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About thatbearflies

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  • Birthday 10/19/1990

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    Klingerstown, PA
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    Reading, Baseball and Comedy.
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    Loan Officer
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    Darren O'Day

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  1. Is Lincecum a Hall of Famer?

    Maybe if Lincecum had pitched well enough to have a book written about him we could consider it. The Bird inspired the literary masterpiece that is "No Big Deal." 2.5 stars on Amazon for those keeping score at home. And if you double 2.5, you get 5, which is a perfect score so, you could say that Fidrych is kind of a big deal.
  2. Rickard

    Exactly how I feel about him. For as much recognition as he gets for that short stint of performance, you would think we would be in the design phase for the David Newhan statue in Orioles' Legends Park. Plus, at no fault of his own, listening to Roch Kubatko recycle that "because he's Joey freakin' Rickard" line time and time again, and then having it spread to the other Orioles' writers, put Rickard so far down in my pit of dislike that he could never get out.
  3. Is Lincecum a Hall of Famer?

    I'm certain that Lincecum is going to be immortalized in the Hall of Really Good for future generations to see. And for those wondering - Yes, in a Giants hat.
  4. The Athletic

    Honestly, I respect the work of many of the writers that they are acquiring, but I don't really consider subscribing. If anything, I am looking forward to reading some of the new voices that will emerge because of all the departures. It's not that their work lacks quality obviously, but there is so much conjecture and uncertainty in baseball that I think at times they may overvalue their own voice. They have inside access and sources, certainly, but the facts are going to be released no matter what and then we all pour over them. I don't think I have ever walked away from a Stark article armed with anything more than a strangely obscure fact about how X player has the most singles on a Wednesday in May where the forecast is sunny skies, but actually turns out to be overcast. There's plenty of avenues for great analysis, predictions, stats, etc., and The Athletic will probably be one of those sources for a lot of people. However, I've read great content from everyday fans, some great work is produced from this site alone, and even journalists that the article might be the first time you're even seeing their name. I'm confident it will be a quality site and there will probably articles and topics that I wish I had access too, but for now, I'm satisfied with some of the other options and avenues I can follow to get quality, baseball content.
  5. Greatest album covers of all time

    Emperor - Wrath of the Tyrant
  6. Don't overlook an orchid while looking for a rose

    I think this is an important point. We have to keep in mind that Bleier completed 63.1 innings for the Orioles last season and 23 innings in 2016 for the Yankees. So, he really only has 86.1 innings spread across two years. Even stretching him out in Spring Training, I don't think we would be able to extend his fuel tank to where it needs to be. Nothing wrong with using him as a long man or a spot start where the expectation is for him to get you 4-5 innings (which in reality, is a traditional Orioles' start). I think I could definitely see increasing his workload for the year, but I don't think he would be a rotation solution. Even Castro would be a bit of a risk because, while he has experienced more length and experience as a starter, that was at the minor league level and he would probably experience a pretty brutal learning curve converting his stuff into longer sessions rather than bringing the heat for 1-2 innings. We saw last year that he was out of gas in September so, he would be another candidate who would probably take more than one season to get where he needs to be, but also we can't discount the experience factor when it comes to navigating line ups multiple times through. And then, just to put the cherry on top, the service they provide in the bullpen is essential because we can't be certain Bundy and Gausman will consistently provide lengthy, quality starts let alone who ever we patch into the 3-4-5. I think for now we are stuck using pitchers who are traditionally starters in that role.
  7. Orioles are only a Team for OLD PEOPLE

    Clearly that guy doesn't know what he is talking about because there are currently 32 members and 91 guests currently viewing the board so, we easily have 123 fans. Easy.
  8. MLB.com top 100

    I like that they included that atrocious slide on Willy Adames' clip
  9. The Comeback: Who Wants to Lose?

