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August 8, 2022
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geez pete...really?


OK, so the Orioles are human after all.

A sluggish 8-1 home loss to the woeful Pirates yesterday slowed the O's summer scorcher, ending the team's modest 5-game winning streak along the way. And now, things really start to get serious.

The Birds host Toronto for three key games at OPACY, starting tonight. Then they head to Boston for a make-up game on Thursday and then play three games in Tampa Bay this weekend.

Vlad Guerrero Jr. and the Blue Jays are in town for three big games starting tonight.

It's so much more fun watching this kind of baseball -- albeit ".500 baseball" -- than it is laboring through the local nine getting drilled 9-2 every night like we saw from 2018 through 2021.

Yesterday was not great for the Birds. Not only did they lose, but every other wild card contender in the A.L. won. I suppose you get that occasionally, but we can't have too many more of those between now and the end of September. Tampa Bay, Toronto, the White Sox, Cleveland and Seattle were all winners on Sunday.

Baltimore is now 2 games behind Seattle in the Wild Card, tied with Cleveland at 56-52. In case you're the kind of supporter who looks ahead, here's how many times the O's face those wild card contenders over the last seven weeks of the season.

Toronto -- 9 home, 6 away

Tampa Bay -- 3 away

Seattle -- none

White Sox -- 3 home

Cleveland -- 3 away

Flyers fans, no need to rush for your calculators. We'll do the math for you right here. That's 24 of the team's 54 remaining games against teams who are right now directly in the wild card hunt with the Birds. And while we're not considering Boston (54-56) as a contender at this point, it's worth noting that the O's face them 10 more times between now and the end of the season.

These last 54 games are going to "feel" like critical, playoff-impacting games, which, again, win or lose, is way better than being 36.5 games out of first place on August 8.

It all starts tonight when the Blue Jays (60-48) start a 3-game series in Charm City. Don't count your eggs until they're hatched and all that stuff, but if Brandon Hyde's team could sweep these three, the Blue Jays would fly out of town with their wings clipped at 60-51 and the O's would be 59-52. Wouldn't that be something?


Pete Rose was never the smartest guy in the room during his career as a player and a manager. I think that's the easy, safe way to say it.

He gambled on baseball games, got caught, denied it, and then denied it even more despite the fact that MLB produced betting slips in his handwriting with teams and wagers and what not.

Rose, naturally, tried to deflect the criticism of betting on baseball by trying to convince people he only bet in favor of his teams, never against them, but smart people realize that's likely also not true. In betting terms, it's (-155) that Rose eventually admits he also bet against his teams at some point before he dies.

Anyway...Rose made the news yesterday and it wasn't good.

While in Philadelphia over the weekend to celebrate the 40-year reunion of the Phillies 1980 World Series team (pushed back 2 years because of Covid-19 travel restrictions), Rose was asked a question by a female reporter about a statuatory rape allegation that has been hovering over Rose for the last five years.

"That was 55 years ago, babe," Rose said to the reporter on Sunday.

Rose later addressed another reporter who followed up on the rape allegation question. "Who cares what happened 50 years ago?" You weren't even born," Rose said. "So you shouldn't be talking about it, because you weren't born. If you don't know a damn thing about it, don't talk about it."

The 81-year old, 17-time All-Star also told reporters: "I'm going to tell you one more time: I'm here for the Philly fans, I'm here for my teammates, OK. I'm here for the Philly organization, and who cares what happened 50 years ago."

Rose then went on the Phillies TV broadcast and cursed several times and used crude locker room terms before being removed from the booth.

And when he later encountered the Philadelphia Inquirer female reporter whom he had earlier addressed as "babe", Rose offered to sign 1,000 baseballs in exchange for her forgiveness.

It wasn't Pete's best day yesterday.

The blame here should be shared by both two parties; Pete Rose. And the Philadelphia Phillies.

Rose is incorrigible. That much, I think we all know, is true. He can not be reformed, certainly not now at age 81 and filled with years of years of anger over his banishment from baseball for, you know, betting on the freakin' games.

But the Phillies? They should be ashamed of themselves, for they had to know, given what they already knew about Rose and his cantankerous ways, that bringing Pete Rose to Philadelphia and parading him around publicly would only lead to controversy.

And that's not even touching the subject of whether or not Pete Rose should be "celebrated". Most sane people would say "no" to that one, too, but the idea of bringing Pete to the ballpark for any kind of public event was a poor decision from jump street.

As for the statuatory rape allegation, Rose says the woman in question was 16 at the time of their consensual sex (he was 30, and married with children), not 14 and 15 as she claimed when the story became public in 2017. The Phillies knew of the allegations before this weekend, yet decided to invite Rose to their 1980 championship celebration nonetheless.

So, yes, Pete gets blame for being a menace and the Phillies get blame for being......what's the fancy word? Stupid? OK then.

"But those hits...

"All of those hits..."

"Pete should be in the Hall of Fame..."

"He didn't bet against his team, you know..."

"Nobody hustled like Pete Rose..."

#clownshoes


A month ago, Joohyung Kim had no status whatsoever on the PGA Tour. None. He was just a guy, trying to somehow break through, finish in the top 10 somewhere, and hopefully cobble together enough money in his limited starts to make it to the Korn Ferry Tour finals and earn a PGA Tour card for '22-23.

This past Thursday, he opened his first round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC with a quadruple-bogey eight. Given that the event at Sedgefield CC was the final stop of the "regular season" before the FedEx Cup playoffs, things weren't looking too great for Kim, who adopted the American name of "Tom" because of his childhood fondness for the Thomas the Train cartoon.

And...

Yesterday, Kim, just 20 years old, polished off his first PGA Tour victory with a 9-under par round and a finishing score of 20 under par.

You can bet that's a story the Calvert Hall golf team will hear a few times in the 2023 season. Made an "8" on the first hole of the tournament, came back to win the darn thing. And, in the process, he's now exempt on TOUR (and will play in the 2023 Masters and U.S. Open) for the next two years.

Didn't make the cut in Greensboro and still snuck into the FedEx Cup playoffs...Rickie Fowler continues to lead a charmed golfing life.

Some other guys weren't so fortunate, including some fairly big names, all of whom failed to finish inside the top 125 to advance to this week's FedEx Cup opener in Memphis.

Out of the playoffs are Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Brandt Snedeker and recent fan favorite Harry Higgs. Despite missing the cut in Greensboro, Rickie Fowler made it to the playoffs at #125. Fowler fans are happy. Fowler detractors will no doubt note that if not for the LIV players who were removed from the points list, Rickie would be sitting at home this coming week instead of shooting 76-75 and missing the cut in Memphis.

Meanwhile, a Northern California judge will likely rule sometime later today or tomorrow at the latest on the temporary injuction sought by three LIV golfers, Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford, who are asking that they be permitted to play in this week's FedEx Cup despite currently being on the PGA Tour's suspended list.

Gooch, Jones and Swafford contend that their respective point totals (all well within the Top 125) should allow them to play this week in Memphis.

The guess here is the judge will side with the three and they'll tee it up in Memphis on Thursday. Temporary injuctions are often far more about fairness than they are "law". And the judge who hears their case has to return an almost immediate decision. Without much time to delve into all of the details of the PGA Tour/LIV fiasco, he/she will simply grant the injuction and those three will head to Memphis with a bullseye on their back and no one at their breakfast or lunch table besides themselves.

"They didn't want to play on the PGA Tour," Billy Horschel said late last week when news surfaced that Gooch, Swafford and Jones were filing an injunction to play in Memphis. "They should stick with their current employer and play golf for them. That's what they wanted, that's what they signed on for. So why come back here and play on a Tour you've said publicly you didn't care for?"

If those three do get into Memphis via the judge's order, it's logical they'll be paired together on Thursday and Friday. That would eliminate any potential friction within the pairing and would also continue to send the message the PGA Tour wants to put on full display; If you're a LIV golfer, you'll play with other LIV golfers unless we can avoid it.

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It's August 8 and the Ravens open their pre-season this Thursday, but everyone around town has at least a little bit of Orioles fever. Although there were some oddities with Saturday’s celebration at Camden Yards (particularly the guest list), I was out there and the atmosphere had me thinking it was the 1990's again.

What a week it was, despite yesterday’s loss to the Pirates. Adley Rutschman, Cedric Mullins, Anthony Santander and Jorge Mateo have led the team offensively over these last 6 games, with Mateo picking up 8 RBI.

Terrin Vavra has been an OBP machine, after my flawed proclamation of him being overmatched in his first game (my bad, but him batting 3rd yesterday is not good). Even role players Robinson Chrinos, Ryan McKenna and newcomer Brett Phillips all contributed key hits in one or more games.

And Ryan Mountcastle even had 4 walks – hopefully the hits, and maybe a home run, come soon.

Each of the starters since last Monday have done their job, which is to hand a close game to the bullpen in the 6th inning. And the relievers haven’t skipped a beat since the Jorge Lopez trade.

It has been real impressive, no matter the competition. But next week is huge, with no rest for the weary. Blue Jays here for three, then go to Boston for a make-up game Thursday, then fly to house of horrors Tropicana Field for a weekend with the Rays. A 4-3 week would be just fine to remain relevant in the wild card chase.


Let’s also take a look down on the farm, as the minor leagues approach their last 30'ish games. We will cover Norfolk and Bowie today, and pick up Aberdeen and Delmarva later this week:

Norfolk has fallen out of the International League race, sitting 10 games out in their division after a recent 5 game losing streak. The Tides pitching has been awful without top prospect Grayson Rodriguez, who remains sidelined with a lat strain. He is throwing off flat ground, but it remains to be seen whether he is activated the rest of 2022.

DL Hall has been wildly inconsistent, giving up 10 homers in 64 innings and walking far too many batters. We could see him in September, as I imagine he could get some lefties out. The rest of the staff might not even be AAA level, hence why Elias needed to acquire 6 pitchers in last week’s trades for organizational depth.

Although Norfolk has not hit well overall, #2 prospect Gunnar Henderson is still hitting over .300 with a .400 obp. He should be in Baltimore next year full-time. OF Kyle Stowers remains on the O's radar, with 18 homers, but a high K rate in the minors doesn’t translate well to the majors. Infielder Jordan Westburg has tailed off a ton since a great start in Norfolk.

Below AAA, the minors play two “halves” to determine playoff teams, and Bowie has taken advantage of that. With several players who helped high A Aberdeen to their 1st half division win, Bowie has gone 24-8 to take a large division lead in the second half.

Outfielder Colton Cowser has led the way, hitting .355 with 24 rbi in his first 100'ish abs. Infielder Connor Norby has also slugged 8 home runs in his first 100 abs. Shortstop Joey Ortiz has overcome a dreadful start, raising his average to almost .270 with 10 hrs and 59 RBI.

On the pitching front. Ryan Watson has been the most consistent starter, going 7-5 while only walking 19 in 91 innings of work. Fellow starter Drew Rom is 7-1, but has benefitted from run support, as he has been hit around a fair amount.

The only other notable starter was Zach Peek, who was acquired in one of our trades with the Angels, but he just had Tommy John surgery last week, so we will see him in 2024.

Hopefully the Baysox keep their momentum and give us some playoff baseball in September – more to come later this week. Stay cool.

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rc     August 08
LOL @ John S...."do more research". Sure, what could go wrong by googling info on anything covid-related.

But you are right about Rose, guy was a POS. Why was he a topic today anyway?

Larry     August 08
Herman, I usually see your side of things but there isn't a chance in hell you would applauded Tiger Woods for anything (except maybe getting arrested). You and I both know that.

John S     August 08
Pete Rose and his nickname of Charley Hustle. It had nothing to do with how he played the game of baseball. Johnny Bench despises him. He has said that everything that Rose did was a "hustle". In old fashioned street lingo, it means a con artist, a liar, a rogue, a scoundrel.

The lady who came forward a few years ago is tip of the iceberg stuff. Rose often was seen in the company of teenage girls on the road. That is why he was an outsider on almost every club he was on. He is and has always been a scumbag.

But his defenders(there are many) prove a point. A huge point. People get fooled. We see it on a daily basis. Propaganda becomes facts.

You had "experts" claiming that if you got a new, untested vaccine...."the virus would be stopped". And the general populace believed it and helped with draconian mandates that ruined lives and commerce and friendships.

Be more cynical. Do more research. If someone claims expertise, check their record...not just their college.



As the great John Prince sang "Caravan of Fools". "When you can't stand to lose, you're running with the caravan of fools".

Be bold. Question everything.


bob singer     August 08
The only thing "on brand" is SOD rushing to call Herman a racist any time he posts. Really is childish and tiring, but any time someone calls for truce between SOD and HOD they get chewed up and spit out. SOD must be so proud.

Herrman's points on PGA are worth consideration if you ask me. Mind you, I do get the point of the traditionalists, and not convinced that model needs to be totally blown up.

But, on the hand, as Herrman points out, the revenue now out there is nuts and if you're an elite golfer, why wouldn't you question why you have to "earn your keep" while those "managing" the Tour make more than you do (at least initially).

I don't think the LIV format and approach is the answer BTW. Hope no one outside of Greg Norman and his funding sources believes that. But when one considers the revenue available and how most pro sports design their pay scales as part of a collective bargaining process, sure seems like the Tour needs to put their heads together and come up with a better model

HERMAN     August 08
@Ralph

You are incorrect, I would have applauded The Messiah for taking the cash and smashing the monopoly. I wouldn't sit and watch Tim Finchem for hours on Sunday, or Jay Monahan. If it's for "tradition, honor, and prestige" they can get paid in that and work for free. I find it interesting that the same empty suit that extolls the "virtues" of the broke college kid on scholarship, facing the challenges of Q school, his potential ticket to success.....as he heads out the door making a few hundred grand and dinner on the tour CC.

If The Messiah drives the needle worth a billion, write him the check. Just don't proseletyse over "Saudi Blood Money" wearing Nike sweat shop gear while Uyghurs die in concentration camps in China.

MJ     August 08
Good points from Ralph about HTH. On brand. Perfect description.

Ralph     August 08
Give Herman credit for the brand he's created. He never wavers from it. If Tiger would have taken the $$ he would have crushed him for it. Hilarious if not utterly predictable. But on brand, which is what matters to him most.

HERMAN     August 08
If LIV accomplished anything at all it was to expose the odd grip on the professional game of golf held by the PGA. They don't own any of the majors that are the highlight of their sport. They really can't control the stars of their sport, or require their presence in events. While they have tried hard to evolve their approach with a new season ending playoff series of events, and annual point system akin to NASCAR it hasn't caught on with the general public, and is only embraced by the golf enthusiasts. And while the golfers themselves still see the career path of moving through either Q school or the mini-tours to the PGA as the proper approach many of the young guns are starting to understand that having to drum up your own sponsorship and face expenses week-to-week without any guaranteed compensation by the tour is a burden compared to other sports. Sure a handful of guys start as multi-millionaires before they put a pro peg into the ground, but past the top 25 the rest are grinding week to week out of wallet. In today's cash oversaturated environment of sport that sounds like an anachronism, some kind of throw back, best left in the 1980s.

Hindsight is 20/20 but allowing the evolution of majors and those traditions to dominate the game without a shred of ownership, well, could you imagine Jerrah Jones of Cowboys fame letting the Super Bowl get out under someone else's control?

Somehow I think the next ten years is going to see some serious change to the mechanics of how things are run in pro golf. You can only "pay" the new participants in "legacy and tradition" for so long until they get a little frustrated carrying those initial expenses all on themselves until they can make it.

Ray     August 08
And Rose wonders why he got kicked out of baseball. SMH

Jk     August 07
Ricky Fowler finished 125 and made the PGA Tour playoffs on the last day. I get George is thrilled!

lou@palo alto     August 07
ditto, steve

agree UTB--seems many stars of his day cld hit and run but didn't know how to win as much as Frank

Steve of Pimlico     August 07
@ Lou@ Palo Alto looking forward to seeing you at our renuion in April

unitastoberry     August 07
@ Lou you are right about Frank but that's the way baseball should be played. Just like Bo Jackson breaking Dempsey' thumb at the plate.



@Del Ray I feel as do others our age and above ground that Ted would have been the goat and the king if not for military obligations. I talked once to the guy who made his bats at Louisville Slugger when I took the tour there long ago he felt the same.

lou@palo alto     August 07
frank robinson may hv gotten to 3000 hits--certainly wld hv hd 600hr if not for the injury breaking up a double play against the WS (al weiss) in early 67--was on a path for triple crown numbers again but the concussion/double vision til '69 cost him, and us

Delray RICK     August 07
BOB...TED already belonged in 500 hrs club

MFC     August 07
Not sure you've played the new tees at the Road. There is considerable length added to:

2- might be the toughest to par on the course

4- 40 yard difference between the white and blue tees

8- 30-40 difference

13- moved way back into a corner-

18- added at least 20-30 yards



That's substantial and when they move 7 all the way back into 12 that adds another 30 yards.



Other issues not discusses was green speed and pin placements. Most of the defense of the Road is the greens. If they're cut and rolled with certain pin placements 70 would be a heck of a score. Of course that's true for many courses but it makes a world of difference at the Road. Still there are enough holes at there to make birdies.



To the "average" player, I'm calling that 10-14 handicap the difference from playing the whites to the blues is 5-6 shots, if not more. It's that dramatic.

Bob     August 07
Chris,

Ted Williams missed a total of 4 years as a player serving in both WWII and Korea, no doubt he would be in the 500/3,000 club.

Chris in Bel Air     August 07
O's seem like they are on a mission to prove their worth. They are not going away. I feel pretty good that I'll still be saying that a month from now.

Yesterday's celebration... On the good side, it was good to see and hear Brooks and Eddie up in the booth yesterday during the broadcast. Brooks is a huge fan favorite obviously and Eddie starting to get appreciated even more... thankfully. On the downside, also missing from yesterday Markakis and JJ Hardy. Two fan favs from the Buck era. Also, they could have invited Delmon Young. Owner of one of (the?) most famous hit at the Yard. I know I'll never forget it.

Speaking of Eddie. I was discussing with a friend yesterday the 500 HR and 3000 hit club. For you baseball trivia nerds, Eddie is one of 7 players in that club. Also, are Hank, Mays, A-Rod (ugh), Pujols, Palmeiro (yes, him) and this year Miggy Cabrerra joined the club. Follow on interesting trivia, at least for me. Players that you would think have 3000 hits but do not.... Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson. Ted missed time due to his service during WW2. Greatest generation. Brooks also just missed at 2848.

Dean     August 06
Another day- another Out of towner roasted - baltimore has those fans for sure. Just mention Ray Lewis and see how quickly folks react. Outside Baltimore it raises and eye- here- not so much.

sam winchester     August 06
Rochester Roger sounds like a real genius. And yes we have those kinds of "fans" here in Baltimore, many are active on Twitter.

The uproar over kneeling is a case study is how cults control the minds of the weak.


Erick     August 06
Pretty sad Os could not coordinate- still disfunctonal- not like this year came as a surprise and still schedule conflicts?

kj     August 06
I was not blessed to have known Mr Stewart, only knew "of" him. What a good man may he rest in peace.

Gerry Jackson     August 06
Thanks for the beautiful tribute to “Mr. Stewart,” which is exactly what my siblings and me always called him. Our dad, James Jackson, shared a desk with him at The Sun for three decades. He was such a great friend to our dad, and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Thanks for sharing some of his story.

Eric in Gaithersburg     August 06
I hate what the O's did with the wall-move it back 15 feet instead of 30 or just make it higher don't do both. But the results dont lie- we 30-20 at home. Can't believe Drew didn't mention all the O's that have beefs that are not back today- Jones, Surhoff, Bordick and Brady. Cal has scheduling conflict. And don't look now but Gunnar Henderson has a hit in 15 of his last 16 .349/.431/.667 with 4 HR 4 2B 2 3B 187wRC+ and now has .946 OPS in AAA. It is time for him to join this formerly mediocre offense that has gotten worse since Mancini deal.

JohnInEssex     August 06
Kapernick indeed started the kneeling for the anthem thing...

The Ravens blew it up in England, for all to see, then stood up for God Save The Queen...

Steve of Pimlico     August 06
Have to wonder if the new dimensions in Oriole Park had got into Trey's head this year.

Erick     August 06
Interesting take on golf course- if someone were to highlight a certain website in a similar vein- Im curious if it would draw any ire from those that frequent it?

Don from Catonsville     August 05
I'm a GOLF NERD , that was a VERY ENJOYABLE story!!!

Chris in Bel Air     August 05
I generally lower the volume and/or try to tune out most announcers (MLB and NFL). Very few provide any value added. Listening to the O's broadcast the other night, I heard Newman get all excited for a LONG DRIVE TO CF... and the CF is under it makes the final out. The ball wasn't even close to the warning track or hit very hard. Ugh. Maybe it is just nostalgia, but I do miss hearing Chuck and Brooks.

Glad to hear your story with son, Drew. Sounded like a great day. My father passed away coming up on 10 years now. Among many other things, I wish I could play another round with him. Do it while you can people. Do it while you can.

unitastoberry     August 05
I moved to central PA in 1986. Great story many former Baltimore folks live here now and all of us go thru the transition minus becoming Penn St/Stiller fans. There's a lot of southern hospitality here my oldest son calls it Pennsatucky. Come back now ya hear !

TimD in Timonium     August 05
@DF, great story, enjoy the memories, enjoy getting away.



I've seen Little League games in Williamsport, have visited Penn State and Bucknell, but, other than that, Central PA is pretty wide open. Empty. God's Country.

Delray RICK     August 05
GOOD read on MUSHNICK bout VIN SCULLY and why we have turds calling games. DEM O'S have gone in the toilet with these "talking heads" that won't shut the hell up. PALMER pleasure to listen to but when squeaky voice lady comes I turn the sound down. LET THE GAME PLAY OUT and talking bout nuttin all the time. And that old fart in YANKEES still calling is a real joke. AUGUST 11 LIFE STARTS!!!

ChrisK     August 04
I'll preface this by saying that I am not an attorney, so take it with a (or several grains) of salt. But, the PGA doesn't have an anti-trust exemption (as MLB does). To me, banning certain players from participating in your events because you don't like them is a pretty clear anti-trust violation. I'm not a golf guy, so I certainly won't opine on the merits of LIV vs. PGA, but banning a sub-set of players because they wanted to spend some weekends playing with another organization strikes me as patently illegal.

Barry Holtby     August 04
Someone take away the "*" key from Drew's keyboard. The overuse is getting ridiculous.

larry     August 04
Trading away Mancini and Lopez did absolutely nothing to damage their chances of winning this year. Capable replacements are here.

The notion of "adding" is foolish. Sure they have a more stocked farm system than before, but do they have a surplus? And would it make sense to send some of those assets away, in exchange for the low odds of what Stats Nerd alluded to?

To me, had Elias traded say Stowers or Hall away, that would border on malpractice. He did the right thing, he just made one comment he should not have, that's all.

Some day the O's will be good, hopefully in a similar sustainable way like the Ravens, and some day certain people will stop obsessing over @Herman.

Unitastoberry     August 04
CIK...ty

David Rosenfeld     August 04
The Orioles have 54 wins with 57 games left. You start asking yourself how many games of those 57 will they have to win?

I'd say that 31-26 is a legitimate possibility. Will 85-77 be enough? Probably not. To get to 89 wins, they'd need 35-22. Maybe asking a lot.

Still, I'm surprised Elias said that, even if meant it in a completely mathematical way. At this point the difference in probability between TB and the Orioles is pretty much a wash.

K.C.     August 04
Give @Herman credit. He made a post and didn't reference Springsteen. I'm buying more and more into the idea started by someone here that @Herman is on the Dish staff in some capacity.

There's no possible way someone with this much dislike for a person goes out of his way 3 or 4 times a day to stop by and indirectly help fund that person's business. We already know for sure @Herman doesn't like "the site owner" so the only question left is "Why do you come around every day?"

He has to be on staff some how. He just has to be.

Conway     August 04
Ain't this the truth >>> Sure, those guys know all about the Washington Post journalist and they realize you're not really *allowed* to say anything negative about Saudi policies or decisions.



Drew gets it. So do the 3,300 American families who lost loved ones on 9-11. To some people like Herman those murders no longer matter. For some they still do.

Chris in Bel Air     August 04
I was surprised to hear Elias offer that statement the other night. As a GM, he should know better. I did not know the full story til I read today's edition but I'm glad to hear he did the right thing and spoke to the team.

I think his comments and the trades are clear evidence he is sticking with his plan. As a fan, it is tough to see your team right on the doorstep of a potential wild card (99% sure they have improved that format and it is now a 3-game series) and see them trade away players and not bring in pieces that could help them get to the post-season. But, for the GM and the plan, while I'm sure he's glad to see it, it does not factor into the plan. The current performance is just a nice little add-on.

I was disappointed to see Trey go but I understand it. I didn't mind Lopez going because his trade value will never be higher than it is now. I'm not convinced he can perform at the same level as now over the next 2-3 years. I was glad to hear Elias say the O's will be looking to sign true MLB talent starting next year but like everything with them, I'll believe it when I see it.

The Real Ricky     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..."

Really?

Drew, I sure hope you're doing as well as Paul McCartney if and/or when you're 80 years old. You know, when your kids are graduating college! LOL!





I kid!

CIK     August 04
@UTB

The 1 game playoff has been eliminated. It is now 6 teams from each league qualify. The top 2 teams get byes. The 3 seed hosts the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosts the 5 seed, in a best of 3.

kevin j     August 04
Totally agree it was good to see Elias rush to put out the fire he started. We all know he simply meant the "probability" of true post season success was low, ie fools gold, but competitive athletes never wanna hear that. Who says "the odds of us winning are small so why try hard"?

Elias was a player, he knows this. Obviously caught up int he moment of justifying his trades and probably realized as soon as it was said it was foolish thing to put out there. Does not change that he "did" the right thing, the comment was the mistake, not the trades.

@Geroge with great analogy between PGA Tour and our country, bravo good sir!

HERMAN     August 04
Get the popcorn this lawsuit could be fun to watch. The PGA enforcing a monopoly and the independent contractors crying restraint of trade. George with the post of the year so far.

What I "don't get" is how the site owner can love golf and love competition and not understand that the golfers want the freedom to play wherever and whenever they choose, and to compete for whatever prize money they are eligible to compete for. This idea that they "took the big money" and so don't need money from the FedEx playoffs is ludicrous. Tiger has a billion, should he just stop competing for the cash?

For those few who qualified for the FedEx Cup this year I don't see how they can be excluded, they met the qualifications and want to play. Billy Herschel and his "they want their cake and to eat it too" nonsense, yeah, they want to play golf and compete. Not hard to understand.

And for all those locals foaming at the mouth over Dem O's, could it be that the few big market teams have grabbed up all the real talent leaving all the small market teams mediocre, allowing for Dem O's to seem competitive racking up wins against low life competition and giving them a false hope? In a sea of mediocrity some mediocrity will appear slightly superior to all other mediocrity.

And fake Herman is back, I didn't post that last reply. With two of the four potential imposters I have in mind on European vacations that narrows it down to two. Could even be the site owner himself, trying to goad me into leaving for good...

PLB     August 04
Really good column on Elias, Drew. You hit every button properly. Leaned on his data and his team of stats people, said the wrong thing publicly, went to Texas and tried to fix it with his players. Very well done today, my friend.



As for the PGA Tour lawsuit, it's all about Greg Norman and Phil getting their pound of flesh. It's just a fight to say "I beat you" now. I'm bored with it, honestly.



I do have a question about Tiger Woods, though. Is there some kind of lingering animosity between Tiger and Greg or Tiger and Phil that kept him from taking the $750 million LIV offered him? That seems like just too much money to refuse. Thoughts?






Brett B.     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..." hahahahahaha

Have to admit, I was shocked at how bad his voice was on 6/12 at Camden Yards. I know he's old and all but sheeesh, that was tough to listen to.

Unitastoberry     August 04
The one off MLB playoff game is a joke. If you want to get excited then go for it. But getting there isn't much more than a participation trophy. The next worst thing is winning your division and having a champagne party. Billick was right..Festivis!!

TimD in Timonium     August 04
Another thought on the O's trading deadline moves. Hope CBS Sports is wrong and the run continues. Go O's.



"Not everything in this game is an asset that must be micromanaged and leveraged to the fullest extent at all times. It's baseball, not an actuarial table. There are human beings involved, and rather than further encourage the good vibes, the O's front office snuffed them out."



And who thought the PGA would be newsworthy in AUGUST. Wow. Every day.


Delray RICK     August 04
DEM O'S only 11/2 games out of wild card...WOW!! Whoever picked COLE to win PICTER OF THE YEAR!!! He can't win without sicky stuff. MANCINI hits homerun in first game.

George     August 03
In a Nutshell – LIV Golf files antitrust suit against the PGA Tour, alleging monopolistic practices against LIV and its players in conspiracy with sponsors, DP Tour, Asian Tour, PGA of America, USGA, R & A, and the Masters Tournament. Three players otherwise eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs ask for restraining order against enforcement of their bans.

Eventual Outcome – after a flurry of self-righteous public-relations campaigns, the case is settled with LIV getting everything it wanted, except against the Masters Tournament, which has through its history maintained its private rights to do whatever it damn well pleases. [Note that its eligibility criteria do not offer an entry into the Tournament, but merely qualify a player for the possibility of an invitation.]

An interesting sideline to this [at least to me] is the evolution of the PGA Tour, originally formed by touring professionals to benefit themselves, into an organization dominated by executives who have gotten fat administering the Tour while relegating the players to the inferior status of independent contractors who must follow the rules the Tour sets. Sort of like the United States of America – originally designed as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and which has evolved into a nation run from time to time by one of two parties who happen to get a majority of electoral votes and who neither care a lick about the welfare of the sheep/citizens.

Sunday
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sunday mailbag (extended version)


Even with the spotty internet of Central Pennsylvania, mail still came in fast and furious this week. And I did have a few dozen questions left over from last week, as well.

Apologies to those who submitted questions that I didn't get to today and/or recently. I'd love to answer them all. Sometimes it just doesn't work that way.

On we go, though. Your questions...my answers.


Tom Pendleton asks -- "Someone asked you this in the Comments section and I thought it was a great question so I'll formally submit it for a future Q & A. Why do you think Tiger turned down the $750 million Greg Norman offered him for LIV? Does his beef with Phil run that deep? Or do he and The Shark not get along? At his age and with limited time left to play, why not just take the $750 million? Something seems weird. Thanks, Drew."

DF says -- "Well, Tiger is obviously the only one who can really answer this, but I'll take a stab at the answer. For starters, while it's no secret Tiger and Phil didn't get along in the early stages of Tiger's dominant run, they seemed to be on better terms here in the last 5-10 years. They teamed up for "The Match", remember, so that was a sign that things were a bit warmer between the two of them. Second, if Tiger really did resent Phil, he'd take the $750 million and rub it in Phil's face that he got $550 million more than Mickelson did.

My guess on why Tiger didn't take it? Because the only thing to gain from moving to LIV would be money...and his legacy doesn't have a price tag on it. Not now, anyway. There's no prestige attached to LIV. There's nothing glitzy about it. 74,000 people watched the Bedminster tournament on YouTube. More folks are interested in Penn State football in the U.S. than LIV golf.

Don't forget, with LIV golf, they tell you when you're playing and where. And Woods hasn't listened to *anyone* -- ever -- when it comes to his playing schedule. He makes his own schedule. He plays where he wants, when he wants. You're telling me that now, at age 46, he's going to allow Greg Norman and the Saudi PIF to tell him when and where he's going to play? ZERO chance of that happening.

Oh, and let's also not forget that Tiger can't actually play a full schedule any longer. So they'd be giving him $750 million and asking him to do what, exactly? He can't play 8, 10, 12 or 14 events in a calendar year. What's he going to do, junior clinics and cocktail parties?

But more than anything, I think Tiger realizes his career legacy is attached to the PGA Tour. In his generation, from 1996 through 2022, it's very obvious: The present-day version of the TOUR was built by Tiger, sustained by Tiger and remains, to this day, "Tiger's Tour". He's still the number one needle-mover in all of golf, throughout the world. Why risk ruining that whole thing?

The very reason D.J. and Koepka and DeChambeau and Reed and Garcia have made a gazillion dollars playing golf over the last 20 years is because of.....Tiger. Without him, those dudes are still playing for $220,000 first place checks. In fact, LIV exists because of Tiger, which is probably the most ironic part of the whole ordeal. So, in the end, Tiger turned down the money because what he built since 1996 is probably worth BILLIONS, not millions. As wacky as this sounds --- $750 million for Woods was probably embarrassing to him."


Rick C. asks -- "With 60 games left (roughly) in the baseball season, make five predictions for what we might see between now and October and a couple that might surprise us."

DF says -- "Hmmmmm...OK, let's start with this one. The Yankees' lead in the American League East will eventually dwindle to 6 games over the Blue Jays before New York puts together a late run to win by 10 games. The Yankees are due for one of those three week spans where they go 6-13. That will help bunch up the race a bit.

The Astros will finish with a better record than the Yankees (105 wins to 104 wins). That's two predictions, both involving the Yankees. Brian Cashman knows more than I do about baseball but for the life of me I can't figure out why they'd trade Jordan Montgomery.

This one probably won't surprise anyone, but Dylan Cease will win the A.L. Cy Young Award. The popular vote will probably go to Houston's Justin Verlander but I think Cease wins it in the end.

The Orioles will finish 86-76 and make the A.L. Wild Card. Toronto and Seattle both hang on. The Orioles nose past Tampa Bay and the White Sox.

The Mets will face the Dodgers in the N.L. Championship Series. I mean, who else could it be?

I'm not throwing this in as official, rather just suggesting -- but how about an Orioles vs. Mets/Buck Showalter World Series?"


Steve asks -- "What's your take on the Orioles celebration weekend that didn't include Cal or Adam Jones?"

DF says -- "It's almost unthinkable, honestly. I realize Cal Jr. supposedly had a "schedule conflict", but that begs the question: Why didn't the Orioles consult with him first and plan the entire weekend around Cal's availability?

I'm a dummy from Glen Burnie and that's the first phone call I would have made. You have the baseball player with the second greatest accomplishment in the history of the sport (the 56-game hitting streak is #1) and it happened in the very stadium you're celebrating...and you didn't call him right out of the gate and tell him what you were doing and ask him what weekend(s) worked for him?

I mean, the dates don't matter at all, right? The OPACY celebration could have been in May, June, July, August, September...you let Cal Jr. give you 3-4 weekends that he's available and then you pick one so he's there. A celebration without Cal is like the Ravens having a celebration without Ray Lewis.

As for Adam Jones, it's very clear there's still lingering animosity on one or both sides. Why that couldn't be resolved to have Jones be part of it is above my pay grade. But, again, if you're the Orioles and you're celebrating the baseball stadium and Adam Jones isn't there, you might as well not have the celebration.

There's an argument that the two most popular players in the stadium's history weren't part of the celebration on Saturday. It's laughable. Maybe Jones makes a surprise appearance today (Sunday) and helps stitch up those wounds, but if not, it's one of the bigger #clownshoes moments in the team's history. And that, as we know, is saying something."


Bart asks -- "I'm looking to throw a futures bet down on the FedEx Cup. Who do you see winning?"

DF says -- "How about Tony Finau? Two wins recently. In good form. Now he know's he's a world class player. Scheffler has cooled off since the late spring. If I'm spending your money, I'm putting it on Finau to win the whole thing."


Davey asks -- "I miss the old Over Rated and Under Rated segments you used to do at DMD. So here's five names for you to throw into your Q & A segment sometime soon. Mookie Betts, Russell Wilson, John Mayer, Kevin Kisner, The Lumineers. Thanks, Drew! Go Hall!"

DF says -- "That's some collection of five different "people" there, Davey. Betts is underrated. Might be the best all around baseball player in the game today.

Russell Wilson is overrated. Good quarterback, for sure. But I don't see him as "great" or, yikes, "elite" even.

John Mayer is BIG-TIME underrated. Could be one of the best guitarists in the world right now. Legendarily underrated, I say.

Kevin Kisner is probably a tad overrated, if I'm being honest. And I like "Kiz" and his game. But he's just too short off the tee to be a force on the PGA Tour these days. Given the right course and format (match play), he's dangerous. But a top 20 player in the world he's not.

You know, I can't critique The Lumineers...I just haven't heard enough of their music. I need to give them some time and I'll get back to you on them. I *think* they're underrated based on the dozen or so songs I've heard, but let me check them out more. And, yes, Go Hall!, indeed."


Shane Palmer asks -- "Who is to blame for Lamar not having a new contract at this point? Him or the Ravens?"

DF says -- "Oh, Lamar for sure. But that doesn't mean he's *wrong* for not signing it. But the Ravens have made him multiple offers in the last 12 months and he still hasn't found one to his liking. The Ravens want him signed, sealed and delivered. They've offered him contracts that would have made him one of the top paid players in the entire league. He doesn't want to sign it. Who knows why?

But it's on him. And, again, that doesn't mean he's *wrong* per se. But if he wanted to have a new contract, he'd have it. It's sitting there waiting for him."


Matthew Levine asks -- "OK, so I've played all three of these courses numerous times and this has become a pretty healthy debate between me and my regular golfing buddies. What's "better" to you? A round of 70 at Rolling Road, 73 at Baltimore CC (East) or 76 at Caves Valley? Thanks, Drew. Love Fairways and Greens on The Fan. Regular listener. Hope it returns in 2023."

DF says -- "This one's tough to answer based on one thing; what tees did you play? The white tee/blue tee different at Rolling Road, for example, isn't all that critical. There is a difference, but it's not wildly significant. The difference between the white tees and "back" tees at BCC is extraordinarily different. The same for Caves Valley.

But for the sake of arguing, let's just say all three rounds were played from the white tees. The 3-over par 73 at BCC East is the best round of those three you listed. An even-par round of 70 at Rolling Road is nothing to sneeze at, but 73 at BCC is really good golf. I'm not downplaying a 76 at Caves Valley, but BCC East features difficult greens and some tough approach shots into a number of par four holes."


Frank Clay asks -- "Come clean with us after all these years, Drew. Did you know Murton from Indianapolis? Was he a friend who called in to your old radio show?"

DF says -- "I have no idea who he is. None. I am fairly convinced he's not *really* in Indianapolis, but other than that, I have no idea who he is. I've maintained that from the start and it's the truth. He's just a guy who thought he had a funny routine and would call in and "perform" it once or twice a week during football season."


Don asks -- "Did you see Will Zalatoris putting on Friday? What is he going to do about that terrible stroke?"

DF says -- "Full disclosure, I didn't see any of the golf from Greensboro live. But when I got this question I did some research and saw two clips of him putting (although I think both were from Thursday, not Friday). Anyway, it's not good. That's for sure.

It appeared like he might have been on his way to figuring it out over the summer. I mean, he came within a whisker of winning the PGA Championship, remember. But he looks worse now than he did late last year and earlier this season. I assume at some point he's going to have to go to the long putter to get it all figured out. It's a shame he's still battling these putting issues. He could be a top 10 player in the world if he gets the flat stick to cooperate."


Mark Donovan asks -- "I know you said recently that you've seen Bruce 26 times. Believe it or not I've seen Jimmy Buffett 78 times, including three times in 2022! But my question is: Who is second on your list, in terms of most times seen? Thanks!

DF says -- "I saw RUSH 14 times, including once in Toronto, which was really awesome. We were in Detroit for soccer and they were playing in Toronto on our day off and me and the PR guy from the Detroit team went to see him. He had a ticket contact up there somehow. I've seen Dave Matthews Band 12 times. Those are my next "most seen". I still have time to see Dave Matthews. Sadly, my days of seeing RUSH are over after the passing of the great Neil Peart."


T.J. asks -- "The rumors of the Orioles moving to Nashville have really quieted down. I guess they're officially squashed?"

DF says -- "I'd say they were never "officially" a thing. People put 1 and 1 together and came up with "John Angelos married a Nashville woman, they bought a house there, so he must be moving the team to Nashville, which is a growing city and would probably be on baseball's wish list."

Well, all of that makes sense, except the Orioles are entrenched in Baltimore and John Angelos isn't getting two dozen owners to vote for him to move the team out of Charm City. Sure, the attendance has been lousy for the last five years, but once the full grip of this rebuild takes hold -- which will probably be 2023 -- you'll see the numbers spike back up to the mid 20,000's.

I said it from jump street: The Orioles are not moving to Nashville. I don't even think John Angelos *wants* to move the team down there, but if he did, it would never happen. Major League Baseball wouldn't allow it."

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rc     August 08
LOL @ John S...."do more research". Sure, what could go wrong by googling info on anything covid-related.

But you are right about Rose, guy was a POS. Why was he a topic today anyway?

Larry     August 08
Herman, I usually see your side of things but there isn't a chance in hell you would applauded Tiger Woods for anything (except maybe getting arrested). You and I both know that.

John S     August 08
Pete Rose and his nickname of Charley Hustle. It had nothing to do with how he played the game of baseball. Johnny Bench despises him. He has said that everything that Rose did was a "hustle". In old fashioned street lingo, it means a con artist, a liar, a rogue, a scoundrel.

The lady who came forward a few years ago is tip of the iceberg stuff. Rose often was seen in the company of teenage girls on the road. That is why he was an outsider on almost every club he was on. He is and has always been a scumbag.

But his defenders(there are many) prove a point. A huge point. People get fooled. We see it on a daily basis. Propaganda becomes facts.

You had "experts" claiming that if you got a new, untested vaccine...."the virus would be stopped". And the general populace believed it and helped with draconian mandates that ruined lives and commerce and friendships.

Be more cynical. Do more research. If someone claims expertise, check their record...not just their college.



As the great John Prince sang "Caravan of Fools". "When you can't stand to lose, you're running with the caravan of fools".

Be bold. Question everything.


bob singer     August 08
The only thing "on brand" is SOD rushing to call Herman a racist any time he posts. Really is childish and tiring, but any time someone calls for truce between SOD and HOD they get chewed up and spit out. SOD must be so proud.

Herrman's points on PGA are worth consideration if you ask me. Mind you, I do get the point of the traditionalists, and not convinced that model needs to be totally blown up.

But, on the hand, as Herrman points out, the revenue now out there is nuts and if you're an elite golfer, why wouldn't you question why you have to "earn your keep" while those "managing" the Tour make more than you do (at least initially).

I don't think the LIV format and approach is the answer BTW. Hope no one outside of Greg Norman and his funding sources believes that. But when one considers the revenue available and how most pro sports design their pay scales as part of a collective bargaining process, sure seems like the Tour needs to put their heads together and come up with a better model

HERMAN     August 08
@Ralph

You are incorrect, I would have applauded The Messiah for taking the cash and smashing the monopoly. I wouldn't sit and watch Tim Finchem for hours on Sunday, or Jay Monahan. If it's for "tradition, honor, and prestige" they can get paid in that and work for free. I find it interesting that the same empty suit that extolls the "virtues" of the broke college kid on scholarship, facing the challenges of Q school, his potential ticket to success.....as he heads out the door making a few hundred grand and dinner on the tour CC.

If The Messiah drives the needle worth a billion, write him the check. Just don't proseletyse over "Saudi Blood Money" wearing Nike sweat shop gear while Uyghurs die in concentration camps in China.

MJ     August 08
Good points from Ralph about HTH. On brand. Perfect description.

Ralph     August 08
Give Herman credit for the brand he's created. He never wavers from it. If Tiger would have taken the $$ he would have crushed him for it. Hilarious if not utterly predictable. But on brand, which is what matters to him most.

HERMAN     August 08
If LIV accomplished anything at all it was to expose the odd grip on the professional game of golf held by the PGA. They don't own any of the majors that are the highlight of their sport. They really can't control the stars of their sport, or require their presence in events. While they have tried hard to evolve their approach with a new season ending playoff series of events, and annual point system akin to NASCAR it hasn't caught on with the general public, and is only embraced by the golf enthusiasts. And while the golfers themselves still see the career path of moving through either Q school or the mini-tours to the PGA as the proper approach many of the young guns are starting to understand that having to drum up your own sponsorship and face expenses week-to-week without any guaranteed compensation by the tour is a burden compared to other sports. Sure a handful of guys start as multi-millionaires before they put a pro peg into the ground, but past the top 25 the rest are grinding week to week out of wallet. In today's cash oversaturated environment of sport that sounds like an anachronism, some kind of throw back, best left in the 1980s.

Hindsight is 20/20 but allowing the evolution of majors and those traditions to dominate the game without a shred of ownership, well, could you imagine Jerrah Jones of Cowboys fame letting the Super Bowl get out under someone else's control?

Somehow I think the next ten years is going to see some serious change to the mechanics of how things are run in pro golf. You can only "pay" the new participants in "legacy and tradition" for so long until they get a little frustrated carrying those initial expenses all on themselves until they can make it.

Ray     August 08
And Rose wonders why he got kicked out of baseball. SMH

Jk     August 07
Ricky Fowler finished 125 and made the PGA Tour playoffs on the last day. I get George is thrilled!

lou@palo alto     August 07
ditto, steve

agree UTB--seems many stars of his day cld hit and run but didn't know how to win as much as Frank

Steve of Pimlico     August 07
@ Lou@ Palo Alto looking forward to seeing you at our renuion in April

unitastoberry     August 07
@ Lou you are right about Frank but that's the way baseball should be played. Just like Bo Jackson breaking Dempsey' thumb at the plate.



@Del Ray I feel as do others our age and above ground that Ted would have been the goat and the king if not for military obligations. I talked once to the guy who made his bats at Louisville Slugger when I took the tour there long ago he felt the same.

lou@palo alto     August 07
frank robinson may hv gotten to 3000 hits--certainly wld hv hd 600hr if not for the injury breaking up a double play against the WS (al weiss) in early 67--was on a path for triple crown numbers again but the concussion/double vision til '69 cost him, and us

Delray RICK     August 07
BOB...TED already belonged in 500 hrs club

MFC     August 07
Not sure you've played the new tees at the Road. There is considerable length added to:

2- might be the toughest to par on the course

4- 40 yard difference between the white and blue tees

8- 30-40 difference

13- moved way back into a corner-

18- added at least 20-30 yards



That's substantial and when they move 7 all the way back into 12 that adds another 30 yards.



Other issues not discusses was green speed and pin placements. Most of the defense of the Road is the greens. If they're cut and rolled with certain pin placements 70 would be a heck of a score. Of course that's true for many courses but it makes a world of difference at the Road. Still there are enough holes at there to make birdies.



To the "average" player, I'm calling that 10-14 handicap the difference from playing the whites to the blues is 5-6 shots, if not more. It's that dramatic.

Bob     August 07
Chris,

Ted Williams missed a total of 4 years as a player serving in both WWII and Korea, no doubt he would be in the 500/3,000 club.

Chris in Bel Air     August 07
O's seem like they are on a mission to prove their worth. They are not going away. I feel pretty good that I'll still be saying that a month from now.

Yesterday's celebration... On the good side, it was good to see and hear Brooks and Eddie up in the booth yesterday during the broadcast. Brooks is a huge fan favorite obviously and Eddie starting to get appreciated even more... thankfully. On the downside, also missing from yesterday Markakis and JJ Hardy. Two fan favs from the Buck era. Also, they could have invited Delmon Young. Owner of one of (the?) most famous hit at the Yard. I know I'll never forget it.

Speaking of Eddie. I was discussing with a friend yesterday the 500 HR and 3000 hit club. For you baseball trivia nerds, Eddie is one of 7 players in that club. Also, are Hank, Mays, A-Rod (ugh), Pujols, Palmeiro (yes, him) and this year Miggy Cabrerra joined the club. Follow on interesting trivia, at least for me. Players that you would think have 3000 hits but do not.... Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson. Ted missed time due to his service during WW2. Greatest generation. Brooks also just missed at 2848.

Dean     August 06
Another day- another Out of towner roasted - baltimore has those fans for sure. Just mention Ray Lewis and see how quickly folks react. Outside Baltimore it raises and eye- here- not so much.

sam winchester     August 06
Rochester Roger sounds like a real genius. And yes we have those kinds of "fans" here in Baltimore, many are active on Twitter.

The uproar over kneeling is a case study is how cults control the minds of the weak.


Erick     August 06
Pretty sad Os could not coordinate- still disfunctonal- not like this year came as a surprise and still schedule conflicts?

kj     August 06
I was not blessed to have known Mr Stewart, only knew "of" him. What a good man may he rest in peace.

Gerry Jackson     August 06
Thanks for the beautiful tribute to “Mr. Stewart,” which is exactly what my siblings and me always called him. Our dad, James Jackson, shared a desk with him at The Sun for three decades. He was such a great friend to our dad, and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Thanks for sharing some of his story.

Eric in Gaithersburg     August 06
I hate what the O's did with the wall-move it back 15 feet instead of 30 or just make it higher don't do both. But the results dont lie- we 30-20 at home. Can't believe Drew didn't mention all the O's that have beefs that are not back today- Jones, Surhoff, Bordick and Brady. Cal has scheduling conflict. And don't look now but Gunnar Henderson has a hit in 15 of his last 16 .349/.431/.667 with 4 HR 4 2B 2 3B 187wRC+ and now has .946 OPS in AAA. It is time for him to join this formerly mediocre offense that has gotten worse since Mancini deal.

JohnInEssex     August 06
Kapernick indeed started the kneeling for the anthem thing...

The Ravens blew it up in England, for all to see, then stood up for God Save The Queen...

Steve of Pimlico     August 06
Have to wonder if the new dimensions in Oriole Park had got into Trey's head this year.

Erick     August 06
Interesting take on golf course- if someone were to highlight a certain website in a similar vein- Im curious if it would draw any ire from those that frequent it?

Don from Catonsville     August 05
I'm a GOLF NERD , that was a VERY ENJOYABLE story!!!

Chris in Bel Air     August 05
I generally lower the volume and/or try to tune out most announcers (MLB and NFL). Very few provide any value added. Listening to the O's broadcast the other night, I heard Newman get all excited for a LONG DRIVE TO CF... and the CF is under it makes the final out. The ball wasn't even close to the warning track or hit very hard. Ugh. Maybe it is just nostalgia, but I do miss hearing Chuck and Brooks.

Glad to hear your story with son, Drew. Sounded like a great day. My father passed away coming up on 10 years now. Among many other things, I wish I could play another round with him. Do it while you can people. Do it while you can.

unitastoberry     August 05
I moved to central PA in 1986. Great story many former Baltimore folks live here now and all of us go thru the transition minus becoming Penn St/Stiller fans. There's a lot of southern hospitality here my oldest son calls it Pennsatucky. Come back now ya hear !

TimD in Timonium     August 05
@DF, great story, enjoy the memories, enjoy getting away.



I've seen Little League games in Williamsport, have visited Penn State and Bucknell, but, other than that, Central PA is pretty wide open. Empty. God's Country.

Delray RICK     August 05
GOOD read on MUSHNICK bout VIN SCULLY and why we have turds calling games. DEM O'S have gone in the toilet with these "talking heads" that won't shut the hell up. PALMER pleasure to listen to but when squeaky voice lady comes I turn the sound down. LET THE GAME PLAY OUT and talking bout nuttin all the time. And that old fart in YANKEES still calling is a real joke. AUGUST 11 LIFE STARTS!!!

ChrisK     August 04
I'll preface this by saying that I am not an attorney, so take it with a (or several grains) of salt. But, the PGA doesn't have an anti-trust exemption (as MLB does). To me, banning certain players from participating in your events because you don't like them is a pretty clear anti-trust violation. I'm not a golf guy, so I certainly won't opine on the merits of LIV vs. PGA, but banning a sub-set of players because they wanted to spend some weekends playing with another organization strikes me as patently illegal.

Barry Holtby     August 04
Someone take away the "*" key from Drew's keyboard. The overuse is getting ridiculous.

larry     August 04
Trading away Mancini and Lopez did absolutely nothing to damage their chances of winning this year. Capable replacements are here.

