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Title: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on May 07, 2017, 01:11:36 PM
At Camden Yards today,some of the nicest fans in baseball!


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on May 07, 2017, 08:26:08 PM
At Camden Yards today,some of the nicest fans in baseball!

Thanks. I havent been out there yet this season.  Looking forward to some summer days and summer nights watching my Orioles.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on May 07, 2017, 08:47:48 PM
I'm happy as hell that my Astros keep winning. 21-11 now. We're gonna be this year's Cubs...


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: The Cincinnati Kid on May 07, 2017, 09:04:21 PM
The Reds are surprisingly in first place.  I'll enjoy it while I can.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on May 07, 2017, 10:41:51 PM
I'm pulling for them I was a Reds fan in the 80s and 90s.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on May 08, 2017, 03:47:29 AM
I don't want to talk about the Blue Jays...


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on May 08, 2017, 04:48:17 AM
I'm happy as hell that my Astros keep winning. 21-11 now. We're gonna be this year's Cubs...
Lucky hats Billy! ;)


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on May 08, 2017, 04:53:04 AM
Go Cubs Go! ;D


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: Wrightfan on May 14, 2017, 07:45:28 AM
Guess the Mets stink again  :-[


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on June 10, 2017, 08:56:23 AM
I got a Brooks Robinson jersey for 20 dollars!


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: FatherOfTheMan Sr101 on June 10, 2017, 09:04:45 AM
Guess the Mets stink again  :-[

So much hope squandered.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on June 10, 2017, 09:18:21 AM
Mr. Met kept it real though.... ;D


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on June 10, 2017, 09:19:15 AM
Living in the D.C./Baltimore area is fun with two good teams... :hat


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on June 20, 2017, 04:01:19 AM
Living in the D.C./Baltimore area is fun with two good teams... :hat

Though after a solid April start, my Orioles have really struggled.  It could be a long summer here in Baltimore if things dont turn around.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 16, 2017, 01:26:32 PM
Cubs-Baltimore today has been most fun! :hat


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 16, 2017, 02:55:10 PM
Cubs-Baltimore today has been most fun! :hat

Dont get too excited about sweeping the Orioles. We've been a dumpster fire since early May.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 16, 2017, 02:57:44 PM
Yeah but Camden Yards is so nice!


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 16, 2017, 03:55:01 PM
Yeah but Camden Yards is so nice!

No doubt. Often copied. Never equalled.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 16, 2017, 04:16:52 PM
Not just the stadium, also the fans! ;)


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 16, 2017, 04:37:21 PM
Not just the stadium, also the fans! ;)

Ill take that as a complimemt since Ive been going to games there since it opened.  Though I dont get out there as often as Id like the last three seasons.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 16, 2017, 04:47:53 PM
I need to dig out my parents' program from the 1993 all star game!


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 16, 2017, 08:42:27 PM
I need to dig out my parents' program from the 1993 all star game!

I was there.  Im still bitter about Mike Mussina's snub after 24 yrs.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 21, 2017, 09:54:05 AM
(https://preview.ibb.co/d5JVAQ/IMG_3415.jpg) (https://ibb.co/nD9sPk)
<a target='_blank' href='https://imgbb.com/'>upload photos to the internet[/url]


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 21, 2017, 10:01:02 AM
(https://preview.ibb.co/d5JVAQ/IMG_3415.jpg) (https://ibb.co/nD9sPk)
<a target='_blank' href='https://imgbb.com/'>upload photos to the internet[/url]


Cool.  I'm sure mine's in a box at my folks' house somewhere. 

Baltimore was in line to host again recently, but the Orioles lawsuit with the Nationals and MLB kind of put the end to the hopes of the best ballpark in baseball hosting it again any time soon. 


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 21, 2017, 10:09:09 AM
Yeah that whole lawsuit involving MASN is a mess....


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 21, 2017, 10:51:55 AM
Yeah that whole lawsuit involving MASN is a mess....

Personally, I don't side with Mr. Angelos often, but I think the Nationals are in the wrong here. 

They signed the agreement when they relocated to DC back in 2005. 


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 22, 2017, 08:49:16 AM
Confession, living south of D.C. area for my whole life has me as a big nats fan as well. (Though last nights near O's comeback was fun to watch on MASN....)

