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Nick Markakis Crosses Home (Sarasota 2014)

Dec. 6, 2014

Baseball memory is shaped by the stories we tell and the stories we are told. Hometown narratives favor longevity, especially in Baltimore, which places Nick Markakis in the gone-but-not forgotten category for perpetuity. So what then of Nelson Cruz? 

Sarasota (Winter 2014 - 1)

Nov. 24, 2014

Johnny Mathis has people thinking about Christmas; meanwhile, Norm Schimmel, my Sarasota connection, has me thinking beyond that. It's beginning to look a lot like Spring Training in Sarasota. 






















Oct. 20, 2014

Things looked a bit different during this year's League Championship Series, and not simply because the Orioles were participants in the American League. This was only the second time since 2004 (11 seasons total) that neither league's championship featured a team in the top five for payroll. 

Oct. 11, 2014

Mine was not a restful night. I hate losing sleep over anything much less a sporting event, but this was my reality following Game 1 of the ALCS as a long suffering yet suddenly hopeful Orioles fan. I felt nauseated early on in Friday night’s game as the O’s fell behind by four runs. I had trouble stopping my body from shaking after they escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth inning. By the end, I was numb. 

Buck Showalter - Spring Training

Oct. 8, 2014

The Orioles are riding a three-game playoff win streak and a four-game win streak if you include the regular season. Even if they were to win out through the remainder of the postseason by sweeping the ALCS and the World Series (dare to dream), they couldn’t match the best efforts in franchise history.

Birds on a Ledge (Dugout shot)

Oct. 2, 2014

The Orioles' magical season could be over by the end of the weekend. On the other hand, it could truly be a magical season and last through until the end of October. After six months and 162 games, here we hang in the balance feeling imbalanced. 

This is the danger of loving anything, but particularly a baseball team: Heartbreak is always a hanging breaking ball away. 

1983 Orioles

Sept. 30, 2014

The Orioles belong in the 2014 postseason, which offers a redemption narrative for several franchises and a tribute to endurance for their fans.

Six playoff participants haven't won a World Series since the 1980s or earlier. Of those teams, four have endured eight or more consecutive losing seasons since that last title. The O's are in appropriate company.

Ubaldo Jimenez

Sept. 23, 2014

Ubaldo Jimenez takes to the mound at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night one week after getting the win that clinched the American League East for the Orioles. It's uplifting to relish the O's current success; however, I'll also be thinking about a September 2006 match-up in the Bronx during tonight's game.