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  1. 8 points
    “Surprisingly, I don't miss it. I've come out of retirement two times to fill in for a team that needed a player so bad or they were going to forfeit, but after pulling my hamstring in my last game, it was clear father time had claimed another victim.” When you get to a certain age, you have to learn where the line is to keep you from pulling a hamstring or calf muscle. You can run at a certain speed but if you accelerate too fast, you’re a goner. Despite my inability to hit a hardball, I was (and still am, sort of) a pretty good slow pitch softball player. Once my kids came to watch me play and I came up with the bases loaded and crushed a ball over the LF’s head. That was great, except that I pulled a calf muscle charging out of the batter’s box. I managed to limp my way to 3B on what surely would have been a grand slam. I kept playing, and lo and behold the bases were loaded my next time up. I hit a long liner that perfectly bisected LF and CF and kept rolling. I’m limping along, but my biggest problem is there’s a woman ahead of me on the bases who didn’t know what to do, so I’m having to lag behind her. As she finally heads towards home, I head to third and by now a relay throw is coming in there. It sails over the head of the 3B and I hobble home. Just after I touch home plate and peel off behind the backstop, my 6/7 year old daughter leaps into my arms and says “Daddy, you’re amazing! You’re the best dad in the whole world!!!” If I had died just then, I would have died a very happy man. Of course, at this point I had to keep playing, even though my leg was a wreck. Later in the game I was playing 1B, the other team had a runner on 3B and the hitter hit a slow chopper towards me. I charged it but the catcher had wandered off so the runner headed for home. I raced him there and managed to tag him just before reaching home, but further pulled my calf in the process. For the next three days, I had to use a cane to walk, and for more than a year, I could feel that calf muscle threatening to pull again even when I just chased my kids around the back yard. But it was worth it for that great moment with my daughter — who by the way doesn’t remember it at all.
  2. 7 points
    There are more than hundreds for me. When I was a young child (5?), I locked myself in the bathroom at my doctor’s office trying to avoid a blood test prick. They had to unhinge the door and remove it and had some assistance from a handsome dude who told my mom he was T-Bone and his kids were brats too. When we got the autograph on a prescription pad, my dad translated it to-John Shelby. I remember standing next to the bullpen for Dylan Bundy’s first career start above Delmarva. He was so focused and so ready to seize his career. He was also pretty chatty and friendly. I told him I’d see him at the World Series. He said ‘you’re damn right you will’ as he took his tosses and got sweaty in a second before sprinting towards the mound. My dad took me to wrestling as a kid to the Baltimore Civic Center. I was probably 5 here too and in our aisle, barely visible through the lights was Johnny U. My dad is quiet and deliberate and measured but he basically left me to mess around with the younger Unitases and kids as he met his all-time hero and talked his ear off. I’ve never seen him act that way ever before or again and it made an impression on me more than any story/legend/30 for 30 could. But the reason why I love the O’s so much and never won’t is outfielder Ken Gerhart. If you know me you’ve heard the story of how good he was to me. My old neighbor was a floor manager for Leaf Candies and he was a great guy-I miss his entire family. He would give out Chunkies, take us to the bus stop and let us stay in his car when it was cold plus didn’t yell when my dog ran down to their lawn. One day he took a piece of paper out of the console from his Chevy Monte Carlo and told me to bring it to my mom. It was a free pass for a dugout tour/bullpen party with an Oriole, Cal Ripken. When we went they told us that Cal wasn’t available and I honestly didn’t care, I wanted to see Eddie Murray in person somehow. I didn’t get that either. Gerhart walked in, saw the situation and told my folks he’d have me back to the desk in a few minutes. He held my hand and took me into the batting cage and I saw Larry Sheets in sweats banging out line drives with the biggest bat I’ve ever seen. Then into the trainers room where I saw guys I don’t know being bent and reading the paper and laughing-there was Cal. Finally, he took me to the field and I got to walk out the dugout onto the grass and see the stadium seats go up to the sky. I remember thinking that he was going to come out the same entrance and how special the dugout was. He told me to never stop watching what happens on the field, even in the dugout and bullpen. Then we walked out there, took a ride in the cart around the outfield and my tour was over. Gerhart didn’t play that game and didn’t make an impact on the field but he was so nice and welcoming. That impact, that lack of separating me from the sights and sounds and putting me in a place where I could witness them locked it up for me forever. Baseball was my life and my favorite activity and how I evaluated people and what I loved to learn more about than anything else. Who knows if I would have turned out this way if there was no Ken Gerhart to do his part and pass it on? Ive had so many interactions with O’s players and people they’re connected to but this is the one that shaped me as a baseball fan and O’s guy for life. Great idea for a thread-thanks. I’m having trouble with no baseball.
