O’s, MASN offer 1 buck tickets for September Home Games




As the final month of baseball season approaches, the Orioles and MASN have teamed up to make Orioles tickets even more affordable and accessible. For the month of September, fans can purchase tickets in a special MASN Maximum Access section in the upper deck of the ballpark for only $1 each.


This opportunity is valid for each of the 16 home games in September and ticket quantities are limited. In anticipation of a high demand for this unique offer, there is a purchase limit of eight tickets per transaction.  Each game ticket includes a voucher for a free Oriole Park tour that can be redeemed for any regularly scheduled tour in 2008.


Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance of the game. Fans interested in purchasing $1 MASN Maximum Access tickets can go online at www.orioles.com, call 1-888-848-BIRD, or visit the Oriole Park box office.

One gets hurt, Another nears return

It’s the circle of life, I suppose.

Melvin Mora pulled_up_lame_running_out_a_grounder_last_night. Offical word is that he’s merely day to day with a strained left hamstring, but these things can prove to be slightly nagging. Cheers to Mora though for giving 100% on that grounder though. Too often we’ve seen others (especially in years past… assume away) dog it out.

With Mora dinged up, Adam_jones_is close to returning. He’s getting to working out and looks to play a simulated game or do some more bp. But apparently he’s close to returning. Good.

With that good news, there’s some more bad news, if that’s how you want to take it.

Chris Ray had a minor setback (info in Adam Jones link) and will not be playing at all this season.

Sez Trembley

“You can cross Chris Ray’s name off the list. He will not be a September callup,” said Trembley. “Andy, Chris Ray and myself, we all mutually agree. There’s no purpose of him being active in September. He’s done a great job. He’s going to complete his program with [Class A] Aberdeen. He’s going to have a normal winter of rest, come to Spring Training and then go from there. There’s no purpose of him rejoining us in September. There’s nothing to be gained from that.”

George Sherrill had a minor setback in rehab, but should return soon as well.

Circle of Life, one goes down, another will take their place.

Oriole Football Kickoff Rally




First 15,000 fans 15 & over at 7:05 p.m. game receive a limited edition Ravens Rally t-shirt


The Orioles will kick off the start of the NFL season by hosting a Ravens Rally at Oriole Park on Saturday, September 6, prior to their 7:05 p.m. game against the Oakland Athletics. The Ravens begin their 2008 campaign against the Cincinnati Bengals the next day at neighboring M&T Bank Stadium.


The first 15,000 fans ages 15 and over will receive a limited edition Ravens Rally t-shirt presented by MASN. The shirt features the Oriole Bird carrying a football and wearing a Ravens jersey. Festivities planned for the evening include appearances by mascot Poe and several Ravens cheerleaders. Members of the Marching Ravens will also perform on the lower concourse prior to the game.


Baltimore Ravens President DICK CASS will represent the team by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game. “On the eve of our season kick-off, this night will give fans the opportunity to celebrate our two great local sports franchises,” said Cass.


Ravens PSL holders can show their cards at the Oriole Park box office to receive $7 off any regularly priced ticket (up to 8 tickets per card).  Non-PSL holders who show pride in their favorite teams will receive $5 off any regularly priced ticket by wearing both Ravens and Orioles articles of clothing.


“This rally provides an opportunity for Baltimore sports fans to gather together to root for their favorite baseball team and wish their favorite football team good luck as they gear up for the 2008 season,” said Orioles Director of Communications GREG BADER.  


The 7:05 p.m. game is the second game of a split doubleheader scheduled for September 6. The Orioles will also play the A’s at 1:05 p.m. that day. Fans should call 1-888-848-BIRD or visit www.orioles.com for tickets to the September 6 game. 

Burres back

Brian Burres made his return to the rotation with the same result as his last stint in Baltimore.

5 innings, 10 hits 6 runs (5 earned) 1 K and 1 BB

The more things change, the more they stay same. The O’s lose 8-3.