    I just wanted to do a quick google search of team revenues (which I provided 2016 and the payrolls were from start of 2017) of the teams that were not identified in The Comeback's list: New York Yankees (1st in revenue and 2nd in payroll) Los Angeles Dodgers (2nd in revenue and 1st in payroll) Boston Red Sox (3rd in revenue and 3rd in payroll) Chicago Cubs (4th in revenue and 8th in payroll) San Francisco Giants (5th in revenue and 7th in payroll) Los Angeles Angels (6th in revenue and 11th in payroll) St. Louis Cardinals (9th in revenue and 14th in payroll) Washington Nationals (10th in revenue and 9th in payroll) Houson Astros (11th in revenue and 18th in payroll) Cleveland Indians (17th in revenue and 17th in payroll) Colorado Rockies (24th in revenue and 16th in payroll) Milwaukee Brewers (26th in revenue and 30th in payroll) Obviously, the first thing that is going to jump out at you is that the majority of the teams are in the higher end of the earned revenue and also the majority are top 15 payroll. Now, the teams that aren't at the top of the revenue boards, could probably be accused of doing the exact thing that The Comeback is accusing these other teams of doing for years. The Brewers, Rockies, Indians and Astros are not teams that you think of when it comes to perennial contenders. You have to draft well, for years, and then be ready to spend when the time is right (as the Brewers feel it is, for instance). Higher revenue teams, typically are going to rebuild/heal much faster than mid to small market teams. For instance, the Orioles (22nd in revenue in 2016 and 10th in payroll in 2017 btw) could greatly improve themselves if they went out and signed Darvish, Arrieta, but would that really be enough to fix this team? Not really when you exam the flaws in our line up. A team like the Orioles has to build smart. I wouldn't say that the Orioles aren't interested in winning this year. I would say because of some of our past decisions over several years (you can include not extending Manny years ago, if you want) the Orioles have placed themselves in a much more difficult position than they needed to be in. The Astros did a great job rebuilding that team (from the very grave, mind you), but in a few years will they be on The Comeback's list when they can't afford to resign all of their young superstars? It's difficult to build a contender and even harder to consistently maintain it. Their revenue spot will hopefully make it easier for them to maintain, but you never know. I'm not really a fan of burn it to the ground and start fresh rebuilds because you can have a depressing product for so many years. But, if the revenue isn't there especially, you really have to draft smart, take care of your prospects (and they need to pan out, first and foremost) and then you can spend on shorter term enhancement pieces or to keep the essential stars of your team. Now, if you are the Mets or Phillies, you did it to yourself. You have the market to really sustain yourself so, once they are rebuilt, they need to do a much better job at maintenance. I think a lot of the teams on the Comeback's List are nurturing some of the younger players and then in a few years you will see them strike on some free agent signings to try and go to that next level. And this was all my long winded way of saying, "building a contender takes time, patience and, most importantly, is hard." Baseball doesn't usually provide immediate gratification and sometimes being painfully mediocre can be just as frustrating as totally inept.
  10. Get the Net

    I don't necessarily mind them extending the net. I wasn't someone who was clamoring for it, but I can understand it. People getting injured at the ballpark is not super common and, statistically speaking, most of the injuries are minor when they do occur. However, we also don't need a kid's skull getting cracked or any serious injuries happening in the stands at any park. I know it's easy to blame it all on cellphones, because anyone who has gone to a game lately knows tons of people are constantly on their phone, but these injuries are not exclusive to people who are on their cellphones. And I know, everyone has catlike reflexes so, it's impossible for them to get hit since they are laser focused on every pitch and swing. Also, I think the argument of "well, don't sit there then" probably can be extended both ways. Like I said, I wasn't really hoping this would happen, but it really seemed inevitable. I'm hoping it isn't too intrusive to the viewing experience, but I will just have to be there myself before I forge an opinion on that. I'm hoping that this decision being adopted in most ballparks is going to expedite this type of innovation. It definitely seems like something that can be done. I really believe that there is a way to increase the safety of fans who are sitting in a higher risk area of the ballpark and not hinder anyone else's viewing experience. We may not have it at this moment so, we will work with what we've got, but I do expect a new type of netting to be introduced at some point in the near future.
  11. Where does Keith Law rate the O's farm system?

