Editorial note: No spell check, no name spellings. No stats, no links, no extra research. I’m rambling and I’m leaving it at that. This is a new category for me, literally, called ramblings and it is an exercise in my writing and my thoughts.
Today is a beautiful day in Baltimore and I’m jonesing for some Orioles baseball.
This week Mark Viviano and the Bulldog (105.7- the Fan) were in Fort Lauderdale and did a hell of a job getting me PSYCHED for the season. It helps there is no snow on the ground and it’s supposed to go up to 70 degrees.
I have a few memorable quotes I want to share while working and listening to the radio. And the actual title, Bring on Sabathia, was spoken by ours truly- Dave Trembley in reference to opening day. Of course, the Orioles opener is April 6 against the Yankees. When is the last time we opened with the Yankees?
Opening day is like a holiday around here. In my youth, I actually quit a job over it so I could go. I’m not proud of that, it was a waitressing job, but I digress…
Anyway, there is a different level of excitement with our Orioles this year. I heard MacPhail talk about the way our Orioles are going to be playing. Him and Trembley seem to be on the same page with teaching fundamentals and playing hard.
We are young and full of hope. We are hungry. Yes we play in the toughest decision, but like Nick Markakis said “We are not going to lay down.”
In fact, Bulldog and Viv did an interview with Koji (our new Japanese pitcher who has been looking good). Through a translator, Bulldog (I believe) made Koji say Yankees Suck. It was sweet.
Aubrey Huff, our veteran leader, said that no matter what happens (if he is on or if he is off), he is out there to have fun.
That is what I long to see! These guys have the opportunity of a lifetime, they are living the dream. I want to see them hustle. I want to see them have fun. That is how chemistry is made. And that is how winners are born. Even if it is not this year, you’ve got to respect the player that gives it their all. All of the time.
I heard Brad Bergesen interviewed by Anita Marks and he sounded simply awestruck! This is his first shot at the big-league level.
This is what players need to recognize to bring the fans back, they are lucky.
We love sports so much because it gives us a chance to escape reality and just play. To be a kid again without worries, without remorse. To not worry about our mortgage payment or the next job or the world and terrorism.
These guys, our Orioles, know. I know it is early- the season hasn’t even started. And baseball is a long, hard road. But I got a good feeling about my Birds. And I’m going with it.
Besides, I really want to get outside and play myself. We are tasting our first dose of spring and I am so there.
The Baltimore Ravens website is reporting that Bart Scott has signed with the New York Jets. Bye-bye Bart. We will miss you. ***Update: Scott gave the Ravens a chance to counter, but in the end, he was offered more from the Jets.
This little ditty might help soften the blow as of late, especially with the whole no hometown discount quote (Ray) slash sentimental hometown pride thing. Keep in mind though, this is NOT about discount. Its about hometown….
The Ravens have set up a 2:30 pm press conference to announce a new deal. That player is cornerback Domonique Foxworth, graduate of Western Tech High School in Baltimore and went on to University of Maryland. He graduated from Tech the year the Ravens won the Super Bowl. So it’s nice to get a homer during this crazy free-agency Friday.
Here is the Ravens press release regarding Foxworth:
The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a four-year contract with free agent CB Domonique Foxworth, general manager/executive vice president Ozzie Newsome announced Friday.
Foxworth, 25, is a four-year NFL veteran who has played in 60 career games (28 starts). The 5-11, 180-pounder has totaled 177 tackles, four interceptions and 45 passes defensed during his professional career.
Playing for the Atlanta Falcons in 2008, Foxworth saw action in 14 games (10 starts), recording 39 tackles and one interception. A third-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2005, he was traded to Atlanta prior to the start of the 2008 season.
Foxworth, who grew up in Maryland, played at the University of Maryland and at Western Tech High School in Catonsville. He started all 40 games in four seasons for the Terrapins, earning several All-ACC honors along the way. A three-year starter at defensive back and tailback for Western Tech, he set school records for most career touchdowns (43) and interceptions (14).
