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About JimGinSP

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  1. Ya know that’s true🤔! Guess I liked that “structure” of six pre-set dates because I live in Hagerstown, the grandkids in Anne Arundel, so for me it’s not really a spur of the moment decision to go to a game.
  2. Enough of the firefight already, It’s the Jr Orioles Club! I’ve signed my 2 grandsons up for the Jr. Orioles Club for the last 5-6 years. Last year the adults accompanying the club member could sit in the upper deck for $8. In previous years it was $6. There was also an option to sit in the lower level left field sections for $15 for accompanying adults. Last year for $20 the child got a backpack, lanyard, cap, subscription to Jr. Orioles Magazine and vouchers to 6 preselected games. Last year all the games were Sunday afternoon games, in previous years they were a more random selection. Usually half were against prime opponents such as Sawx, Yanks, Angels, Indians. At each game there was also a giveaway table up in the left field play zone area where the child could show their membership card and get another gift such as a free Wendy’s sandwich coupon or a small pack of baseball cards. I really felt the program was an exceptional value that created great family experiences. That being said, the lack of energy, and fans, in the stadium last year due to the losing does make you notice how far you are from home plate. Never had a problem stretching out and putting your legs over the seat in front of you last year however!😃 Anyway I am sure I will enroll my 11 & 9 year old grandsons again this year and maybe my 7 & 2 year old granddaughters as well. The Orioles are telling me I can have 4 vouchers worth up to $192 for a $20 enrollment. So that’s four $48 seats. Sounds like a good seat and a good deal. The one thing I will miss however, is the thought that I had 6 opportunities to go to a game inexpensively and would look ahead to those dates on the calendar, letting the grandkids know when the next game was as well when I would drive them home. It would seem it would make more business sense for the Orioles to make it a habit for youngsters to go to six games in a season as opposed to the four vouchers that will most likely be used by a family all at one game.
  3. Can we achieve better value for Villar, Mancini, Bundy and or Givens by being the third team in on a Boston trade of Betts and/or Bradley? While the Sawx are looking to shed payroll I can’t imagine they are considering any sort of MLB rebuild. Based on this: https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/11/10/red-sox-at-gm-meetings-trading-mookie-betts-should-be-priority/ Sawx are in need of 1B, 2B, back end starter and relief. We just so happen to have all those MLB options available for discussion. The author compared the Betts trade to our trade of Manny. Would Sawx Nation be satisfied with 5 prospects? Or does Chaim Bloom appease the fan base by flipping a Diaz or Kremer type prospect in part of a deal for 1 or 2 of our MLB pieces previously mentioned?
  4. 37 y.o. Darren O’Day re-signs with the Atlanta Braves for a 2.25 M guarantee and 3.5 M club option for 2021 per a club release. When the trade went down in 2018 did anyone think that O’Day would be the pitcher extending their career in Atlanta?
  5. Last off-season they produced the show at Bunzzz sports bar in Gallery Place. First of all the name of the place sounds like a Hooters wanna be like the Tilted Kilt. Secondly anytime I heard any of the show it sounded like Jim Hunter was in an echo chamber leading me to believe the crowd was sparse. If they couldn’t draw 100 people at Bunzzz they probably just asked the flagship station to produce it on their own site. As for “squeegee boys” I remember driving up from downtown to Memorial Stadium and seeing the same. Guess those guys are these window washers’ grandfathers! Not sure they still exist in other cities. Maybe a Baltimore “thing” like the Arabbers..... (horse drawn produce merchants).
  6. They need to get rid of the You Tube TV commercial that starts off with the catch in front of the Fenway standings board which immortalizes Baltimore 47 - 115 on the bottom. Glad I chose FUBO for a free trial to watch the series. On the other hand the “hold my beer” Budweiser commercial with Charlize Theron.... best 30 seconds on TV!
  7. Trump campaign just released a statement...... Drake joins Kanye in supporting The President. 😉
  8. Thank you Weams for redirecting this thread to its intended topic. I was a bit ticked off when I made my post about Taubman. Some good discourse followed without anyone taking it into a ditch. So, there you go we are reallocating revenue! It’s not all going into the owners pockets! An extra coach (full time employee) at each level would appear to be a significant investment.
  9. Guess that this decides it.... the President doesn’t want to wear bulletproof protection. https://apple.news/Au9dc9Q1pQG25Xqcn-0NrbA
  10. Let’s hope the new culture doesn’t include this.... https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/10/astros-agm-brandon-taubman-reportedly-shouted-thank-god-we-got-osuna-at-female-reporters.html I’m not the PC police but this guy, an MLB AGM!, shouted this at female reporters six times! Taubman has either got an alcohol or attitude problem but needs to be fired immediately. Could you get away with this in your workplace? My employee handbook specifically states that customers, vendors and fellow employees are entitled to courtesy and respect. Beat reporters are pretty much vendors.
  11. There are three open days, a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, following their last spring training game and before the home opener. We might see an open workout or such on Tuesday with some signings included. Obviously not convienent for out of town folks, but might actually get more significant local media play if it was a late afternoon affair. Seperately, what has ever become of the exhibition the Orioles were to host at USNA Annapolis. After the Nats snuck in there and played the Red Sox a few years back, the O’s claimed Annapolis was their territory and promised an ongoing relationship with USNA. Well they had an Army Navy baseball doubleheader at OPACY and a day when the O’s went down to eat lunch with the midshipman and tour USNA but still no mention of any exhibition game. Of course tickets to the game were restricted to midshipmen and family and that wouldn’t change, but it’s just another promise seemingly unfulfilled.
  12. So the cost of adding a 26th player to the MLB roster in 2020 is about 1 million (considering minimum salary, travel expenses, meal money, medial care and insurances). How much does the average short season MiLB team cost their parent club?
  13. With Nats up 2-0 and coming home for 3 games I got to thinking..... Washington in the World Series, that’s quite an event! Maybe the President throws out the first ball.... OMG the President might throw out the first ball! Alert, alert ...... get all tweets in ASAP, Twitter meltdown coming!
  14. I looked at Arraez prior and wonder if he is more of the real deal than our own Hanser Alberto? Does a contending team just hand him second base? Arraez has age in his favor, he is 4 1/2 years younger than Hanser, I’m not sure if that equates to athleticism but it seems Arraez was previously being groomed as super utility (2B, 3B, LF, SS) before supplanting Schoop. Twins also have some tender decisions with Eddie Rosario predicted at $8.9 and C.J. Cron at $7.7 by MLBTR. Combined they didn’t reach Villar’s 4.0 WAR. Arraez - 336 PA .334/.399/.439. Left hand hitter Albero - 550 PA .305/.329/.422. Right hand hitter
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