    I have to ask. What did you say to him that got you blocked?
  12. Cable Decisions

    As some others have said, I just get the MASN channels in my cable package, but if I was paying for another service I would not cancel it. Ultimately, I am still looking forward to the beginning of this baseball season. I look forward to doing jokes and commiserating in the game threads. Obviously, it is way more fun when the Orioles are a top team and you really feel like there is a chance, but I just enjoy the games and while there will be nights where I look back on this post and want to tell myself to "oh just shut up" I look forward to the Orioles, speculating on moves, player potential, etc. I would probably recommend MLB.TV, if you are a big baseball fan though. That way, if you want to watch the Orioles you can or maybe there are other teams you root for as secondaries or interesting match ups you would like to watch, it is available to you. Whether you pursue this in proper methods or pseudo legal, kind of violating terms of service circumstances is your own prerogative.
  13. If Mussina gets the HOF nod tonight...

    I think it is going to be very interesting to see what happens to Schilling's vote totals in the next few years (if necessary). I know I think of him mostly for his postseason magic and some starts that, for me as younger baseball fan (early teens) at the time, were absolutely essential to building my love of baseball and making up some of my favorite moments. The 2001 World Series is still my favorite series to this day. (I wasn't alive for any Orioles world series...and the way things are going I may never be!) I would just hope if he goes in he doesn't try to integrate political talking points into his speech. I can still remember being a kid and being devastated when Mussina left for New York. See, at the time, I was young to the point where I didn't factor in contract value or anything like that. I thought each year the Orioles had just as good a chance as any to win the world series so, why can't he just be happy here? He was my favorite Oriole and, though I never turned on him, it definitely made me sick seeing him leave for the Yankees. Now, I tend to understand it a bit more, especially as I read stories about the Orioles' organization at the time and read some of the info that you all share on here. He lives locally and actually shops at the grocery store near here, but I am just not the type of fan to ever approach someone and want to talk about how he was a favorite player of mine. He can have his peace just like anyone else. But, I really have my fingers crossed every year that he is getting in. Maybe 2019 is it, but you all better believe my curio cabinet has the Mike Mussina McFarlane figure in it, and it's the Orioles variant.
  14. Roy Halladay Died

    Speaking solely for myself, his behavior is in complete contrast of the image that I had fostered of him in my mind. Similar to Maddux, I sort of developed this perception of him that he was essentially a more stoic, intellectual player and person. Of course, Maddux turns out to be a prankster and Halladay was far more reckless, at least in that area of his life, than I ever would have imagined. This explains why I do not work for the FBI's profiling department. In all seriousness though, when I first heard about Halladay flying planes (which was the same day he died), I immediately became convinced that the plane had to have malfunctioned. Before the facts began to emerge, I totally believed that Halladay was going to be a diligent student, flying many training hours with experienced pilots, and, when he did branch out on his own, would be a conservative, responsible flyer who received his satisfaction by simply cruising through the sky rather than any reckless behavior with the planes. Even seeing the photo of his plane was a complete contrast to what I would have imagined him flying. This is where I insert lesson about the multi-dimensional nature of people's personalities and how two opposing traits can exist and even define a person. It's a frustrating and tragic thing to have happened, but it doesn't change the respect I had for his game. At some point, you stop transforming these players, in any sport, into saints who eventual crumble into reality, and just appreciate the accomplishments and making the games enjoyable when they are out there.
  15. Roy Halladay Died

    I think one thing that is important to note and add to the information presented in this article is that zolpidem is a generic name for Ambien and that the indications from the autopsy are that the levels of drugs in his system are consistent with someone using prescription medication properly. Also, the levels of morphine are also consistent with someone who is using pain killers which, considering Halladay's cause for retirement, would be consistent and believable to this day. The toxicology reports more or less indicate regular use of common medications. One aspect that I would be curious to receive further clarification on is the "(Zolpidem) appears capable of impairing driving to a degree that increases the risk of a motor vehicle accident." The reason I would like some clarification, really just for my own knowledge bank, is that is a very vague statement. When you think about most common medications, cold or flu or whatever, they could increase the risk of an accident due to impairing driving "to a degree." So I would be curious to have an expert explain, maybe by providing parallel examples, to what degree are we really talking about impairment. It's still hard to believe that he is gone. I definitely admired him as an athlete and I look forward to the debate about his worthiness for Cooperstown.