(https://preview.ibb.co/mvQH9k/IMG_3420.jpg) (https://ibb.co/jOqjpk)


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 23, 2017, 10:47:42 AM
Though I wearing my o's t-shirt today.....


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 23, 2017, 12:40:06 PM
Im fairly indifferent to the Nats.  I dont dislike them the way I dislike the Redskins. Ive seen to a couple games at Nats Park.  I think its a little sterile, but not bad.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 23, 2017, 12:42:50 PM
O's blew the lead as I watch TBS....


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 23, 2017, 01:47:52 PM
O's blew the lead as I watch TBS....

Even during our dark period 1998-2011, I cant recall a team that is worse at protecting leads than the 2017 team.  Although those dark era teams didnt have a ton of leads. 

Im not at all fooled by the Orioles sweep of the reeling Rangers.  Time to sell some pieces, and look to 2018.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 23, 2017, 01:53:01 PM
9-7! ;D


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 23, 2017, 02:05:06 PM
9-7! ;D

I only hope they dont do anything silly like 2 years ago when we traded Zach Davies for Gerardo Parra. 

Britton with his 55th straight save


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 23, 2017, 02:28:57 PM
(https://preview.ibb.co/jHFVEk/IMG_3435.jpg) (https://ibb.co/etB3Zk)


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 23, 2017, 03:46:25 PM
Cool shirt.  How far back do you go?  Ever attend any Orioles games at Memorial Stadium?


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 23, 2017, 03:54:06 PM
1997 opening day with the guy who played Mr. Mygai from karate kid throwing first pitch....


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 23, 2017, 04:02:33 PM
1997 opening day with the guy who played Mr. Mygai from karate kid throwing first pitch....

I was at Opening Day in 97.  The Wire to Wire Season.

My first game was 1991.  The last season at Memorial Stadium. 


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 23, 2017, 04:28:10 PM
Nice, I wish I could have gone to a O's or Colts game at Memorial Stadium in my lifetime! 8)


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on July 23, 2017, 05:40:30 PM
This discussion needs more Jays content.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 23, 2017, 06:11:59 PM
Nice, I wish I could have gone to a O's or Colts game at Memorial Stadium in my lifetime! 8)

The Colts split was I was three.  I think I probably saw about 26 games at Memorial Stadium if you include Orioles, Stallions ( CFL), and Ravens.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 23, 2017, 06:52:51 PM
This discussion needs more Jays content.
Go Jays go! ;D. What is your fan history?


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on July 23, 2017, 08:19:34 PM
This discussion needs more Jays content.
Go Jays go! ;D. What is your fan history?

Ha - they need all the help they can get right now!

Grew up just outside of Toronto and family were big on baseball so they were a team that, as a kid, I took a mild interest in. I knew about a lot of the key players from that time - Dave Stieb, George Bell, Jesse Barfield, etc. I remember going to a game at the Exhibition Stadium ("the mistake by the lake") with my grandfather in the 80s when I was five or six but I lost interest after four or five innings. My fandom truly escalated in 1991. I was 11 years old and my dad took me to the first game I had been to at what was, then, the new Skydome. You have to remember that, at that time, the Skydome was supposed to be the future of baseball ballparks (thank God that turned out not to be the case) with its state of the art technology. To an 11 year old in 1991, everything about the Skydome was cool. At that pre-Internet stage, I don't think we'd ever get anything quite as amazing as Tim Burton's Batman in surround sound in a home theatre and a baseball stadium with a retractable roof. And what looked like blue astroturf...

At any rate 1991 was a great year to get into baseball in Toronto. The all-star game was at the dome that year and the team made it to the championship series. The team then won the next two world series after that with a roster of players that we may never see the likes of again in the city. Although the last five years or so has been very fun to watch, those 1991-1994 teams really gave me a false sense of what being a baseball fan was really like! It was also the stage when I knew the most about baseball, knowing virtually every player on every team. And it seemed like the Jays could get the best players at some point. In the space of five or six years I saw Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, Jimmy Key, David Wells, Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield, Ricky Henderson, Dave Stewart, Jose Canseco, David Cone, Roger Clemens, all wearing the Jays uniform. Great times that unfortunately and inevitably wouldn't last. And now, of course, the stadium seems really tacky to me but, naturally, my six year old daughter loves it!


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 24, 2017, 07:11:53 AM
I remember the same thing about the skydome as a kid as well! The press and baseball establishment hyped it up as a wonder of the modern world that other teams needed to follow. But man, you had some great baseball teams to watch growing up in Canada.

