I’m really sick of winter, you guys (& gals). The Yard is calling my name. On the bright side, we’re pretty much just March Madness away from Opening Day. It can’t get here soon enough.
In the meantime…links!
Trying to improve the roster, that is. Matt Kremnitzer of Camden Depot reflects on what’s been a frustrating and confusing offseason, now that it looks, for all intents and purposes, like the O’s are finished adding to the roster.
KudO’s to the Birds on their new ticket policy, where kids under 9 can get a free upper deck seat. Great stuff. They still need to do more to get butts in seats though, and Stacey over at Camden Chat brainstormed with her friends to come up with some that I really love (craft beer night! smaller ticket packages!).
Our own Steve Caimano’s piece on the O’s exploring a non-traditional rotation format earned him a spot on yesterday’s Locked on Orioles podcast with Justin McGuire. Listen in!
O’s fan Jonathan Bernhardt of FanRag Sports wonders if, at this late juncture, the Orioles can do anything to make themselves contenders. His answer is to sign not only Alex Cobb, but every remaining free agent pitcher. Throw a bunch of Oriole poo against the wall & see what sticks. I’ve heard worse plans.
In a nice bit of cosmic poetry, both Chris Tillman and Lance Lynn made their Grapefruit League debuts yesterday, against one another. Lynn, of course, is a guy many O’s fans had their eye on, while Tillman is the lump of coal that we were absolutely sure was going to show up under our tree no matter how nice we were this year. In a result that was just a little too on the nose, UNIVERSE, Tilly walked six dudes in two innings of work, while Lynn allowed only a single baserunner (and no hits) over three innings, while striking out five. This is all fine.