dylan’s ancestral hOme

Posted in arOund the big leagues on July 15th, 2014 by The Wayward O

Bolg of Team: Do you like the All-Star game as much as I do? Some MLB fans can take or leave it. But I really get into it

Guy le Chats: I love it. It makes me feel like a little kid. It was such a strange feeling for there to not be baseball games

Bolg of Team: [Mrs. Wayward Oriole] is away on business and no baseball. Haha. I had NO IDEA what to do. It was pretty funny. Finally I was like OK can do like stuff I’ve been meaning to do stuff

Guy le Chats: I know! Well, the thing is when your team is on pace for 100 losses you don’t quite let the nightly game get in the way of stuff you need to do the way you do when you’re in the hunt

Bolg of Team: Tru

Guy le Chats: So accurate dude. But yeah I’m pumped. Both lineups feel particularly dirty this year. AL more so. That 1-7 is insane

Bolg of Team: AL will win. Wainwright won’t channel his deepest wizardry. And Oakland is up and down the AL squad like rats on a ship. They know how bad they need home field. AL 6, NL 2. FINAL   *
What sayeth you?

Guy le Chats: Because I’m a god damn partisan – 4-2 NL. Waino and Kershaw combine for an excessive amount of pitching for an ASG. Like 5 innings combined. Cause Matheny’s like, nah, don’t care, can’t care. And Stanton hits a ball to Bob Dylan’s ancestral home

* prediction eerily correct, except for final score

we’ll see whO has nuanced views in the bread line

Posted in idiOcy on June 16th, 2014 by The Wayward O

Blog of Soccer Amazement: Thomas Müller has three goals?
Brock Tune: That appears to be the case.
That’s a lot for one man in one match.
For context Argentina’s Lionel Messi, considered to be one of the best players in the world, has only scored two goals in his entire World Cup career
Blog of Soccer Amazement: I wonder if he’s tired after kicking the ball so many times
Brock Tune: These are some of the best athletes in the world
Blog of Soccer Amazement: True?
Brock Tune: Very rare to see a fat soccer player.
Almost never happens
Blog of Soccer Amazement: LoL
“I wonder if he’s tired of kicking the ball so many times.”
You can use that one if you want
Brock Tune: I’ll put it in the hopper.
Blog of Soccer Amazement: It’s come to attention of Blog that there is ties in soccer
Brock Tune: Correct.
Only in the preliminary rounds here.
Not when there must be a winner
Blog of Soccer Amazement: Don’t give me your mumbo jumbo, sir
Blog of Soccer Amazement knows a Communist plot when Blog of Soccer Amazement sees one
Brock Tune: Soccer is not a Communist
It is a Marxist-Leninist
Blog of Soccer Amazement: We’ll see who has nuanced views in the bread line
Brock Tune: My record of patriotism is beyond reproach, but I am here to tell you I’ve got some funny feelings about rooting against a country with a population smaller than that of Texas
Blog of Soccer Amazement: Blog just going to pretend Blog didn’t see that chat
Actual prediction — U.S. beats Ghana, 2-0

if dOwnsides melt away and upsides reassert themselves

Posted in sO which guys? on June 8th, 2014 by The Wayward O

It’s been awhile since Blog rapped at ya, but Blog thinks it’s pretty clear things have been busy. Also Blog did fantasy baseball again this year, which cuts into Bloggin’ time. Overall this 2014 vintage seems like a genetic hybrid of magical 2012 squad and frustrating 2013 squad.

Which strain ultimately will assert itself? There is reason to be hopeful.

Blog was confused when Caleb Joseph got nod over Steve Clevenger after team traded for Nick Hundley. But Blog now is starting to see why. Caleb is using his time with the big club to hone a good skill set. He appears confident that he will – sooner or later – establish himself in the big leagues.

Did Wei Yin Chen hit 96 on the gun Friday night?

Image via MASN

It’s not a mirage! And, more importantly, he’s working consistently in the mid-90s. Blog saw Chen as being a crucial component this year and, so far, he has been up to the task. Blogs far more sophisticated than Blog of Team suggest he’s working down in the K-zone more effectively — and more often — this year.

Chris Davis has turned into a complete ballplayer. Watching him run bases and play defense is a pleasure. And, unlike some Orioles, he does not disdain the base on balls. The massive gulf between his low batting average and high OBP suggests he simply gets game-planned by opposing managers every night. (“Don’t let Davis beat you with the long ball.”) We certainly know he gets shifted by opposing defenses.

Struggling a bit with the game this season is young Manny Machado. But  numbers aren’t that bad and defensive talent is still on on display. Speaking of defensive …

Image via MASN

Also from Friday’s game. I’m not mad at it. Manny normally is reserved on field of play but – well – not that time. He’s going to put it all together as season progresses and re-assert himself as one of the truly dangerous hitters.

And, even though Blog complains about Adam Jones, the guy is just so dangerous with the bat that, one can conclude, you simply have to live with the first-pitch ground-outs in situations where you’d expect selectivity? Probably hitters like Adam, who are used to being aggressive, can’t just turn that off and on.

There are at least four guys playing outside of the spotlight and putting together the kinds of seasons that can only be seen as building blocks toward a playoff run. They are Nick Markakis, Zach Britton, Brian Matusz and Darren O’Day. Workmanlike, effective, reliable and talented.

It’s hard to know what’s going on with Matt Wieters except that the organization clearly believes it must be exceedingly careful with his throwing arm. It’s a shame, too, because of the way Matt started with the bat. But, dumb question, either the tendon is busted or it ain’t?

All told it really appears to be all there for Team this year. It really does. Signs of hope are real. If downsides melt away and upsides reassert themselves, then the sky is the limit.

And Nelly Cruz.

diaspOra, part XX – papa cruuuuuz

Posted in diaspOra on May 4th, 2014 by The Wayward O

Name: Nelson Cruz Sr.
Status: Fan and father of certain Oriole
Location: JFK Airport, Terminal 4
Gear of Choice: Las Matas de Santa Cruz cap and Nellie Cruz No. 23 tee

Soy un gran fan

Wayward O Says: You never know who you’re going to meet at el aeropuerto! Also here is a long piece a Texas television crew did in 2011 about Nellie’s home town.