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Weekend Recap

Loved the final round of the Masters yesterday. Great golf, great drama. Personally I was cheering for Tiger. He’s my favorite and I thought it would be cool for him to go out there and win it all after going through a tumultuous winter of shame and disgrace. I know there were quite a bit of folks who just couldn’t bring themselves to cheer for the man, but you got to respect his game. CBS’ Peter Kostis made a great comment during yesterday’s telecast: “Say what you will about Tiger the person or Tiger the brand. Tiger the golfer is still exciting.” It looks as if viewers agree. Preliminary Nielsen  estimates indicated CBS’ rating for Saturday’s third round was 33 percent higher than 2009’s third round coverage.

And although it was who Tiger drew the ratings, it was Phil Mickelson who finished atop the leaderboard to earn his third green jacket in seven years. Mickelson has always been “the peoples champ” and it was so enjoyable to see him win the tournament given the circumstances surrounding his wife Amy, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer. He played tremendous golf, shooting 67’s on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Sunday’s final round was also bogey-free for Mickelson, what a great way to finish.

Now on to a topic slightly less heartwarming. The state of the 2010 Orioles after 6 games.  They own a record of 1-5, their worst start since 2002. Like I always do because I’m a homer, I’m going to look at this situation with the glass half-full.

The starters have for the most part done their job, through six games they rank 13th in the league with a 3.89 ERA. I know it’s early to be referencing stats but they really do not lie and the starters have held up their end of the bargain, plain and simple.

The run support was one run short in the first four losses. But on Saturday and Sunday scoring zero and two runs respectively is just not enough. Garrett Atkins is hitting .350 and Matt Wieters .409, however they bat towards the bottom of the order. No one else on the roster owns an average higher than .300.

Mike Gonzalez has now blown two saves and people are calling for his head. I was fine with the first one on opening night in St. Petersburg, and pretty frustrated when he did it again in the home opener on Friday. I’ve given him the benefit of the doubt but now my leash is short with him. He better rattle off a few solid scoreless innings before his next blown save. If he can’t, its time for Dave Trembley to make some changes at closer.

So it’s a new week of what is still a very young season and grabbing two out of three or dare I even say sweeping  this upcoming series against Tampa Bay is critical for the team’s confidence. After these three upcoming home games they hit the road for a seven game trip on the west coast against Oakland and Seattle. Then they have to face the Yankees and Red Sox for twelve consecutive games! The Birds went a combined 7-29 in ’09 against the two powers of the A.L. East.

And a very interesting and unexpected move in the NFL last night. The Steelers have traded wide receiver and Super Bowl 43 MVP Santonio Homes to the Jets for a fifth round pick in this month’s draft. Holmes will be suspended for the team’s first four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Well this is good news if you are a Ravens fan. Holmes has always been a dangerous weapon at receiver and has made big plays against Baltimore several times in his career, most notably in the 2008 AFC Championship Game when he scored on a 65 yard catch and run.


Wednesday Morning News & Notes


Two rather big NFL news items to note this morning:

-ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Browns have traded wide receiver Braylon Edwards to the New York Jets. In return, Cleveland gets wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, special teamer Jason Trusnik, and two draft picks. The trade comes just two days after Edwards was accused of assaulting a friend of Cleveland Cavaliers superstar Lebron James outside a nightclub. Edwards was the third overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft.

-Schefter is also reporting that wide receiver Michael Crabtree, the only first round draft pick of 2009 that hasn’t signed with his team, now apparently has. Crabtree was drafted 10th in this year’s draft by the San Francisco, but missed all of training camp and the 49ers’ first 4 games due to a holdout. He is expected to report to the team’s facility later today.

-On a sad note: Tony Fein, who was a linebacker for the Ravens during the preseason, was found dead in Port Orchard, Washington yesterday. His agent said there were no immediate details available.

-And what a baseball game last night! The Twins and Tigers were tied atop the AL Central after 162 games. And in baseball’s third tiebreaker game in as many years, it was Minnesota who prevailed 6-5 after 12 endless innings. In the top of the 8th, Detroit’s Maglio Ordonez hit a solo shot to tie the game at 4 apiece. Each team scored in the 10th, and then Alexi Casilla drove home Carlos Gomez in the bottom of the 12th. The game lasted 4 hours and 37 minutes. The Twins have little time to celebrate though; they begin Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees tonight at 6:07.

Derek Jeter: A Class Act

Jeter salutes the Yankee fans after hit #2,721, which tied him with Lou Gehrig as the team’s all-time hit leader.

Jeter salutes the Yankee fans after hit #2,721, which tied him with Lou Gehrig as the team’s all-time hit leader.

It was easy to hate Derek Jeter. To me, as a young Baltimore Orioles fan in 1996, he was the bum who hit the ball that Jeffrey Maier caught and was ruled a homer. He was the clutch, confident shortstop who won 4 World Series in 5 years. And of course he played for the Yankees, which was reason enough to hate his guts.

But over the past few years, I have come to appreciate what this guy has done, and more importantly, what he stands for. I remember a couple of seasons ago; I attended an Orioles-Yankees game at Camden Yards in the middle of the summer. So Jeter comes up to bat in the 3rd or 4th inning. I don’t remember the situation exactly, but it wasn’t anything special. I doubt anyone was on base and I’m sure the Yanks were probably already well ahead. He hits a routine grounder to short, and I watched as he ran that ball out as if it was the 9th inning in Game 7 of the World Series. He was easily out, but I will never forget that moment. And you know what? Anytime I ever get a chance to see one of his games, whether on TV or in person, I watch him hustle on every ground ball, every pop out, and every line drive. It says a lot when you have the face of the franchise, the superstar, still doing the fundamentals right. Still giving 100% on every single play.

The guy is carries himself with dignity, treats the media and fans with respect, and has become the epitome of what kind of player you want when all you want to do is WIN. I hope more people realize just how special of player he is and enjoy him while he still has a few good years left. Because once he is retired, it will be a long, long time before we see anyone even remotely like him again. That’s why I’m so happy for him right now as he stands alongside Lou Gehrig as the Yankee’s all-time hit leader. He and the Yanks host the Orioles this weekend. To me that is so fitting. I’m glad he will surpass the Iron Horse against the Orioles, that way I can tune into the lovely Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and see it happen live.

Ocho Cinco Out; Mussina Retires

Thursday, November 20, 2008: 5:10 PM

•Chad Johnson has been deactivated for tonight’s game between his Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The reason: He showed up 45 minutes late to a team meeting. I don’t know what to make of this. It can be seen as a major breakthrough as Marvin Lewis has never really been one to bench star players. It doesn’t really make a difference though for the Bengals. They are having a nightmare of a season and not having “Ocho Cinco” in the lineup tonight will have zero effect on the outcome. The Steelers are going to win the game easily. With or without 85.

•In baseball news, one of my all-time favorite pitchers, Mike Mussina, called it a career today. He finished with 270 career wins and finally got to the 20 win mark this past season, a feat he had come very close to achieving several times in his career. He becomes the first pitcher to retire after a 20-win season since Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax in 1966. He spent 10 seasons here in Baltimore and left after the 2000 season to join the Yankees in pursuit of a several world championships. Unfortunately for Moose he never got one but he will still go down as one of the best pitchers of the mid to late 90’s. Some people debate whether he is Hall of Fame worthy. In my opinion he is without question a Hall of Famer. It would be a shame if he does not get in during his first year of eligibility

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