It was a heck of a weekend for Baltimore sports fans, courtesy of the UMBC Retrievers. I’ve gushed about that elsewhere, so I’ll spare you here. On the baseball side of things, we’re now less than two work weeks from Opening Day…so of course it’s supposed to snow tomorrow. Get bent, weather.
To those links.
A year ago yesterday, my son Brooks joined the world. Also a year ago yesterday, Adam Jones robbed Manny Machado of a home run in the World Baseball Classic, and it was amazing. The players on the field that night talk about the latter event at the above link. As for the former, I look forward to giving him a hard time for making me miss the catch live. Little jerk.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN has a long feature on Manny moving to short, changing his diet over the offseason, and…sigh…approaching free agency.
Camden Depot’s Jon Shepherd was on the Locked On Orioles podcast with Justin McGuire Friday. The two had an interesting conversation on Anthony Santander, the MASN deal, what the heck the O’s plan is, and most notably to me, ways in which the organization has been progressive in their thinking that we sometimes forget about because of all the weird org-structure weirdness.
Bob Harkins of Baltimore Sports and Life lays out the latest plan we’ve seen on how the O’s could STILL contend this year, with just a couple more signings. I’m not holding my breath, but he ain’t wrong.
This list is from Forbes, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards comes in at number two. Look, AT&T Park is GORGEOUS. Amazing place to take in a ball game. But for a few key reasons, it’s not the best ballpark I’ve ever been to, as I laid out a couple years back.