  3. 4 points
    He already plays for the Orioles...
  4. 4 points
    In the winter of 1967 I got to play basketball with an Eastern Shore All Star team against a team of Orioles at the Civic Center in Salisbury. Played against Jim Palmer, Dave McNalley, Paul Blair, - a number of the members of the '66 World Series Champs except Frank. Had a joint party afterwards with our families at Bob Layton"s home in Salisbury. Bob was a well know sport's writer on The Shore and put on the event. I will always remember just how athletic they were on the court and how real nice they all were as well. My wife was pregnant with our second at the time and she still talks about how good looking Jim Palmer was. She's had a crush ever since. By the way, they won. But, I didn't care cause that was the highlight of my basketball experience. Also played against the Washington Senators but that doesn't come close to compare. Been a die-hard Orioles fan since 1954!
  5. 3 points
    It's uncanny how realistic this seems.
  6. 3 points
    Give @cboemmeljr some love. He is with us full time now as well.
  7. 3 points
    Let's all focus on the quality reports that @Eric-OH is bringing us. I am locking this until another mod overrides me or if there is some type of verified news/update on Trey.
  8. 3 points
    Elias is now 1/5 in terms of keeping Rule 5 guys.. Last year he picked Martin and Jackson, and sent Jackson back. He also only needed to keep Araujo on the roster for a couple weeks last April to complete his Rule 5 requirement from the previous season, but he chose not to even do that in early April where there are a lot of off days. And this year he sent both Bailey and Rucker back. So it appears to me he brings these guys in for evaluation, and if he does not truly think they will be assets to the system once he gets to watch, measure, and evaluate them up close, he lets them go. While Duquette's approach was more: if the scouts see something they like in these guys, try like heck to keep them for that year and then get them in the minor league system once the R5 requirement is fulfilled. [To be fair, Duquette was constrained on strengthing the system via other means such as international free agency],.
  9. 2 points
    The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations (IHME) has put out a tool that estimates hospital resources - beds, ICU beds, invasive ventilators per day through the summer. It shows peak use on April 15 with a more gradual decline through mid June. It also shows estimated deaths per day. They loaded it on April 1 and will update on April 4. Based on JHU data, the number of deaths yesterday were slightly less than IHME’s low end estimate. This assumes full social distancing through May.
  10. 2 points
    I hope your friend gets better. Sound pretty bad.
  11. 2 points
    Since we're bored I'll share another story. The year was 2005 and I had just returned from spending a year in Afghanistan and was happy to be back in Hawaii with my family. Obviously I had not played in over a year when I found a local men's 18 and over team looking for players. With the itch to play again and a desire to try out my new "PRK fixed" eyes, I came out of "forced retirement/military service" at 35 years old. The team ended up being pretty good even though we ran out of pitching occasionally and I had to pitch, which is never a good long term fix for any team (haha). I mostly played outfield and some second base for this team and we ended up in the playoffs. Even though I was one of the older players on the team, I typically hit leadoff and was having a pretty good year hitting well over .350 with an on base percentage close to .500 (I walked a lot and rarely struck out). Let's fast forward to the semi-finals game with the winner getting a chance to play under the lights in downtown Honolulu on this beautifully manicured field. Down by two in the bottom of the 6th inning (we played 7 inning games), with runners on 1st and 2nd and two outs, I drive the ball to right center, knocking in both runs to tie the game while ending up on 3rd after a play at the plate. Feeling fast, and perhaps all hyped up after my game tying triple, I noticed the left-handed pitcher was not paying any attention to me at third. I kept faking like I would steal home and would have to stop myself because I realize I was almost half way down the line and no one on that team was saying anything about me. So that's when I decided I was going to do it. I had tried to steal home since Pony League ball when was 15 years old, but dammit, there I went. Head down, arms pumping, I knew I was going to steal home and we would be ahead with just an inning to go. With about 15 feet to go and before I could start to slide, I saw the catcher stand up and get ready to catch the ball. We had a