April 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm ET
Randomish thoughts on Baltimore baseball
- If you didn’t know better and had to guess, which of these guys looks more likely to ever to be a major leaguer again? The auto-concussed Brian Roberts or the perfectly conditioned Bugs&Cranks reader and commenter Brady Anderson?
- If scientists could harness the hot wind produced by the relentless bloviation of Jim Palmer on Orioles TV broadcasts, we could plug every oil well, seal up every coal mine, and knock down every pipeline. Gary Thorne, the regular O’s play-by-play guy, is doing the Frozen Four tonight. He’s the only announcer who can tame the verbal tornado that is James Alvin Palmer. Jim Hunter, Thorne’s backup, is no match, though not for lack of butt-smooching.
- Fellow Bug Wayne and I attended Friday’s opener at Camden Yards, a 4-2 win over the Twins. Sellout crowd, perfect weather, Jake Arrieta looked like an actual number one starter. The foul ball that whizzed over our heads in the middle innings zoomed straight into the press box and missed The Baltimore Sun’s Kevin Cowherd by about four feet. Oh well. Can’t have everything.
- Nick Markakis homered in the opener, depositing a first-inning pitch into the left-center field seats – his first opposite field tater since 2008.
- Smart teams are starting their own television networks. NESN and the YES Network are worth more than the teams they broadcast. The Orioles wisely started the Mid Atlantic Sports Network in hopes that the station would generate enough revenue to maybe be able to boost the payroll and compete in the AL East. And by all accounts, the network is doing well. But how well can it do when its advertisers are King’s Liquors on Pulaski Highway (“Your lottery cash-in headquarters!”).
- More fun from Saturday evening’s broadcast: this young gent tells the Twins exactly what he thinks of them, following Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters homering back to back.
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