I had all the Chicago Cubs games (for free) on the WGN superstation and with my family from Chicago, It was a match made in heaven. Then the games stopped being broadcast and I switched to watching MASN with Nats / O's. Though I am still a huge Cubs fan who acted like a maniac when they won the WS last year!


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 24, 2017, 07:49:21 AM
This discussion needs more Jays content.
Go Jays go! ;D. What is your fan history?

Ha - they need all the help they can get right now!

Grew up just outside of Toronto and family were big on baseball so they were a team that, as a kid, I took a mild interest in. I knew about a lot of the key players from that time - Dave Stieb, George Bell, Jesse Barfield, etc. I remember going to a game at the Exhibition Stadium ("the mistake by the lake") with my grandfather in the 80s when I was five or six but I lost interest after four or five innings. My fandom truly escalated in 1991. I was 11 years old and my dad took me to the first game I had been to at what was, then, the new Skydome. You have to remember that, at that time, the Skydome was supposed to be the future of baseball ballparks (thank God that turned out not to be the case) with its state of the art technology. To an 11 year old in 1991, everything about the Skydome was cool. At that pre-Internet stage, I don't think we'd ever get anything quite as amazing as Tim Burton's Batman in surround sound in a home theatre and a baseball stadium with a retractable roof. And what looked like blue astroturf...

At any rate 1991 was a great year to get into baseball in Toronto. The all-star game was at the dome that year and the team made it to the championship series. The team then won the next two world series after that with a roster of players that we may never see the likes of again in the city. Although the last five years or so has been very fun to watch, those 1991-1994 teams really gave me a false sense of what being a baseball fan was really like! It was also the stage when I knew the most about baseball, knowing virtually every player on every team. And it seemed like the Jays could get the best players at some point. In the space of five or six years I saw Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, Jimmy Key, David Wells, Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield, Ricky Henderson, Dave Stewart, Jose Canseco, David Cone, Roger Clemens, all wearing the Jays uniform. Great times that unfortunately and inevitably wouldn't last. And now, of course, the stadium seems really tacky to me but, naturally, my six year old daughter loves it!

As an Orioles fan, those 1991-1993 Toronto teams still give me nightmares.  I don't know how many walk off wins Toronto had at Baltimore's expense during that time period, but it seems like that place has been a House of Horrors for the Orioles since it opened (even as recently as the 2016 WC Game). 

I still harbor a bit of resentment towards Cito Gaston for not putting Mike Mussina into the 1993 All Star Game at Camden Yards.  I proudly wore a "Cito Sucks" tee shirt for a few seasons whenever Toronto came to town. 


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on July 24, 2017, 08:44:19 AM
This discussion needs more Jays content.
Go Jays go! ;D. What is your fan history?

Ha - they need all the help they can get right now!

Grew up just outside of Toronto and family were big on baseball so they were a team that, as a kid, I took a mild interest in. I knew about a lot of the key players from that time - Dave Stieb, George Bell, Jesse Barfield, etc. I remember going to a game at the Exhibition Stadium ("the mistake by the lake") with my grandfather in the 80s when I was five or six but I lost interest after four or five innings. My fandom truly escalated in 1991. I was 11 years old and my dad took me to the first game I had been to at what was, then, the new Skydome. You have to remember that, at that time, the Skydome was supposed to be the future of baseball ballparks (thank God that turned out not to be the case) with its state of the art technology. To an 11 year old in 1991, everything about the Skydome was cool. At that pre-Internet stage, I don't think we'd ever get anything quite as amazing as Tim Burton's Batman in surround sound in a home theatre and a baseball stadium with a retractable roof. And what looked like blue astroturf...

At any rate 1991 was a great year to get into baseball in Toronto. The all-star game was at the dome that year and the team made it to the championship series. The team then won the next two world series after that with a roster of players that we may never see the likes of again in the city. Although the last five years or so has been very fun to watch, those 1991-1994 teams really gave me a false sense of what being a baseball fan was really like! It was also the stage when I knew the most about baseball, knowing virtually every player on every team. And it seemed like the Jays could get the best players at some point. In the space of five or six years I saw Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, Jimmy Key, David Wells, Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield, Ricky Henderson, Dave Stewart, Jose Canseco, David Cone, Roger Clemens, all wearing the Jays uniform. Great times that unfortunately and inevitably wouldn't last. And now, of course, the stadium seems really tacky to me but, naturally, my six year old daughter loves it!

