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Posts posted by Carllamy

  1. When it comes to Hunter Harvey, I think he one thing people need to remember is that I expected him to be a really big deal, so I spent $100 to buy his game used jersey from the Bowie Baysox, figuring the O's would have him do an autograph session one day and I could get him to sign it. We have to keep him around and give him as many chances as possible so that I can get some value out of my jersey purchase.

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  2. He has to do something about his long backswing. He keeps smacking catchers in the helmet with his backswing. I've seen him do it at least three times this year, and it is only June. And I listen to most games on the radio. Since I've SEEN him hit catchers in the head three times already, how many times have I missed by listening to the games instead of watching?

  3. I am old enough to have seen Manny Machado, and Brooks Robinson, and Doug DeCinces and Todd Cruz play third for the O's. They were great.

    I also have seen Leo Gomez, and Melvin Mora and they were fine.

    But if memory serves I've also seen Floyd Rayford, and Wayne Gross and Ray Knight on the hot corner for the O's. And, even Chris Davis once or twice.

    So if the O's want Maikel Franco over there instead of Ray Knight, I'm fine with that.


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  4. If I'm thinking of the store you mean, then yes, the Authentic Store is open.

    I got a slice of pizza from the 7219 Pizza Vendor, third base side. The people in front of me got out of line after waiting, as the registers kept shutting down. A manager type walked by and started showing them the completely non-obvious combination of buttons they had to push to make them work. Registers at the Team Store worked fine. The pizza was actually pretty good. The problem is, it was served in a pretty big wedge-shaped box, but when I opened it, there was a tiny slice in it. I was like "What the...?"

    My mistake earlier. The cow bobblehead is in Memorial Park, not the flag court.

    I don't know if I mentioned it in the previous post, although it shows in the pictures, they are ensuring social distancing by ziptying closed bunches of seats.

    Also, I bought an individual ticket. I didn't have to buy two. I ended up talking to a guy near me. He had bought two tickets, and then turned one of them in. I had bought his individual turned-in ticket. I didn't know you could do that. That also meant that I was gong to have to sit next to him. I thought that was stupid in the age of Covid, so I asked the Usher if I could sit in a section of empty seats in the next row back, and he said yes, so that we could be spaced out.


  5. I went to the first game of the double header yesterday - I couldn't stay for the second. I've posted photos on the OH Facebook site for those who would like to see them. Apologies up front. I posted them in chronological order, from when I got there to when I left, but Facebook seems to have scrambled them up upon posting, so their order doesn't always make sense.

    There weren't the usual outside vendors, either when I got there, or when I left.

    I bought a ticket at a walk up window. They're using the Will Call windows as well as the usual ones so they can spread out, so that no two windows are open next to each other. The usual in-stadium ticket windows were not open. I told them I couldn't do tickets by cell phone, so they just printed one for me (I took a photo of it).

    The flag court is closed. For no apparent reason, there is a giant Chik-fil-a bobblehead cow on the flagcourt.

    Boogs' has a new tower sign next to it, with a spinning circular Pepsi sign on top, like a roadside diner.

    Team Store now has separate entrance and exit, and they limit the number of people in the store. They still have a supply of Opening Day lapel pins (I collect them). Hooray!

    Seasons Pizza has been replaced with another place, but that may have happened last season. I don't remember.

    A lot of places are closed. Many of the normal burger and dog places. The smaller team stores. Much of the upper deck vendors are closed.

    Ushers carry small signs reminding you to mask up. Even the cops wear masks. There are hand washing stations.

    The kids gym equipment is gone.

    The street signs again don't have individual players on them, just logos, or reminders of the new safety rules, like Wear Masks and such.

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  6. I was downtown, so I ran past the stadium (didn't have a ticket for the game) and took some photos from outside the stadum.

    I've posted them on the OH Facebook page. Nothing exciting, other than it was a surprise that they were handing out facemasks to anyone in line who didn't have one.