The notion of "adding" is foolish. Sure they have a more stocked farm system than before, but do they have a surplus? And would it make sense to send some of those assets away, in exchange for the low odds of what Stats Nerd alluded to?

To me, had Elias traded say Stowers or Hall away, that would border on malpractice. He did the right thing, he just made one comment he should not have, that's all.

Some day the O's will be good, hopefully in a similar sustainable way like the Ravens, and some day certain people will stop obsessing over @Herman.

Unitastoberry     August 04
CIK...ty

David Rosenfeld     August 04
The Orioles have 54 wins with 57 games left. You start asking yourself how many games of those 57 will they have to win?

I'd say that 31-26 is a legitimate possibility. Will 85-77 be enough? Probably not. To get to 89 wins, they'd need 35-22. Maybe asking a lot.

Still, I'm surprised Elias said that, even if meant it in a completely mathematical way. At this point the difference in probability between TB and the Orioles is pretty much a wash.

K.C.     August 04
Give @Herman credit. He made a post and didn't reference Springsteen. I'm buying more and more into the idea started by someone here that @Herman is on the Dish staff in some capacity.

There's no possible way someone with this much dislike for a person goes out of his way 3 or 4 times a day to stop by and indirectly help fund that person's business. We already know for sure @Herman doesn't like "the site owner" so the only question left is "Why do you come around every day?"

He has to be on staff some how. He just has to be.

Conway     August 04
Ain't this the truth >>> Sure, those guys know all about the Washington Post journalist and they realize you're not really *allowed* to say anything negative about Saudi policies or decisions.



Drew gets it. So do the 3,300 American families who lost loved ones on 9-11. To some people like Herman those murders no longer matter. For some they still do.

Chris in Bel Air     August 04
I was surprised to hear Elias offer that statement the other night. As a GM, he should know better. I did not know the full story til I read today's edition but I'm glad to hear he did the right thing and spoke to the team.

I think his comments and the trades are clear evidence he is sticking with his plan. As a fan, it is tough to see your team right on the doorstep of a potential wild card (99% sure they have improved that format and it is now a 3-game series) and see them trade away players and not bring in pieces that could help them get to the post-season. But, for the GM and the plan, while I'm sure he's glad to see it, it does not factor into the plan. The current performance is just a nice little add-on.

I was disappointed to see Trey go but I understand it. I didn't mind Lopez going because his trade value will never be higher than it is now. I'm not convinced he can perform at the same level as now over the next 2-3 years. I was glad to hear Elias say the O's will be looking to sign true MLB talent starting next year but like everything with them, I'll believe it when I see it.

The Real Ricky     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..."

Really?

Drew, I sure hope you're doing as well as Paul McCartney if and/or when you're 80 years old. You know, when your kids are graduating college! LOL!





I kid!

CIK     August 04
@UTB

The 1 game playoff has been eliminated. It is now 6 teams from each league qualify. The top 2 teams get byes. The 3 seed hosts the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosts the 5 seed, in a best of 3.

kevin j     August 04
Totally agree it was good to see Elias rush to put out the fire he started. We all know he simply meant the "probability" of true post season success was low, ie fools gold, but competitive athletes never wanna hear that. Who says "the odds of us winning are small so why try hard"?

Elias was a player, he knows this. Obviously caught up int he moment of justifying his trades and probably realized as soon as it was said it was foolish thing to put out there. Does not change that he "did" the right thing, the comment was the mistake, not the trades.

@Geroge with great analogy between PGA Tour and our country, bravo good sir!

HERMAN     August 04
Get the popcorn this lawsuit could be fun to watch. The PGA enforcing a monopoly and the independent contractors crying restraint of trade. George with the post of the year so far.

What I "don't get" is how the site owner can love golf and love competition and not understand that the golfers want the freedom to play wherever and whenever they choose, and to compete for whatever prize money they are eligible to compete for. This idea that they "took the big money" and so don't need money from the FedEx playoffs is ludicrous. Tiger has a billion, should he just stop competing for the cash?

For those few who qualified for the FedEx Cup this year I don't see how they can be excluded, they met the qualifications and want to play. Billy Herschel and his "they want their cake and to eat it too" nonsense, yeah, they want to play golf and compete. Not hard to understand.

And for all those locals foaming at the mouth over Dem O's, could it be that the few big market teams have grabbed up all the real talent leaving all the small market teams mediocre, allowing for Dem O's to seem competitive racking up wins against low life competition and giving them a false hope? In a sea of mediocrity some mediocrity will appear slightly superior to all other mediocrity.

And fake Herman is back, I didn't post that last reply. With two of the four potential imposters I have in mind on European vacations that narrows it down to two. Could even be the site owner himself, trying to goad me into leaving for good...

PLB     August 04
Really good column on Elias, Drew. You hit every button properly. Leaned on his data and his team of stats people, said the wrong thing publicly, went to Texas and tried to fix it with his players. Very well done today, my friend.



As for the PGA Tour lawsuit, it's all about Greg Norman and Phil getting their pound of flesh. It's just a fight to say "I beat you" now. I'm bored with it, honestly.



I do have a question about Tiger Woods, though. Is there some kind of lingering animosity between Tiger and Greg or Tiger and Phil that kept him from taking the $750 million LIV offered him? That seems like just too much money to refuse. Thoughts?






Brett B.     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..." hahahahahaha

Have to admit, I was shocked at how bad his voice was on 6/12 at Camden Yards. I know he's old and all but sheeesh, that was tough to listen to.

Unitastoberry     August 04
The one off MLB playoff game is a joke. If you want to get excited then go for it. But getting there isn't much more than a participation trophy. The next worst thing is winning your division and having a champagne party. Billick was right..Festivis!!

TimD in Timonium     August 04
Another thought on the O's trading deadline moves. Hope CBS Sports is wrong and the run continues. Go O's.



"Not everything in this game is an asset that must be micromanaged and leveraged to the fullest extent at all times. It's baseball, not an actuarial table. There are human beings involved, and rather than further encourage the good vibes, the O's front office snuffed them out."



And who thought the PGA would be newsworthy in AUGUST. Wow. Every day.


Delray RICK     August 04
DEM O'S only 11/2 games out of wild card...WOW!! Whoever picked COLE to win PICTER OF THE YEAR!!! He can't win without sicky stuff. MANCINI hits homerun in first game.

George     August 03
In a Nutshell – LIV Golf files antitrust suit against the PGA Tour, alleging monopolistic practices against LIV and its players in conspiracy with sponsors, DP Tour, Asian Tour, PGA of America, USGA, R & A, and the Masters Tournament. Three players otherwise eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs ask for restraining order against enforcement of their bans.

Eventual Outcome – after a flurry of self-righteous public-relations campaigns, the case is settled with LIV getting everything it wanted, except against the Masters Tournament, which has through its history maintained its private rights to do whatever it damn well pleases. [Note that its eligibility criteria do not offer an entry into the Tournament, but merely qualify a player for the possibility of an invitation.]

An interesting sideline to this [at least to me] is the evolution of the PGA Tour, originally formed by touring professionals to benefit themselves, into an organization dominated by executives who have gotten fat administering the Tour while relegating the players to the inferior status of independent contractors who must follow the rules the Tour sets. Sort of like the United States of America – originally designed as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and which has evolved into a nation run from time to time by one of two parties who happen to get a majority of electoral votes and who neither care a lick about the welfare of the sheep/citizens.

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While at a picnic table next to the camp store yesterday, a man from Rochester, NY struck up a conversation with me after seeing my tee-shirt.

"Is that the Calvert Hall in Maryland?" he asked. I was wearing a white FCA tee-shirt with the Calvert Hall logo on it, the one we give to the students who attend our Thursday FCA Huddle during the school year.

"It is indeed," I replied.

"I was there a couple of years ago to watch my nephew play lacrosse for Hill Academy," he explained. Hill Academy is a Canadian school that is often recogized as the top high school lacrosse program in North America. Calvert Hall routinely schedules them -- and plays them tough, too -- prior to the start of their rugged MIAA campaign every March.

"Great stadium," the new friend continued. "I remember there was a burger place right across the street that we could walk to."

"There is," I said. "Red Robin."

"Great food, lousy service," he mentioned, as if he needed to verify with me that he actually had been there to eat.

We exchanged a few more minutes of small talk, mostly about camping. How we each liked the facility, how long we were staying, and so on.

"You an Orioles fan?" he asked.

"I am...lifelong," I said.

"Can't believe they traded away that Mancini kid," the man said. I didn't have the heart to tell him that Mancini is 30 and, well, not really a "kid" any longer. At least not as far as baseball terms go, anyway.

"Who do you follow?" I asked.

"Longtime Mets fan," he said. "I was hoping we'd get Mancini once I heard the Orioles were getting rid of him. What's the story with him, bad in the locker room?"

I explained Mancini's situation. Told the man about his battle with cancer. Touched on how popular he was with the fans in Baltimore. And tried to explain that most people who follow baseball in Charm City understand that Mancini was likely going to be dealt and had resolved themselves to that very fact days in advance of the deal.

"But they didn't get anything for him, did they?" the man -- named Roger, by the way -- said. "Some minor league pitchers?"

It was very obvious that Roger follows baseball.

"They got a couple of prospects for him, but they always knew they weren't going to get much for him," I explained.

And then my new friend offered his baseball wisdom.

"I guess you guys down there are used to not making the playoffs, so when you give away the team's best player to help someone else win it's old hat."

"Well, we might make the playoffs this year..." I countered.

It struck me that I used "we" as if I was defending the home team which, I guess, I was.

"You can't make the playoffs when you trade away the best player," he said. There wasn't defiance in his voice, but he was definitely willing to go toe-to-toe with me on this subject.

I could have told him that Mancini wasn't actually the team's "best player", but I felt like that might lead to another debate about who was, if Trey wasn't.

I also considered for just a second that maybe Mancini *was* the team's best player. I know other players are having better seasons and all, but in terms of "value" and "quality", Mancini was a legit performer, as we all know.

"They haven't lost yet since they traded him," I said to Roger. And that was before last night's 1-0 win over the Pirates.

"Well, they will," he shot back.

"I have this weird feeling about them, though," I said. "This feels like one of those special teams that probably shouldn't be this good but then they turn around and do some crazy things that no one thought they would do. I think they're going to make the playoffs."

"No chance," Roger stated.

I took that as an opportunity to shift the conversation to something else. The baseball discussion was not only stalling, but my new friend from Rochester was getting agitated, for some weird reason.

"You a football fan?" I asked.

"Used to be," Roger said. "Once they started kneeling I stopped watching. I didn't miss a Bills home game for 15 years. Haven't been back since they did the kneeling. Once I saw that, I said, "Those b**tards aren't getting a nickel from me ever again" and I haven't been to a game since."

There was silence for 10 seconds or so as we both watched a volleyball game fifty feet to our right.

"You like the Ravens?" he asked.

"Of course," I said.

"I hope they never win another game," he replied. For a minute, he sounded like me when someone brings up the Flyers.

"They started the whole kneeling thing in London..." Roger continued.

I didn't have the heart to mention that it was actually Colin Kaepernick who "started it".

"I don't care for their coach, either." Roger said. "I was glad we beat them in the playoffs a few years ago."

I almost -- and I mean, I was *this close* -- said, "Wait, "we" beat them?? I thought you weren't a Bills fan any longer?" But I knew that would have probably started an entirely new conversation.

"Yeah, the Bills are really good," I said. "This might be their year."

"I don't know," Roger offered. "They always seem to do something to screw it up."

With that, I excused myself, mentioning I had to take ice back to the camp site.

"Nice chatting with you," Roger said. "I hope it works out for the Orioles."

"Thanks, have a great rest of your trip," I replied. "Good luck to your Bills."

"They're not "my" Bills any longer," he said. "But thanks."

As I walked back to the campsite, one thought kept racing through my mind.

"Are we like that in Baltimore? That crazy? That out of touch? That...I don't know...lacking proper perspective?"

If we are, we need to do something about it.

Editor's note: After Trey's 2-home run performance last night for the Astros in Cleveland, I think I'll stay away from the camp store today.


The Baltimore golf and sports media community lost a legendary figure on Thursday when longtime Baltimore Sun writer John Stewart passed away.

"Mr. Stewart", as we all called him, was the paper's main golf writer for nearly 30 years.

John was a constant presence at local amateur and professional golf events in Baltimore dating back to the 1980's. He was at the scorer's table at every Spring and Fall Publinx tournament I competed in for 15 years as well as the Maryland Amateur Stroke Play tournament at Mount Pleasant that was played for nearly 25 years around the 4th of July.

"Well, were you outstanding today?" was his greeting for everyone he knew who came to the scorer's table with card in hand.

If you answered in the affirmative, he would eagerly wait to go through your scorecard to see if anything about it stood out.

And then, if your round was really noteworthy, he would offer those familiar words: "Step into my office and let's chat..."

His "office" was nothing more than a large tree or a couple of chairs situated near the scorer's table. He'd ask a question or two and there, for a minute, you felt like Tiger Woods being interviewed by John Feinstein.

I remember the 1999 Spring Publinx, where I had a one-shot lead standing on the 17th tee. I hit my tee shot to a back left flag that we never found. In a steady rain, no one on the tee saw the ball land, myself included. I assumed then, and still do today, that I hit it just over the green and it bounded into the water behind the hole. I made double bogey there and lost by a shot.

The following year, as fate would have it, I came to that same hole with a one-shot lead in the 2000 Spring Publinx. Only this time, I hit my 8-iron to 15 feet and two-putted for par. A par at the closing hole gave me the win.

"Congratulations" John said. "Three top 5's and a 2nd place finish in this event before this year. You finally got it. "You must have been thinking, 'Oh, no, here we go again' on that tee shot at 17, huh?".

I wasn't quite sure what he was asking. "Last year," Stewart continued. "You were one ahead there and never found your tee ball..."

Not only did John Stewart somehow have all of my stats at hand from eight other previous Spring Publinks events, he remembered my misfortune from the '99 event as well.

That's how John Stewart handled local amateur golf. He treated the Spring Publinx like it was the Masters or the U.S. Open. When he was covering golf for the Sun, scores from the Publinx and Maryland Amateur Stroke Play were in the paper the following morning.

I distinctly remember seeing a snippet about my old friend Charlie Narcisco winning the Fall Publinx on the top of the front page of the newspaper ("Narcisco wins at Forest Park") and then a front page sports section article about Charlie's triumph over me and several others.

When I qualified for the U.S. Senior Open in June of 2021, my phone rang on Tuesday morning, a day after I qualified at Argyle. I didn't recognize the number.

It was John Stewart.

"Well, now you really gave me something to cover," he said, "but I'm hardly able to get around these days, so we'll just have to talk on the phone."

I could tell by his voice and all that "Mr. Stewart" wasn't doing well. But we chatted for 15 minutes or so and walked down memory lane together.

"If you win, make sure you mention Mount Pleasant in your victory speech," he said.

"And Jim Deck, too..." he added. Deck was the popular (at the time) head golf professional at Pine Ridge who was formerly at Mount Pleasant during the heyday of the Publinx and Stroke Play tournaments.

It was interesting that Mr. Stewart didn't say, "Mention me." Instead, he urged me to mention Mount Pleasant and our friend, Jim Deck.

Golf coverage in Baltimore has been sorely lacking over the last ten years since Mr. Stewart's contributions to The Sun came to an end. But there, for 15 years or thereabouts, he made Baltimore golf into a big deal.

We all owe him enormous gratitude for believing in us and the competitions we all played.

Fairways and greens, Mr. Stewart...

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rc     August 08
LOL @ John S...."do more research". Sure, what could go wrong by googling info on anything covid-related.

But you are right about Rose, guy was a POS. Why was he a topic today anyway?

Larry     August 08
Herman, I usually see your side of things but there isn't a chance in hell you would applauded Tiger Woods for anything (except maybe getting arrested). You and I both know that.

John S     August 08
Pete Rose and his nickname of Charley Hustle. It had nothing to do with how he played the game of baseball. Johnny Bench despises him. He has said that everything that Rose did was a "hustle". In old fashioned street lingo, it means a con artist, a liar, a rogue, a scoundrel.

The lady who came forward a few years ago is tip of the iceberg stuff. Rose often was seen in the company of teenage girls on the road. That is why he was an outsider on almost every club he was on. He is and has always been a scumbag.

But his defenders(there are many) prove a point. A huge point. People get fooled. We see it on a daily basis. Propaganda becomes facts.

You had "experts" claiming that if you got a new, untested vaccine...."the virus would be stopped". And the general populace believed it and helped with draconian mandates that ruined lives and commerce and friendships.

Be more cynical. Do more research. If someone claims expertise, check their record...not just their college.



As the great John Prince sang "Caravan of Fools". "When you can't stand to lose, you're running with the caravan of fools".

Be bold. Question everything.


bob singer     August 08
The only thing "on brand" is SOD rushing to call Herman a racist any time he posts. Really is childish and tiring, but any time someone calls for truce between SOD and HOD they get chewed up and spit out. SOD must be so proud.

Herrman's points on PGA are worth consideration if you ask me. Mind you, I do get the point of the traditionalists, and not convinced that model needs to be totally blown up.

But, on the hand, as Herrman points out, the revenue now out there is nuts and if you're an elite golfer, why wouldn't you question why you have to "earn your keep" while those "managing" the Tour make more than you do (at least initially).

I don't think the LIV format and approach is the answer BTW. Hope no one outside of Greg Norman and his funding sources believes that. But when one considers the revenue available and how most pro sports design their pay scales as part of a collective bargaining process, sure seems like the Tour needs to put their heads together and come up with a better model

HERMAN     August 08
@Ralph

You are incorrect, I would have applauded The Messiah for taking the cash and smashing the monopoly. I wouldn't sit and watch Tim Finchem for hours on Sunday, or Jay Monahan. If it's for "tradition, honor, and prestige" they can get paid in that and work for free. I find it interesting that the same empty suit that extolls the "virtues" of the broke college kid on scholarship, facing the challenges of Q school, his potential ticket to success.....as he heads out the door making a few hundred grand and dinner on the tour CC.

If The Messiah drives the needle worth a billion, write him the check. Just don't proseletyse over "Saudi Blood Money" wearing Nike sweat shop gear while Uyghurs die in concentration camps in China.

MJ     August 08
Good points from Ralph about HTH. On brand. Perfect description.

Ralph     August 08
Give Herman credit for the brand he's created. He never wavers from it. If Tiger would have taken the $$ he would have crushed him for it. Hilarious if not utterly predictable. But on brand, which is what matters to him most.

HERMAN     August 08
If LIV accomplished anything at all it was to expose the odd grip on the professional game of golf held by the PGA. They don't own any of the majors that are the highlight of their sport. They really can't control the stars of their sport, or require their presence in events. While they have tried hard to evolve their approach with a new season ending playoff series of events, and annual point system akin to NASCAR it hasn't caught on with the general public, and is only embraced by the golf enthusiasts. And while the golfers themselves still see the career path of moving through either Q school or the mini-tours to the PGA as the proper approach many of the young guns are starting to understand that having to drum up your own sponsorship and face expenses week-to-week without any guaranteed compensation by the tour is a burden compared to other sports. Sure a handful of guys start as multi-millionaires before they put a pro peg into the ground, but past the top 25 the rest are grinding week to week out of wallet. In today's cash oversaturated environment of sport that sounds like an anachronism, some kind of throw back, best left in the 1980s.

Hindsight is 20/20 but allowing the evolution of majors and those traditions to dominate the game without a shred of ownership, well, could you imagine Jerrah Jones of Cowboys fame letting the Super Bowl get out under someone else's control?

Somehow I think the next ten years is going to see some serious change to the mechanics of how things are run in pro golf. You can only "pay" the new participants in "legacy and tradition" for so long until they get a little frustrated carrying those initial expenses all on themselves until they can make it.

Ray     August 08
And Rose wonders why he got kicked out of baseball. SMH

Jk     August 07
Ricky Fowler finished 125 and made the PGA Tour playoffs on the last day. I get George is thrilled!

lou@palo alto     August 07
ditto, steve

agree UTB--seems many stars of his day cld hit and run but didn't know how to win as much as Frank

Steve of Pimlico     August 07
@ Lou@ Palo Alto looking forward to seeing you at our renuion in April

unitastoberry     August 07
@ Lou you are right about Frank but that's the way baseball should be played. Just like Bo Jackson breaking Dempsey' thumb at the plate.



@Del Ray I feel as do others our age and above ground that Ted would have been the goat and the king if not for military obligations. I talked once to the guy who made his bats at Louisville Slugger when I took the tour there long ago he felt the same.

lou@palo alto     August 07
frank robinson may hv gotten to 3000 hits--certainly wld hv hd 600hr if not for the injury breaking up a double play against the WS (al weiss) in early 67--was on a path for triple crown numbers again but the concussion/double vision til '69 cost him, and us

Delray RICK     August 07
BOB...TED already belonged in 500 hrs club

MFC     August 07
Not sure you've played the new tees at the Road. There is considerable length added to:

2- might be the toughest to par on the course

4- 40 yard difference between the white and blue tees

8- 30-40 difference

13- moved way back into a corner-

18- added at least 20-30 yards



That's substantial and when they move 7 all the way back into 12 that adds another 30 yards.



Other issues not discusses was green speed and pin placements. Most of the defense of the Road is the greens. If they're cut and rolled with certain pin placements 70 would be a heck of a score. Of course that's true for many courses but it makes a world of difference at the Road. Still there are enough holes at there to make birdies.



To the "average" player, I'm calling that 10-14 handicap the difference from playing the whites to the blues is 5-6 shots, if not more. It's that dramatic.

Bob     August 07
Chris,

Ted Williams missed a total of 4 years as a player serving in both WWII and Korea, no doubt he would be in the 500/3,000 club.

Chris in Bel Air     August 07
O's seem like they are on a mission to prove their worth. They are not going away. I feel pretty good that I'll still be saying that a month from now.

Yesterday's celebration... On the good side, it was good to see and hear Brooks and Eddie up in the booth yesterday during the broadcast. Brooks is a huge fan favorite obviously and Eddie starting to get appreciated even more... thankfully. On the downside, also missing from yesterday Markakis and JJ Hardy. Two fan favs from the Buck era. Also, they could have invited Delmon Young. Owner of one of (the?) most famous hit at the Yard. I know I'll never forget it.

Speaking of Eddie. I was discussing with a friend yesterday the 500 HR and 3000 hit club. For you baseball trivia nerds, Eddie is one of 7 players in that club. Also, are Hank, Mays, A-Rod (ugh), Pujols, Palmeiro (yes, him) and this year Miggy Cabrerra joined the club. Follow on interesting trivia, at least for me. Players that you would think have 3000 hits but do not.... Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson. Ted missed time due to his service during WW2. Greatest generation. Brooks also just missed at 2848.

Dean     August 06
Another day- another Out of towner roasted - baltimore has those fans for sure. Just mention Ray Lewis and see how quickly folks react. Outside Baltimore it raises and eye- here- not so much.

sam winchester     August 06
Rochester Roger sounds like a real genius. And yes we have those kinds of "fans" here in Baltimore, many are active on Twitter.

The uproar over kneeling is a case study is how cults control the minds of the weak.


Erick     August 06
Pretty sad Os could not coordinate- still disfunctonal- not like this year came as a surprise and still schedule conflicts?

kj     August 06
I was not blessed to have known Mr Stewart, only knew "of" him. What a good man may he rest in peace.

Gerry Jackson     August 06
Thanks for the beautiful tribute to “Mr. Stewart,” which is exactly what my siblings and me always called him. Our dad, James Jackson, shared a desk with him at The Sun for three decades. He was such a great friend to our dad, and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Thanks for sharing some of his story.

Eric in Gaithersburg     August 06
I hate what the O's did with the wall-move it back 15 feet instead of 30 or just make it higher don't do both. But the results dont lie- we 30-20 at home. Can't believe Drew didn't mention all the O's that have beefs that are not back today- Jones, Surhoff, Bordick and Brady. Cal has scheduling conflict. And don't look now but Gunnar Henderson has a hit in 15 of his last 16 .349/.431/.667 with 4 HR 4 2B 2 3B 187wRC+ and now has .946 OPS in AAA. It is time for him to join this formerly mediocre offense that has gotten worse since Mancini deal.

JohnInEssex     August 06
Kapernick indeed started the kneeling for the anthem thing...

The Ravens blew it up in England, for all to see, then stood up for God Save The Queen...

Steve of Pimlico     August 06
Have to wonder if the new dimensions in Oriole Park had got into Trey's head this year.

Erick     August 06
Interesting take on golf course- if someone were to highlight a certain website in a similar vein- Im curious if it would draw any ire from those that frequent it?

Don from Catonsville     August 05
I'm a GOLF NERD , that was a VERY ENJOYABLE story!!!

Chris in Bel Air     August 05
I generally lower the volume and/or try to tune out most announcers (MLB and NFL). Very few provide any value added. Listening to the O's broadcast the other night, I heard Newman get all excited for a LONG DRIVE TO CF... and the CF is under it makes the final out. The ball wasn't even close to the warning track or hit very hard. Ugh. Maybe it is just nostalgia, but I do miss hearing Chuck and Brooks.

Glad to hear your story with son, Drew. Sounded like a great day. My father passed away coming up on 10 years now. Among many other things, I wish I could play another round with him. Do it while you can people. Do it while you can.

unitastoberry     August 05
I moved to central PA in 1986. Great story many former Baltimore folks live here now and all of us go thru the transition minus becoming Penn St/Stiller fans. There's a lot of southern hospitality here my oldest son calls it Pennsatucky. Come back now ya hear !

TimD in Timonium     August 05
@DF, great story, enjoy the memories, enjoy getting away.



I've seen Little League games in Williamsport, have visited Penn State and Bucknell, but, other than that, Central PA is pretty wide open. Empty. God's Country.

Delray RICK     August 05
GOOD read on MUSHNICK bout VIN SCULLY and why we have turds calling games. DEM O'S have gone in the toilet with these "talking heads" that won't shut the hell up. PALMER pleasure to listen to but when squeaky voice lady comes I turn the sound down. LET THE GAME PLAY OUT and talking bout nuttin all the time. And that old fart in YANKEES still calling is a real joke. AUGUST 11 LIFE STARTS!!!

ChrisK     August 04
I'll preface this by saying that I am not an attorney, so take it with a (or several grains) of salt. But, the PGA doesn't have an anti-trust exemption (as MLB does). To me, banning certain players from participating in your events because you don't like them is a pretty clear anti-trust violation. I'm not a golf guy, so I certainly won't opine on the merits of LIV vs. PGA, but banning a sub-set of players because they wanted to spend some weekends playing with another organization strikes me as patently illegal.

Barry Holtby     August 04
Someone take away the "*" key from Drew's keyboard. The overuse is getting ridiculous.

larry     August 04
Trading away Mancini and Lopez did absolutely nothing to damage their chances of winning this year. Capable replacements are here.

The notion of "adding" is foolish. Sure they have a more stocked farm system than before, but do they have a surplus? And would it make sense to send some of those assets away, in exchange for the low odds of what Stats Nerd alluded to?

To me, had Elias traded say Stowers or Hall away, that would border on malpractice. He did the right thing, he just made one comment he should not have, that's all.

Some day the O's will be good, hopefully in a similar sustainable way like the Ravens, and some day certain people will stop obsessing over @Herman.

Unitastoberry     August 04
CIK...ty

David Rosenfeld     August 04
The Orioles have 54 wins with 57 games left. You start asking yourself how many games of those 57 will they have to win?

I'd say that 31-26 is a legitimate possibility. Will 85-77 be enough? Probably not. To get to 89 wins, they'd need 35-22. Maybe asking a lot.

Still, I'm surprised Elias said that, even if meant it in a completely mathematical way. At this point the difference in probability between TB and the Orioles is pretty much a wash.

K.C.     August 04
Give @Herman credit. He made a post and didn't reference Springsteen. I'm buying more and more into the idea started by someone here that @Herman is on the Dish staff in some capacity.

There's no possible way someone with this much dislike for a person goes out of his way 3 or 4 times a day to stop by and indirectly help fund that person's business. We already know for sure @Herman doesn't like "the site owner" so the only question left is "Why do you come around every day?"

He has to be on staff some how. He just has to be.

Conway     August 04
Ain't this the truth >>> Sure, those guys know all about the Washington Post journalist and they realize you're not really *allowed* to say anything negative about Saudi policies or decisions.



Drew gets it. So do the 3,300 American families who lost loved ones on 9-11. To some people like Herman those murders no longer matter. For some they still do.

Chris in Bel Air     August 04
I was surprised to hear Elias offer that statement the other night. As a GM, he should know better. I did not know the full story til I read today's edition but I'm glad to hear he did the right thing and spoke to the team.

I think his comments and the trades are clear evidence he is sticking with his plan. As a fan, it is tough to see your team right on the doorstep of a potential wild card (99% sure they have improved that format and it is now a 3-game series) and see them trade away players and not bring in pieces that could help them get to the post-season. But, for the GM and the plan, while I'm sure he's glad to see it, it does not factor into the plan. The current performance is just a nice little add-on.

I was disappointed to see Trey go but I understand it. I didn't mind Lopez going because his trade value will never be higher than it is now. I'm not convinced he can perform at the same level as now over the next 2-3 years. I was glad to hear Elias say the O's will be looking to sign true MLB talent starting next year but like everything with them, I'll believe it when I see it.

The Real Ricky     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..."

Really?

Drew, I sure hope you're doing as well as Paul McCartney if and/or when you're 80 years old. You know, when your kids are graduating college! LOL!





I kid!

CIK     August 04
@UTB

The 1 game playoff has been eliminated. It is now 6 teams from each league qualify. The top 2 teams get byes. The 3 seed hosts the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosts the 5 seed, in a best of 3.

kevin j     August 04
Totally agree it was good to see Elias rush to put out the fire he started. We all know he simply meant the "probability" of true post season success was low, ie fools gold, but competitive athletes never wanna hear that. Who says "the odds of us winning are small so why try hard"?

Elias was a player, he knows this. Obviously caught up int he moment of justifying his trades and probably realized as soon as it was said it was foolish thing to put out there. Does not change that he "did" the right thing, the comment was the mistake, not the trades.

@Geroge with great analogy between PGA Tour and our country, bravo good sir!

HERMAN     August 04
Get the popcorn this lawsuit could be fun to watch. The PGA enforcing a monopoly and the independent contractors crying restraint of trade. George with the post of the year so far.

What I "don't get" is how the site owner can love golf and love competition and not understand that the golfers want the freedom to play wherever and whenever they choose, and to compete for whatever prize money they are eligible to compete for. This idea that they "took the big money" and so don't need money from the FedEx playoffs is ludicrous. Tiger has a billion, should he just stop competing for the cash?

For those few who qualified for the FedEx Cup this year I don't see how they can be excluded, they met the qualifications and want to play. Billy Herschel and his "they want their cake and to eat it too" nonsense, yeah, they want to play golf and compete. Not hard to understand.

And for all those locals foaming at the mouth over Dem O's, could it be that the few big market teams have grabbed up all the real talent leaving all the small market teams mediocre, allowing for Dem O's to seem competitive racking up wins against low life competition and giving them a false hope? In a sea of mediocrity some mediocrity will appear slightly superior to all other mediocrity.

And fake Herman is back, I didn't post that last reply. With two of the four potential imposters I have in mind on European vacations that narrows it down to two. Could even be the site owner himself, trying to goad me into leaving for good...

PLB     August 04
Really good column on Elias, Drew. You hit every button properly. Leaned on his data and his team of stats people, said the wrong thing publicly, went to Texas and tried to fix it with his players. Very well done today, my friend.



As for the PGA Tour lawsuit, it's all about Greg Norman and Phil getting their pound of flesh. It's just a fight to say "I beat you" now. I'm bored with it, honestly.



I do have a question about Tiger Woods, though. Is there some kind of lingering animosity between Tiger and Greg or Tiger and Phil that kept him from taking the $750 million LIV offered him? That seems like just too much money to refuse. Thoughts?






Brett B.     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..." hahahahahaha

Have to admit, I was shocked at how bad his voice was on 6/12 at Camden Yards. I know he's old and all but sheeesh, that was tough to listen to.

Unitastoberry     August 04
The one off MLB playoff game is a joke. If you want to get excited then go for it. But getting there isn't much more than a participation trophy. The next worst thing is winning your division and having a champagne party. Billick was right..Festivis!!

TimD in Timonium     August 04
Another thought on the O's trading deadline moves. Hope CBS Sports is wrong and the run continues. Go O's.



"Not everything in this game is an asset that must be micromanaged and leveraged to the fullest extent at all times. It's baseball, not an actuarial table. There are human beings involved, and rather than further encourage the good vibes, the O's front office snuffed them out."



And who thought the PGA would be newsworthy in AUGUST. Wow. Every day.


Delray RICK     August 04
DEM O'S only 11/2 games out of wild card...WOW!! Whoever picked COLE to win PICTER OF THE YEAR!!! He can't win without sicky stuff. MANCINI hits homerun in first game.

George     August 03
In a Nutshell – LIV Golf files antitrust suit against the PGA Tour, alleging monopolistic practices against LIV and its players in conspiracy with sponsors, DP Tour, Asian Tour, PGA of America, USGA, R & A, and the Masters Tournament. Three players otherwise eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs ask for restraining order against enforcement of their bans.

Eventual Outcome – after a flurry of self-righteous public-relations campaigns, the case is settled with LIV getting everything it wanted, except against the Masters Tournament, which has through its history maintained its private rights to do whatever it damn well pleases. [Note that its eligibility criteria do not offer an entry into the Tournament, but merely qualify a player for the possibility of an invitation.]

An interesting sideline to this [at least to me] is the evolution of the PGA Tour, originally formed by touring professionals to benefit themselves, into an organization dominated by executives who have gotten fat administering the Tour while relegating the players to the inferior status of independent contractors who must follow the rules the Tour sets. Sort of like the United States of America – originally designed as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and which has evolved into a nation run from time to time by one of two parties who happen to get a majority of electoral votes and who neither care a lick about the welfare of the sheep/citizens.

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August 5, 2022
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"where are we?"


OK, so first things first, you probably have to at least like golf in order for this story to resonate with you.

Or, perhaps you have a son or daughter and once, on vacation, you ventured off to parts unknown to chase a soccer field, baseball diamond, basketball court or golf course. In that case, you might enjoy this.

While camping in a remote part of central Pennsylvania yesterday, I gave in to the urge to find a golf course and play a quick round with my soon-to-be 15 year old son.

My family and extended family were going to head to the water that runs through the campground and enjoy some refreshing water on a 95 degree day. My son and I headed out around 2 pm to find a golf course.

"There are two kind of close," he said. "Pick one and tell me how to get there," I replied.

Off we went.

Editor's note: It's here where I'll tell you that I don't think I'll disclose the name of the facility. Why? Because, despite my best intentions here, I'm afraid the family that owns the course would think I'm making fun of them. And I'm 100%, absolutely not, making fun of them. But I wouldn't want them to *think* I am, that is, if they ever even stumbled onto Drew's Morning Dish and discovered this entry on August 5, 2022.

Ehthan tees off on a hole at a remote Central PA golf course.

We drove for about 10 minutes on what I would consider a "normal" road before Ethan instructed me to turn. "Go right...here..." he said. I turned as directed and that would be the last time we saw another human or vehicle until we found the golf course, 15 minutes later.

"This is crazy," I said as we drove along a two-lane road that apparently was leading us to nowhere.

We passed the occasional well-kept house and, naturally, a few that weren't being looked after very well. Mostly, we just saw fields. And more fields. And then, a sign, letting us know the golf course was 5 miles ahead.

If I had to guess, that sign was put in the ground in 1990 or so. The "e" on the word "course" was mostly gone as was the "d" in "ahead".

"Where are we?" I asked. "There's no possible way there's a golf course out here. Are you sure this place is even in business?"

Ethan looked at his phone and said, "I think so. It says "Open Today".

On we drove. That sign that said "XXXXXX Golf Course, 5 miles ahead" was definitely off by a couple of miles. We drove for what seemed like another 10 minutes or so before Ethan said, "It should be right up here. We should be seeing it soon."

And then, suddenly, the road opened up a bit. We were out of the woods, so to speak, and we could once again see blue sky, which was comforting for some odd reason.

I'd later find out we had actually driven through a park of some kind, which explained why we didn't see any kind of civilization for miles at a time.

We moved up the road a bit and there, on our left, were two older men in a golf cart. My worst fears were gone. There *was* a golf course after all and it *was*, in fact, open.

"I have a feeling this is going to be a lot of fun," I remarked as we turned into the course.

"Golf Parking Lot" the sign read, with an arrow to the right.

"I guess we turn in here?" I asked Ethan. It was a gravel road, with no other indication at all that we should actually be using that road to get to the course.

100 yards up, we pulled into the parking lot. We were, at that moment, the 3rd vehicle on the premises. That is, unless you count an old, rundown tractor sitting near a trailer that, we discovered, served as the defacto "pro shop".

We got out of the car, stretched for a minute, and took in a deep breath of Central Pennsylvania mountain air.

A woman walked around the corner of the trailer and greeted us. "Howdy!" she said.

"We came all the way from Baltimore to play this golf course!" I said with a smile.

"Well let's get you set up then," she replied. "We're happy you're here. Come around to the side window and we'll check you in."

There was a sign on the door of the pro shop. "No entry. Sign-up for golf at side window."

I laughed at the use of words there. "Sign up for golf at side window." What else would I be signing up for, after all? Tennis? A knitting class?

"We'll get you a cart pulled around here in just a sec," she said. "Do you all need any golf balls? We have 'em right there if you do."

In front of me was a big basket of golf balls. Used. Dirty. Discarded or found on the property at some point. I didn't bother looking through the whole basket, but I saw Top Flite, Wilson, Titleist, Precept, Callaway and something called "Commander", which, oddly enough, was in the best condition of them all.

Golf balls -- 5 for $3, You Pick Them.

That's what the hand written sign read that was fastened to the basket with a clothes pin.

"No," I replied. "We have golf balls, but thank you."

"We're probably just going to play 9 holes," I explained. "We need a couple of bottles of water, too." They did have water, drinks and snacks. I didn't see any kind of golf equipment or apparel for sale inside, but she quickly produced two bottles of water.

"That's $44 dollars," she said. At that moment, the cart appeared, driven by a 20-something female who quickly wiped off the seat as she handed me the key.

The cart, shockingly, was brand new. Or, relatively speaking, it appeared to be the "newest" thing on the property.

"We gave you one of the fast carts," the woman in the trailer said. "We usually charge a couple of dollars more for those, but we're not busy today."

She produced a clipboard and wrote down my last name. I looked at the sheet of paper. There was a name at 9:00 am, two names in the 10 am hour, 2 names in the 12 noon hour and then, us. FORRESTER, 2:10 pm.

A sign to my left said, "Call ahead for a tee-time and we'll reserve a fast cart for you." Apparently getting around the course quickly is important to the locals who play the place.

Under that sign was another one. "If we don't answer the office phone, call (xxx) xxx-xxxx and we'll come over right away."

"First tee is right over there," she said. "Oh, and remember the 6th hole is a really sharp dogleg to the left." I heard the part about the first tee clearly. I was already in the cart and ready to get going when I sorta-kinda heard her comment on the 6th hole.

The tee markers were the first thing I noticed. They were concrete in substance, but were clearly made from styrofoam cups. Perhaps it was the woman in the "shop" herself who made them over the winter, when cold days and snow on the ground rendered the course unplayable. She took a cup, poured concrete in it, waited for it to harden, then painted them white (or blue, or red -- yes, this course had three sets of tees).

Simple, effective and, clearly, affordable. Just like the golf course.


The first hole was supposedly a 400 yard par-4, but their measuring professional must have been nipping the sauce on the day they laid out the course and the length of the holes.

Tee markers were made from concrete and styrofoam cups.

Without a warm-up ball on the range, I hit a driver to 100 yards from the green. Ethan pulled his left into a grove of trees but had the same general yardage to the hole, albeit obstructed from reaching the green in two shots.

The next hole, the card noted, was a 300 yard par-4. Or a 180 yard par-4. You could play the blue tee at 300 or the white tee at 180. It was, as the card said, your choice.

"Let's play it from back here," I said to Ethan.

"It doesn't look 300 from here," he remarked as he put a tee in the ground. Here's where I'll tell you "put a tee in the ground" sounds easy, but it wasn't. Not yesterday, anyway. With no water system on the property, the ground's firmness is dictated by one thing and one thing only: Mother Nature.

Ethan struck a driver that headed straight for the green. "Holy cow, you smashed that!" I said as the ball was in mid-flight. We then lost sight of it as it landed. I hit next and pulled my shot a bit left, but I could see it hit the far side of the green and bounce wildly.

"Ummm, yeah, that's not 300 yards," I said as we got in the cart. "It's more like 275."

For a second, I thought about taking out my laser and seeing exactly how far it was from tee-to-green. But I decided against it. I'd rather let the course play out the way it was designed and "measured".

Ethan and I both hit nice eagle chips but missed our birdie putts.

"You kind of have to make a birdie there," Ethan said as we got in the cart.

"I feel like this is the kind of place where you should birdie every hole, but you wind up not making birdie on any of them," I replied.

Two holes later, on a 360 yard par-4, I was left with 40 yards to the green after a well-struck tee ball. "I know I hit that well," I said to Ethan. "But I didn't hit it 320 yards."

He hit his 2nd shot on that hole into a bunker. "Dad, there aren't any rakes in the trap," he yelled over to me.

It struck me that the course owners probably thought rakes were a nuisance. And an added expense that, frankly, was probably considered unnecessary.

"Just smooth everything over with your club when you're done in there," I said. I didn't want him to think you could just make a mess of the bunker and leave it that way, even though that's what most folks would probably do when rakes weren't left there for clean up.

On the 6th hole, the card read 335 yards, but the green up ahead looked no more than 275 yards away, at most.

"There has to be water or something up there," I said as I considered a 5-wood off the tee rather than driver.

"It looks really short," Ethan replied. "I think I can drive the green."

We both hit wayward drives to the right.

"I don't think we're going to find those over there," I said. "We'll have to re-tee from here."

We both hit 5-woods and the balls again wandered off to the right, in danger of also being unplayable in the thick grass that borders the hole.

"This hole's weird," I said. "Something's not right. Let's go find those."

We got to the edge of the fairway and then we discovered what was weird.

This was hole #6. The green we were seeing and playing to was actually the 7th green, which was, from our tee, about 275 yards away.

"She told us the hole was a dogleg left!" I said as Ethan and I shared a laugh. It was as "dogleg" as dogleg could get. We went back to the tee and played the hole the right way.


We finally got to the "meat" of the golf course. The 8th hole was a 480 yard par-5. Supposedly.

After two solid drives from both of us, Ethan had 120 yards to the hole. I had 125 in. The green was fronted by two huge trees. Having been confused on the 6th hole, I wondered if, in fact, we were playing to the correct green on this 8th hole.

"We didn't hit those drives 360 yards," I claimed. Behind us, though, was a 150 yard marker. And in front of us was a red stake with "100" etched in it.

"I guess this is right," I said. "Let's knock these on and make eagle," I stated, even though we weren't *really* playing a traditional par-5 hole.

I made birdie and Ethan made par. "I think you're 2-under now," he said, remembering I had birdied an earlier 130 yard par-3 with a wedge to six feet.

"Well, I'm 2-under if you don't count the 6th hole," I replied. "But I would have made 10 on that hole, I think. So I'm not actually 2-under."

Speaking of putting and the greens, they were remarkably "OK" for a place that, well...you know. I'd go as far as saying the greens were actually more than "OK", even. I mean, they weren't Augusta National or even Eagle's Nest, for that matter, but they weren't an embarrassment, either. Someone took care of them, I figured.

At the 9th hole, my second shot, over a grove of huge pine trees, never found land. I mark my golf balls with an "E" and a "L" (for Ethan and Lucy) in green. "Somewhere up there," I said to Ethan looking up at the top of the pine tree, "is a golf ball with you and your sister's initials on it. Who knows how long that might stay up there?"

"Maybe one of these days we'll come back here and it will be for sale," I said with a smile.

As we parked the cart and unloaded our stuff into my trunk, I noticed there were no other vehicles in the lot. It was just us.

There were a few scattered carts near the "shop", but no other signs of life were present.

On the window of the shop was a sign, "Call (xxx) xxx-xxxx if you want to play. We'll be right over."

The drive back to the campground was filled with stories about the 2-hour "adventure" Ethan and I just shared. The drive, the gravel road, the "faster cart" option. The holes, some of which were really good. The tee markers. All of it was memorable.

I'd love to know why the owners decided to put a golf course on that piece of property instead of using it for farming, like everyone else within 10 miles did with their property.

And I'd love to know the history of the place. Who designed it? What's the course record? Who mowed the greens? Was it ever the "hot spot" in a town where golf was far more recreational than competitive or has it always been a sleepy, family-run golf course that sees people from out-of-town just show up and play it as if they were playing their own course back home?

They played the British Open a few weeks ago at St. Andrews...they call it "The Home of Golf".

I've never played St. Andrews, but I have played a place that left me with memories that I'm quite certain my son and I won't soon forget.

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The German Bundesliga kicks off its new season this weekend, with Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich playing in the opening game on Friday.

The German league is one of the top leagues outside of the English Premier League, competing with the Spanish La Liga and Italian Serie A for the second best in Europe.

The Bundesliga is known as a breeding ground for young talent, with many of its teams heavily invested in youth development and not hesitant to give opportunities to up and coming players.

This has been especially fruitful for American players, as key USMNT stars like Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams have kick started their careers in the league. Despite the departures of Tyler Adams and Chris Richards to the Premier League over the summer, the Bundesliga still harbors a deep group of young Americans.

The one criticism that follows the Bundesliga is the frequent lack of drama in the title race. Bayern Munich has been the dominant force in the league, winning the last ten straight titles. Each year it appears that others might give them a run but every time Bayern pulls away.

This year is no different. Bayern have lost several key players from last season’s championship team, giving hope to Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig that they could pose a challenge. However, the Bavarians remain the heavy favorites to continue their title streak.


Americans To Watch –

This season the German top division will feature at least six or seven Americans. The headliner of this group is Borussia Dortmund sensation, Gio Reyna. The 19 year old had a lost year last season when he was forced to miss the majority with recurring hamstring injuries.

The biggest question about Gio Reyna in '22-23...can he stay healthy?

The star attacker is healthy to start the season, but will likely be eased into full playing time to avoid any setbacks. Reyna’s health and development are of vital importance for the US as the World Cup approaches. A healthy and fully confident Gio Reyna could easily lift the ceiling for the USMNT in Qatar.

Another duo whose performances could have a significant impact on the US World Cup hopes are Ricardo Pepi and Jordan Pefok. The striker position remains fairly unsettled for the USMNT and both of these players have a chance to play their way into the roster with a strong start to the season.

Pepi made a high profile transfer to Augsburg from FC Dallas in the middle of last season, but had some early growing pains and didn’t put up the type of production he and many American fans hoped. With his initial season behind him, the teenage Texan will look to earn enough minutes to make an impact on the scoresheet and catch the eye of Gregg Berhalter.

Pefok had a strong season at his club Young Boys last season, leading the Swiss League in goal scoring. The impressive numbers earned him a transfer to Union Berlin, who finished 5th in the Bundesliga last season. The transition will bring a large step up in competition and Pefok will need to avoid the same growing pains that befell Pepi last season. He is at least off to a good start, scoring a goal in his first cup game last weekend with an acrobatic overhead kick.

The other American in Germany with a decent chance to earn a spot on the World Cup roster is Joe Scally at Borussia Monchengladbach. The 19 year old Scally had a surprising emergence for Gladbach last season, getting an opportunity at wing back early on due to injuries and impressing enough to earn consistent playing time throughout the season. Scally will need to continue to battle for playing time and will have higher expectations after a full season under his belt. He is one of the top candidates for the backup full back role on the US team as well.

There are two other teenage players who may get a taste of Bundesliga soccer this season. Kevin Paredes and Justin Che are both promising young players who moved to the league over the winter from MLS, Paredes to Wolfsburg and Che to Hoffenheim. Neither saw much more than a cameo last season, but they will be striving to earn more time this year. One last American whose future remains uncertain is John Brooks. The veteran US and Wolfsburg defender is currently a free agent. It's likely that he will end up somewhere in the Bundesliga but he hasn’t found a destination just yet. He has seemingly been frozen out of the US team and will need a great start to the season in order to convince Berhalter that he can’t leave him home for the World Cup.


Title Contenders –

Bayern Munich

Odds to Win: -700

Key Additions: Sadio Mane - FW, Matthijs de Ligt - CB, Ryan Gravenberch - CM, Noussair Mazraoui - RB

Key Losses: Robert Lewandowski - ST, Niklas Sule - CB

The reigning champions have lost a couple of key players from last season’s title run, but they have reloaded with a handful of talented transfers and look poised to capture their 11th straight league title. Bayern bid farewell to one of the top players in the world in Ballon D’Or candidate and club legend Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker chose to move to Barcelona over the summer to pursue a new challenge in Spain.

The Bavarians will have a difficult task trying to replace the 35 goals Lewandoski produced last season. They hope new arrival, Sadio Mane, can help bridge the gap. The star Senegalese attacker was one of the key players in a dominant Liverpool team last season and will likely step into the striker role at Bayern. Mane will be flanked by a talented returning group of attackers including, Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, and Kingsley Coman.

Bayern will also look to get a scoring boost from improvements in their midfield. They have brought in promising 20 year old midfielder Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax. The young Dutchman was a central hub in Ajax’s impressive Champions League run last season and could be a vital piece for the present and the future. Another young midfielder, Jamal Musiala, could be poised for a breakout season with an increased role in the Bavarian side.

Another Dutch star has been brought in to help strengthen the back line, in Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus. He will help mitigate the loss of starting center back Niklas Sule, who left for rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern will not be satisfied with only securing another league title. They will be one of the handful of favorites for the Champions League title and will hope that improvements in their second year under Julian Nagelsmann will place them among the top teams in Europe.


Borussia Dortmund –

Odds to Win: +1000

Key Additions: Niklas Sule - CB, Nico Schlotterbeck - CB, Sebastian Haller - ST, Karim Adeyemi - FW, Salih Ozcan - CM

Key Losses: Erling Haaland - ST, Axel Witsel - CM

Once again Borussia Dortmund will be looking to overcome their perennial nemesis at the top of the league. While Bayern’s loss of Robert Lewandowski could give some hope to the challengers in the Bundesliga, Dortmund arguably had as big of a loss themselves. Star striker Erling Haaland made a big money move to Manchester City over the summer, leaving Dortmund needing to reconfigure their attack.

The club has brought in striker Sebastian Haller from Ajax and winger Karim Adeyemi from RB Salzburg to help fill the gap left by the giant Norwegian. Unfortunately in a pre-season medical exam it was discovered that Haller has testicular cancer and he will be forced to miss the early part of the season. Hopefully he will see a speedy recovery and return to the club at some point.

Dortmund is a club renowned for their scouting and player development and they will look to this to find some of the improvement needed to catch Bayern. In addition to their new arrivals, breakout seasons from 19 year old Gio Reyna, 17 year old Youssoufa Moukoko, or perhaps the best teenager in the world, 19 year old Jude Bellingham, could be crucial to gaining ground on the current champions.

Though it may take some time for Dortmund to figure out their attack, the defense should be a strength from the outset of the season. A leaky defense was a big problem for them last season, as they conceded 15 more goals than Bayern. The club has addressed the problem by bringing in two of the best center backs in the league, the aforementioned Niklas Sule and rising star Nico Schlotterbeck from Freiburg. The duo could very well be Germany’s starting center back pair at the World Cup this fall. Veteran defender Mats Hummels also returns to the club to allow for some rotation of the center back group or potential three center back formations.

Dortmund has potential, but they will likely need everything to coalesce just right, along with a downturn in form from Bayern in order to catch the Bavarian giants.