As an Orioles fan, those 1991-1993 Toronto teams still give me nightmares.  I don't know how many walk off wins Toronto had at Baltimore's expense during that time period, but it seems like that place has been a House of Horrors for the Orioles since it opened (even as recently as the 2016 WC Game). 

I still harbor a bit of resentment towards Cito Gaston for not putting Mike Mussina into the 1993 All Star Game at Camden Yards.  I proudly wore a "Cito Sucks" tee shirt for a few seasons whenever Toronto came to town. 

I remember I used to jump for joy when I saw Arthur Rhodes coming out of the bullpen. For some reason, it always seemed like we knocked the hell out of him.

I remember Cito causing rancor over Mussina but, man, he was great for us. I think he put in most of the Jays in that all star game.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 24, 2017, 08:49:40 AM
This discussion needs more Jays content.
Go Jays go! ;D. What is your fan history?

Ha - they need all the help they can get right now!

Grew up just outside of Toronto and family were big on baseball so they were a team that, as a kid, I took a mild interest in. I knew about a lot of the key players from that time - Dave Stieb, George Bell, Jesse Barfield, etc. I remember going to a game at the Exhibition Stadium ("the mistake by the lake") with my grandfather in the 80s when I was five or six but I lost interest after four or five innings. My fandom truly escalated in 1991. I was 11 years old and my dad took me to the first game I had been to at what was, then, the new Skydome. You have to remember that, at that time, the Skydome was supposed to be the future of baseball ballparks (thank God that turned out not to be the case) with its state of the art technology. To an 11 year old in 1991, everything about the Skydome was cool. At that pre-Internet stage, I don't think we'd ever get anything quite as amazing as Tim Burton's Batman in surround sound in a home theatre and a baseball stadium with a retractable roof. And what looked like blue astroturf...

At any rate 1991 was a great year to get into baseball in Toronto. The all-star game was at the dome that year and the team made it to the championship series. The team then won the next two world series after that with a roster of players that we may never see the likes of again in the city. Although the last five years or so has been very fun to watch, those 1991-1994 teams really gave me a false sense of what being a baseball fan was really like! It was also the stage when I knew the most about baseball, knowing virtually every player on every team. And it seemed like the Jays could get the best players at some point. In the space of five or six years I saw Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, Jimmy Key, David Wells, Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield, Ricky Henderson, Dave Stewart, Jose Canseco, David Cone, Roger Clemens, all wearing the Jays uniform. Great times that unfortunately and inevitably wouldn't last. And now, of course, the stadium seems really tacky to me but, naturally, my six year old daughter loves it!

As an Orioles fan, those 1991-1993 Toronto teams still give me nightmares.  I don't know how many walk off wins Toronto had at Baltimore's expense during that time period, but it seems like that place has been a House of Horrors for the Orioles since it opened (even as recently as the 2016 WC Game). 

I still harbor a bit of resentment towards Cito Gaston for not putting Mike Mussina into the 1993 All Star Game at Camden Yards.  I proudly wore a "Cito Sucks" tee shirt for a few seasons whenever Toronto came to town. 

I remember I used to jump for joy when I saw Arthur Rhodes coming out of the bullpen. For some reason, it always seemed like we knocked the hell out of him.

I remember Cito causing rancor over Mussina but, man, he was great for us. I think he put in most of the Jays in that all star game.

I know Gregg Olson had some fits in Toronto as well. 

As I recall, seven Toronto Blue Jays were on the AL Roster in 1993.  I think two were voted on by the fans, and the rest were chosen by Gaston.  Oddly enough, I believe Pat Hentgen also didn't get into the game.  But, the Mussina snub was obvious, and there was talk about implementing a rule that all host team players have to be used, but I don't think that ever happened. 

It's hard to believe there was a time when Toronto was more hated in Baltimore than New York or Boston.  Although, for the record, Toronto's fans were never as obnoxious as New York or Boston's. 


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on July 24, 2017, 08:51:23 AM
This discussion needs more Jays content.
Go Jays go! ;D. What is your fan history?

Ha - they need all the help they can get right now!

