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July 1, 2009

The greatest O's comeback ever (updated)

The Orioles were surprisingly subdued in the clubhouse after their incredible 11-10 comeback victory over the Red Sox, some of them unaware that the nine-run comeback was the largest in the 55-year history of the franchise.

"It was great,'' said Nick Markakis, who hit the game-winning two-run double in the eighth inning. "Everybody was doing everything a team should do in a situation like that."

Most notably Markakis, in a classic at-bat against premier closer Jonathan Papelbon.

"Against a guy like that, who's one of the best closers in the game right now, you just try to relax and hit the ball where it's pitched,'' Markakis said. "I got a good swing and we got two runs in there."

Dave Trembley didn't hide his delight with the performance of his team, which has come under criticism at times for not displaying enough focus and intensity.

"That was probably the best game I've ever been involved in,'' he said. "When they talk about playing all 27 outs, that's 27 outs. Pretty impressive, wasn't it?"

Dave's favorite moment?

"(Oscar) Salazar coming off the bench and hitting a three-run home run,'' Trembley said. "Tremendous fight. Tremendous resolve. It has got to mean the world to these guys and rightfully so. They (the Red Sox) threw their best out there, one after another. It was the shootout at the OK Corral except it was Camden Yards."

Red sox starter John Smoltz, who has been around the game awhile and probably is headed for the Hall of Fame, summed it up pretty well afterward.

"It's just one of those games,'' he said, "you shake your head and you can't believe what you just saw."

Red Sox manager Terry Francona tipped his cap to the Orioles offense, which just wouldn't be denied.

"We just had no answer,'' he said. "We went through just about everbody. There were balls everywhere. That was as bad as we've seen."

Adam Jones update: Jones, who was shaken up crashing the fence in pursuit of Kevin Youkilis's first-inning home run, was removed from the game when he complained of a headache. He was examined by the team physician and it was determined that no CT scan would be necessary. His status for tomorrow's game is undetermined.


Posted by Peter Schmuck at 12:24 AM | | Comments (34)
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The players may have been subdued but I know one lifelong Orioles fan who'll be up for awhile tonight winding down after an incredible comeback win...good thing I have Wednesdays off!! Many O's teams over the last decade would have rolled over after being down 10-1, but these guys don't quit....can't wait to see how they do against Beckett!

And for the Orioles, "as good as we've seen." May I use, once again, the phrase that captures all the magic of the game for all of us baseball lovers?

"That's baseball."

I'm now officially over the blown 7-0 lead at Fenway earlier this year. This makes up for it, ten fold.

Pete, I don't expect the O's to make the playoffs, but do you see this as a turning point, in terms of getting the team motivated and firing on all cylinders, to make a run above the .500 mark? Comebacks like this, against opponents like this, can have a HUGE long-term effect.


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Pete's reply: That will mean something right up until the next bad loss, but the important thing is that they showed they are good enough to do that. It wasn't their first nice comeback of the year. They did it against the Mets and Marlins (thought they lost the Marlins game in extras).

And for the Orioles, "as good as we've seen." May I use, once again, the phrase that captures all the magic of the game for all of us baseball lovers?

"That's baseball."

Pete,, What move do the O's make when Cesar comes back?? They can't send him down, he's too hot to send down ,, Someone else will claim him

Thanks, Scott

When you're wrong you're wrong. My feeling that the O's weren't going to score any runs this series was looking good in the top of the seventh but quickly evaportated. And I couldn't be happier about it. I think I'll have a glass of Sauterns with my humble pie tonight. I hope this win does big things for the O's, especially with a bunch of road games coming up. If we can have a good July on the road and keep the energy and momentum up I wouldn't be surprised to see management pull the trigger on guys like Tillman, and Arrietta in August. This comeback could salvage the entire season, and while we thought we we're finally seeing the turn-around during the win streak the week that Wieter's came up, perhaps this time it could truly be it. Optimism....yeah baby!
P.S: Pete, look at your last couple of entries and you'll find the true eternal pessimists of your blog. I didn't read all the comments but the are some familar names that didn't chime in tonight.

Get well soon Jones!!

GO O's!!!

Pete -
Earlier in the evening I got razzed by my Yankee fan buddies ....and what could I say ? Well they're tipping their caps to the O's now. Wow.
Don't know what the atmosphere was tonight but I recently have come to believe that the visiting Sox fans are worse than the visiting Yankee fans.
Too bad Nation....maybe you'll have better luck tomorrow.l
Hey Pete. what happened to Mora ?
However well it worked out I can't believe the Salazar pinch hit was done for purely strategic reasons ...was it ?