RB Leipzig –

Odds to Win: +1000

Key Additions: Xaver Schlager - CM

Key Losses: Tyler Adams - CM, Nordi Mukiele - RB, Hwang Hee-chan - AM

The only other team with a real hope of title contention is new money club RB Leipzig. Though Bayer Leverkusen fans may beg to differ, Leipzig are the last team with an outside chance at pushing the reigning champs.

Leipzig will be reliant on continued improvement under coach Domenico Tedesco, who took over from Jesse Marsch in the middle of last season. The Red Bull owned club has not had a prolific transfer window, losing fringe starters Tyler Adams and Nordi Mukiele to Leeds United and PSG respectively and only bringing in Wolfsburg midfielder Xaver Schlager to bolster the team.

The biggest coup of the offseason for Leipzig was hanging on to last season’s breakout star of the Bundesliga, Christopher Nkunku. The French attacking midfielder was second to only Lewandowksi in offensive production last season with 20 goals and 13 assists in Bundesliga play. Leipzig will need him to sustain or improve on that rate to make a run at the title.

They will also need a full season from key central midfielder Konrad Laimer who missed a large part of last season due to injury. Leipzig require continued improvement from last season’s young imports, attacker Dominik Szoboszlai and defender Josko Gvardiol as well.

If Leipzig is going to make a run at the championship, they need to continue the progress made in Tedesco’s system and produce another breakout star similar to Nkunku. They can’t afford any of their remaining key players getting poached by larger clubs. Even if all that came together, it would still require a pretty significant decline from the two teams listed above for Leipzig to push to the top of the league.

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rc     August 08
LOL @ John S...."do more research". Sure, what could go wrong by googling info on anything covid-related.

But you are right about Rose, guy was a POS. Why was he a topic today anyway?

Larry     August 08
Herman, I usually see your side of things but there isn't a chance in hell you would applauded Tiger Woods for anything (except maybe getting arrested). You and I both know that.

John S     August 08
Pete Rose and his nickname of Charley Hustle. It had nothing to do with how he played the game of baseball. Johnny Bench despises him. He has said that everything that Rose did was a "hustle". In old fashioned street lingo, it means a con artist, a liar, a rogue, a scoundrel.

The lady who came forward a few years ago is tip of the iceberg stuff. Rose often was seen in the company of teenage girls on the road. That is why he was an outsider on almost every club he was on. He is and has always been a scumbag.

But his defenders(there are many) prove a point. A huge point. People get fooled. We see it on a daily basis. Propaganda becomes facts.

You had "experts" claiming that if you got a new, untested vaccine...."the virus would be stopped". And the general populace believed it and helped with draconian mandates that ruined lives and commerce and friendships.

Be more cynical. Do more research. If someone claims expertise, check their record...not just their college.



As the great John Prince sang "Caravan of Fools". "When you can't stand to lose, you're running with the caravan of fools".

Be bold. Question everything.


bob singer     August 08
The only thing "on brand" is SOD rushing to call Herman a racist any time he posts. Really is childish and tiring, but any time someone calls for truce between SOD and HOD they get chewed up and spit out. SOD must be so proud.

Herrman's points on PGA are worth consideration if you ask me. Mind you, I do get the point of the traditionalists, and not convinced that model needs to be totally blown up.

But, on the hand, as Herrman points out, the revenue now out there is nuts and if you're an elite golfer, why wouldn't you question why you have to "earn your keep" while those "managing" the Tour make more than you do (at least initially).

I don't think the LIV format and approach is the answer BTW. Hope no one outside of Greg Norman and his funding sources believes that. But when one considers the revenue available and how most pro sports design their pay scales as part of a collective bargaining process, sure seems like the Tour needs to put their heads together and come up with a better model

HERMAN     August 08
@Ralph

You are incorrect, I would have applauded The Messiah for taking the cash and smashing the monopoly. I wouldn't sit and watch Tim Finchem for hours on Sunday, or Jay Monahan. If it's for "tradition, honor, and prestige" they can get paid in that and work for free. I find it interesting that the same empty suit that extolls the "virtues" of the broke college kid on scholarship, facing the challenges of Q school, his potential ticket to success.....as he heads out the door making a few hundred grand and dinner on the tour CC.

If The Messiah drives the needle worth a billion, write him the check. Just don't proseletyse over "Saudi Blood Money" wearing Nike sweat shop gear while Uyghurs die in concentration camps in China.

MJ     August 08
Good points from Ralph about HTH. On brand. Perfect description.

Ralph     August 08
Give Herman credit for the brand he's created. He never wavers from it. If Tiger would have taken the $$ he would have crushed him for it. Hilarious if not utterly predictable. But on brand, which is what matters to him most.

HERMAN     August 08
If LIV accomplished anything at all it was to expose the odd grip on the professional game of golf held by the PGA. They don't own any of the majors that are the highlight of their sport. They really can't control the stars of their sport, or require their presence in events. While they have tried hard to evolve their approach with a new season ending playoff series of events, and annual point system akin to NASCAR it hasn't caught on with the general public, and is only embraced by the golf enthusiasts. And while the golfers themselves still see the career path of moving through either Q school or the mini-tours to the PGA as the proper approach many of the young guns are starting to understand that having to drum up your own sponsorship and face expenses week-to-week without any guaranteed compensation by the tour is a burden compared to other sports. Sure a handful of guys start as multi-millionaires before they put a pro peg into the ground, but past the top 25 the rest are grinding week to week out of wallet. In today's cash oversaturated environment of sport that sounds like an anachronism, some kind of throw back, best left in the 1980s.

Hindsight is 20/20 but allowing the evolution of majors and those traditions to dominate the game without a shred of ownership, well, could you imagine Jerrah Jones of Cowboys fame letting the Super Bowl get out under someone else's control?

Somehow I think the next ten years is going to see some serious change to the mechanics of how things are run in pro golf. You can only "pay" the new participants in "legacy and tradition" for so long until they get a little frustrated carrying those initial expenses all on themselves until they can make it.

Ray     August 08
And Rose wonders why he got kicked out of baseball. SMH

Jk     August 07
Ricky Fowler finished 125 and made the PGA Tour playoffs on the last day. I get George is thrilled!

lou@palo alto     August 07
ditto, steve

agree UTB--seems many stars of his day cld hit and run but didn't know how to win as much as Frank

Steve of Pimlico     August 07
@ Lou@ Palo Alto looking forward to seeing you at our renuion in April

unitastoberry     August 07
@ Lou you are right about Frank but that's the way baseball should be played. Just like Bo Jackson breaking Dempsey' thumb at the plate.



@Del Ray I feel as do others our age and above ground that Ted would have been the goat and the king if not for military obligations. I talked once to the guy who made his bats at Louisville Slugger when I took the tour there long ago he felt the same.

lou@palo alto     August 07
frank robinson may hv gotten to 3000 hits--certainly wld hv hd 600hr if not for the injury breaking up a double play against the WS (al weiss) in early 67--was on a path for triple crown numbers again but the concussion/double vision til '69 cost him, and us

Delray RICK     August 07
BOB...TED already belonged in 500 hrs club

MFC     August 07
Not sure you've played the new tees at the Road. There is considerable length added to:

2- might be the toughest to par on the course

4- 40 yard difference between the white and blue tees

8- 30-40 difference

13- moved way back into a corner-

18- added at least 20-30 yards



That's substantial and when they move 7 all the way back into 12 that adds another 30 yards.



Other issues not discusses was green speed and pin placements. Most of the defense of the Road is the greens. If they're cut and rolled with certain pin placements 70 would be a heck of a score. Of course that's true for many courses but it makes a world of difference at the Road. Still there are enough holes at there to make birdies.



To the "average" player, I'm calling that 10-14 handicap the difference from playing the whites to the blues is 5-6 shots, if not more. It's that dramatic.

Bob     August 07
Chris,

Ted Williams missed a total of 4 years as a player serving in both WWII and Korea, no doubt he would be in the 500/3,000 club.

Chris in Bel Air     August 07
O's seem like they are on a mission to prove their worth. They are not going away. I feel pretty good that I'll still be saying that a month from now.

Yesterday's celebration... On the good side, it was good to see and hear Brooks and Eddie up in the booth yesterday during the broadcast. Brooks is a huge fan favorite obviously and Eddie starting to get appreciated even more... thankfully. On the downside, also missing from yesterday Markakis and JJ Hardy. Two fan favs from the Buck era. Also, they could have invited Delmon Young. Owner of one of (the?) most famous hit at the Yard. I know I'll never forget it.

Speaking of Eddie. I was discussing with a friend yesterday the 500 HR and 3000 hit club. For you baseball trivia nerds, Eddie is one of 7 players in that club. Also, are Hank, Mays, A-Rod (ugh), Pujols, Palmeiro (yes, him) and this year Miggy Cabrerra joined the club. Follow on interesting trivia, at least for me. Players that you would think have 3000 hits but do not.... Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson. Ted missed time due to his service during WW2. Greatest generation. Brooks also just missed at 2848.

Dean     August 06
Another day- another Out of towner roasted - baltimore has those fans for sure. Just mention Ray Lewis and see how quickly folks react. Outside Baltimore it raises and eye- here- not so much.

sam winchester     August 06
Rochester Roger sounds like a real genius. And yes we have those kinds of "fans" here in Baltimore, many are active on Twitter.

The uproar over kneeling is a case study is how cults control the minds of the weak.


Erick     August 06
Pretty sad Os could not coordinate- still disfunctonal- not like this year came as a surprise and still schedule conflicts?

kj     August 06
I was not blessed to have known Mr Stewart, only knew "of" him. What a good man may he rest in peace.

Gerry Jackson     August 06
Thanks for the beautiful tribute to “Mr. Stewart,” which is exactly what my siblings and me always called him. Our dad, James Jackson, shared a desk with him at The Sun for three decades. He was such a great friend to our dad, and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Thanks for sharing some of his story.

Eric in Gaithersburg     August 06
I hate what the O's did with the wall-move it back 15 feet instead of 30 or just make it higher don't do both. But the results dont lie- we 30-20 at home. Can't believe Drew didn't mention all the O's that have beefs that are not back today- Jones, Surhoff, Bordick and Brady. Cal has scheduling conflict. And don't look now but Gunnar Henderson has a hit in 15 of his last 16 .349/.431/.667 with 4 HR 4 2B 2 3B 187wRC+ and now has .946 OPS in AAA. It is time for him to join this formerly mediocre offense that has gotten worse since Mancini deal.

JohnInEssex     August 06
Kapernick indeed started the kneeling for the anthem thing...

The Ravens blew it up in England, for all to see, then stood up for God Save The Queen...

Steve of Pimlico     August 06
Have to wonder if the new dimensions in Oriole Park had got into Trey's head this year.

Erick     August 06
Interesting take on golf course- if someone were to highlight a certain website in a similar vein- Im curious if it would draw any ire from those that frequent it?

Don from Catonsville     August 05
I'm a GOLF NERD , that was a VERY ENJOYABLE story!!!

Chris in Bel Air     August 05
I generally lower the volume and/or try to tune out most announcers (MLB and NFL). Very few provide any value added. Listening to the O's broadcast the other night, I heard Newman get all excited for a LONG DRIVE TO CF... and the CF is under it makes the final out. The ball wasn't even close to the warning track or hit very hard. Ugh. Maybe it is just nostalgia, but I do miss hearing Chuck and Brooks.

Glad to hear your story with son, Drew. Sounded like a great day. My father passed away coming up on 10 years now. Among many other things, I wish I could play another round with him. Do it while you can people. Do it while you can.

unitastoberry     August 05
I moved to central PA in 1986. Great story many former Baltimore folks live here now and all of us go thru the transition minus becoming Penn St/Stiller fans. There's a lot of southern hospitality here my oldest son calls it Pennsatucky. Come back now ya hear !

TimD in Timonium     August 05
@DF, great story, enjoy the memories, enjoy getting away.



I've seen Little League games in Williamsport, have visited Penn State and Bucknell, but, other than that, Central PA is pretty wide open. Empty. God's Country.

Delray RICK     August 05
GOOD read on MUSHNICK bout VIN SCULLY and why we have turds calling games. DEM O'S have gone in the toilet with these "talking heads" that won't shut the hell up. PALMER pleasure to listen to but when squeaky voice lady comes I turn the sound down. LET THE GAME PLAY OUT and talking bout nuttin all the time. And that old fart in YANKEES still calling is a real joke. AUGUST 11 LIFE STARTS!!!

ChrisK     August 04
I'll preface this by saying that I am not an attorney, so take it with a (or several grains) of salt. But, the PGA doesn't have an anti-trust exemption (as MLB does). To me, banning certain players from participating in your events because you don't like them is a pretty clear anti-trust violation. I'm not a golf guy, so I certainly won't opine on the merits of LIV vs. PGA, but banning a sub-set of players because they wanted to spend some weekends playing with another organization strikes me as patently illegal.

Barry Holtby     August 04
Someone take away the "*" key from Drew's keyboard. The overuse is getting ridiculous.

larry     August 04
Trading away Mancini and Lopez did absolutely nothing to damage their chances of winning this year. Capable replacements are here.

The notion of "adding" is foolish. Sure they have a more stocked farm system than before, but do they have a surplus? And would it make sense to send some of those assets away, in exchange for the low odds of what Stats Nerd alluded to?

To me, had Elias traded say Stowers or Hall away, that would border on malpractice. He did the right thing, he just made one comment he should not have, that's all.

Some day the O's will be good, hopefully in a similar sustainable way like the Ravens, and some day certain people will stop obsessing over @Herman.

Unitastoberry     August 04
CIK...ty

David Rosenfeld     August 04
The Orioles have 54 wins with 57 games left. You start asking yourself how many games of those 57 will they have to win?

I'd say that 31-26 is a legitimate possibility. Will 85-77 be enough? Probably not. To get to 89 wins, they'd need 35-22. Maybe asking a lot.

Still, I'm surprised Elias said that, even if meant it in a completely mathematical way. At this point the difference in probability between TB and the Orioles is pretty much a wash.

K.C.     August 04
Give @Herman credit. He made a post and didn't reference Springsteen. I'm buying more and more into the idea started by someone here that @Herman is on the Dish staff in some capacity.

There's no possible way someone with this much dislike for a person goes out of his way 3 or 4 times a day to stop by and indirectly help fund that person's business. We already know for sure @Herman doesn't like "the site owner" so the only question left is "Why do you come around every day?"

He has to be on staff some how. He just has to be.

Conway     August 04
Ain't this the truth >>> Sure, those guys know all about the Washington Post journalist and they realize you're not really *allowed* to say anything negative about Saudi policies or decisions.



Drew gets it. So do the 3,300 American families who lost loved ones on 9-11. To some people like Herman those murders no longer matter. For some they still do.

Chris in Bel Air     August 04
I was surprised to hear Elias offer that statement the other night. As a GM, he should know better. I did not know the full story til I read today's edition but I'm glad to hear he did the right thing and spoke to the team.

I think his comments and the trades are clear evidence he is sticking with his plan. As a fan, it is tough to see your team right on the doorstep of a potential wild card (99% sure they have improved that format and it is now a 3-game series) and see them trade away players and not bring in pieces that could help them get to the post-season. But, for the GM and the plan, while I'm sure he's glad to see it, it does not factor into the plan. The current performance is just a nice little add-on.

I was disappointed to see Trey go but I understand it. I didn't mind Lopez going because his trade value will never be higher than it is now. I'm not convinced he can perform at the same level as now over the next 2-3 years. I was glad to hear Elias say the O's will be looking to sign true MLB talent starting next year but like everything with them, I'll believe it when I see it.

The Real Ricky     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..."

Really?

Drew, I sure hope you're doing as well as Paul McCartney if and/or when you're 80 years old. You know, when your kids are graduating college! LOL!





I kid!

CIK     August 04
@UTB

The 1 game playoff has been eliminated. It is now 6 teams from each league qualify. The top 2 teams get byes. The 3 seed hosts the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosts the 5 seed, in a best of 3.

kevin j     August 04
Totally agree it was good to see Elias rush to put out the fire he started. We all know he simply meant the "probability" of true post season success was low, ie fools gold, but competitive athletes never wanna hear that. Who says "the odds of us winning are small so why try hard"?

Elias was a player, he knows this. Obviously caught up int he moment of justifying his trades and probably realized as soon as it was said it was foolish thing to put out there. Does not change that he "did" the right thing, the comment was the mistake, not the trades.

@Geroge with great analogy between PGA Tour and our country, bravo good sir!

HERMAN     August 04
Get the popcorn this lawsuit could be fun to watch. The PGA enforcing a monopoly and the independent contractors crying restraint of trade. George with the post of the year so far.

What I "don't get" is how the site owner can love golf and love competition and not understand that the golfers want the freedom to play wherever and whenever they choose, and to compete for whatever prize money they are eligible to compete for. This idea that they "took the big money" and so don't need money from the FedEx playoffs is ludicrous. Tiger has a billion, should he just stop competing for the cash?

For those few who qualified for the FedEx Cup this year I don't see how they can be excluded, they met the qualifications and want to play. Billy Herschel and his "they want their cake and to eat it too" nonsense, yeah, they want to play golf and compete. Not hard to understand.

And for all those locals foaming at the mouth over Dem O's, could it be that the few big market teams have grabbed up all the real talent leaving all the small market teams mediocre, allowing for Dem O's to seem competitive racking up wins against low life competition and giving them a false hope? In a sea of mediocrity some mediocrity will appear slightly superior to all other mediocrity.

And fake Herman is back, I didn't post that last reply. With two of the four potential imposters I have in mind on European vacations that narrows it down to two. Could even be the site owner himself, trying to goad me into leaving for good...

PLB     August 04
Really good column on Elias, Drew. You hit every button properly. Leaned on his data and his team of stats people, said the wrong thing publicly, went to Texas and tried to fix it with his players. Very well done today, my friend.



As for the PGA Tour lawsuit, it's all about Greg Norman and Phil getting their pound of flesh. It's just a fight to say "I beat you" now. I'm bored with it, honestly.



I do have a question about Tiger Woods, though. Is there some kind of lingering animosity between Tiger and Greg or Tiger and Phil that kept him from taking the $750 million LIV offered him? That seems like just too much money to refuse. Thoughts?






Brett B.     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..." hahahahahaha

Have to admit, I was shocked at how bad his voice was on 6/12 at Camden Yards. I know he's old and all but sheeesh, that was tough to listen to.

Unitastoberry     August 04
The one off MLB playoff game is a joke. If you want to get excited then go for it. But getting there isn't much more than a participation trophy. The next worst thing is winning your division and having a champagne party. Billick was right..Festivis!!

TimD in Timonium     August 04
Another thought on the O's trading deadline moves. Hope CBS Sports is wrong and the run continues. Go O's.



"Not everything in this game is an asset that must be micromanaged and leveraged to the fullest extent at all times. It's baseball, not an actuarial table. There are human beings involved, and rather than further encourage the good vibes, the O's front office snuffed them out."



And who thought the PGA would be newsworthy in AUGUST. Wow. Every day.


Delray RICK     August 04
DEM O'S only 11/2 games out of wild card...WOW!! Whoever picked COLE to win PICTER OF THE YEAR!!! He can't win without sicky stuff. MANCINI hits homerun in first game.

George     August 03
In a Nutshell – LIV Golf files antitrust suit against the PGA Tour, alleging monopolistic practices against LIV and its players in conspiracy with sponsors, DP Tour, Asian Tour, PGA of America, USGA, R & A, and the Masters Tournament. Three players otherwise eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs ask for restraining order against enforcement of their bans.

Eventual Outcome – after a flurry of self-righteous public-relations campaigns, the case is settled with LIV getting everything it wanted, except against the Masters Tournament, which has through its history maintained its private rights to do whatever it damn well pleases. [Note that its eligibility criteria do not offer an entry into the Tournament, but merely qualify a player for the possibility of an invitation.]

An interesting sideline to this [at least to me] is the evolution of the PGA Tour, originally formed by touring professionals to benefit themselves, into an organization dominated by executives who have gotten fat administering the Tour while relegating the players to the inferior status of independent contractors who must follow the rules the Tour sets. Sort of like the United States of America – originally designed as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and which has evolved into a nation run from time to time by one of two parties who happen to get a majority of electoral votes and who neither care a lick about the welfare of the sheep/citizens.

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how could elias be the last to know?


Mike Elias *finally* made a mistake.

It took a while. I was starting to wonder if the O's general manager was, in fact, flawless. We found out on Monday he wasn't.

Then, on Wednesday, we discovered he has the ability to render himself foolish and make amends for his mistakes quickly. I'm not sure how you can ask for a better personal trait than the one we saw on display from Elias yesterday.

In his statement on Monday following the Trey Mancini trade to Houston, Elias issued a lengthy statement to the media via ZOOM. 95% of what he said was eye-wash. You know...the stuff GM's say when they're rebuilding a team, losing a key player or two, and "looking forward to the future".

But there was a comment in the interview with the local media that was surprisingly negative given the team's (at that time) 51-51 record and it drew the ire of the O's in Arlington, Texas.

"We have a shot at a wild card right now, but it is not a probability that we are going to win a wild card."

As a team associate said to me yesterday, "That pissed off the entire clubhouse."

It probably seemed like a throwaway line to Elias. Maybe he figured he'd just toss that in there to help cushion the blow with the fans in the event the O's playoff chase falls short in September. The "I warned you this might happen" comment, so to speak.

But it wasn't a throwaway to the Orioles or manager Brandon Hyde. They were not happy. Their own general manager poo-pooing their post-season chances? In public? For everyone to read? Not cool.

It's here where we should probably point out, in modest defense of Elias, that he is a by-product of the metrics-and-analytics generation in Major League Baseball. Old folks see the game with their eyes. Elias and those of similar ilk see it on spread sheets, with data and statistics either confirming or denying their own intellect and suspicions.

That Elias used the word "probability" in his Monday press conference was both intentional and understandable. He and his staff have no doubt calculated the odds of the O's making the post-season in a way most people couldn't or wouldn't. They see the game through their computer -- and their computer is telling them it's "improbable" the O's will make the post-season.

But baseball is a weird game. And strange things happen along the way. And this Orioles team just might defy the metrics and analytics that Elias and his staff have consumed in 2022.

Four months into a baseball season, nerves are frazzled, particularly around the trade deadline. The O's, of course, were not expected to play anything remotely close to *this* in 2022. But yet, here they are, knee-deep in the wild card race and becoming somewhat of a national story with 50-some games remaining in the season.

And after all the hard work and the slow start and the resurgence in June and July (the O's have the 3rd best record in baseball over the last two months), the general manager is going to throw cold water on the players and the manager like that? "It didn't go over well" is a kind way of putting it.

Once word got back to Elias that guys like Cedric Mullins and Ryan Mountcastle weren't happy, he assumed most everyone else in the locker room wasn't thrilled either. So he did what a good general manager would do. He hopped on a plane and flew to Arlington to straighten things out with them, in person.

And that's what Elias did yesterday, meeting with the team and polishing up the mistake he made on Monday. He also met with the media and gave a glowing forecast into the future. "It's lift-off from here," Elias said, in a rare admission that the rebuild is almost officially done and "winning" is now a paramount plan for the organization. "We're going to sign players this winter," he confirmed.

And with that, Elias got back in his team's good graces and cleaned up the management stinker he created on Monday. Another feather in the young GM's cap and another moment in time where, come early October, the O's might look back on their general manager's visit as yet another key part of an improbable trip to the playoffs.


The playoff chase rolled on yesterday with a 6-3 win over the Rangers, giving the Birds a 7-0 series sweep over Texas. I realize that's not like beating the '27 Yankees 7-out-of-7, but when you're an organization that couldn't win 60 games last season, beating *any* team seven times in seven tries is something to relish.

Things get even better this weekend when the Pirates come to town to lose three in a row to the bubbling Birds. September is going to be one wild month in Bawlmer, what with Lamar and the Ravens starting up (remember them?) and the O's playing meaningful baseball next door.

Don't look now, but the Birds are just 1.5 games out of the 3rd and final A.L. Wild Card spot.

Toronto is still on top at 58-46, despite a myriad of injuries to their pitching staff. They fell to Tampa Bay yesterday, who are now in 3rd in the wild card picture at 55-49. Seattle beat the Yankees on Wednesday to stay in second place at 57-49.

Then there's Cleveland (54-50), Baltimore (54-51) and the White Sox (53-51), all three of whom won yesterday. We'll list Boston (53-53) "just because", but they're fading faster than Paul McCartney's voice. We're considering them "done", even if the Red Sox don't realize it yet.

Following this imminent three-game home sweep of the lowly Pirates, things *really* get interesting for the Birds.

They host Toronto (3), play a make-up game at Fenway Park, then play three at Tampa Bay and three at Toronto. Those ten games might very well go a long way in determining the team's post-season fate. No matter what happens, it's better than being 35-70 at this point. That's all I keep reminding myself.

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The lawsuit filed by Phil Mickelson and a handful of ex-PGA Tour players yesterday was the worst kept secret in golf.

As we noted here earlier in the week, Davis Love III knew about it last weekend and spoke on the topic to a national podcast on Saturday.

But it was still comical to read the details of it on Wednesday when national media folks got a hold of the lawsuit, filed in Northern California.

Those involved in the lawsuit are, in part, suing the TOUR for the right to play in the FedEx Cup, which starts next week in Memphis.

Unless I'm missing something, here's what most of the players who left the PGA Tour for LIV golf *wanted* and *received" when they signed on with Greg Norman's Saudi-infused golf circuit. And I'm not "guessing" this is what they wanted and received. I'm pulling quotes from them in the last two months where they spoke about their own move(s) to LIV.

They wanted guaranteed money. They wanted the comfort of $120,000 for last place rather than 75-70 and a missed cut on the PGA Tour, where they then headed home without making a nickel in prize money. They got that from LIV. Oh, and they also got prize money, too. They got guaranteed millions and the chance to earn millions more by playing good golf. Phil Mickelson, as far as we know, got the most up-front, guaranteed money from LIV: $200 million.

They wanted to play fewer events and spend more time with their family. The PGA Tour says a player has to play in a minimum of 15 TOUR events to maintain "active status". Through their own individual sponsorship deals, some players have to play 18-20 events, maybe even a few more. LIV golf's '22 schedule is only eight events. Next year, it increases to 14. Players spoke glowingly about the idea of playing fewer tournaments and getting the opportunity to "work on my game more" and "spend more time with my family". Patrick Reed told the media "the TOUR drives us into the ground with their schedule". Just this week, Reed announced he's heading to Asia to play in two straight weeks of tournaments there. Anyway...

They wanted to be part of something "new and exciting". Players on the LIV tour have, naturally, been over-the-top enthused with the LIV format (54 holes), the shotgun start and the team concept, where four players comprise a team in each tournament and play for another gazillion dollars on the side. Sure, those guys know all about the Washington Post journalist and they realize you're not really *allowed* to say anything negative about Saudi policies or decisions, but they were all wildly impressed with how much "fun" the LIV circuit is in comparison to the PGA Tour.

So there you have the facts.

LIV Golf is, apparently, just awesome. Trey Mancini will find out if Houston is "awesome" because he got traded there on Monday. He didn't have a choice. Every player who left the PGA Tour for LIV golf opted to make that move. Not one of them was traded or otherwise forced to make the move. They went on their own accord. I think most of the players called it the need for "free agency", which they exercised when they left the PGA Tour.

So if LIV golf is awesome...

Why file a lawsuit to try to play PGA Tour events?

I don't get it.

It can't be about money, right? Bryson, D.J., Brooks, etc...they all got $100-$150 million to play LIV.

It can't be to play -- possibly -- three tournaments in three straight weeks during the FedEx Cup, which starts next week in Memphis. LIV players want to play LESS golf, not MORE.

It's not about playing on the best golf tour in the world. It can't be. Nearly every player has battered the TOUR at every turn since the move to LIV. LIV is "great for the game". The PGA Tour is terrible, LIV is the best. So why would the players want to return to the PGA Tour and labor through (potentially) four days of golf without that outstanding, invigorating "team format"?

I don't get it.

There are other things, too, in the lawsuit that the players are bellyaching about. The more things in the lawsuit, the more lawyers you need, the more hours you bill, and so on and so on.

But the biggest part of it is the right to "return" to the PGA Tour for the FedEx Cup playoffs and, possibly, any 2023 tournaments those players want to participate in as well.

I just don't understand.

You wanted to be a free agent and sign a lucrative contract with LIV Golf. You did that.

Why sue the TOUR now to come back and play their events?

I think, deep down, we all know the genesis of the lawsuit. It starts and ends with two people who never have enough: Phil Mickelson and Greg Norman. It's their baby. They found a few willing co-conspirators like Talor Gooch and Hudson Swafford to join in, then got added muscle when Kevin Na, Jason Kokrak and a few other guys you've never heard of signed up to litigate this mess in court.

There will be plenty of other #clownshoes moments as far as this LIV/PGA Tour fiasco goes, but the latest one is the best so far.

"We don't like the PGA Tour. We want to play somewhere else."

"OK, now we're playing somewhere else and we absolutely LOVE it. But we still want to play those awful PGA Tour events anyway."

LIV by the sword...die by the sword. Or something like that.

Editor's note: I probably shouldn't put "die" and "sword" in a sentence regarding LIV golf and the Saudi government, but it seemed to fit.

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Americans are playing more and more of a vital role in international soccer these days, and Randy Morgan has his eyes on all of them for #DMD. Each Tuesday here, he looks at recent performances of American players and highlights upcoming games of importance.


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The English Premier League is back this weekend! After a shortened summer offseason, Europe’s most competitive club league begins its new season this Friday when Crystal Palace and Arsenal kick off.

European leagues are starting earlier than normal this season to accommodate the month-long midseason break for the unusual Fall World Cup. This week brings the start of not just the Premier League but also the German Bundesliga and French Ligue 1. Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A will kick off next weekend.

Americans To Watch --

U.S. goalkeeper Matt Turner moved over to Arsenal in the off-season and will compete in the English Premier League in '22-23.

This season the Premier League will see an influx of American talent. Last year, the league featured just two Americans, with only Christian Pulisic getting significant playing time. This year there will be at least seven potential US players competing in the English league.

Antonee Robinson and Tim Ream are back in the Premier League after helping lead Fulham to win the English Championship and earn promotion to the top division. They will be in a season-long battle to avoid relegation and lengthen their stay in the league.

Over the summer, several Americans made significant transfers to join Premier League clubs. Most notably among these were Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams who both joined up with American head coach Jesse Marsch at Leeds United. Marsch took over in the middle of last season and was able to steer Leeds to narrowly avoid relegation. With a large infusion of talent, Leeds will hope to improve on their standing this season.

For Aaronson and Adams, this will give them an opportunity to test themselves against the top talent in the world in the lead up to the World Cup. If they perform well in their time at Leeds it could be a springboard to a chance with one of the top teams in Europe, as two of Leeds best players from last season were just sold to Manchester City and Barcelona.

Two other prospective USMNT starters also moved to the Premier League this summer. Matt Turner transferred from the New England Revolution to Arsenal, where he will start out as a backup to English keeper Aaron Ramsdale, but will have the opportunity to earn more playing time.

Chris Richards moved from Bayern Munich, where he spent the season out on loan at Hoffenheim, to Crystal Palace. He will need to battle to earn playing time at center back for the London club, but it will be a good test and learning experience for the young defender.


Title Contenders --

Manchester City

Title Odds: -165

Key Additions: Erling Haaland - ST, Kalvin Phillips - CM, Julian Alvarez - FW

Key Losses: Raheem Sterling - FW, Gabriel Jesus - FW

How They Win:

Under head coach Pep Guardiola, Manchester City has dominated the Premier League like no club since Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United. City has won four of the last five Premier League titles and they show no signs of slowing down. Last season they were forced to fend off a ferocious push from runners up Liverpool in a title race that came down the final day.

In the last few seasons, their only “weakness” has been the lack of a true goal scoring striker. Guardiola has tinkered with several options at the top of the attack, often forgoing a striker altogether with a false nine or extra midfielder.

That should not be an issue this year, after spending $63 million to bring in 22 year old Norwegian wunderkind Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund. Haaland is one of the top young attackers in the world, alongside PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, and projects to be an all-time great.

The arrival of Haaland has the potential to make this championship team even more potent. However, it will be up to Guardiola to smoothly integrate the new talent into this group and mesh his strengths with the City playing style. As evidenced by Chelsea’s failed acquisition of Romelu Lukaku last season, chemistry is not always easy to replicate with a top player switching leagues and teams.

With Liverpool close on their heels, City can’t afford any growing pains in this integration. The midfield and defensive line return the same exceptional group from last season. So the only question mark will be how the new-look attack gels. With Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus gone, City will need last season’s marquee signing, Jack Grealish, to shoulder a heavier burden. Along with Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez, the potential is immense and it should be fun to watch Guardiola figure it out.

Due to their success over the last five years, the Premier League title may not even be top of mind for Manchester City. The one trophy that has eluded them under Guardiola has been the Champions League, and that could be their main focus during this campaign. The question will be if they can maintain their focus on both goals without giving any ground.


Liverpool --

Title Odds: +250

Key Additions: Darwin Nunez - ST, Fabio Carvalho - FW

Key Losses: Sadio Mane - FW

How They Win:

Last season Liverpool came up just short of a history making campaign. The Reds chased an unprecedented quadruple right down to the last game of the Premier League and Champions League seasons. Ultimately they came up just short in both competitions, settling for winning “only” the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.

It may sound simplistic, but the reality is that their path to a Premier League title this year may be as simple as playing the way they did last year and getting just a couple more of the breaks. However, they will have some adjustments to make. One of the main drivers of Liverpool’s success last season was attacker Sadio Mane, who decided to move to Bayern Munich in the offseason, leaving a big gap to fill.

Liverpool will look to make up his production with a combination of existing players stepping up and new signings. Attacker Luis Diaz joined Liverpool midseason last year from Porto and had an immediate impact. He will usurp most of Mane’s minutes on the wing and look to continue to build on his stellar form.

The biggest offseason addition was striker Darwin Nunez who impressed for Benfica last year, most notably in their Champions League matchup against Liverpool. The young Uruguayan will look to make his mark on the Premier League, spearheading the Liverpool attack.

If Liverpool can jump out of the gates quickly this season, they may be able to gain some ground on Man City if their rivals struggle integrating Haaland. Another potential advantage for Liverpool is that several of their key starters, including Mo Salah, Luis Diaz and Andy Robertson, will not be playing in the World Cup since their countries failed to qualify. This extra rest may give Liverpool a boost in the second half of the season.


Chelsea --

Title Odds: +1600

Key Additions: Kalidou Koulibaly - CB, Raheem Sterling - FW, Conor Gallagher - CM

Key Losses: Romelu Lukaku - ST, Antonio Rudiger - CB, Andreas Christensen - CB

How They Win:

Last season’s third place finisher has a large gap to make up on the top two contenders. Chelsea finished 18 points behind second place Liverpool. Their season concluded with a shakeup in ownership as Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich was forced to sell and Dodgers owner, American Todd Boehly purchased the team.

While they haven’t undergone a major overhaul in the offseason, they have brought in one of the top defenders in Europe, center back Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli. The veteran should adequately replace if not upgrade the departing Antonio Rudiger.

They also sent last season’s prized transfer, Romelu Lukaku, back to Inter Milan for next to nothing after the $135 million dollar man failed to mesh in Thomas Tuchel’s system. In order to win a title this year, Chelsea will need Koulibaly to secure an already solid defense, while Tuchel finds the right combinations among his talented attackers.

With Kai Havertz, Raheem Sterling, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and budding star Mason Mount, Chelsea has plenty of talent to go around. They will also welcome back Conor Gallagher, who was one of the top midfielders in the Premier League while on loan with Crystal Palace last season.

Tuchel has been able to build a solid defensive foundation, which has served Chelsea well in tournament play, but he has yet to fully unlock their offensive potential to compete with the duopoly of Man City and Liverpool. If they have any shot at a title run, he will need to find the magic in attack this season.


Tottenham --

Title Odds: +1200

Key Additions: Richarlison - FW, Yves Bissouma - CM, Ivan Perisic - FW

Key Losses: Steven Bergwijn - FW

How They Win:

Tottenham finished fourth last year, earning the final Champions League spot. They improved after Antonio Conte took over in the middle of the season and ended on a strong note. They will hope to continue that improvement in the first full season under the Italian manager who led Chelsea to a title in 2017.

They have added a couple dangerous attackers in Richarlison and Perisic and one of the top midfielders in the Premier League last year in Bissouma. While the added talent will help, any run at a title will largely be driven by tactical tweaks by Conte to unlock their potential.


Manchester United --

Title Odds: +2800

Key Additions: Lisandro Martinez - CB, Christian Eriksen - CM

Key Losses: Paul Pogba - CM

How They Win --

Manchester United finished a distant 6th place last season, 35 points behind cross town rivals Manchester City. They remain a long shot for a title this season, though they will draw optimism from the arrival of new coach Erik Ten Hag from Ajax. The Dutch man was impressive at Ajax, consistently dominating the Dutch league and playing way above their outmatched talent level in the Champions League.

It would take a minor miracle for Manchester United to jump all the way to a title in Ten Hag’s first year. In reality they would be happy earning their way back into the Champions League in what is likely to be a multi-year rebuild to try to regain their prominence in the league.

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brett phillips...part of the plan?


There were some pretty good memes making the social media rounds on Tuesday when the Orioles acquired light hitting Brett Phillips from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Actually, "light hitting" called and was offended at being compared to Brett Phillips. I thought I should let everyone here know about that call...you know, in fairness and all.

The O's did make an expected move on Tuesday, sending closer Jorge Lopez to the Twins for several prospects, but it was the pick-up of Phillips that didn't seem to fit the puzzle. Maybe he'll be the '22 version of Nate McClouth and hit a playoff home run in New York in the playoffs that actually gets counted this time around. That's the great thing about baseball, right? You never know who might be the hero.

As for Lopez, that move also drew some ire and confusion from O's fans, but it was certainly the right decision from Mike Elias, particularly if any of the players acquired in the deal turn out to be major-league-something down the road. Lopez was a career 6.00 ERA guy the O's somehow repaired to better-than-brand-new and the absolute right thing to do at his zenith -- which, this '22 season certainly represents -- was to move him to a team that was willing to overpay for a guy who is more likely to regress than impress over the next 12 months.

I've said it here many times -- relief pitchers and even closers are like coffee shops in Los Angeles...there's one on every corner. Lopez performed admirably this season for the Birds, but they have other guys who can pitch the 9th inning and the return Elias garnered for him was more than adequate.

Now...about Brett Phillips.

I'm kidding...

I mean, someone has to hit .190 for their career, right?

I'm going to leave that one alone and just assume Elias and Brandon Hyde see something in him that fits this Orioles team. As I wrote here last week, chemistry is an odd duck in sports. It shows up unannounced and leaves the same way. Losing Mancini might impact the locker room but perhaps Phillips adds to it. Who knows? Maybe Elias does. That's what I'll go with, anyway.

Just remember Nate McClouth.


On the field last night, the push for October continued with success in Arlington as the O's blasted the woeful Rangers, 8-2. Jorge Mateo hit two home runs and Adley Rutschman contributed two more doubles in the win. Jordan Lyles (8-8-, 4.40) beat his old team and continued to supply the O's with adequate if not better-than-expected results in the win over the Rangers.

If you're of the mindset to snipe at Elias for the weird Brett Phillips deal yesterday, please remember he's the one who took a gamble on Lyles last winter. "Even Steven", as Jerry Seinfeld would say.

The Birds picked up a game on Tampa Bay last night as they fell to the overly-active Blue Jays, 3-1. Toronto added Whit Merrifield late last night and a couple of pitchers from the Marlins earlier in the day, then promptly went out and helped themselves -- and the Orioles -- with a win over the Rays last night.

Seattle got a couple of late home runs in New York to turn back the Yankees, 8-6. The Mariners apparently aren't going away.

Baltimore native Gavin Sheets hit his 9th homer of the season on Tuesday as the White Sox beat up on K.C., 9-2. Chicago (52-51) figures to be a team the O's have to watch over the next seven weeks or so.

Late Tuesday afternoon, New York surprised everyone by dealing starting pitcher Jordan Mongtomery to the Cardinals for center fielder Harrison Bader, who is currently out with a foot injury. When he returns, the Yankees will have one of the best defensive outfielders in the game. The Yankees were able to justify the Montgomery departure by adding A's pitcher Frankie Montas on Monday.

The biggest deadline deal didn't impact the Orioles at all, as the Nationals shipped celebrated young phenom Juan Soto to the Padres, where he will now join Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado to form one of the most potent offensive trios baseball has seen in a long, long time. Whether those three can "fit" and get San Diego to a World Series remains to be seen, but give San Diego credit for demolishing the "small market teams can't compete" tag that we've heard time and time again here in Charm City.

It was a wild, wild Tuesday in baseball. And don't look now, but the O's are 2-0 without Trey Mancini. And 1-0 without Jorge Lopez. And, I guess, they're also 1-0 with Brett Phillips, so maybe Elias knew something we didn't all along, huh?

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Shane asks -- "Hey Drew, here's one for your Q and A. This happened to me recently and I'm sure I'm right but thought I better check in with you to make sure. I was playing with three friends at Pine Ridge. One of them hit a ball along the same line as mine on the 13th hole, down the right side. I saw a ball with a black line on it and thought it was mine so I pointed to my friend and said, "That's your ball there." He then hit it to the green and I got ready to hit what I thought was my ball and saw that it was a Callaway ball instead of the Titleist I was playing.

So I said, "Were you playing Callaway?" and he said, "Yes" and I said, "I think you hit my ball."

"That's a penalty on you for telling me to hit the wrong ball," my friend said.

We argued about it for a couple of minutes and just decided to let him put down another ball and hit it but he kept insisting I was wrong and that it was a penalty on me. Was it?"

DF says -- "Yes, it was a penalty. Unfortunately, though, the penalty was on your friend for hitting the wrong ball. Now, I'll suggest to you that you might not keep many friends if you keep saying "that's your ball right there" and they hit the wrong ball and you call it on them, but the rules of golf don't care about friendship. Your friend hit the wrong ball. When you told him it was his, it was still his responsibility to verify that it was, in fact, his golf ball. In terms of "friendly golf", you probably did the right thing by letting him play another ball, but in terms of the rules, he would receive a two shot penalty for his faux pas."

Frank P asks -- "I have a serious question. Why would anyone want to see the same musical act more than two times?"

DF says -- "Ding, ding, ding -- we have a new clubhouse leader for "Dumb Question of the Year". I do realize that post was an obvious troll attempt, but nevertheless, it's the new clubhouse leader.

Do you have a favorite restaurant? With a favorite dish you get all the time? Perhaps you have a favorite bottle of Joseph Phelps wine that's your "go-to" bottle when you're grilling at home. Lots of people have favorite cocktails they like to enjoy at their local watering hole. Why get "another" Moscow Mule? Didn't you just have one last week?

"Frank" (lol) says he saw Springsteen back in 1980. That's great. I was at that show as well at the Capital Centre. Here's a news flash for you, Frankie. Bruce has put out 15 albums since then, with new songs, even. You didn't hear "The Rising" played live in 1980 at the Cap Centre because -- follow along with me -- THAT SONG DIDN'T COME OUT FOR ANOTHER 20 YEARS. So, the reason you see any artist multiple times is to hear new material and old favorites again. Congrats on your mid-season award...although I doubt you wind up winning in December. But you never know."


Tim Young asks -- "Drew, I've been following the LIV golf thing like you and we definitely share different opinions on it. Now that you've seen three tournaments, is there anything at all about it that you can honestly say you like? Thanks!"

DF says -- "Well, I haven't "seen" three tournaments. I watched about 75 minutes of the first one from London and haven't watched since. But I get what you're saying. "Three tournaments in, is there anything about it you like?" Answer: No.

The only thing LIV Golf has done is show us which guys in the world of professional golf would take money to play for anyone, anywhere, and which ones wouldn't. We knew Greg Norman was a blowhard from way back. That he sold his soul to the Saudi government only confirms that idea. We all sorta-kinda knew Patrick Reed was shady. Then he went and proved it by joining LIV. We knew Ian Poulter was more show than substance. Then he went and proved it by joining LIV. We always knew Sergio Garcia was a wild card of sorts. He proved us right by joining LIV.

Meanwhile, we also suspected that Jordan Spieth was a good man. The same with Rory McIlroy. More recently, the more we've learned about Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler, the more we've grown to like those two. All four of those guys got gazillion dollar offers from LIV Golf and said, "No thanks, my reputation and integrity is more important than signing on with a group of people like you. Tiger got an offer of roughly $850 million to join with the Saudi PIF and said, "No thanks, my career is more important than your money."

So, actually, I have found something about LIV Golf that I like. I like that it has pointed out to us who the creeps are in the sport and who the good guys are in the sport."


Randy asks -- "OK, DF, did the Orioles "win" or "lose" at the trade deadline?"

DF says -- "I have no way of answering that. I mean, they traded away two fairly important pieces from a team that has a reasonable chance of making the post-season. I fully realize based on his comments from Monday that Elias doesn't have faith in the club to get to the post-season this year. The players they got in return for those two "might" be good someday and, if they are, we'll look back on '22 and say "Elias did a great job at the deadline."

In hindsight -- and this has nothing to do with Elias -- the deal the O's made for Manny Machado was pretty much a joke. They waited until he was two months from free agency instead of dealing him a year or two before (like the Nats just did with Soto) and got almost nothing of reasonable value in return. If you call Dean Kremer "reasonable value" than maybe that's one piece of the trade that worked out, but the point is, you never know on these deadline deals until at least 12 months later, if not longer.

So, I don't know if they won or lost. But I will say, as I did leading up to the deadline, that they're making business decisions NOW that might not bear fruit until LATER. That's the way trades work, especially ones made in early August."

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"Regular Joe"
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"Regular Joe" has been following the Orioles for the better part of four decades. He'll be our eyes and ears in 2022 on both the Orioles and their various minor league teams as the Birds look to rebuild a winner in Baltimore.


The Orioles came through the last week before the trade deadline respectably, winning 3 of 4 vs. the Rays, and then stubbing their toe a bit by losing the series in Cincinnati.

That still didn’t stop Mike Elias from shipping out Trey Mancini and Jorge Lopez, acquiring six pitching “prospects” in the two separate deals.

#DMD's "Regular Joe" says Mike Elias didn't help the O's get better in 2023 with the team's two deadline deals this week.

As you could tell from last week’s post, I am not a big fan of the Os selling at the deadline, just a few games out of the wild card. We seem to be getting closer to a “winning” culture, and I think players like the Trey Mancinis of the world are additive to that culture.

I also don’t like deals that clearly don’t make us better in 2023, where we as fans should start to expect a legitimate contender.

It is feasible that Mancini considers the Orioles as he becomes a free agent this winter, but Jorge Lopez has two more arbitration years to spend with the Twins, which made that deal a head scratcher.

None of the 6 minor leaguers we acquired are close to the majors. We did get the Rays 9th ranked prospect in the Mancini trade, but he needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2023 season. I don’t know the Twins minor league depth well, but the best of the 4 pitchers we got from them for Lopez was the 22nd ranked, which amounts to a bag of baseballs.

And, don’t forget that 2022 has 60ish games left. I know the wild card is not likely, but we certainly regressed over the last two days. Do we really think Ryan McKenna and Yusniel Diaz are suitable replacements? And for all the Kyle Stowers fans out there, he is a career .260 hitter in the minors.

Thank goodness we didn’t trade Anthony Santander. He will probably cost $10 million next year, but given the lack of ready OFs in the system, we will badly need him. In Tuesday’s game with the Rangers, we had rookie Terrin Vavra in Mancini’s spot, looking pretty over-matched as the team tries to compete for a wild card.

Lastly, give the remaining players credit. They have gone out the last two nights and beat up on the Rangers. Adley Rutschman looks like a big winner, a leader on the field and a doubles machine at the plate. If Hays and Mountcastle could get hot, it should keep things interesting as the schedule gets tougher next week.

The Yankees and Padres made bold moves the last few days, setting themselves up well for the rest of 2022 and the near future (and knowing they will spend money to maintain the talent). I hope someday the baseball world is saying that about the Orioles.

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"that's all we could get?"


As an elaborate pre-game prank last night in Arlington, Texas, the Orioles convinced Adley Rutschman he might be traded at today's deadline if he didn't do something special against the Rangers on Monday evening.

Rutschman's still a rookie, you know. So he bought the whole thing hook, line and sinker. And then he went out and produced a 3-for-4 night with a pair of doubles as the O's got back on the winning track with a 7-2 triumph over the Rangers.

OK, that didn't really happen. There was no elaborate prank.

But something sparked Rutschman last night, as he raised his average to .251 and his OBP to .347 with his nice night at the plate. Rookie pranks are fun, though. That much is true.

What's also true is that Rutschman continues to put together a solid rookie campaign, particularly when you mix in his superb defensive skills. The power numbers aren't there yet, but in a year or two these doubles he keeps clobbering to deep parts of the outfield will turn into round trippers, and then you'll have your Johnny Bench clone. I'm hoping that's the case, anyway.

The O's got a nice start from Spenser Watkins on Monday evening as well, as he allowed just 5 hits in 6 innings of work. The Birds were helped in the wild card race with New York's 7-2 home win over Seattle and the White Sox 2-1 loss to the Royals in Chicago. Scoreboard watching in August -- something we haven't done in Baltimore since 2016. It's kinda fun.


But, the big news of the day as far as the Orioles were concerned happened off the field, as the much anticipated trade involving Trey Mancini did, in fact, take place. Mike Elias went back to an old friend, the Astros, and sent the popular O's first baseman to Houston in a 3-way deal between Houston, Baltimore and the Tampa Bay Rays.

In exchange for Mancini, the Birds got two minor league pitching prospects, neither of whom you've ever heard of most likely. Seth Johnson and Chayce McDermott were the return pieces Elias snagged for Mancini and the only way you knew either of those names before yesterday is if you follow college baseball, the draft, and prospects of other MLB teams.

Trey Mancini will be back in Baltimore this September 23-24-25...but as a member of the Houston Astros.

Johnson, in fact, won't be available to the O's until 2024 as he will miss all of next season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

There were mixed reviews of the trade both nationally and locally on Monday. Some baseball followers felt the O's didn't get enough in return for Mancini, particularly given Johnson's health.

"That's all we could get?" was a familiar refrain from O's fans on Twitter last night as opinions collided on the Mancini-to-Houston deal.

Some well respected baseball writers felt the Astros fleeced the O's and Rays in the transaction. Time will tell on that one. If they think Mancini's the next coming of Paul Goldschmidt or something, they're in for a surprise.

This deal, apparently, was the best the O's could do for Mancini. I mentioned here last week the club had two offers on the table for Trey but hadn't yet agreed on one of them. The Tampa Bay-Houston-Baltimore deal, according to a team associate in the know, came to fruition on Sunday and was worked on into Monday.

Elias pointed to Mancini's imminent free agent status (after the season) as the biggest reason why he was available for trade. Elias also hinted that the O's would be interested in talking with Trey this winter when he's looking for a new contract.

I like Mike Elias. I think he's done an awesome job in Baltimore and has the franchise in great position moving forward. I also know "GM-speak" when I hear (read) it. The Orioles are not going to re-sign Trey Mancini nor make an attempt to re-sign him this winter. If Elias and the organization really wanted Mancini here, he wouldn't be in Houston today helping the Astros make their post-season push.

It's not like Trey's chopped liver. The O's are now 52-51 after last night's win and Trey played a significant role in the team's season to date. I realize Elias doesn't think the team is going to make the playoffs -- he said as much yesterday in his post-trade statement -- but the reality is the club is in position to make a run and having Mancini around could have helped see that through to its conclusion.

I'm not "mad" they traded Mancini. It was, as I said last week, a "business decision" that Elias felt he had to make.

But that gentle, fan friendly comment about the club's interest in Mancini this off-season is just the thing you say after you've traded him in an attempt to curry favor with a portion of the fan base who are gutted by his departure. I understand why it was said -- but I'm also pointing out that it isn't necessarily genuine, either.

