Baltimore Orioles Truck Arrives in Sarasota (Photos)

Thursday was “Truck Day” in Baltimore with the Orioles packing up equipment at Camden Yards and sending it to Sarasota for Spring Training. The truck arrived on Monday, and friend-of-the-blog Norm Schimmel was there to capture some images. Pitchers and catchers report on  Feb. 13.

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Orioles Minicamp in Sarasota (Photos)

Your Baltimore Orioles opened their January minicamp in Sarasota on Monday at the Ed Smith Stadium complex.

As the Baltimore Sun explains, the minicamp, “has been focused primarily on getting an early look at the organization’s young pitchers, and it often offers Orioles manager Buck Showalter his first glimpse of which young arms could play a role for the major league team in the upcoming season and down the line.”

Also per The Sun, this year’s camp will be as much about new pitching coach Roger McDowell and new bullpen coach Alan Mills as it is about any of the young arms attending.

But links to other articles about minicamp is not why you came here. You’re looking for pictures of Baltimore’s beloved Buck and reminders that baseball season is just around the corner. With a tip of the cap to Sarasota’s finest photographer, Norm Schimmel, I’m happy to oblige.

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Wait Till Next Year …

It’s November. Orioles fans have hardly seen signs of fall, much less winter. Down in Sarasota, however, there’s already a sign of spring.

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From the Demper to David Ross, How Past Orioles Efforts Compare to the 2016 MLB Playoffs

Dempsey in DurhamThe 2016 MLB playoffs have already included historic performances. Here are a few outstanding efforts that we’ve witnessed so far and how they compare to the Orioles’ postseason records. Continue reading

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Baltimore Orioles, Game 163: “This is the End.”

Blue Jays 5 – Orioles 2, 11 innings

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A Brief History of Two Claps and a Ric Flair

There’s a budding Twitter bromance taking place between Orioles reliever and resident Budweiser smuggler Tommy Hunter and wrestling legend Ric Flair. After delivering an off-color, Flair-inspired locker room speech following Sunday’s wild card clincher, Hunter reached out to the 16-time world champion on Twitter and got nothing but love in return.

Sure, I could burnish the legend of Orioles baseball for my kindergartner by regaling him with stories of the great Cal Ripken Jr., who showed up every day, worked hard, gave blue-collar Baltimore its very own hero, and saved baseball after the strike. Or, I could tell him about the relief pitcher who loved Budweiser products, dropped f-bombs on live television, and channeled pro wrestling promos. How can you not be romantic about motherf&#@in’ baseball, son?

Given Roar From 34’s focus on Orioles history, it would feel like I’m not doing my unpaid job if I weren’t to provide some historical context on “two claps and a Ric Flair.”

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Should the Orioles Be So Excited About a Wild Card Berth? Allow Me Answer That With Two Claps and a Ric Flair.

Overall, nine Orioles teams have won 90 or more games and not made the playoffs. The 2016 O’s are the third team to have won exactly 89 games, and they are the first of that trio to have made the postseason.

orioles-postseason-capThe Orioles became something of a pinata following the team’s clubhouse fiesta in honor of clinching an American League wild card. The bearers of the virtual fringed pinata sticks tsk-tsked the O’s for what in their eyes equates to a celebration of not finishing first. Go for the gold, but don’t dare stand on the podium if you get bronze or silver. To those critics I would offer a defiant two claps and a Ric Flair. Don’t let the champagne soak you on the way out of the clubhouse doors.

In many regards, I’m not a fan of baseball’s second wild card, which amounts to a version of the NCAA basketball tournament’s play-in game. You made it, but not really. Perhaps that’s why Dan Duquette was talking like a small conference basketball coach in the clubhouse on Sunday.

“So now we’ve got a shot to go for the dance,” Duquette said. “We want to advance in the tournament.”

Duquette may as well have quoted that March Madness truism, “Survive and advance.”

One thing I do appreciate about the two wild card system, besides the fact that it allows me to spend money on overpriced postseason merchandise, is that it provides a measure of recognition to worthy teams that might otherwise be forgotten.

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