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Jeter the Cheater?

September 16, 2010

The New York Yankees captain and short stop Derek Jeter caused controversy in the 7th inning during the Yanks game against Tampa  Bay Rays Wednesday night with a “fake-out” while at bat.

What terrific acting, Jeter! Did we miss something on your resume that said you also starred in some Broadway plays?

Probably not. The supposed ball that hit Jeter was inside, and Jeter proceeded to jump and writhe in pain as if he did get hit.  And the rules of baseball allow the player up at bat to take a base if the pitcher hits them with the ball. So Jeter, even though he did not actually get hit with the ball [though he acted as if he did] should still get to take the base, right?

Of course he did. He milked getting hit by the ball that really hit the butt of his bat before hitting him. And the ump told Jeter to take the base. When asked later why Jeter was not honest and took the base anyway, he basically said why not?

“He told me to go to first base. I’m not going to tell him I’m not going to first, you know,” Jeter said. He said the “vibration” of the ball is what caused him to act out the way he did and even admitting to “acting a bit.”

The result of Jeter on base would result in a 2-run homer by Curtis Granderson, making the score 3-2 Yanks.

However, the idiom of “cheaters never win”  will prove true as the Rays will go on to win the game after TB Rays Dan Johnson hits a 2-run shot in the last inning to win make the score 4-3, and are now the top team in the AL east.

For baseball fans out there, this move resembles the college baseball game in 2007 against Ole Miss and Arkansas.

Arkansas’ Brian Walker out-acted Jeter’s performance but this time the ump did not buy  into his “getting hit” performance and proceeded to throw Walker out after Walker threw a tantrum (which was a better acting job then his “fake hit” act…or maybe because that was real?)

Then again, the Yanks lost anyway.  And would you tell the ump “I actually don’t think I should go to the base.” Oh the politics of the sporting world.  But the question is, did he really cheat? Or would you call it “gamesmanship”?

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Orioles fire Trembley; Samuel bumped from 3B coach to manager

June 4, 2010

There have been rumors circulating around Baltimore the past month or so about whether or not the Baltimore Orioles would fire manager Dave Trembley as the O’s continued to sink further into another losing season.

Last night, it crossed through ESPN’s bottom line, but was made official Friday morning that Trembley would no longer be with the Orioles and that third base coach Juan Samuel would be promoted to interim manager.

Even though many fans have been hoping for, guessing it or preparing for the inevitable, the rumors of Trembley being asked to leave were stronger than ever before Thursdays game in New York.

“I think he was never given a fair shot. He was asked to win with a young and undeveloped core surrounded by a bunch of non-tenders and retreads. But it was time for a fresh face and to pu thim out of his misery,” Mark Huber, an avid Baltimore fan said.

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Birdland Bars–sports bars in Baltimore: part I

April 29, 2010

Yes Baltimore, it is that time of the year.

The time of the year when our most hated rivals are in town. No, not the Pittsburgh Steelers. I can’t believe I will actually admit this, but there is a team, when they come to Baltimore, that brings more rivalry that the football team from Steel city.

The New York Yankees.

Why is this team worse? Simply because of all the fans of the Yankees everywhere.

This is BIRDland.

But yet, when you watch or go to the games and see the fans at Camden Yards, it is overwhelmingly Yankee fans.

How can we stop this from happening—this take-over of Baltimore’s baseball stadium?

Number one—GO TO THE GAMES!

I know, I know. The O’s are on a losing streak so why waste your time and money, right? WRONG. How can a team get better or even want to get better if they have no support?

Also, for all you fans out there who have already given up only a few weeks into the season, did you know that the Orioles beat the Yankees 5-4 on Tuesday April 26?

Because they did. Alfredo Simon had his first major league win when, at the top of the 9th, finished the game in favor of the O’s. (more…)

Jackie Robinson day and racism in sports

April 19, 2010

Jackie Robinson is a name everyone has heard of  unless you are completely tone deaf to anything sports talk.

On April 15, MLB players, coaches, fans etc. honor the ‘first’ African-American baseball player by wearing his number 42 as a tribute.

Commissioner Allen (Bud) Selig and MLB have celebrated Robinson’s legacy as the first African-American to break the color barrier by retiring his number throughout the League in 1997 and, since 2004, dedicating April 15 as Jackie Robinson Day in his memory.