Grew up just outside of Toronto and family were big on baseball so they were a team that, as a kid, I took a mild interest in. I knew about a lot of the key players from that time - Dave Stieb, George Bell, Jesse Barfield, etc. I remember going to a game at the Exhibition Stadium ("the mistake by the lake") with my grandfather in the 80s when I was five or six but I lost interest after four or five innings. My fandom truly escalated in 1991. I was 11 years old and my dad took me to the first game I had been to at what was, then, the new Skydome. You have to remember that, at that time, the Skydome was supposed to be the future of baseball ballparks (thank God that turned out not to be the case) with its state of the art technology. To an 11 year old in 1991, everything about the Skydome was cool. At that pre-Internet stage, I don't think we'd ever get anything quite as amazing as Tim Burton's Batman in surround sound in a home theatre and a baseball stadium with a retractable roof. And what looked like blue astroturf...

At any rate 1991 was a great year to get into baseball in Toronto. The all-star game was at the dome that year and the team made it to the championship series. The team then won the next two world series after that with a roster of players that we may never see the likes of again in the city. Although the last five years or so has been very fun to watch, those 1991-1994 teams really gave me a false sense of what being a baseball fan was really like! It was also the stage when I knew the most about baseball, knowing virtually every player on every team. And it seemed like the Jays could get the best players at some point. In the space of five or six years I saw Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, Jimmy Key, David Wells, Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield, Ricky Henderson, Dave Stewart, Jose Canseco, David Cone, Roger Clemens, all wearing the Jays uniform. Great times that unfortunately and inevitably wouldn't last. And now, of course, the stadium seems really tacky to me but, naturally, my six year old daughter loves it!

As an Orioles fan, those 1991-1993 Toronto teams still give me nightmares.  I don't know how many walk off wins Toronto had at Baltimore's expense during that time period, but it seems like that place has been a House of Horrors for the Orioles since it opened (even as recently as the 2016 WC Game). 

I still harbor a bit of resentment towards Cito Gaston for not putting Mike Mussina into the 1993 All Star Game at Camden Yards.  I proudly wore a "Cito Sucks" tee shirt for a few seasons whenever Toronto came to town. 

I remember I used to jump for joy when I saw Arthur Rhodes coming out of the bullpen. For some reason, it always seemed like we knocked the hell out of him.

I remember Cito causing rancor over Mussina but, man, he was great for us. I think he put in most of the Jays in that all star game.

I know Gregg Olson had some fits in Toronto as well. 

As I recall, seven Toronto Blue Jays were on the AL Roster in 1993.  I think two were voted on by the fans, and the rest were chosen by Gaston.  Oddly enough, I believe Pat Hentgen also didn't get into the game.  But, the Mussina snub was obvious, and there was talk about implementing a rule that all host team players have to be used, but I don't think that ever happened. 

It's hard to believe there was a time when Toronto was more hated in Baltimore than New York or Boston.  Although, for the record, Toronto's fans were never as obnoxious as New York or Boston's. 

Even after the beer cup?


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 24, 2017, 08:55:31 AM
This discussion needs more Jays content.
Go Jays go! ;D. What is your fan history?

Ha - they need all the help they can get right now!

Grew up just outside of Toronto and family were big on baseball so they were a team that, as a kid, I took a mild interest in. I knew about a lot of the key players from that time - Dave Stieb, George Bell, Jesse Barfield, etc. I remember going to a game at the Exhibition Stadium ("the mistake by the lake") with my grandfather in the 80s when I was five or six but I lost interest after four or five innings. My fandom truly escalated in 1991. I was 11 years old and my dad took me to the first game I had been to at what was, then, the new Skydome. You have to remember that, at that time, the Skydome was supposed to be the future of baseball ballparks (thank God that turned out not to be the case) with its state of the art technology. To an 11 year old in 1991, everything about the Skydome was cool. At that pre-Internet stage, I don't think we'd ever get anything quite as amazing as Tim Burton's Batman in surround sound in a home theatre and a baseball stadium with a retractable roof. And what looked like blue astroturf...

