Oct. 1, 2015
The recently departed Yogi Berra famously said, "It ain't over 'til it's over." Over comes even later in the baseball season these days thanks to the addition of baseball's second wild card in 2012. For the Orioles, later was Monday, when the Baltimore Sun's headline included these appropriate words: "postseason dreams officially over."
Sept. 24, 2015
I'm assuming that Chris Davis will not be wearing an Orioles uniform next season. Given that assumption, I've started considering how Davis might be remembered by O's fans.
I prefer not to use terms like legacy while a player is still active, so consider this one writer's ruminations about the impression that a history making slugger has left on the faithful.
Aug. 28, 2015
I've spent several weeks at home in Baltimore this summer. During my stay with family, I unearthed an old baseball mitt from a closet that carries the autograph of one Pete Ward. Actually, my son discovered the glove. Most often he pretends he's Chris Davis. Manny Machado is probably second. J.J. Hardy also makes an occasional appearance in his young baseball imagination. No Pete Ward.
Aug. 19, 2015
I heard it on TV Tuesday night, and it bothered me. Being here in person at the ballpark on Wednesday night reminds me how frustrating it is to be part of a ballpark takeover by visiting fans.
Aug. 19, 2015
I'm working from the press box for Wednesday night's match-up with the New York Mets. The Game Notes mention, sadly, the following:
"The Orioles are 9-22 all-time against the Mets, going 3-10 on the road (0-5 at Citi Field, 3-5 at Shea Stadium) and 6-12 at Oriole Park since Interleague Play began in 1997 ... The Orioles have lost nine consecutive games against the Mets, last defeating the Mets on June 18, 2009."
Aug. 18, 2015
Zach Britton and Chris Davis are looking to extend a first-of-its-kind streak in Orioles history. The O's could have a closer with 30 or more saves and a batter with 40 or more home runs for the third consecutive season. Prior to the current streak, it had happened only once before when Randy Myers had 31 saves and Brady Anderson had 50 home runs in 1996.