life list: baltimore orioles @ seattle mariners

4. Visit every MLB stadium. The Orioles are bad. The Mariners are bad. We saw two former first rounders pitch for two last place teams. Safeco Field is gorgeous. Seattle hot dogs are weird. Kyle Seager is still and always and belovedly a dope, and he hit a home run. We now own a Lou…

baseball: nats @ orioles

Seven. The Wiets drove in the tying run in the bottom of the 8th and Jonathan Schoop walked off. The floppy hats were excellent.

the trade deadline, emotionally

  In 2006, this guy pitched 7.1 against Cal State Fullerton, and Matt Danford balked, picked a guy off third, and got the win. 13 innings. How can I not want someone whose starts I remember in that much detail in my bullpen?

baseball: mariners @ orioles

If you watch a lot of college baseball, eventually players you love will make it to the major leagues. This is a familiar view, of Kyle Seager’s bubble butt and lazy slow approach to third base, a view that makes my heart ache a little, a view that still makes me want to yell GODDAMNIT,…

baseball: blue jays @ orioles

5. A quality start from Tillman, two Earl Weaver specials, Chris Davis’ 35th, and that Machado kid sure is something, isn’t he?

worth getting up for in june

Worth getting up for in June: the National at Red Hat; Shovels & Rope live; the Orioles still being over .500; sweeping the Yankees; Crush Davis (and his 31 home runs through the end of June); Southern Culture on the Skids at the Berkeley; that weekend I slept for, like, 65 hours (though not the bit…

perfection’s always flawed: a baseball mix

My all-time favorite photo of Matt Wieters, future of the Orioles organization, existed before the Big Bang, subject of all love songs ever written, bad ass new god. He hit a two-run homer in the first inning of the O’s first game today. This is a playlist of baseball songs. You should listen to it,…

cities that love their sports teams too much

If ever a city needed a self-help book, it was Baltimore: Towns That Love Sports Teams Too Much, and the Greedy Team Owners Who Use Them. — Laura Lippman, Charm City I grew up in a town without a football team. The Colts were still in Baltimore for the first few years of my life,…