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About Joel Katz

Joel Katz

Originally from Gaithersburg, MD, Joel Katz is a diehard O’s fan living in London – or as he likes to call it #BirdlandUK. A lifelong fan, some of his best childhood memories are watching games at Camden Yards. Joel graduated from Washington & Lee University and his love of the O’s only grew larger in adulthood. The rise of MLB’s media business has allowed Joel to watch nearly every game while living ~3,500+ miles from home. Whenever he’s at the ballpark watching the Orioles play, Joel can typically be found in his vintage #3 Harold Baines jersey or his #25 Hyun-Soo Kim jersey. You can follow Joel on twitter @RationalOriole.

For Those About to Rock: An Analysis of the Orioles’ Entrance Songs

The Oriole Bird holding a guitar instead of a bat.
The Orioles’ 2017 season is now in full swing and, much like you, I am thrilled about the Birds’ hot start. While there are many topics that require further analysis at this point in the season (e.g., slumping sluggers, Gausman’s ERA, upcoming roster moves, etc.), I have chosen to write this post about a far less publicized matter: music. More specifically, I’m referring to the 2017 Orioles’ walk-up songs and entrance music, which is a topic that I think gets far too little attention from the Birdland fanbase. Having recently […]

Orioles First-Half Review & Second-Half Preview

Yovani Gallardo throws for the Orioles.
Well, Birdland, the All-Star Break has come & gone and with that, I’ve been able to reflect upon the season to date. Also, with no baseball the last few days it’s been nice to be on the “good side” of my significant other for a change (usually I’m in the doghouse by this time of the season for spending too much time on the O’s). Nevertheless, the second half of the season is almost upon us and I’m already going stir crazy – eagerly awaiting the return of Orioles baseball. […]

Called It! Ranking the Top O’s Play-By-Play Announcers

The empty broadcast booth at Camden Yards.
Spring time is here and that can only mean one thing: Orioles baseball is back! With that, it (of course) means that I can finally get back to my favorite pastime: watching/listening to O’s games. I wish I could attend more games live, but since I live in California I’m forced to enjoy most of the O’s season via TV and Radio broadcasts. As I mentally prepare for the upcoming season, I asked myself an important question: If I could listen to any Orioles play-by-play announcer call a game, who […]

Dan Duquette: Orioles Executive & Secret Politician?

Dan Duquette political poster.
The offseason is winding down, and what an offseason it has been for the O’s. After the debacle that was the 2015 offseason, the Orioles’ front office was highly active in 2016 and proved they are willing and able to spend money on free agents they like. While this offseason has been eventful, it wasn’t always fun to follow from the fan’s perspective. As baseball fans, the most important thing that we long for during the offseason is insight… “Are we really pursuing Player X?”… “Where are we in the […]
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