Robinson played his first Major League game at Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947 as a first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

However, Robinson is actually not the first African-American to play baseball in America.

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What you need to know about Camden Yards

April 13, 2010

The Baltimore Orioles may be a team that is breaking hearts across the city, but that warehouse and stadium are a fixture in fans hearts everywhere.

The O’s are now at a 1-6 start when they lost to the Tampa Bay Rays again last night 5-1.

But what is most disheartening about this losing record before May is the lack of attendence at the Yard.

Last night, about 9,000 people were there.

Nine thousand. It looked like fans went dressed as green seats.

There are still many great fans out there.

Many of them think that pitchers Mike Gonzalez and Kevin Millwood could become expendable if the O’s don’t start winning games. But tune in tonight for the second game against the Rays and hope they can turn it around.

Or better yet, why don’t you go to the game? First step: Eutaw Street.

Let’s go O’s! Again, check for future blog posts on other hot spots inside the stadium, and the best places to party before and after the game.

Remember; the O’s have 154 games to go. There is still time to turn it all around.

Orioles lose to Blue Jays during opening weekend at Camden Yards

April 12, 2010

The Baltimore Orioles were swept by the Toronto Blue Jays April 9, 10 and 11 2010 during their opening weekend at home at Camden Yards.

Did this come as a surprise to fans?

Many hoped for better, especially when the Friday, April 9 game was the second time the Orioles closing pitcher Mike Gonzalez failed to close the game in the 9th inning–leaving many disgruntled fans.

But the O’s are now 1-5 for the season.

Opening day at Camden Yards 2010

They are 1-5 in their division—and have yet to face big teams like the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees.

The first game of the year against the Tampa Bay Rays ended the same way as Friday’s.

The O’s were ahead going into the 9th inning only to lose to their opponents.  Their record with the Rays is 1-2.

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Rafael Alvarez creates Baltimore’s Daily Camden Project

April 7, 2010

The Baltimore Orioles may have 12 losing seasons, but to hometown fans like Rafael Alvarez, there isn’t enough love for the team.

Alvarez, a Baltimore native, created the idea of the “Daily Camden Project” with Welcome to Baltimore, Hon.com to promote the reasons why Camden Yards and the Orioles mean so much to Baltimore and the people who live there.

“I love baseball and I love Baltimore,” Alvarez said. “It seems Baltimoreans have a very strong affection for things that we do together as a city, most obvious would be the Ravens and Orioles. And this is a football town, there is no two ways about that. But my heart is still with the Orioles and baseball.”

Alvarez  was a reporter for the Baltimore Sun for 20 years and also contributed to The Wire, the HBO show about Baltimore. He grew up in this area, went to Mount Saint Joseph for high school and Loyola College; he married a local girl and they raised their children in this area.

Why stay in Baltimore? A quote from one of his books, Hometown Boy, says it best: “this is Baltimore and no one really leaves.”

That same attitude is one many Orioles fans also have. Being a fan of a team that has only let down the city for a dozen years is not easy. (more…)

Professional athletes behaving badly off the field

March 9, 2010

What would it take for you to forgive someone who has hurt you in some way?

Whether it be a friend, co-worker, family member or hero; what could they do for you to give them a second chance at redemption?

Many fans hero’s are their favorite football, basketball, baseball, etc. players. The professional athletes who they idolize every week all year, on-and off-season. But lately, many of those high-profile athletes have not been living up to ‘hero’ status and instead have shamed and let down many kids and life-long fans by their antics off the playing field.

Most recently is the Ben Roethlisberger, well-known QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers, assault story. According to sources so far, Big Ben attacked a 20-year old college student at a night club in Georgia in the bathroom. The girl then went to

Big Ben, the 2-time SuperBowl champion needs to control his 'champion drinking and lady skills.'

police outside and told them what happened. However, Roethlisberger was allowed to leave the state but with a pending investigation.

Earlier today, the case picked up when police asked for DNA samples from Big Ben. Results will be announced at a later date.

The question, though, is why put yourself in this position? This happened to him already out in Las Vegas in 2008. And now he is seen at a college night club and has accusations against him once again. You might be a smart QB, Ben, but your off the field performance has left many fans upset, angry and losing faith in you as a leader. Keep reading about other pro athletes

O’s plays in the off-season show promise for a bright season

March 7, 2010

Baltimore Oriole’s fans have dealt with a lot of pain the past few seasons.

