Tag: Baltimore Orioles

Bad Birds: The First Ravens/Orioles Fight Song


As animals go, birds don’t have the toughest reputation — but that’s because people aren’t considering talons, beaks, Angry Birds, and bird flu. It’s just that tough-bird spirit that soulpatched Baltimore native Mike Ruocco has tried to capture in his new Orioles/Ravens fight song, “Bad Birds.”

The Best Outtakes From David Simon’s Sports Illustrated Piece on the Orioles


“The other thing I should say about [Camden Yards] is when we were filming Homicide, [Simon was a writer for the show] they let us film a murder there, and the only reason they let us do it was because we decided the victim would be a Yankee fan and the killer would also be a Yankee fan. That so appealed to Orioles’ management that they convinced the stadium authority to let us do it.”

Style Advice for Baltimore Sports Fans: How to Manage Purple/Orange Friday


How to wear purple and orange together

These are the kinds of complaints it’s fun to have:  it’s late September, and the O’s are making a glorious late-season bid for the playoffs, while the football season is getting underway. Purple Friday has long been a traditional way for Ravens fans to show support for their team… but then Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called for “Orange Friday,” too. So how is a dedicated Baltimore sports fan supposed to display his/her team spirit? Why, with an exciting purple/orange outfit, of course. Some suggestions and fashion tips below:

Ever Wanted a Cy Young Award?

Jim Palmer with two of his three Cy Young Awards. Want to buy one?

Every year, Major League Baseball grants the Cy Young Award to the best pitcher in each league, as decided by the Baseball Writers Association of America. And if you’ve always dreamed of displaying one on your mantel, between your Oscar and your bowling trophies, now just might be your chance.

Back in the 1970s, Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer won the Cy Young Award three times; he also snagged a few Gold Gloves for his superior fielding. And now he’s decided to auction those awards off to the highest bidder. That’s great news for Orioles fans or people with elaborate fantasy lives in which they’re professional baseball players — as long as they can pony up the estimated $60,000 to $80,000 the Cy Young trophies are expected to garner. (The Gold Gloves are the bargain-hunters option; they’re estimated to go for around $15,000.) And before you accuse Palmer of being a sell-out, consider that Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams did the same thing.

Baseball Damnation: Are the Orioles Actually Cursed?



My neighbor is a perpetual optimist. During the bleakest, hottest off-days of summer, he suits up in orange and khaki and heads down to the Inner Harbor to lead tours through the empty Orioles ballpark. Before the 2011 season began, he handed my one-year-old son his first Orioles uniform, wrapped in black and orange gift paper. For my wife and myself, he had a word of advice: this could be the year. They had just started farming a new pitching staff.

I was a little skeptical. I don’t know much about farming and I don’t know much about pitching. My wife and I hadn’t devoted ourselves financially to an O’s season since 2005. 2005 was the season of Sammy Sosa bobbleheads, Raphael Palmiero’s 3000th hit, and Mr. Sidney Ponson. The Orioles spent 62 days in first place. Then the bottom fell out. Sammy Sosa’s steroid-enhanced batting average deflated. Ponson was let go after his second DUI. One day after hitting 3000, the world learned that Palmiero had failed his urine test. And the Orioles finished fourth in their division, with 88 losses.

But 2011, my neighbor said, would be different. My son was wandering around wearing Oriole colors. People were whispering about the new ace, Brian Matusz. Besides, my neighbor is usually right about everything. His garden is perfect. He’s got a gas-fueled grill.