And don't let the fact that the O's received two players you've never heard of dictate your feelings on the trade. It was always likely the player(s) they received in a Mancini trade would be prospects you knew nothing about before the deal was announced. That's what Trey Mancini is worth these days as a free agent. No harm created, no disrespect intended.

And as for Mancini, a move to a World Series contender that values a championship chase is ultimately what he deserves, baseball wise, more than anything. He labored through a painful, embarrassing stretch of Orioles baseball where the organization was forced to completely gut themselves from the inside-out just to have a prayer of being competitive again sometime in the 2020's.

All Trey ever did was put on his uniform, show up for work and never once complain about the awful situation he was forced to endure for most of his career in Baltimore. If the O's don't make the post-season in October, we all best be rooting for Houston to win it all -- as difficult as that might be in and of itself given their recent history of embarrassing on-field behavior.


Former U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III shared some interesting news recently about the ongoing PGA Tour-LIV Golf battle and, if true, it could make for a whopper of a 2023 golf season.

Love III, a longtime TOUR advisory board member, says the current crop of LIV players who have been suspended are going to sue the PGA Tour later this week for the right to play in the upcoming FedEx Cup. Those players have all been removed from the standings, despite a number of them having another points to play in at least the first event in Memphis as well as, potentially, the second Cup touranment in Wilmington, Delaware.

Would Rory McIlroy boycott the major championships in 2023?

But that wasn't the biggest bombshell Love III dropped. He says it's "possible" that a group of veteran TOUR Players will convince the rest of the circuit to boycott next year's major championships if, in fact, LIV golfers are permitted to play in them. Love III didn't mention any names, but I assume we know who the ring leaders of that would effort would be; McIlroy, Thomas, Spieth...just to name three.

Since the PGA Tour doesn't run any of the four majors, the boycott wouldn't impact membership on TOUR. Augusta National runs the Masters, the PGA of America runs the PGA Championship, the United States Golf Association runs the U.S. Open and the Royal and Ancient Golf Society runs the British Open.

What would a boycott do, exactly? Well, Love III says if 80% of the players eligible for the Masters, PGA, U.S. Open and British Open said "we're not playing", he wonders if the tournaments would even be held. "It would be like a baseball strike," Love III said. "If you don't have the players, you can't have the tournaments."

I don't know if I see a strike in the near future. The four majors, after all, move the needle in a big way for veteran players who are striving to create their golfing legacy. Just like one has to wonder why Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed wanted to scar their career reputation(s) by aligning themselves with the heinous Saudi government, one would also have to wonder if Rory McIlroy wants "boycotted the 2023 major championships" on his Wiki page in 2030.

Love III has definitely heard "boycott" bubbling amongst his peers or else he wouldn't have brought it up. He's as connected as any player in the world of golf. But talking about a boycott and actually telling the Masters you're not coming next April are two different things entirely.

Oh, and speaking of things that are hard to believe. More details are coming out about Tiger Woods and the LIV golf overtures that came his way earlier this year. Woods reportedly turned down $750 million from Greg Norman plus another $100 million in sponsorship guarantees from the Public Investment Fund.

Tiger being on the right side of a social issue is a good thing. Tiger not joining with LIV golf is even greater.

I'm sure Woods, along with several other prominent players, saw the circus environment in Bedminster, New Jersey last weekend and felt much better about their respective decisions to turn down Greg Norman and the Saudi folks.

You know, the tournament where one person who mocked Mickelson with a derisive comment about working "for the royal (Saudi) family" was threatened with removal from the premises but an entire section near the first tee was allowed to engage in a 2-minute long "Let's Go Brandon!" chant that drew a thumbs-up from a man who would be invested in that kind of political commentary at the golf course he owns. That tournament...

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"elias...forced to extend hyde now?"


Mark Arrington asks -- "I saw your Dish where you mentioned you're on vacation and we're also heading out later this week for two weeks in the Outer Banks. We have 15 people total going on the trip. What's the best vacation family game? Horseshoes, cornhole, kickball or wiffle ball? Thanks! Go O's!"

DF says -- "Well, nothing beats a great game of wiffle ball. I'm not a huge horseshoes or cornhole guy, but I certainly see their value. Kickball's awesome. But wiffle ball is the best, particularly if you happen to have a group of 4-6 former baseball or softball players on the trip who can really get into it. Put up a lawn chair behind home plate for balls and strikes, create a home run line or some other boundary for automatic homers...it doesn't get much better than that!"


Dean asks -- "I made my first double eagle on Sunday at the 6th hole at Clifton Park! Driver and a 6-iron into the cup. The only problem was we couldn't see it go in. I now have three hole in ones and one double eagle. How many double eagles do you have, Drew?"

DF says -- "You and I are deadlocked at one, Dean. I made my only one at #12 at Mountain Branch in 2008. I came within about a foot of making one at your hole -- #6 at Clifton Park -- back in 2000 or so. I also came within a few inches of making one at #10 at Maryland Golf and Country Club a few years ago. It's weird that people "value" holes-in-one but don't realize how much more rare it is to actually make a double eagle. I have six holes-in-ones and only one double eagle, as an example. Congrats on your "2" at #6 at Clifton Park, one of my favorite courses in the area!"


Connor asks -- "It's not inevitable, but also almost mandatory now that Mike Elias gives Brandon Hyde a new contract, right? Isn't he basically forced to extend him now?"

DF says -- "Oh, for sure. I mean, Joe Maddon is still lurking out there and there have been industry rumors linking him to Baltimore for the last couple of months, but I don't see any way Elias can let Hyde leave at the end of the season. What more do you want out of the man, after all? He's taken this team from a 50-win ballclub to one that will likely threaten to win 81 games this season. If that's not good enough, something's wrong. I realize Maddon has a lot of baseball cachet built up, but Brandon Hyde should be the Orioles' manager in 2023."


T.B. asks -- "My 14-year old son is set to play in his first junior club tournament next weekend at Bayside and we were wondering what your best piece of advice is for a golfer's first real tournament? Thank you, Drew."

DF says -- "Easy answer: Finish all 18 holes, post your score, and don't worry about what it is. Don't worry about swing thoughts or having to shoot a certain score. Just "play" golf and have fun. Focus on the good shots you hit. Keep track of them. Don't fret over bad ones. You're supposed to hit bad shots. It's golf.

Use the round as a benchmark for your golf tournament future. If you shoot 100, that's your "level" moving forward. Next time out, try and get that to 95, as an example. There's only one way to know if your golf is improving -- you have to play in tournaments to prove it. So, congrats to your son on playing, for starters, and just make sure he enjoys himself, finishes all 18 holes and then posts his score, no matter what it might be. Good luck and let me know how it goes."

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rc     August 08
LOL @ John S...."do more research". Sure, what could go wrong by googling info on anything covid-related.

But you are right about Rose, guy was a POS. Why was he a topic today anyway?

Larry     August 08
Herman, I usually see your side of things but there isn't a chance in hell you would applauded Tiger Woods for anything (except maybe getting arrested). You and I both know that.

John S     August 08
Pete Rose and his nickname of Charley Hustle. It had nothing to do with how he played the game of baseball. Johnny Bench despises him. He has said that everything that Rose did was a "hustle". In old fashioned street lingo, it means a con artist, a liar, a rogue, a scoundrel.

The lady who came forward a few years ago is tip of the iceberg stuff. Rose often was seen in the company of teenage girls on the road. That is why he was an outsider on almost every club he was on. He is and has always been a scumbag.

But his defenders(there are many) prove a point. A huge point. People get fooled. We see it on a daily basis. Propaganda becomes facts.

You had "experts" claiming that if you got a new, untested vaccine...."the virus would be stopped". And the general populace believed it and helped with draconian mandates that ruined lives and commerce and friendships.

Be more cynical. Do more research. If someone claims expertise, check their record...not just their college.



As the great John Prince sang "Caravan of Fools". "When you can't stand to lose, you're running with the caravan of fools".

Be bold. Question everything.


bob singer     August 08
The only thing "on brand" is SOD rushing to call Herman a racist any time he posts. Really is childish and tiring, but any time someone calls for truce between SOD and HOD they get chewed up and spit out. SOD must be so proud.

Herrman's points on PGA are worth consideration if you ask me. Mind you, I do get the point of the traditionalists, and not convinced that model needs to be totally blown up.

But, on the hand, as Herrman points out, the revenue now out there is nuts and if you're an elite golfer, why wouldn't you question why you have to "earn your keep" while those "managing" the Tour make more than you do (at least initially).

I don't think the LIV format and approach is the answer BTW. Hope no one outside of Greg Norman and his funding sources believes that. But when one considers the revenue available and how most pro sports design their pay scales as part of a collective bargaining process, sure seems like the Tour needs to put their heads together and come up with a better model

HERMAN     August 08
@Ralph

You are incorrect, I would have applauded The Messiah for taking the cash and smashing the monopoly. I wouldn't sit and watch Tim Finchem for hours on Sunday, or Jay Monahan. If it's for "tradition, honor, and prestige" they can get paid in that and work for free. I find it interesting that the same empty suit that extolls the "virtues" of the broke college kid on scholarship, facing the challenges of Q school, his potential ticket to success.....as he heads out the door making a few hundred grand and dinner on the tour CC.

If The Messiah drives the needle worth a billion, write him the check. Just don't proseletyse over "Saudi Blood Money" wearing Nike sweat shop gear while Uyghurs die in concentration camps in China.

MJ     August 08
Good points from Ralph about HTH. On brand. Perfect description.

Ralph     August 08
Give Herman credit for the brand he's created. He never wavers from it. If Tiger would have taken the $$ he would have crushed him for it. Hilarious if not utterly predictable. But on brand, which is what matters to him most.

HERMAN     August 08
If LIV accomplished anything at all it was to expose the odd grip on the professional game of golf held by the PGA. They don't own any of the majors that are the highlight of their sport. They really can't control the stars of their sport, or require their presence in events. While they have tried hard to evolve their approach with a new season ending playoff series of events, and annual point system akin to NASCAR it hasn't caught on with the general public, and is only embraced by the golf enthusiasts. And while the golfers themselves still see the career path of moving through either Q school or the mini-tours to the PGA as the proper approach many of the young guns are starting to understand that having to drum up your own sponsorship and face expenses week-to-week without any guaranteed compensation by the tour is a burden compared to other sports. Sure a handful of guys start as multi-millionaires before they put a pro peg into the ground, but past the top 25 the rest are grinding week to week out of wallet. In today's cash oversaturated environment of sport that sounds like an anachronism, some kind of throw back, best left in the 1980s.

Hindsight is 20/20 but allowing the evolution of majors and those traditions to dominate the game without a shred of ownership, well, could you imagine Jerrah Jones of Cowboys fame letting the Super Bowl get out under someone else's control?

Somehow I think the next ten years is going to see some serious change to the mechanics of how things are run in pro golf. You can only "pay" the new participants in "legacy and tradition" for so long until they get a little frustrated carrying those initial expenses all on themselves until they can make it.

Ray     August 08
And Rose wonders why he got kicked out of baseball. SMH

Jk     August 07
Ricky Fowler finished 125 and made the PGA Tour playoffs on the last day. I get George is thrilled!

lou@palo alto     August 07
ditto, steve

agree UTB--seems many stars of his day cld hit and run but didn't know how to win as much as Frank

Steve of Pimlico     August 07
@ Lou@ Palo Alto looking forward to seeing you at our renuion in April

unitastoberry     August 07
@ Lou you are right about Frank but that's the way baseball should be played. Just like Bo Jackson breaking Dempsey' thumb at the plate.



@Del Ray I feel as do others our age and above ground that Ted would have been the goat and the king if not for military obligations. I talked once to the guy who made his bats at Louisville Slugger when I took the tour there long ago he felt the same.

lou@palo alto     August 07
frank robinson may hv gotten to 3000 hits--certainly wld hv hd 600hr if not for the injury breaking up a double play against the WS (al weiss) in early 67--was on a path for triple crown numbers again but the concussion/double vision til '69 cost him, and us

Delray RICK     August 07
BOB...TED already belonged in 500 hrs club

MFC     August 07
Not sure you've played the new tees at the Road. There is considerable length added to:

2- might be the toughest to par on the course

4- 40 yard difference between the white and blue tees

8- 30-40 difference

13- moved way back into a corner-

18- added at least 20-30 yards



That's substantial and when they move 7 all the way back into 12 that adds another 30 yards.



Other issues not discusses was green speed and pin placements. Most of the defense of the Road is the greens. If they're cut and rolled with certain pin placements 70 would be a heck of a score. Of course that's true for many courses but it makes a world of difference at the Road. Still there are enough holes at there to make birdies.



To the "average" player, I'm calling that 10-14 handicap the difference from playing the whites to the blues is 5-6 shots, if not more. It's that dramatic.

Bob     August 07
Chris,

Ted Williams missed a total of 4 years as a player serving in both WWII and Korea, no doubt he would be in the 500/3,000 club.

Chris in Bel Air     August 07
O's seem like they are on a mission to prove their worth. They are not going away. I feel pretty good that I'll still be saying that a month from now.

Yesterday's celebration... On the good side, it was good to see and hear Brooks and Eddie up in the booth yesterday during the broadcast. Brooks is a huge fan favorite obviously and Eddie starting to get appreciated even more... thankfully. On the downside, also missing from yesterday Markakis and JJ Hardy. Two fan favs from the Buck era. Also, they could have invited Delmon Young. Owner of one of (the?) most famous hit at the Yard. I know I'll never forget it.

Speaking of Eddie. I was discussing with a friend yesterday the 500 HR and 3000 hit club. For you baseball trivia nerds, Eddie is one of 7 players in that club. Also, are Hank, Mays, A-Rod (ugh), Pujols, Palmeiro (yes, him) and this year Miggy Cabrerra joined the club. Follow on interesting trivia, at least for me. Players that you would think have 3000 hits but do not.... Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson. Ted missed time due to his service during WW2. Greatest generation. Brooks also just missed at 2848.

Dean     August 06
Another day- another Out of towner roasted - baltimore has those fans for sure. Just mention Ray Lewis and see how quickly folks react. Outside Baltimore it raises and eye- here- not so much.

sam winchester     August 06
Rochester Roger sounds like a real genius. And yes we have those kinds of "fans" here in Baltimore, many are active on Twitter.

The uproar over kneeling is a case study is how cults control the minds of the weak.


Erick     August 06
Pretty sad Os could not coordinate- still disfunctonal- not like this year came as a surprise and still schedule conflicts?

kj     August 06
I was not blessed to have known Mr Stewart, only knew "of" him. What a good man may he rest in peace.

Gerry Jackson     August 06
Thanks for the beautiful tribute to “Mr. Stewart,” which is exactly what my siblings and me always called him. Our dad, James Jackson, shared a desk with him at The Sun for three decades. He was such a great friend to our dad, and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Thanks for sharing some of his story.

Eric in Gaithersburg     August 06
I hate what the O's did with the wall-move it back 15 feet instead of 30 or just make it higher don't do both. But the results dont lie- we 30-20 at home. Can't believe Drew didn't mention all the O's that have beefs that are not back today- Jones, Surhoff, Bordick and Brady. Cal has scheduling conflict. And don't look now but Gunnar Henderson has a hit in 15 of his last 16 .349/.431/.667 with 4 HR 4 2B 2 3B 187wRC+ and now has .946 OPS in AAA. It is time for him to join this formerly mediocre offense that has gotten worse since Mancini deal.

JohnInEssex     August 06
Kapernick indeed started the kneeling for the anthem thing...

The Ravens blew it up in England, for all to see, then stood up for God Save The Queen...

Steve of Pimlico     August 06
Have to wonder if the new dimensions in Oriole Park had got into Trey's head this year.

Erick     August 06
Interesting take on golf course- if someone were to highlight a certain website in a similar vein- Im curious if it would draw any ire from those that frequent it?

Don from Catonsville     August 05
I'm a GOLF NERD , that was a VERY ENJOYABLE story!!!

Chris in Bel Air     August 05
I generally lower the volume and/or try to tune out most announcers (MLB and NFL). Very few provide any value added. Listening to the O's broadcast the other night, I heard Newman get all excited for a LONG DRIVE TO CF... and the CF is under it makes the final out. The ball wasn't even close to the warning track or hit very hard. Ugh. Maybe it is just nostalgia, but I do miss hearing Chuck and Brooks.

Glad to hear your story with son, Drew. Sounded like a great day. My father passed away coming up on 10 years now. Among many other things, I wish I could play another round with him. Do it while you can people. Do it while you can.

unitastoberry     August 05
I moved to central PA in 1986. Great story many former Baltimore folks live here now and all of us go thru the transition minus becoming Penn St/Stiller fans. There's a lot of southern hospitality here my oldest son calls it Pennsatucky. Come back now ya hear !

TimD in Timonium     August 05
@DF, great story, enjoy the memories, enjoy getting away.



I've seen Little League games in Williamsport, have visited Penn State and Bucknell, but, other than that, Central PA is pretty wide open. Empty. God's Country.

Delray RICK     August 05
GOOD read on MUSHNICK bout VIN SCULLY and why we have turds calling games. DEM O'S have gone in the toilet with these "talking heads" that won't shut the hell up. PALMER pleasure to listen to but when squeaky voice lady comes I turn the sound down. LET THE GAME PLAY OUT and talking bout nuttin all the time. And that old fart in YANKEES still calling is a real joke. AUGUST 11 LIFE STARTS!!!

ChrisK     August 04
I'll preface this by saying that I am not an attorney, so take it with a (or several grains) of salt. But, the PGA doesn't have an anti-trust exemption (as MLB does). To me, banning certain players from participating in your events because you don't like them is a pretty clear anti-trust violation. I'm not a golf guy, so I certainly won't opine on the merits of LIV vs. PGA, but banning a sub-set of players because they wanted to spend some weekends playing with another organization strikes me as patently illegal.

Barry Holtby     August 04
Someone take away the "*" key from Drew's keyboard. The overuse is getting ridiculous.

larry     August 04
Trading away Mancini and Lopez did absolutely nothing to damage their chances of winning this year. Capable replacements are here.

The notion of "adding" is foolish. Sure they have a more stocked farm system than before, but do they have a surplus? And would it make sense to send some of those assets away, in exchange for the low odds of what Stats Nerd alluded to?

To me, had Elias traded say Stowers or Hall away, that would border on malpractice. He did the right thing, he just made one comment he should not have, that's all.

Some day the O's will be good, hopefully in a similar sustainable way like the Ravens, and some day certain people will stop obsessing over @Herman.

Unitastoberry     August 04
CIK...ty

David Rosenfeld     August 04
The Orioles have 54 wins with 57 games left. You start asking yourself how many games of those 57 will they have to win?

I'd say that 31-26 is a legitimate possibility. Will 85-77 be enough? Probably not. To get to 89 wins, they'd need 35-22. Maybe asking a lot.

Still, I'm surprised Elias said that, even if meant it in a completely mathematical way. At this point the difference in probability between TB and the Orioles is pretty much a wash.

K.C.     August 04
Give @Herman credit. He made a post and didn't reference Springsteen. I'm buying more and more into the idea started by someone here that @Herman is on the Dish staff in some capacity.

There's no possible way someone with this much dislike for a person goes out of his way 3 or 4 times a day to stop by and indirectly help fund that person's business. We already know for sure @Herman doesn't like "the site owner" so the only question left is "Why do you come around every day?"

He has to be on staff some how. He just has to be.

Conway     August 04
Ain't this the truth >>> Sure, those guys know all about the Washington Post journalist and they realize you're not really *allowed* to say anything negative about Saudi policies or decisions.



Drew gets it. So do the 3,300 American families who lost loved ones on 9-11. To some people like Herman those murders no longer matter. For some they still do.

Chris in Bel Air     August 04
I was surprised to hear Elias offer that statement the other night. As a GM, he should know better. I did not know the full story til I read today's edition but I'm glad to hear he did the right thing and spoke to the team.

I think his comments and the trades are clear evidence he is sticking with his plan. As a fan, it is tough to see your team right on the doorstep of a potential wild card (99% sure they have improved that format and it is now a 3-game series) and see them trade away players and not bring in pieces that could help them get to the post-season. But, for the GM and the plan, while I'm sure he's glad to see it, it does not factor into the plan. The current performance is just a nice little add-on.

I was disappointed to see Trey go but I understand it. I didn't mind Lopez going because his trade value will never be higher than it is now. I'm not convinced he can perform at the same level as now over the next 2-3 years. I was glad to hear Elias say the O's will be looking to sign true MLB talent starting next year but like everything with them, I'll believe it when I see it.

The Real Ricky     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..."

Really?

Drew, I sure hope you're doing as well as Paul McCartney if and/or when you're 80 years old. You know, when your kids are graduating college! LOL!





I kid!

CIK     August 04
@UTB

The 1 game playoff has been eliminated. It is now 6 teams from each league qualify. The top 2 teams get byes. The 3 seed hosts the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosts the 5 seed, in a best of 3.

kevin j     August 04
Totally agree it was good to see Elias rush to put out the fire he started. We all know he simply meant the "probability" of true post season success was low, ie fools gold, but competitive athletes never wanna hear that. Who says "the odds of us winning are small so why try hard"?

Elias was a player, he knows this. Obviously caught up int he moment of justifying his trades and probably realized as soon as it was said it was foolish thing to put out there. Does not change that he "did" the right thing, the comment was the mistake, not the trades.

@Geroge with great analogy between PGA Tour and our country, bravo good sir!

HERMAN     August 04
Get the popcorn this lawsuit could be fun to watch. The PGA enforcing a monopoly and the independent contractors crying restraint of trade. George with the post of the year so far.

What I "don't get" is how the site owner can love golf and love competition and not understand that the golfers want the freedom to play wherever and whenever they choose, and to compete for whatever prize money they are eligible to compete for. This idea that they "took the big money" and so don't need money from the FedEx playoffs is ludicrous. Tiger has a billion, should he just stop competing for the cash?

For those few who qualified for the FedEx Cup this year I don't see how they can be excluded, they met the qualifications and want to play. Billy Herschel and his "they want their cake and to eat it too" nonsense, yeah, they want to play golf and compete. Not hard to understand.

And for all those locals foaming at the mouth over Dem O's, could it be that the few big market teams have grabbed up all the real talent leaving all the small market teams mediocre, allowing for Dem O's to seem competitive racking up wins against low life competition and giving them a false hope? In a sea of mediocrity some mediocrity will appear slightly superior to all other mediocrity.

And fake Herman is back, I didn't post that last reply. With two of the four potential imposters I have in mind on European vacations that narrows it down to two. Could even be the site owner himself, trying to goad me into leaving for good...

PLB     August 04
Really good column on Elias, Drew. You hit every button properly. Leaned on his data and his team of stats people, said the wrong thing publicly, went to Texas and tried to fix it with his players. Very well done today, my friend.



As for the PGA Tour lawsuit, it's all about Greg Norman and Phil getting their pound of flesh. It's just a fight to say "I beat you" now. I'm bored with it, honestly.



I do have a question about Tiger Woods, though. Is there some kind of lingering animosity between Tiger and Greg or Tiger and Phil that kept him from taking the $750 million LIV offered him? That seems like just too much money to refuse. Thoughts?






Brett B.     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..." hahahahahaha

Have to admit, I was shocked at how bad his voice was on 6/12 at Camden Yards. I know he's old and all but sheeesh, that was tough to listen to.

Unitastoberry     August 04
The one off MLB playoff game is a joke. If you want to get excited then go for it. But getting there isn't much more than a participation trophy. The next worst thing is winning your division and having a champagne party. Billick was right..Festivis!!

TimD in Timonium     August 04
Another thought on the O's trading deadline moves. Hope CBS Sports is wrong and the run continues. Go O's.



"Not everything in this game is an asset that must be micromanaged and leveraged to the fullest extent at all times. It's baseball, not an actuarial table. There are human beings involved, and rather than further encourage the good vibes, the O's front office snuffed them out."



And who thought the PGA would be newsworthy in AUGUST. Wow. Every day.


Delray RICK     August 04
DEM O'S only 11/2 games out of wild card...WOW!! Whoever picked COLE to win PICTER OF THE YEAR!!! He can't win without sicky stuff. MANCINI hits homerun in first game.

George     August 03
In a Nutshell – LIV Golf files antitrust suit against the PGA Tour, alleging monopolistic practices against LIV and its players in conspiracy with sponsors, DP Tour, Asian Tour, PGA of America, USGA, R & A, and the Masters Tournament. Three players otherwise eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs ask for restraining order against enforcement of their bans.

Eventual Outcome – after a flurry of self-righteous public-relations campaigns, the case is settled with LIV getting everything it wanted, except against the Masters Tournament, which has through its history maintained its private rights to do whatever it damn well pleases. [Note that its eligibility criteria do not offer an entry into the Tournament, but merely qualify a player for the possibility of an invitation.]

An interesting sideline to this [at least to me] is the evolution of the PGA Tour, originally formed by touring professionals to benefit themselves, into an organization dominated by executives who have gotten fat administering the Tour while relegating the players to the inferior status of independent contractors who must follow the rules the Tour sets. Sort of like the United States of America – originally designed as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and which has evolved into a nation run from time to time by one of two parties who happen to get a majority of electoral votes and who neither care a lick about the welfare of the sheep/citizens.

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August 1, 2022
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"can't lose to those bums"


The times have changed.

Around this time in 2019, 2020 or 2021, if you lost 2 of 3 to the Orioles in Baltimore, you left town saying, "We can't lose two of three to that team."

Now, suddenly, it's the Orioles saying that about teams like the Cincinnati Reds, to whom the O's just dropped two straight after winning the series opener in dramatic fashion on Friday night with a 4-run uprising in the 9th inning.

"We can't lose to those bums."

Mike Elias has two days left to do something...or nothing.

Welcome to the early stages of the wild card chase, where every game matters. I seem to remember a few folks here back in April and May stressing how *unimportant* the 2021 season was in terms of wins and losses. It turns out those games were important after all, as are the rest of them in August and September. Funny the way it is.

So losing 2 of 3 Cincinnati stinks, just like losing games to the Texas Rangers this week will also stink -- if it happens, of course.

In case you don't want to give ESPN.com another two cents (who knows, they might even be supported by the Saudi PIF and we know you don't want to do anything to support them, unless it's gas, Uber or Facebook), here's what's happening with the wild card race as August 1st rolls around and the Orioles are in the thick of it.


1. Toronto - 57-45, +3

2. Seattle - 55-48, +0.5

3. Tampa Bay - 54-48, ---


4. Cleveland - 52-49, 1.5

5. Chicago, 51-50, 2.5

6. Orioles, 51-51, 3

7. Boston, 51-52, 3.5


Interestingly, Texas is at 46-55 and staring at a huge week ahead. They have the Orioles at home for three and then White Sox at home for four. If they fancy any legitimate chance of making a wild card push, they have to win 6 of their next 7 just to say "we have a chance". Winning 6 of 7 would put them at 52-58 with 52 games remaining.

The Orioles, meanwhile, have to beat teams like the Rangers. That's what "playoff teams" do, of course. They go into ballparks of stinky teams and beat them two out of three or three out of four. They can't go into Cincinnati and drop 2 of 3, that's for darn sure.

With tomorrow's trade deadline now looming directly ahead, the next 36 hours or so will be very interesting. Mike Elias has yet to show his hand.

Is he simply going to stand pat and give this team the respect it has created for itself with the surprising 51-51 start?

Will he follow the plan and move veteran players with no real future in Baltimore; is today the final day Trey Mancin and Anthony Santander wear orange and black? Could Cedric Mullins be a shocking move Elias makes in the waning hours of the deadline frenzy? Jordan Lyles is supposed to start on Tuesday in Texas against his former team. Will he still be an Oriole?

Or, could Elias switch gears and actually "buy" at the deadline instead of sell? Could he fork over a couple of the team's better prospects for a veteran or two who might be able to bring this storybook 2021 season to a favorable conclusion?

No one's saying anything. Elias hasn't been heard from. There's no telling what today and tomorrow might bring.

But I do know this...

This is all infinitely better than watching a 33-67 baseball team wallow through another miserable summer. I don't know much -- but I know that.

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monday q & a


Creston asks -- "Would you be mad if the Orioles traded Ryan Mountcastle at the deadline? His numbers are way down this season. And if they did trade him what would they get for him?"

DF says -- "First off, they're not trading Mountcastle. Not unless he's part of some big trade where the O's get a legitimate veteran in exchange for him and I don't think that's Elias's style. That said, you're right. He's not having a very good season at the plate. His average is the same (.255) as a year ago, but the home run totals and OBP are down for whatever reason.

Mountcastle isn't Felix Pie with the bat or anything like that, but he's not having the kind of year a lot of folks -- including me -- figured he might. I still have him on my "do not trade list", but if he were dealt, somehow, it wouldn't be the end of the world."


Ed asks -- "What's it say for LIV golf that Henrik Stenson joins the league and wins in his first tournament at age 46?"

DF says -- "I'm not sure. I mean, 60% of their playing roster are guys in their 40's, so odds are one of them might wind up winning. And it's not like they have 48 rock stars teeing it up every week. The same 6 guys will be in the Top 10 every tournament (D.J., Reed, Garcia, Casey, Westwood, Koepka...) and every once in a while a guy like Stenson will pop up and find a course to his liking and win.

I honestly didn't know Stenson was still actively playing until his name surfaced a few weeks back as a possible late summer LIV candidate. He was always a bit of an overachiever to me. If he wouldn't have won that British Open a while back, he'd be thought of as a lesser version of Lee Westwood and Colin Montgomerie.

Stenson giving up the Ryder Cup captaincy to join LIV shows you how little guys like him care about "legacy" and how much even *more money* means to them. Seve must be rolling over in his grave at the idea that Stenson turned his nose up at the Ryder Cup captain position. Ballesteros, after all, made that event into something for the European guys. Weird days, man. Weird days."


John Mrozek asks -- "Hey, Drew, love the Q&A feature at the Dish and wanted to get one in I've been thinking about for a while. Maybe you've answered this previously. If so, I missed it. Given all that you know or have read about the Deshaun Watson case in Houston, what do you think is a fair punishment for him? Thanks!"

DF says -- This one's really tricky because there are other cases and situations over the years to look back on and say, "Well, you gave (player XXX) *this*, so Watson has to at least get *that*. We all know it doesn't work exactly like that, but precedent does matter in most cases like this one.

I think he should be suspended for eight games. That would have been half a season if the NFL didn't have this insanely dumb 17-game schedule. I realize he didn't wind up facing criminal charges for his behavior, but that's only because his checkbook did some fancy negotiating with the women he mistreated. Look, if 3 or 4 women throw these accusations at him, that's one thing. But when you have 50 or more women accusing him of similar behavior, there's a real (disturbing) pattern there. And the Texans helped him with the whole thing? #clownshoes

I'd say give him eight games at the very least. If you ruled on it and gave him a year, I'd be OK with that, too. Some people will point to the two year suspension MLB gave Trevor Bauer and say, "Well, if Bauer got that...", but I'd remind you that just because Major League Baseball overreacted doesn't mean the NFL has to overreact."


Dan Kennedy asks -- "I gave my brother in law a dozen Titleist golf balls for his birthday and he then proclaimed, "I don't play this kind of ball any longer." He's a 10-handicap. I didn't think it mattered what ball he plays. Does it?"

DF says -- "Well, sure. Maybe? That's a weird answer, I know. First off, I don't know what kind of ball he was playing and what kind of ball you gave him as a gift. But, yes, golf balls are different and they do matter. Whether your brother *really* benefits from the other kind of ball or just *thinks* he benefits is probably neither here nor there, but it's very possible it's all in his head. That said, his swing speed is probably the biggest factor to consider, ball wise.

I'm definitely a golf ball nerd. I can play the Titleist Pro V1x, but do not prefer the "regular" Pro V1. I don't like what it does around the greens. The same for the Bridgestone ball. I love the "blue" Bridgestone but don't get anything out of the "red". So, yes, golf balls do matter and your BIL might very well be a guy who just connects well with one kind of golf ball. It happens."

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put zero stock in anything that happened last night


My favorite scene in the great movie Eight Mile comes at the very end.

If you're a fan of Eminem and the classic film like me, it's probably also your favorite scene.

Em -- Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith in the film -- is rapping against Papa Doc in the finals of the neighborhood contest and instead of creating a rhyme that exposes Papa Doc, Emimen turns the tables and pokes fun at himself.

"I am white, I am a bum

I do live in a trailer with my mom

My boy Future is an Uncle Tom

I do got a dumb friend named Cheddar Bob

Who shoots himself in his leg with his own gun

I did get jumped by all six of you chumps..."

There's more, but you get the picture. Most of the rappers in the contest went to great lengths to embarrass or humiliate the other guy; Eminem embarrassed himself in the showdown with Papa Doc.

And then he won the contest with the final line of his rap, throwing the mic to Papa Doc with a victorious smirk.

"Here, tell these people something they don't know about me..."

So, I assume by now you're wondering what the movie Eight Mile and Eminem's win over Papa Doc has to do with today's edition of #DMD, right?

Nothing, really.

But I thought I'd bring it up today because I'm heading to an undisclosed location for some time away with my family and the content here at #DMD might be "light" a day or three over the next week.

Don't worry. I'll have internet access where we're going and I'll be posting every day. No worries there, at all. It's just that some days might be more extensive than others.

So, yes, there will be lists this coming week. I love lists. They're especially beneficial on vacation week.

There will be Q & A segments a few days this coming week as well. I have 34 e-mails in my inbox with questions for me and #DMD. Mind you, not all of them find their way to the website. But I have 34 to sift through and answer. Don't blame me, by the way. Blame the folks who keep sending in the questions. (Which, of course, I do enjoy answering. So keep sending them, please.)

I might even go down the Blast rabbit hole at some point later on this week. I have a couple of funny stories to share from my 17 years in the soccer business.

We'll also have Orioles, Ravens and golf here, too. Regular Joe will pop in at some point, I assume. We might hear from our soccer analyst, Randy Morgan. "Stats Nerd" is also on vacation for a couple of weeks, but we'll catch up with him later on this month.

I'm bringing all of this up because I know a few of you like to whine about content, "slumps", light days, lists, questions, answers and anything else you can dig up in your quest to be a menace.

This is my version of Em's battle with Papa Doc.

I'm giving you all the dirt now so you don't have to cry about it on Thursday when you read another Top 10 list. There's no need to bellyache or toss a viperish comment at me. You know today, Sunday, that this coming week's gonna be different around here.

Yes, I'm going on vacation. Yes, I might post really early one morning and then late the next morning. Yes, there will be lists. And soccer stories. And Q and A segments. I might even throw in a big batch of "Underrated and Overrated" on Wednesday. I'm sure LIV golf will do something stupid that I can chew on by Thursday or Friday. They're experts at that.

In short, I'm going to work very hard to actually go into a slump for a week or so. Wish me luck.

Oh...and stay classy, guys. The young man I'm leaving in charge of the Comments section has a quick trigger finger.


Don't forget, "Fairways and Greens" airs today from 12-1 pm on 105.7 The Fan. We have an awesome show lined up for today. I'll be joined by David Kocher, a former University of Maryland golfer who just won on the Korn Ferry Tour, plus Ryan French, the man behind the awesome golf Twitter account, @MondayQInfo, and my friend Chris Baloga, head coach of Loyola University, previews the upcoming season for his Greyhounds. Hope you get the chance to tune in!"


Either people are just nuts or this crazy heat wave in Baltimore over the last three weeks is making people that way. In any case, I can't believe how many varied reactions I saw last night on social media when the Ravens were practicing at the football stadium downtown.

"Lamar just hit James Proche with a b-o-m-b !!! Those two are gonna be better than Burrow and Chase this season." (News flash: No, they're not.)

"Can't believe Ben Cleveland hasn't passed the conditioning test yet. Cut that bum." (No, that's actually not what you do.)

"Lamar's deep ball floats too much. Defensive backs have too much time to get under it." (It's July 30th.)

"Michael Pierce is slow. Patrick Queen might be a step off. I sure hope our new punter is good." (Give them time, will ya?)

Please know this. Learn it and live it -- Nothing matters in July and August. Nothing.

And less than nothing matters on a Saturday night in late July when there's no actual *football* being played, even if it's at the stadium and it might "look" like football. It's just guys in shorts and jerseys running around, trying to appear locked in and interested, and hoping beyond hope they don't have to visit the trainer's room afterwards.

There's one goal in pre-season football. Every team has the exact same goal, in fact.

Don't. Get. Any. Injuries.

The Ravens, of course, have won about 42 pre-season games in a row, it seems. They are, without question, kings of August football. But winning and losing pre-season games has no connection at all to what happens when the real season starts in September.

Nothing matters except getting through the pre-season without major injuries.

If Lamar looked great last night, that has no bearing whatsoever on how he might play in the opener vs. the Jets. The same goes for the other way; if he would have stunk it up last night, it wouldn't have mattered one iota.

Michael Pierce is allowed to look slow right now. It's July 31st. Maybe Patrick Queen is a step off. Who cares? It's July 31st.

I totally understand the need for people to opine. They go out there, they have Twitter, they want to offer something insightful. I get it.

But pre-season football is about as worthwhile as a quilt in Phoenix. I mean, you can try your best to make pre-season football mean something, but it just doesn't. The only thing that matters is the health of the players. Nothing more, nothing less.

I have to wonder if Lamar will even play a series in the pre-season games? Why would you trot him out there? I get it, someone has to play, but if it were my team #8 would never see the field in August.

The guys returning from major injuries a year ago might want to get in a game or two in the pre-season just to feel the speed of the game again and take a knock or two, as they like to say. But if I'm Harbaugh, I'm careful with all of the starters, even those chomping at the bit to play just to get their sea legs under them.

I know John doesn't like to lose, even when it's pre-season. But I certainly hope we don't risk any key players in an effort to win a game that doesn't matter one bit.

And in the meantime, if you're one of those folks who gets into the pre-season in a big way, take a chill pill and relax. Watch the Orioles. Read a good book. Do something else to occupy your time and your social media activity and let the Ravens get through the pre-season in the most anonymous way possible.

NO. INJURIES.

That's the theme of the month of August.


This season that Aaron Judge is having in New York is bordering on remarkable at this point. We might be seeing one of the greatest offensive campaigns in MLB history, friends.

Sure, a third of the season remains, but Judge is showing no signs of slowing down. If anything, he's perking up as August rolls around.

Thursday night, he won the series opener against the Royals with a solo homer in the bottom of the 9th. Friday night, he clobbered an 8th inning grand slam that helped New York rebound from a late 5-3 deficit to win, 11-5. And then yesterday, he smashed home run #42 in New York's 8-2 win.

It's not just the home runs, either. He's hitting .300 and his OBP is .382.

Judge will almost certainly win the A.L. MVP award. That's about as done as it can be.

But I saw something last night that made me laugh. "This could be better than Bonds in 2001!"

No, no, no. That's not happening.

In 2001, Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs. I don't think Aaron Judge is going to get to 73 this year. 60? Sure, maybe. But even that's an uphill climb right now.

Bonds hit .328 in 2001! And his OBP was an astounding .515!!!

Aaron Judge isn't going to finish the season at .328/.515, sports fans. I can see him finishing at .290/.390, maybe. And that's still really good. But he's not going to have a Barry Bonds kind of season in 2022.

That said, this is a remarkable season of offensive baseball we're seeing from Aaron Judge. There's no doubt about that. His OPS is all the way up to 1.059 and his WAR is now 5.4. His strikeouts are "normal", in that they're right about where you figured they'd be. His walk total (51) is low for a power hitter, but his .300 batting average makes up for that.

The Yankees have cooled off a bit over the last four weeks, as we all sort of assumed they might, but Aaron Judge certainly isn't slipping. What happens from here until the end of the season is anyone's guess, but the Yankees right fielder is closing in on a historic season in the Bronx.


Eamon Lynch of Golfweek is at it again, only this time his scorching words center on former President Donald Trump and this week's LIV event in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Lynch went after the former President and the Saudi-run golf circuit in a column published yesterday just before 12 noon. I'm sure he won't be getting an invite to Doral or Turnberry anytime soon.

Lynch and Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee have been the two most steadfast critics of LIV golf since they started in earnest back in May. Lynch simply won't back down, as you can see here in this link to yesterday's Golfweek column where he hammers the ex-President and LIV once again.

Perhaps the sharpest passage from Lynch's piece came here: "A common side effect of proximity to Trump and LIV is reputational ruin. Many a man has had his name tarnished by association with 45 and now golfers watch as their hard-earned prestige is diminished, not by the naked money grab but rather by the disingenuous equivocations that are a job requirement when you work for the Saudis. Take Paul Casey, once an admired UNICEF ambassador who refused to compete in Saudi Arabia but who was mute this week when asked about abuses by those whose check he cashed. Next up: Bubba Watson. He adopted two children and is a passionate advocate for the cause, but will one day have to reconcile that with working for a state that has cruelly made adoption illegal."

Just like Greg Norman, Eamon Lynch is on a mission. And, also like Norman, it would appear he's going to see it to the end.

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Tim asks -- "Weird question for you but maybe you're the man with the answer. I'm a 10 handicap golfer, pretty good when I play a lot and then awful when I don't. I have found this summer that I'm hitting my 7 iron and 8 iron almost the exact same distance. My 7 goes 155 and so does my 8. My 7 used to go 165 up to 170. Now I can't hit it past 155. My 9 (in case you need to know that) goes about 145 yards. I don't really know what's going on with my 7 and 8 but it's weird. I can't figure it out."

DF says: "There's a 90% chance this is related to the loft of your golf club and nothing more. Do you hit a lot of balls on turf mats at ranges? Do you use your 7 iron more than any other club (when practicing) for whatever reason? That could definitely be the culprit. Over time, with wear and tear, the loft on the 7 could have shifted a few degrees and made the club weaker. One of those factors is the reason for this, I'm fairly certain. Have a PGA professional give your clubs a thorough exam and he/she will help you figure it out."


Mark Pinheiro asks -- "Any plans to cover the White Marlin Open in Ocean City next month? I always feel like that event doesn't get the coverage it deserves. Thanks!"

DF says -- "I agree. It seems like there should be some *real* coverage of the annual fishing tournament in Ocean City. You would think one of the three Baltimore TV stations would seize the opportunity to be the station for all of your WMO news. That said, it is 3 hours away and it's a very niche kind of thing.

As for #DMD, if there's anyone in our sphere heading "downey ocean, hon" that week and would like to be a correspondent for us, we'd most certainly ramp up our White Marlin Open coverage here. I have a friend from Eagle's Nest who was part of the winning boat three years ago, so I even got a little caught up in WMO fever that summer! If anyone's interested in writing about the fishing tournament, please reach out to me (18inarow@gmail.com)."


Would Sam Burns jump over to LIV golf once the FedEx Cup is complete?

Paul T. asks -- "What's your guess on the next player or two to leave the PGA Tour and join LIV and do you think the next big story with LIV will be whether the Masters lets them play or not?"

DF says -- "I have no idea, honestly, who might jump next. I suppose there will be a guy or two who move over after the FedEx Cup ends in August. I'm sure LIV is working hard behind the scenes to snatch one of the young guns from the TOUR. Someone like Sam Burns or Patrick Cantlay. They'd need to overpay for one of those guys, probably to the tune of like $150 million or more, but they're used to overpaying. Look at Mickelson, for example.

The Masters will be the biggest LIV-related story, for sure. Nothing would surprise me there. I could see the folks at Augusta not doing anything and I could also see them creating a rule that says, "Any player on an ineligible or suspended list on one of the recognized professional tours is not permitted to play in the Masters." It just depends on how rock-solid their relationship is with PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, I suppose."


Bill asks -- "Any baseball free agents for 2023 stick out to you as potential Orioles signings? I don't think they're all that far away now. Who do you see that might be a good fit in Baltimore?"

DF says -- Good question. Just from the "let's get 'em" standpoint -- having nothing to do with money and all -- I'd like to see them sign a pitcher or two for sure. And I mean a "real" pitcher, not Alex Cobb or Andrew Cashner. How about Aaron Nola? His numbers are decent enough to make him interesting but he's not looking like Roger Clemens or Greg Maddux, which helps keep his price down. His 8.47 strikeout-to-walk ratio is pretty solid this season.

Luis Severino? The Yankees might not keep him. He's still young enough to have some value but isn't coming off a Cy Young season where he suddenly commands $30 million a year.

If you're one of those people who think veteran leadership matters -- especially on a young team -- how about taking a flyer on Evan Longoria? I know he's a California guy and he's been in San Francisco for five years now, but maybe a late career move back to the A.L. East invigorates him? He's no Brooks Robinson at 3rd base, but you could do worse. I know nothing about him in the locker room, but if the O's discover he's a positive presence, how about a season or two of Longoria to help finish the rebuild?"

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mo's miracle


Two years ago around this time, I wrote about Mo Gaba.

I'll spare all of you the lengthy introduction about Mo because his story is known by every Baltimore sports fan. He became, at age 14, a legendary non-playing Baltimore sports figure.

Who was more responsible for Thursday's Orioles win over Tampa Bay? Trey or Mo?

We've had a few in these parts over the last 50 years, of course. Wild Bill Hagy and the old crew at Memorial Stadium comes to mind right away. On a lesser but still popular note, there was Wayne "The Kid" Sherman, who annointed himself the Blast's 7th Man in 1981 and created a rabid following at the Civic Center.

There was the guy at Clippers and Skipjacks games who ran up and down the steps in the middle concourse every time the home team scored and rang a bell and sang a song. I don't know his name, but from a hockey standpoint in Baltimore, he was a character everyone knew.

These days at Ravens games you have Real Fan Dan, who elects to take off his shirt and do the R-A-V-E-N-S chant several times a game. Not a bad skit. The crowd seems to love it, but Dan would be better off keeping his shirt on. But, anyway...

There are others; Leonard "Big Wheel" Burrier of old Colts fame. There's Captain Defense of the Ravens, whom I once shared an adult beverage with at a game in Pittsburgh and he told me, "Every morning when you start your show and say the Pledge I stand up with you and say it in my kitchen." You remember things like that.

Anyway, all of those people were not part of the on-field product, but in their own way, each of them helped make Baltimore sports teams successful. The Blast loved Wayne Sherman so much that Bernie Rodin flew him out to San Diego for the Championship Series in 1982-83. Kenny Cooper and the players felt like he was *that much* a part of the team.

I bring all of them up today just to say this: None of them come close to Mo Gaba. His popularity and his presence with both the Orioles and Ravens was and, still is, simply remarkable. Everyone loved that kid.


When I wrote about Mo after his death, I recounted the one and only occasion that I ever sat directly with him, talked with him and felt like I was in the midst of his company. Prior to that night at Chick fil-A, I had been in the same room as Mo on at least three other occasions, but it was a party or public gathering of some sort and I never did get the chance to say hello to him or talk sports with him.

On that night at Chick fil-A, as part of the Winter Apparel Drive Glenn Clark and I have done for the last 13 years, Mo and his mom, Sonsy, came out to the restaurant to meet up with former Ravens center Bradley Bozeman and meet and greet fans of his who knew he was going to be in attendance.

Glenn and I would both later recall the moment Gaba sat down in front of us with chilling degrees of similarity. It just felt.......different.

When Mo sat between us and we talked with him, the air around us changed. I certainly can't explain it. Glenn has since called it "a very obvious aura". I love that description. All I can say, even now, is, "it just felt different."

Because he was blind, Mo needed to feel you and touch your face in order to get his own picture of what you look like. He did that with everyone. I remember touching his wrist to help bring his hand to my face and when I touched him, there it was again. I told Glenn afterwards "it was a warmth that I can't really describe."

If you've ever had accupuncture, there's a moment when the needle hits you just right where you get that quick surge of something. It's just lightly warm and it lasts maybe 1 full second.

When you touched Mo Gaba, you felt something. And it wasn't just me experiencing it, because unbekownst to me, Glenn was having his own set of odd and distinct feelings while he interacted with Mo.

"There's an obvious aura there. You just feel it," Clark would later say.


And so, Thursday's game at Camden Yards marked the 2-year anniversary of Mo's death. The Orioles politely dubbed the afternoon game with Tampa Bay as "Mo Gaba Day" and everyone in attendance got to learn more about the little boy who loved Baltimore sports. There was a fund raiser for the John's Hopkins Children's Center as well, all in Mo's memory. It was pretty much a Chamber of Commerce kind of afternoon as the Orioles got to honor one of their biggest and best fans ever.

Then came the 8th inning.

I was not there. I did not personally see what happened, like others did. A number of those people have either chimed in to local sports radio over the last 24 hours or posted stories and accounts of it on social media. Either way, something very interesting happened on Thursday.

You know, of course, that Trey Mancini hit an inside-the-park home run in what might have been his final home at-bat in an Orioles uniform.

What you don't know, most likely, is what a lot of people have commented on in the last day about that hit by Mancini.

It was apparently overcast at first pitch. According to those who were there, it remained that way throughout the first 7 innings. Several people remarked on 105.7 The Fan that the clouds above the stadium on Thursday were some of the thickest they'd ever seen at 3:00 pm in the afternoon. The sun never came out.

That is, until Trey Mancini stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 8th inning.

As Mancini approached the plate, the clouds broke up. Within one minute, they had cleared so much and so quickly that the sun burst onto the field.

Mancini hit a ball to right field, which -- who didn't know this? -- just happened to be the most exposed-to-the-sun area in the entire stadium. The sunlight created such a glare that Tampa Bay's outfielder couldn't follow it into his glove. The ball bounced off his head, rolled to the corner, and Mancini went from pop fly out to inside-the-park-home-run in a flash.

Mo Gaba must have been having a field day in heaven, directing the clouds to be moved apart at just the right time so that his hero, Trey Mancini, could send the crowd in a frenzy in one of his final acts, perhaps, as an Oriole.

If Cedric Mullins or Ramon Urias hits that ball, I'm not sure we're putting one and one together to try to make sense of it all. We'd just laugh at the goofy Rays outfielder and enjoy the 3-0 win.

But Mancini?

In what might of been his final at-bat in Baltimore as a member of the Orioles?

On July 28, Mo Gaba Day?

And an inside the park homer where Mancini barely made it safely into home plate?

That's movie quality stuff right there.

If you ever heard Mo's unique laugh, you could have closed your eyes yesterday and thought about that sequence of events and then pictured Mo somewhere up there, cackling and giggling as he gets the sun to point directly into the Tampa Bay outfielder's eyes.

And you could have heard him laughing at Mancini, too, as he chugged around 3rd base, looking like the piano on his back was starting to wear him down.

Mo's laugh. Above everything else, that's what you really remembered about him. And you heard it in such a funny, charismatic way. That wasn't a laugh. It was Mo's laugh.

Somewhere up there yesterday, Mo Gaba orchestrated a 3-0 Orioles win. I believe that to be true. You may or may not agree. If you don't, no hard feelings. But if you believe in that, and I do, I wouldn't rule out the Orioles from anything just yet.

There's a lot of baseball left.

They're 51-49 after last night's win in Cincinnati.

Don't put it past Mo to have bigger plans for this season's Orioles than just a late July home game where his hero created a moment few people in this town will ever forget.

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Rick Livingston asks -- "Hi Drew, one of the stories I saw recently about LIV golf is that several of the players lost all of their sponsors when they jumped from the PGA Tour to the LIV tour. How much did they lose? I've often wondered what those logos on the bag and clothes are worth to the players. Any idea?"

DF says -- "Well, first things first. None of those players who lost sponsor money actually wound up *losing* it. I'm sure whatever they lost, LIV reimbursed them. That would have been a standard condition in every contract LIV signed. If Ian Poulter lost $1.6 million through his personal endorsements, LIV handed him $1.6 million and said, "Now we're even."

So don't worry about them. Even if they lost their sponsors, they still get that money, just in a different way.

How much are those logos worth? That really depends on the player, for starters. But just an average guy, ranked anywhere from 50-125, could get upwards of $500,000 for the front of the golf bag. A top 25 player might get $700,000 for that.

