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September 16, 2009

Back in the saddle

This is my second game back in the press box after a 10-week absense and I'm starting to realize how much important media interaction I've missed since tearing my right Achillies tendon and undergoing surgery to reattach it.

Tonight, the big issue in the early innings was whether Roch Kubatko and Jeff Zrebiec would join the rest of the regular writers and grow a goatee in time for us to have an All-Beard team photo on the last home date of the regular season. Roch is game, but Jeff apparently feels that he would be doing the women of the world a disservice to cover even a small part of his face.

Now, things are getting a little more serious. We're arguing over who should be the Orioles MVP. The Brian Roberts supporters are -- for the moment -- being shouted down by the Nick Markakis supporters, but I believe Roberts will emerge on top when the actual ballots are counted in a couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, Chris Tillman is done, though not in any negative way. He gave up four hits over 6 2/3 innings and just left the game with one out and runners at first and third.

Crawford caught twice: Matt Wieters has thrown out speedy Carl Crawford twice trying to steal second base tonight. It's only the second time in Crawford's career he has been caught more than once in a game. Rangers catcher Gerald Laird caught him twice on April 10, 2007.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 8:04 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Just baseball


jeez, the young guy bails after 6.2
horrible effort. no guts. rotten stuff.
need to trade both him and the other young guy, yea the lefty, for a bat.
That'll get them back in the hunt.

ok, are we going with the hot hand and bringing in JJ to close things out in his usual tidy fashion? Is it that kind of night?

In your honor, take your pick . . .

Back from the Shadows again !
Out where an In-jun's your friend!
Where the veg'tables are green,
And you can pee into the stream!
Yes, we're back from the Shadows again!
from Firesign Theatre's album "We're all Bozos on this bus"

or the conventional Gene Autry choice:

I'm back in the saddle again
Out where a friend is a friend
Where the longhorn cattle feed
On the lowly gypsum weed
Back in the saddle again

Ridin' the range once more
Totin' my old .44
Where you sleep out every night
And the only law is right
Back in the saddle again

Pete: what a nice week so far for Wieters, shut up some of these guys that are on this system.

I vote for the following because of the fact he was able to rise from the dust. And the fact is I rode him pretty hard but it proves that the old crow is worth every dime!
I vote Felix Pie

Pete--It must have been a lot of fun for you to get back on the horse. I'm sure the guys in the press box were having a good time "giving you the business" as Wally and the Beaver liked to say.

You come back from the Achilles and Reimold has to sit down. Is there a symbiotic relationship here? The stuff of Greek tragedy?

OK, I'll stop Hectoring you.

Pie should get some kind of award for what he accomplished (on and off the field) this year. Hope it carries over to next year.

Is Scott still playing or did he shut himself down at the AllStar break.......

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