But are the O’s ready to put that pain aside and be the team fans have been waiting for them to be?

From the results seen in Sarasota so far this off-season during camp, it seems like it is possible.

In the pre-season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays, the O’s took the game 12-2 with two homers from third baseman, Josh Bell.

Bell is the 23-year old the O’s picked up from the LA Dodgers last summer. He also had a sac fly in the fourth inning to get points on the board for his team. If you think you haven’t heard of him before, you probably have as many fans have said that Miguel Tajada is playing third as a stop gap until Bell proves worthy–what do you think?

What’s a stop gap? Basically a temporary filler until that spot can be filled. The O’s believe Bell can be that future for them they have been building to fill–and after the way Bell has been playing so far, that future isn’t so far away. (more…)

Big moves in the offseason leads to a hopeful season for the Orioles

February 1, 2010

There might be snow on the ground, but that isn’t stopping the trading and drafting for a new spring season for the Baltimore Orioles.

Everyone has been excited since the announcement of Miguel Tejada returning to Baltimore last week. Miggy first came to Baltimore for the 2004 season, and was under contract for six years–however, that commitment was broken when Miggy was traded by Baltimore in Dec. 2007 and went south to Houston to be an Astro.

But now, ladies and gentlemen…Miggy is back. He is only on a year $6 million contract this go around, but having Tejada in Baltimore brings much hope and excitement for many Orioles fans who have not had a lot to look forward to when the snow melts and America’s favorite spring past time starts up.

Some quick facts on why Baltimore should welcome back Miggy: he was ranked to be voted MVP eight times and was named, in 2002, MVP of the AL;  has been on the all-star team six times; twice has been awarded with the silver slugger award.

For those who don’t know, the silver slugger award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League.

His batting average for his career currently has him in the top 50 in the ML, at number 42 with an average of .289. His best was his 2006 career, where his average was .330 and he was ranked 4th in the AL, and last season he batted an average all season of .313 and was ranked 8th in the NL.

He also rarely misses games, so no worries on benching this slugger, Baltimore…if you remember when he played for Baltimore, he had a streak of 1,152 consecutive games, the fifth longest in Major League history, before he got hit at bat and later found out he had a broken wrist (June 2007).  Now playing third base but normally at short stop, Miggy also makes big moves in getting his team their outs—actively throughout his career, he has made 5,565 (15th) outs, and the past two seasons with the Astros, he was ranked 2nd overall in the NL in outs made.

For those of you who don’t understand, or maybe just don’t care, what any of these stats mean…there is one aspect of a baseball game that can get any fan incited enough to cheer loud or scream for their hometeam’s players—home runs! Miggy is also up there on the charts with his career number of home runs currently standing at 285, which ranks him at 28th among other active players. He also won the home run derby in 2004 with 27 home runs to win the contest.

Now that the past weeks excitement over Miggy has died down a bit…just kidding that news has excited Orioles fans everywhere to a hopeful season. But now, over the weekend, we found out that Melvin Mora, as expected, accepted a one year $1.3 million deal with the Colorado Rockies. Mora not only led the O’s in hits, homers, doubles, RBIs, runs scored and at-bats, he also was well-liked with a sense of humor and home town comradery. Mora will be missed.

Other news for the off-season in Baltimore; they traded for Kevin Millwood and signed Garrett Atkins and Mike Gonzalez as well. They also  re-signed left-hander Mark Hendrickson to a one-year $1.2 million contract on Jan. 28.

National news, Orioles left-handed pitch er Brian Matusz received recognition from a national list for the second time this week when ESPN.com’s Keith Law honored him as the No. 11 prospect in the major leagues, and last week, he was listed at number 5 on MLB.com. (<http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=7150969&topic_id=7962336&c_id=mlb&gt; )

“He really knows his way around on the mound. This is a real pitcher,” MLB Network analyst John Hart said on the broadcast. “He’s got pitchability. His stuff is plenty good enough. He’s got a plus fastball, got good breaking stuff.

So far, the team seems to think these were all great choices—do you? We’ll find out what else the O’s have up their sleeve when they report for training camp in Sarasota.