Throwing out all logic, I'll take O's to win opener vs. Yankees

April 05, 2009|By Peter Schmuck

News item: The Orioles open the 2009 season Monday when Jeremy Guthrie takes the mound against 2007 Cy Young Award winner CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees at Camden Yards.

My take: The O's are going with a struggling guy they stole off waivers a couple of years ago and the Yankees are going with a free agent who cost them $161 million this past winter. And, get this, I'm going with the Orioles as an Opening Day reverse lock.

News item: There were 37 pitchers on the Orioles' spring training roster when camp opened seven weeks ago, and the coaching staff still struggled to come up with five representative starters for the major league rotation.

My take: That's a little deceptive because the Norfolk Tides, Bowie Baysox and Frederick Keys all got to choose first.

News item: The Chicago Bears acquired disgruntled quarterback Jay Cutler from the Denver Broncos for two first-round draft picks, one third-round choice and quarterback Kyle Orton.

My take: Don't think it'll be as much fun to be a Bears fan without Orton and Rex Grossman to kick around anymore.

News item: Several teams have informed the Orioles and Major League Baseball that they will not send their prospects to play in minor league games at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota, Fla., because of safety concerns.

My take: If I'm the Orioles, I've got one thing to say to all those wimpy franchises: If you don't like the way we manicure our fields, stay out of the quicksand.

Related news item: The O's might have played their last exhibition game at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, but they still hold options on the facility for two more years.

My take: If I were a betting man, I would say the Orioles will still be there next spring if the place is still standing.

News item: The New York Mets agreed to a contract with recently released slugger Gary Sheffield and expect him to get a lot of playing time.

My take: No, now that you bring it up, I don't think he would look good in an Orioles uniform. Mediocre fastball. No changeup.

News item: Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner publicly acknowledged that some tickets at the new Yankee Stadium "might be overpriced."

My take: Personally, I don't see anything wrong with charging Yankees fans $2,625 for a field-level seat. Wish they would do that at Camden Yards.

News item: The Orioles named veteran Adam Eaton their No. 5 starter but will not activate him until his slot comes up in the rotation Saturday or next Sunday.

My take: Smooth move. The front office found a way to start the season with the equivalent of a 13-man pitching staff while keeping a fourth position player on the bench. And you didn't think these people knew what they were doing.

News item: The Orioles are not the longest shot in the major leagues, according to the latest World Series odds. They're only 150-1 to be the last team standing this year. The Pittsburgh Pirates are 200-1.

My take: So now you won't have to scratch your head when the fans start chanting "We're No. 29" on Opening Day.

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