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We voted—12,500 times

June 25, 2014
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We voted—12,500 times

When I first saw the kid pushing the hand truck loaded with a stack of cardboard boxes across Conway Street towards the Lee Street entrance to Oriole Park I thought he might have worked for one of the souvenir street vendors outside replenishing a supply of baseball caps or t-shirts. When I got up...
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The longest season: Offseason

March 19, 2014
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The longest season: Offseason

There’s a famous baseball cliché that’s referenced frequently by baseball people during the winter months, attributed to a salty old Hall of Famer named Rogers Hornsby, the greatest hitter in the National League and a reputed racist during the days of segregated baseball. “People ask me what I do in the winter when there...
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Birds fans take flight – to San Francisco

August 9, 2013
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Birds fans take flight – to San Francisco

During the Orioles games in San Diego on Tuesday and Wednesday, you could see all sorts of people wearing black and orange in a ballpark where the Padres team colors are blue and gray. You could hear them too: someone told me the “O” was quite audible during the Star Spangled Banner as well....
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Fraternizing with the Enemy

July 23, 2013
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Fraternizing with the Enemy

Like a lot of local sports fans, I found myself in the curious position of rooting for the New York Yankees this past weekend. Yes, as an Orioles fan it served the team’s best interests for the Yankees to beat the Red Sox in all three games of their recently completed series at Fenway...
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Why not again?

May 7, 2013
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Why not again?

It was one year ago today Baltimore Orioles fans and local media outlets were starting to recognize that there was something special about last year’s team. The day before, on May 6, 2012 the Orioles outlasted the Boston Red Sox in a grueling 17-inning, six-hour epic that just might have been the defining moment...
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Beloved friend, bartender, hot-sauce maker, pirate Mick Kipp, R.I.P.

April 29, 2013
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Beloved friend, bartender, hot-sauce maker, pirate Mick Kipp, R.I.P.

That big collective groan you may have heard or felt reverberating throughout the city last night and this morning was for the loss of one of contemporary Baltimore’s most loving and well-loved citizens, everyone’s friend Mick Kipp (City Paper‘s “Best Pirate,” 2004). I can’t remember the exact moment I met “Mick the Pirate” because...
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Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson and itself

April 15, 2013
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Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson and itself

42: The True Story of an American Legend Directed By Brian Helgeland A few hours after seeing the new film 42 on its opening day here in Baltimore, I watched on television as another number 42, New York Yankees’ legendary reliever Mariano Rivera, finished off the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Rivera is the last...
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O’s unveil new banner in Sarasota

March 4, 2013
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O’s unveil new banner in Sarasota

(Ori­oles mega-fan and Sec­tion 8 main­stay Char­lie Vas­cel­laro reports from spring train­ing in Sara­sota.) Greetings from Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. What a difference a year makes. I remember looking at the Championship Chandelier in the lobby of the main entrance to Ed Smith Field last year and thinking how sad it was that...
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Postcard from Spring Training: The Yankees and Red Sox should be scared of us

February 28, 2013
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Postcard from Spring Training: The Yankees and Red Sox should be scared of us

(Orioles mega-fan and Section 8 mainstay Charlie Vascellaro reports from spring training in Sarasota) I know it’s early, really early. It isn’t even March yet. But…I like the Orioles’ chances this year. The Yankees and the Red Sox look vulnerable, especially the Yankees, and the Orioles look hungry. In a dream like sequence down...
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Life After Earl

January 22, 2013
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Life After Earl

There was a synchronicity to the timing and turn of events surrounding Earl Weaver’s death. The O’s skipper died at sea on an Orioles fantasy cruise ship, while the Baltimore Convention Center prepared to host the Orioles’ FanFest the next day at home. Weaver’s death seemed to be a cue for the Orioles team...
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