP can keep the team in games. But I were the GM, I'd be shopping Bundy and Gausman proactively.
  11. beantownrefugee

    2018 Chris Tillman

    I attended Chris' start on June 30 in Norfolk. The numbers above don't belie his struggles. First two innings were fine. Really labored in the 3rd and 4th (pitching change in the 4th). Many ABs went deep in the count.
  12. beantownrefugee

    Ryan McKenna 2018

    I attended the Keys game on Saturday vs. Down East. Came away very impressed with McKenna. The kid is FAST and seems to couple that with good base running instincts (things like secondary lead, etc.). On one Rasmus single, he was on third almost prior to Rasmus getting to first! Been said here already, but McKenna was clearly the best player on the field. Also don't sell Preston Palmeiro short. Nice compact swing, I like what I saw of him too. Alex Wells certainly struggled, or battled, depending on your POV. Never know though, he may have been instructed to use secondary pitches in situations where he would have otherwise used his out pitch.
  13. beantownrefugee

    Valencia should be cut

    Let me get this straight. Valencia is one of four O's players with a batting average over .237, he's second only to Manny in OPS, he had one of only five O's hits last night, had two (including a BB) of the team's seven hits / BB.... and he should be cut for a bad base running play? Maybe that stood out because the rest of the team couldn't even get on base to make a blunder.
  14. beantownrefugee

    TT: Orioles Games of Thrones and the Way Forward

    I recall stories circa 2008 stating that prior to accepting the job, Andy McPhail sat down with Peter Angelos and discussed with him the appropriate role of a team owner within a baseball organization. Andy McPhail had the stature in MLB which Flanagan, Beattie, and Jim Duquette did not. Subsequently once McPhail was hired, Angelos' actions were in line with McPhail's guidance. And this seemed to turn around the franchise for years to come. McPhail and Dan Duquette -- both good baseball minds -- seemed to have freedom to operate. Seemed to last until Dan Duquette's perceived "disloyalty" w.r.t. Toronto in 2015.
  15. beantownrefugee

    The positives to a losing season

    Biggest positive: no ambiguity about what the team direction needs to be w.r.t. the trade deadline. Not saying I'm happy about the losing. Quite the contrary.