Monday, May 25, 2009
The Baltimore Orioles: Less Entertaining Than A Reality TV Show.
I am dropping out of college and trying out for the Baltimore Orioles.
This may seem like a joke, but the O's should consider some type of reality T.V. show where 10 contestants vie for a spot in the O's bullpen. It would give some publicity to the O's organization (albeit embarrassing and laughable publicity), they could make a quick buck, and who knows, maybe they could stumble upon the next Goose Gossage or Dennis Eckersley.
I am only half serious about this idea, but after watching the O's blow countless leads in the late innings of games, I'm up for anything.
Yesterday's game was handed over to the bullpen in the 6th inning with the O's clinging to a 5-4 lead. Chris Ray allowed the first two batters in the 7th to get on base. Christian Guzman sacrificed the runners to 2nd and 3rd, and Dave Trembley opted to intentionally walk Ryan Zimmerman to get to the equally dangerous Adam Dunn.
Trembley then brought in the left-handed Jamie Walker to pitch to Dunn and I think you can guess how this one ended. Dunn slammed a belt-high fastball over the left field fence for a grand slam, handing the O's the loss 8-5 (but helping my fantasy baseball team immensely).
The BWP Clipped Wing Award winner for yesterday's game is... Chris Ray!
Although Jamie Walker gave up the grand slam, it was Ray who loaded the bases earlier in the inning. Ray now has a season ERA of 10.13 and I have a strange feeling that he is going to be the latest CWA winner to be sent down to the minors.
Outwit. Outlast. Outpitch.