At any rate 1991 was a great year to get into baseball in Toronto. The all-star game was at the dome that year and the team made it to the championship series. The team then won the next two world series after that with a roster of players that we may never see the likes of again in the city. Although the last five years or so has been very fun to watch, those 1991-1994 teams really gave me a false sense of what being a baseball fan was really like! It was also the stage when I knew the most about baseball, knowing virtually every player on every team. And it seemed like the Jays could get the best players at some point. In the space of five or six years I saw Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, Jimmy Key, David Wells, Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield, Ricky Henderson, Dave Stewart, Jose Canseco, David Cone, Roger Clemens, all wearing the Jays uniform. Great times that unfortunately and inevitably wouldn't last. And now, of course, the stadium seems really tacky to me but, naturally, my six year old daughter loves it!

As an Orioles fan, those 1991-1993 Toronto teams still give me nightmares.  I don't know how many walk off wins Toronto had at Baltimore's expense during that time period, but it seems like that place has been a House of Horrors for the Orioles since it opened (even as recently as the 2016 WC Game). 

I still harbor a bit of resentment towards Cito Gaston for not putting Mike Mussina into the 1993 All Star Game at Camden Yards.  I proudly wore a "Cito Sucks" tee shirt for a few seasons whenever Toronto came to town. 

I remember I used to jump for joy when I saw Arthur Rhodes coming out of the bullpen. For some reason, it always seemed like we knocked the hell out of him.

I remember Cito causing rancor over Mussina but, man, he was great for us. I think he put in most of the Jays in that all star game.

I know Gregg Olson had some fits in Toronto as well. 

As I recall, seven Toronto Blue Jays were on the AL Roster in 1993.  I think two were voted on by the fans, and the rest were chosen by Gaston.  Oddly enough, I believe Pat Hentgen also didn't get into the game.  But, the Mussina snub was obvious, and there was talk about implementing a rule that all host team players have to be used, but I don't think that ever happened. 

It's hard to believe there was a time when Toronto was more hated in Baltimore than New York or Boston.  Although, for the record, Toronto's fans were never as obnoxious as New York or Boston's. 

Even after the beer cup?

OK, you have a point there.  And that actually happened twice.  A can was thrown at Nate McClouth back in either 2012 or 2013. 

But, I've attended many Orioles / Blue Jays games in Baltimore, several during the Toronto glory days in the 1990s, and I don't recall anyone in a blue shirt or cap being anything less than civil. 


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on July 24, 2017, 09:09:00 AM
That's good to hear. I should also say that going to Camden Yards around 1998 was a real highlight for me. And I'd say that beyond my own favourite team winning the WS twice, one of the greatest all time moments of baseball that I witnessed was Cal Ripkin breaking Gehrig's record.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 24, 2017, 09:11:20 AM
That's good to hear. I should also say that going to Camden Yards around 1998 was a real highlight for me. And I'd say that beyond my own favourite team winning the WS twice, one of the greatest all time moments of baseball that I witnessed was Cal Ripkin breaking Gehrig's record.

I was there both nights when Ripken broke and tied Gehrig's record in 1995.  Those were surely special nights. 

I hope to be able to witness by Orioles win a WS some day, but I feel our window is about to close with the contracts of Zach Britton, Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Dan Duquette, and Buck Showalter ending after 2018. 


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 24, 2017, 09:17:04 AM
The beer cup incident was ugly, but Boston  fans calling Adam Jones racial slurs was way worse in my opinion.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 24, 2017, 09:21:50 AM
The beer cup incident was ugly, but Boston  fans calling Adam Jones racial slurs was way worse in my opinion.

There's no room for fans yelling racial slurs, I'll agree with that.  But a beer fan flying out of the stands can seriously injure or kill somebody. 

Jones also had somebody throw a banana feel at him in San Francisco a few years back.  It's particularly shameful as you'd be hard pressed to find a better role model for young African Americans in pro sports than Adam Jones. 


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 24, 2017, 09:30:39 AM
Agreed, I forgot it was an actual can....


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 24, 2017, 09:33:07 AM
My cousin used to yell ugly things at Jim Edmonds from the Cubs bleachers... :-\


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 24, 2017, 09:38:16 AM
My cousin used to yell ugly things at Jim Edmonds from the Cubs bleachers... :-\

I was in the bleachers at Oriole Park at a game against Houston two years ago, and there was a fan yelling at Astros RF Russ Springer, but they were comical absurd insults like:

"You're the one responsible for sub prime mortgages!!!" 

"You didn't call your mother on Mothers' Day!!"


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 24, 2017, 09:43:41 AM
 :lol Most Cubs are fine, my cousin is really unhinged.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 24, 2017, 09:46:29 AM
:lol Most Cubs are fine, my cousin is really unhinged.

