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  1. After still mourning the loss of my father in law in late July, I'm still trying to come to grips with Weams' passing last week. As everyone has said, he truly was a great, wonderful, kind man. Many people overuse the phrase "He'd give you the shirt off his back" but Michael truly was one of those people. He would, and did, do anything for you. Like many of my "friends" on the Hangout, Weams and I started as virtual friends, but after the first time we met at an Orioles game, we quickly became true friends. He and I had each other's numbers and would call or text on occasion, sometimes to
  2. Here's my take. The Orioles are cheap, they no longer care about winning, and they certainly don't care about the fans. I am a 13 game season ticket holder. Prices have not gone down during this rebuild, even though the Orioles organization openly admits its a rebuild and we are not trying to be competitive. Not only have prices of tickets not gone down, but concession costs have risen, parking cost has risen by nearly 50% on some nights, and they don't let you bring your own food into the stadium anymore. They will tell you that is COVID related, but I would trust my own food I am b
  3. Has anyone seen Valaika having dinner at the Warehouse with Mark Teixiera? Or is it Texeira? Or Texiera?
  4. Not sure if its a sign of the COVID times, an indication of the impact of not showing ST games on MASN, or maybe I am just not the fan I used to be. But here we are 3 days from Opening Day, and for the first time in my nearly 47 years on this planet, I'm not sure I could tell you ten guys on the Orioles opening day roster.
  5. Hogan just announced limited fans will be permitted to be at Orioles games, including Opening Day. I sure hope there is some reward for those of us who have kept our season tickets through all of this mess. Now I am excited for baseball!!!
  6. Agreed. He is getting paid by his employers for under-performance. The employer, the Orioles, are the ones who "owe it to the fans" to cut him loose.
  7. I don't necessarily disagree, but growing up in the 70's and early 80's many weeknight games started at 730 I believe. Only a few games were televised each week, so I mostly listened on the radio, but even the televised ones I was listening to the end of the game in bed, and I still grew up as a die hard fan. The difference is I like the sport of baseball, and the Orioles were always good back then. The games ending late has always been an issue, that is not new, and actually MLB has done a better job in recent years changing to earlier start times on weekdays and having way more day ga
  8. With the lower attendance we've seen over the past few decades of losing, I think a lot of your ideas about removing traditional seating and replacing it with bars or congregating areas would be cool. Sarasota's Spring Training facility and Aberdeen are two examples I have been to that have picnic area seating where you can still enjoy the game, but in more of a social environment with friends than just sitting in a standard chair. That said, I like to just sit and watch the game, and not have my back to the field, so I guess I'm in the "get off my lawn" crowd. But I also think there is
  9. I am puckering just thinking about seats on top of the warehouse. lol
  10. Match Play. Whoever scores the most each inning wins the inning. So if the visitor doesn't score in the top of the inning, and the home team scores any run in the bottom, they win the skin and move on to the next inning. Winner of the most skins after 9 wins the game. Beer Rules: Each player must hold a red solo cup of Natty Boh at all times during the game, both in the field and at the plate. Um...No. Don't change anything. Baseball is a great game. Play the traditional rules and let us fans of the game enjoy the game. People who think its slow or boring will always think th
  11. If the hope is that Davis pulls his back shoveling his driveway (I KNOW he lives in Texas, shush) then why not just cut bait and let him go. Its lost money any way you cut it.
  12. You beat me to it Corn. The team is in a rebuild that is seemingly taking forever with no real signs of being ready anytime soon. They have gotten rid of the pre and post game shows and the "fan favorites" (or not) that sat behind those desks. And truth be told, by the time we are ready to compete, I'm not sure a 30 year old Mancini would really make much difference at that point. So yeah, IF the deal is right, you make it. BUT...you don't just give him away. That would be ludicrous, which means the O's will do it. In any event, the Orioles are still trotting out Chris Davis ev
  13. Its pretty telling that I am more upset about the Orioles and MASN getting rid of our favorite announcers than I am about the piss poor teams they have put together over the last 5 years, but alas, this is where we are. I would always have the pre-game show on while I was cleaning up dinner, so now I guess its just MLBN all the time except when our game is actually on. I've always liked Dempsey and Tom Davis and their over the top homerism. I'm not sure why they get criticized, as I have no problems with local guys supporting the team that we all love. Gary Thorne is the bigges
  14. Spot on. The Orioles are the only reason I keep DirecTV at this point.
  15. This is an interesting perspective as well, and one I was thinking about the other day when thinking about the NFL playoff. Are the Ravens the best team in the NFL this year? Heck no. But can they get hot and win the whole thing. Yes sir. Like we did with Joe's 11-0 td to interception postseason championship run, or like when our defense led us to our first championship. Baseball can be the same way. The best team doesn't always win. We probably were the favorites in 2014 but injuries and a hot KC team knocked us out. But yeah, 2014 was a hell of a fun year, and I'd like to have co
  16. In fact they raised our prices. DTV has gone down the tubes since AT&T bought them.
  17. I think the Ravens have spoiled us. Aside from a few stinker years, every year the team is in contention, we've made the playoffs more than not over our history, and we have two Super Bowl wins in 25 years, and are currently in the middle of a great young team making another run. But, how would we feel if with all that success, we had never made the Super Bowl? It would be devastating. Like Frobby and Corn said, when we won in 83, I had no reason to believe that would be it for my lifetime. I was only 9 years old, and it was the second time we'd be in the World Series in my sh
  18. Agree. As long as front line workers and high risk people have first dibs, which they will, this should be a non issue come the Spring.
  19. Did he mention if 100 losses is the goal, or JUST the first overall pick? Because this team sure seems destined for both.
  20. I think his reasoning for being open and honest now is that he hopes the Orioles DO release him and pay him the rest of his contract to literally do nothing. I mean, he's "tried" to get better the past 3-4 years with no success...might as well just sit at home and get paid. I agree with someone above...I would not give back the money either. But I think his plan is to piss the Orioles off enough that they release him and he still gets paid.
  21. Ya know something? Fans get upset all the time that there is no loyalty in baseball anymore. (or any sports). How could Manny not try to work out a long term deal with the O's? Booooooo Manny. How could Moose leave and sign with the Yankees? Booooo Mussina. And yet here is someone on the Hangout. The best of the best. Starting a thread about releasing a solid player who is coming off cancer treatment. Well you know what? Boooooooooooooo Hangout for this even being a thread.
  22. I guess we should thank the Orioles for playing like crap the past two weeks, opening up the trade talks and closing the door on any thoughts Hyde may have had on trying to talk Elias into keeping the team intact. This is still a rebuilding club and we are still a few years away. While the .500 record through the first 24 games was nice, we can't lose site of the overall long term plan. So, with that said, I certainly hope Elias is not done yet today.
  23. No one is ever going to do that. That is just spite, and there is no reason for it. Play him a couple times a week and see what happens.
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