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April 6, 2009

Ernie's half-century

Orioles longtime umpires attendant Ernie Tyler took part in his 50th Opening Day as a member of the Orioles organization. Tyler is 84 years old, but when he sprinted out to take his place in the introduction line, there was general agreement in the press box that he still runs harder than Ramon Hernandez.

Congratulations Ernie.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 4:02 PM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Just baseball


Ernie's got me by 20 years but let's hope we both live long enough to see a World Championship flag fly over Camden Yards.

Nice piece, Pete.

I know you're just going to say 'Well, I don't get paid millions of dollars' (or probably just not accept any comments as usual) but you don't have any idea what it's like to catch over 100 games a year and run out routine grounders that major leaguers are obviously going to make...BUT i doubt you would run any harder. And this is coming from a fan who doesnt even like Ramon Hernandez.. What that says about you and your easy job making jokes at professional athletes I don't know. What this says about me making fun of people who talk sh*t about professional athletes, I don't know. But I'm guessing (hoping) you don't have a response; that is what I do know. And if you respond just to spite me, please don't make a joke about your last name.

Pete's reply: Sorry to offend your sensibilities. I know more about catching than you might think. I also liked Ramon personally, but he didn't play hard when he didn't want to. Everybody knows that.

P.S. Ernie is the man.

Lee Smith had more hustle in him coming out of the bullpen then Ramon does.


Blogger Mike had some bad mother's milk...great line about Ernie Tyler out-hustling Ramon Hernandez. Ramon never fit in to the "image and likeness" of how we locals perceive our professional ball players. He always "ran' as if he were in constant arthritic pain. Either that or he had wads of mercury in his pants pockets...

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