No excuses this time. It’s really Episode 100! OK, it might not actually be #100, but you’ll have to bear with us as we round up. Or down. Or… whatever. Recorded at Dempsey’s Brewpub and Restaurant, this very special episode includes a few new guests, and some familiar segments.
Before we get started, a few thanks:
- Thanks to Rebecca Parrish and the team at Dempsey’s for their hospitality (and awesome happy hour).
- Thanks to Jeff Lantz and the Orioles for making this episode possible.
- Thanks to Steve Roth of DJ Birdman, for coming through on the unenviable task of trying to make us sound good in person.
- Thanks to Zach Wilt and the rest of our Baltimore Sports Report Network sister wives, for their support.
- Lastly, thanks to listeners and friends of the program, for making this show fun to produce, even 100 episodes later.
After a quick stop off to recognize Dempsey’s contributions to our Drink of the Week, it’s time for the TWotT (This Week on the Twitters):
- @masnPete delivers some bad news about the off season.
- @craigcalcaterra reminds us that A-Rod is still a story.
- @pinstripealley reminds us that part of that story involves where he pees.
- @masnRoch reviews minor league free agents.
- @Joelsherman1 discusses the future of the Dark Lord.
- @DSzymborski illustrates the difference between All Stars and “available players.”
The Last #BrianRobertsWatch?
Brian Roberts has officially retired. There is nothing else to watch. It’s the end of an era, here at Bird’s Eye View.
The Orioles Speak
As a part of the live event at Dempsey’s, the Orioles were kind enough to make a few members of the organization available for interviews. Because they did not have better sense, we were joined by:
Greg Bader, Vice President of Communications and Marketing
- The difference between speaking for a team that’s winning 96 wins, rather than 66.
- What does the 20-game season ticket plan mean for 13-game plan holders?
- The impact of dynamic/variable pricing in 2014 and moving forward.
- The impact of the Nationals on the Orioles’ territory, and the Orioles’ marketing efforts in DC.
- Baseball’s adaptation to new and social media.
Nicole McFadyen, Head Groundskeeper
- Off season care of the field.
- The players’ role in caring for the field.
- Natural crushed stone warning track: how is it performing after two years?
- Tales from the grounds crew: when the tarp simply won’t cooperate.
- Remembering the 2014 Clinchmas celebration.
- Scott’s asks about his Batter’s Eye ivy envy.
Adam Gladstone, Replay Coordinator
- Replay coordination – differences between home/away.
- Coordination with MASN and FOX/ESPN.
- Rule changes, past and present.
- Feasibility of integrating sound into replay.
- The Paranoid Man reviews the Orioles’ luck in replay reviews.
- Calling an audible on replay reviews by Buck Showalter.
2014 in Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
BSRN sister-wife Zach Wilt joined the guys to review their Good, Bad, and Ugly.
Notes and Nags
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