Earl Weaver’s Ejections

On this date in 1975, Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver got ejected twice – during both games of a double header – by umpire Ron Luciano. Throughout his MLB career, Weaver was ejected around 100 times. His double header ejections on August 15, 1975, was just one of three times he got ejected twice in one day.

Classic arguments and antics by managers such as Weaver really don’t happen any more – which I kind of miss. Sure, they were often a bit too much, but they could also be rather entertaining. What do you think?

~ baseballrebecca


Best of the Week: 8/5/18 – 8/11/18

The best of the week: Adam Jones (again) and Cedric Mullins.

On Friday, one of my favorite former Bowie Baysox made his debut with the Baltimore Orioles. Cedric Mullins started in center field with Adam Jones moving to right. Jones marked the event by insisting Mullins be the first on the field to begin the game:

In Mullins’ first at-bat, he hit a double:

Mullins would end up with three hits in his MLB debut – the first Orioles player ever to do so. For his part, Jones responded to the focus on him:

And this is why everyone loves Adam Jones!

~  baseballrebecca 


We watched the two of them group together from A-ball to the bigs. Perhaps it was time to let them fly from the next on their own. But wouldn’t in be awesome if they could be together again? Check out the video highlighting their special bond below.

And I’ll have a lot more to say about this next week, so stay tuned…

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

Machado and Schoop

Last night, former Orioles Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop faced each other for the first time as members of their new teams. It was a heartbreaking reunion for Os fans everywhere. (And to torture us further, MLB Network showed us the end of a one-sided Cubs win over the Pirates instead of showing us the beginning of the game featuring the reunion we longed for in the Dodgers-Brewers match-up.)

I’m sad that they’re no longer teammates but happy they’re on good teams. My Manny Dodgers shirt is on the way; I need a Jonathan Brewers shirt now. I’ll always love my former Bowie Baysox. Good luck Manny and Jonathan.

~ baseballrebecca 

The Day After the Trade Deadline

They took Jonathan Jonathan_Schoop_on_September_26,_2013from us, too.

It’s not just the end of an era, it’s the end of life as we know it…

I suspect Giamatti wasn’t just talking about the off-season when he said that baseball breaks your heart. He was probably really talking about the trade deadline.

~ baseballrebecca


Missing Manny

13 - Machado 2Wednesday was a hard day in Birdland. The rumors of Tuesday turned to doubts Wednesday morning, with headlines that the trade of Manny Machado was far from a done deal. I’d almost come to terms with the fact that Baltimore’s Beloved Manny would be going to Los Angeles, but the gut-wrenching fear that he could still end up in one of my not-favorite teams started all over again.

A little after 7 pm Wednesday night, however, it finally became official: Manny Machado had been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for Manny. He deserves a better team. But I’m sad for Baltimore and Orioles fans. We deserve a better team, too.

Manny Machado was supposed to be the second coming of Cal. The heir-apparent to Cal Ripken was signed in the first round of the 2010 draft. He played a handful of games in 2010 in the rookie leagues and short season A before being assigned to the Orioles low- and high-A affiliates in 2011. He spent most of 2012 in double-A before being promoted to the Orioles on August 9, 2012. After that point Manny and O’s fans never looked back (except for the 3-game rehab stint with the Frederick Keys in 2014).

MachadoBaltimore loved Manny. We still do. That’s why its so hard to say goodbye.

I was irritated with the O’s in 1992 when they released Billy Ripken, but I understood. I was sad in 2001 when Cal retired, but he’d earned it. I was annoyed in 2013 when the O’s traded Jake Arrieta, but I got over it. I was mad in 2014 when the they failed to re-sign Nick Markakis, but I forgave. I was angry when they traded or failed to resign  prospect after prospect, but each time I let it pass. But this time, I’m furious.

This time it feels like the team that we’ve stood by for the last three decades, while they pulled themselves up from their 54-107 1988 season (which included that 21-game losing streak through most of April) really doesn’t care about the fans. The astounding lack of decent pitching, while constantly signing outfielders, is bad enough. Signing aging guys who were good on other teams is annoying. Constantly bringing guys up and sending them down again is frustrating. But trading Manny away is almost enough to make me give up on them once and for all. It might very well be unforgivable.

IMG_1602This time, the Orioles are going to have to work really hard to make it up to us – as well as to the remaining players. Because they deserve better, too. Yes, we still have Adam and Jonathan and Trey. But don’t they deserve to play on a good team, too?

Have the Orioles relied on the fans’ good will for too long? Has it become painfully obvious that they never loved us, like we loved them? Is it time to break up with them once and for all?

Its definitely time for a break. At least for the next few months, I’m totally a Dodgers fan.

Next year, I might have to follow the Yankees. (That’s how mad I am.)

~ baseballrebecca