A fun thing for Oriole fans is planned for the Revolution game on Saturday, May 9; Baltimore Sun Orioles and national baseball reporter Dan Connolly, a York resident, will be on-hand signing copies of his new book, 100 Things Orioles Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase ($15) at a table on the concourse before and during the game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, a 6:30 p.m. first pitch. Gates open for the game at 5:30.
The similarities between Brooks Robinson and Manny Machado continue to pile up. They were both called up to the Orioles as basically teenagers. They both play third base. And it didn’t take Machado long to almost equal Brooks’ feat of throwing a guy out from nearly the first row of seats.
Apologies if the GIF makes your machine run slow, but it’s an amazing comparison; first you have Brooks’ play in the 1970 World Series against the Reds, which I have always considered, at least at third base, the greatest defensive play EVER. Then take Machado last weekend against the Yankees…and it’s not that far off. Enjoy.
In a season where the Revolution has been caught of guard by four sudden in-season retirements (Dustin Pease, Jason Repko, Dallas McPherson and Jeff Fiorentino), this transaction comes as the exact opposite.
Thought to be retired, outfielder Val Majewski has re-joined the Revolution for at least their series in Lancaster this weekend that will end the first half. Whether this is just temporary or if he’ll be with the club longer remains to be seen. Last year Majewski split the season between the Texas Rangers Double and Triple-A clubs in Frisco and Round Rock, TX. The season prior in 2011, he was plucked off the Revolution roster mid-season by Texas and finished the year at Round Rock before returning to York for the playoffs, helping guide the Revs to their second straight championship.
The Revolution had reached out to Majewski earlier in the season when they were going through roster difficulty and needed outfield help. Majewski re-buffed those requests, but apparently has had a change of heart, even if his time with the Revs is only temporary. Majewski played against York with the Atlantic League Alumni team in April in an exhibition game at Fan Fest, and very much looked in game shape and ready to play. His birthday was on June 1, making him 32. This marks his 11th professional season after a collegiate career at Rutgers.
Andy Etchebarren is now 70 years old. He’s in town after appearing at the Brooks Robinson Classic Golf Tournament in York on Monday, and is spending his birthday week at the ballpark with the Revolution. The 2011 Atlantic League Manager of the year brought the Revolution their first two ALPB Championships in 2010 and 2011, and his number 8 sits alongside Brooks Robinson and Jackie Robinson as retired in center field at Sovereign Bank Stadium. These miscellaneous musings are in his honor.
Time for a quick update on some things…
- The above photo is from the Orioles game on June 10; as far as we were concerned it was “York Revolution Night” at Camden Yards. Pitching Coach John Halama, outfielder Jeff Fiorentino and former Manager Andy Etchebarren all took part in the Orioles Alumni Autograph Series before the game as former O’s players. On the right is Al Bumbry as well, who was a Revolution coach/goodwill ambassador during the inaugural 2007 season. The Orioles fought off the Angels and a two hour and 14 minute rain delay to win 4-3, thanks to a 2-run homer from Adam Jones. Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton each smacked solo homers, but Jim Johnson nailed down his 22nd save in the 9th to end it. Good times.
- We don’t talk college baseball around these parts much, but with two former fan favorites now assistants at Division I schools, we should pass along that former shortstop Chuck Jeroloman (’10) just finished his second season on TCU’s staff, and the Horned Frogs went 29-28 and 13-12 in conference in their first season in the Big XII, moving from the Mountain West Conference. Former centerfielder Scott Grimes (’10-’12) wrapped up his first season as an assistant at LaSalle University in Philadelphia with a 24-29 record, but the Explorers did go 15-9 in the Atlantic 10 after a tough non-conference slate. Most importantly, LaSalle defeated the hated University of Toledo 8-7 in their first game of the season.
- By now most fans have probably heard that former Revolution, now former Skeeters pitcher Michael Nix (’10-’11) was plucked off Sugar Land’s roster by the Chicago White Sox, and assigned to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. The move made Nix part of a group of six former Revs currently either in the Majors or Triple-A. He’s now just a phone call away from potentially being the fifth former Rev to reach the big leagues. He departed the Atlantic League with a 5-1 record this season, leading the league in ERA at 1.81.
- The President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, Jeff Idelson, will be playing in the Revolution’s “Brooks Robinson Classic” Golf Tournament on Monday, June 17 at Springwood Golf Club in York. The Hall-of-Famer Brooks will be joined by Andy Etchebarren and the entire Revolution team and coaching staff at the event, so it should be a great time with plenty of celebrity punch if you’re attending.
Hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. Bummer the Revolution were on the road, but it was fun catching up on watching some MLB, and listening to Darrell Henry of course. We have a mountain of miscellany to get through, so here we go…
- Perhaps already the best story in baseball this year, it just keeps getting better for Scott Rice. May 28 against the Yankees at Citi Field, he picked up his third career MLB win in spectacular fashion. Trailing 1-0 in the top of the 9th, Rice entered and tossed another scoreless inning. He did allow an infield hit to Ichiro on a swinging bunt off the handle, but then picked him off 1-3-6. Isn’t that just a story to tell forever. It got better however – when Mariano Rivera entered for the save, he allowed three consecutive hits to Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Lucas Duda to win 2-1 and hand Rivera his first blown save of the year. So for one night at least, Rice can say he out-dueled Rivera for an inning in the Subway Series and picked off another possible Hall of Famer to boot.
Took a break from Spring Training games to watch the 1966 World Series film on MASN last night, when the Orioles swept the Dodgers 4-0. Some notes:
- In Game 1 at Dodger Stadium, Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson each homered in the first inning to set the tone for the Orioles sweep, in a 5-2 victory.
- In Game 2 at Dodger Stadium, Andy Etchebarren was the last man to ever bat against Sandy Koufax. He hit into a double play, but the O’s still won 6-0.
- During a cross country flight, the Orioles plane hit some major turbulence over the Rockies. I guess it got pretty intense. Years later, Etch was quoted as saying “we all said we have to finish this thing in Baltimore in five games or less, because nobody wanted to get back on that plane to go to Los Angeles again.”
- For supposedly being thin on pitching, the Orioles set a record for longest scoreless streak in a World Series, shutting the Dodgers out for the final 33 innings of the series, winning Games 3 and 4 at Memorial Stadium by identical 1-0 scores. As catcher, we’ll give Etch some credit for this too.
- After Paul Blair caught the final out in Game 4, the fans at Memorial Stadium rushed the field ala college football or basketball. Good luck ever seeing that again.
And finally, here are a couple of future managers during that series: