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Posted in cOaches on April 23rd, 2008 by The Wayward O

all over diaspOra today there is criticism of manager for letting jeremy guthrie pitch to jose vidro in 8th inning in last night’s loss to seattle. here is what wayward O is seeing from fickle fan-base:

  • guthrie was “gassed” and should have been pulled
  • jamie walker was ready for the matchup vs. vidro
  • by extension, presumably, trembO “can’t manage” bullpen…

maybe, maybe and wrong, says Wayward O. we know already that manager has TOLD STARTERS THEY MUST GO DEEP INTO GAMES. so he’s just doing what he said he would.

if you want to pull guthrie for walker fine. maybe guthrie is tired. sometimes pitchers get better when they’re tired. sometimes not. maybe walker gets vidro, maybe not. but as it stood, vidro barely slapped ground ball past roberts.

if roberts throws out vidro, yammering critics are happy and quiet today … and this FACT, friends, is why criticisms are nothing more than sour grapes. trembO made a decision and it didn’t work out. that’s all, nothing more.

meanwhile, Wayward O was proud of st. guts … going toe-to-toe with king felix over eight innings and once again showing why he’s real deal. and how about jeremy’s unassisted put-out at third base late in game?


when will you ever see that again? has video here. mlb video is getting better, incidentally; hopefully soon there will be EMBED feature … welcome to 2005!!

anyway, back to game. if only Os hitters, especially young savior and his holiness, luke scott, hadn’t been asleep at switch during early innings outcome might have been very different….


Posted in cOaches on February 28th, 2008 by The Wayward O

john shelby won world series with team in rookie season of 1983. then, after career in majors he coached around league for many years. now he’s back in baltimore.

there is video interview with shelby on Os Team Page today. he has sense of humor and tells funny stories! also, he likes tike redman, as does Wayward O, in outfield, mentioning tike right after adam jOnes and young savior in same breath, saying, “there’s a lot of promise in the outfield.”

appropos of nothing, wayward O thinks tike should be starting in left field on opening day. though luke scott will likely get job. at minimum tike should be 4th OF with club and get many starts during lost season. of course wayward O is just being presumptuous since spring games are ONLY JUST STARTING.

as first base coach, t-bone says, “one thing that i have to make sure of is where the ball is. i don’t like the hidden ball trick. it worked on me one time and i so gotta make sure i don’t let that happen again.” and he adds “when they get picked off the players get mad. the players go to the dugout and i’m the one who gets booed.”

does anybody know the situation to which tbone is referring, i.e. falling for the hidden ball trick? please enlighten wayward O, as he has no idea. wait … google! … yes … it must have been this one.

are yOu experienced?

Posted in cOaches on November 6th, 2007 by The Wayward O

here is something um, interesting, about four of the five newest additions to Orioles’ coaching staff:

dave trembley, manager, total MLB games played: 0
david jauss, bench coach, total MLB games played: 0
rick kranitz, pitching coach, total MLB games played: 0
allen dunn, bullpen coach. total MLB games played: 0

as for a fifth addition to staff:

tbOne shelby, first base coach. total MLB games played: 1,036

does wayward O have that right? can this be a good thing? maybe! wayward O, for example, knows MANY THINGS ABOUT BASEBALL, despite fact that he has NEVER PLAYED A MAJOR LEAGUE GAME!

since you asked, dear reader*, the two coaches who will survive from the 2007 campaign, 3rd base coach juan samuel and hitting coach terry crowley, have 1,720 and 865 games’ worth of experience, respectively, in the majors.

just how major is orioles’ overhaul? in addition to the above changes, baltimore sun says:

[Dave] Trembley still is looking to add coaches to serve as bullpen catchers and throw batting practice after Sammy Snider, Rudy Arias and Orlando Gomez were not asked back

when the BP coach gets fired, that’s an overhaul!

* wayward O making this up. you did not, in fact, ask


Posted in cOaches on October 13th, 2007 by The Wayward O

i guess if bedard doesn’t like you, you are a goner.

so long, dood.

go play golf with sammy p.

nOt backing trembley (yet)

Posted in cOaches, schadenfrOide, tejada on June 22nd, 2007 by The Wayward O

today is wayward O’s birthday. isn’t that neat?

lord help wayward O for saying this. maybe it’s cake and ice cream talking. but wayward O is kind of starting to like dave trembley a teeny tiny little bit. unlike fired guy, interim manager does not sit in dugout with look on face like marie antoinette with angry mob outside gates; he has smile on face and good countenance. he also looks like guy you wouldn’t want to try and shove around, which is what spoiled overpayed orioles did to other guy. of course, some would argue he’s already being shoved around but wayward O will get to that.

wayward O knows it’s a bit early and maybe first impressions are not always accurate.

trembley is already taking heat among some of the diaspOra because of decision to let miguel tejada bunt and leave game. wayward O says trembley is not in pressure position to win games immediately as team (10 out of wild card with seas of talent ahead of them) is done for 2007 (barring a miracle seen only perhaps twice in MLB history) nor is trembley going to end up on the organizational hot seat for decision, since he currently is only manager on interim basis. wayward O says if trembley were real manager he would not allow tejada such weird leeway.

that said, one poster on roch’s blog made comment which strikes strong chord with wayward O:

it’s crap like this that gives talking heads like Kruk and Phillips reason
to say this organization is the worst in baseball and any managerial candidate
would be nuts to take the job here. — steve

steve is right, sadly. espn can say orioles is team where crazies run asylum and where streaks are more important than winning. based on years of evidence, who can contradict that? only thing though, kruk is more of a talking stomach than a talking head. oh and also, it does not matter what orioles do, espn is racist against them and kills them for everything. if orioles ever get good again, we’ll see if espn comes around.

bigger mistake than tejada-gate was kissing girardi’s ass, knowing full well all NY guys and half of world was blowing up his cell phone urging him “don’t go to baltimore” probably massive collusion took place but we’ll never know.

wayward O was not in least bit surprised that joe girardi did the feather boa tease dance and then hung orioles out to dry. why wouldn’t he? any time a new york baseball guy gets any kind of power of AL East rival team, he will use it to hurt team and help yankees. girardi probably never intended to take job but now he knows what orioles are planning and he’s gabbing it to the YES people and they of course are obligated to share intel with yankee team.

Os should have left girardi on shelf for a few weeks then talked to him. this is all angry angelos acting impulsively behind scenes. he probably feels sting of fan hate more than anyone. and deservedly so. talking to girardi first and hyping girardi in balto. media was a mistake; a bigger mistake than the tejada thing.

orioles don’t need new manager just because he’s got a name in the league. for example, if dave trembley is the man, then he’s the man. wayward O’s top choice is still davey johnson, head and shoulders above rest of rumored pool of candidates. although there is this from pioneer press:

It would be surprising if new Baltimore Orioles President Andy MacPhail
doesn’t inquire as to the availability of his former manager with the Twins, Tom
Kelly, who led Minnesota to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991.

OK now business of brain-stimulating team incites is over, and you’ve had your bran flakes, now time for treat:

YANKEES SWEPT BY ROCKIES and yankees will be joining orioles on scrap heap of 2007 failures soon enough. it’s a wonderful way to spend summer, watching this.

The Rockies now have more victories against the American League East
than the Yankees do, with nine. That oddity points out the Yankees’ early misery
and the Rockies’ surprising surge during interleague play. Colorado has won 9 of
its past 12 games, all against teams from the A.L. East.

— New York TimeZ game story

don’t tell wayward O that doesn’t make heart sing!! Orioles have SIXTEEN GAMES vs. janquis to take out frustrations and damage pinstripe egos. if nothing else, this is what wayward O is living for.

the bird’s jOb is safe

Posted in cOaches, the mascOt on June 19th, 2007 by The Wayward O
as wayward O learned this week by listening to tale of shitsy spitsy, sometimes traveling far and wide in effort to put your drab little town on map can go horribly wrong…

Brown as brown itselfalas, sometimes pulling from inside ranks can have same effect. but not for orioles. every time orioles look for leader inside warehouse, they always come up huge. take this video for example (super ^5s to team-ophile roar from 34, who found evidence to back up claim):

as storm has beset crew inside big old warehouse, wayward O has contented himself with knowing that, as far as mascots go, orioles are nonpareil. and by nonpareil wayward o means “good” — not sprinkles that go on ice cream cone! anyway sprinkles are very ORSULAK-era, whereas in GIBBONs-era we have DIP-n-DOTz.


what really stunned wayward O most about this tubinous rex nuggetous videophinous was following image from about the 2:13 minute mark:

Hobo O-JoeIt’s Wayward O’s long-lost cousin

Can you believe??? Wayward O thought ol rail ridin buddy not only had disappeared for good, but that no evidence he ever walked the earth remained behind. Oh this video is SO FULL OF INCITES. wayward O loves METAPHOR of clobbering buttoned-up yankee fan and also DON AASE sighting near end and that’s not even beginning of how golden!

oh sure, sometimes in-house projects don’t pan out all that well. take guy who managed team until yesterday. sure he was OK man but he had two problems: first, he presided over mother’s day massacre and it was, as we established here, 84.4% his fault. also in cleveland game a few weeks back he DID NOT KNOW RULES and almost forgot to argue when Young Savior scored run. Os went on to win game, and victory is a great balm, but wayward O hasn’t forgotten because it was prima facie evidence that manager was asleep at switch. lastly, wayward O guesses we need manager who practices — no not TOUGH LOVE — but rather


raining down upon SPOILED OVERPAYED PLAYERS; tirades so fulsome with their misanthropic bile players


NEAR THIS WALKING, SPITTLING BEELZEBUB of a team leader and much prefer spending innings

on basepaths

thank you very much.

so while team is floundering about, pulling shitsy spitsy’s tale in hopes a golden nugget will pop out, at least orioles fanz have a little something called HERITAGE to fall back on. and what better than a giant-headed cartoon bird to represent it? (other than the B word on the away jerseys, perhaps.)

in short, to sam perlozzo wayward O sez: no hard feelings, but good riddance. and for record, wayward O — as longtime friends and kin can attest — has pretty much been baseball fan for whole life and prior to M.D.M. had NEVER EVER EVER ONCE EVER called for firing of manager. but match, it was plain, was not made in happy hunting grounds.

of course IRONY is that Os promoted the bullpen coach in a season where bullpen has been, how do they say in arabic, an unmitigated NACHBA — or disaster. and talk of joe girardi is over-stated for moment. wayward O lives in brooklyn and he can tell you sports yakkers here not to mention the baseball men WANT TO HAVE GIRARDI FOR THEMSELVES and all are on phone to joe G telling him Os is not good choice!!!