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February 24, 2009

Orioles: Pie speaks

Felix Pie met briefly with the Orioles media a few minutes ago and said he's very excited to be in camp and ready to get acclimated to left field.

"I'm very excited,'' he said. "I was scared because they took my passport like that. Yesterday they gave it to me and I'm happy to be here today and play baseball."

Sorry for the paraphrasing, but Pie speaks mostly Spanish. He said that he's ready to move over from center field to left field and wants to get out and start working out in left. He added that it was a little strange to be traded away from the Cubs -- who signed him as a very young prospect -- but he's happy to go somewhere he has a chance to play every day.

"I'm an Oriole now and I'm very excited to be here,'' he said.

WBC update: There's a lot going on around here right now. Tommy Lasorda is in camp for a news conference about the WBC, and the Italian national team is working out on the back field. Got a chance to say hi to Tom Trebelhorn and Mike Hargrove, who are coaching for Team Italia. Mike Piazza also is with the team in a coaching capacity, though he looks like he could play for the team -- and probably should.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 11:04 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Just baseball


Which team should Piazza play for? Team Italy or the Birds?

"Pie speaks" ?? Next thing, you'll tell me that "Cake walks" !!

Pete's reply: You should be ashamed of yourself.

Will the scrimmage be televised at all?

Pete's reply: No.

good one Dave!

Glad Pie's here too - but I hope they move him to center and put Jones in left. Their power potential would seem to make more sense with that arrangement. I can see Jones hitting 25 HRs eventually, with Pie hitting 15-20 consistently, and perhaps having more raw speed than Jonesy.

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