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Tony is 24x7 Networks, LLC's founder (the parent of EutawStreetReport.com and RussellStreetReport.com) His work has been featured on various sports websites and he is a regular guest on 105.7 The Fan. A diehard Fab Four fan, Tony is a frustrated musician who thinks beating on the steering wheel is akin to being John Bonham. Follow Tony on Twitter @RussellStReport.

The *New* Oriole Way: Good Enough is Good Enough

Buck Showalter holds a bat in Spring Training.
It’s a bit mind-blowing that not long ago the Orioles sat atop the AL East with one of the best records in baseball. Now they sit one game below .500 sporting a pedestrian (35-36) record, tied for last place. If you stop and think about it, you have to wonder how they were ever 10 games over .500. Chris Davis struggled until he swung-and-missed himself onto the DL. If not for the Boston Red Sox Manny Machado might be near the Mendoza line. “Ace” Chris Tillman was on the shelf. […]

The Mount Rushmore of the Baltimore Orioles

picture of mount rushmore with orioles players superimposed on
A couple of seasons ago we presented a few versions of a local area sports Mount Rushmore. One version was for the Ravens and another for Baltimore area sports in general. It’s interesting to see how sentiments sway over time. For example, a few seasons ago the Ravens Mount Rushmore consisted of Ray Lewis, Jonathan Ogden, Ed Reed and Matt Stover. A couple seasons later many argued that Joe Flacco or Ray Rice should replace Stover. Whatever your opinion is, the topic is one that inspires passionate debate. And now […]

Hyun Soo Kim’s Play & Character Shine, Remind Us to Reserve Judgement

Manny Machado and Hyun Soo Kim celebrate a home run.
He is a four-time Gold Glove winner. He was a batting champion in 2008. And in 2015 he was part of a championship team while hitting .326 with 28 home runs. Of course, all of these noteworthy achievements were registered while he was an outfielder for the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization. Today he is a part-time outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles. Hyun Soo Kim plays the game of baseball with the joy of a little leaguer, and his infectious spirit – despite language barriers – obviously rubs […]

Chris Davis Deal Will Set Orioles Back For Years

jones davis machado
The Orioles re-signing of Chris Davis was a commitment to winning. It was a signal to the fans that Peter Angelos is willing to make a major investment to improve the ball club. It was a sign of hope. Unfortunately it’s false hope. The Orioles successfully bid against themselves and landed a player who will do nothing to make the team better than they were in 2015. It will be more of the same old, same old. And in the end Davis’ 7 year, $161M deal will in the not-to-distant […]

Rediscovering The Orioles Way

close up of orioles player looking off to side
When I was a kid winning was a given for the Baltimore Orioles. We didn’t hope they would win – we expected it. It was part of the Orioles Way. The team was rich with talent and the farm system produced young, up-and-coming players the way that Eastern Shore farmers harvested sweet corn. The rosters barely changed from year-to-year, affected only by natural attrition or a Frank Robinson-for-Milt Pappas or Mike Cuellar-for-Curt Blefary kind of trade. We memorized the line-ups, imitated the batting stances and 20-game winners – it was […]

Game Thread: Nationals (49-40) @ Orioles (49-41)

orioles pitcher chen after just throwing ball
Bud Norris’ return from the DL was a disappointing one as the Nationals touched him up for five runs in just four innings in a 5-2 victory last night. Now the Birds will try to take this “series” from the Nats tonight before the New York Yankees come to town for a key three-game set prior to next week’s All-Star Break.   LINEUPS Orioles RF Nick Markakis LF Steve Pearce CF Adam Jones DH Nelson Cruz 1B Chris Davis SS J.J. Hardy 3B Manny Machado C Caleb Joseph 2B Jonathan […]

Game Thread: Nationals (48-40) @ Orioles (49-40)

orioles pitcher with leg extended holding glove after throwing pitch
Let’s try this one again, with designated hitters this time…   LINEUPS Orioles RF Nick Markakis LF Steve Pearce CF Adam Jones DH Nelson Cruz 1B Chris Davis SS J.J. Hardy 3B Manny Machado C Caleb Joseph 2B Jonathan Schoop P Bud Norris (7-5, 3.62) Nationals CF Denard Span 3B Anthony Rendon RF Jayson Werth 1B Adam LaRoche DH Ryan Zimmerman LF Bryce Harper SS Ian Desmond C Wilson Ramos 2B Danny Espinosa P Doug Fister (7-2, 2.93)   Current Streak Orioles Won 3 Nationals Lost 1   Last 10 […]

Game Thread: Orioles (49-40) @ Nationals (48-40)

orioles pitcher bent over after throwing pitch
After exploding for six runs in the 11th inning to break a 2-2 tie in the first game against Washington, the O’s once again find themselves with a taxed bullpen. They’ll turn to Bud Norris, making his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list, to hopefully get them some much-needed innings. The O’s have opened up a 3.0 game lead in the American League East as the Toronto Blue Jays continue to slide, but even after winning a game started by Stephen Strasburg last night, things don’t get […]

