Orioles: The countdown
Orioles pitchers and catchers report to Fort Lauderdale in just three days, and you know what that means. I've got to break out the silk shirts and start packing so I can be there right from the beginning to bring you up-to-the minute updates from training camp.
I'll be arriving on Friday afternoon to join Orioles beat writer Jeff Zrebiec and monitor the reporting day Saturday. They'll break out the bats and balls for real on Sunday and we'll step up the frequency of the blog entries to keep you informed.
Meanwhile, I'll let my friend Roch Kubatko keep you informed with this excerpt from his blog School of Roch. It's a quote from Brian Roberts on 105.7 FM today about his on-going contract discussions with the Orioles:
"I think we're trying to have a resolution one way or another pretty soon, and I don't really know there's a specific date yet. I think on both sides, we've had quite a bit of time to try to figure this out one way or another and I think we would both probably like to move forward one way or another pretty soon. We're looking to get toward the end here and figure it out. I think that's best for myself and the organization."
Glad that's settled.
Radio update: Be sure and join me tonight and tomorrow night on WBAL (1090 AM). We'll have a short show tonight leading into WBAL's coverage of Towson basketball, then bring in former Mets and O's exec Jim Duquette tomorrow evening to preview Orioles training camp and talk about the issues facing baseball as spring camps open. As always, if you are out of radio range, go to WBAL.com and click on the "Listen Live" icon.