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  1. I was listening to Westwood One's radio broadcast of Monday Night Football last night, and suddenly the play-by-play announcer said that there was going to be an update from sideline reporter Amber Theoharis. And there was Amber, or at least her voice, reporting on the likelihood of some banged-up player being able to return to the game. Many Oriole fans may remember Amber doing in-game and post-game interviews on MASN some seasons ago. As I recall, she left MASN after giving birth to her first child. Hope the kid's babysitter lets him/her sit up on Monday nights and listen to Mom's voice.
  2. I was lucky enough to be in the stands at Yankee Stadium the day Andy hit his first major league homer. Sept. 6, 1965, second game of a Labor Day doubleheader. Etch had just been called up from the minors and was not listed in the Yankee Stadium scorecard. They had to post his name on the message board on the old scoreboard there. The message board was only eight characters wide, so it showed up as ORIOLES CATCHER # 8 ANDY ETCHE BARREN Andy came to bat in the fifth inning with Jerry Adair on third base, Paul Blair on first, and the Orioles trailing, 2-0. He ripped one down the left-field line and into the corner. Mickey Mantle, suffering from a sore arm, was playing left field instead of his customary center. Unaccustomed to the tricky left-field corner, he failed to stop the carom, which rolled past him and way out to the bullpen gate, 402 feet from home. By the time the Yankees got the ball back in, Etch was on his way home, where he slid in safely on a close play for a three-run inside-the-park (and, as it turned out, game-winning) home run. I heard some time afterward that the next time Etch came to bat, the Yankees' veteran catcher, Elston Howard, growled at him, "We had you at the plate, rookie." Not intimidated in the least, Etch shot back with "Ellie, I had my hand in there." He was only a rookie, but he knew that he belonged in the big leagues. I wish I'd had a chance to meet Andy in person, shake his hand, and tell him I remembered that play.
  3. Actually, I kind of hope they play together longer than Mantle and Maris did. Maris played only seven seasons (1960-66) for the Yankees and missed significant time with injury in two of those years. He did, however, help the St. Louis Cardinals win the world championship in 1967 after the Yankees traded him for the immortal 😊 Charley Smith. I certainly hope they live longer than Maris did. Roger died far too young at the age of 51 in 1985.
  4. Alvarado restores order in the ninth with a DP grounder and a strikeout. Baysox win, 7-5. Game 4 tomorrow afternoon at 3.
  5. A once-comfortable 7-1 lead has shrunk to 7-5 after a two-out RBI single followed by a 3-run homer. Senators are finally out in the eighth. Going to the top of the ninth, Baysox still with a two-run lead.
  6. It's going really well for the Baysox this evening in Harrisburg. Anderson Feliz belted a two-run homer in the first inning and a three-run homer in the second, and the Baysox lead, 7-1, in the middle of the sixth inning. The Senators' radio announcer just said that Feliz hit a total of three homers for the Baysox during the regular season.
  7. One very bad baserunning mistake by the Baysox in the fourth inning. With one out, the first Baysox player to reach base (he walked) started jogging to second after a 2-1 pitch to the next batter was called a ball, evidently thinking it was ball four. The Harrisburg catcher, not expecting the runner to be going, simply threw the ball back to the pitcher, but the pitcher had plenty of time to start a rundown, and the runner was tagged out. Seemed like the sort of misadventure we've seen from the big club recently.
  8. They showed a replay from overhead, which made it look like Mancini did not swing. Then they showed a replay from ground level on the first base side, which made it look like he did swing.
  9. According to GameDay, only Hyde was ejected. Mancini also came out of the game, but I think that was the plan all along. Mancini had batted for Martin, so they needed to put a middle infielder in the game, and Wilkerson fit that role better than Mancini.
  10. People can complain all they want about how unfair it is to have a rule requiring runners to get in the 3-foot lane before they reach first base, but unfair or not, it is the rule. The Orioles really ought to get used to complying with the rule. The coaches ought to be telling them, every day, "If you bunt and you're running to first, get in the three-foot lane and get ready to touch the base with your left foot as you go by. Do NOT give the umps a chance to call you out for interference." If Martin could have done that, the Orioles would have had two runs home and Villar on third base with nobody out.
  11. Tommy Hunter is not really out of baseball. He is on the Phillies' 40-man roster, as one of nine (yes, nine) pitchers on the 60-day IL. I presume the Phils expect Tommy, and hopefully a number of the other eight guys, to be ready to go by next year.
  12. I don't really follow English professional soccer that closely. I suppose if there's any team that stands out for me, it would be Liverpool, just because a town whose people have to put up with being called Liverpudlians needs all the support it can get. I often wonder, though, when I watch international soccer, why it continues with the antiquated tradition that only the referee is allowed to know exactly how much playing time remains in the half or the game. They wait until the 45th minute of the half, and then the TV announcers inform us that the referee has decided to add X minutes, to account for stoppage time. It's never exactly X minutes. It's X minutes plus or minus some number of seconds, and nobody really knows when the game is going to end until the referee blows his whistle three times. I went to a Division III college game this past weekend. They had a clock on the scoreboard. Whenever the referee decided that a stoppage of play was warranted, he signaled the scoreboard operator and the scoreboard operator stopped the clock, then started it up again when play resumed. That way, all the stoppage time was accounted for at the time the stoppages occurred, and the scoreboard clock accurately reflected how much playing time remained. Seems like the simplest thing in the world. I can't understand why international soccer persists in refusing to do it this way.
  13. Yes, he was the pitching coach of the (Why Not) 1989 Orioles, and continued in that position for two more seasons. My brother was and still is a big Mets fan. I can remember going with him to see a doubleheader at Shea Stadium between the Mets and the Milwaukee Braves on July 26, 1964. Jackson started the first game for the Mets and in the second inning, he whacked a home run off no less a pitcher than Warren Spahn. I always called him "Slugger Al" after that. It was the only home run he ever hit in the major leagues. The doubleheader is one the Mets' pitching staff would probably like to forget. Milwaukee won both games, by scores of 11-7 and 15-10.
  14. I think that's what Kansas City was saying about Santander before that at-bat.
  15. Well, I guess that's a theory. But actually, Hyde did use two guys off the bench. In addition to putting Martin in the game, he inserted Wilkerson in center field, removing Stewart, for the ninth inning. If you're going to use two guys as defensive replacements when you only need to hold a lead for one inning, I don't know why you wouldn't use three. Edit - This was a response to the last post on the first page of this thread. I didn't realize so many other posts had been entered in between.
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