Foxworth has also established himself off the field as one of the league’s most active players. In addition to supporting children’s literacy programs and working with Boys and Girls Clubs, he serves on the NFL’s Player Conduct Advisory Committee. In the 2008 offseason, he was named to the executive board of the NFL Players Association, becoming one of the youngest members ever to hold that type of position.
Below is Foxworth’s full biography:
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 180
Born: 3/27/83 in Oxford, England
Joined Ravens: Free Agent, 2009
Games Played/Started: (2005, 16/7); (2006, 16/5); (2007, 14/6); (2008, 14/10) Total 60/28
Playoffs (2005, 2/2), (2008, 1/1) Total 3/3
Transactions: Domonique Foxworth signed with the Baltimore Ravens on 2/17/09…Traded from the Denver Broncos to the Atlanta Falcons on 9/2/08…Originally drafted in the 3rd round (97th overall) by Denver in the 2005 NFL Draft.
Pro: Versatile, rangy cornerback who can play both corner positions and in the slot…Enters 2009 having played in 60 games, including 28 starts, recording 177 tackles, 45 PD, 4 INTs, 3 FFs and 1 FR during his 4-year career.
2008:(with Atlanta) Played in 14 games, including 10 starts after being traded to the Falcons on 9/2…Recorded 39 tackles, 11 PD and 1 INT for Atlanta…Foxworth started in the Falcons’ Wild Card Playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals (1/3/09), posting 2 solo tackles in the loss.
2007:(with Denver) Saw action in 14 games, including 6 starts, finishing with 42 tackles (32 solo), 4 PD and 1 FF…Foxworth started 5 games at safety and 1 at CB…Also recorded 5 tackles on special teams…Named the Broncos’ Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his work in the community.
2006:(with Denver) Saw action in all 16 games, including 5 starts (started 3 games at SS after a knee injury to Nick Ferguson)…Recorded 58 tackles (47 solo), 12 PD, 1 INT and 1 FF…Led the team with a career-high 14 tackles (12 solo) and a FF in game 15 vs. Cin. (12/24).
2005:(with Denver) Played in all 16 games, including 7 starts…Posted 66 tackles (59 solo), ranked 2nd on the team with 18 PDs and had 2 INTs…Named to the USA Today All-Joe team (players who are critical to their team, but did not get the Pro Bowl nod) as a rookie…Earned Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors in Week 4…Also saw action in both playoff games, leading the Broncos with 20 tackles.
College: Started all 40 games he played at Maryland, earning 2nd-team All-ACC and 2nd-team All-American honors by The Sporting News as a senior…Totaled 143 tackles (121 solo), 8 INTs (including 1 returned 44 yards for a TD as a junior), 31 PDs and 4 FRs (1 returned 12 yards for a TD)…As a senior, Foxworth netted 36 tackles (31 solo) in 11 starts and ranked 2nd on the team with 8 PD…Was a 2nd-team All-ACC honoree after starting all 13 games to post 45 tackles and 3 INTs (1 returned 44 yards for a TD)…Named to the 1st-team All-ACC team as a sophomore after posting a career-high 54 tackles, 5 INTs and 17 PD in 14 starts…Also had 2 FRs, including 1 returned for a TD…Graduated with a degree in American Studies in just 3.5 years.
Personal: Prepped at Western Tech (Catonsville, MD),where he earned All-State and Big School All-State honors (Associated Press)…Also garnered 1st-team All-Metro and All-Baltimore County honors from the Baltimore Sun as a senior…Posted 4,871 all-purpose yards and a school-record 43 TDs during his career, including a school-record 1,369 rushing yards and 22 TDs as a senior…Also recorded a school-record 14 INTs at Western Tech…Foxworth has established himself off the field as one of the league’s most active players…In addition to supporting children’s literacy programs and working with Boys and Girls Clubs, he serves on the NFL’s Player Conduct Advisory Committee…In the 2008 offseason, he was named to the executive board of the NFL Players Association, becoming one of the youngest members ever to hold that type of position.