I think every fanbase has their share of unhinged ones.  I joined a fan created Orioles Facebook Group before the 2016 season.  I had to leave it after 10 games when my newsfeed was flooded with nonsense from fans. 


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 24, 2017, 09:50:30 AM
CSM, wasn't exhibition  stadium a unique setup?


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on July 24, 2017, 10:09:06 AM
CSM, wasn't exhibition  stadium a unique setup?

I can't remember. You'd probably know more than I. But I remember that it was renowned for being awful.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 24, 2017, 10:11:18 AM
CSM, wasn't exhibition  stadium a unique setup?

I can't remember. You'd probably know more than I. But I remember that it was renowned for being awful.

It's also the site of a major Cal Ripken moment  In September 1987, with the Orioles being pummeled by the Blue Jays, manager Cal Ripken Sr. replaced Jr. at SS with Ron Washington, ending Cal's streak of playing in 8243 straight innings over five years.  That streak might even be more impressive than the 2632 straight games. 


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 24, 2017, 10:22:41 AM
CSM, wasn't exhibition  stadium a unique setup?

I can't remember. You'd probably know more than I. But I remember that it was renowned for being awful.
And the Expos had the "Olympic mistake" stadium. MLB didn't get off to the greatest start in Canada.... You rocking a Bautista Jersey these days?


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on July 24, 2017, 10:54:44 AM
CSM, wasn't exhibition  stadium a unique setup?

I can't remember. You'd probably know more than I. But I remember that it was renowned for being awful.
And the Expos had the "Olympic mistake" stadium. MLB didn't get off to the greatest start in Canada.... You rocking a Bautista Jersey these days?

Unfortunately, I opted for Encarnacion. I still think it was a terrible move letting him go.

I do like Bautista but I would probably opt for Osuna or Stroman these days. If the team has a future, it very much rides on them.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 24, 2017, 11:09:54 AM
CSM, wasn't exhibition  stadium a unique setup?

I can't remember. You'd probably know more than I. But I remember that it was renowned for being awful.
And the Expos had the "Olympic mistake" stadium. MLB didn't get off to the greatest start in Canada.... You rocking a Bautista Jersey these days?

Unfortunately, I opted for Encarnacion. I still think it was a terrible move letting him go.

I do like Bautista but I would probably opt for Osuna or Stroman these days. If the team has a future, it very much rides on them.

I've heard rumors that Stroman might be on the trading block. 


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on July 24, 2017, 12:08:52 PM
CSM, wasn't exhibition  stadium a unique setup?

I can't remember. You'd probably know more than I. But I remember that it was renowned for being awful.
And the Expos had the "Olympic mistake" stadium. MLB didn't get off to the greatest start in Canada.... You rocking a Bautista Jersey these days?

Unfortunately, I opted for Encarnacion. I still think it was a terrible move letting him go.

I do like Bautista but I would probably opt for Osuna or Stroman these days. If the team has a future, it very much rides on them.

I've heard rumors that Stroman might be on the trading block. 

It wouldn't surprise me. Alex Anthopoulos put together such a remarkable team and since 2015, Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins seem to be determined to destroy it.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 24, 2017, 07:09:37 PM
The Jays being on the cusp of the WS was something to behold after years of Boston/NY dominance of the AL east.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on July 24, 2017, 07:31:12 PM
The Jays being on the cusp of the WS was something to behold after years of Boston/NY dominance of the AL east.

It's such a tough division.


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on July 24, 2017, 08:19:27 PM
The Jays being on the cusp of the WS was something to behold after years of Boston/NY dominance of the AL east.

Im.convinced the Orioles would have won the Series in 2014 had we had Manny Machado and Chris Davis in the playoffs


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 04, 2017, 09:25:30 AM
Football in a month! (https://preview.ibb.co/f52DxF/IMG_3471.jpg) (https://ibb.co/jwW6HF)


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on August 04, 2017, 09:29:59 AM
Football in a month! (https://preview.ibb.co/f52DxF/IMG_3471.jpg) (https://ibb.co/jwW6HF)

Wow, that's really cool.  The real Colts, not the tainted horseshoes over there in Indy. 

Preseason kicked off last night with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, OH.

As much as I love football, the start of preseason is a reminder than summer will soon be over. 

