Leading Off


Let’s face it: the Orioles’ last week was just not good enough. Falling back to four games back in the Wild Card race, the Orioles are just hanging on, dropping series at a time when they need desperately to be picking them up.

And yet, the O’s are not out of it. A good week, a good stretch of games could propel this team into a playoff berth. But at some point, they have to something something, or get off the pot. Right? RIGHT?!


The Medical Wing

We’re down just to J.J. Hardy. Hardy is set to begin a rehab assignment at Norfolk. 
  • Will that assignment last through roster expansion?
  • Can Buck Showalter possibly live up to his promise to restore Hardy to the starting SS?
  • How do we celebrate J.J. Hardy (a personal, and fan favorite) without giving games away?
  • Is there a chance the season gets away from the Orioles far enough that Hardy gets his swan song?”


**Bonus points to Scott’s audible disgust with the “swan song” reference.


This Week on the Twitters



Sunny Disposition – Game On

The Orioles Magic that took place in Friday night’s win over the Los Angeles Angels was something special. Not just special, it was fandom sustaining.

Jake gives a passionate plea for living in the moment, and provides Friday night as a clear example of what Orioles fans should be looking for. No matter what happens in 2017, moments like the 9th inning in Friday’s games can keep you going through the rough times.

It’s easy to be negative. Now, and possibly in a rocky future. Cynicism and snark may very well be the mark of Orioles fans moving forward. But for now, we want to hear from you, Birdland: what are your magic moments? What are the every day moments that keep you watching? What makes you leave the games on? We’re not talking about Cal Statue games or ALDS doubles. The quiet moments of Orioles Magic that feed your fandom.

Let us know by tweeting us the details @birdseyeviewbal, using #GameOn.


Total Eclipse of our Hearts 

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Scott, on the other hand, is feeling a little bit differently this week. Not sure which stage of grief this is, but it’s not pretty. Scott eloquently identifies what is going wrong, and whether the Orioles can correct before it’s too late. Spoiler alert: this is not a segment for the faint of heart. In fact, it’s a total eclipse thereof.

Nope, we’re not even sorry about that reference. You try to produce a podcast through this mess.

Look, hope is not lost. The Orioles are still very much in the AL Wild Card race, but it’s getting harder and harder to convince ourselves that the Oriole have a hope of making that a reality.



Fantasy Boss

Jake scored again this week. His pick, Manny Machado, out extra base hit Scott’s pick, Adam Jones. That brings the score to 4-3-2. This week, Scott’s pick for the category is WHIP (surely having @SeductiveTommhyH on the brain).
Jake went with Kevin Gausman.
Scott selected Dylan Bundy. If Dylan Bundy is shut down and doesn’t pitch, Scott will get credit for Miguel Castro’s outings.
Seem irregular? It is, but we’ll allow it.
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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