No club makers, no automobiles, no software companies --- but three visible logos for LIV golf.

Logos on the shirt are in the $100,000 range. Again, the 105th player on TOUR might only get $80,000 for the collar. And the 20th ranked player might get $300,000 a year for that. It varies greatly.

Top 20 players are probably pulling in roughly $2.5 million before they hit a golf ball. Logos, commercial fees, exhibitions and sponsor events -- it all adds up nicely, although there's lots of work to do to not only get those deals, but retain them as well. There's a lot of hand shaking, golf playing, dinner having and "be nice to him, he's a big sponsor" kind of things happening throughout the year. Some guys are good at that stuff, some aren't.

But everyone else, particularly anyone from 50-125 on the points list, gets much less than that unless they've built up some career equity. Guys like Oosthuizen, Westwood and Poulter (all LIV guys, interestingly enough) make massive amounts of money from their sponsors (or did, at least, prior to LIV) but none have ever been particularly great, game changing golfers.

Oosthuizen won a major, Westwood and Poulter didn't. Don't get me wrong, those three had wonderful European Tour careers. But "must see TV" they were not."

And also don't forget those sponsor deals increase dramatically if you win a tournament, win a major, qualify for the Ryder Cup team and so on. You could get $100,000 for a logo on the collar this year and then command three times that the next year just by winning a tournament or making the Top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings."


L.J. asks -- "You get the keys to a current NFL expansion franchise and they tell you to pick any three players in the league for the new team, but you have to pay their salaries and fit them into your team's salary cap. What three players are you taking?"

DF says -- "Really good question. I'm going the younger, inexpensive route for two of the three, as you'll see. I'm taking Justin Herbert, Ja'Marr Chase and Trent Williams. I have it all covered there. The QB, the pass catcher and the guy who protects the QB and helps him get the ball to the pass catcher."


Joe Consone -- "Hi Drew, I'm curious what you think of the job John Harbaugh has done over the last 10 years. I think if you take a deep look, he's not been all that good. If John doesn't do something special this year, could this be it for him with the Ravens?"

DF says -- "Huh? I don't know if I have any other kind of response other than: Huh?

"If John doesn't do something special..." What on earth does that mean? What the team has done the last four years isn't "special" enough? I mean, sure, they haven't been to a Super Bowl in the last four years but neither have the following franchises; Green Bay, Dallas, Seattle and Pittsburgh.

Are you willing to dismiss last season's 6-game losing streak as nothing more than a once-every-20-years event where 15 of the team's best players missed all or a substantial part of the season? If so, then all John has done in the Lamar era is win. Won in 2018, Won in 2019, won in 2020 and then had a trainwreck at the end of the '21 season. Four years...three winning seasons and one fluke where the team missed the playoffs because of two missed two point conversions, basically.

So when you suggest that John "hasn't been all that good", I wonder what games you watch from September through January. And from lens do you view the coach in the first place? You almost never see the Ravens get blown out. It's rare -- other than last season, obviously -- that they ever lose more than two games in a row. Consistency has been Harbaugh's key since he arrived in 2008.

Oh, and they won a Super Bowl in January of 2013. You probably remember that.

I'm not sure what else you would want John Harbaugh to do. Win? They've been doing that for 14 years.


Connor asks -- "Now that Cam Smith has his major who are the top five golfers without a major championship win?"

DF says -- "Good question. This one is very fluid. The guy at #1 this month might be #4 next month and so on. So, in no real order, here are the five best players without a major right now: Will Zalatoris, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Sam Burns, Sungjae Im. I'd love to see the odds I could get on two of those five winning a major next season. I might throw some bucks on that one."


M.C. asks -- "For your next Q & A, name a really underrated musical artist or band that most people don't realize are underrated to start with. Thanks Drew!"

DF says -- "I'm not sure I completely understand the framework of the question but I think I have your answer: Warren Zevon.

Everyone remembers him for "Werewolves of London" and thinks of Zevon as a gimmicky singer; like the original version of Randy Newman, so to speak. But Zevon was not gimmicky. He was extraordinarily talented.

His album "Excitable Boy" is one of the top 20 albums of my lifetime. Warren Zevon was great -- and really underrated.

If for some reason you've never seen his final appearance on the David Letterman Show, please take 8 minutes to watch the clip below. Having learned he was rapidly dying from cancer, Zevon shared a special evening with Letterman that is absolutely a must-watch TV event."


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rc     August 08
LOL @ John S...."do more research". Sure, what could go wrong by googling info on anything covid-related.

But you are right about Rose, guy was a POS. Why was he a topic today anyway?

Larry     August 08
Herman, I usually see your side of things but there isn't a chance in hell you would applauded Tiger Woods for anything (except maybe getting arrested). You and I both know that.

John S     August 08
Pete Rose and his nickname of Charley Hustle. It had nothing to do with how he played the game of baseball. Johnny Bench despises him. He has said that everything that Rose did was a "hustle". In old fashioned street lingo, it means a con artist, a liar, a rogue, a scoundrel.

The lady who came forward a few years ago is tip of the iceberg stuff. Rose often was seen in the company of teenage girls on the road. That is why he was an outsider on almost every club he was on. He is and has always been a scumbag.

But his defenders(there are many) prove a point. A huge point. People get fooled. We see it on a daily basis. Propaganda becomes facts.

You had "experts" claiming that if you got a new, untested vaccine...."the virus would be stopped". And the general populace believed it and helped with draconian mandates that ruined lives and commerce and friendships.

Be more cynical. Do more research. If someone claims expertise, check their record...not just their college.



As the great John Prince sang "Caravan of Fools". "When you can't stand to lose, you're running with the caravan of fools".

Be bold. Question everything.


bob singer     August 08
The only thing "on brand" is SOD rushing to call Herman a racist any time he posts. Really is childish and tiring, but any time someone calls for truce between SOD and HOD they get chewed up and spit out. SOD must be so proud.

Herrman's points on PGA are worth consideration if you ask me. Mind you, I do get the point of the traditionalists, and not convinced that model needs to be totally blown up.

But, on the hand, as Herrman points out, the revenue now out there is nuts and if you're an elite golfer, why wouldn't you question why you have to "earn your keep" while those "managing" the Tour make more than you do (at least initially).

I don't think the LIV format and approach is the answer BTW. Hope no one outside of Greg Norman and his funding sources believes that. But when one considers the revenue available and how most pro sports design their pay scales as part of a collective bargaining process, sure seems like the Tour needs to put their heads together and come up with a better model

HERMAN     August 08
@Ralph

You are incorrect, I would have applauded The Messiah for taking the cash and smashing the monopoly. I wouldn't sit and watch Tim Finchem for hours on Sunday, or Jay Monahan. If it's for "tradition, honor, and prestige" they can get paid in that and work for free. I find it interesting that the same empty suit that extolls the "virtues" of the broke college kid on scholarship, facing the challenges of Q school, his potential ticket to success.....as he heads out the door making a few hundred grand and dinner on the tour CC.

If The Messiah drives the needle worth a billion, write him the check. Just don't proseletyse over "Saudi Blood Money" wearing Nike sweat shop gear while Uyghurs die in concentration camps in China.

MJ     August 08
Good points from Ralph about HTH. On brand. Perfect description.

Ralph     August 08
Give Herman credit for the brand he's created. He never wavers from it. If Tiger would have taken the $$ he would have crushed him for it. Hilarious if not utterly predictable. But on brand, which is what matters to him most.

HERMAN     August 08
If LIV accomplished anything at all it was to expose the odd grip on the professional game of golf held by the PGA. They don't own any of the majors that are the highlight of their sport. They really can't control the stars of their sport, or require their presence in events. While they have tried hard to evolve their approach with a new season ending playoff series of events, and annual point system akin to NASCAR it hasn't caught on with the general public, and is only embraced by the golf enthusiasts. And while the golfers themselves still see the career path of moving through either Q school or the mini-tours to the PGA as the proper approach many of the young guns are starting to understand that having to drum up your own sponsorship and face expenses week-to-week without any guaranteed compensation by the tour is a burden compared to other sports. Sure a handful of guys start as multi-millionaires before they put a pro peg into the ground, but past the top 25 the rest are grinding week to week out of wallet. In today's cash oversaturated environment of sport that sounds like an anachronism, some kind of throw back, best left in the 1980s.

Hindsight is 20/20 but allowing the evolution of majors and those traditions to dominate the game without a shred of ownership, well, could you imagine Jerrah Jones of Cowboys fame letting the Super Bowl get out under someone else's control?

Somehow I think the next ten years is going to see some serious change to the mechanics of how things are run in pro golf. You can only "pay" the new participants in "legacy and tradition" for so long until they get a little frustrated carrying those initial expenses all on themselves until they can make it.

Ray     August 08
And Rose wonders why he got kicked out of baseball. SMH

Jk     August 07
Ricky Fowler finished 125 and made the PGA Tour playoffs on the last day. I get George is thrilled!

lou@palo alto     August 07
ditto, steve

agree UTB--seems many stars of his day cld hit and run but didn't know how to win as much as Frank

Steve of Pimlico     August 07
@ Lou@ Palo Alto looking forward to seeing you at our renuion in April

unitastoberry     August 07
@ Lou you are right about Frank but that's the way baseball should be played. Just like Bo Jackson breaking Dempsey' thumb at the plate.



@Del Ray I feel as do others our age and above ground that Ted would have been the goat and the king if not for military obligations. I talked once to the guy who made his bats at Louisville Slugger when I took the tour there long ago he felt the same.

lou@palo alto     August 07
frank robinson may hv gotten to 3000 hits--certainly wld hv hd 600hr if not for the injury breaking up a double play against the WS (al weiss) in early 67--was on a path for triple crown numbers again but the concussion/double vision til '69 cost him, and us

Delray RICK     August 07
BOB...TED already belonged in 500 hrs club

MFC     August 07
Not sure you've played the new tees at the Road. There is considerable length added to:

2- might be the toughest to par on the course

4- 40 yard difference between the white and blue tees

8- 30-40 difference

13- moved way back into a corner-

18- added at least 20-30 yards



That's substantial and when they move 7 all the way back into 12 that adds another 30 yards.



Other issues not discusses was green speed and pin placements. Most of the defense of the Road is the greens. If they're cut and rolled with certain pin placements 70 would be a heck of a score. Of course that's true for many courses but it makes a world of difference at the Road. Still there are enough holes at there to make birdies.



To the "average" player, I'm calling that 10-14 handicap the difference from playing the whites to the blues is 5-6 shots, if not more. It's that dramatic.

Bob     August 07
Chris,

Ted Williams missed a total of 4 years as a player serving in both WWII and Korea, no doubt he would be in the 500/3,000 club.

Chris in Bel Air     August 07
O's seem like they are on a mission to prove their worth. They are not going away. I feel pretty good that I'll still be saying that a month from now.

Yesterday's celebration... On the good side, it was good to see and hear Brooks and Eddie up in the booth yesterday during the broadcast. Brooks is a huge fan favorite obviously and Eddie starting to get appreciated even more... thankfully. On the downside, also missing from yesterday Markakis and JJ Hardy. Two fan favs from the Buck era. Also, they could have invited Delmon Young. Owner of one of (the?) most famous hit at the Yard. I know I'll never forget it.

Speaking of Eddie. I was discussing with a friend yesterday the 500 HR and 3000 hit club. For you baseball trivia nerds, Eddie is one of 7 players in that club. Also, are Hank, Mays, A-Rod (ugh), Pujols, Palmeiro (yes, him) and this year Miggy Cabrerra joined the club. Follow on interesting trivia, at least for me. Players that you would think have 3000 hits but do not.... Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson. Ted missed time due to his service during WW2. Greatest generation. Brooks also just missed at 2848.

Dean     August 06
Another day- another Out of towner roasted - baltimore has those fans for sure. Just mention Ray Lewis and see how quickly folks react. Outside Baltimore it raises and eye- here- not so much.

sam winchester     August 06
Rochester Roger sounds like a real genius. And yes we have those kinds of "fans" here in Baltimore, many are active on Twitter.

The uproar over kneeling is a case study is how cults control the minds of the weak.


Erick     August 06
Pretty sad Os could not coordinate- still disfunctonal- not like this year came as a surprise and still schedule conflicts?

kj     August 06
I was not blessed to have known Mr Stewart, only knew "of" him. What a good man may he rest in peace.

Gerry Jackson     August 06
Thanks for the beautiful tribute to “Mr. Stewart,” which is exactly what my siblings and me always called him. Our dad, James Jackson, shared a desk with him at The Sun for three decades. He was such a great friend to our dad, and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Thanks for sharing some of his story.

Eric in Gaithersburg     August 06
I hate what the O's did with the wall-move it back 15 feet instead of 30 or just make it higher don't do both. But the results dont lie- we 30-20 at home. Can't believe Drew didn't mention all the O's that have beefs that are not back today- Jones, Surhoff, Bordick and Brady. Cal has scheduling conflict. And don't look now but Gunnar Henderson has a hit in 15 of his last 16 .349/.431/.667 with 4 HR 4 2B 2 3B 187wRC+ and now has .946 OPS in AAA. It is time for him to join this formerly mediocre offense that has gotten worse since Mancini deal.

JohnInEssex     August 06
Kapernick indeed started the kneeling for the anthem thing...

The Ravens blew it up in England, for all to see, then stood up for God Save The Queen...

Steve of Pimlico     August 06
Have to wonder if the new dimensions in Oriole Park had got into Trey's head this year.

Erick     August 06
Interesting take on golf course- if someone were to highlight a certain website in a similar vein- Im curious if it would draw any ire from those that frequent it?

Don from Catonsville     August 05
I'm a GOLF NERD , that was a VERY ENJOYABLE story!!!

Chris in Bel Air     August 05
I generally lower the volume and/or try to tune out most announcers (MLB and NFL). Very few provide any value added. Listening to the O's broadcast the other night, I heard Newman get all excited for a LONG DRIVE TO CF... and the CF is under it makes the final out. The ball wasn't even close to the warning track or hit very hard. Ugh. Maybe it is just nostalgia, but I do miss hearing Chuck and Brooks.

Glad to hear your story with son, Drew. Sounded like a great day. My father passed away coming up on 10 years now. Among many other things, I wish I could play another round with him. Do it while you can people. Do it while you can.

unitastoberry     August 05
I moved to central PA in 1986. Great story many former Baltimore folks live here now and all of us go thru the transition minus becoming Penn St/Stiller fans. There's a lot of southern hospitality here my oldest son calls it Pennsatucky. Come back now ya hear !

TimD in Timonium     August 05
@DF, great story, enjoy the memories, enjoy getting away.



I've seen Little League games in Williamsport, have visited Penn State and Bucknell, but, other than that, Central PA is pretty wide open. Empty. God's Country.

Delray RICK     August 05
GOOD read on MUSHNICK bout VIN SCULLY and why we have turds calling games. DEM O'S have gone in the toilet with these "talking heads" that won't shut the hell up. PALMER pleasure to listen to but when squeaky voice lady comes I turn the sound down. LET THE GAME PLAY OUT and talking bout nuttin all the time. And that old fart in YANKEES still calling is a real joke. AUGUST 11 LIFE STARTS!!!

ChrisK     August 04
I'll preface this by saying that I am not an attorney, so take it with a (or several grains) of salt. But, the PGA doesn't have an anti-trust exemption (as MLB does). To me, banning certain players from participating in your events because you don't like them is a pretty clear anti-trust violation. I'm not a golf guy, so I certainly won't opine on the merits of LIV vs. PGA, but banning a sub-set of players because they wanted to spend some weekends playing with another organization strikes me as patently illegal.

Barry Holtby     August 04
Someone take away the "*" key from Drew's keyboard. The overuse is getting ridiculous.

larry     August 04
Trading away Mancini and Lopez did absolutely nothing to damage their chances of winning this year. Capable replacements are here.

The notion of "adding" is foolish. Sure they have a more stocked farm system than before, but do they have a surplus? And would it make sense to send some of those assets away, in exchange for the low odds of what Stats Nerd alluded to?

To me, had Elias traded say Stowers or Hall away, that would border on malpractice. He did the right thing, he just made one comment he should not have, that's all.

Some day the O's will be good, hopefully in a similar sustainable way like the Ravens, and some day certain people will stop obsessing over @Herman.

Unitastoberry     August 04
CIK...ty

David Rosenfeld     August 04
The Orioles have 54 wins with 57 games left. You start asking yourself how many games of those 57 will they have to win?

I'd say that 31-26 is a legitimate possibility. Will 85-77 be enough? Probably not. To get to 89 wins, they'd need 35-22. Maybe asking a lot.

Still, I'm surprised Elias said that, even if meant it in a completely mathematical way. At this point the difference in probability between TB and the Orioles is pretty much a wash.

K.C.     August 04
Give @Herman credit. He made a post and didn't reference Springsteen. I'm buying more and more into the idea started by someone here that @Herman is on the Dish staff in some capacity.

There's no possible way someone with this much dislike for a person goes out of his way 3 or 4 times a day to stop by and indirectly help fund that person's business. We already know for sure @Herman doesn't like "the site owner" so the only question left is "Why do you come around every day?"

He has to be on staff some how. He just has to be.

Conway     August 04
Ain't this the truth >>> Sure, those guys know all about the Washington Post journalist and they realize you're not really *allowed* to say anything negative about Saudi policies or decisions.



Drew gets it. So do the 3,300 American families who lost loved ones on 9-11. To some people like Herman those murders no longer matter. For some they still do.

Chris in Bel Air     August 04
I was surprised to hear Elias offer that statement the other night. As a GM, he should know better. I did not know the full story til I read today's edition but I'm glad to hear he did the right thing and spoke to the team.

I think his comments and the trades are clear evidence he is sticking with his plan. As a fan, it is tough to see your team right on the doorstep of a potential wild card (99% sure they have improved that format and it is now a 3-game series) and see them trade away players and not bring in pieces that could help them get to the post-season. But, for the GM and the plan, while I'm sure he's glad to see it, it does not factor into the plan. The current performance is just a nice little add-on.

I was disappointed to see Trey go but I understand it. I didn't mind Lopez going because his trade value will never be higher than it is now. I'm not convinced he can perform at the same level as now over the next 2-3 years. I was glad to hear Elias say the O's will be looking to sign true MLB talent starting next year but like everything with them, I'll believe it when I see it.

The Real Ricky     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..."

Really?

Drew, I sure hope you're doing as well as Paul McCartney if and/or when you're 80 years old. You know, when your kids are graduating college! LOL!





I kid!

CIK     August 04
@UTB

The 1 game playoff has been eliminated. It is now 6 teams from each league qualify. The top 2 teams get byes. The 3 seed hosts the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosts the 5 seed, in a best of 3.

kevin j     August 04
Totally agree it was good to see Elias rush to put out the fire he started. We all know he simply meant the "probability" of true post season success was low, ie fools gold, but competitive athletes never wanna hear that. Who says "the odds of us winning are small so why try hard"?

Elias was a player, he knows this. Obviously caught up int he moment of justifying his trades and probably realized as soon as it was said it was foolish thing to put out there. Does not change that he "did" the right thing, the comment was the mistake, not the trades.

@Geroge with great analogy between PGA Tour and our country, bravo good sir!

HERMAN     August 04
Get the popcorn this lawsuit could be fun to watch. The PGA enforcing a monopoly and the independent contractors crying restraint of trade. George with the post of the year so far.

What I "don't get" is how the site owner can love golf and love competition and not understand that the golfers want the freedom to play wherever and whenever they choose, and to compete for whatever prize money they are eligible to compete for. This idea that they "took the big money" and so don't need money from the FedEx playoffs is ludicrous. Tiger has a billion, should he just stop competing for the cash?

For those few who qualified for the FedEx Cup this year I don't see how they can be excluded, they met the qualifications and want to play. Billy Herschel and his "they want their cake and to eat it too" nonsense, yeah, they want to play golf and compete. Not hard to understand.

And for all those locals foaming at the mouth over Dem O's, could it be that the few big market teams have grabbed up all the real talent leaving all the small market teams mediocre, allowing for Dem O's to seem competitive racking up wins against low life competition and giving them a false hope? In a sea of mediocrity some mediocrity will appear slightly superior to all other mediocrity.

And fake Herman is back, I didn't post that last reply. With two of the four potential imposters I have in mind on European vacations that narrows it down to two. Could even be the site owner himself, trying to goad me into leaving for good...

PLB     August 04
Really good column on Elias, Drew. You hit every button properly. Leaned on his data and his team of stats people, said the wrong thing publicly, went to Texas and tried to fix it with his players. Very well done today, my friend.



As for the PGA Tour lawsuit, it's all about Greg Norman and Phil getting their pound of flesh. It's just a fight to say "I beat you" now. I'm bored with it, honestly.



I do have a question about Tiger Woods, though. Is there some kind of lingering animosity between Tiger and Greg or Tiger and Phil that kept him from taking the $750 million LIV offered him? That seems like just too much money to refuse. Thoughts?






Brett B.     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..." hahahahahaha

Have to admit, I was shocked at how bad his voice was on 6/12 at Camden Yards. I know he's old and all but sheeesh, that was tough to listen to.

Unitastoberry     August 04
The one off MLB playoff game is a joke. If you want to get excited then go for it. But getting there isn't much more than a participation trophy. The next worst thing is winning your division and having a champagne party. Billick was right..Festivis!!

TimD in Timonium     August 04
Another thought on the O's trading deadline moves. Hope CBS Sports is wrong and the run continues. Go O's.



"Not everything in this game is an asset that must be micromanaged and leveraged to the fullest extent at all times. It's baseball, not an actuarial table. There are human beings involved, and rather than further encourage the good vibes, the O's front office snuffed them out."



And who thought the PGA would be newsworthy in AUGUST. Wow. Every day.


Delray RICK     August 04
DEM O'S only 11/2 games out of wild card...WOW!! Whoever picked COLE to win PICTER OF THE YEAR!!! He can't win without sicky stuff. MANCINI hits homerun in first game.

George     August 03
In a Nutshell – LIV Golf files antitrust suit against the PGA Tour, alleging monopolistic practices against LIV and its players in conspiracy with sponsors, DP Tour, Asian Tour, PGA of America, USGA, R & A, and the Masters Tournament. Three players otherwise eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs ask for restraining order against enforcement of their bans.

Eventual Outcome – after a flurry of self-righteous public-relations campaigns, the case is settled with LIV getting everything it wanted, except against the Masters Tournament, which has through its history maintained its private rights to do whatever it damn well pleases. [Note that its eligibility criteria do not offer an entry into the Tournament, but merely qualify a player for the possibility of an invitation.]

An interesting sideline to this [at least to me] is the evolution of the PGA Tour, originally formed by touring professionals to benefit themselves, into an organization dominated by executives who have gotten fat administering the Tour while relegating the players to the inferior status of independent contractors who must follow the rules the Tour sets. Sort of like the United States of America – originally designed as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and which has evolved into a nation run from time to time by one of two parties who happen to get a majority of electoral votes and who neither care a lick about the welfare of the sheep/citizens.

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trey's last baltimore at bat??? (not a hit)


Trey Mancini seems fairly convinced his last game as an Oriole in Baltimore took place yesterday.

I sure hope not.

And, no, I won't be madder than a wet hen if they do deal him. I wrote that here earlier this week. It's business. Mancini's 30 years old on a team that doesn't need 30 year olds right now. I don't like the fact he might be traded, but I understand.

Editor's note: Late Thursday night, the Mets acquired outfielder Tyler Naquin from the Reds. While that doesn't necessarily mean New York has no more need for Mancini, it certainly improves Trey's chances of staying in Baltimore.

Was Thursday the final home game for Trey Mancini as an Oriole?

If yesterday was his Baltimore swan song -- at least as an Oriole -- he went out in style, as the Birds won 3-0 over Tampa Bay and Mancini circled the bases in his final at bat on what a generous scorekeeper deemed a hit because...well...everyone loves Mancini and all and who doesn't like a fairy tale ending, right?

The play in question most certainly wasn't a "hit", that is unless you're counting the fact that the ball *hit* the Tampa Bay right fielder's head or some closely associated body part before bounding into the right field corner, some 50 yards away.

In real baseball, with a real scorekeeper, that play is judged an error. Every time.

But, as I noted here earlier this week, baseball is always afraid to give people errors. I don't know why. It's not like the Tampa Bay right fielder got docked $30,000 for his defensive faux pas yesterday.

It was an error. Don't let it happen again. Who do we play next?

Someone will whine about the sun being in the guy's eyes or some other lame excuse, similar to the one they employed for the Red Sox outfielder who failed to field a routine fly ball a few nights ago and allowed an inside-the-park grand slam. That, too, was an error, but another scorekeeper without conviction was present and they also ruled it a hit.

I'll continue to howl at the moon about this sort of thing as long as it continues to happen. Nothing will change, mind you, but I'll always be on the right side of right, if nothing else.

And while we're on the subject of errors and trading Trey Mancini, there's a train of thought that suggests this Orioles '22 team is built more on chemistry than actual baseball talent. And Mancini, along with the other rumored trade possibilities -- Odor, Lyles, Santander, Lopez -- could be a significant part of that chemistry.

I'm not really even talking about *this year* when I say, "Be careful breaking up this chemistry, Mike Elias."

I'm talking about for '23, '24 and beyond.

No, I'm not suggesting you have to keep this .500 team intact in its entirety. All I'm saying is chemistry in sports is a really weird thing. It can not, under any circumstances, be "made", "grown" or otherwise "produced" by the front office or manager.

Chemistry just happens. Plain and simple. And when it does, tinkering with it is not the wisest of moves.

This is new territory for the Orioles and Mike Elias. The ballclub is actually good. And, while he knows far more about trading and drafting and all that stuff than everyone here -- including me -- one thing is for certain no matter what level of baseball acumen you possess: It takes months to see team chemistry flourish...and only days to tear it apart.


Someone asked me yesterday about the idea of Charles Barkley potentially joining LIV golf broadcasts, in a capacity no one has yet really figured out or etched in stone.

My reaction was to ask a question to answer a question: "Well, what would you think about Charles Barkley being hired to provide golf analysis on CBS, NBC or the Golf Channel?"

He said, "It would probably be a farce."

"Exactly," I replied. "It is a farce."

Barkley plays golf, but he doesn't actually *know* golf. He's a carnival barker, essentially. He'd be on the broadcast to add humor, toss in a few jokes and quips that only a few people in the LIV inner circle understand, and, basically, make you giggle occasionally and say, "That Barkley is a hoot."

I compare Barkley calling golf -- for any tour, on any channel -- to the duo of Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski serving as contributors/commentators on NBC's Kentucky Derby coverage. They're just there to create laughs and some light moments. They're not *really* there to make the broadcast of a horse race any better. Weir talks about fashion and cocktails and Lipinski laughs at Weir and interviews a couple of people every 30 minutes.

Barkley will fill the same role for the LIV folks if they hire him. Well, first they have to get their tournaments on TV, which they've yet to do. But the Saudi government will find an accommodating partner that they can overpay at some point soon and their events will be televised by someone, somewhere. Then they can hire Barkley to do whatever it is he might do.

I understand throwing some money at Gary McCord and David Feherty. Those two guys know golf. McCord played on TOUR for well over a decade and Feherty played in a Ryder Cup at the zenith of his career. Yeah, they're goofy and maybe over-the-top on occasion, but those two dudes definitely know golf. Giving them a few million to call the broadcasts makes sense. Giving Charles Barkley more than $150 is really dumb. You'd be better off having Susan Sarandon do the analysis.

CBS, NBC, the Golf Channel...they'd never have Barkley on a broadcast of a real tournament they were airing. He's a basketball expert, and a great one at that. His contributions on TNT during the NBA season are outstanding. He knows basketball. He doesn't know golf.

This is, as I mentioned to my friend yesterday, part and parcel of what LIV has done with their product thus far. They've gone so out of their way to be "different" that they've turned the whole thing into amateur hour. It's Vince McMahon's old football league with the goofy rules and crazy nicknames.

Nothing at LIV really fits. They play 54 holes when every other real tournament in the world plays 72 holes.

They allow the players to start their round in a shotgun format, which means you start on hole #8, I start on hole #4 and some other guy starts on hole #15. The charity scramble you're playing in this Monday starts like that; no real golf tournament with legitimate prize money starts that way.

No player in their field has to actually *earn* a nickel. Everyone's guaranteed well over $100,000 just for showing up, saying hi to a few people and avoiding disqualification. For all I know, even getting DQ'd at a LIV event might still get you last place money. Like I said, the whole thing's weird.

The PGA Tour players they bought in the last three months all claimed one of the biggest reasons they jumped to LIV was to play a lighter schedule in order to "spend more time with my family." Next year, LIV announced this week, all of their players will be expected to play all 14 of their tournaments plus "international tournaments that we align with in an effort to solidify our place in the global world of golf."

That's code word for: You'll play where we tell you to play, when we tell you to play. It might be 16 events, 18 events or 22 events. We'll figure that out as we go and you'll be there when we tell you to be there.

So much for spending (more) time with your family, I guess.

There was chatter here last week and this week about the Saudi government's involvement in LIV and my disdain for it.

I thought I've been clear about this from jump street, but maybe not. I don't like anything about LIV. I think the format is awful. I think the lack of player performance accountability is awful. I think the way they've strong-armed their way onto the scene is awful. I think the American players benefitting in a significant way from the Saudi government is awful. I think the Saudi goverment benefitting from American players who otherwise aren't forced to support their enterprise is awful.

I wouldn't cover their event if they invited me. Which, they did, actually. And I told them "no thanks". Politely, of course. I wouldn't want to be rude to such a fine group of upstanding folks who have been champions of the American Way for a long, long time.

I have yet to find one single thing about LIV golf that I like. Not a thing. Including Charles Barkley, if he eventually caves in and takes their $50 million.

If they hire him, it's even more reason to not take LIV seriously. They're a (supposed) professional golf league who wants a NBA expert to talk about a 7-iron from 174 yards to a back right pin and the player hitting the shot hasn't hit a cut with his irons since Obama was President.

Here's how that will go, I'm guessing.

Voice #1 -- "And here's Patrick Reed here, with 174 yards to the hole at #3, which is his 13th hole of the day."

Barkley -- "You know you gotta keep your eye on old Pat Reed...you never know when he might be up to some funny stuff out there."

Voice #1 -- (mortified) "Ummm, yeah, OK, so Reed is 2 under for the day but this is a tough shot to this back right hole location. This...is a 7-iron."

Barkley -- "I'd be hitting 5 iron from here...these guys are so long with their irons. In the pro-am the other day on that one par 3 I hit my 4 iron from 180 yards and I heard at the party that night that Taylor Grich hit 8 iron on that hole. I thought to myself, 'Jeepers these guys are good at golf.'"

Voice #1 -- "And Reed...misses the green long and to the left. Not the toughest of up and downs here at #3, but Reed will have some work to do to save his par."

Barkley -- "I don't know, man, that was a turrrrible shot if you ask me. No wonder he's playing LIV. You don't see Scottie Scheffman hitting that kind of shot on the other tour."

What's next? Is TNT going to hire Bryson DeChambeau to talk NBA with Shaq? #clownshoes


Sticking with golf for another two minutes, an idea is apparently floating around to make Tiger Woods a "permanent" Ryder Cup captain, which, according to reports, could actually make Woods the U.S. captain for the next five Cups (after 2023), with the option of five additional roles if he and the PGA of America agree to it.

A permanent Ryder Cup captaincy for Tiger Woods? Some say it could be considered.

I don't know about this one.

I understand the impact of Tiger Woods. On a scale of 1-to-100, he moves the needle in golf to the tune of 132. The next closest guy to him is Rory. At 14.

I get it. Having Tiger involved makes good business sense. He adds a massive amount of cachet to the Ryder Cup.

But I don't think the Ryder Cup needs more prestige, does it? I mean, it's the one tournament every two years where people get locked in and stay locked in for 3 full days. How much can Tiger really add as a permanent captain?

And part of the historical narrative of the Ryder Cup connects directly with the captain. Tom Watson's Cup legacy ended with a thud when Phil Mickelson threw him under the bus. Paul Azinger and Steve Stricker were winning Cup captains and, because of that, will always be appreciated for their duties. Davis Love III? A Cup-captain-bum. Crenshaw? A miracle worker.

Just having Tiger captain the next 5 or 10 teams seems sensible on paper. He is Tiger Woods, even if his golf clubs don't remember that any longer. But how will his "permanent captaincy" help the Americans win more and how will it help keep the Ryder Cup as golf's most illustrious "non-Tour event"?

I'm here for answers. I certainly don't have any, other than the business angle. And maybe that's critical to the PGA of America and their television partners. "Get Tiger involved...everything he touches turns to gold."

But I don't see it. A one-time or two-time captain? Of course. Tiger will be a captain someday, for sure, and will probably serve in the role multiple times.

But a permanent captain, around for perhaps as many as 20 years? Tell me how that makes the event better, please.


It's a little too early to start looking week-by-week at the baseball schedule in an effort to figure out just how realistic the O's wild card chances are, so I won't do it here today.

But it's really this simple: The Birds are in a 5-teams-for-3-spots race. That's it in a nutshell.

It's the O's, Toronto, Tampa Bay, Seattle and either Chicago or Cleveland.

Boston's cooked. They've reached 375 degrees and can be removed from the stove. It's over for them in 2022.

And if you want my honest opinion, I don't see a Central team winning the division at, say, 86-76 and the 2nd place Central team finishing at 85-77 and snagging one of the three wild card berths.

If Cleveland wins the division at 86-76 (or whatever their record is), the White Sox will finish at 80-82. Or vice versa. The White Sox come alive and pull it out and the Guardians (so dumb, by the way...but I digress) finish 80-82.

In that case, the O's will be in a 4-teams-for-3-spots competition. Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Toronto amd Seattle. Four for three.

And with that, I say: The Birds are in this thing, believe it or not.

84-78 could snag one of the three spots. The O's are one game above .500 this morning after yesterday's 3-0 win over Tampa Bay.

Toronto looks like they're going to make it. They're starting to perk up.

Seattle shows no real signs of fading or collapsing. I'd say it's 60% that they make it.

Tampa Bay? I'm not so sure. Yes, they're 53-46 but they are really injury riddled right now. If they stay that way for another month and the Birds can creep a game or two game ahead of them by September 1st, we'll be in a real, live pennant race over Labor Day weekend.

A lot could change in August. By this time next week, the Birds might be moving on without the services of Mancini, Lyles, Santander and the injured Tyler Wells. Those four guys have really helped this season. August and September without them could make it tough on the Birds.

No matter what, though, this is better than 32-68, which is where the O's have been at this time of the season since 2018.

August is going to show up here on Monday and the Orioles are still relevant. Who'da thunk it?

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faith in sports


I've always enjoyed seeing athletes in one of their biggest moments ever stop and give thanks to God for whatever it was they just accomplished on the field/court/course, etc.

Most athletes are conditioned to absorb the spotlight and say "Look at me!" when they score a touchdown, knock in the winning run, make the winning 3-pointer or sink the winning putt. That's why it's so great to hear them say, "Look at God instead".

This is an awesome short video of superstars from various sports shunning the opportunity to talk about themselves and instead, they give Glory to God and Jesus for all that they accomplished.

As it should be...

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some things...i just don't understand


Due to some maintenance work being done to my vehicle, I was provided a loaner car yesterday.

As I picked it up, I saw the "Let's Go Brandon" sticker on the back of it, but honestly didn't think anything about it after that.

I wasn't two miles down the road when, at a stoplight, I heard someone yell, "You're an a--hole!"

It was said with authority. I didn't immediately put one-and-one together (Flyers fans, don't go for calculators -- it's two), but looked to my left, which was the general direction of the "a-hole" scream.

There, to my left at the traffic light, was a woman in a red truck of some sort. I nodded at her, just trying to be nice.

"You're an a--hole!" she yelled again. "Have some respect for the President!"

It was then that I realized she was chastising me for the sticker on the back of the vehicle.

I'm not the get-mad-at-dumb-stuff type, so I didn't say anything else to her. The light turned green and she roared off, proud that she let someone have it over a bumper sticker, I'm sure.

And for the record, before anyone here says something dumb, I wouldn't put that sticker on my own vehicle. I already have three stickers on my car anyway.

"When's the last time you hired a Loyola Blakefield grad and he showed up for work on time?"

"I brake for Chinese food and the Dave Matthews Band"

"Honk if you think the Flyers are the worst franchise in the history of sports"

Three stickers is the most I can fit on my own car. If I added a fourth, one of those would have to come off.


I was at a Carroll County deli on Tuesday of this week when an interesting scene took place. The employee behind the counter -- a female perhaps in her early 20's -- was wearing a mask. I came in just as the conversation with another customer was starting, but the theme of it was this: she wanted the customer to stand six feet from the counter if he didn't have a mask on.

As I walked in, I heard her say (mumble): "Sir, I don't want to argue with you. You can approach the counter if you're wearing a mask, otherwise, please stand there on the black tape."

At that moment, someone in the back of the store said something about a delivery and she turned and walked roughly six feet back to address the employee. At the same time, I noticed, much to my horror, a small child with the man, maybe three years old, walk over to a large metal rack of chips and pretzels and grab the rack.

The man snapped his fingers, loudly, and said, "Noooo!" and reached out to grab his child.

The woman turned around and said, "Don't you EVER snap your fingers at me! I'm handling something here! You don't snap your fingers at me."

Another person had entered the store and the three of us stood there, dumbfounded. We knew the man wasn't snapping his fingers at her. But she didn't.

"Let's go," the man said to his child. And they turned and walked out.

30 seconds later, the woman returned to the counter. "Did that jerk leave?" she said.

Just like that goofy woman in the red truck probably said to herself later on yesterday, "Why did I get involved with that guy at the stop light today?", I now say the same thing to myself after I got involved with the deli clerk.

"You know," I said to her. "He wasn't snapping his fingers at you. He was snapping his fingers at his kid, which you couldn't see, because you were back there and the kid wasn't tall enough for you to see."

"Oh, that's the story you want me to believe?" she shot back.

"Well, it's actually the story that happened. You overreacted," I said.

"Sir, don't speak to me like that," she replied.

"I'm just trying to let you know that what you thought happened didn't really happen that way and you lost an order because of it," I said. "I couldn't care less if you think I'm telling you the truth of not, but I know that's what happened because I saw it."

"What's your order?" she asked.

"I think I'm good," I told her. "And I don't have a mask, anyway, so me shouting my order to you from here is a little frustrating."

As I walked out, the woman who came in behind us during the "rack episode" said, "Wait, you have to wear a mask to order?" And she walked out.

Then it hit me. What happened in that moment, where the woman walked out because she *thought* she had to wear a mask, is exactly what happened to the deli employee three minutes earlier. She *thought* the man was snapping his fingers at her when he really wasn't. You didn't *really* have to wear a mask in the store, but you had to wear one to "approach the counter".

Anyway, this is why I do sports, where at least when I get shouted down I have the ability to reasonably say to myself, "Yeah, and you think I'm the stupid one, huh?"


There are lots of other things I don't understand, but they mostly involve sports.

I don't understand for the life of me why people are so riled up about the anonymous quote from a NFL defensive coach about Lamar Jackson. Are you serious? You're going to let something someone posts without attribution to the author impact you in any way? It doesn't matter if Lamar is a running quarterback or throwing quarterback. There's only one thing that matters. Is he a *winning* quarterback?

Ironically, this is akin to things that are written here in the comments section. I *think* I know roughly a dozen people -- personally -- who provide occasional or regular comments here. I do value what they write, or, at the very least, I consider it to be "authentic" in that we know one another and have a general level of respect based on our friendship.

Anyone getting mad at the anonymous defensive coach is just howling at the moon. Who. Freakin'. Cares???? For the life of me, I can't understand people who waste a single ounce of energy on it.

Now, if that defensive coach wanted to be quoted and have his name connected to the story? That's different. Then we might be able to have a conversation. But getting worked up over some story where the defensive coach was afraid to have his name included? #clownshoes


I don't understand why people are so shocked that Bubba Watson joined LIV golf yesterday. Of course he did. It's perfect for him. He's 43 years old and in the November of his career. His '22 campaign has been cut short due to injury, so a smaller, modified schedule is probably good for him at this point. He's not beating anyone of merit on the PGA Tour anytime soon, that's almost for certain. His stats and data from '20-21 (his last full year on TOUR) were pretty mediocre. His last big win came in 2014. I'm not saying Bubba's career is over -- but if we're playing horse, he has O-V-E at this point.

If reports are true that the esteemed gentlemen who run LIV golf are giving him $50 million, it makes sense for Watson to gobble it up. As Brooks Koepka accurately predicted 14 months ago, "someone will sell out". (Funny enough, it was actually Brooks who wound up "selling out")

Whether it's $50 million or $200 million, these TOUR lifers like Bubba see the benefit in no longer having to actually *earn* their money moving forward. Hey, I bought five of those billion dollar lottery tickets. I'm looking for the easy way out too, although I'll try and get my life of luxury without having to sell my soul to the Saudi government. But, hey man, you do you.


I don't understand all the recent hoopla over the new alternative helmets in the NFL. For starters, they're only worn occasionally. It's not like teams are switching their entire helmet and uniform look. Yet I constantly see people on social media screaming about how great their team's helmet is and how awful some other team's helmet is.

And it doesn't matter what helmet your team trots out there in 2023, because it's never, never, NEVER going to be better than the classic "Pat the Patriot" helmet the New England Patriots will wear on a couple of occasions this season.

Not only is that the best of the "throwbacks", it's the best helmet in NFL history and the second best logo, if you will, ever, behind the Milwaukee Brewers "MB" that looks like a baseball glove.


I don't understand people who complained about the pricing of Bruce Springsteen concert tickets for the April 7 Baltimore show after they actually completed the online Ticketmaster transaction. Ummmm, news flash: YOU bought the tickets! They didn't force you to buy them, you hit "submit" on the ticket purchase page.

Look, I don't think I like "dynamic pricing", either. I've always thought it was just another way to gouge people. Football and baseball (and I think the NHL and NBA do it too, now) got in on the ground floor of tiered (dynamic) pricing a decade ago. The Yankees on a Friday night should cost more than the Mariners on a Tuesday night. I get it. I don't like it, but I get it.

Some airlines charge more for a window seat than a middle seat. It's obvious why they do that. Again, I consider it "gouging", but I certainly understand the premise behind it.

I was fortunate to get invited to a Top 50 golf course recently and joined several guys from Baltimore for a one-day trip. Our host let us know in advance it would be roughly $500 for the day, unless we wanted to come up on a Monday, in which case it would only be $300 because the grill and clubhouse would be closed that day and Monday's are less expensive.

We took the $500 day and that was that. It might be the only time I ever get to play that particular golf course and while $500 is expensive for lunch, golf, caddies and dinner, I deemed it to be worth my time, particularly from a business (potential) standpoint.

I didn't get mad that it was $500. I had the option of saying "no thanks" and not making the trip. My friend didn't set the price himself, obviously. $500 is the freight at that particular course for the day we chose to play.

The same goes for the Springsteen tickets on Tuesday. I got two of them. Great seats. They were expensive, yes. I'm the one that bought them. Later on that day, I saw people who got in line (online), purchased tickets and then complained about it. Some people paid $1,000 to be in the pit, right up front. You hit "submit", my friend. You knew they were $1,000 when you pressed that button.

And it's Springsteen we're talking about. Of course it's going to be expensive. It's not like you're seeing McCartney or John Mayer or Bruno Mars. It's Bruce-freakin'-Springsteen. You know, "Born To Run", "Jungleland", "Dancing in the Dark". You either pay the big bucks to see a music icon or sit home and listen to the records on April 7.

But whatever you do, stop complaining about the price you paid for the tickets that YOU bought.

We have a saying at Calvert Hall Golf -- "Don't complain, don't explain, just get the ball in the hole."

In this case, it's "Don't complain, don't explain, just go to the show and enjoy yourself."

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Americans are playing more and more of a vital role in international soccer these days, and Randy Morgan has his eyes on all of them for #DMD. Each Tuesday here, he looks at recent performances of American players and highlights upcoming games of importance.


americans on the move


This summer a sizable contingent of key US National Team players have moved to or changed clubs in Europe. The headliners of this group are Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams, who have both moved to the English Premier League to join up with their former coach (at Red Bull Salzburg and New York Red Bulls), American Jesse Marsch, at Leeds United.

The move represents a significant opportunity for the two young Americans. Stepping up from the Austrian Bundesliga to the Premier League is a big leap in competition for Aaronson. For Adams, a player with Champions League experience, the challenge will be to take on a bigger role on a team in the top league in the world.

Both players are excellent fits for the way Marsch likes to play and they have earned praise for their attitude and hustle early in the preseason. They should get ample opportunity to play and make an impact for Leeds in the lead up to the World Cup. Hopefully for the US sake, they can settle in quickly and rise to meet the challenge.

A few other possible USMNT starters will be joining Aaronson and Adams in the Premier League this season. Potential starting US goalie, Matt Turner, has completed his move from New England to Arsenal. Meanwhile, center back Chris Richards, who spent last season on loan at Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga, has secured a move to Crystal Palace, who finished 12th in the Premier League last season.

For both players, their standing in the US pecking order will largely hinge on their ability to earn playing time and get on the field for their new clubs. Turner is currently the favorite to start at keeper for the US in Qatar, but it's a close competition with Zack Steffen. If Turner can’t get enough reps for Arsenal it will be hard to trust him in November. He will likely start as the backup to Aaron Ramsdale, but should see time in cup games and could edge his way into more league minutes if he impresses.

Richards also has a tough task to crack the starting lineup for Crystal Palace after their starting center backs Marc Guehi and Joachim Andersen established themselves last year. However, there should be minutes to go around with rotations in cup games and potential three man back line formations. Richards has a great chance to seize the starting center back role next to Walker Zimmerman for the US if he can succeed at Crystal Palace.

Antonee Robinson and Tim Ream will also both be joining the Premier League this season, through promotion rather than transfers, as they helped lead Fulham to the English Championship (2nd division) title and a move up to the top division.

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this july 27 is...different


So, today in Owings Mills, football players will gather and start preparing in earnest for the 2022 NFL season.

For most of the last 25 years here in "Bawlmer", today has marked the proverbial end of baseball season and the start of football. In other words, baseball ends when football begins.

There were three recent years -- glorious ones at that, 2012, 2014 and 2016 -- where July 27 was *still* baseball season. But for the most part over the last 25 years, July 27 rolled around and we, here in Baltimore, started focusing on football.

This year...it's not like that.

John Harbaugh and the Ravens will be sharing the sports spotlight with the Orioles until at least September...and maybe longer.

Baseball is relevant today. And so, too, is football. In Baltimore, that doesn't happen often. And we're here to say "Enjoy it, sports fans!"

Now, it's fair to point out the Orioles are far from a championship team right now. We're trying not to suggest that this October could one of those ultra-rare occasions in Charm City where the baseball team and football team are both playing games that matter. But those days are drawing closer, thanks in large part to the Orioles' resurgence.

The Ravens are almost always competitive. The Orioles...not so much.

But there's a turnaround on the horizon as it relates to the baseball team and this summer marks the first time since 2016 where we've reached the month of August and there's football excitement and baseball excitement. Despite the Orioles' continued attendance issues, interest in the team is growing. It might not have translated to people buying tickets yet -- unless they're giving away a shirt or a hat -- but those days are coming back soon enough as well.

Now, all we need is for the Ravens to follow the gameplan and put together a successful season. They were on their way to doing that last year before injuries to key players and their starting quarterback caused a derailment that the NTSB wouldn't have been able to figure out. The Ravens went from 8-3 to 8-9 in a flash and faced the ultimate indignity -- they lost their last game of the season at home to the Steelers and contributed to Pittsburgh making the playoffs at the same time.

Some of those injury issues still remain in July of 2022. Ronnie Stanley, J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, Marcus Peters -- they're all expected back and healthy this season, but how quickly will they return to 100% or something close to that?

And then, there's the quarterback.

It pretty much all rests on Lamar Jackson.

I mean, the Ravens can't survive in '22 if they get the same rash of injuries they sustained in '21, but that would probably almost be statistically impossible. Lamar wasn't healthy for the final three months of the season either, though, and that's the biggest reason why the Ravens lost all six of their final games a year ago.

They'll go as far as Lamar takes them in 2022.

It really is that simple.

People can point to the defense and the new coordinator and folks will certainly make Greg Roman the whipping boy if the offense somehow sputters and doesn't put points on the board.

All of those things are important.

But none of it is as important as the quarterback, his health, his approach to the season and his ability to improve in this, his 4th season as a starter in the NFL.

If Lamar has a great year, so, too will the Ravens.

If Lamar has just an OK or "decent" year, so, too will the Ravens.

That's the way the league works these days. When your quarterback is "on", you have a great chance of winning. When he's "off", you're probably going to lose.

The Ravens are likely going to hand Lamar upwards of $45 million annually at some point soon in exchange for his abilities to help them win football games. When you command that type of salary, expectations and aspirations follow closely behind. Jackson is a great athlete who enjoyed a great 2019 season and he's oh-so-close to being a great "quarterback", too. It stands to reason that "great" only gets tagged on you when you win a championship, especially when you're soaking up $23 million and almost 11% of the team's overall salary cap in 2022.

This could be Lamar's year. Confidence is at an all-time high in Owings Mills, even with Greg Roman still involved. The wide receiver position is still unproven, but Jackson will have targets to focus on and, hopefully, a solid offensive line to protect him from danger. If the two running backs return healthy and Roman, as he likes to do, gives those two the ball 30 times a game, Baltimore's offense could wind up being one of the most dynamic in the entire NFL.

Draft picks will get their opportunities to shine this season as well. The Ravens, by nearly every account, had one of the best drafts of all 32 teams last April. But "drafting them" and "seeing them turn into All-Pro players" are two different things. Time will tell if the 2022 draft was as good as the experts say it was. We'll know soon enough, though. A lot of them will play in September when the games start counting in the standings.

In the meantime, speaking of standings and September -- the Orioles will keep our interests over the next two months. A wild card chase seems inevitable. For a team that most people thought wouldn't win more than 60 games, playing meaningful baseball after Labor Day is a miracle all by itself.

The Ravens and the Orioles. Good at the same time.

Ain't the beer cold?

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"if langer shoots under par here..."


Cal asks -- "Pick one non-local sports event that you'd like to see get played in Baltimore just once."

DF says -- "Great question! There's lots of options. I'd love to see the NHL's New Year's Day game in Baltimore. Army-Navy is awesome but it's been in Baltimore several times. Let's go with Auburn-Alabama, the Iron Bowl. It would be awesome to see that game in our backyard, particularly if 70,000 college football fans made their way to Baltimore for the weekend. That is one great game every year, no matter who hosts it."


Chris asks -- "I saw Bernhard Langer in the British Senior Open last weekend (he double chipped a ball next to the green!) and it reminded me that you got to play with him at the tournament last year. Any good Bernhard Langer stories for those of us who lived vicariously through you?"

DF says -- "I saw that double-hit on the Golf Channel. You could give him 10,000 balls and he'd never do that again. Anyway, I had the pleasure of playing two days in a row with him. We talked about a lot of things. Faith, golf, family, the Ryder Cup at Kiawah where he missed the final putt in '91. I remember playing with him the first day at Omaha Country Club. We basically drove it the same distance off the tee. I could tell, given the distance of the par-4 holes, that I was going to have a lot of 190-210 yard shots into those holes. I also figured Langer would have roughly the same distances into those holes as me.

As we walked up the 18th fairway on Monday, my caddie said to me, "What do you think Bernie's gonna shoot this week?"

I said, "I don't know, but if he shoots under par for four days, I'll do a handstand out on the expressway. He can't shoot under par at this place. It's just too freakin' hard."

I have incredible respect for Bernhard Langer's game. He is, by almost anyone's standards, one of the greatest 50 golfers to ever play the sport. But when he shot 1-under par at Omaha CC for four days in 2021, my respect level for him went through the roof.