no contact rule so as he caught the ball, I decided to try and reach my foot out to touch the plate before he could tag me. Unfortunately for me, I was running at full speed and when my foot landed on the side of the plate and in the dirt, my cleats caught and my momentum twisted my knee as I fell face first into the dirt. As I fell, I felt one of the worse pains in my life as it felt like someone had just chopped my leg of at the knee. My teammates eventually helped my off the field and we actually ended up winning the next inning anyways so we were heading to the Championship. Even though it was my right knee, I drove myself home, but made the mistake of not going straight to the hospital. After an awful painful night on the couch (so I could keep my leg straight and on ice) my wife had to enlist me neighbor to help me to the car so she could take me to the Hospital. My leg was so swollen they couldn't do an MRI, but the doctor was pretty sure I tore my meniscus and most likely my ACL. He gave me some pain meds, and told me to come back for an MRI in a week when the swelling went down. So here's my dilemma. We had this championship game to play and I wanted to play. The championship game was two days later and I couldn't put any weight on my leg so it looked bleak. Luckily for me, two days later I was able to walk on it and I even tried to jog in a straight line which I did with tolerable pain levels. I show up and convinced the manager I could DH and then he could use a courtesy runner if I get on. He kinda looked at me like I was nuts, but I showed him that I could run at about 1/3 speed down the line and took batting practice to show that I could hit on it. I just hid the excruciating pain when I pushed off my back leg (haha). In my mind, my knee was already torn up so screw it, it was just pain. I think I took 1600MG of Motrin to try and dull it some. So sure enough, he lets me play and I end up going 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs, and even convinced him to let me play an inning at 2B after the fill in made two dumb plays that cost us runs. That was really stupid because I tried to go back and catch a popup and thought someone had shot me in the knee again. We end up winning the championship by a run, and a few months later I was in the operating room getting my Meniscus and ACL fixed. It was also the last time I even even thought about stealing home again!
  12. 2 points
    A game that was big in my memory was Hoyt Wilhelm’s no hitter against the despised Yankees on 20 Sep 1958. The Yanks went on to win the WS that year and the O’s finished with a losing record for their 5th straight season since returning to B-town. It was a cool and dreary day with drizzle in the air. My 15 year old buddy and I were hanging out doing whatever 15yr olds did in those days. Finally went inside and turned on the radio to catch the game. It was the 8th and the O’s were winning 1-O on a Gus Triandos homer. His 30th of the season to tie the ML record for homers by a catcher. Finally figured out Hoyt was pitching a no no. He got the first two batters out in the 9th and then Hank Bauer attempted to lay down a bunt, but it went foul. Boo’s from the crowd. Bauer popped out to end the game and like that, there was some hope for O’s fans. Took another 8 seasons, but this offered Hope! Thanks, Hoyt. PS: Hoyt 8K and 2BB, first Oriole no no in 60 years, would be 45 yrs before Yanks would be no hit again. Hoyt pitched in bigs until he was 49. Gus hated catching him. Here is a good article on the game: https://sabr.org/gamesproj/game/september-20-1958-orioles-knuckleballer-hoyt-wilhelm-no-hits-yankees
  13. 2 points
    Tito Landrum. Didn't do much, but the home run he hit against the White Sox in the '83 ALCS made him a hero for a day.
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    I remember going to Opening Day in 1973, Orioles vs. Brewers, an absolutely picture-perfect Friday afternoon. I lived in Philadelphia at the time. I took the train to Baltimore and headed up to Memorial Stadium from the train station. I can remember that a lot of the trees along 33rd St. were decorated with posters made by local elementary school kids, all on the theme of "Welcome home, Orioles." It was a day when everything went right for the Orioles. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and ended up winning, 10-0. Dave McNally pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing only three hits, with no walks and one strikeout. Don Baylor went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and was a single short of hitting for the cycle - he had two doubles, a triple, and a home run in the game. The attendance was 26,543. I remember hearing that the Orioles' management was thrilled with the turnout. They had been expecting about 15,000.