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  7. I thought it would be interesting to look at the 2020 and possible 2021 opening day rosters, just to compare:

    2020                                              2021

    C: Severino, Sisco                      😄 Severino, Sisco

    1B: C. Davis                                  1B: Mancini

    2b: Hanser Alberto                      2B: Jamai Jones, Yolmer Sanchez

    3B: Rio Ruiz                                   3B: Ruiz, Franco

    SS: Jose Iglesias                          SS: Galvis, Martin

    Utility: Velazquez, Valaika           Utility: Valaika, Urias

    DH: Renato Nunez                        DH: Fill in the blank

    Outfield: Hays, Stewart                 Outfiled: Mountcastle, Hays,

                   Santander, Mullins                          Mullins, Stewart,

                   Smith, Jr.                                           Santander

    SP: Cobb, LeBlanc, Wojcechowski, SP: Akin, Kremer, Means

            Milone, Kohl Stewart                         Zimmerman, Harvey

    RP: Givens, Bleier, Fry, Armstrong     RP: Armstrong, Fry, Laikins

           Castro, Scott, Carroll, Sulser              Lopez, Sceroler, Scott,

           Laikins, Hess, Phillips                          Sulser, Tate, Valdez, Wells


    Aside from a few bullpen pieces, I think 2021 is flat out a better team in a straight, position by position comparison.

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  8. I had the same question as in the "The Orioles No Longer Want Me" thread. I could have put this response in that thread, but I thought it might reach more people if I started a new one.

    I sent an inquiry to the Orioles on line, and this is the response that I just received:

    Hi Carl, 

    Thank you for reaching out to the Orioles.  

    We completely understand your concern and want to ensure you there will be ways to welcome you to Oriole Park this season! We did receive more information on the ticketing options for when you arrive at the ballpark. While the Orioles will most likely not provide printed ticket options upon checkout of your ticketing purchase, we suggest that you either: 

    1) Share your login with a friend or family member you are attending the game with (if they have a smartphone). They can use their phone to get you in the gates.  

    2) Visit the box office on the day of the game with a copy of your order confirmation email, the credit card used to buy the tickets, and your photo ID.  

    We hope this information is helpful and we look forward to welcoming you back to Oriole Park this season. Please let us know if you have any further questions. 



    Fan Services Team
    Baltimore Orioles
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  9. So much to respond to:

    Part 1:

    Game 1 - King Felix. But he will only throw 16 pitches before he gets pulled from the game, so in order to save arms

    Game 2 - King Felix. This game he'll throw 35 pitches before he gets pulled

    Game 3 - Means

    Game 4 - Kraemer

    Game 5 - Akins

    Part 2:

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that when they were playing Vaudeville, Shemp was one of the original Stooges. He is, after all, Shemp Howard, relative of Moe Howard. So Curly is the Laughs Above Replacement player brought in when they started filming shorts.

    Part 3:

    When The Marx Brothers were doing Vaudeville, Zeppo was one of the original four Marx Brothers, and he not only was part of the original act but I do believe he was the guy in charge of handling the money for the team.

    Funny story from a book I read several decades ago about The Marx brothers, they were renowned for just ad libbing their way through their routines, so much so that, during one show the skit's writer was watching the show from back stage and one of the Marx Brothers said a line and the writer was heard to exclaim "Hey, that was one of my lines!"

  10. Were getting the Felix Hernandez! We're gonna get KING FELIX!!!

    Over on OH Facebook I've been saying that it's probably a good bet that the D Train is available. Let's get  Dontrelle Willis, too!

    Who else has a great nickname? If only Mark "The Bird" Fidrych hadn't passed away. We coulda had a trifecta!

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  11. I decided to go downtown last night and check out the stadium with a game going on.

    I took some photos, random shots I could get, and I would share them on the OH Facebook page, but I can't seem to be able to. It used to be that I'd create an album on Facebook, hit the "share" button, OH would appear as an option, I'd hit that and my pics would show up on the OH Facebook news feed. Now, it doesn't do that. OH doesn't appear as an option.

    If someone can tell me what I'm doing wrong, I'll post them over there. Until then, you can find them on my Facebook page, Carl Lamy.

    The barriers preventing anyone from watching the game are still up. I took pictures randomly over the barrier and with my zoom lens down some breezeways at whatever randomly was in sight. I got some coaches, some umpires, and a couple of players.

    I met a Mother/Son duo who were down from New York in the Front Plaza, hoping to see the game, but no go.

    Pickles and Sliders was almost empty outside, although one of them had 2 really huge screens up so you could watch the game.

    The Warehouse is all lit up on orange, as is the Bromoseltzer Tower. Looks great at night.

    You can hear the fake crowd noise, and you can hear the sound of the ball coming off of the bat.

    Along with the barriers, they have a guy in an electric golf cart roaming around, and he doesn't let you hang around long at all. He rousted me 4 or 5 times, and was starting to get peeved with me just before I left. He chased off a couple of women who were hanging around on the sidewalk waiting to meet somebody "by the stadium".