The Annual Second Ending Swoon?

The problem for the O’s is never that they have a problem starting the season. Usually the Orioles play somewhat mediocore first half ball. The problem is finishing. Look up the 2005 season for further evidence or for that matter any second half collapse. This season, it’s been a nice start but the signs off slipping are showing. The Birds were swept by the Yankees at home this weekend.

A few reasons why I’m worried the season’s end might be somewhat ugly:

  • Any starting pitcher not named Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie is only the team’s ace, but as their only truly decent pitcher. Guthrie’s more than decent, but 2-5 is bloody ugly. Daniel Cabrera? After years of foolish hope, I’m throwing in the towel on that one. Radhames Liz could be a decent pitcher at some point, but he was rushed up, sent down, and rushed back up again because there’s no one else ready. He’s a sacrifical lamb. A 7.32 ERA does not reassure me. Chris Waters had a swell debut, but my opinion is that the Disney movie ends there. I’d love for him to surprise me, but the dude has been a career minor leaguer for a reason. Garrett Olson probably won’t see Baltimore again this season, and that’s probably a good thing. I’ve still got hope for the kid, but its been a rough campaign for him. Again, they’re all better options than seeing Dennis Sarfate start again.
  • The bullpen has been solid for most the season, but with Matt Albers done for at least the forseeable future, George Sherrill on the DL, and Chad Bradford traded to Tampa, what was once a solid option has become shaky. Jamie Walker has made a habit of giving up at least a run an outing. Randor Bierd hasn’t been the same guy since coming off the DL. Rocky Cherry doesn’t assure when he comes into a game. There’s still Jim Johnson in the pen. Alberto Castillo has quietly done his job. Kam Mickolio will be one to watch. We got to take the good with the bad, but at the moment there’s a little bad in the bullpen than good.

The offense is hitting the white off the ball, that’s better seasons past. The last 30 or so games will define whether this is simply an overachiever (this team can be a few games under .500 and definately be call overacheivers) or whether reality caught up with them. I think saying ‘reality catching up’ is harsh when you see the team has only one solid option in the rotation, but that’s the truth of it.

I’m hoping they keep it up, but with the rotation…it scares me.

Roster Moves

Last night I half-hearted mentioned Kam Mickolio’s callup, but some more activity went on today that needs mentioning. For the sake of time, all the links are from O’s.com.

          About the move Olson said all the right things.

“It’s just something that takes experience — a lot of repetition and muscle memory,” Olson said. “I feel like the more I go out there and do it, the better I’m going to get. I think this is going to be good for me to get down there and get a couple starts, and hopefully, gain some momentum for the end of the year.

“It’s a long season, and everybody has their ups and downs. It’s just one of those things you’ve got to work through and hopefully get better at and hopefully, I think, it just makes you a better person after what you go through.”

         With a fat 6.38 ERA, the move isn’t a shocker. Surprised to see Liz back, perhaps he’ll be a    slightly improved version of what we saw a month ago.

  •         Kam Mickolio got_the_call_to_Baltimore to fill the injuried George Sherrill’s spot. Apparently Kam had some good stuff last night. I can’t judge because I missed it.
  •      Red Sox Manager Terry Francona reached out to George Sherrill after hearing about his trip to the disabled list. I guess that could be label as classy.

I missed this apparently

So I ended up missing out on yoga (yeah that’s too bad) but still managed an awesome night, but I got in tonight and checked out the O’s boxscore and saw Kam Milicko got the call up. Check the internet accordingly for the offical word.

The line tonight was not awesome but somewhat encouraging.

1.0 inning, 3 hits (ugly) 1 run, 2 K (that’s good)

Melvin Mora hit homer number 21 tonight. If you would have told me before the season Melvin would have had 21 homers, I would have laughed in your face.

I got to work in the morning. So this definately isn’t my finest work…but its been a good night.