Hobgood in the house
The Orioles No. 1 draft choice, Matt Hobgood will sign his contract and be formally introduced to the media and fans tomorrow, but he's in the ballpark right now, and has been socializing with the players and coaching around the cage.
He got an earful from future teammate Adam Jones for his outfit. He showed up in a pair of white pattern Bermuda shorts, black shoes and gym socks up to mid calf. Jones and several teammates introduced themselves and ribbed him about his wardrobe, but he enjoyed every minute of it.
"He seems like a great kid, but it's a terrible outfit,'' Jones said. "It was awful. I had to tell him."
Hobgood, who is from Norco, CA, (I earlier wrote Corona, CA because I'm an idiot) also spent quite awhile talking to Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, as well as manager Dave Trembley and hitting coach Terry Crowley. We'll have his side of the story tomorrow. The Orioles are keeping him away from the media to avoid upstaging their own press conference.