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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2012
As a manager, Earl Weaver appeared larger than life, piloting the Orioles to four American League pennants and the 1970 world championship. So it seems only fitting that his statue, which will be unveiled Saturday at Camden Yards, will be taller than the Birds' Hall of Fame skipper. Weaver is 5-foot-7. His sculpture is 7 feet tall. Standing beside the bronze likeness, Weaver will have to look up to himself - as will most everyone else. "You ain't kiddin'," said Weaver, 81. "Even LeBron [James]
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2012
Baltimore gets lots of face time in “VEEP,” the Maryland-made HBO political satire starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. But so far, all of it has been as a stand-in for Washington, the setting of this fictional series about the vice president of the United States. Last week, the Ottobar and the New Wyman Park restaurant doubled as D.C. settings for a rock concert and a breakfast meeting between two political aides. This week, however, in an episode titled “Baseball,” Baltimore gets to play itself in a story line that finds Vice President Selina Meyer (Louis-Dreyfus)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2012
I have been putting off this post for a couple of weeks. It's about Mike Bordick's performance on MASN as an analyst on Orioles games. It started with a colleague, who is usually a keen observer of sports media, casually stopping me in the newsroom to say, "Z, you gotta write about Bordick. " As he said it, he shook his head side to side, winced and gestured with two thumbs down. So, I started watching and listening to the likable former Orioles shortstop. Instead of jumping into print with what I saw after a couple of games though, I also started asking other media types who watch a lot of Orioles baseball about their impressions of him. Representative of what I mainly heard was this: "Geez, Z, you're not going to rip Bordick, are you?
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By Dan Connolly | April 18, 2012
This is worth writing about, even though in Jamie Moyer's last game as an Oriole I was still single. I got married a week after Moyer last pitched for Baltimore, back in 1995, his third and final season here. That was before three kids and 16 years of wedded bliss for me. That's how we mark Moyer's career these days, in our own timeline: where we were when he did what. His first win, June 16, 1986 with the Chicago Cubs, came as I had just finished my junior year in high school.
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September 1, 2011
September 23, 1978: Jim Palmer beat the Tigers to win his 20th game of the season, the eighth straight year he hit that milestone.
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Kevin Cowherd | April 4, 2011
A postcard afternoon at Camden Yards. A 5-1 Orioles win in their home opener over the Detroit Tigers on Monday. A 4-0 record and first place in the American League East. Tell me something: Is Buck Showalter's mojo really this powerful? Here's how good this club is going: Derrek Lee even stole a base. OK, fine, the new first baseman is only 35 years old. He's not exactly ready for a walker. But know how many bases he stole the past two seasons? One and one. I'm sorry, but if D-Lee is feeling feisty enough to summon his inner Rickey Henderson, you know there's a major attitude shift at work here.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2011
When he steps on the field at Camden Yards Monday to throw out the first pitch, Earl Weaver will do it without warm-ups. At 80, one doesn't mess with one's right arm. "If I've got one throw left in me, I'm gonna to save it for the game," said Weaver, the Orioles' Hall of Fame manager. The Orioles tabbed the popular Weaver to christen their home opener against the Detroit Tigers, hoping the club's storied past might rub off on current players. The foxy, feisty octogenarian managed Baltimore for 17 seasons, during which his teams won four American League pennants and a world championship in 1970.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2011
Four years ago, he was a waiver claim, a guy with an intriguing arm and an impressive pedigree whom the Orioles had to take a chance on given their lack of pitching depth. On Friday night, the pitcher whom the Cleveland Indians discarded in January 2007 will toe the rubber at Tropicana Field in his third Opening Day start for the Orioles in the past four seasons. With that outing against the Tampa Bay Rays, right-hander Jeremy Guthrie ties Steve Barber and Rodrigo Lopez for fourth-most Opening Day starts in modern Orioles history.
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