Prediction Thursday: Orioles-Niners and Vladimir Guerrero's future
Prediction Thursday doesn’t sound right.
But we still have to crack the bar door on Thanksgiving to accommodate the Ravens’ fans.
Last week’s prognostication wasn’t particularly good – I’ll give the free tab to Ultimate Ravens Fan who said the home team would win 27-17. They beat the Bengals 31-24.
This week’s game I hear may have some family connection. The only thing that makes a difference to me is that the Ravens will get homecooking, so I say John Harbaugh comes out victorious against brother Jim and his upstart San Francisco 49ers.
I’ll say 16-14 Ravens with Billy Cundiff earning hero of the game with three field goals.
Switching to baseball, the Orioles officially cut ties with designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero on Wednesday, choosing not to offer him arbitration. It was the obvious move, because Guerrero would have made in excess of $8 million in arbitration, so he likely would have accepted.
Technically, he could still return to Baltimore at a lower salary. But it would be a huge shock if that happens. His O's career is one-and-done.
Guerrero was a true pro in his season here, but he turned in career lows in nearly every significant offensive category and hit just 13 homers. However, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said repeatedly last September that he thought Guerrero would have a strong season in 2012.
I assume someone will offer him a low-risk contract. And he told me last September that he wants to keep playing.
So I ask you this: Is Vlady done? Should he ride into the sunset as the all-time Dominican hits leader in MLB history? Or will he bounce back in 2012, further buoying conspiracy theorists that are convinced the Orioles are forever cursed?
Oh, one last thing: Happy Thanksgiving to all. And, on a personal note, thanks for coming into this joint year after year even though we hiked up the cover at the front door.
Daily Think Special: Prediction Thursday: Ravens-Niners
Bonus Think Special: Will Vladimir Guerrero bounce back – somewhere – with a good 2012 or is he done?