It's one thing for Jim Furyk to shoot 7-under for four days. He hits his tee ball 300 yards. Langer probably hit it between 265 and 275, depending on the day's conditions. His short game and wizardry around the greens was remarkable. His putting was great. He broke par there, much to my amazement."


D.R. asks -- "Five Ravens predictions from you, please. Number of games Lamar Jackson starts/plays in 2022. Total number of TD catches for Rashod Bateman. Number of TD passes from Lamar. Number of Justin Tucker game winning FG's. Maximum number of games the Ravens lose in a row. Thank you. Go Hall!"

DF says -- "Go Hall! I love it, D.R. Lamar will play all 17 games in 2022. I think he's fully healthy and ready to go. 12 TD catches for Bateman this year. Book it. 33 TD passes from Lamar. You can book that, too. I'll say Tucker hits 3 late game-winners. And the Ravens won't lose more than one in a row all season. In other words, they won't have a 2-game losing streak this coming season."

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american soccer summer recap


This summer has been a rare quiet period in the men’s soccer schedule.

The early summer months are usually reserved for international tournaments, but with this year’s World Cup taking place in the fall it has instead given European based players an extended time for rest and recuperation.

That is about to come to an end with the English Premier League set to kickoff the new season on August 6th and all the other major European leagues starting shortly after. In the last few weeks most European clubs have started their preseason preparations, with many touring the US playing exhibition games. The fast approaching new season has also brought a flurry of transfer activity with multiple US National Team players finding new homes.

This side of the Atlantic has featured one of the few leagues currently in season, as MLS moves just past the midway mark with the upcoming All Star game in early August. The youth ranks of the US National Team also had a busy summer, with the Under 20 team winning the CONCACAF Championship in dominant fashion which crucially qualified the US for both the Under 20 World Cup next summer and the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Today we’ll get caught up on the MLS season, highlighting some of the top teams and standout performers thus far. We’ll also take a look at which US players are moving to new teams in Europe and how that could affect their standing in the team as the World Cup approaches.


MLS Midseason Catch-Up

The MLS season is a little past the midway point as most teams have played around 21 of their 34 regular season games. In both the Eastern and Western Conferences there have been two teams clearly separating themselves at the top.

There are a handful of players leading the race for the MVP award with at least one USMNT player among them. In addition there are several other American players having impressive seasons as they push for a spot in Qatar.

Los Angeles FC has been the story of the season thus far. They made headlines in the offseason when they let go their only coach to that point, former USMNT coach, Bob Bradley. They replaced him with a former USMNT player, Steve Cherundolo.

The change has served them well as Cherundolo has reinvigorated the team and got them firing on all cylinders. LAFC leads the league with 45 points, four ahead of Austin in the Western Conference. They also lead the league with a +20 goal difference.

Despite their spot on top of the league with a roster full of talented players like Carlos Vela and MVP candidate midfielder Ilie Sanchez, LAFC has made more headlines in recent weeks with a pair of star transfers arriving from Europe. To bolster their roster for the back end of the season LA brought in former European Champion Giorgio Chiellini from Juventus and Champions League winner Gareth Bale from Real Madrid. If Cherundolo can smoothly integrate these stars LAFC could be in line for a historic season.

Next up in the West is Austin FC who has made an impressive leap in just their second season in the league. Austin trails LA by four points but are seven points clear of the next team in the conference. They have been led by MVP candidate, Sebastian Driussi, who is tied for the league lead with 13 goals and are also helmed by a former USMNT player, Josh Wolff.

Behind Austin and LAFC there is a pack of teams competing for the other five playoff spots. Among those are Minnesota United, Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, Nashville, Seattle, and Portland.

In the Eastern Conference it has been the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC leading the way. They are neck and neck at the top of the standings with the Union at 42 points and NYCFC at 41. The Union are in a better position for the back half of the season, as NYCFC’s success has been its downfall.

The New York team had the leading candidate for MVP in attacker Taty Castellanos, who was leading the league with 13 goals and had stood out above the rest of the field. However, with his exceptional performance he played himself out of the league and has secured his dream move to Spain’s La Liga to play for Girona. In addition, NYCFC had to replace their head coach earlier in the season after losing Ronny Deila, who led them to the MLS Cup last season, to a new job at Belgium’s Standard Liege.

The Union on the other hand, have a solid mix of veterans and young players and are just starting to integrate three of the key performers from the US U20 CONCACAF Championship winning team into their side. Attacker Paxten Aaronson, midfielder Jack McGlynn, and defender Brandon Craig all have immense potential and could further enhance the Eastern leaders.

Philly and NYCFC are followed by a large contingent of teams competing for the rest of the playoffs spots, ranging from the New York Red Bulls in 3rd place with 36 points to the New England Revolution in 10th place with 26 points.

A few of the top MVP candidates were mentioned above on some of the league’s best teams. USMNT striker Jesus Ferreira is among the others in the conversation. He has been the most impressive American on the season, leading the league in non-penalty goals with 12 to go along with 5 assists. German Hany Mukhtar has also been one of the best in the league with 12 goals and 3 assists as the key cog in the Nashville attack.

Other USMNT candidates that have stood out so far are Walker Zimmerman, who has been one of the best defenders in the league all year, Brandon Vazquez, who has 11 goals and 4 assists for FC Cincinnati, Djordje Mihailovic, who was on his way to a US call up before an injury took him out in June, as well as the following All Star selections: Jordan Morris, Paul Arriola, Deandre Yedlin, and Sean Johnson.


Tomorrow here at #DMD, we’ll take a look at “Americans on the Move” and check out where U.S. players are playing in the ‘22-’23 season.

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rc     August 08
LOL @ John S...."do more research". Sure, what could go wrong by googling info on anything covid-related.

But you are right about Rose, guy was a POS. Why was he a topic today anyway?

Larry     August 08
Herman, I usually see your side of things but there isn't a chance in hell you would applauded Tiger Woods for anything (except maybe getting arrested). You and I both know that.

John S     August 08
Pete Rose and his nickname of Charley Hustle. It had nothing to do with how he played the game of baseball. Johnny Bench despises him. He has said that everything that Rose did was a "hustle". In old fashioned street lingo, it means a con artist, a liar, a rogue, a scoundrel.

The lady who came forward a few years ago is tip of the iceberg stuff. Rose often was seen in the company of teenage girls on the road. That is why he was an outsider on almost every club he was on. He is and has always been a scumbag.

But his defenders(there are many) prove a point. A huge point. People get fooled. We see it on a daily basis. Propaganda becomes facts.

You had "experts" claiming that if you got a new, untested vaccine...."the virus would be stopped". And the general populace believed it and helped with draconian mandates that ruined lives and commerce and friendships.

Be more cynical. Do more research. If someone claims expertise, check their record...not just their college.



As the great John Prince sang "Caravan of Fools". "When you can't stand to lose, you're running with the caravan of fools".

Be bold. Question everything.


bob singer     August 08
The only thing "on brand" is SOD rushing to call Herman a racist any time he posts. Really is childish and tiring, but any time someone calls for truce between SOD and HOD they get chewed up and spit out. SOD must be so proud.

Herrman's points on PGA are worth consideration if you ask me. Mind you, I do get the point of the traditionalists, and not convinced that model needs to be totally blown up.

But, on the hand, as Herrman points out, the revenue now out there is nuts and if you're an elite golfer, why wouldn't you question why you have to "earn your keep" while those "managing" the Tour make more than you do (at least initially).

I don't think the LIV format and approach is the answer BTW. Hope no one outside of Greg Norman and his funding sources believes that. But when one considers the revenue available and how most pro sports design their pay scales as part of a collective bargaining process, sure seems like the Tour needs to put their heads together and come up with a better model

HERMAN     August 08
@Ralph

You are incorrect, I would have applauded The Messiah for taking the cash and smashing the monopoly. I wouldn't sit and watch Tim Finchem for hours on Sunday, or Jay Monahan. If it's for "tradition, honor, and prestige" they can get paid in that and work for free. I find it interesting that the same empty suit that extolls the "virtues" of the broke college kid on scholarship, facing the challenges of Q school, his potential ticket to success.....as he heads out the door making a few hundred grand and dinner on the tour CC.

If The Messiah drives the needle worth a billion, write him the check. Just don't proseletyse over "Saudi Blood Money" wearing Nike sweat shop gear while Uyghurs die in concentration camps in China.

MJ     August 08
Good points from Ralph about HTH. On brand. Perfect description.

Ralph     August 08
Give Herman credit for the brand he's created. He never wavers from it. If Tiger would have taken the $$ he would have crushed him for it. Hilarious if not utterly predictable. But on brand, which is what matters to him most.

HERMAN     August 08
If LIV accomplished anything at all it was to expose the odd grip on the professional game of golf held by the PGA. They don't own any of the majors that are the highlight of their sport. They really can't control the stars of their sport, or require their presence in events. While they have tried hard to evolve their approach with a new season ending playoff series of events, and annual point system akin to NASCAR it hasn't caught on with the general public, and is only embraced by the golf enthusiasts. And while the golfers themselves still see the career path of moving through either Q school or the mini-tours to the PGA as the proper approach many of the young guns are starting to understand that having to drum up your own sponsorship and face expenses week-to-week without any guaranteed compensation by the tour is a burden compared to other sports. Sure a handful of guys start as multi-millionaires before they put a pro peg into the ground, but past the top 25 the rest are grinding week to week out of wallet. In today's cash oversaturated environment of sport that sounds like an anachronism, some kind of throw back, best left in the 1980s.

Hindsight is 20/20 but allowing the evolution of majors and those traditions to dominate the game without a shred of ownership, well, could you imagine Jerrah Jones of Cowboys fame letting the Super Bowl get out under someone else's control?

Somehow I think the next ten years is going to see some serious change to the mechanics of how things are run in pro golf. You can only "pay" the new participants in "legacy and tradition" for so long until they get a little frustrated carrying those initial expenses all on themselves until they can make it.

Ray     August 08
And Rose wonders why he got kicked out of baseball. SMH

Jk     August 07
Ricky Fowler finished 125 and made the PGA Tour playoffs on the last day. I get George is thrilled!

lou@palo alto     August 07
ditto, steve

agree UTB--seems many stars of his day cld hit and run but didn't know how to win as much as Frank

Steve of Pimlico     August 07
@ Lou@ Palo Alto looking forward to seeing you at our renuion in April

unitastoberry     August 07
@ Lou you are right about Frank but that's the way baseball should be played. Just like Bo Jackson breaking Dempsey' thumb at the plate.



@Del Ray I feel as do others our age and above ground that Ted would have been the goat and the king if not for military obligations. I talked once to the guy who made his bats at Louisville Slugger when I took the tour there long ago he felt the same.

lou@palo alto     August 07
frank robinson may hv gotten to 3000 hits--certainly wld hv hd 600hr if not for the injury breaking up a double play against the WS (al weiss) in early 67--was on a path for triple crown numbers again but the concussion/double vision til '69 cost him, and us

Delray RICK     August 07
BOB...TED already belonged in 500 hrs club

MFC     August 07
Not sure you've played the new tees at the Road. There is considerable length added to:

2- might be the toughest to par on the course

4- 40 yard difference between the white and blue tees

8- 30-40 difference

13- moved way back into a corner-

18- added at least 20-30 yards



That's substantial and when they move 7 all the way back into 12 that adds another 30 yards.



Other issues not discusses was green speed and pin placements. Most of the defense of the Road is the greens. If they're cut and rolled with certain pin placements 70 would be a heck of a score. Of course that's true for many courses but it makes a world of difference at the Road. Still there are enough holes at there to make birdies.



To the "average" player, I'm calling that 10-14 handicap the difference from playing the whites to the blues is 5-6 shots, if not more. It's that dramatic.

Bob     August 07
Chris,

Ted Williams missed a total of 4 years as a player serving in both WWII and Korea, no doubt he would be in the 500/3,000 club.

Chris in Bel Air     August 07
O's seem like they are on a mission to prove their worth. They are not going away. I feel pretty good that I'll still be saying that a month from now.

Yesterday's celebration... On the good side, it was good to see and hear Brooks and Eddie up in the booth yesterday during the broadcast. Brooks is a huge fan favorite obviously and Eddie starting to get appreciated even more... thankfully. On the downside, also missing from yesterday Markakis and JJ Hardy. Two fan favs from the Buck era. Also, they could have invited Delmon Young. Owner of one of (the?) most famous hit at the Yard. I know I'll never forget it.

Speaking of Eddie. I was discussing with a friend yesterday the 500 HR and 3000 hit club. For you baseball trivia nerds, Eddie is one of 7 players in that club. Also, are Hank, Mays, A-Rod (ugh), Pujols, Palmeiro (yes, him) and this year Miggy Cabrerra joined the club. Follow on interesting trivia, at least for me. Players that you would think have 3000 hits but do not.... Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson. Ted missed time due to his service during WW2. Greatest generation. Brooks also just missed at 2848.

Dean     August 06
Another day- another Out of towner roasted - baltimore has those fans for sure. Just mention Ray Lewis and see how quickly folks react. Outside Baltimore it raises and eye- here- not so much.

sam winchester     August 06
Rochester Roger sounds like a real genius. And yes we have those kinds of "fans" here in Baltimore, many are active on Twitter.

The uproar over kneeling is a case study is how cults control the minds of the weak.


Erick     August 06
Pretty sad Os could not coordinate- still disfunctonal- not like this year came as a surprise and still schedule conflicts?

kj     August 06
I was not blessed to have known Mr Stewart, only knew "of" him. What a good man may he rest in peace.

Gerry Jackson     August 06
Thanks for the beautiful tribute to “Mr. Stewart,” which is exactly what my siblings and me always called him. Our dad, James Jackson, shared a desk with him at The Sun for three decades. He was such a great friend to our dad, and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Thanks for sharing some of his story.

Eric in Gaithersburg     August 06
I hate what the O's did with the wall-move it back 15 feet instead of 30 or just make it higher don't do both. But the results dont lie- we 30-20 at home. Can't believe Drew didn't mention all the O's that have beefs that are not back today- Jones, Surhoff, Bordick and Brady. Cal has scheduling conflict. And don't look now but Gunnar Henderson has a hit in 15 of his last 16 .349/.431/.667 with 4 HR 4 2B 2 3B 187wRC+ and now has .946 OPS in AAA. It is time for him to join this formerly mediocre offense that has gotten worse since Mancini deal.

JohnInEssex     August 06
Kapernick indeed started the kneeling for the anthem thing...

The Ravens blew it up in England, for all to see, then stood up for God Save The Queen...

Steve of Pimlico     August 06
Have to wonder if the new dimensions in Oriole Park had got into Trey's head this year.

Erick     August 06
Interesting take on golf course- if someone were to highlight a certain website in a similar vein- Im curious if it would draw any ire from those that frequent it?

Don from Catonsville     August 05
I'm a GOLF NERD , that was a VERY ENJOYABLE story!!!

Chris in Bel Air     August 05
I generally lower the volume and/or try to tune out most announcers (MLB and NFL). Very few provide any value added. Listening to the O's broadcast the other night, I heard Newman get all excited for a LONG DRIVE TO CF... and the CF is under it makes the final out. The ball wasn't even close to the warning track or hit very hard. Ugh. Maybe it is just nostalgia, but I do miss hearing Chuck and Brooks.

Glad to hear your story with son, Drew. Sounded like a great day. My father passed away coming up on 10 years now. Among many other things, I wish I could play another round with him. Do it while you can people. Do it while you can.

unitastoberry     August 05
I moved to central PA in 1986. Great story many former Baltimore folks live here now and all of us go thru the transition minus becoming Penn St/Stiller fans. There's a lot of southern hospitality here my oldest son calls it Pennsatucky. Come back now ya hear !

TimD in Timonium     August 05
@DF, great story, enjoy the memories, enjoy getting away.



I've seen Little League games in Williamsport, have visited Penn State and Bucknell, but, other than that, Central PA is pretty wide open. Empty. God's Country.

Delray RICK     August 05
GOOD read on MUSHNICK bout VIN SCULLY and why we have turds calling games. DEM O'S have gone in the toilet with these "talking heads" that won't shut the hell up. PALMER pleasure to listen to but when squeaky voice lady comes I turn the sound down. LET THE GAME PLAY OUT and talking bout nuttin all the time. And that old fart in YANKEES still calling is a real joke. AUGUST 11 LIFE STARTS!!!

ChrisK     August 04
I'll preface this by saying that I am not an attorney, so take it with a (or several grains) of salt. But, the PGA doesn't have an anti-trust exemption (as MLB does). To me, banning certain players from participating in your events because you don't like them is a pretty clear anti-trust violation. I'm not a golf guy, so I certainly won't opine on the merits of LIV vs. PGA, but banning a sub-set of players because they wanted to spend some weekends playing with another organization strikes me as patently illegal.

Barry Holtby     August 04
Someone take away the "*" key from Drew's keyboard. The overuse is getting ridiculous.

larry     August 04
Trading away Mancini and Lopez did absolutely nothing to damage their chances of winning this year. Capable replacements are here.

The notion of "adding" is foolish. Sure they have a more stocked farm system than before, but do they have a surplus? And would it make sense to send some of those assets away, in exchange for the low odds of what Stats Nerd alluded to?

To me, had Elias traded say Stowers or Hall away, that would border on malpractice. He did the right thing, he just made one comment he should not have, that's all.

Some day the O's will be good, hopefully in a similar sustainable way like the Ravens, and some day certain people will stop obsessing over @Herman.

Unitastoberry     August 04
CIK...ty

David Rosenfeld     August 04
The Orioles have 54 wins with 57 games left. You start asking yourself how many games of those 57 will they have to win?

I'd say that 31-26 is a legitimate possibility. Will 85-77 be enough? Probably not. To get to 89 wins, they'd need 35-22. Maybe asking a lot.

Still, I'm surprised Elias said that, even if meant it in a completely mathematical way. At this point the difference in probability between TB and the Orioles is pretty much a wash.

K.C.     August 04
Give @Herman credit. He made a post and didn't reference Springsteen. I'm buying more and more into the idea started by someone here that @Herman is on the Dish staff in some capacity.

There's no possible way someone with this much dislike for a person goes out of his way 3 or 4 times a day to stop by and indirectly help fund that person's business. We already know for sure @Herman doesn't like "the site owner" so the only question left is "Why do you come around every day?"

He has to be on staff some how. He just has to be.

Conway     August 04
Ain't this the truth >>> Sure, those guys know all about the Washington Post journalist and they realize you're not really *allowed* to say anything negative about Saudi policies or decisions.



Drew gets it. So do the 3,300 American families who lost loved ones on 9-11. To some people like Herman those murders no longer matter. For some they still do.

Chris in Bel Air     August 04
I was surprised to hear Elias offer that statement the other night. As a GM, he should know better. I did not know the full story til I read today's edition but I'm glad to hear he did the right thing and spoke to the team.

I think his comments and the trades are clear evidence he is sticking with his plan. As a fan, it is tough to see your team right on the doorstep of a potential wild card (99% sure they have improved that format and it is now a 3-game series) and see them trade away players and not bring in pieces that could help them get to the post-season. But, for the GM and the plan, while I'm sure he's glad to see it, it does not factor into the plan. The current performance is just a nice little add-on.

I was disappointed to see Trey go but I understand it. I didn't mind Lopez going because his trade value will never be higher than it is now. I'm not convinced he can perform at the same level as now over the next 2-3 years. I was glad to hear Elias say the O's will be looking to sign true MLB talent starting next year but like everything with them, I'll believe it when I see it.

The Real Ricky     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..."

Really?

Drew, I sure hope you're doing as well as Paul McCartney if and/or when you're 80 years old. You know, when your kids are graduating college! LOL!





I kid!

CIK     August 04
@UTB

The 1 game playoff has been eliminated. It is now 6 teams from each league qualify. The top 2 teams get byes. The 3 seed hosts the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosts the 5 seed, in a best of 3.

kevin j     August 04
Totally agree it was good to see Elias rush to put out the fire he started. We all know he simply meant the "probability" of true post season success was low, ie fools gold, but competitive athletes never wanna hear that. Who says "the odds of us winning are small so why try hard"?

Elias was a player, he knows this. Obviously caught up int he moment of justifying his trades and probably realized as soon as it was said it was foolish thing to put out there. Does not change that he "did" the right thing, the comment was the mistake, not the trades.

@Geroge with great analogy between PGA Tour and our country, bravo good sir!

HERMAN     August 04
Get the popcorn this lawsuit could be fun to watch. The PGA enforcing a monopoly and the independent contractors crying restraint of trade. George with the post of the year so far.

What I "don't get" is how the site owner can love golf and love competition and not understand that the golfers want the freedom to play wherever and whenever they choose, and to compete for whatever prize money they are eligible to compete for. This idea that they "took the big money" and so don't need money from the FedEx playoffs is ludicrous. Tiger has a billion, should he just stop competing for the cash?

For those few who qualified for the FedEx Cup this year I don't see how they can be excluded, they met the qualifications and want to play. Billy Herschel and his "they want their cake and to eat it too" nonsense, yeah, they want to play golf and compete. Not hard to understand.

And for all those locals foaming at the mouth over Dem O's, could it be that the few big market teams have grabbed up all the real talent leaving all the small market teams mediocre, allowing for Dem O's to seem competitive racking up wins against low life competition and giving them a false hope? In a sea of mediocrity some mediocrity will appear slightly superior to all other mediocrity.

And fake Herman is back, I didn't post that last reply. With two of the four potential imposters I have in mind on European vacations that narrows it down to two. Could even be the site owner himself, trying to goad me into leaving for good...

PLB     August 04
Really good column on Elias, Drew. You hit every button properly. Leaned on his data and his team of stats people, said the wrong thing publicly, went to Texas and tried to fix it with his players. Very well done today, my friend.



As for the PGA Tour lawsuit, it's all about Greg Norman and Phil getting their pound of flesh. It's just a fight to say "I beat you" now. I'm bored with it, honestly.



I do have a question about Tiger Woods, though. Is there some kind of lingering animosity between Tiger and Greg or Tiger and Phil that kept him from taking the $750 million LIV offered him? That seems like just too much money to refuse. Thoughts?






Brett B.     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..." hahahahahaha

Have to admit, I was shocked at how bad his voice was on 6/12 at Camden Yards. I know he's old and all but sheeesh, that was tough to listen to.

Unitastoberry     August 04
The one off MLB playoff game is a joke. If you want to get excited then go for it. But getting there isn't much more than a participation trophy. The next worst thing is winning your division and having a champagne party. Billick was right..Festivis!!

TimD in Timonium     August 04
Another thought on the O's trading deadline moves. Hope CBS Sports is wrong and the run continues. Go O's.



"Not everything in this game is an asset that must be micromanaged and leveraged to the fullest extent at all times. It's baseball, not an actuarial table. There are human beings involved, and rather than further encourage the good vibes, the O's front office snuffed them out."



And who thought the PGA would be newsworthy in AUGUST. Wow. Every day.


Delray RICK     August 04
DEM O'S only 11/2 games out of wild card...WOW!! Whoever picked COLE to win PICTER OF THE YEAR!!! He can't win without sicky stuff. MANCINI hits homerun in first game.

George     August 03
In a Nutshell – LIV Golf files antitrust suit against the PGA Tour, alleging monopolistic practices against LIV and its players in conspiracy with sponsors, DP Tour, Asian Tour, PGA of America, USGA, R & A, and the Masters Tournament. Three players otherwise eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs ask for restraining order against enforcement of their bans.

Eventual Outcome – after a flurry of self-righteous public-relations campaigns, the case is settled with LIV getting everything it wanted, except against the Masters Tournament, which has through its history maintained its private rights to do whatever it damn well pleases. [Note that its eligibility criteria do not offer an entry into the Tournament, but merely qualify a player for the possibility of an invitation.]

An interesting sideline to this [at least to me] is the evolution of the PGA Tour, originally formed by touring professionals to benefit themselves, into an organization dominated by executives who have gotten fat administering the Tour while relegating the players to the inferior status of independent contractors who must follow the rules the Tour sets. Sort of like the United States of America – originally designed as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and which has evolved into a nation run from time to time by one of two parties who happen to get a majority of electoral votes and who neither care a lick about the welfare of the sheep/citizens.

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"you mean knowing the playbook isn't a given?"


My Orioles connection tells me the team has two deals on the table for Trey Mancini and the team's braintrust is just gathering potential investors until they make a decision within the next few days on where he winds up and what they get in return.

I suppose there remains a chance that the offers come in, the Orioles weigh them and then, somehow, they deem all of them not worthy of a trade. I don't know what the odds are of that happening. They seem slim at this point. If you're a betting man and such a wager were available to you, you'd likely put a few bucks down on Trey leaving instead of staying.

It's a bummer, but, as you're going to hear a bunch over the next few days as players move around, "it's part of the business."

Is this the last home series of Trey Mancini's Orioles career this week?

It also stands to reason that Mancini could play a few months with a new team and then return to the Orioles as a free agent in the off-season, but even that seems an impossibility at this point. It's indeed weird to say, but at age 30, Trey's career calendar says the days of his significant impact are gone, particularly when you take into consideration there are others behind him eager to begin their professional journey who are 22, 23, 24, etc.

I have no idea where Mancini might wind up, but I hope wherever it is, he goes there, helps out, and gets to chase a world championship this year. I don't know how you rate a player's contribution to his team and community and compare it to other footprints that have been made along the way, but Mancini will go down as a memorable player during a time when the team was historically terrible.

He never complained, never faked an injury in order to not have to endure three months of 13-47 baseball, and never did anything to embarrass the team or the city. He was, without question, a "model Oriole" if ever there was one.

Mancini also, of course, battled colon cancer a couple of years ago and beat that. That's as much about the miracles of God and the medical profession than anything else, but it's part of Trey's career narrative and an integral part of his character both on and off the field.

I can't imagine any of those accomplishments gets him into the team's Hall of Fame someday. He was a *good* player in orange and black, for a short period of time, but not much more than that. But he certainly is a *great* man and a wonderful representative of a franchise that, if we're being honest here, hasn't had many of those types over the last 20 years.

But as the days draw closer to August 2nd and Mancini himself prepares for that inevitable meeting in the coach's office, I'll hold out hope for a minor miracle of sorts.

Maybe Mike Elias collects the offers, ponders them, and doesn't see one worthy of making a deal. We're not talking Juan Soto here, after all. We're talking about a guy, with all due respect, who might fetch you a middle of the road prospect at best.

What would be so wrong with keeping him in the fold in Baltimore for the wild card stretch run and see what comes of it? That's my sappy final chapter to the Trey Mancini story, at least.

Either way, whether he stays or goes, Trey Mancini did himself proud in Charm City. The Orioles need more guys like him, not less of them.


Russ asks -- "Is it really possible the Yankees aren't going to make a deal for Andrew Benintendi because he's not vaccinated and can't travel to Toronto? That's the hold up? (Yankees fan here, by the way)"

DF says -- "Please don't get me started on this topic. I actually like Canada, for the most part. It's the home of one of my favorite bands, Rush, and a number of other musical artists I appreciate. I love the history of the Canadians and Maple Leafs, too. I have no idea if the Yankees will acquire Benintendi or not, but it does seem reasonable -- given that they have to go to Toronto both in the regular season and potentially in the playoffs -- for the Yankees to expect that all of their players would be available to make that trip. And don't forget, they may still have those goofy Covid-19 vaccine rules intact in Toronto next season as well. If Benintendi remains unvaccinated, he'll be unavailable for Canada trips in 2023, too.

Like I said, I like Canada. I always have. But here's a new flash: Not allowing some baseball player into the country without a vaccine does nothing for your Covid-19 numbers or cases. Nothing. Zero. Zilch. A guy with the vaccine and the booster (or two) gets Covid-19 just like the guy without the vaccine. I'm vaccinated. I'm happy that I am. But I also think it's silly to keep someone from coming into the country who isn't at this point. Two years ago that might have been a good idea. Even last year, maybe. But not now. Let's move on and wait for the next pandemic to come around...which should be fairly soon."


The world rankings say he's #3, but #DMD says Rory McIlroy is actually #1.

BG asks -- "Hey, Drew, kind of an abstract question here given that there are world rankings for this sort of subject, but in your opinion who are the best five golfers in the world? Thanks. Let me know when you want to tee it up at Hobbits."

DF says -- "The last time I played with you at Hobbits you made a hole-in-one and an eagle in the same round, with your 10 handicap and all. The only way I'll come back is if I'm on your team this time. Anyway...good question. I know what you mean, the world rankings say one thing, but are they *really* accurate?

If you asked me to name the best golfer in the world, I think it's Rory McIlroy. I realize he hasn't won a major in 8 years and squandered the British Open a couple of weeks ago, but, to me, he's the best golfer on the planet. There's really no flaw at all in his game other than the occasional balky putter, which every player encounters on a regular basis.

I think Justin Thomas is probably 2nd best at this point, a hair above Cameron Smith. I think Thomas drives the ball better than Smith and his iron game is superior. Cam's short game and putting is better. I have Smith at #3.

Despite a somewhat "off" 2022, I have Jon Rahm at #4. He does occasionally get a bit wild with the driver, but all in all, he's an elite player who will win a lot more on TOUR over the next 5-10 year. I know Collin Morikawa is going through a rough patch with his irons but I'd have him at #5. He's a bit like McIlroy in that every part of his game is solid. Perhaps he doesn't hit it as far as others off the tee, but it's plenty far enough. (Note: The actual top 5 in the world rankings are Scheffler, Smith, McIlroy, Cantlay and Rahm)."


Creston asks -- "With the Murray contract and the deals guys like Mahomes and Allen have already signed, I'm wondering which of those guys you would actually take OVER Lamar Jackson if you had free reign to do that? You can throw in the other young QB's too, like Jones (Patriots), Herbert (Chargers) and Dak (Cowboys). Thanks!"

DF says -- "I like how you listed the teams for Jones, Herbert and Dak...as if I didn't know who they played for. Anyway, I found the Murray news on Monday to be extraordinarily fascinating. You signed a guy to a $230 million contract and made it a contractual mandate that he participates in four hours per week of "uninterrupted study hall" during the season? You mean knowing the playbook week in and week out isn't a given? I don't know if that says less about Murray or the Cardinals. Either way, it's really strange.

As for those QB's and Lamar, that's a tough one to answer because there are lots of other moving parts involved with a quarterback's play. There are, remember, 10 other guys on offense plus a coordinator who has a say in what goes on. That said, I'd take Jackson over Murray every day. No doubt about it. Mahomes and Allen...I'd take those two over Lamar. I'm not trying to stir the "real quarterback" controversy, but they both strike me as such. At this stage, I think I'd take Herbert over Lamar too. Heck, I might even take Herbert over Mahomes and Allen as well. Jones and Dak? I'll stick with Lamar over those two."


Ray asks -- "As I was reading your column about Rutschman and his post-game antics and baseball's unwritten rules, it got me to thinking about golf and its unwritten rules. I don't play, so I'm asking this question as a complete stranger to the game. Are there any unwritten rules in golf?"

DF says -- "This is a great question. I have to think about that one. OK, here's one I can think of and one that sorta-kinda happened to me about 20 years ago.

It's not cool at all to hit a tee ball and then reference danger on the hole in such a way that players on the tee who are waiting to hit can hear your comments.

In other words, you tee off first and hit it on the left side of the fairway and then you say, "Man, that water on the right over there really had me worried." Or, "I saw that out of bounds all the way down the right side and didn't want any part of that." It's not cool to do that because, of course, you've now drawn attention to it and other players still have to successfully navigate their own tee shot.

Circa 2000, I was playing in the U.S. Open qualifier at Eagle's Nest and was paired with a journeyman PGA Tour player for the day. He was a decent enough guy. He kept to himself, went about his business the way a touring professional does, and he stood on the 14th tee at 4-under for the day. On that 220-yard par 3, he hit a beautiful shot to about ten feet. I hit the green as well, but had 40 feet to the hole. I putted it down there close and tapped in for par.

I fetched my ball from the hole and moved away to allow the professional to make a run at his birdie. "Knock it in," I said to him as I got out of his way.

He studied the putt from both sides and then missed it.

Our caddies went down the 15th fairway to "spot" the tee balls we were about to hit. He played first off the tee and I played second. As we started walking, he said, "Hey, do me a favor. Don't EVER tell me to knock it in. OK? I don't need to hear that. On the Tour, you say that to a guy when you don't want him to make a putt. You sound genuine, but I know in the back of my mind that you don't really want me to make that putt."

I was dumbfounded. I was a couple over par, he was 4-under. He was no threat at all to me. I just said "knock it in" because that's what you say to another golfer who is trying to make a putt.

He then bogeyed the 15th hole to drop to 3 under and I was afraid my blunder on the 14th green was sticking with him, mentally. Fortunately, he made birdie at 17 and advanced to the Sectional round with ease.

But ever since that day, I remain careful of telling a guy to "knock it in". I still do it, but mostly with friends and competitors I know."


Carl in Owings Mills asks -- "I saw your Twitter post last night (Monday) about the Orioles attendance for the Tampa Bay game and it got me to thinking about something concerning the Blast. In your opinion, during the real Blast hey day, what was the highest average attendance the team could have done if the Civic Center would have held more than 11,000 seats?"

DF says -- "In '82-83 and '83-84 we could have easily averaged 15,000 fans per-game. We were capped at 12,506 during those years and there's almost no doubt there were 3,000 or more people out there who would have come to games had tickets/seats been available to them.

I joked last night on Twitter that 9,606 would have been a typical Monday night crowd for the Blast at one point.

It's a shame Tampa Bay doesn't bring 15,000-20,000 fans with them the way the Yankees do. If they did, those attendance numbers in Baltimore this week would be 25,000 instead of the 10,000 or so we'll see Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday."


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today, it's questions for you


I have, as of 5:08 am this morning, 21 questions in my e-mail inbox I could answer today here at #DMD. I appreciate the continued support from all of you.

But, I'll get to those later this week.

Today, I'm asking you the questions. And I look forward to your answers below in the comments section.

I know what you're thinking: "Really, Drew? You want some of these people who troll here answering questions?"

Yes, I do. I think it will be a fun exercise. You get to read what I *think* every day here at #DMD. Today I'll get to see what you think.

It is, as someone noted in the comments section yesterday, just like talk radio. You call in, ask a question, I answer it, and occasionally, I'll ask one of you during the call or we'll banter back and forth for a couple of minutes.

The pressure's on to see if any of you are as sharp as Bob in Parkville or Jonathan in Essex, two of my former regular callers during my radio days.


My first question originated on Twitter late yesterday afternoon and it centers on Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman, who has a "thing" where he eagerly and enthusiastically greets his pitcher after the final out of a victory. Now, don't get me wrong, every catcher and pitcher meet somewhere between the mound and home plate after the final out of a victory. Rutschman, as one of the talking heads on ESPN noted on Saturday night, "leads the league in post-game celebrations and he's only a rookie". That's where the genesis of my Twitter question developed.

Have Adley Rutschman's post-game pitcher greetings reached the level of an "unwritten rules" violation?

The Saturday night win over the Yankees sparked a strong reaction from the rookie catcher. If it wasn't "too much", it was probably considered really close to too much, what for a late July game and all.

And, so, the question for today is: Would it surprise you if Rutschman starts getting an occasional inside pitch or two as a reminder from opposing teams that over-the-top celebrations are considered an unwritten rules violation?

This event would likely happen in a series where, say, Rutschman rushes out to the pitcher after a victory in the first game of a 4-game series and there are still three games and, perhaps, 14 plate appearances remaining.

I mentioned this to a former Oriole yesterday and he said, "It's up to his own guys to tell him what the unwritten rules are. He doesn't know, he's been in the big leagues for six hours. But he should know what they are and then decide if he wants to follow them or not. If he doesn't, that's his call."

Here's where I will remind you (in the event you want me to answer my own question) that I despise the silly unwritten rules in baseball. I think they're petty and juvenile. They are, to borrow a familiar word here, #clownshoes stuff.

We see it all the time these days when a player hits a home run and flips his bat or makes a spectacle of himself as he begins his home r run trot.

Later on in the game, he sees a fastball or two that's more inside than usual. He jaws at the pitcher. The dugouts yell at one another. The umpire has to get involved, calm everyone down, and it was all because some guy hit a home run in the 2nd inning and tossed his bat in the air. It's amateur hour.

A.J. Burnett got mad at Felix Pie once in Baltimore because, he claimed, Pie ran around the bases too fast after a home run. The next night, Pie got a fastball on the rear end as a reminder of his faux pas.

"Running around the bases too fast..." I mean, what are we, 12 years old?

Remember the season-long vitriol the Red Sox had for Manny Machado after his second base slide into Dustin Pedroia? They threw at Machado for the last four months of the season. And it was all because of one play, where he "slid too hard" into Pedroia in an effort to break up a double play.

By the way, "slid too hard trying to break up a double play" is code word for: Playing baseball the way it was intended to be played.

The unwritten rules in baseball are idiotic. But they've been there forever and as the former Oriole reminded me yesterday, "It's a way for players to keep themselves in check."

Maybe so, but they're still dumb.

So I'm asking about Rutschman today because he's one of ours. If this was the catcher in Atlanta, St. Louis or Seattle, I couldn't care less. But it's our guy. So I'm curious and, sure, perhaps a bit concerned. All Rutschman needs is one fastball to the wrist, and he's Bryce Harper -- out for 12-16 weeks.

What do you think? Will Rutschman draw the wrath of opposing teams if he continues his post-game celebration(s) with O's pitchers?


Everything is off to a good start for Lamar Jackson as training camp approaches in scorching Charm City. He showed up last week, well in advance of this Wednesday's first day of practice for returning veterans.

Rather than sit-out training camp, could Lamar Jackson opt to sit-in?

Jackson, of course, doesn't have a contract past this 2022 season and, naturally, that story just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

I reached out to a longtime Ravens connection and asked him about Lamar. I found the answer interesting: "I think we're prepared for everything with him. He says he's in prime condition and ready to win a Super Bowl and we hope and believe that's true. But we also know business is business and we have to be ready in case that takes over."

The reference there -- "prepared for everything" -- is that Jackson has the option of a "sit-in", so to speak, which other prominent NFL players have done in recent years. Rather than stay away from training camp as a negotiating tool, they instead show up at camp, prepare to play, and then come up with a reason not to participate on a daily basis. It's their way of avoiding getting fined.

"I have a headache..."

"My hamstring is tight..."

And anything else you can come up with.

I'm not here to say Lamar's doing any of that. Personally, I don't think he will. But therein lies the question.

If Lamar opts for a sit-in starting this Wednesday and doesn't participate in training camp because of his contract issues, would that change your opinion of him?

Players negotiate in different ways. Jackson, you might have heard, posted a social media message a few weeks back that stirred up the purple faithful in town: I NEED $$

Now, that's not the worst thing a guy could post on Instachat or Snapface or whatever it is the "kids" are using these days, but it struck a nerve in Charm City. It was, by all accounts, a rather harmless way of reminding the Ravens he was looking for a big contract. But anything "public" like that makes the rounds and people generate opinions off of it.

One Twitter post concerning Jackson's "I NEED $$" post generated 3,744 comments/responses. It probably did exactly what Jackson wanted it to do: Generate a flurry of on-line activity that would eventually make its way to the Ravens front office.

So what would your opinion be of Lamar this Wednesday if it turns out he's not going to participate in training camp? Would you be OK with it? Not OK with it? Would your opinion of him change at all?


One rumor making the rounds in the golf world is that the PGA Tour is going to create a rule that allows their members to play "an unlimited number" of competing events but that for every competing event they play in that originates in the U.S., they have to play in an additional event on the PGA Tour the following season or they lose their TOUR membership.

PGA Tour members currently have to play 15 tournaments each year in order to fulfill the minimum requirement of their membership.

So, if Brooks Koepka -- who is part of LIV Golf for the next three years -- plays in six U.S. based LIV events in 2023, he'd then have to play in a total of 21 TOUR-sanctioned events (which does include the majors) the following year or he'd lose his membership to the PGA Tour.

Could Patrick Reed play both a PGA Tour and LIV Golf schedule in 2024?

Assuming he'd play the same LIV schedule that following year, it would mean that in 2024, Koepka would be playing at least 27 total golf tournaments (the minimum 15, plus the "new 6", plus his 6 LIV events), which is about 10 more than he would have played as a "regular" TOUR player without the LIV Golf contract.

Koepka played in 16 TOUR events in '22 before signing with LIV late last month, including all four majors.

The key wording in the (rumored) compromise with LIV players is "competing events". This coming week is a perfect example. LIV is playing in New Jersey. The PGA Tour is playing in Detroit. That's a "competing event". The TOUR would allow Koepka, D.J., Reed, etc. to play in New Jersey, but in that case, they have to add a tournament to their schedule next year. So they would have to play a minimum of 16 TOUR events in 2023.

Now, if LIV golf played an event in mid-November somewhere outside of the U.S. and the PGA Tour didn't have an event that week, the LIV tournament would not fall under the "competing event" designation.

You can read between the lines and see what's happening here: The PGA Tour is trying to do two things: 1) Make it difficult from a scheduling standpoint to allow LIV players to jump back and forth from tour to tour and not be forced to play upwards of 30 tournaments, and 2) Poke a huge hole in the boilerplate claim TOUR players used when jumping to LIV: "I want to spend more time with my family and not play as much golf".

So, the question is: Is this a fair compromise by the PGA Tour? They would essentially *allow* players to compete against their own events but would essentially be forcing those players to play an extra event on the PGA Tour schedule the following year. Fair compromise?

One thing the PGA Tour players might not understand about this whole "compromise" thing is the minute some sort of solution is reached where TOUR players can jump back and forth to LIV without having to sign on contractually, all of the "guaranteed money" goes away. There'd be no more leverage available.

The reason LIV Golf had to give Bryson DeChambeau $125 million was to get him AWAY from the PGA Tour because he couldn't play both circuits. Once DeChambeau (and anyone else) is allowed to play both circuits without penalty, why would LIV have to fork over any guaranteed money to him?

File this one under: No good deed goes unpunished. Players want the flexibility to play "wherever I want" and that's totally understandable. But once they're allowed to play whenever and wherever, the Saudi jump-money goes away. They still play for big bucks in LIV tournaments, of course, but players want the guaranteed dollars, not the *chance* to win $4 million by playing well.

As we've seen with the guys who jumped, they're trying their hardest to avoid having to play "real golf" where the money you earn comes largely from your performance.

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next - a big week of games, and the trade deadline


Now that the MLB Draft and the All-Star Game are out of the way, the Orioles got back to work this weekend to hopefully begin some sort of “stretch run”.

Despite the deflating and uninspiring loss to the Yankees Sunday, the Os stand 4 games behind the 3rd wild card, with four teams to climb over. This marks the first time since 2017 that games in August could mean something here in Charm City.

The MLB trade deadline of Tuesday, August 2nd also is looming. The Birds have been sellers since 2017, and were expected to do so again this season, before they put up a very respectable 47-48 record thus far in 2022.

Now, Mike Elias has a bit more of a decision to make before he starts selling off assets, since the team is now somewhat contending. He can still hedge a bit this week, with 4 games against the Rays before this weekend’s series with the Reds.

If we can at least win 3 of these 7 games (which should be expected), I would hope we limit our sell-off and see this season through. In my mind, the only players we would consider trading and who could fetch a decent prospect are Trey Mancini, Anthony Santander, and Jorge Lopez. Each of these are having a decent year, and are either pending free agents (Mancini) or headed for big raises in arbitration (Santander, Lopez).

In any case, if we can’t get a top 10’ish prospect from a club, I don’t see a compelling reason to trade those guys. Two main reasons – I can’t imagine the salary savings would be that much and second, in the case of Trey and Santander, we have no viable alternatives for the next year and a half. Ryan McKenna is not the answer in any scenario, and our OF minor leaguers are at least a year away.

Finally, our solid young core of Hays, Mountcastle, Rutschman, and Mullins should not be touched – too much talent and plenty of team control. Other veterans like P Jordan Lyles and IF Roughned Odor have little to no value.

We will see what happens this week. Losing teams with losing cultures have to sell off assets. I am hoping we are getting past that phase. Let’s keep these guys unless we get blown away by an offer and see what happens, both this year and next. The fans deserve that. It is time to stop playing defense and plan to win.

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"if the ravens don't sign lamar, then what?"


Ken Alagard asks -- "I saw your Twitter opinion on the Red Sox center fielder who misjudged the fly ball at Fenway Park on Friday night. And while I agree it should have been ruled an error, I have a question for you. Should the hitter receive credit for 4 RBI if he reached base due to the error and runs scored because of it? Thanks."

DF says -- Sure, give him the runs batted in. I mean, he hit the ball *somewhere*, they didn't catch it, so, yes, give him the RBI. One thing I know for sure. What happened on Friday night at Fenway was, by the very definition of the word, an "error". But we see this probably 25 times a year in baseball. A play that *should* have been made wasn't made because the player failed to produce the proper technique to make it happen. Yet, for reasons I've never figured out, baseball is afraid to hand out errors to professional players who deserve them. That fly ball on Friday night was so routine a Single-A player would have made it. It was an error, plain and simple."


Randy asks -- "When Brian Billick got canned in Baltimore why didn't he get another job? His excuse of "they want young and cheap and I'm old and expensive" doesn't hold water. Was he black balled? If so, why? Was he known as a crappy coach or lazy or insubordinate? What was the real deal?"

DF says -- "This isn't quite #clownshoes territory, but it's close. How on earth am I supposed to know why 31 other NFL owners decided not to hire Brian Billick? I never heard any kind of backroom story about him being lazy or insubordinate. Maybe after he made $30 million coaching football, he decided he'd rather see his children grow up instead of not seeing them for 9 months out of the year. I'd like to think I'd do something like that if I suddenly stumbled on $30 million in a short time and had two young children.

This is like Tom Cruise asking Jack Nicholson why Private Santiago didn't pack his stuff the night before his supposed transfer. "I don't have a clue...maybe he was an early-riser. Maybe he didn't have any friends." I have no idea what was going through the minds of 31 NFL owners in 2007 when Billick got fired. He seemed like a reasonable guy to re-hire to me, but maybe he didn't want to coach any longer. Could it be that simple? Maybe."


CIK asks -- "If and when LIV and the PGA tour team up (merge) and embrace all that dirty Saudi money, will all these golf fans like DF suddenly stop watching? My guess is no."

DF says -- "I can't speak for "golf fans", only myself. If the PGA Tour and LIV Golf merge (which, I'm guessing, our brilliant government and legal system will likely force them to do that at some point) and Greg Norman and the Saudi government are still somehow involved in the overall product of professional golf in the United States, I would most certainly not be on board with that and it would 100% impact my interest in PGA Tour events. I would still follow the major championships very closely, since none of those are run by the PGA Tour, but my interest in the PGA Tour would wane greatly if LIV Golf and the Saudi government are directly involved.

I've always found the whole "I know what you'd do" thing to be weird. It's generally the way folks justify something they are doing that's awkward, embarrassing or nefarious. "Well, yeah, I'm doing it...but you would too if you had the opportunity." People should just worry about what position or stance they take and stop assuming they know what the other guy would do. Worry about your own position and then stand up for it.

If you want to watch LIV Golf and don't mind that the Saudi government is behind it, that's your call. Keep watching. They need you, after all, in order to make the thing work. But that doesn't mean I have to watch it. I don't want to watch it or support it. So, I don't. And I won't."


Bart asks -- "A question for your Q and A section. I saw the story CBS did on Rickie Fowler and it got me to thinking about him and I was wondering if you would consider him the biggest bust in the history of pro golf?"

DF says -- "Is this a serious question? A bust? You can't possibly be serious. He has 9 career wins, including 5 on the PGA Tour. He has a 2nd in the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open and a 3rd in the PGA. Among his wins are a Scottish Open title on the European Tour. He was #4 in the world at one point. He played on numerous Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams. I understand he is in the midst of a significant drop-off in both his play and his world ranking. I have no idea if he'll ever be good again, win on TOUR, etc. But in no way, shape or form is Rickie Fowler a "bust".

Now, had you asked me "Based on his amateur and college career, are you surprised Fowler hasn't won more on the PGA Tour?", I would say "Yes" to that one. He was, after all, the top ranked amateur in the world for 36 weeks in 2007. He had a celebrated college career at Oklahoma State. And I assumed he'd win a bunch on TOUR and even capture a major or two along the way. Alas, he hasn't. But there's still time. I don't think Fowler's career is over just yet. He's only 33, remember."


Alan Quick asks -- "Hey Drew, for your Q&A mailbag, I have a question about the Lamar contract situation. Let's say the Ravens aren't able to sign Lamar to a new contract this season. He plays out his contract in '22. Then what? What do you think the Ravens should do?"

DF says -- "This one's tricky. Players rarely like the franchise tag, although Kirk Cousins in Minnesota has plenty of reasons to be fond of it, but the Ravens could franchise Lamar next season in an on-going attempt to get him signed to a long-term deal. If all else fails, they could reluctantly trade him somewhere, although that would be a last resort move for sure. I've been saying this for a while now: At some point, the Ravens have to figure out what their drop-dead price is for Jackson and either fish or cut bait. Get him signed or start figuring out who the next QB is going to be.

And based on what the Browns gave up for Deshaun Watson, the Ravens could probably bring in quite a haul in exchange for Jackson. Three first-rounders, at a minimum, plus a handful of other picks/players. Right??

Let's also remember this: They have a draft every April for a reason. That's how teams re-stock their rosters, just like the Ravens did in 2018 when they picked Jackson. I think Lamar should be signed to a new contract. I've never wavered from that. But at some point, the contract could be detrimental to the ongoing development and improvement of the roster. And if it comes to pass that Lamar prices himself out of Baltimore, they'll figure out a way to bring someone else in. They did it in 2008 with Flacco and 2018 with Lamar."


Mahomes and the Chiefs...out of the playoffs in 2022?

Preston asks -- "Which of these 4 things has the best chance of happening in the upcoming NFL season? Bengals go back to the Super Bowl. Steelers make the playoffs. Chiefs miss the playoffs. Ravens go to the AFC Championship Game. Thanks, Drew."

DF says -- "Hmmmm, good question here, Preston. You can eliminate the Steelers being the "right answer". There's almost no chance they're making the playoffs. The other three could all occur. But I'll say the Chiefs missing the playoffs is the most likely of those four things to take place. I think life without Tyreek Hill will be tough. I'm not saying K.C. is definitely missing the post-season. But I do think the most likely of those four things would be the Chiefs missing out."


Chris Blondell asks -- "I'm looking for some advice about a situation that recently occurred during my club championship. 15th hole, we're tied, and my playing opponent hits a ball near a tree in the rough that lands directly on several roots sticking out. He asks me, "Can I move this?" and I say, "Not unless you want to take a penalty."

He was very agitated and angry with me. He lost that hole and #17 and I won the match and advanced to the club championship finals. Was I right or wrong?"

DF says -- "Well, obviously by the rules, you were right. So in the end, you can always fall back on that. But I've subscribed to a theory in "casual play" (which, to me, a club championship falls under) and that is, "Don't make someone hit a shot where they could injure themselves." If your opponent could have injured himself by hitting the ball from the roots of the tree, I think a free drop there would have been the admirable thing to do. Obviously, in a "real" golf tournament, he would not have been permitted to take relief without a penalty.

I don't think you did the wrong thing by making him hit it. You followed the rules, which is fine. But when someone could get injured in a casual round of golf -- even if there's a trophy or a few bucks on the line -- I think free relief is acceptable."


Scott Partridge asks -- "What's your position on the shift in baseball? Good strategy? Or should it be done away with?"

DF says -- "I've never liked it. I wouldn't go as far as saying it wrecked Chris Davis' career, but it certainly had a major impact on him. Baseball was meant to have a first baseman, second baseman, shortstop and third baseman. And that's where those guys should stay, generally. I'm definitely an anti-shift guy."


