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HbgOsFan last won the day on February 5 2012

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  1. Here is my sophisticated analysis, utilizing advanced metrics, where and if applicable. Wow! Just wow! Carry on.
  2. I am 61. I have triplets who will be 9. Excuse me for rambling, or being incoherent. This is what Michael has done. Triplets born April 2012. My father, who adored them, dies 3 months later. My Dad and I loved Memorial Stadium, and had the best times watching the Os. 1966 on, this was where we bonded. Dad dies, need to make sure the triplets see a game, so the experience extends another generation. Fast forward to August 2012. To honor my father, I want to take the triplets to a game. Sure, everyone says, 4 month olds will remember this for the rest of their lives. Or not. But it was important. So, I reach out to Weams. I've met him once, but we are both from Harrisburg, PA, so what the heck. Next thing - Weams and Tony (bless you, my man) manage to recreate the movie 'It's a Wonderful Life' and get me in touch with an angel, Monica Barlow. She is no longer with us, and this pains me to this day. She is with the Orioles staff, and she goes out of her way, way out of her way, to have the triplets watch the Orioles that summer against the Rays. The Orioles win, and the triplets don't know it, but their grandfather has seen the memory with his son passed on. Bless you, Tony, bless you, Michael, and bless you, Monica, I know you are in a good place. Hopefully my Dad buys you a drink, Monica - you deserve it. Well, in 2013, we load up the wagon trains and move to Florida. Each of the triplets have been diagnosed with autism. They need to see baseball. What do I do? There is another angel on call named Michael. We wanted to go to an Orioles game in Tampa, and asked Michael what would be involved in trying to have autistic triplets watch the game, without ruining the experience for others. I wasn't hopeful. You don't know Weams (well, yes you do). Of course, he went the extra mile, which he always does. Without fail, because decency is embedded in the man's DNA. He contacted the Rays' pr department was unbelievable, as were the Orioles. We get tickets to a game, and Buck Showalter came over to say Hi, just so one of the triplets could grab at the Oriole insignia on his jacket (no deed truly goes unpunished)(bless you, Buck). Jim Palmer has signed baseballs for the triplets (Jim is an absolute treasure to this franchise, in so many ways, in my eyes). The boys loved that game, and I love Weams for the memory. Please say your prayers tonight, as I will say mine. Welp, one of the boys just spilled his dinner on the floor, and is giggling. Off I go. Bless you all. and bless you Michael.
  3. Hi, Michael. Stay Harrisburg strong. You know what you mean to me and the family. Your kindness and just plain decency mean the world. Wishing JustD and you good thoughts through this difficult time, and you are in our prayers. You are a good man.
  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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    2. HbgOsFan


      Staying put in Melbourne Beach, and then terrorizing Disney on Saturday.

    3. Roy Firestone

      Roy Firestone

      Richard...thank you...I will have to add a $60 postage and packing fee because these are big items and I want to make sure they don't break...is that ok? Make a $400 check to Westcoast Sports Ass. and $260 to Roy Firestone (my items and insurance and packing)..and mail to RF 4531 Rubio Ave...Encino, Cal..91436...

    4. HbgOsFan


      Not a problem, at all.  Will get the checks in the mail.  How are you and your family holding up.  It's so funny.  Went to the grocery store this morning, wearing my Palmer t-shirt.  Pharmacist we used to work with is on his way to work.  We catch up, he notices the t-shirt.  He lives in Vero Beach. 

      Who was your third baseman? 

      That could only be Brooks. 

      Yeah, that's the guy.  Met him at Vero.  Nicest guy in the world. 

      Yep, you met my third baseman.  

      By the way, Roy, you're in that category.  

  5. Gurgi. Initiator of best O's Hangout Thread ever, in my humble opinion. Glad to have you back!
  6. This will veer off course, so I apologize in advance. This site, Tony and Weams have meant so much to me. I will be the 402nd person in this thread to say that I spend time every day learning about our prospects and suspects, and their effort (and Luke's) just can be underestimated. It has been articulated much better than I what they have done. But the personal decency, kindness and caring that this gentleman has extended to my family remains foremost in my thoughts. I met Tony and Weams at an Orioles Hangout many moons ago (Zach Britton was actually the starter, for the second game of the double header, for temporal context). My wife and I had the opportunity to talk to Tony over a frosty beverage (or 6) before the game, and to learn about what he went through to establish this site was fascinating. Two years and autistic triplets later, Weams, Tony and Orioles Hangout have done wonders for my family. I will spare the details, but my boys have been able to experience baseball at Camden Yards and Tampa, because these gentlemen care. Roy Firestone has been another person I've met, and I am in awe in how a man so busy is so caring. I am sorry for the digression, but this site has been a lifeline. I have utmost respect for Tony, I am not in his shoes, and the man has earned everything he wants to decide. Bless him, bless Weams, bless Roy. This is off course, so back to Zach Pop, and his future as a piece of the bullpen.
  7. It is a testament to how the regular season has gone for the parent club, that the first thing I look for in the morning is your summary. What a wonderful effort you have made, and from where I sit, most appreciated. You done good.
  8. Am I still waiting for my fifth cup of coffee to kick in, or is it really the case that Cam Bishop, Matthias Dietz and Blaine Knight, in a combined 24 decisions for Frederick so far, have 1 win?
  9. Also, can't forget the immortal John Stephens, who pitched for the Orioles in 2002. Wonder if he is still available?
  10. As always, Weams, you arrive to the rescue. Thank you.
  11. Knew I could count on Mr. Weams!  Also a very good man.

  12. My $1.00 - $0.98, based on personal experience. Really good man. Really good cause. Really good items. For someone born when Eisenhower was president, I have been so lucky and happy to win on items which bring back such good memories. For what it is worth, read about the charity which the auction supports. Made me feel extremely good , and I hope you feel so, as well. I would link the charity, but as I said, I was born in the 50s.
  13. Happy Thanksgiving, to those who make this such a great message board. Safe travels, and best wishes!
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