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  1. SteveA, I am really enjoying this thread. I have a Jim Gentile autographed baseball - what a season he had in 1961. Keep up the good work - this is great being able to relive so many memories.
  2. Don Baylor has passed away

    My memory may be foggy, but I always was under the impression that Don wanted to remain an Oriole. Reggie and Kenny, not so much. That trade saddened me very much, but as Frobby astutely pointed out, Kenny did us a favor when we traded with the Yankees. Just very sad to see Lee May and Don Baylor pass. I'm getting old.
  3. ESPN insider O's trades

    And we now have our post of the day - classic!
  4. My Family Gives a Shout-Out to Tony and Weams

    My nomination for understatement of the year.
  5. Below is a message I sent to Tony, and he suggested that it might be a good topic for the Hangout Club thread. A brief bit of background - I was born when Eisenhower was president, and became a first time father 5 years ago. Believing in efficiency, I went the 'let's go with triplets route.' Three boys later, we found that out that each of three is severely autistic. Though we didn't know it at the time, when we moved to Florida from Pennsylvania, the town we relocated in is home to a university with a tremendous autism clinic, which provides services for a varied clientele, including the son of a famous college and NFL quarterback. Well, what follows is an email I sent to Tony about what a kind, generous thing Weams did for our family. Tony and Weams have been so supportive, and it means the world to me. They are good, good people, in my humble opinion. Hi, Tony. Just wanted to let you know about a really, really decent thing Weams did for our family. We wanted to see if we could take the triplets to Tropicana Field, and hang out in the outfield area to see the Rays and Os. Naturally, we were concerned whether the autism would cause any heartburn on the Rays' stadium staff. Michael went out of his way to get in touch with the Rays' special services group via the Orioles' staff, and was most successful. Between Chris Martrich with the Os and the Tampa folks, they were phenomenal. Last Saturday, the Rays put us up in an area in the stadium that had a great view, but was accessible with the strollers we had to use with the kids. That in and of itself would have been a lifetime memory, but that was the beginning. The Rays gave us passes for batting practice (the Trey Mancini friends and family were there in full force), and it was just a great experience. The batting practice area, lights and sounds were a little overwhelming for 2 of the 3 kiddies, so mom took them to their seats. Big mistake. Chris comes over to talk to me, and asked how things were going. Next thing I know, Buck Showalter trots over to talk to my son Nicky and me (as Nicky tried to play with the Orioles patch on Buck's jersey - not the best thing to do less than 18 hours after Ubaldo's Friday night start). I am in shock, and Buck could not have been more kind or gracious. Lifetime memory, now enhanced. But that's not all. Chris trots over with baseballs for each of the triplets, autographed by Jim Palmer. Lifetime memory, on steroids (sorry Brian and Raffy). I know you are a busy man, and didn't want to bore you, but just as you did with getting us in touch with Monica Barlow in 2012, and Weams in 2017, you have done miracles for my family. I am very grateful. Best regards, Richard (HbgOsFan)
  6. DID SOMEONE BID ON THE GOLD ENGRAVED CAL RIPKEN JR. BAT?

    Hi, Roy. I thought I placed a bid on a Ripken bat, and I think it was the brown and gold etched bat. But at age 57 with five year-old triplets, my short term memory lasts about as long as an Orioles' pitcher's start, of late. I will check my records. You do great work with your auctions and your charities.
  7. Hi, Roy.  I placed an opening bid on a Ripken bat - it may have been the gold one.  At age 57, with 5-rear-old triplets, my short term memory lasts about as long as some of our recent Orioles starters' efforts.     

  8. Great great cause, as always, great items, as always. For reasons you understand, I'll open the bidding on the Palmer jersey. Hope others rally to the good works you are doing.
  9. Hi, Roy.  Great items, as always, great cause, as always. I'll open the bidding on the Palmer jersey, for reasons you will understand.

  10. RIP Todd Frohwirth

    Very sad news. Had a lot of respect for Todd in the way he handled himself in the infamous 1993 Mussina-Haselman brawl. Thoughts and prayers with his family - way too young.
  11. What are you looking for, in terms of the final two items (especially the Palmer jersey, in light of the autism)? (assuming you are still offering)..

    Regardless, Roy, I hope you and yours have had a good, wonderful holiday season.

    Best regards,

    Richard

     

     

  12. Happy Belated Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  13. Monica Pence Barlow RIP

    It's probably not appropriate to post something like this, in this forum. But here goes. We have autistic 4-year-old triplets, Life has been a challenge to say the least. Someone today took kindness upon us. It involves a flat tire, a Honda Odyssey, and a whole bunch of details which know one needs to be bored with. It got me thinking about the the other kindnesses extended our way, and I couldn't help but think of Monica. Earlier in this thread, years ago, i detailed the remarkable graciousness she extended to our family. Asking her whether 4-month triplets could even be allowed in Camden Yards to me seemed an open invitation from her of "Are you crazy?" Instead, I received graciousness. Not only did she make sure we could be in Camden Yards, but she put us up in a suite. Do the kids remember it? I'm guessing not. Does a father remember it? You better believe it. It's 2016, four years later, and I've never, ever forgotten that moment. What a class act she was, what a class act the Orioles were. I just don't want people to forget how special she was. Again, I shouldn't be posting this, and the mods should feel free to move this (or me) to a more appropriate place.
  14. Ubaldo Jimenez Today, 2016

    That really makes me happy. He has been nothing but a stand-up guy since he's donned the uniform, and now, a United States citizen. Well done, Ubaldo, well done.
  15. I need to go away for a while...

    Scott, the 11 hours without you were hard - glad to have you back!
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