Carl in Owings Mills asks -- "I have one of your sports fairy questions for your Q & A segment. The sports fairy finds you and makes you this offer. "If you'll let the Flyers win the Stanley Cup, I'll see to it that the Yankees, Red Sox, Steelers and Browns don't win a title for at least ten years." Would you do it?"

DF says -- "Come on, man. What kind of question is this? Of course I wouldn't do it. You knew that before you sent me the e-mail. There's no way I'm signing off on the Flyers winning the Stanley Cup. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever."


Geoff asks -- "Four parter for your next Q&A. Ginger or Mary Ann? Born to Run or Thunder Road? Shaq or Barkley? Peyton or Tom Brady?"

DF says -- Mary Ann for sure. I always thought Ginger tried too hard. I'm going against the grain on this one a little, but I prefer Thunder Road to Born to Run. I get it, Born to Run is an anthem. Everyone knows the lyrics to that song. But I just prefer Thunder Road for some reason. I assume you're asking about Shaq/Barkley as basketball players? If so, it's Shaq every time. Charles was obviously a tremendous player but Shaq was a game changer. When he tried, he was a total beast on the court. And the last one is Brady by a mile. Peyton was great, but Brady is untouchable. Dude's the G.O.A.T."


Nick Pirelli asks -- "Hey Drew, I'm a 7.5 handicap who has really hit a slump this summer. I think I've shot two rounds in the 70's since May 1st and I'm shooting a lot of 85's recently. Do you have a can't miss remedy for a slump? Thanks!"

DF says -- "This is a tough one to answer because I have no idea what part of your game is slumping the most to generate those high scores you're shooting. I can give you some swing advice but it might be your putting that's letting you down. Anyway, one of the best things I've learned when you're struggling is to simply go to the range, dump out 50 balls, and hit them all with your feet together. Just stand there with your feet together and hit balls until you start hitting them all crisply. Then widen your feet a few inches and hit another 10-15 balls. Then widen them a little more and hit 10-15 more. See if that driving range exercise doesn't help you get back on track."

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rc     August 08
LOL @ John S...."do more research". Sure, what could go wrong by googling info on anything covid-related.

But you are right about Rose, guy was a POS. Why was he a topic today anyway?

Larry     August 08
Herman, I usually see your side of things but there isn't a chance in hell you would applauded Tiger Woods for anything (except maybe getting arrested). You and I both know that.

John S     August 08
Pete Rose and his nickname of Charley Hustle. It had nothing to do with how he played the game of baseball. Johnny Bench despises him. He has said that everything that Rose did was a "hustle". In old fashioned street lingo, it means a con artist, a liar, a rogue, a scoundrel.

The lady who came forward a few years ago is tip of the iceberg stuff. Rose often was seen in the company of teenage girls on the road. That is why he was an outsider on almost every club he was on. He is and has always been a scumbag.

But his defenders(there are many) prove a point. A huge point. People get fooled. We see it on a daily basis. Propaganda becomes facts.

You had "experts" claiming that if you got a new, untested vaccine...."the virus would be stopped". And the general populace believed it and helped with draconian mandates that ruined lives and commerce and friendships.

Be more cynical. Do more research. If someone claims expertise, check their record...not just their college.



As the great John Prince sang "Caravan of Fools". "When you can't stand to lose, you're running with the caravan of fools".

Be bold. Question everything.


bob singer     August 08
The only thing "on brand" is SOD rushing to call Herman a racist any time he posts. Really is childish and tiring, but any time someone calls for truce between SOD and HOD they get chewed up and spit out. SOD must be so proud.

Herrman's points on PGA are worth consideration if you ask me. Mind you, I do get the point of the traditionalists, and not convinced that model needs to be totally blown up.

But, on the hand, as Herrman points out, the revenue now out there is nuts and if you're an elite golfer, why wouldn't you question why you have to "earn your keep" while those "managing" the Tour make more than you do (at least initially).

I don't think the LIV format and approach is the answer BTW. Hope no one outside of Greg Norman and his funding sources believes that. But when one considers the revenue available and how most pro sports design their pay scales as part of a collective bargaining process, sure seems like the Tour needs to put their heads together and come up with a better model

HERMAN     August 08
@Ralph

You are incorrect, I would have applauded The Messiah for taking the cash and smashing the monopoly. I wouldn't sit and watch Tim Finchem for hours on Sunday, or Jay Monahan. If it's for "tradition, honor, and prestige" they can get paid in that and work for free. I find it interesting that the same empty suit that extolls the "virtues" of the broke college kid on scholarship, facing the challenges of Q school, his potential ticket to success.....as he heads out the door making a few hundred grand and dinner on the tour CC.

If The Messiah drives the needle worth a billion, write him the check. Just don't proseletyse over "Saudi Blood Money" wearing Nike sweat shop gear while Uyghurs die in concentration camps in China.

MJ     August 08
Good points from Ralph about HTH. On brand. Perfect description.

Ralph     August 08
Give Herman credit for the brand he's created. He never wavers from it. If Tiger would have taken the $$ he would have crushed him for it. Hilarious if not utterly predictable. But on brand, which is what matters to him most.

HERMAN     August 08
If LIV accomplished anything at all it was to expose the odd grip on the professional game of golf held by the PGA. They don't own any of the majors that are the highlight of their sport. They really can't control the stars of their sport, or require their presence in events. While they have tried hard to evolve their approach with a new season ending playoff series of events, and annual point system akin to NASCAR it hasn't caught on with the general public, and is only embraced by the golf enthusiasts. And while the golfers themselves still see the career path of moving through either Q school or the mini-tours to the PGA as the proper approach many of the young guns are starting to understand that having to drum up your own sponsorship and face expenses week-to-week without any guaranteed compensation by the tour is a burden compared to other sports. Sure a handful of guys start as multi-millionaires before they put a pro peg into the ground, but past the top 25 the rest are grinding week to week out of wallet. In today's cash oversaturated environment of sport that sounds like an anachronism, some kind of throw back, best left in the 1980s.

Hindsight is 20/20 but allowing the evolution of majors and those traditions to dominate the game without a shred of ownership, well, could you imagine Jerrah Jones of Cowboys fame letting the Super Bowl get out under someone else's control?

Somehow I think the next ten years is going to see some serious change to the mechanics of how things are run in pro golf. You can only "pay" the new participants in "legacy and tradition" for so long until they get a little frustrated carrying those initial expenses all on themselves until they can make it.

Ray     August 08
And Rose wonders why he got kicked out of baseball. SMH

Jk     August 07
Ricky Fowler finished 125 and made the PGA Tour playoffs on the last day. I get George is thrilled!

lou@palo alto     August 07
ditto, steve

agree UTB--seems many stars of his day cld hit and run but didn't know how to win as much as Frank

Steve of Pimlico     August 07
@ Lou@ Palo Alto looking forward to seeing you at our renuion in April

unitastoberry     August 07
@ Lou you are right about Frank but that's the way baseball should be played. Just like Bo Jackson breaking Dempsey' thumb at the plate.



@Del Ray I feel as do others our age and above ground that Ted would have been the goat and the king if not for military obligations. I talked once to the guy who made his bats at Louisville Slugger when I took the tour there long ago he felt the same.

lou@palo alto     August 07
frank robinson may hv gotten to 3000 hits--certainly wld hv hd 600hr if not for the injury breaking up a double play against the WS (al weiss) in early 67--was on a path for triple crown numbers again but the concussion/double vision til '69 cost him, and us

Delray RICK     August 07
BOB...TED already belonged in 500 hrs club

MFC     August 07
Not sure you've played the new tees at the Road. There is considerable length added to:

2- might be the toughest to par on the course

4- 40 yard difference between the white and blue tees

8- 30-40 difference

13- moved way back into a corner-

18- added at least 20-30 yards



That's substantial and when they move 7 all the way back into 12 that adds another 30 yards.



Other issues not discusses was green speed and pin placements. Most of the defense of the Road is the greens. If they're cut and rolled with certain pin placements 70 would be a heck of a score. Of course that's true for many courses but it makes a world of difference at the Road. Still there are enough holes at there to make birdies.



To the "average" player, I'm calling that 10-14 handicap the difference from playing the whites to the blues is 5-6 shots, if not more. It's that dramatic.

Bob     August 07
Chris,

Ted Williams missed a total of 4 years as a player serving in both WWII and Korea, no doubt he would be in the 500/3,000 club.

Chris in Bel Air     August 07
O's seem like they are on a mission to prove their worth. They are not going away. I feel pretty good that I'll still be saying that a month from now.

Yesterday's celebration... On the good side, it was good to see and hear Brooks and Eddie up in the booth yesterday during the broadcast. Brooks is a huge fan favorite obviously and Eddie starting to get appreciated even more... thankfully. On the downside, also missing from yesterday Markakis and JJ Hardy. Two fan favs from the Buck era. Also, they could have invited Delmon Young. Owner of one of (the?) most famous hit at the Yard. I know I'll never forget it.

Speaking of Eddie. I was discussing with a friend yesterday the 500 HR and 3000 hit club. For you baseball trivia nerds, Eddie is one of 7 players in that club. Also, are Hank, Mays, A-Rod (ugh), Pujols, Palmeiro (yes, him) and this year Miggy Cabrerra joined the club. Follow on interesting trivia, at least for me. Players that you would think have 3000 hits but do not.... Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson. Ted missed time due to his service during WW2. Greatest generation. Brooks also just missed at 2848.

Dean     August 06
Another day- another Out of towner roasted - baltimore has those fans for sure. Just mention Ray Lewis and see how quickly folks react. Outside Baltimore it raises and eye- here- not so much.

sam winchester     August 06
Rochester Roger sounds like a real genius. And yes we have those kinds of "fans" here in Baltimore, many are active on Twitter.

The uproar over kneeling is a case study is how cults control the minds of the weak.


Erick     August 06
Pretty sad Os could not coordinate- still disfunctonal- not like this year came as a surprise and still schedule conflicts?

kj     August 06
I was not blessed to have known Mr Stewart, only knew "of" him. What a good man may he rest in peace.

Gerry Jackson     August 06
Thanks for the beautiful tribute to “Mr. Stewart,” which is exactly what my siblings and me always called him. Our dad, James Jackson, shared a desk with him at The Sun for three decades. He was such a great friend to our dad, and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Thanks for sharing some of his story.

Eric in Gaithersburg     August 06
I hate what the O's did with the wall-move it back 15 feet instead of 30 or just make it higher don't do both. But the results dont lie- we 30-20 at home. Can't believe Drew didn't mention all the O's that have beefs that are not back today- Jones, Surhoff, Bordick and Brady. Cal has scheduling conflict. And don't look now but Gunnar Henderson has a hit in 15 of his last 16 .349/.431/.667 with 4 HR 4 2B 2 3B 187wRC+ and now has .946 OPS in AAA. It is time for him to join this formerly mediocre offense that has gotten worse since Mancini deal.

JohnInEssex     August 06
Kapernick indeed started the kneeling for the anthem thing...

The Ravens blew it up in England, for all to see, then stood up for God Save The Queen...

Steve of Pimlico     August 06
Have to wonder if the new dimensions in Oriole Park had got into Trey's head this year.

Erick     August 06
Interesting take on golf course- if someone were to highlight a certain website in a similar vein- Im curious if it would draw any ire from those that frequent it?

Don from Catonsville     August 05
I'm a GOLF NERD , that was a VERY ENJOYABLE story!!!

Chris in Bel Air     August 05
I generally lower the volume and/or try to tune out most announcers (MLB and NFL). Very few provide any value added. Listening to the O's broadcast the other night, I heard Newman get all excited for a LONG DRIVE TO CF... and the CF is under it makes the final out. The ball wasn't even close to the warning track or hit very hard. Ugh. Maybe it is just nostalgia, but I do miss hearing Chuck and Brooks.

Glad to hear your story with son, Drew. Sounded like a great day. My father passed away coming up on 10 years now. Among many other things, I wish I could play another round with him. Do it while you can people. Do it while you can.

unitastoberry     August 05
I moved to central PA in 1986. Great story many former Baltimore folks live here now and all of us go thru the transition minus becoming Penn St/Stiller fans. There's a lot of southern hospitality here my oldest son calls it Pennsatucky. Come back now ya hear !

TimD in Timonium     August 05
@DF, great story, enjoy the memories, enjoy getting away.



I've seen Little League games in Williamsport, have visited Penn State and Bucknell, but, other than that, Central PA is pretty wide open. Empty. God's Country.

Delray RICK     August 05
GOOD read on MUSHNICK bout VIN SCULLY and why we have turds calling games. DEM O'S have gone in the toilet with these "talking heads" that won't shut the hell up. PALMER pleasure to listen to but when squeaky voice lady comes I turn the sound down. LET THE GAME PLAY OUT and talking bout nuttin all the time. And that old fart in YANKEES still calling is a real joke. AUGUST 11 LIFE STARTS!!!

ChrisK     August 04
I'll preface this by saying that I am not an attorney, so take it with a (or several grains) of salt. But, the PGA doesn't have an anti-trust exemption (as MLB does). To me, banning certain players from participating in your events because you don't like them is a pretty clear anti-trust violation. I'm not a golf guy, so I certainly won't opine on the merits of LIV vs. PGA, but banning a sub-set of players because they wanted to spend some weekends playing with another organization strikes me as patently illegal.

Barry Holtby     August 04
Someone take away the "*" key from Drew's keyboard. The overuse is getting ridiculous.

larry     August 04
Trading away Mancini and Lopez did absolutely nothing to damage their chances of winning this year. Capable replacements are here.

The notion of "adding" is foolish. Sure they have a more stocked farm system than before, but do they have a surplus? And would it make sense to send some of those assets away, in exchange for the low odds of what Stats Nerd alluded to?

To me, had Elias traded say Stowers or Hall away, that would border on malpractice. He did the right thing, he just made one comment he should not have, that's all.

Some day the O's will be good, hopefully in a similar sustainable way like the Ravens, and some day certain people will stop obsessing over @Herman.

Unitastoberry     August 04
CIK...ty

David Rosenfeld     August 04
The Orioles have 54 wins with 57 games left. You start asking yourself how many games of those 57 will they have to win?

I'd say that 31-26 is a legitimate possibility. Will 85-77 be enough? Probably not. To get to 89 wins, they'd need 35-22. Maybe asking a lot.

Still, I'm surprised Elias said that, even if meant it in a completely mathematical way. At this point the difference in probability between TB and the Orioles is pretty much a wash.

K.C.     August 04
Give @Herman credit. He made a post and didn't reference Springsteen. I'm buying more and more into the idea started by someone here that @Herman is on the Dish staff in some capacity.

There's no possible way someone with this much dislike for a person goes out of his way 3 or 4 times a day to stop by and indirectly help fund that person's business. We already know for sure @Herman doesn't like "the site owner" so the only question left is "Why do you come around every day?"

He has to be on staff some how. He just has to be.

Conway     August 04
Ain't this the truth >>> Sure, those guys know all about the Washington Post journalist and they realize you're not really *allowed* to say anything negative about Saudi policies or decisions.



Drew gets it. So do the 3,300 American families who lost loved ones on 9-11. To some people like Herman those murders no longer matter. For some they still do.

Chris in Bel Air     August 04
I was surprised to hear Elias offer that statement the other night. As a GM, he should know better. I did not know the full story til I read today's edition but I'm glad to hear he did the right thing and spoke to the team.

I think his comments and the trades are clear evidence he is sticking with his plan. As a fan, it is tough to see your team right on the doorstep of a potential wild card (99% sure they have improved that format and it is now a 3-game series) and see them trade away players and not bring in pieces that could help them get to the post-season. But, for the GM and the plan, while I'm sure he's glad to see it, it does not factor into the plan. The current performance is just a nice little add-on.

I was disappointed to see Trey go but I understand it. I didn't mind Lopez going because his trade value will never be higher than it is now. I'm not convinced he can perform at the same level as now over the next 2-3 years. I was glad to hear Elias say the O's will be looking to sign true MLB talent starting next year but like everything with them, I'll believe it when I see it.

The Real Ricky     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..."

Really?

Drew, I sure hope you're doing as well as Paul McCartney if and/or when you're 80 years old. You know, when your kids are graduating college! LOL!





I kid!

CIK     August 04
@UTB

The 1 game playoff has been eliminated. It is now 6 teams from each league qualify. The top 2 teams get byes. The 3 seed hosts the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosts the 5 seed, in a best of 3.

kevin j     August 04
Totally agree it was good to see Elias rush to put out the fire he started. We all know he simply meant the "probability" of true post season success was low, ie fools gold, but competitive athletes never wanna hear that. Who says "the odds of us winning are small so why try hard"?

Elias was a player, he knows this. Obviously caught up int he moment of justifying his trades and probably realized as soon as it was said it was foolish thing to put out there. Does not change that he "did" the right thing, the comment was the mistake, not the trades.

@Geroge with great analogy between PGA Tour and our country, bravo good sir!

HERMAN     August 04
Get the popcorn this lawsuit could be fun to watch. The PGA enforcing a monopoly and the independent contractors crying restraint of trade. George with the post of the year so far.

What I "don't get" is how the site owner can love golf and love competition and not understand that the golfers want the freedom to play wherever and whenever they choose, and to compete for whatever prize money they are eligible to compete for. This idea that they "took the big money" and so don't need money from the FedEx playoffs is ludicrous. Tiger has a billion, should he just stop competing for the cash?

For those few who qualified for the FedEx Cup this year I don't see how they can be excluded, they met the qualifications and want to play. Billy Herschel and his "they want their cake and to eat it too" nonsense, yeah, they want to play golf and compete. Not hard to understand.

And for all those locals foaming at the mouth over Dem O's, could it be that the few big market teams have grabbed up all the real talent leaving all the small market teams mediocre, allowing for Dem O's to seem competitive racking up wins against low life competition and giving them a false hope? In a sea of mediocrity some mediocrity will appear slightly superior to all other mediocrity.

And fake Herman is back, I didn't post that last reply. With two of the four potential imposters I have in mind on European vacations that narrows it down to two. Could even be the site owner himself, trying to goad me into leaving for good...

PLB     August 04
Really good column on Elias, Drew. You hit every button properly. Leaned on his data and his team of stats people, said the wrong thing publicly, went to Texas and tried to fix it with his players. Very well done today, my friend.



As for the PGA Tour lawsuit, it's all about Greg Norman and Phil getting their pound of flesh. It's just a fight to say "I beat you" now. I'm bored with it, honestly.



I do have a question about Tiger Woods, though. Is there some kind of lingering animosity between Tiger and Greg or Tiger and Phil that kept him from taking the $750 million LIV offered him? That seems like just too much money to refuse. Thoughts?






Brett B.     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..." hahahahahaha

Have to admit, I was shocked at how bad his voice was on 6/12 at Camden Yards. I know he's old and all but sheeesh, that was tough to listen to.

Unitastoberry     August 04
The one off MLB playoff game is a joke. If you want to get excited then go for it. But getting there isn't much more than a participation trophy. The next worst thing is winning your division and having a champagne party. Billick was right..Festivis!!

TimD in Timonium     August 04
Another thought on the O's trading deadline moves. Hope CBS Sports is wrong and the run continues. Go O's.



"Not everything in this game is an asset that must be micromanaged and leveraged to the fullest extent at all times. It's baseball, not an actuarial table. There are human beings involved, and rather than further encourage the good vibes, the O's front office snuffed them out."



And who thought the PGA would be newsworthy in AUGUST. Wow. Every day.


Delray RICK     August 04
DEM O'S only 11/2 games out of wild card...WOW!! Whoever picked COLE to win PICTER OF THE YEAR!!! He can't win without sicky stuff. MANCINI hits homerun in first game.

George     August 03
In a Nutshell – LIV Golf files antitrust suit against the PGA Tour, alleging monopolistic practices against LIV and its players in conspiracy with sponsors, DP Tour, Asian Tour, PGA of America, USGA, R & A, and the Masters Tournament. Three players otherwise eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs ask for restraining order against enforcement of their bans.

Eventual Outcome – after a flurry of self-righteous public-relations campaigns, the case is settled with LIV getting everything it wanted, except against the Masters Tournament, which has through its history maintained its private rights to do whatever it damn well pleases. [Note that its eligibility criteria do not offer an entry into the Tournament, but merely qualify a player for the possibility of an invitation.]

An interesting sideline to this [at least to me] is the evolution of the PGA Tour, originally formed by touring professionals to benefit themselves, into an organization dominated by executives who have gotten fat administering the Tour while relegating the players to the inferior status of independent contractors who must follow the rules the Tour sets. Sort of like the United States of America – originally designed as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and which has evolved into a nation run from time to time by one of two parties who happen to get a majority of electoral votes and who neither care a lick about the welfare of the sheep/citizens.

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A professional wrestling diehard I am not. Frankly, I couldn't name 3 wrestlers in WWE these days. Seriously, I couldn't.

Greg Valentine's long gone, right? Honky Tonk Man? King Kong Bundy?

For all I know, those guys might not even be alive any longer.

I really know next to nothing about pro wrestling these days, but I know enough to know that yesterday's news of Vince McMahon retiring will serve as huge news in that industry. It will be, to borrow a familiar phrase, "a game changer" for WWE and the sport itself.

It's never easy to go out, I suppose, and the way McMahon is calling it a day must not be all that comfortable for him. Amid scandal and reports of secret hush-money payments to female WWE employees, the legendary broadcaster, promoter, and man-who-did-everything announced on Friday he was retiring effective immediately.

But while his critics will revel in his untimely and embarrassing departure, professional wrestling fans will give McMahon his due for the work he did in turning his business into one of cable TV's most watched programs over the last 25 years.

From Wrestlemania attendance figures of 100,000 to sell-out arena crowds on Friday nights in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and everywhere else, McMahon and the WWE have been a business model of envy for a long, long time. Lots of people scoffed at wrestling, but the revenue numbers were always a thing of astonishment. McMahon almost singlehandedly built the WWE into a money-making monster.

The premise McMahon understood the best was the most obvious one of them all; pit the good guy against the bad guy. Create characters that half the people will love and half the people will dislike. Make those characters fluid enough so that this year they can be good, and next year they can be bad. And, above all, keep the fans guessing.

The WWE will go on, with McMahon's daughter, Stephanie, assuming a more prominent role in the day-to-day operations of the business. Vince McMahon still remains the company's largest shareholder, but that appears to be the only connection he'll have to WWE moving forward.

And, no, before you ask or assume, even: This is not a "work" or a well-devised wrestling skit where McMahon retires today, stays out of the picture for four months, and then suddenly shows up again in a pay-per-view event sometime in November.

It's over for McMahon. But the show, of course, must go on. And while we're lamenting about the good old days, let's take a look at back at the greatest of all of his ideas; the rivalry between Stone Cold Steve Austinand Vince McMahon, which featured a crazy scene in a hospital room where Austin was pretending to be a doctor and ambushed McMahon on live TV.





I wouldn't go as far as calling last night's crowd of 28,468 at Camden Yards "lame", but I sure thought we'd see a lot more folks than that at the ballpark with the Yankees in town for a 3-game weekend series.

Gas prices and train fare being what they are, maybe there just weren't enough New Yorkers interested in making the trip down to Charm City.

I told someone earlier this week I thought the O's could do 120,000 for this series with the A.L. leading Yankees. That prediction will apparently come up short, although I think we might see something approaching 100,000 in total attendance, which is still pretty good for a team that was drawing 12,000 for a weekend home game earlier in 2022.

On the field, it was too much Aaron Judge last night as the Yankees won 7-6 to drop the Birds below .500 at 46-47.

Judge hit two home runs and New York survived a late O's rally as Anthony Santander's 3-run homer in the 7th inning trimmed the Yankees' lead from 7-3 to 7-6.

Tyler Wells got the start for the Birds and wasn't his usual sharp self, allowing 5 earned runs in just 5 innings of work. At the plate, Mullins, Rutschman and the aforementioned Santander had 2-hit games for the Birds.

Trey Mancini, Ryan Mountcastle and Austin Hays were a combined 0-for-10. Better days are ahead for those three, for sure.


Benjamin offered a witty comment here yesterday regarding the on-going Lamar Jackson contract saga: "Sign Lamar...at any cost...signed, all other AFC teams."

I get it. Everyone else wants the Ravens to back up two Brinks trucks for Lamar because they assume along with that comes salary cap woes down the road.

It's not like we haven't seen that same situation unfold in Baltimore in the past, right? The Ravens gave Joe Flacco a mammoth contract after the 2012 Super Bowl win and the only thing that really served to do was halt the team's successful run of post-season glory.

Now, it's also fair to point out that the Ravens didn't exactly go out of their way to supplement the Flacco-led offense with a group of elite, high profile players, either. And for good measure, they shipped off one of his best targets -- Anquan Boldin -- prior to the 2013 campaign.

Together in 2022 for sure, but beyond that.....who really knows at this point?

But the reality was that giving Flacco all that money -- while probably the *fair* thing to do for him -- wasn't the best long-term move for the club. The Ravens were never really the same after that Flacco contract. You can pick apart each season and identify primary reasons for their struggles, but when it's all said and done, the data and the standings don't lie.

And that situation, one would assume, has to be front and center on Eric DeCosta's mind as he tries to reel in Lamar Jackson at a reasonable price either this off-season or next off-season. Conventional wisdom says the sooner the better for the organization because there's just no chance at all that Lamar's price will actually decrease between now and next July.

But as I noted here on Thursday, is there going to come a point sometime soon where Lamar simply prices himself out of Baltimore?

If the Ravens do decide to throw $300 million at him with all or most of it guaranteed, what happens to the football team in, say, 2024, 2025, 2026 and beyond? Will the Flacco situation rear its head again a decade later, only this time with Lamar at the helm and his contract causing problems with the salary cap and the structure of the on-field product?

Anything's possible. The club could orchestrate a team-friendly contract that doesn't cause an open wound, salary cap wise. They're smart enough to know how to get that done, I'm guessing.

But Jackson's mammoth deal is almost certainly going to create some kind of strife within the team's budget. It seems impossible to give someone $300 million and have it somehow not impact the team in some fashion, right?

And that brings us to the question: Is Lamar worth it?

Is he worth $50 million annually and/or $300 million over six years? Can the Ravens win with Jackson scooping up that kind of money and occupying that much of the team's salary cap? If they can, great.

But if they can't, it could all come falling down the way it did with Flacco.

That's really the question: Is Lamar worth it?

Give him all that money and then sit back and hope it all works out. That seems to be the theme a lot of NFL teams are following these days.

The Browns are chaining themselves to Deshaun Watson to the tune of $230 million. If he flops, they're in deep trouble.

The Cardinals just did it with Kyler Murray. He better be the real deal out there in Arizona.

The Chiefs (Mahomes) and Bills (Allen) have also both done it, although it's fair to point out Kansas City has already reaped some significant rewards on their Mahomes deal and Allen seems to have Buffalo in position to make several runs at the Super Bowl over the next 3-5 years.

Other than an MVP award, which was all well and good, Jackson hasn't won anything in the NFL. I mean, sure, he has a slew of regular season wins and all, and he finally won a playoff game in 2021 at Nashville, but Jackson is still looking for that breakthrough playoff campaign where he -- like Flacco was in the 2013 post-season -- is the reason the team wins multiple games.

Which comes first? Jackson takes the Ravens to a Super Bowl and then cashes in. Or the Ravens cough up big bucks for him and hope Lamar takes them to the promised land in the future.

It seems inevitable that Jackon's eventually going to sign with the Ravens long-term. But will that be the right move five years from now?


In one of the weirdest plot turns of the year yesterday the folks at LIV Golf reached out to me with an offer for media credentials for next week's event in New Jersey.

My first reaction was, of course, that a friend was pranking me.

But, no, it turned out to be legit.

I'm assuming I'm on some kind of media data-base list and my proximity to New Jersey made me an "automatic invite" for credentials next week. It's not like I know Greg Norman or anyone else at LIV or anything like that. My name's on a list somewhere. That's how I figure it.

I laughed, though, as I looked through the e-mail to see the information they were sending along. They used all the proper buzz words -- "cordially invited", "extend you a first-hand look at golf's hottest new event" and, the real kicker, "we know we'd enjoy having you spend next weekend with us at Trump Bedminster."

Eh, really?

I don't think you'd "enjoy" having me around after all. I'm not a LIV guy. I think the premise is awful, the format is terrible and the product, in general, is weak. I assume had the LIV folks knew I felt that way I probably wouldn't have been invited up to New Jersey next week in the first place.

I have about as much interest going to a LIV tournament as I do playing a round of golf with Danny Briere and two other ex-members of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Perhaps they thought the addition of Charles Howell III, Jason Kokrak and Henrik Stenson would stir me up enough to make the 3-plus hour drive to Trump's golf course to take it all in. As the great Randy Jackson was famous for saying on American Idol, "that's gonna be a no from me, dawg."

I think it's terrible to have LIV in the U.S.

Next week's LIV event in New Jersey goes directly against the PGA Tour event that Rocket Mortgage sponsors. That, right there, is exhibit A why the PGA Tour and LIV Golf can't possibly work together. It was one thing when LIV played in London over three days in June while the PGA Tour was hosting an event in the United States.

But when LIV is hosting a tournament in the U.S. over the same weekend that the TOUR is running an event it just can't work. Mix in the fact that next week could create a disruption with the folks at Rocket Mortgage and now you really have a problem.

I respectfully declined the media credentials invite and then unsubscribed to their mailing list to avoid any future correspondence. I won't be watching next week, won't be "reporting" on it here next week and couldn't care less who wins or loses next week's LIV tournament in New Jersey.

Thanks for the invite, Greg, but I'm not available to help you sportswash your way out of the disruption you've caused on the PGA Tour this year.

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rc     August 08
LOL @ John S...."do more research". Sure, what could go wrong by googling info on anything covid-related.

But you are right about Rose, guy was a POS. Why was he a topic today anyway?

Larry     August 08
Herman, I usually see your side of things but there isn't a chance in hell you would applauded Tiger Woods for anything (except maybe getting arrested). You and I both know that.

John S     August 08
Pete Rose and his nickname of Charley Hustle. It had nothing to do with how he played the game of baseball. Johnny Bench despises him. He has said that everything that Rose did was a "hustle". In old fashioned street lingo, it means a con artist, a liar, a rogue, a scoundrel.

The lady who came forward a few years ago is tip of the iceberg stuff. Rose often was seen in the company of teenage girls on the road. That is why he was an outsider on almost every club he was on. He is and has always been a scumbag.

But his defenders(there are many) prove a point. A huge point. People get fooled. We see it on a daily basis. Propaganda becomes facts.

You had "experts" claiming that if you got a new, untested vaccine...."the virus would be stopped". And the general populace believed it and helped with draconian mandates that ruined lives and commerce and friendships.

Be more cynical. Do more research. If someone claims expertise, check their record...not just their college.



As the great John Prince sang "Caravan of Fools". "When you can't stand to lose, you're running with the caravan of fools".

Be bold. Question everything.


bob singer     August 08
The only thing "on brand" is SOD rushing to call Herman a racist any time he posts. Really is childish and tiring, but any time someone calls for truce between SOD and HOD they get chewed up and spit out. SOD must be so proud.

Herrman's points on PGA are worth consideration if you ask me. Mind you, I do get the point of the traditionalists, and not convinced that model needs to be totally blown up.

But, on the hand, as Herrman points out, the revenue now out there is nuts and if you're an elite golfer, why wouldn't you question why you have to "earn your keep" while those "managing" the Tour make more than you do (at least initially).

I don't think the LIV format and approach is the answer BTW. Hope no one outside of Greg Norman and his funding sources believes that. But when one considers the revenue available and how most pro sports design their pay scales as part of a collective bargaining process, sure seems like the Tour needs to put their heads together and come up with a better model

HERMAN     August 08
@Ralph

You are incorrect, I would have applauded The Messiah for taking the cash and smashing the monopoly. I wouldn't sit and watch Tim Finchem for hours on Sunday, or Jay Monahan. If it's for "tradition, honor, and prestige" they can get paid in that and work for free. I find it interesting that the same empty suit that extolls the "virtues" of the broke college kid on scholarship, facing the challenges of Q school, his potential ticket to success.....as he heads out the door making a few hundred grand and dinner on the tour CC.

If The Messiah drives the needle worth a billion, write him the check. Just don't proseletyse over "Saudi Blood Money" wearing Nike sweat shop gear while Uyghurs die in concentration camps in China.

MJ     August 08
Good points from Ralph about HTH. On brand. Perfect description.

Ralph     August 08
Give Herman credit for the brand he's created. He never wavers from it. If Tiger would have taken the $$ he would have crushed him for it. Hilarious if not utterly predictable. But on brand, which is what matters to him most.

HERMAN     August 08
If LIV accomplished anything at all it was to expose the odd grip on the professional game of golf held by the PGA. They don't own any of the majors that are the highlight of their sport. They really can't control the stars of their sport, or require their presence in events. While they have tried hard to evolve their approach with a new season ending playoff series of events, and annual point system akin to NASCAR it hasn't caught on with the general public, and is only embraced by the golf enthusiasts. And while the golfers themselves still see the career path of moving through either Q school or the mini-tours to the PGA as the proper approach many of the young guns are starting to understand that having to drum up your own sponsorship and face expenses week-to-week without any guaranteed compensation by the tour is a burden compared to other sports. Sure a handful of guys start as multi-millionaires before they put a pro peg into the ground, but past the top 25 the rest are grinding week to week out of wallet. In today's cash oversaturated environment of sport that sounds like an anachronism, some kind of throw back, best left in the 1980s.

Hindsight is 20/20 but allowing the evolution of majors and those traditions to dominate the game without a shred of ownership, well, could you imagine Jerrah Jones of Cowboys fame letting the Super Bowl get out under someone else's control?

Somehow I think the next ten years is going to see some serious change to the mechanics of how things are run in pro golf. You can only "pay" the new participants in "legacy and tradition" for so long until they get a little frustrated carrying those initial expenses all on themselves until they can make it.

Ray     August 08
And Rose wonders why he got kicked out of baseball. SMH

Jk     August 07
Ricky Fowler finished 125 and made the PGA Tour playoffs on the last day. I get George is thrilled!

lou@palo alto     August 07
ditto, steve

agree UTB--seems many stars of his day cld hit and run but didn't know how to win as much as Frank

Steve of Pimlico     August 07
@ Lou@ Palo Alto looking forward to seeing you at our renuion in April

unitastoberry     August 07
@ Lou you are right about Frank but that's the way baseball should be played. Just like Bo Jackson breaking Dempsey' thumb at the plate.



@Del Ray I feel as do others our age and above ground that Ted would have been the goat and the king if not for military obligations. I talked once to the guy who made his bats at Louisville Slugger when I took the tour there long ago he felt the same.

lou@palo alto     August 07
frank robinson may hv gotten to 3000 hits--certainly wld hv hd 600hr if not for the injury breaking up a double play against the WS (al weiss) in early 67--was on a path for triple crown numbers again but the concussion/double vision til '69 cost him, and us

Delray RICK     August 07
BOB...TED already belonged in 500 hrs club

MFC     August 07
Not sure you've played the new tees at the Road. There is considerable length added to:

2- might be the toughest to par on the course

4- 40 yard difference between the white and blue tees

8- 30-40 difference

13- moved way back into a corner-

18- added at least 20-30 yards



That's substantial and when they move 7 all the way back into 12 that adds another 30 yards.



Other issues not discusses was green speed and pin placements. Most of the defense of the Road is the greens. If they're cut and rolled with certain pin placements 70 would be a heck of a score. Of course that's true for many courses but it makes a world of difference at the Road. Still there are enough holes at there to make birdies.



To the "average" player, I'm calling that 10-14 handicap the difference from playing the whites to the blues is 5-6 shots, if not more. It's that dramatic.

Bob     August 07
Chris,

Ted Williams missed a total of 4 years as a player serving in both WWII and Korea, no doubt he would be in the 500/3,000 club.

Chris in Bel Air     August 07
O's seem like they are on a mission to prove their worth. They are not going away. I feel pretty good that I'll still be saying that a month from now.

Yesterday's celebration... On the good side, it was good to see and hear Brooks and Eddie up in the booth yesterday during the broadcast. Brooks is a huge fan favorite obviously and Eddie starting to get appreciated even more... thankfully. On the downside, also missing from yesterday Markakis and JJ Hardy. Two fan favs from the Buck era. Also, they could have invited Delmon Young. Owner of one of (the?) most famous hit at the Yard. I know I'll never forget it.

Speaking of Eddie. I was discussing with a friend yesterday the 500 HR and 3000 hit club. For you baseball trivia nerds, Eddie is one of 7 players in that club. Also, are Hank, Mays, A-Rod (ugh), Pujols, Palmeiro (yes, him) and this year Miggy Cabrerra joined the club. Follow on interesting trivia, at least for me. Players that you would think have 3000 hits but do not.... Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson. Ted missed time due to his service during WW2. Greatest generation. Brooks also just missed at 2848.

Dean     August 06
Another day- another Out of towner roasted - baltimore has those fans for sure. Just mention Ray Lewis and see how quickly folks react. Outside Baltimore it raises and eye- here- not so much.

sam winchester     August 06
Rochester Roger sounds like a real genius. And yes we have those kinds of "fans" here in Baltimore, many are active on Twitter.

The uproar over kneeling is a case study is how cults control the minds of the weak.


Erick     August 06
Pretty sad Os could not coordinate- still disfunctonal- not like this year came as a surprise and still schedule conflicts?

kj     August 06
I was not blessed to have known Mr Stewart, only knew "of" him. What a good man may he rest in peace.

Gerry Jackson     August 06
Thanks for the beautiful tribute to “Mr. Stewart,” which is exactly what my siblings and me always called him. Our dad, James Jackson, shared a desk with him at The Sun for three decades. He was such a great friend to our dad, and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Thanks for sharing some of his story.

Eric in Gaithersburg     August 06
I hate what the O's did with the wall-move it back 15 feet instead of 30 or just make it higher don't do both. But the results dont lie- we 30-20 at home. Can't believe Drew didn't mention all the O's that have beefs that are not back today- Jones, Surhoff, Bordick and Brady. Cal has scheduling conflict. And don't look now but Gunnar Henderson has a hit in 15 of his last 16 .349/.431/.667 with 4 HR 4 2B 2 3B 187wRC+ and now has .946 OPS in AAA. It is time for him to join this formerly mediocre offense that has gotten worse since Mancini deal.

JohnInEssex     August 06
Kapernick indeed started the kneeling for the anthem thing...

The Ravens blew it up in England, for all to see, then stood up for God Save The Queen...

Steve of Pimlico     August 06
Have to wonder if the new dimensions in Oriole Park had got into Trey's head this year.

Erick     August 06
Interesting take on golf course- if someone were to highlight a certain website in a similar vein- Im curious if it would draw any ire from those that frequent it?

Don from Catonsville     August 05
I'm a GOLF NERD , that was a VERY ENJOYABLE story!!!

Chris in Bel Air     August 05
I generally lower the volume and/or try to tune out most announcers (MLB and NFL). Very few provide any value added. Listening to the O's broadcast the other night, I heard Newman get all excited for a LONG DRIVE TO CF... and the CF is under it makes the final out. The ball wasn't even close to the warning track or hit very hard. Ugh. Maybe it is just nostalgia, but I do miss hearing Chuck and Brooks.

Glad to hear your story with son, Drew. Sounded like a great day. My father passed away coming up on 10 years now. Among many other things, I wish I could play another round with him. Do it while you can people. Do it while you can.

unitastoberry     August 05
I moved to central PA in 1986. Great story many former Baltimore folks live here now and all of us go thru the transition minus becoming Penn St/Stiller fans. There's a lot of southern hospitality here my oldest son calls it Pennsatucky. Come back now ya hear !

TimD in Timonium     August 05
@DF, great story, enjoy the memories, enjoy getting away.



I've seen Little League games in Williamsport, have visited Penn State and Bucknell, but, other than that, Central PA is pretty wide open. Empty. God's Country.

Delray RICK     August 05
GOOD read on MUSHNICK bout VIN SCULLY and why we have turds calling games. DEM O'S have gone in the toilet with these "talking heads" that won't shut the hell up. PALMER pleasure to listen to but when squeaky voice lady comes I turn the sound down. LET THE GAME PLAY OUT and talking bout nuttin all the time. And that old fart in YANKEES still calling is a real joke. AUGUST 11 LIFE STARTS!!!

ChrisK     August 04
I'll preface this by saying that I am not an attorney, so take it with a (or several grains) of salt. But, the PGA doesn't have an anti-trust exemption (as MLB does). To me, banning certain players from participating in your events because you don't like them is a pretty clear anti-trust violation. I'm not a golf guy, so I certainly won't opine on the merits of LIV vs. PGA, but banning a sub-set of players because they wanted to spend some weekends playing with another organization strikes me as patently illegal.

Barry Holtby     August 04
Someone take away the "*" key from Drew's keyboard. The overuse is getting ridiculous.

larry     August 04
Trading away Mancini and Lopez did absolutely nothing to damage their chances of winning this year. Capable replacements are here.

The notion of "adding" is foolish. Sure they have a more stocked farm system than before, but do they have a surplus? And would it make sense to send some of those assets away, in exchange for the low odds of what Stats Nerd alluded to?

To me, had Elias traded say Stowers or Hall away, that would border on malpractice. He did the right thing, he just made one comment he should not have, that's all.

Some day the O's will be good, hopefully in a similar sustainable way like the Ravens, and some day certain people will stop obsessing over @Herman.

Unitastoberry     August 04
CIK...ty

David Rosenfeld     August 04
The Orioles have 54 wins with 57 games left. You start asking yourself how many games of those 57 will they have to win?

I'd say that 31-26 is a legitimate possibility. Will 85-77 be enough? Probably not. To get to 89 wins, they'd need 35-22. Maybe asking a lot.

Still, I'm surprised Elias said that, even if meant it in a completely mathematical way. At this point the difference in probability between TB and the Orioles is pretty much a wash.

K.C.     August 04
Give @Herman credit. He made a post and didn't reference Springsteen. I'm buying more and more into the idea started by someone here that @Herman is on the Dish staff in some capacity.

There's no possible way someone with this much dislike for a person goes out of his way 3 or 4 times a day to stop by and indirectly help fund that person's business. We already know for sure @Herman doesn't like "the site owner" so the only question left is "Why do you come around every day?"

He has to be on staff some how. He just has to be.

Conway     August 04
Ain't this the truth >>> Sure, those guys know all about the Washington Post journalist and they realize you're not really *allowed* to say anything negative about Saudi policies or decisions.



Drew gets it. So do the 3,300 American families who lost loved ones on 9-11. To some people like Herman those murders no longer matter. For some they still do.

Chris in Bel Air     August 04
I was surprised to hear Elias offer that statement the other night. As a GM, he should know better. I did not know the full story til I read today's edition but I'm glad to hear he did the right thing and spoke to the team.

I think his comments and the trades are clear evidence he is sticking with his plan. As a fan, it is tough to see your team right on the doorstep of a potential wild card (99% sure they have improved that format and it is now a 3-game series) and see them trade away players and not bring in pieces that could help them get to the post-season. But, for the GM and the plan, while I'm sure he's glad to see it, it does not factor into the plan. The current performance is just a nice little add-on.

I was disappointed to see Trey go but I understand it. I didn't mind Lopez going because his trade value will never be higher than it is now. I'm not convinced he can perform at the same level as now over the next 2-3 years. I was glad to hear Elias say the O's will be looking to sign true MLB talent starting next year but like everything with them, I'll believe it when I see it.

The Real Ricky     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..."

Really?

Drew, I sure hope you're doing as well as Paul McCartney if and/or when you're 80 years old. You know, when your kids are graduating college! LOL!





I kid!

CIK     August 04
@UTB

The 1 game playoff has been eliminated. It is now 6 teams from each league qualify. The top 2 teams get byes. The 3 seed hosts the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosts the 5 seed, in a best of 3.

kevin j     August 04
Totally agree it was good to see Elias rush to put out the fire he started. We all know he simply meant the "probability" of true post season success was low, ie fools gold, but competitive athletes never wanna hear that. Who says "the odds of us winning are small so why try hard"?

Elias was a player, he knows this. Obviously caught up int he moment of justifying his trades and probably realized as soon as it was said it was foolish thing to put out there. Does not change that he "did" the right thing, the comment was the mistake, not the trades.

@Geroge with great analogy between PGA Tour and our country, bravo good sir!

HERMAN     August 04
Get the popcorn this lawsuit could be fun to watch. The PGA enforcing a monopoly and the independent contractors crying restraint of trade. George with the post of the year so far.

What I "don't get" is how the site owner can love golf and love competition and not understand that the golfers want the freedom to play wherever and whenever they choose, and to compete for whatever prize money they are eligible to compete for. This idea that they "took the big money" and so don't need money from the FedEx playoffs is ludicrous. Tiger has a billion, should he just stop competing for the cash?

For those few who qualified for the FedEx Cup this year I don't see how they can be excluded, they met the qualifications and want to play. Billy Herschel and his "they want their cake and to eat it too" nonsense, yeah, they want to play golf and compete. Not hard to understand.

And for all those locals foaming at the mouth over Dem O's, could it be that the few big market teams have grabbed up all the real talent leaving all the small market teams mediocre, allowing for Dem O's to seem competitive racking up wins against low life competition and giving them a false hope? In a sea of mediocrity some mediocrity will appear slightly superior to all other mediocrity.

And fake Herman is back, I didn't post that last reply. With two of the four potential imposters I have in mind on European vacations that narrows it down to two. Could even be the site owner himself, trying to goad me into leaving for good...

PLB     August 04
Really good column on Elias, Drew. You hit every button properly. Leaned on his data and his team of stats people, said the wrong thing publicly, went to Texas and tried to fix it with his players. Very well done today, my friend.



As for the PGA Tour lawsuit, it's all about Greg Norman and Phil getting their pound of flesh. It's just a fight to say "I beat you" now. I'm bored with it, honestly.



I do have a question about Tiger Woods, though. Is there some kind of lingering animosity between Tiger and Greg or Tiger and Phil that kept him from taking the $750 million LIV offered him? That seems like just too much money to refuse. Thoughts?






Brett B.     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..." hahahahahaha

Have to admit, I was shocked at how bad his voice was on 6/12 at Camden Yards. I know he's old and all but sheeesh, that was tough to listen to.

Unitastoberry     August 04
The one off MLB playoff game is a joke. If you want to get excited then go for it. But getting there isn't much more than a participation trophy. The next worst thing is winning your division and having a champagne party. Billick was right..Festivis!!

TimD in Timonium     August 04
Another thought on the O's trading deadline moves. Hope CBS Sports is wrong and the run continues. Go O's.



"Not everything in this game is an asset that must be micromanaged and leveraged to the fullest extent at all times. It's baseball, not an actuarial table. There are human beings involved, and rather than further encourage the good vibes, the O's front office snuffed them out."



And who thought the PGA would be newsworthy in AUGUST. Wow. Every day.


Delray RICK     August 04
DEM O'S only 11/2 games out of wild card...WOW!! Whoever picked COLE to win PICTER OF THE YEAR!!! He can't win without sicky stuff. MANCINI hits homerun in first game.

George     August 03
In a Nutshell – LIV Golf files antitrust suit against the PGA Tour, alleging monopolistic practices against LIV and its players in conspiracy with sponsors, DP Tour, Asian Tour, PGA of America, USGA, R & A, and the Masters Tournament. Three players otherwise eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs ask for restraining order against enforcement of their bans.

Eventual Outcome – after a flurry of self-righteous public-relations campaigns, the case is settled with LIV getting everything it wanted, except against the Masters Tournament, which has through its history maintained its private rights to do whatever it damn well pleases. [Note that its eligibility criteria do not offer an entry into the Tournament, but merely qualify a player for the possibility of an invitation.]

An interesting sideline to this [at least to me] is the evolution of the PGA Tour, originally formed by touring professionals to benefit themselves, into an organization dominated by executives who have gotten fat administering the Tour while relegating the players to the inferior status of independent contractors who must follow the rules the Tour sets. Sort of like the United States of America – originally designed as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and which has evolved into a nation run from time to time by one of two parties who happen to get a majority of electoral votes and who neither care a lick about the welfare of the sheep/citizens.

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July 22, 2022
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at what point does lamar become too expensive?


Parents, teach your kids to play quarterback.

I would have been more specific and written, "teach your kids to be a great quarterback", but Kyler Murray got $46 million a year yesterday and he's nowhere near great.

Now, don't get me wrong. Murray is good, no doubt, and seemingly has a ceiling that might allow him to reach greatness, but the Cardinals just coughed up $230 million (if he plays out the contract) for a guy who hasn't won a thing of note in the NFL.

I'm telling you, teach your kids to learn how to throw a spiral and avoid defensive ends.

Yesterday's news about Murray's deal -- $105 million of which is fully guaranteed -- was a loss for the Ravens and a win for Lamar Jackson.

Perhaps...

What if Lamar's price tag gets to the point where he's just not worth it?

Is that even possible?

I'm asking because I don't know myself. If Murray gets $46M annually and Lamar now sees himself at $50M plus per-season, is he potentially boxing himself out of a long-term job in Baltimore?

And if you're of the mindset that Jackson is worth $50M a year, what happens if he winds up wanting, say, $52 million annually?

What I'm getting at is obvious: What's the number where the Ravens have to eventually say, "You know what, Lamar, let's just shake hands and move on"?

Keep in mind the Ravens don't really have to do anything with Lamar for '22, '23 and '24. He has one year left on his rookie deal ('22) and then two potential franchise-tag years if the Ravens decide that's the route they want to go. But those two years would certainly leave a deep bruise on the team's salary cap, which is obviously something Eric DeCosta and Company would like to avoid.

But if the Ravens number is, let's say, $42M annually and Lamar's number is $52M, it's not like they're "only" $10 million apart. They're probably more like $75-$80 million apart over 6 or 7 years, because contract totals increase as the years roll on.

I have no idea what Lamar Jackson's value is but here's what I *think*, at least: Whatever he believes he's worth, I'm going to assume he's overvaluing himself. If Jackson sees Mahomes making $450M over 10 years ($161M of which is guaranteed) and believes he, then, is worth $500M and $200M guaranteed, that's where I'd have to remind Jackson that, while he is a quality quarterback and all, he's done nothing to deserve a comparison to Mahomes.

Not yet, anyway.

So that's why I say, it's highly likely -- to me, anyway -- that Jackson is putting numbers in front of the Ravens that are way out of touch with reality.

"If Mahomes gets $45 million a year, I should get $50 million a year..."

Sounds good. Looks good on paper. But it's also not realistic.

And here's the other thing people tend to forget about these guaranteed contracts. The owner has to actually pony up that money *now* and have it put into an account to verify those funds are going to be available on the dates listed in the contract.

Steve Bisciotti can't just say, "OK, it's 7 years, $380 million, with $200 million guaranteed" and then go back to playing golf. He has to put that $200 million into an escrow account. Sure, he gets to keep the interest earned, but he also has to physically show that money is an account and available to give to Jackson.

Bisciotti has a lot of money. That much is true. The Ravens -- and by extension, Bisciotti -- will receive $249 million in TV revenue in 2022. So it's not like Steve has to borrow a few million from Henry F. Potter in order to make payroll or anything like that. But you also have to remember the Ravens have a number of other guaranteed contracts to monitor besides the one Mr. Jackson is trying to snag for himself.

So, I'll ask the question again: At what point is Jackson simply too expensive?

What's the magic number? Is it $48 million per-season? $50 million? $52 million? $55 million?

Or is it possible that Jackson's price tag is, basically, infinite? Do you think the Ravens should give him $60 million per-season if that's what it takes to get him locked up for the next 5-6-7 years?

I feel like I've given my answer. I wouldn't go a penny over $45 million for him, no matter what Kyler Murray and the others have received. And if you want the truth...

I also don't feel like Lamar is a $45 million per-season quarterback. I think he's great. I think he has done some wonderful stuff in Baltimore. I think they can win with him. But that doesn't mean I have to fork over $45 million times 7 years for him, either. At some point, his number just becomes too much.

