Manny Machado in the on deck circle at Camden Yards, June 25, 2019
As I mentioned on Sunday, a week ago my favorite player, Manny Machado, was back in Baltimore playing against the Orioles with his new team, the San Diego Padres. Since I still haven’t forgiven the O’s for trading him, I wore my Manny Padres shirt and my Lake Elsinore Storm cap. I wasn’t the only Padres fan there.
I’ve been a Manny fan ever since the O’s signed him, and I watched him play single-A and double-A ball with the Frederick Keys and Bowie Baysox before he skipped triple-A and went up to the Orioles in 2012. I even went to one of his rehab games in Frederick in 2014. So I certainly wasn’t going to miss seeing him when the Padres came to town for an inter-league game this year.
As I knew they would, Orioles’ fans gave Manny a standing ovation when he came up for his first at bat. He gave a little wave to the fans in response. When he hit a home run in the 3rd inning, we cheered again. It was a bittersweet night. But at least we got to see our Manny again. And he looked like he enjoyed catching up with his old teammates. Check out the pics below.
Hugging Miguel Castro: this brought a tear to my eye.
A standing ovation for Manny.
Manny and Fernando Tatis, Jr.
When Manny was ours, 2012 (photo by Keith Alison via Wikipedia)
My favorite player, Manny Machado, returned to Baltimore this week with his (and my) new team, the San Diego Padres. The fans warmly welcomed him, some of us nearly in tears.
I’m still mad at the Orioles for trading him away. Naturally, I was at the game on Tuesday, wearing my Manny-Padres shirt and my Lake Elsinore Storm cap. (I’m still working through my feelings on this, but will post more pics later this week.)
We miss you Manny!
This one made me tear up a little (ok, a lot):
In my continuing annoyance with the Baltimore Orioles this season, I am keeping track of all of my favorite former Orioles (and a few others) to see how they’re doing on other and better teams. As expected, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis are still awesome!
Here are the latest stats:
* Optioned to the Reno Aces on 5/2/2019
Am I the only one, or did voting for the All-Star game get even harder? I mean, there’s even a voting guide on MLB.com to explain all the changes. We now have a Primary, then there’s “The Starters Election.” You mean I have to do this voting thing again?
Raise your hand (or post a comment) if you miss the old way of voting – going to a ballgame, getting your ballot from the usher, and pushing out all those little circles of paper next to your favorite players’ names. Sure, it was probably bad for the environment or dangerous for animals around the ballpark, but the new way gives me a headache.
All I want to do is check off the names of players, but, no, I have to click a million times and then fork over all my information – including my birth date – to submit my ballot. If I want to stuff the ballot box, I probably have to type in some code to prove I’m not a robot. (I don’t know, I didn’t want to have to go through that this year, so I voted once and that was it.) Last year, I could barely read those codes on my tiny phone screen. It’s voter suppression, I tell you!
Ok, yeah, I hear it now – I’ve become a grumpy Gen-X’er. (But still.)
Well, MLB keeps saying they need younger fans. Maybe this is a way to do it. Let the Millennials and Gen Z pick the All-Star teams – maybe that will motivate them to watch the game (instead of simply going to the ballpark to socialize). That’s ok with me.
As long as they vote for Trey Mancini.
Former Bowie Baysox player Mike Yastrzemski hit his first Major League home run Friday night at Oriole Park for the team that wears orange and black – and against the Baltimore Orioles.
Back in March, the Orioles traded Yaz to San Francisco for LHP Tyler Herb (who is currently with triple-A Norfolk). After more than seven seasons in the minors, Yaz made his MLB debut on May 25 and is batting .280 – which is higher than pretty much all of the current Orioles.
The O’s should have kept him. And they should have promoted him long ago.
Adam Jones has been the best of the week many times, and this week was no exception. It was good to see him pie-ing his Orioles teammate, Caleb Joseph again. Too bad they’re not still Orioles.
Former Orioles catcher and current Diamondbacks catcher made his MLB pitching “debut” Saturday night:
You get a better view of it on the D’Backs website: https://www.mlb.com/dbacks/video/joseph-pitches-a-clean-9th-inning
Good to see our former Os having fun out there!