It didn't hold the previous record for largest deficit overcome, but one of the more famous regular season games in Orioles history was 45 years ago last Tuesday (6/23/64), when they trailed the Yankees 7-2 in the bottom of the 8th inning and - after having two out and nobody on base - scored 7 times and ultimately won 9-8. Somebody even created a song - called "That Yankee Game" - about it afterwards. (Some considered it THE GREATEST Orioles' regular season game of all-time prior to the famous Doug DeCinces home run to beat Detroit on 6/22/79 and Tippy Martinez's three pick-off game on 8/24/83.)

Peter, here's a comeback you probably remember. On a Friday nite in 1986, I was listening to a broadcast on Detroit's WJR radio. The Tigers had a 12-5 lead in Anaheim in the bottom of the 9th with two out and nobody on base - and never got the third out as the Angels got 8 to win 13-12!


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Pete's reply: I was at that game, but don't remember them having two outs and no one on. I do remember light-hitting Dicky Schofield hitting a two-out grand slam off super-closer Willie Hernandez to end the game. Dick is better known now as the uncle of former Orioles top draft choice Jayson Werth.

I rermember in the 50's a game with Boston when Boston got up 9-0 after 2 innings. The Birds came back a won. It was so wonderful that I've remembered it all these years. Last nights game, I tuned back in as the comeback was happening. Pie has just driven the 5 or 6 run to make it close. But OH NO! I flipped back to a movie. Missed it all except the post game.


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Pete's reply: Good memory, but I believe it was an eight-run lead.

Look at the score board now....grasshopper!!!

We gotta long way to go but, we sure have....marbles!!!

Great win O's!

Just last week I watched in stunned disbelief as Brian Roberts hit a two-run home run against the Phillies to complete one of the most improbable comebacks in recent memory.

The O's top that one with a history-making rally from nine runs down to beat the Red Sox last night.

I just wish that Chuck Thompson, for Bill O'Donnell and Charlie Eckman, was around at the Yard to say....

"Ain't the beer COLD, baby!"

I do believe it is time to sit Mora down permantly and let either Salazar or Wigginton start there. More power number s just do not justify starting anymore. What do you think Peter?
Jay


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Pete's reply: I think you're going to see a little less Mora unless he steps it up.

Good morning Peter: I wanted to comment on how much I enjoyed your insight into how the the birds lack of focus may be directly correlated to Trembleys job security(please feel free to link your responce to your article,as well as plug your radio show and your next appearence at Arbys to sign autographs in exchange for ten percent off of a small curly fry).. All kidding aside two quick questions for you. If you would be so kind to indulge me. Is there any thought in the front office to trying out Hill in a lefty specialist role once any of the big guns are ready? And secondly I and I believe most of the orioles front office always believes that Markakis would develop into a thirty to fourty homerun guy. Does the front office believe this is still a possibilty? Or have we seen Nick reach his potential as a twenty homer guy? Thanks!

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Pete's reply: Fair questions. Hill is just too unpredictable to be a one-batter lefty specialist, though they are hopeful of getting him to be more consistent with his command. I think Markakis is a 25-homer guy who fits well in the three hole. I don't think they view him as a cleanup hitter.

Seems like Oscar Salazar is involved in every comeback. Do I want to see him play instead of Luke? No, but teams that tend to win and pull out comeback wins, have guys like Oscar on their roster. The guy hustles every play like it's his last game.

I, also can't say enough about George Sherrill. He cut down the walks, doesn't nibble, goes right after the hitters and has been lights out. M's fans must be going nuts that the O's have not only Jones, but in all likelihood, a two time all star closer and a highly touted pitching prospect in Chris Tillman, and they have Erik "Captain DL" Bedard. Curse of Davis is over!

Pete, are you concerned about Rich Hill or do you look at him almost like Eaton, in that if he doesn't pan out, he at least bought some time for the young starters for the Tides? I know Hill has more upside than Eaton (no pun intended), but if he pitches one good game, one bad game, I would rather see him pitch for the O's than rush a prospect. I personally think Patton should be off limits given the serious surgery he had.

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Pete's reply: I'd much rather have Hill than Eaton, but he has to get his act together pretty soon to stay in the rotation.

Good morning Peter: I wanted to comment on how much I enjoyed your insight into how the the birds lack of focus may be directly correlated to Trembleys job security(please feel free to link your responce to your article,as well as plug your radio show and your next appearence at Arbys to sign autographs in exchange for ten percent off of a small curly fry).. All kidding aside two quick questions for you. If you would be so kind to indulge me. Is there any thought in the front office to trying out Hill in a lefty specialist role once any of the big guns are ready? And secondly I and I believe most of the orioles front office always believes that Markakis would develop into a thirty to fourty homerun guy. Does the front office believe this is still a possibilty? Or have we seen Nick reach his potential as a twenty homer guy? Thanks!

Pete-O's gave me biggest shock in my history , LOL . It was when Trembley recalled Albers in what inning was it ? 4th or 5th inning ? Albers SUPPOSELY hit Varitek to bring another Red Sox run , then Albers walked another Red Sox batter to make score 9-1 . Seeing all those Red Sox players smiling and their fans cheering them on was too much for us . We went to bed . Then at 3 am , I logged in for Sun weather page when I saw O's 'Comeback' headline , I had ' deer caught in headlight ' moment .
I wonder if Red Sox and their nation enjoyed the 'emotional roller coaster' ride last night ?

Damn it! I turned the game off.

Stick a fork in Hill, he's done.

By the way, do you know the difference between DT and the DTs? They're both pretty bad, but the DTs go away after a couple of drinks.

Bad-a-boom

Savor it! Remember it! Build on it!
I turned the TV off with the score at 9-, so when I checked the Sun's game story this morning, I did a double-take. It's great to see the team show the spirit of fire and fun that sustains good teams through long seasons. It was great to see the return of Orioles Magic. Make it happen!

Mr. Schmuck,

Please feel free to write about the team costing Trembley his job more often if that's what it is going to take to get some Ws vs. the Sux and their ridiculous "nation."

In case you missed it; which ALL 4 umpires did last night- the pitcher balked before he pitched to Roberts (which he roped to left field anyway). Here is a link to see for yourself. http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=5342523

Right after he comes set, his shoulder twitches. BALK!! All runners should have advanced one base.

click on the Roberts highlight below the media player screen when it comes up. http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=5342523

Ain't the beer cold!!!!!!!

I have been waiting for 3 years for the Birds to make up that misarable loss on Mother's Day in Fenway. Too bad that more fans weren't there to watch it after the rain delay. Too bad I turned the game off. All I can say is sweet revenge!!! Thank you O's.

It was sweet! The nation got it stuck up their respective tucheses last night Ain't the beer cold! The umpiring behind the plate these two games was non-existant. The guy that's monitoring the umps is a former ump so he's sure going to rat out on his friends. PATHETIC.

All I can say is, it's a good day to be walking around Vermont with an Orioles cap and t-shirt on!

I think we need to discuss Jim Palmer being the most hilarious announcer of all time. When the Orioles are about to make an out on the basepaths and Palmers screams "OH NO!!!" I laugh out loud-really hard. Also last night they way he went off about that strike to Pie was awesome. He has to be the most entertaining and least objective announcer in baseball.

Thank the BASEBALL GODS that there is another Orioles fan in New England!!!!
GO O's!!!

Jon, from Boston (where else?)

Yes, there is, Jon... and we should both be thankful we're not stranded in, say, the Bronx.

Joe Castiglione was pretty much apoplectic on the radio in the ninth inning last night... although he did say, before the rain delay, that it might come back to haunt the Sox. I felt bad for Smoltz... but not TOO bad...

The O's just need a half time (rain delay) in each game to give them a rest. then they can go the full 9 innings.

Me too Jon and Max I'm in southern Vt.. I listened to Joe Costiglione and Dave O'Brian call the game in disbelief. Of course they mentioned that this was the O's revenge for the Mothers Day miracle, and said it was easily the Sox most dispiriting loss all season. I went to bed with the biggest smile on my face I've had in years.

Justin: You've obviously never listened to Ken Harrelson on the White Sox broadcasts...He's not an announcer, he's a cheerleader, complete with a skirt and black and white pompoms.

I'm a Sox fan born in Boston and now living in Baltimore. That was the craziest game last night I've seen in awhile, but perhaps the crazier thing (or maybe I'm just trying to justify last night to myself now) is that over the past two years, I've been to some O's games where they've done the same thing.In 2007, the Sox had a 4 or 5 run lead and blew it- I think Gagne gave up a game tying grand slam, though I'm checking that (on checking it I was wrong- it was only a 2 run HR, but Gagne did give up the game tying blast); In 2008, the O's waited out a rain delay and then beat the Yankees I think it was 2-1 or 4-3 or something like that (on double checking it, I was wrong- the O's won 10-9, but it was a one run game); also in 2008, the O's were down something like 11-3 to the Rangers and ended up losing 11-10 (On double checking it, I got this one kinda right- It was 11-5 in the bottom of the 8th and the O's ended up losing 11-10). And now this. Go figure.

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