So… did anything interesting happen this week? Despite what has been presented to us, there was some baseball between the lines this week, and it was good – for the Orioles, that is. The O’s came back from an opening loss in Cincinnati to win the series, then took the first two from Boston, before letting the third get away. We have been beating the ‘small sample size’ drum all season, but it sure is nice to see the O’s get hot with smoke and mirrors. It’s much better than the alternative.
The Medical Wing
- Chris Tillman – shoulder
- Joey Rickard – middle finger strain
- Zach Britton – left forearm strain
This Week on the Twitters
All parks went to the statcast measurements, but the pitch types were way off. Going to make it hard for writers who don't watch (and fans)
— Jon Meoli (@JonMeoli) April 21, 2017
— Kevin Owens (@kevinowens72_g) April 19, 2017
@BirdsEyeViewBal Nice chablis tonight to go with my Chicken Pesto.
— Jim Palmer (@Jim22Palmer) April 18, 2017
If you're looking to focus on something that doesn't matter, then sure, harp on Gausman chewing gum.
— Matt Kremnitzer (@mattkremnitzer) April 19, 2017
*player gets spiked*
*camera pans to out of shape white middle-aged sportswriter putting on army fatigues and eye black*
— Bill Baer (@Baer_Bill) April 23, 2017
We visit with Eric Arditti from Barstool Sports to discuss the elephant in the podcast studio. We all know what happened this week. Plenty of others will talk about what happened, and why it happened, and which part was or was not intentional. We’re more interested in the way it was covered, and the role the media – new and traditional – played in the kerfuffle that followed.
Did Manny mean to hurt Dustin Pedrioa? No.
Even if he did, is that a reason to throw a baseball at his head? No.
Baseball’s unwritten rules are absurd, but that which was written makes little more sense.
O’s Poetry Corner
This was a very emotional week in Orioles baseball. There was a lot to love. There was a lot to be upset about. When that happens, we turn to art and literature to help us express all that which resides in our orange-tinted soul. If you tuned into the podcast thinking “you know, I don’t hear enough Orioles-themed sonnets,” then this is the episode for you. If not, then stick around for the slam poetry.
Honestly, we’re not even sure what can be said about this segment. Uh… at least it’s not singing?
Scott has replaced our old Fantasy Boss segment with something he can hope to win. After having had his doors blown off in successive seasons, he unveiled Deep Cuts, a segment that pits Jake’s love of old, obscure music against Scott’s desire to talk stats.
The concept is simple. Scott presents a deep cut each week (usually something from the 60s to the 80s), and if Jake can’t name the artist and song, then Scott’s stat talk goes on as planned.
It’s a brutal game. C# Major vs. Barrels.
Who will own it?
Blowing the Save
Most podcasts try to end on a high note – the perfect coda to a quality program. That’s just not our style. Each week, we’ll end on a weak note, blowing the save with an item that didn’t quite fit into the episode, or something they simply need to get off their chests. It’s our version of taking the ball and pulling a Kevin Gregg.
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