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  12. Forgive me if this has been posted elsewhere and I just haven't seen it, but on Twitter yesterday (July 26) the O's posted a tweet labeled "Adding 8 more to the future" and the tweet read:

    Undrafted Free Agents

    TT Bowens 1B Central Connecticut State University

    Shane Davis RHP North Carolina Central University

    Thomas Girard RHP Duke University (NC)

    Dylan Harris CF University of North Carolina

    Isaiah Kerns RHP University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (PA)

    J.D. Mundy 1B Radford University (VA)

    Ryan Watson RHP Auburn University (AL)

    Brandon Young RHP University of Louisiana at Lafayette


    I'm assuming here we signed 8 guys for the $20,000 bonus?

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  13. 44 minutes ago, Legend_Of_Joey said:

    Are you allowed to be on Eutaw Street, or are you told to live along?

    I walk for exercise, so I was pretty much walking around the stadium. I Didn't stay in any one spot too long. A couple of security types saw me, and all they did was smile and nod, but I wasn't making a pest out of myself in any one spot. Five or six minutes at any sport was the longest I took. But that's mostly because all you could see was the little strip of field through the breezeways, and a lot of the time all you saw through the zoom lens was either one guy standing around, or nothing. That gets old fast. Five minutes, and it was time to try my luck looking through another breezeway.

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  14. Back in the late 1970s my Mother talked my Father (who was not a big sports fan but liked going to a game every now and then) into taking myself and my friend Jack to opening day. He got fairly good seats in the lower deck, but they were in shadow. A steady wind would always blow around the Memorial Stadium bowl whenever it was cold, and it was cold that day. After a while, it started to flurry. My Father couldn't take it after a while and said we had to move up to the upper deck. On the way up there he found a box and ripped off a piece to put it on his seat and shield his bad back from the wind. We got to the upper deck, and suddenly we were in the sunshine, the wind wasn't as bad up in the upper deck, and it became a Summertime game again. It was a lot of fun after we stopped trying to watch Winter baseball.

    A couple of years ago I went to the opening day game that had the rain delay. I had a lot of fun during the delay standing in the right field courtyard talking about the upcoming season with the rest of the fans.

    And I went to the game 2 years ago when Adam Jones won it in extra innings with a home run.

    Good times!

    Complaint: They never stock enough "Opening Day" pins. You have to arrive really early and run around to get one. They sell out fast.

  15. The Nationals just sent out an email saying that 106.7 The Fan radio in DC will be re-airing Nationals playoff games. I was wondering when that was going to start happening. I would guess that it is only a matter of time before the O's, and most/all baseball teams, will be re-airing old games.

    Wouldn't it be great if radio would air old games from the 50s, 60s and 70s. But I don't even knw if that can happen. I mean, the O's are on 105.7 FM now. Back then the games (as far as I know) were on 1090 WBAL AM. Who owns the rights to those old Broadcasts: The radio station? MLB? The Orioles?

    Also, I suppose they'll start replaying old televisedbaseball games. Again, who owns the rights to those? Would we only see the ones from MASN/HTS? Or could we see old games that were on WJZ 13?

  16. Until Sid Fernandez came up (excluding Sammy Sosa, whose O's contract will forever be the worst expenditure of money by a baseball team EVER because of its obvious 100% chance of failure when the contract was offered and so can never be part of any list because he will always "win") no one comes close to

    Todd Cruz

    Came in to play for the O's because our 3B defense was sooo bad, and in 81 games for a World Series winning team, he posted in his 5th full year as a 27 year old major leaguer a .208 batting average and a whopping -0.4 WAR. Everyone forgets how bad he was because we won the Series.

    Yes, he played another year of baseball for the O's, and actually improved to a robust 0.6 WAR in 84, but then his MLB career was over. He was bad, came here and was WORSE, and then was gone.

  17. I went to the Orioles Caravan in Frederick Maryland in Carroll Creek Park today. If you are interested in seeing pictures, I posted them on the Orioles Hangout Page on Facebook.

    Just like yesterday it was a few giveaways, and autographs only. The signers were Sig Mejdal, Austin Hayes, Grayson Rodriguez and Ryan Mountcastle. Mountcastle is a big guy. So is Rodriguez, and for that matter, Sig Mejdal. Austin Hayes is small. He is short, and not all that thick.

    They were giving away O's crab caps, which are great, by the way. They also were selling a six game ticket plan I hadn't heard about. You get Opening Day and 5 other games you get to pick, unlike the 5 game plan, which is Opening Day and 4 other fixed dates.

    The place where we stood in line was an outdoor park (good thing it was sunny with no wind) that was terraced with short brick walls. You actually had to climb up them and jump down from them while the line moved. I saw one older lady fall and roll on the grass. Also there was a lack of information available. I asked 2 guys holding "End of the Line" signs who was coming and which line was for whom, and they said "We're with the Frederick Keys. We don't know anything".

