O’s Woes Overshadow B-Rob’s Accomplishments

     Orioles second baseman, Brian Roberts surpassed Lance Berkman’s record for most doubles by a switch hitter Tuesday when he hit a routine double.  Bummer that the O’s are riding a 13-game losing streak and are too close to dropping 100 games this season. They sputter to the finish line with a 60-98 record with one series to go against Toronto this weekend.     

     In this article by MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin, Roberts keeps it in perspective regarding the hit: “It seems kind of silly to talk about personal things at this point… When I’m sitting down after the year is over and you can kind of reflect back on the season, personally, team-wise and everything, maybe it will mean a little something. It’s certainly a blessing and humbling to be put in the category of all those great switch-hitters that have played the game.”

     Roberts is no stranger to history this season, becoming only the fourth player ever (that is amazing) to have three seasons where he hit 50 plus doubles.  The other three, all happen to be Hall-of-Famers: Stan Musial, Tris Speaker and Paul Waner.  So how about that?  

     Congrats B-Rob and way to go.  I’m guessing you cannot wait till this season ends so you can…ahem, reflect.  I just want the misery that is my Baltimore Orioles to stop.  And fast.


Brooks Fans Take Note

The “human vaccuum cleaner” is being honored… 


     The Babe Ruth Museum announced that its fall gala will celebrate legendary Baltimore Orioles third  baseman  and  National  Baseball  Hall  of  Famer  Brooks  Robinson.  “An  Evening with Brooks,” will take place on Monday, October 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in downtown Baltimore .

     Robinson  established  a  standard  of  excellence  for  modern-day  third  basemen.  He  played  23  seasons  for  the  Orioles, setting Major League career records for games, putouts, assists, chances, double plays and fielding percentage.

     A clutch hitter, Robinson totaled 268 career home runs, at one time an American League record for third basemen. He earned the league’s MVP Award in 1964 and the World Series MVP in 1970, when he hit .429 and made a collection of defensive gems.  Robinson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983 after receiving 344 votes of 374 ballots cast  (91.98%).    

     Highly  regarded  for  his  defensive  ability,  he  was  named  as  the  third  baseman  for  the  Rawlings  50th Anniversary All-Time Gold Glove Team.  Over his career, Robinson won 16 Gold Gloves. Each year, the Babe Ruth Museum’s fall gala celebrates a significant figure or crowning achievement in Maryland sports history. 

     The evening on October 26th will begin with a VIP/Cocktail reception, followed by a program honoring Robinson.  The event will include tributes to Robinson from some special guests, heavy passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations, an open premium bar and silent auction.  

     Sponsorship opportunities for the gala range from $2,500 to $25,000, and tickets are available at either $105 for the cocktail reception and program or $55 for the program only.

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Attention Junior Broadcasters, Here’s Your Shot!


Kids compete for big-league broadcasting opportunity with the Birds

 WHAT:                 ESPN Zone and the Baltimore Orioles will give the next generation of sports announcers their first crack at the big leagues during ESPN Zone’s Junior Broadcaster competition.

Children 12 and under will have the opportunity to showcase their sports announcing skills with the winners earning a VIP experience in the broadcast booth at Camden Yards.   

The Junior Broadcaster competition will take place on Thursday, September 3 at 6 p.m.  Contestants will sit behind a microphone on set at ESPN Zone and call their best play-by-play for one of four Orioles plays. Orioles broadcasters Tom Davis and Jim Hunter will provide feedback for the children and select four winners.

The Junior Broadcaster champions will win a VIP experience in the broadcast booth at an upcoming Orioles game, where they can learn from the pros. They’ll also receive tickets to the game.

To reserve a spots in the competition, parents or guardians should call 410-685-3776 or email comments@espnzone.com.

WHEN:                 Thursday, September 3, 2009, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:               ESPN Zone, 601 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202

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