The Ravens have been killed with injuries, and we still have four preseason games ahead.  Could be a bumpy ride.

As least the Orioles are playing better.  Though, I doubt the acquisitions of Jeremy Hellickson and Tim Beckham will give us enough to make a run. 


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 04, 2017, 09:34:31 AM
Well said on the year flying by! I got the jacket during the 50th anniversary of "The Greatest Game Ever played" in 2008, which is the only time good Colts mech is made. Not the Indianapolis football club that impersonates them.

My grandma said she would have given me her vintage colts stuff, had she not burned it in a bonfire after they moved in 1984.  >:D

O's are a really hard team to figure out and constant MASN games make it worse!


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on August 04, 2017, 09:49:12 AM
Well said on the year flying by! I got the jacket during the 50th anniversary of "The Greatest Game Ever played" in 2008, which is the only time good Colts mech is made. Not the Indianapolis football club that impersonates them.

My grandma said she would have given me her vintage colts stuff, had she not burned it in a bonfire after they moved in 1984.  >:D

O's are a really hard team to figure out and constant MASN games make it worse!

There are some places in town where you can pick up vintage Baltimore Colts merch.  And when I go to Ravens games, I'll usually see a couple of throwback #19 jerseys.  My father has a big collection of Colts memorabilia.  So really merch though because it wasn't really commonplace to dress in team colors like it is now. 

I don't know if you remember the 1996 Orioles season.  In July, they appeared to be a sinking ship, and GM Pat Gillick wanted to trade David Wells and Bobby Bonilla to sure up for 1997, but Angelos vetoed the trades.  Instead, we acquired Eddie Murray, Todd Zelie, and Pete Incavaglia, and mashed our way to a WC spot to end a 13 year playoff drought.  That made Angelos' head bigger than the entire state of Maryland. 

Angelos apparently vetoed a trade with Houston where we'd have given up Zach Britton.  if the O's make a run, it could have negative long term effects like our 1996 playoff run. 


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 04, 2017, 10:25:05 AM
Ouch, I forgot about that whole saga in 1996. Angelos really was out of his mind the next couple of years and the team suffered big time.This year feels like the last run for this O's as currently constructed..,


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on August 04, 2017, 10:42:34 AM
Ouch, I forgot about that whole saga in 1996. Angelos really was out of his mind the next couple of years and the team suffered big time.This year feels like the last run for this O's as currently constructed..,

I fear the Orioles are heading for another deep valley.  With the 2017 team fading, they had the change to trade away some top tier talent for some top prospects.  But, they chose to keep the team intact to run for the 2nd Wild Card. 

I have little faith that they're going to be able to retain the likes of Manny Machado and Britton.  The Orioles have also proven they're inept when it comes to developing pitching. 

If the Orioles let these key FAs walk, why would the likes of Jonathan Schoop and Trey Mancini want to stay? 

Plus, Buck's probably going to retire at the end of 2018. 


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on October 12, 2017, 11:50:43 AM
About to mentally short circuit with Cubs vs Nats tonight.....


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on October 16, 2017, 06:18:45 AM
The only parts of the playoffs is what I saw out of the corner of my eye when I was at the Red Robin a week and a half ago. 

I'm glad to see the Red Sox out of it.  Hoping the Yankees don't have another comeback in them. 

A Houston / LA World Series would be a bit of a change of pace, considering the Dodgers have been in a WS in almost 30 years. 


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on November 01, 2017, 09:30:44 PM
We won! !!


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 01, 2017, 09:57:29 PM
I'm so happy about this. So many people in the Houston-Beaumont area are still struggling to get back on their feet.
It was great of the players to have photos of post-Harvey Houston on their lockers as an extra motivation to do their best for the city.
Go 'Stros!

PS And great baseball by both teams!


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: KDS on November 02, 2017, 05:22:15 AM
Congrats to the Astros.  If the Orioles can't win it this year, I'm happy to see the Astros bring some much needed joy to the Houston area. 

And any team that eliminates the Yankees is usually easy to root for. 


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on November 02, 2017, 07:30:39 AM
Congrats Billy, you wear the hat I gave you? ;D


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on November 04, 2017, 08:24:10 PM
Yes I did!


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on November 04, 2017, 08:32:52 PM
Billy fell into an astros hat.... :hat


Title: Re: MLB 2017
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 23, 2018, 08:38:41 AM
Wearing my Os shirt today....