    I asked Austin Hayes if the old adage about the second deck in baseball stadiums making the transition from the minors to the majors difficult was true, and he said yes. That in the minors all balls hit in the air to the outfield are seen against the sky, but in the majors all line drives hit to the outfield are hidden in the seats of the second deck. 

    I asked Sig Mejdal why it is that all new administrations, when they come to a major league club, say that they are going to implement teaching the same things at all levels, and that the prior administrations taught differing ways to do things at different levels. How could that happen every time. He said that over time, with the difficulties of running a whole organization, it is easy to let teaching the same things the same ways at all levels slide, and that it gets away from administrations. I asked Grayson Rodriguez if, as a player, he notices it when the organization teaches different ways to do the same thing at different levels. He said yes, and that when everyone is teaching the same thing at all levels it is better.

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  18. Chris Davis did a phone-in interview today on the Hot Stove radio show on 105.7 The Fan here in Baltimore. Jim Hunter and Steve Melewski straight out asked Davis about hitting, and what he was doing to improve his hitting in this offseason.

    Nothing Davis said supplied hope. He flat out said he wasn't going to drastically alter his swing because he is now in his 30s, and because he has had sustained success in the past with his swing.

    He said he talked a lot with the O's staff (didn't he say that last year?) and the O's mentioned that he was successful when he was stronger, and since he has purposefully done less work with the weights the last few years, he was going to try to get stronger this offseason. He also said he would try to be more aggressive in order to not take so many called third strikes, and to let the ball travel, so as to not try to hit it out in front of the plate so much.

    He also said some stuff about his mind being in a better place, etcetera. Which would be nice if he was hitting baseballs with his mind instead of a bat.

    So, he basically said he was doing nothing special this offseason to improve his hitting, he is just going to take a better approach into the upcoming year.

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  19. 1b: Jay Gibbons. Strangely, didn't look athletic, but oddly large arms. Fan favorite.

    2b: Billy Smith. Everyone thought this guy was our future second baseman

    3b: Aurelio Rodriguez, because nothing sounded cooler than Chuck Thompson saying "Aurelio Rodriguez" on the radio

    SS: Kiko Garcia. Who didn't love chanting "Ki-ko, Ki-ko, Ki-ko"

    C: Floyd Rayford. Man, this guy was round.

    LF: Pat Kelly. Loved watching a ball bounce off his glove and over the wall for a home run

    CF: Lee Lacy. Got to love a guy who brings his drug scandal with him to the team

    RF: Pete Incaviglia. No discernable athletic ability

    DH: Sam Horn. He was a home run waiting to happen. Waiting after a bunch of strikeouts

    P: Ken Dixon. What's more endearing than a guy who was a 2 pitch pitcher proclaiming to the media that he didn't need to learn a third pitch.

    Relief: Tom Niedenfurer. I remember a woman telling me that she couldn't believe someone with that big a gut could be a professional athlete

    Closer: Kevin Hickey, because absolutely everyone loved Kevin Hickey

  20. I went to Winter Warmup. If you would like to see photos, I have put them on my Facebook timeline, just look for Carl Lamy with the avatar of the guy wearing the O's gear. I have also shared the album on the Orioles Hangout page on Facebook, so you can see them on either page.

    I got there about 5 mins after the gates opened. Usually there is that long line around the building for Fanfest. For Winter Warmup, there was a giant, empty gate area. 

    To be fair, it was raining. I'm sure a bunch of people didn't come because of that. Also, the wind started to pick up, so I left at 12:30. I have no idea how many people showed up after I left.

    As far as totals, well, when I showed up there were boxes of sherpa blankets to be given out (I got one). Remember, they said the first 1,000 people would get one. When I left 1.5 hours later, there were still sherpa blanket boxes at the gate. But, there were also a few people at the ticket booths buying tickets, so they might have gotten to a thousand people.

    Vendors were okay. I bought a preloaded E-Z Pass for my car. There weren't many. There were food trucks, but not a lot of them, either. Boog's was open. The whole event went from Gate A near Lot A, down Eutaw Street, and into the Statue area.

    I got my picture take with Santa Bird. All the statues wore Santa hats. A quartet played Christmas tunes.

    Sig Mejdel, Brandon Hyde and Mike Elias were game sitting under a small tent in the rain and taking questions from the really small crowd that was there, but they had speakers pointed at us, and the speakers on the warehouse behind us also carried them, so there was this echo that made them almost impossible to understand.

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