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.

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O’s Are Cooking Now….

Actually, just a few will be cooking with the proceeds going to the Maryland Food Bank, a great cause! 

Three Players Try to Sauté a Victory with Their Wives as Judges 

     Three Baltimore Orioles players will trade in their bats and gloves for pots and pans at ESPN Zone’s inaugural Orioles Cook-Off on Tuesday, July 28 at 11:30 a.m.  

     Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, second baseman Brian Roberts and catcher Gregg Zaun will try to outdo each other in the kitchen, with 30 minutes to create their culinary masterpieces.  An Orioles broadcaster will emcee the event and The Bird will attend.

     A panel of judges—including the players’ wives—will critique the creations based on taste, presentation, and creativity. The winner will receive a prize package and his signature dish will be added to ESPN Zone’s menu.

     Fans interested in attending the Orioles Cook-Off can purchase tickets by calling 410-685-3776 ext. 223 or by emailing comments@espnzone.com.  Tickets cost $50 for adults and $30 for kids 12 and under. Admission includes a lunch buffet, an ESPN Zone game card and autographed giveaways.

     Fans will also have the opportunity to ask the players questions and win assorted prizes, including the aprons off the players’ backs.

     Proceeds from this event will benefit the Maryland Food Bank. Guests are also encouraged to bring canned food to donate.

 Contents from press release

How About That, A Pinch Hit By The O’s!

       I had a meeting with a web-consultant tell me to drop the Orioles out of my rapport and stick to writing about the Ravens.  Trust me, this is not the first time I’ve heard this, mostly from Ravens fanatics.  But a web guy? From Baltimore? 

Swear. To. God.  It’s getting pretty ugly out there. Sweep by the Yanks is nearly all I can bear so I feel sort of defenseless here. 

Course, I’m a sucker for my O’s and I know it’s just a matter of time. I know?  I know?  I know. 

Pulling out the positives here, Wiggy got the first pinch-hit for the O’s tonight, 41 games in. Woohoo.  

B-Rob’s Dad was at the game, saw his son hit a dinger in the new Bronx ballpark.  Thanks Mr. Roberts, we know you had those nice, good expensive seats.   They were uncomfortable weren’t they? 

Nolan Reimold just missed on his second shot in the wind tunnel of an outfield. Go Reimold.  He’s had 23 at bats and connected on six hits, one double and the other a homer. I’ll be seeing you in person Monday, Mr. Reimold.

On the twitter front last night, I learned that sportslifer was going to the game tonight. Perhaps he can share a thought or two with us…how empty was the stadium?  How awful is the food?  How ugly are the chicks (hahaha, did I mention defenseless)?   The boys?  Please tell us a story, won’t you Rick?  

Seriously, we’ve got massive issues with every aspect of our game.  It’s brutal.  The Orioles have some fresh, young talent lurking….

BRING THEM ON!

I am looking forward to Rich Hill tomorrow night in DC.  Am I alone in that thought?