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  1. After a game, he joined our vendors' whiffleball game in the Memorial Stadium parking lot. I recall him striking out, he later insisted it was a groundout. History will never know the truth.
  2. But he got a quadrophonic Blaupunkt!
  3. Played in little league and in high school. Unlike some of you incomplete players who were all-hit or all-glove, I was remarkably consistent in all aspects of my game. That is to say, I was awful. Like historically awful. Hidden in RF and the first pitch of the game becomes a routine popup that bounces off the heel of my glove ? Check. Take strike three looking with a full count, bases loaded, final inning after rallying from five runs down only to lose by one? Check. Chase countless balls to the fence because I can't ever correctly decide to stretch from 1B or come off the bag? Check. Yup, Coach always knew EXACTLY what he could rely on me for every day. As an ongoing tribute to my consistency - to this day, I'm nearly 50 and just as left-handed as the first day I picked up a bat.
  4. Not sure if Brady Anderson meets the criteria, but his peak year was craaaaazy.
  5. Spring Training, late 90's. Happened by the batting cage under the stands during a game and got to watch Cal teaching his then-very-young kids to hit off a tee and run around "bases." Just them and me. I didn't dream of interrupting, and even felt a little weird watching. But it was a heartwarming reminder that even the greatest stars are just people. Also had the pleasure of sitting next to Chris Hoiles and chatting for an entire game a few years back. Very cool dude, and a great experience.
  6. It's not hard at all to put *BACK* on 25 lbs in 4-1/2 months. Especially for an experienced lifter with a trainer and nothing else to do all winter.
  7. Yes, that. Sorry, just got here from 1975.
  8. Oh it certainly could, but he was pretty good for us quite recently. And he doesn't have to be good, just serviceable. I think the upside of Cashner putting up 180+IP outweighs the likelihood of him underperforming our second best rule V arm, or whomever we find to fill the 2nd or 3rd avail SP slot. A lot like our elections - there are no good choices, you just hope to end up with the least bad option.
  9. Throwing out a parade of young "who-knows" types will get you a whole lot of early exits. That leads to a whole lot of long relief appearances. This loads up the AAA/AA shuttle (already busy ferrying starters) with long relievers, makes establishing defined bullpen roles difficult/impossible, and forces Hyde to manage defensively instead of being able to put guys in spots where they're most likely to succeed. Failing to bring in Cashner or an innings eater like him could very likely result in a no-or-negative rebuild progress season, at least as far as pitching is concerned. There'll be plenty of opportunities for the lottery ticket types regardless.
  10. My having spent a midsummer week in and around Vancouver, this map vastly underestimates Blue Jays fandom throughout Canada. Bars were packed for a rando (10AM start!) Sunday Jays game 2,000 miles away, and there didn't seem to be any enthusiasm for the Mariners (only 150 miles). All of Canada loves the Jays, and this map cares not one whit. EDIT: I see now I've confused previous mention of the StubHub fandom map with this driving distance map. Too many 10AM Molsons I guess.
  11. Highly recommend Bradenton for an away game. A long time since I was there, but it's a beautiful park and an easy trip from Sarasota.
  12. Anyone have access to a current list of the various Orioles owners and their stakes?
  13. The stadium area is generally safe during games when there are police officers directing traffic and multiple other fans around. Once the post-game exodus tapers off, it's easy to find yourself all of the sudden alone on a dark secluded lot or side street. With declining attendance expected to continue into next season and beyond, the "safe" (or more accurately "safer") window after a game would be reasonably expected to narrow. One could be mugged - or worse - in broad daylight but after dark the largely industrial stadium area should be avoided the moment the company of other fans dwindles. O's would do well to use private security or pay for BPD overtime to make the area safer.
  14. The area around the stadium and the adjacent lots is very safe until the crowds disappear. The area around the casino is well-patrolled as well and I'd be comfortable walking around at night. The stretch between M&T stadium and the Horseshoe parking lot is largely deserted and might provide a mugger (or strangler!!!) an attractive workspace. Agree with others who have said that while there are very real risks walking around Balt - or any city - at any time, you should be OK. Would I walk it at night with 2 or 3 buddies? Absolutely. Would I walk it with my daughters? Far less likely. YMMV.
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