  16. 2 points
    I guess one that comes to mind for me is the first game in Camden Yards where Rick Sutcliffe threw a shutout.
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    Anyone with ideas on the 3 parks Cal was alluding too that pitchers hated to go into due to sign stealing? Great article, btw.
  19. 2 points
    On his Baseball Reference page David Wells is listed at 6-3 187.
  20. 2 points
    I am currently working on my doctorate at George Mason, and my dissertation is on the Orioles and what they mean to Baltimore. In one version of the dissertation, I began by writing, "If I ever had a son, I would like to name him Brooks after Brooks Robinson." My wife (then-girlfriend) didn't like the line because she felt we would have no choice but to name our son, if we had one, after Brooks. She was not willing to commit to that. Then, we finally met him. Brooks was doing an autograph signing at the Dugout Zone in Ellicott City in November 2014. If I remember this correctly, there were certain tickets you could purchase. There were tickets that enabled you to get a picture and autograph, and tickets that just allowed you to get an autograph. My wife and I found out about the signing late; as a result, we could only get the tickets that only allowed for an autograph. After the group who received a picture and autograph finished, we got in line based on our number. We moved up closer to Brooks, and I recall a family that was 10-15 people in front of us having Brooks sign for them. Their son was in a wheelchair, and the mother asked, "Mr. Robinson, would you be willing to take a picture with our son?" The gentleman sitting next to Brooks said, "Unfortunately, the session for pictures has ended." Brooks then cheerfully said, "Sure, I will be happy to take a picture." He proceeded to get out of his chair, walk around the table, kneel down, and take a picture with the young man. Given Brooks's health issues at the time, the action was quite remarkable. The family was thrilled! The people that followed the family also asked for a picture and, while the person sitting next to Brooks said no, Brooks said yes. Everyone who wanted a picture got one; everyone who wanted messages included with their autograph got that, too. To paraphrase Roy Firestone, Brooks gave the people what they wanted, and he gave them more. When my wife and I reached the front of the line, I was shaking. The first thing that came out of my mouth was, "I waited my whole life to finally meet you!" Brooks smiled, noticed my shaking, and said, "I've been here this whole time. What took you so long?" We all laughed. He took a picture with me and my wife and signed our ticket stubs from Game 2 of the 2014 ALDS. I told him about my dissertation, and he seemed genuinely interested in it. When we finished, Brooks said, "I really appreciate you coming out to see me today. I wish you the best of luck in your studies." Brooks Robinson was everything everyone said about him and then some. My wife and I walked back to my car and, as we sat down, my wife turned and said, "We can name our son Brooks."
  21. 2 points
    You should have a kid and name him/her Rance.
  22. 2 points
    Some of you know of my Brooks Robinson friendship for about 50 years....Here us the moment I put into words about what kind of man he was...to me...and to everybody who ever knew him:
  23. 2 points
    I remember going to a game at Memorial Stadium and getting a seat on one end of the first row, just to the left of the screen behind home plate. As infield practice was going on, Elrod Hendricks came over and started signing autographs for kids who were lined up in the aisle next to me. I didn't think it would be appropriate for me to ask for an autograph and make some kid wait while he signed for me, so I just let the kids get theirs. The first few kids brought their own pens, but then one just handed Elrod a sheet of paper. Elrod looked at him and said, "Did you think I brought a pen out to the field with me?" I had a pen in my pocket, so I said "Here, you can use my pen." He signed using my pen for a while, then said to me, "This is a nice pen. It fits my hand real nice. Would you trade it for a baseball?" I said that I would, but he laughed and said he was just kidding. Eventually the time came for practice to end, so he told the kids in the aisle that he was sorry, but he had to go back to the clubhouse now, so he couldn't sign any more autographs. And as the kids turned to go, he pulled a baseball out of his hip pocket, signed it, and gave it to me. He gave my pen back to me, too.
  24. 2 points
  25. 2 points
    A lot of good stories shared... thanks all. @Eric-OH you mentioned Johnny Unitas, and even though this is an O's thread, I have to mention one of my more embarrassing memories. I was about 6-years old and was with my father at Memorial Stadium back in '71 or '72. Johnny was walking around in the concourse and my dad recognized him and shook his hand excitedly. My dad introduced me and Johnny reached out with the largest hands I'd seen, and I became too scared to shake his hand. I just hugged my dad's leg as Johnny laughed a bit, wished us well, smiled and said goodbye. ARGH! LOL!
