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May 28, 2009

Millar's ringing endorsement

Former O's first baseman Kevin Millar passed through town this week and told my colleague Dan Connolly that he loved Aubrey Huff's double fist pump after his May 10 home run off New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain.

“The best I have ever seen. … That was great, good old-fashioned fun,” said Millar, who hit a two-run single in the fourth inning on Wednesday to help Toronto take a big lead. “I was one of the proudest players in the major leaguers when I saw that because of all the times where Joba’s got him to strike out or pop up. It was nice for Huffy to get him.”

This week was Millar’s first time back at Camden Yards after three years playing here. He started two of the three games and went 2-for-7 in the series with two RBIs.

“It’s always different the first time going back to where you played. You’re used to entering from one side,” he said. “It’s nice to see all of the guys. We have good memories here – good group of guys, great city, nice stadium. It’s always fun to come back and say hi to everybody.”

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 6:11 AM | | Comments (9)
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The cavalry is just about here in full force. Just need Tillman, Arrieta and Patton up, with Matusz waiting in the wings.

Lost in the jubilation of "the call-up" and Nolan's heroics was Hill's poor outing. Too many pitches, not enough strikes and he seemed a little lost (dazed?) on the mound. Lots of replacements now (thinking positive thoughts about Hernandez) if he continues to flounder. How happy are they with his progress?


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Pete's reply: I think they're pretty happy overall, but we'll have to wait and see him a few times.

Millar is one of those players who is liked everywhere. I live in New England, and he is still as popular here as he was when he played for the Sox. It would have been great if the O's had someplace to use him, but with the rebuild, there just wasn't. I wish him the best.

wish we re-signed him. Class guy, who is a great clubhouse guy. Would have been nice to see him ride the wave of new talent.

Could the Jays be going through a season similar to the one the O's had in 2005? They both start out hot, and then as the season goes on, they just fail down the stretch.

I don't think the O's had a 9 game losing streak though.

I know there wasn't room for him on the roster, but I was sorry to see Kevin go. He always seemed like he understood that it ought to be really fun to make a living playing baseball. I know that some people around here gave him a hard time about throwing out that WS pitch in Boston, but that further confirmed to me that Kevin "got it." I'm glad he's landed ok.

Hi Pete - Keep up the good work - I was at the game yesterday and even though there weren't a lot of fans there to witness the comeback you could really feel and see the excitement from the players and spectators. We may not be a playoff team this year or next, but it's good to see light at the end of the tunnel.

Any thoughts to the chances of McPhail making a few trades before the deadline? I think it is fair to say that Sherrill, Huff, and Scott may be the most attractive pieces to a contending team.


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Pete's reply: It really depends on how the team plays for the next two months. If the club perks up, I don't think Andy is going to do anything to throw a roadblock in front of that.

Hye great game yesterday. I kept sneaking peaks on my computer on work and managed to get home in time for the extra innings. Ironically, Blue Jay 'homers'/announcers Rance Mulliniks and Jamie Campbell stated that this game with be decided with one swing..next pitch Hill homers and they were basically saying 'glad the streak is over/etc/etc.. Much to our delight, Reimold proves them correct after all!!
Hey, Pete-now that DanCAb was mercifully released by the Nats, do you think he'll get another shot or is his career over? Personally, I can see some desperate team picking him up-after all Russ Ortiz is still hurling..Thoughts?


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Pete's reply: I think he'll probably go home for awhile and then pop up later. He looks like he has a real tired arm.

Hey Pete, where do you think Weiters is going to hit tomorrow night? I wonder if he would see the same pitches Adam Jones is seeing if he bats second and Jones bats fourth?

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Pete's reply: I think he'll hit seventh. They're not going to mess with Adam.

"They're not going to mess with Adam."

Don't fix what ain't broke !!

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