Game Thread: Orioles (48-40) @ Nationals (48-39)

washington nationals pitcher on mound about to throw ball
It’s time once again for the “MASN Cup” (or “The Battle of the Beltways,” if you prefer) as the Orioles head down I-95 to take on the Nats for two games at Nationals Park before the Nats return the favor for two at OPACY. Both teams are once again at or near the top of their respective divisions, so we should be in for some good, quality baseball here in the Mid-Atlantic this week.   LINEUPS Orioles RF Nick Markakis 3B Manny Machado CF Adam Jones LF Nelson Cruz 1B […]

Game Thread: Rangers (37-44) @ Orioles (42-39)

joe saunders holding hat up and to side
The Birds continue their (so far disappointing) 11-game home stand against teams with losing records as the Texas Rangers come to town for a four-game set. With Manny Machado’s five-game suspension being upheld by MLB, the Birds will be without the 2013 Platinum Glove winner for this entire series as well as Game 1 of the weekend set in Boston. However, that certainly doesn’t mean that Buck Showalter is ready to let Ryan Flaherty get a few starts at third base. That would just be silly. Check out the lineup… […]

Birdland Suffers a Big Loss

matt hersl holding both fists up
One year ago Matt Hersl, a devout fan of the Baltimore Orioles and community activist was tragically taken from us following a senseless, careless and reckless accident. Today we once again take a moment to remember Matt. Here is his story. ~ Tony Lombardi   There’s purity to the game of baseball that no other sport can match. Its history and the indelible mark it has left upon our nation’s landscape has no peer. The legendary names, folklore, the metaphors and the history, they lure you in and take you […]

The Magic of Opening Day

collage of group pictures from baltimore orioles opening day
Opening Day has long been one of my favorite days of the year. It ushers in hope, a new season and serves as a reminder that the epic days of summer are just around the corner. The Boys are back in town! For years, along with several buddies, we made a complete day and night out of Opening Day. An early morning tee time was followed by a great lunch and a few beers down in the area of Camden Yards. Then of course there was the game. Weather was […]

Baltimore fans have one heartbeat? Don’t be so sure!

poster for orioles one heartbeat
A few years ago we were approached about building an Orioles-centric website shaped much like our Ravens site, then called Ravens24x7.com (now RussellStreetReport.com). I resisted. The ebbs and flows of football I thought, fit our style better. Play on Sunday, critique the game for a few days and then begin looking ahead to the next game. Baseball I believed required a different rhythm and I wasn’t sure we could be as successful. Eventually I caved in and we built EutawStreetReport.com. We couldn’t be happier with our inaugural season and we […]

The Baltimore Orioles Mount Rushmore

picture of mount rushmore with orioles players superimposed on
A couple of seasons ago we presented a few versions of a local area sports Mount. Rushmore. One version was for the Ravens and another for Baltimore area sports in general. It’s interesting to see how sentiments sway over time. For example two seasons ago the Ravens Mount Rushmore consisted of Ray Lewis, Jonathan Ogden, Ed Reed and Matt Stover. Today many argue that Joe Flacco or Ray Rice should replace Stover. Whatever your opinion is, the topic is one that inspires passionate debate. And now we’ll open that debate […]

R.I.P. MATT HERSL: Birdland Suffers a Big Loss

orioles player matt hersl sitting on ledge with glove and three baseballs
There’s purity to the game of baseball that no other sport can match. Its history and the indelible mark it has left upon our nation’s landscape has no peer. The legendary names, folklore, the metaphors and the history, they lure you in and take you back to a simpler place and time. I was reminded of that on Opening Day this season. Surrounded by many fans who heartily celebrated the beginning of a new baseball season in Baltimore, somehow in a surreal way I was able to tune out those […]

ESR Goes to the School of Roch: Surprise Oriole for 2013?

pitcher for orioles hunched over after throwing pitch
Tony Lombardi goes one-on-one with the Professor of all things Orioles, Roch Kubatko in his School of Roch. TL: Expecting Brian Roberts to play 140+ games would be consider by most to be unrealistic given that he’s only played in 115 games total over the last 3 seasons. Gauge the quality of utility depth in the infield should Roberts’ injury woes continue. RK: Given Roberts’ recent injury history, the Orioles wouldn’t allow themselves to go into the season without a Plan B, C, D, E…well, we could go pretty deep […]

The 10 Best Baseball Movies

scene from movie of baseball player talking to catcher
America has always had a romance with baseball and that affection for years has manifested itself in many ways, especially on the silver screen. Hollywood has often told tales of baseball with vivid imagery, a comic flair and even in poignant, heartfelt ways. Baseball is Americana at its finest. It’s no coincidence that the old Madison Avenue tag line went like this: “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet.” If the heartbeat of America was a sport it would be baseball. The legendary names alone can send a tingle down […]

Here Come The Boys of Summer

Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore
Baseball. Once America’s pastime, baseball is now a distant second to the NFL. That said there’s a tradition and a sense of history in baseball that football can’t match – at least not yet. Perhaps never. Baseball season also marks a time of year for new beginnings. We emerge from the doldrums of winter, new life abounds, hope springs eternal and expectations, along with the outdoor temperatures rise. Here come the boys of summer! When I was a kid, a baseball and your bike were constant companions. Wherever you pedaled […]
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