  26. 2 points
    Yeah, yeah, yeah... make jokes. You all y'all just WAIT 3, 4 years til we're winning back to back to back world serieseses! "Break up the Orioles!" is what they'll be crying.
  27. 2 points
    Question about the poll and the last option: if the 2020 season doesn't start in 2020 is it really the 2020 season?
  28. 2 points
  29. 2 points
    Maybe also a good idea also to not face major league hitting in season. From Meoli ,B Sun: Brandon Hyde said: Alex Cobb has a blister and will pitch a sim game tomorrow instead, with Bruce Zimmermann starting instead; he has texted with Trey Mancini; Chance Sisco hit back in Sarasota after missing a few days with a hand issue
  30. 2 points
    Him and Cody Carroll coming through out of the pen. Love watching the positional battles as the roster starts to come into form. Tate looked solid tonight, all contact weak and right into the ground.
  31. 2 points
    Rutschman was the consensus #1 overall pick. The O's took him there. It's the pick everyone expected them to make. No matter how the rest of his career goes that was the pick to make.
  32. 2 points
    Steve, you have done yeoman duty so far, everyone is grateful.
  33. 2 points
    There’s no reason to panic or be concerned. He’s high level elite at every baseball skill except running fast. He’s inexperienced and unseasoned. With more exposure to different players he may be in sponge mode for a while but he’s explosive on offense and well coached and trained behind the plate. Every indicator for me is pointed up. Attitude, leadership, baseball intelligence all those things too. More plate appearances and more pitches caught is all he needs.
  34. 2 points
    Philip I’d be glad to. Thanks for letting me know and one of the reasons I decided to do this was to let fans know a little bit more about these players. I’m happy that you want more. It is my responsibility to fill you in as much as I can and let you judge for yourself, I’m glad for the feedback. To be honest, I’m familiarizing myself with this group too and guys keep checking in so the list only grows. I’ll do my best to provide bios/details as I can for you. Other intelligent posters can fill in the gaps too. In a year or two, if I do my job well, you’ll know a little more about these guys than you do today.
  35. 2 points
    Keith Law is out there on an island on this one. That doesn’t mean he’s wrong, but I certainly wouldn’t take his opinion as the gospel.
  36. 1 point
    I was thinking a couple of days ago - and obviously, it'd never work - how cool it'd be for MASN to re-air the entire '12 season, syncing it with the same schedule/date; only difference being that every game would start at 7 pm (with maybe Sunday games moved up to 1 or 4 pm).
  37. 1 point
    Not a chance. I like watching Trout and Ohtani on the Angels though.
  38. 1 point
    Wow, they sim rain? Impressive. Hope your computer didn’t get too wet!
  39. 1 point
    I hope everyone stays safe. I sure will miss baseball. 😭
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  41. 1 point
    Yea you can also set your settings of difficulty, I think I am using default and was able to trade most of Cobb's salary and trade him for Miguel Andujar (who the game does not rate that highly). Then in the off season I traded Andjuar for Corey Seager lol
  42. 1 point
    May the stoners might be the only ones to survive this thing. They can collect their unemployment checks and stay home and watch TV and get pizza delivery.
  43. 1 point
    Nice comments about Michael Brockers from others. Team Captain high character guy in LA just like Campbell. DeCosta continues to shine !! Some DL they are building in Baltimore. He's 6'5" and 305 lbs. I like these tall linemen. They knock down passes every game and make QB's alter their throws. Now ! Add Emmanuel Sanders to the receiving corps?
  44. 1 point
    He led the international league in walks, too. In just 112 innings. He was 6th in the IL in K/9 among pitchers with 10+ starts. In the 10+ start group he was 27th in the league in ERA.
  45. 1 point
    Wow, two more balls have gotten away from Sanchez since I made that previous comment.
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    The website has been updated, July 25th is John Means Bobblehead giveaway. The only other addition is a fanny pack giveaway on May 27th.
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  50. 1 point
    It's good to see fruit snacks are so important.
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