Orioles rainout makes Metrodome look good

Postponement makes me nostalgic for Metrodome

May 08, 2010|By Peter Schmuck

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ews item: Friday night's game between the Orioles and Minnesota was postponed because of rain and predicted snow, making it the first Twins home rainout since a game was washed out against the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 20, 1980, when the Twins played at old Metropolitan Stadium.

My take: I knew there was a reason I liked the old Metrodome, but I just couldn't put my finger on it.

News item: An unruly Philadelphia Phillies fan was tasered Monday after running onto the field during a game at Citizens Bank Park.

My take: That's probably a bit extreme, but in this day and age, stadium security officials had to err on the side of caution. I mean, how could they be sure the guy wasn't an Eagles fan?

News item: Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge was fined $25,000 for throwing a towel during a game this week against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

My take: This just shows the fundamental difference between the NBA and Major League Baseball. The Orioles didn't get fined a dime for throwing in the towel in April.

News item: Tim Tebow's new No. 15 Denver Broncos jersey was the hottest seller on the NFL website in April and is the top-selling rookie jersey at this point since NFLShop.com started keeping track of that kind of thing in 2006.

My take: Well, keep in mind that a third of those sales come from Florida, where there are people who actually think Tebow can play quarterback in the NFL.

News item: San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito is 5-0 with a 1.49 ERA.

My take: If you want to know what kind of turnaround that represents, consider that in the first three years of his $126million contract with the Giants, he was above .500 just once — at 6-5 — back in June 2007.

News item: Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail lashed out at the club's hitters Wednesday, threatening to send some of them to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides if they do not snap out of their early-season doldrums.

My take: And that was before the Orioles scored one run in the first seven innings of the series finale against the New York Yankees and just two Thursday night in Minnesota. The clock is ticking.

News item: The Cincinnati Bengals reportedly have signed troubled cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones to a two-year contract.

My take: Well, the Bengals were always the logical choice.

News item: The Oakland Raiders have released former No. 1 overall draft choice JaMarcus Russell, making him one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.

My take: I would feel sorry for him, but he walked away with $40 million of Al Davis' money, which makes him my new favorite NFL player.

News item: Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was absent again from the team's voluntary minicamp Friday. He has made it clear that he would rather be traded than play in Mike Shanahan's 3-4 defense.

My take: I know he's supposed to be a truly great player, but I'm curious to see what the market would be for a guy with a bad attitude who can't even get up to play for the team that made him the highest-paid defensive player in history. That said, the Raiders are probably interested.

News item: Former Orioles broadcaster Ernie Harwell — who spent most of his Hall of Fame career as the voice of the Detroit Tigers — died this week at 92 from cancer.

My take: Of course, he was one of the greatest broadcasters to ever speak into a microphone, but he was an even better person. Everybody loved Ernie — as evidenced by the 10,000 fans who waited up to eight hours to walk by his coffin at Comerica Park on Thursday — and he loved everybody back.

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