And that's what I'm asking today. What's Lamar's real magic number before you have to say, "We'll pass, but thanks for the memories"?


It's starting to *feel* like the Orioles are going to move Trey Mancini and, while that's a shame, it's one of the final pieces of the rebuild puzzle.

Oddly enough, two of the team's most popular figures of the last decade will likely wind up being collateral damage of the demise of the Duquette-Showalter era. Adam Jones, you'll remember, was the odd guy out in 2019 when Mike Elias came in an bulldozed everything in sight, including one of the most popular players in Orioles history.

So the rebuilding bookend will potentially include Jones at the front and Mancini at the back. It just feels inevitable that some team out there will give something of value in order to bring Mancini's right handed bat into their lineup for the last 50 games of the season.

And you know what? At this point, you have to give Elias and his crew the benefit of the doubt. If it's Mancini who goes, we just have to figure it's the right move for the future of the club. Elias isn't batting 1.000 or anything like that during his Orioles tenure, but he's proven himself to be a smart baseball man over the last four years.

If Elias thinks Mancini should go, we should all sign off on it, even though it will be difficult to digest when (if) it's announced.

There's talk that the Mets are interested in a Mancini-Jorge Lopez package. I have no idea what the O's could get for those two, but I say go ahead and make it happen if you're getting something reasonably helpful in return. I've seen some people recently label Lopez as "untouchable" which is about as #clownshoes as you can get. Jorge Lopez is a relief pitcher. He's had a good season thus far. But there are 22 other relief pitchers in the league who can say the same thing about their '22 campaign.

If the O's can peddle Mancini and Lopez to someone (together or individually), then I'm all for it. It would be a bummer to see Mancini elsewhere, but it is what it is.

There's also a train of thought that says the O's would be doing Trey a real solid by shipping him off to a playoff-bound team sometime before August 2nd. He *deserves* to play for a contender. Hasn't he earned that over the last few years after battling cancer and working hard to return to a high level both at the plate and in the field?

I don't *want* the Orioles to trade Trey Mancini, but I think they're going to. And I have to realize that it's probably the best thing the team can do given where they are in their rebuilding effort.


Our fourth Maryland FCA Golf clinic was held last night at Pine Ridge at 6 pm. Yes, it was hot. Really hot, in fact. But that didn't stop us from welcoming 14 boys and girls to the clinic. A good time was had by all.

We were blessed last night to be joined by University of Maryland golfer Will Koras, a 2018 graduate of Loyola Blakefield and a young man I coached against for four years.

I always liked Will's game and the way he conducted himself on the course when I saw him play for the Dons. And when we launched our popular free clinic series last April and I thought of the "guest instructor" concept, Will was one of the first people I considered for an invitation.

He's active in FCA at the University of Maryland, where he will return next month to spend his 5th and final season with the Terps' golf program.

And he's a good player as well. Last but not least, faith is an important part of his life. We were fortunate to have him spend 2 hours with us last night.

Our next free junior clinic is Thursday, August 25 at 6 pm at Pine Ridge. Boys and girls ages 6 and up and adults are welcome to attend and participate. At the conclusion of the 75 minute clinic, we host a 20-25 minute "huddle" where the program leaders discuss important elements of faith and the way FCA impacts coaches and athletes.

Throughout this week, I've been endeavoring to raise $3,500 to help fulfill my budget for '22-23. My idea was to find 175 people who would donate $20.22, all of which goes directly into funding Maryland FCA Golf and all that we do. To date, we're roughly at the 75% mark in terms of total money raised this week. We have about $1,000 left to raise.

My goal was to have it finalized by today, but it looks like we might go into next week before we reach $3,500. But I'm confident we're going to do it!

Thanks to all of you who have donated thus far. It is incredibly gratifying to see the level of support I've been given this week. People I know, people I don't know, people who like golf, people who like FCA and people who just have a good heart and want to help. A bunch of "different" kinds of people have supported Maryland FCA Golf this week, which I find to be spiritually and personally uplifting.

One of the main things we like to emphasize at Maryland FCA Golf is we're trying to reach every coach and athlete who wants to learn more about the game of golf. Young, old, male, female, any color, any size, any age. It doesn't matter to us. We just want to find people who love golf, want to improve their game, and also want to know more about FCA and how it can help shape and impact your life.

And most importantly, we're trying to do this all free of charge. We're trying to create a "club golf program" where the kids don't pay anything to be part of it. We help teach them the golf swing, we provide the practice facilities, equipment (if needed), tournament entry fees, etc. We don't want Maryland FCA Golf participants to be burdened by cost and/or expenses for learning how to play and compete.

If you find it in your heart to help us reach our goal of $3,500, your $20.22 would be put to great use! You can Venmo it to me: @Drew-Forrester-1 or you can send a check. If you want to send a check, reach out to me via e-mail (18inarow@gmail.com) and I'll get you my mailing information.

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Each Friday here at #DMD, we produce in this section a piece called "Faith in Sports". And, I'd say about 48 times a year, we stick to the "sports" angle. But four times or so a year, something so good comes along that we ease our way outside of sports and just provide something here that simply must be watched.

Today's "I Am Second" video with magician Jim Munroe is one of those "outside of sports" must-see editions of "Faith in Sports".

Please take 10 minutes out of your day today to watch this. And prepare to be impacted.


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July 21, 2022
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what sign will i receive today?


My mother passed away from cancer 35 years ago today. July 21, 1987.

We got the call every child dreads at 2:03 am. "Your mother passed away quietly at 1:57," her friend and co-worker at (then) North Arundel Hospital told me. "We went in to check on her at 1:30 and her breathing was erratic. We moved her from hourly check to every 30 minutes. I stopped by right around 1:55 and she wasn't breathing. The doctor pronounced her at 1:57 am. I'm sorry, Drew," Nancy said.

That started a yearly turn of events on July 21 that I've passed along to you here several times at #DMD. There was a decade or so where I would wake up every July 21st at almost exactly 2:00 am. It would fluctuate. 1:58 am this year, 2:02 am next year, 1:59 the year after, 2:01 the next. But for a decade or a little more, every year on July 21, I'd awake at roughly the time of her death.

There were years after that where I would feel "weird" or "rundown" on July 21. I felt fine on July 19 and 20. And I felt fine again on July 22. But on July 21, I'd wake up feeling lousy. Bad head cold, scratchy throat, sinuses stopped up. And then, like that -- I'd feel better the next day.

Two years ago, though, was the "event" of all events that my mother cooked up to remind me she's still with me, still watching, still a part of everything I do.

It was July 21, 2020. I pulled onto Stone Hill Drive heading to Eagle's Nest. My daughter was in the car with me. As I headed up the long road to the club, I was listening to Sirius/XM Channel 30, which is the Dave Matthews Band station. "Ants Marching" was on. My daughter, having heard that song a lot over the years, hummed along joyfully in the background.

"Is this your favorite Dave Matthews song?" she asked me.

I told her it wasn't.

I pulled into the Eagle's Nest parking lot, shut off the car, and to the pool we went.

A few hours later, we returned to the vehicle to head home.

And it happened.

Here's where I'll stop to tell you that my mom was a music enthusiast. She loved all kinds of music, from pop to country to plain old rock-n-roll. She loved Jim Croce, Glen Campbell, Elton John and Bob Seger.

But her favorite song, ever, was an obscure tune by a band named King Harvest. The song was called "Dancing in the Moonlight".

It was a hit in 1972 and a Top 40 song on Casey Casem's show for several months. That's where I first heard it and that's when I first heard my mom say, "This is my favorite song, ever." She would always sing along, whether at home or in the car.

Now, let's get back to July 21, 2020.

My daughter and I got in the car to head home and wouldn't you know it, but "Dancing in the Moonlight" was on my radio.

Weird, right?

Well, it gets really weird when you realize and remember that when I got out of my car to go into the pool, my radio was on Channel 30, not Channel 26, which is what it was on when I turned on the car and King Harvest was singing "Dancing in the Moonlight."

How did my car radio go from Channel 30 to Channel 26? I wasn't in the car. No one else was, either. I had the keys with me, the whole time. No one entered my car while I was in the pool.

At least no one that was visible, anyway.

My mom played Dancing in the Moonlight for me on July 21, 2020. That was her way, quite simply, of saying, "I'm still here with you."

What other explanation could there possibly be, right?

Heaven is very much...real.

I'm anxious to see what sign my mom, Lucy, gives me today. I know something's coming my way.


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Reese asks -- "OK, DF, Springsteen's coming to Baltimore next April and he knows you're his #1 fan in the state. His people reach out before the show and give you the chance to pick the the first 3 songs of the show and the encore, which consists of 3 songs. What would you choose?"

DF says -- "Pinch me. Is this a dream? Oh, it is? Shucks. Anyway, I'll play along. Man, this is so tough. But I have this one handled. We're leading off with "Badlands". All that energy. And a song nearly everyone knows. We're going to keep rolling with another "up" tune, "Sherry Darling" from "The River" album. And third, we'll get into some later stuff with "The Rising" from the album of that name. Encore? This is easy. "Thunder Road", "The Promised Land" and we'll end the night with "Jungleland." That was some great show!."


Deal Anthony Santader this month? Sure, but only if the deal is "right" and not just an effort to thin out the roster.

P.T. asks -- OK, Drew, the O's are 46-46. Trade deadline is approaching. What do you think they should do? Buy or sell?"

DF says -- "I don't think my position has changed much over the last 3 weeks or so. I'll listen to any offers for any players on the roster right now except for Rutschman. Everyone else is available -- but you have to blow me away with a deal in order for me to just start getting rid of guys. I don't believe "buying" is the right thing to do now. The Birds are *this close* to this whole rebuild coming to fruition. They've built a great farm system. Let's not give away 3-4 of those players for a rental or two who might make a difference this year, or might not. Stand pat, trade Mancini and Santander if you think that's prudent, and let's keep enjoying this surprising season."


Paul asks -- "Hey Drew, just wondering if you saw where Ernie Els said on Wednesday (yesterday) that LIV should play in the fall and the PGA Tour should play ("real golf" he called it) from January through August. I found it interesting that he basically took your idea from the last few weeks. Does he read #DMD? And second question, do you think there's a chance the two leagues will merge before the end of 2022?"

DF says -- "What can I say? A good idea is a good idea, no matter who authors it. I think that's a natural solution for LIV and the PGA Tour. Let LIV play their silly-season events September through December in parts of the world where the NFL doesn't dominate the sports landscape and let the PGA Tour play January through August. Of course, that would mean the LIV guys would now have to play 12 months a year and we know -- because they told us this -- how eager they are to spend more time with their families. haha.

Will they merge? The only way they'd merge is if LIV no longer plays events in the U.S. that directly conflict with PGA Tour events. You can't have the TOUR playing in Memphis this week while LIV plays in Dallas or Atlanta or wherever they decide to go. That will never work. If LIV can swallow their pride and agree to that (and if you can trust them, which I doubt you can), then perhaps you can work something out with those people."



Don't forget, our Maryland FCA Golf free junior clinic is tonight from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Pine Ridge Driving Range. Boys and girls of all ages are invited to attend and adults are welcome, too! Just bring your clubs and a water bottle and we'll do the rest.

Tonight's featured guest is University of Maryland golfer Will Koras, a 2018 graduate of Loyola Blakefield.

The clinic is entirely free of charge.



J.R. asks -- "Three questions for your next Mailbag column. 1. When playing rock, paper, scissors, do you have a go-to starter for the first round? (I always go with rock. Anxious to see what you say). 2. Do you believe in tails never fails? 3. Van Halen, better with David Lee Roth or Sammy?"

DF says -- "You get the award for the wackiest question of the week! Never thought of #1 at all, but I think I also go with "rock" the first time out now that you mention it. I don't believe in "tails never fails" because I've seen it come up heads a lot, but if I'm involved in a coin flip for any reason and I get to choose I always go with tails. #3 is a tough one. But I'm going with David Lee Roth. 18 songs to 12, I think. Both of them were great for the band, but I'll go with DLR."


Darrell asks -- "How do you see the Orioles family lawsuit winding up?"

DF says -- "I have no idea. I'd be kinda shocked if it all actually saw a courtroom. I mean, really, two brothers are going to sue one another? Seriously? That's the most #clownshoes thing I've ever heard of. But here's what I do know. And in time, it will be revealed as truth. A former O's exec has an ownership group in place to buy the team as soon as the situation presents itself accordingly. It's all in place. "Timing" just needs to happen next."


Sean Cannelly asks -- "Now that the 4 majors are over for '22, go ahead and pick the winners in '23. Right now. What do you say?"

DF says -- "This is hard since we know half the tour might be "growing the game" with LIV Golf by January of 2023. haha. But I'll play along because you asked...and that's what I'm here for. Masters, Rory McIlroy. PGA, Jon Rahm. U.S. Open, Collin Morikawa. British Open, Tommy Fleetwood. Go ahead and find a futures bet on those four...just in case."


Kate asks -- "Drew, my husband and I have listened to several of your musical suggestions this summer and we love them!! Give us 5 more please! We're heading to the Outer Banks this Saturday and have six hours in the car, so we need listening material! Thank you, Drew!"

DF says -- "You might be our first female question-asker of the year, Kate!! I wish we had a prize package for you! OK, so I'm going with a theme here. You've probably heard of all of these bands, but on the off chance you haven't I think you'll enjoy listening to them.

Sublime, Fitz and the Tantrums, Rancid, Tonic and Social Distortion. They're all Southern California based, in case you want the intel on each of them. All five of them are excellent, with some ska, punk and reggae sounds evident to a large degree. Rancid is particularly outstanding, as you'll hear below. Have fun on the trip. Safe travels and let me know what you think of my five suggestions."


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rc     August 08
LOL @ John S...."do more research". Sure, what could go wrong by googling info on anything covid-related.

But you are right about Rose, guy was a POS. Why was he a topic today anyway?

Larry     August 08
Herman, I usually see your side of things but there isn't a chance in hell you would applauded Tiger Woods for anything (except maybe getting arrested). You and I both know that.

John S     August 08
Pete Rose and his nickname of Charley Hustle. It had nothing to do with how he played the game of baseball. Johnny Bench despises him. He has said that everything that Rose did was a "hustle". In old fashioned street lingo, it means a con artist, a liar, a rogue, a scoundrel.

The lady who came forward a few years ago is tip of the iceberg stuff. Rose often was seen in the company of teenage girls on the road. That is why he was an outsider on almost every club he was on. He is and has always been a scumbag.

But his defenders(there are many) prove a point. A huge point. People get fooled. We see it on a daily basis. Propaganda becomes facts.

You had "experts" claiming that if you got a new, untested vaccine...."the virus would be stopped". And the general populace believed it and helped with draconian mandates that ruined lives and commerce and friendships.

Be more cynical. Do more research. If someone claims expertise, check their record...not just their college.



As the great John Prince sang "Caravan of Fools". "When you can't stand to lose, you're running with the caravan of fools".

Be bold. Question everything.


bob singer     August 08
The only thing "on brand" is SOD rushing to call Herman a racist any time he posts. Really is childish and tiring, but any time someone calls for truce between SOD and HOD they get chewed up and spit out. SOD must be so proud.

Herrman's points on PGA are worth consideration if you ask me. Mind you, I do get the point of the traditionalists, and not convinced that model needs to be totally blown up.

But, on the hand, as Herrman points out, the revenue now out there is nuts and if you're an elite golfer, why wouldn't you question why you have to "earn your keep" while those "managing" the Tour make more than you do (at least initially).

I don't think the LIV format and approach is the answer BTW. Hope no one outside of Greg Norman and his funding sources believes that. But when one considers the revenue available and how most pro sports design their pay scales as part of a collective bargaining process, sure seems like the Tour needs to put their heads together and come up with a better model

HERMAN     August 08
@Ralph

You are incorrect, I would have applauded The Messiah for taking the cash and smashing the monopoly. I wouldn't sit and watch Tim Finchem for hours on Sunday, or Jay Monahan. If it's for "tradition, honor, and prestige" they can get paid in that and work for free. I find it interesting that the same empty suit that extolls the "virtues" of the broke college kid on scholarship, facing the challenges of Q school, his potential ticket to success.....as he heads out the door making a few hundred grand and dinner on the tour CC.

If The Messiah drives the needle worth a billion, write him the check. Just don't proseletyse over "Saudi Blood Money" wearing Nike sweat shop gear while Uyghurs die in concentration camps in China.

MJ     August 08
Good points from Ralph about HTH. On brand. Perfect description.

Ralph     August 08
Give Herman credit for the brand he's created. He never wavers from it. If Tiger would have taken the $$ he would have crushed him for it. Hilarious if not utterly predictable. But on brand, which is what matters to him most.

HERMAN     August 08
If LIV accomplished anything at all it was to expose the odd grip on the professional game of golf held by the PGA. They don't own any of the majors that are the highlight of their sport. They really can't control the stars of their sport, or require their presence in events. While they have tried hard to evolve their approach with a new season ending playoff series of events, and annual point system akin to NASCAR it hasn't caught on with the general public, and is only embraced by the golf enthusiasts. And while the golfers themselves still see the career path of moving through either Q school or the mini-tours to the PGA as the proper approach many of the young guns are starting to understand that having to drum up your own sponsorship and face expenses week-to-week without any guaranteed compensation by the tour is a burden compared to other sports. Sure a handful of guys start as multi-millionaires before they put a pro peg into the ground, but past the top 25 the rest are grinding week to week out of wallet. In today's cash oversaturated environment of sport that sounds like an anachronism, some kind of throw back, best left in the 1980s.

Hindsight is 20/20 but allowing the evolution of majors and those traditions to dominate the game without a shred of ownership, well, could you imagine Jerrah Jones of Cowboys fame letting the Super Bowl get out under someone else's control?

Somehow I think the next ten years is going to see some serious change to the mechanics of how things are run in pro golf. You can only "pay" the new participants in "legacy and tradition" for so long until they get a little frustrated carrying those initial expenses all on themselves until they can make it.

Ray     August 08
And Rose wonders why he got kicked out of baseball. SMH

Jk     August 07
Ricky Fowler finished 125 and made the PGA Tour playoffs on the last day. I get George is thrilled!

lou@palo alto     August 07
ditto, steve

agree UTB--seems many stars of his day cld hit and run but didn't know how to win as much as Frank

Steve of Pimlico     August 07
@ Lou@ Palo Alto looking forward to seeing you at our renuion in April

unitastoberry     August 07
@ Lou you are right about Frank but that's the way baseball should be played. Just like Bo Jackson breaking Dempsey' thumb at the plate.



@Del Ray I feel as do others our age and above ground that Ted would have been the goat and the king if not for military obligations. I talked once to the guy who made his bats at Louisville Slugger when I took the tour there long ago he felt the same.

lou@palo alto     August 07
frank robinson may hv gotten to 3000 hits--certainly wld hv hd 600hr if not for the injury breaking up a double play against the WS (al weiss) in early 67--was on a path for triple crown numbers again but the concussion/double vision til '69 cost him, and us

Delray RICK     August 07
BOB...TED already belonged in 500 hrs club

MFC     August 07
Not sure you've played the new tees at the Road. There is considerable length added to:

2- might be the toughest to par on the course

4- 40 yard difference between the white and blue tees

8- 30-40 difference

13- moved way back into a corner-

18- added at least 20-30 yards



That's substantial and when they move 7 all the way back into 12 that adds another 30 yards.



Other issues not discusses was green speed and pin placements. Most of the defense of the Road is the greens. If they're cut and rolled with certain pin placements 70 would be a heck of a score. Of course that's true for many courses but it makes a world of difference at the Road. Still there are enough holes at there to make birdies.



To the "average" player, I'm calling that 10-14 handicap the difference from playing the whites to the blues is 5-6 shots, if not more. It's that dramatic.

Bob     August 07
Chris,

Ted Williams missed a total of 4 years as a player serving in both WWII and Korea, no doubt he would be in the 500/3,000 club.

Chris in Bel Air     August 07
O's seem like they are on a mission to prove their worth. They are not going away. I feel pretty good that I'll still be saying that a month from now.

Yesterday's celebration... On the good side, it was good to see and hear Brooks and Eddie up in the booth yesterday during the broadcast. Brooks is a huge fan favorite obviously and Eddie starting to get appreciated even more... thankfully. On the downside, also missing from yesterday Markakis and JJ Hardy. Two fan favs from the Buck era. Also, they could have invited Delmon Young. Owner of one of (the?) most famous hit at the Yard. I know I'll never forget it.

Speaking of Eddie. I was discussing with a friend yesterday the 500 HR and 3000 hit club. For you baseball trivia nerds, Eddie is one of 7 players in that club. Also, are Hank, Mays, A-Rod (ugh), Pujols, Palmeiro (yes, him) and this year Miggy Cabrerra joined the club. Follow on interesting trivia, at least for me. Players that you would think have 3000 hits but do not.... Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson. Ted missed time due to his service during WW2. Greatest generation. Brooks also just missed at 2848.

Dean     August 06
Another day- another Out of towner roasted - baltimore has those fans for sure. Just mention Ray Lewis and see how quickly folks react. Outside Baltimore it raises and eye- here- not so much.

sam winchester     August 06
Rochester Roger sounds like a real genius. And yes we have those kinds of "fans" here in Baltimore, many are active on Twitter.

The uproar over kneeling is a case study is how cults control the minds of the weak.


Erick     August 06
Pretty sad Os could not coordinate- still disfunctonal- not like this year came as a surprise and still schedule conflicts?

kj     August 06
I was not blessed to have known Mr Stewart, only knew "of" him. What a good man may he rest in peace.

Gerry Jackson     August 06
Thanks for the beautiful tribute to “Mr. Stewart,” which is exactly what my siblings and me always called him. Our dad, James Jackson, shared a desk with him at The Sun for three decades. He was such a great friend to our dad, and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Thanks for sharing some of his story.

Eric in Gaithersburg     August 06
I hate what the O's did with the wall-move it back 15 feet instead of 30 or just make it higher don't do both. But the results dont lie- we 30-20 at home. Can't believe Drew didn't mention all the O's that have beefs that are not back today- Jones, Surhoff, Bordick and Brady. Cal has scheduling conflict. And don't look now but Gunnar Henderson has a hit in 15 of his last 16 .349/.431/.667 with 4 HR 4 2B 2 3B 187wRC+ and now has .946 OPS in AAA. It is time for him to join this formerly mediocre offense that has gotten worse since Mancini deal.

JohnInEssex     August 06
Kapernick indeed started the kneeling for the anthem thing...

The Ravens blew it up in England, for all to see, then stood up for God Save The Queen...

Steve of Pimlico     August 06
Have to wonder if the new dimensions in Oriole Park had got into Trey's head this year.

Erick     August 06
Interesting take on golf course- if someone were to highlight a certain website in a similar vein- Im curious if it would draw any ire from those that frequent it?

Don from Catonsville     August 05
I'm a GOLF NERD , that was a VERY ENJOYABLE story!!!

Chris in Bel Air     August 05
I generally lower the volume and/or try to tune out most announcers (MLB and NFL). Very few provide any value added. Listening to the O's broadcast the other night, I heard Newman get all excited for a LONG DRIVE TO CF... and the CF is under it makes the final out. The ball wasn't even close to the warning track or hit very hard. Ugh. Maybe it is just nostalgia, but I do miss hearing Chuck and Brooks.

Glad to hear your story with son, Drew. Sounded like a great day. My father passed away coming up on 10 years now. Among many other things, I wish I could play another round with him. Do it while you can people. Do it while you can.

unitastoberry     August 05
I moved to central PA in 1986. Great story many former Baltimore folks live here now and all of us go thru the transition minus becoming Penn St/Stiller fans. There's a lot of southern hospitality here my oldest son calls it Pennsatucky. Come back now ya hear !

TimD in Timonium     August 05
@DF, great story, enjoy the memories, enjoy getting away.



I've seen Little League games in Williamsport, have visited Penn State and Bucknell, but, other than that, Central PA is pretty wide open. Empty. God's Country.

Delray RICK     August 05
GOOD read on MUSHNICK bout VIN SCULLY and why we have turds calling games. DEM O'S have gone in the toilet with these "talking heads" that won't shut the hell up. PALMER pleasure to listen to but when squeaky voice lady comes I turn the sound down. LET THE GAME PLAY OUT and talking bout nuttin all the time. And that old fart in YANKEES still calling is a real joke. AUGUST 11 LIFE STARTS!!!

ChrisK     August 04
I'll preface this by saying that I am not an attorney, so take it with a (or several grains) of salt. But, the PGA doesn't have an anti-trust exemption (as MLB does). To me, banning certain players from participating in your events because you don't like them is a pretty clear anti-trust violation. I'm not a golf guy, so I certainly won't opine on the merits of LIV vs. PGA, but banning a sub-set of players because they wanted to spend some weekends playing with another organization strikes me as patently illegal.

Barry Holtby     August 04
Someone take away the "*" key from Drew's keyboard. The overuse is getting ridiculous.

larry     August 04
Trading away Mancini and Lopez did absolutely nothing to damage their chances of winning this year. Capable replacements are here.

The notion of "adding" is foolish. Sure they have a more stocked farm system than before, but do they have a surplus? And would it make sense to send some of those assets away, in exchange for the low odds of what Stats Nerd alluded to?

To me, had Elias traded say Stowers or Hall away, that would border on malpractice. He did the right thing, he just made one comment he should not have, that's all.

Some day the O's will be good, hopefully in a similar sustainable way like the Ravens, and some day certain people will stop obsessing over @Herman.

Unitastoberry     August 04
CIK...ty

David Rosenfeld     August 04
The Orioles have 54 wins with 57 games left. You start asking yourself how many games of those 57 will they have to win?

I'd say that 31-26 is a legitimate possibility. Will 85-77 be enough? Probably not. To get to 89 wins, they'd need 35-22. Maybe asking a lot.

Still, I'm surprised Elias said that, even if meant it in a completely mathematical way. At this point the difference in probability between TB and the Orioles is pretty much a wash.

K.C.     August 04
Give @Herman credit. He made a post and didn't reference Springsteen. I'm buying more and more into the idea started by someone here that @Herman is on the Dish staff in some capacity.

There's no possible way someone with this much dislike for a person goes out of his way 3 or 4 times a day to stop by and indirectly help fund that person's business. We already know for sure @Herman doesn't like "the site owner" so the only question left is "Why do you come around every day?"

He has to be on staff some how. He just has to be.

Conway     August 04
Ain't this the truth >>> Sure, those guys know all about the Washington Post journalist and they realize you're not really *allowed* to say anything negative about Saudi policies or decisions.



Drew gets it. So do the 3,300 American families who lost loved ones on 9-11. To some people like Herman those murders no longer matter. For some they still do.

Chris in Bel Air     August 04
I was surprised to hear Elias offer that statement the other night. As a GM, he should know better. I did not know the full story til I read today's edition but I'm glad to hear he did the right thing and spoke to the team.

I think his comments and the trades are clear evidence he is sticking with his plan. As a fan, it is tough to see your team right on the doorstep of a potential wild card (99% sure they have improved that format and it is now a 3-game series) and see them trade away players and not bring in pieces that could help them get to the post-season. But, for the GM and the plan, while I'm sure he's glad to see it, it does not factor into the plan. The current performance is just a nice little add-on.

I was disappointed to see Trey go but I understand it. I didn't mind Lopez going because his trade value will never be higher than it is now. I'm not convinced he can perform at the same level as now over the next 2-3 years. I was glad to hear Elias say the O's will be looking to sign true MLB talent starting next year but like everything with them, I'll believe it when I see it.

The Real Ricky     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..."

Really?

Drew, I sure hope you're doing as well as Paul McCartney if and/or when you're 80 years old. You know, when your kids are graduating college! LOL!





I kid!

CIK     August 04
@UTB

The 1 game playoff has been eliminated. It is now 6 teams from each league qualify. The top 2 teams get byes. The 3 seed hosts the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosts the 5 seed, in a best of 3.

kevin j     August 04
Totally agree it was good to see Elias rush to put out the fire he started. We all know he simply meant the "probability" of true post season success was low, ie fools gold, but competitive athletes never wanna hear that. Who says "the odds of us winning are small so why try hard"?

Elias was a player, he knows this. Obviously caught up int he moment of justifying his trades and probably realized as soon as it was said it was foolish thing to put out there. Does not change that he "did" the right thing, the comment was the mistake, not the trades.

@Geroge with great analogy between PGA Tour and our country, bravo good sir!

HERMAN     August 04
Get the popcorn this lawsuit could be fun to watch. The PGA enforcing a monopoly and the independent contractors crying restraint of trade. George with the post of the year so far.

What I "don't get" is how the site owner can love golf and love competition and not understand that the golfers want the freedom to play wherever and whenever they choose, and to compete for whatever prize money they are eligible to compete for. This idea that they "took the big money" and so don't need money from the FedEx playoffs is ludicrous. Tiger has a billion, should he just stop competing for the cash?

For those few who qualified for the FedEx Cup this year I don't see how they can be excluded, they met the qualifications and want to play. Billy Herschel and his "they want their cake and to eat it too" nonsense, yeah, they want to play golf and compete. Not hard to understand.

And for all those locals foaming at the mouth over Dem O's, could it be that the few big market teams have grabbed up all the real talent leaving all the small market teams mediocre, allowing for Dem O's to seem competitive racking up wins against low life competition and giving them a false hope? In a sea of mediocrity some mediocrity will appear slightly superior to all other mediocrity.

And fake Herman is back, I didn't post that last reply. With two of the four potential imposters I have in mind on European vacations that narrows it down to two. Could even be the site owner himself, trying to goad me into leaving for good...

PLB     August 04
Really good column on Elias, Drew. You hit every button properly. Leaned on his data and his team of stats people, said the wrong thing publicly, went to Texas and tried to fix it with his players. Very well done today, my friend.



As for the PGA Tour lawsuit, it's all about Greg Norman and Phil getting their pound of flesh. It's just a fight to say "I beat you" now. I'm bored with it, honestly.



I do have a question about Tiger Woods, though. Is there some kind of lingering animosity between Tiger and Greg or Tiger and Phil that kept him from taking the $750 million LIV offered him? That seems like just too much money to refuse. Thoughts?






Brett B.     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..." hahahahahaha

Have to admit, I was shocked at how bad his voice was on 6/12 at Camden Yards. I know he's old and all but sheeesh, that was tough to listen to.

Unitastoberry     August 04
The one off MLB playoff game is a joke. If you want to get excited then go for it. But getting there isn't much more than a participation trophy. The next worst thing is winning your division and having a champagne party. Billick was right..Festivis!!

TimD in Timonium     August 04
Another thought on the O's trading deadline moves. Hope CBS Sports is wrong and the run continues. Go O's.



"Not everything in this game is an asset that must be micromanaged and leveraged to the fullest extent at all times. It's baseball, not an actuarial table. There are human beings involved, and rather than further encourage the good vibes, the O's front office snuffed them out."



And who thought the PGA would be newsworthy in AUGUST. Wow. Every day.


Delray RICK     August 04
DEM O'S only 11/2 games out of wild card...WOW!! Whoever picked COLE to win PICTER OF THE YEAR!!! He can't win without sicky stuff. MANCINI hits homerun in first game.

George     August 03
In a Nutshell – LIV Golf files antitrust suit against the PGA Tour, alleging monopolistic practices against LIV and its players in conspiracy with sponsors, DP Tour, Asian Tour, PGA of America, USGA, R & A, and the Masters Tournament. Three players otherwise eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs ask for restraining order against enforcement of their bans.

Eventual Outcome – after a flurry of self-righteous public-relations campaigns, the case is settled with LIV getting everything it wanted, except against the Masters Tournament, which has through its history maintained its private rights to do whatever it damn well pleases. [Note that its eligibility criteria do not offer an entry into the Tournament, but merely qualify a player for the possibility of an invitation.]

An interesting sideline to this [at least to me] is the evolution of the PGA Tour, originally formed by touring professionals to benefit themselves, into an organization dominated by executives who have gotten fat administering the Tour while relegating the players to the inferior status of independent contractors who must follow the rules the Tour sets. Sort of like the United States of America – originally designed as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and which has evolved into a nation run from time to time by one of two parties who happen to get a majority of electoral votes and who neither care a lick about the welfare of the sheep/citizens.

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First off this morning, let me thank those of you who responded to my lede piece at #DMD yesterday and showed your support for my new project with Maryland FCA Golf.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate the support. We're about 40% of the way to my goal of adding $3,500 to my '21-22 budget, which would mean a great deal to the program moving forward.

My hope was to find 175 people to donate $20.22. A great many of you did just that yesterday, for which I am grateful. Several others donated larger sums, which is also wonderful.

All I'm asking for is $20.22 from anyone who appreciates the work FCA does or, specifically, the program I've put together at Maryland FCA Golf.

If you're curious about what I'm doing with the program itself, please feel free to come out tomorrow night, Thursday, July 21st, and participate in or observe our free monthly junior golf clinic at Pine Ridge. Yes, even adults can join in! If you have a junior golfer in the family or a boy or girl who hasn't played golf but would like to give it a try, please come on out tomorrow night. It's free!

Our special guest on Thursday evening is Will Koras, who currently plays at the University of Maryland. Will was a 2018 graduate of Loyola Blakefield. At each clinic, we try to bring along one of the area's top (recent) junior golfers to help provide instruction and Will will be a great addition to our team tomorrow night.

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Our friend "Regular Joe" has his Oriole first-half field-position grades below and "Stats Nerd" chimes in with his summary of golf's four major championships in '22.

I'm sure you'll enjoy their insights today.

In the meantime, two stories were making the rounds in our area yesterday, both for obvious reasons. I have opinions on both of them.

Juan Soto of the Nationals recently turned down a $440 million contract extension, which has led the Nationals to start shopping the young superstar at the trade deadline.

And, so, the question looms for the Orioles: Should they to make a deal for Soto, who still has 2.5 years left on his rookie contract (making $700,000 this year) or should they hold on to all of their valuable prospects and young pieces and let Soto go elsewhere?

Here's one piece of information that's valuable when considering a deal for Soto: There's almost no chance he's going to sign an extension before he reaches free agency in 2025. Like, a one percent chance, if that.

He is in position, assuming he continues to play the way he's played in the Majors, to command upwards of $40 million annually when he eventually hits free agency.

So when the Nationals offered him a long-term extension with an average value of $29M recently, he and his agent, Scott Boras, laughed.

The Nationals are now seeking trade partners for Soto, but the price to acquire him will be steep given that you'd be acquiring one of the game's brightest young stars for 2.5 years at largely "no money" whatsoever.

Should the Orioles consider trading for Soto?

He might hit 83 home runs at Camden Yards, you know.

OK, maybe not 83, but you get the picture. Did you watch the Home Run Derby? Have you been to Camden Yards? On second thought, maybe he could hit 83. Anyway...

The 23 year old is having a light year average wise thus far in '22 (.250), but he already has 20 HR's, which leaves him just 14 shy of his single-season best total. The Nationals, of course, are one of the worst teams in all of baseball. On a real team with real help in front and behind him at the plate, there's no telling what kind of numbers Soto could produce.

As it stands now, no one throws a strike to Soto unless they absolutely have to do that. But there's no denying how good he is at the plate. He's one of the top 5 hitters in all of baseball.

Should the Orioles give up a boatload of prospects for 2.5 years of Juan Soto?

Could he be the difference between a wild card spot in '22 or another October watching the playoffs on TV?

And could the O's immediately jump into the discussion as a real, true American League pennant contender in '23 and '24 with Soto's bat in the lineup every day?

Yes. And yes. The O's could turn into a wild card team this year and they could be a top A.L. contender next year with Soto on their roster.

But that doesn't mean the deal to get him is a no-brainer. Because it's not.

What would you have to give up to get him? Industry experts are saying it would take at least 3 high profile prospects to snag Soto. The Birds have a bulging farm system these days, of course. They could part company with a few young players and not feel the pinch. But why do all of this work to groom, say, Gunnar Henderson, Colton Cowser and Coby Mayo if you're just going to hand them over to some other team just when they're about ready to come up and start helping you?

The answer, of course, is that Juan Soto, right now, is better than all three of them.

But that's "right now"...

In two years, maybe Gunnar Henderson is baseball's newest version of Juan Soto. Who knows?

My opinion?

I'd stand pat and let the Nationals deal Soto elsewhere unless -- yes, there's an "unless" here -- you don't have to give up three of your top 15 prospects.

I realize the O's are loaded with talented minor leaguers these days. Just losing Henderson, per se, might not be a huge blow. But the Nats aren't doing Soto for Henderson straight up. That's just not happening.

Adding Juan Soto is inviting and if I'm the Orioles, I poke around to see what it would take to get him. But unless I feel like I'm getting the better end of things, I sit this one out and let Soto wind up with another team.


I realize this next story is bathed in "geographic bias" but I can't get over how many people are bellyaching about Derek Jeter and the 7-part docu-series ESPN is running about the Yankees Hall of Famer.

Here's what I've heard about Jeter in the last day or two.

"Average player, nothing more."

"Barely a Yankees Hall of Famer, should never have been inducted into Cooperstown."

"The most uninteresting high profile athlete ever, even more than Tom Brady."

Granted, those comments were authored by people right here in Baltimore, so a natural bias against Jeter is to be expected. Sometime down the road, there will be people here who claim Ben Roethlisberger shouldn't go into the Hall of Fame. I get it. We say really dumb things when we have a built-in bias against someone.

Jeter was not an average player. Not in any way at all. He hit .310 for his career. Rod Carew hit .328, but in 2,000 less at-bats.

Derek Jeter was a Hall of Fame baseball player by anyone's standards, unless you're just predisposed to not liking him, which people in Baltimore are, naturally.

Uninteresting? Maybe. But that's only because he chose to be that way. He wasn't in the tabloids every day, he wasn't saying stupid stuff, he wasn't getting arrested, he wasn't getting tattoos on his face. He was just a remarkable baseball player who showed up every day and put in the work. He was, if you don't mind me saying this, the Yankees' version of Cal Ripken Jr., but with a much better batting average.

All of that, though, has nothing to do with why I brought Jeter up today.

The story in these parts connects more with ESPN. There are people in Baltimore who don't understand why ESPN would run this 7-part series on Jeter.

Full disclosure: I didn't watch Episode 1 and, honestly, I don't think I'll watch any of it. But I'm not anti-Jeter or anti-ESPN. I just have a busy week ahead and don't see how I'll get time to sit down and watch it.

But I definitely understand why ESPN would devote a 7-part series to Derek Jeter: He was an iconic player for perhaps the most recognizable sports franchise -- IN THE WORLD. And he played in perhaps the most influential city in the world, although folks in Tokyo might argue that point.

You get the idea, though. Here you have the shortstop of the Yankees, who played in New York -- and there are really nitwits out there who don't see the value in ESPN doing a docu-series on him?

Local radio shows were filled with chatter on Tuesday about this very subject. And lots of people I heard embarrassed themselves with their obvious bias.

He's Derek Jeter. I realize you might not like him or appreciate him, but the rest of the world does. He played 20 years for the New York Yankees. He's a Hall of Famer. If ever there was someone to profile, it's him.

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an all-star break report card


Although the baseball season is technically past the midpoint, the All-Star Break gives us a good opportunity to take stock in the Orioles season so far.

The team stands at 46-46, 18 games behind the Yankees and last in the AL East, which is record-wise the best in baseball this year. The O’s are also 3.5 games behind the third wild-card, with a myriad of other .500’ish teams.

The team’s strength has been their pitching, sitting 16th of 30 MLB teams in ERA, with lesser rankings in terms of WHIP and BAA (batting average against).

The hitters have fared less well, sitting 22nd in terms of OPS, and even worse by OBP and BA. Defensively, the Orioles also rank in the bottom half of the league by most measures, but by the naked eye they play really good outfield defense, and their infield turns a ton of double plays.

Overall, the Birds seem to be outplaying their stats, and their 18-11 record against less than .500 teams is an indicator of such. The post All-Star Break schedule is very daunting, with 15 against Toronto, 11 with the Red Sox, 7 vs. the Rays and the Astros, and 6 against the Yankees. We will learn much more in these 46 games, which is 2/3 of the remaining schedule.

Yesterday, we graded the pitchers, which you can find below by scrolling down the page. Today, it's the position players.


Infield/Catchers

Adley Rutschman (B+) - not great stats yet with a .215 average, but the kid can play the position and command the pitching staff (and maybe the whole team …)

Ryan Mountcastle (B-) - not sure he has improved much this year. Has the talent to be a superstar but needs to develop plate discipline to do so.

Ramon Urias (C+) - has been on a tear since he returned from injury, which balances out a horrendous start. Ideally he is a utility player (and a good one).

Jorge Mateo (C+) - his speed and defensive range keep his grade reasonable, but he will have to improve on making contact to be a major leaguer for much longer.

Robinson Chirinos (D-) - no matter what his defensive skills, hitting .162 doesn’t cut it. Would rather see a younger guy getting a chance at this role.


Outfield/DH

Trey Mancini (B+) - although the new wall has hurt Trey’s power totals, both his average and OBP are up 20 points from 2021. There is a case to be made that we need him for at least another year given the lack of ready-now OF/DH talent.

Austin Hays (B+) - although Hays’ hitting has tapered off, his style of play is what we want developed in the system. His OF defense and arm are fun to watch.

Anthony Santander (B-) the power has been good and the OBP is better, but I believe there is still untapped potential here.

Cedric Mullins (C+) - there was an obvious regression that was going to happen, but Mullins can help himself by using his speed more offensively. I would still like to see him here long-term.

Ryan McKenna (D) – all the writers and announcers love him, but I still don’t believe he belongs as the 4th OF. Pesky hitter but has struck out 37 times in 91 ABs.

Lastly, there is Brandon Hyde. With 92 games finished, there will always be instances where the manager could do better. But this team has overperformed, plays a fair amount of close games, and NEVER quits.

I think he has to up the accountability meter going forward as we all raise expectations, but Hyde gets an A- thus far. If the season was over he would likely get some Manager of the Year votes. And for what it is worth, pitching coach Chris Holt has to get an A+.

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the tiger effect


This past weekend’s Open Championship put a wrap on another major season for the PGA Tour. Yes there is still the race to the FedexCup here in the States and the Race to Dubai on the DP World Tour (European Tour). But those just don’t carry the weight of the 4 majors plus a handful of other meaningful tournaments.

As I reflected on the trends of the Tour it’s become clear to me that the Tiger Effect, at least as it relates to the play on the course, is now fully on display. There are many facets to the so-called “Tiger Effect” with the obvious being increased TV ratings, attendance and general interest in professional golf.

What I am focused on is the players on the golf course. Today’s players are better athletes, better prepared and better tested at younger ages than 25+ years ago when Tiger burst on the scene.

One can argue that that is due to increased purses. I agree but those purse increases exist because of the Tiger Effect. This really isn’t debatable.

I’m sure some of the regular commentators will offer their retorts to my claim so let’s go through the facts that I see.


Major Winners –

Major winners have gotten considerably younger over the last 30-40 years on average. Gone are the days where players needed to obtain years of experience before being ready to compete in majors. Players are better prepared because all along their development they have opportunities to compete against their best peers: AJGA, college, high end amateur, etc.

All of these tournament fields are just oozing with talent. If you are one that believes that iron sharpens iron, go watch a high end amateur tournament or AJGA event and watch the quality of play. It’s remarkable.

In the 10 years leading up to Tiger’s announcement that he was going pro (1987-1996) the average age of a major champion was about 33.25 years old. In the last 10 years of majors that average is almost exactly 30.5 years old. If we throw out Mickelson’s win at 50 and Tiger’s 2019 Masters win the average is below 30 years old.

In the 10 years prior to Tiger’s announcement there were 7 winners (out of 40) that were in their 20’s and 10 that were over 35. The last 10 years? 23 winners in their 20’s and 4 over the age of 35 not named Tiger or Phil. In fact, NBC announced that this was the first year ever that there were 4 winners in their 20’s (I didn’t find any statistics disputing this).

Major winners are considerably younger, by and large, than they were 30-ish years ago.


World Top 10 –

You may think that a sample size of 40 tournaments over 10 years isn’t really the best metric to prove the point. I don’t necessarily disagree with you. I think it shows trends but maybe isn’t a statistically significant sample. So I turned to another measure of top tier success; the Official World Golf Rankings.

At the end of July 1996 a few weeks before Tiger officially turned pro, the average age of the OWGR Top 10 was 37 1/2 years old (I had a little trouble getting that data and this was the closest date I could locate). The current Top 10 sports an average age of 27 1/2 years. That obviously means that the Top 10 in the world is 10 years younger on average now versus spring 2016! That is a stark difference.

In 1996, there was 1 player in his 20’s (Els) and only 1 other player below 35 (Montgomerie) residing in the top 10. Today the oldest player in the current Top 10? McIlroy at 33. The only other 30-something is Patrick Cantlay at exactly 30. The oldest player in 1996? 49 year old Jumbo Ozaki.


Anecdotal –

Anecdotally, the players finding their way on the Tour now were in their formative years when Tiger was at his peak in the early 2000’s. They would have seen him dominating week in and week out and winning 14 of his 15 majors in an 11 year window. They would have seen him winning most of his 82 times on tour.

The players that have recognized Tiger as their boyhood idol is a who’s who of modern golfers: McIlroy, Spieth, Thomas, Finau, Hovland, Cantlay and many others.

Some copied their hero's approach on the golf course down to the famous Sunday red shirt and black pants. Many realized how hard Tiger worked OFF the golf course and followed with aggressive workout programs just like he did. Others have become meticulous in terms of tracking their rounds and attacking their weaknesses.


Conclusion –

I don’t expect everyone to like Tiger. I get that, for whatever reason, some people don’t like him or feel that he is over hyped. In my opinion, he was the greatest player to ever play the game. Yes, better than Jack Nicklaus who happened to be Tiger’s hero.

But whether you like him or not, his thumbprint on the game is obvious. He has impacted the way the game is played with power and athleticism. He has impacted the way players prepare to compete in terms of dedication and physical training. And through studying his success it is clear that many of the old tropes about how to win in golf were proven untrue.

But his most impactful legacy on the game just might be the crop of players on tour now. These players are better at a younger age than ever before. And every year a new batch of players arrives on Tour. One or two of them are likely to kick the door in and show up at the top of leaderboards before too long.

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rc     August 08
LOL @ John S...."do more research". Sure, what could go wrong by googling info on anything covid-related.

But you are right about Rose, guy was a POS. Why was he a topic today anyway?

Larry     August 08
Herman, I usually see your side of things but there isn't a chance in hell you would applauded Tiger Woods for anything (except maybe getting arrested). You and I both know that.

John S     August 08
Pete Rose and his nickname of Charley Hustle. It had nothing to do with how he played the game of baseball. Johnny Bench despises him. He has said that everything that Rose did was a "hustle". In old fashioned street lingo, it means a con artist, a liar, a rogue, a scoundrel.

The lady who came forward a few years ago is tip of the iceberg stuff. Rose often was seen in the company of teenage girls on the road. That is why he was an outsider on almost every club he was on. He is and has always been a scumbag.

But his defenders(there are many) prove a point. A huge point. People get fooled. We see it on a daily basis. Propaganda becomes facts.

You had "experts" claiming that if you got a new, untested vaccine...."the virus would be stopped". And the general populace believed it and helped with draconian mandates that ruined lives and commerce and friendships.

Be more cynical. Do more research. If someone claims expertise, check their record...not just their college.



As the great John Prince sang "Caravan of Fools". "When you can't stand to lose, you're running with the caravan of fools".

Be bold. Question everything.


bob singer     August 08
The only thing "on brand" is SOD rushing to call Herman a racist any time he posts. Really is childish and tiring, but any time someone calls for truce between SOD and HOD they get chewed up and spit out. SOD must be so proud.

Herrman's points on PGA are worth consideration if you ask me. Mind you, I do get the point of the traditionalists, and not convinced that model needs to be totally blown up.

But, on the hand, as Herrman points out, the revenue now out there is nuts and if you're an elite golfer, why wouldn't you question why you have to "earn your keep" while those "managing" the Tour make more than you do (at least initially).

I don't think the LIV format and approach is the answer BTW. Hope no one outside of Greg Norman and his funding sources believes that. But when one considers the revenue available and how most pro sports design their pay scales as part of a collective bargaining process, sure seems like the Tour needs to put their heads together and come up with a better model

HERMAN     August 08
@Ralph

You are incorrect, I would have applauded The Messiah for taking the cash and smashing the monopoly. I wouldn't sit and watch Tim Finchem for hours on Sunday, or Jay Monahan. If it's for "tradition, honor, and prestige" they can get paid in that and work for free. I find it interesting that the same empty suit that extolls the "virtues" of the broke college kid on scholarship, facing the challenges of Q school, his potential ticket to success.....as he heads out the door making a few hundred grand and dinner on the tour CC.

If The Messiah drives the needle worth a billion, write him the check. Just don't proseletyse over "Saudi Blood Money" wearing Nike sweat shop gear while Uyghurs die in concentration camps in China.

MJ     August 08
Good points from Ralph about HTH. On brand. Perfect description.

Ralph     August 08
Give Herman credit for the brand he's created. He never wavers from it. If Tiger would have taken the $$ he would have crushed him for it. Hilarious if not utterly predictable. But on brand, which is what matters to him most.

HERMAN     August 08
If LIV accomplished anything at all it was to expose the odd grip on the professional game of golf held by the PGA. They don't own any of the majors that are the highlight of their sport. They really can't control the stars of their sport, or require their presence in events. While they have tried hard to evolve their approach with a new season ending playoff series of events, and annual point system akin to NASCAR it hasn't caught on with the general public, and is only embraced by the golf enthusiasts. And while the golfers themselves still see the career path of moving through either Q school or the mini-tours to the PGA as the proper approach many of the young guns are starting to understand that having to drum up your own sponsorship and face expenses week-to-week without any guaranteed compensation by the tour is a burden compared to other sports. Sure a handful of guys start as multi-millionaires before they put a pro peg into the ground, but past the top 25 the rest are grinding week to week out of wallet. In today's cash oversaturated environment of sport that sounds like an anachronism, some kind of throw back, best left in the 1980s.

Hindsight is 20/20 but allowing the evolution of majors and those traditions to dominate the game without a shred of ownership, well, could you imagine Jerrah Jones of Cowboys fame letting the Super Bowl get out under someone else's control?

Somehow I think the next ten years is going to see some serious change to the mechanics of how things are run in pro golf. You can only "pay" the new participants in "legacy and tradition" for so long until they get a little frustrated carrying those initial expenses all on themselves until they can make it.

Ray     August 08
And Rose wonders why he got kicked out of baseball. SMH

Jk     August 07
Ricky Fowler finished 125 and made the PGA Tour playoffs on the last day. I get George is thrilled!

lou@palo alto     August 07
ditto, steve

agree UTB--seems many stars of his day cld hit and run but didn't know how to win as much as Frank

Steve of Pimlico     August 07
@ Lou@ Palo Alto looking forward to seeing you at our renuion in April

unitastoberry     August 07
@ Lou you are right about Frank but that's the way baseball should be played. Just like Bo Jackson breaking Dempsey' thumb at the plate.



@Del Ray I feel as do others our age and above ground that Ted would have been the goat and the king if not for military obligations. I talked once to the guy who made his bats at Louisville Slugger when I took the tour there long ago he felt the same.

lou@palo alto     August 07
frank robinson may hv gotten to 3000 hits--certainly wld hv hd 600hr if not for the injury breaking up a double play against the WS (al weiss) in early 67--was on a path for triple crown numbers again but the concussion/double vision til '69 cost him, and us

Delray RICK     August 07
BOB...TED already belonged in 500 hrs club

MFC     August 07
Not sure you've played the new tees at the Road. There is considerable length added to:

2- might be the toughest to par on the course

4- 40 yard difference between the white and blue tees

8- 30-40 difference

13- moved way back into a corner-

18- added at least 20-30 yards



That's substantial and when they move 7 all the way back into 12 that adds another 30 yards.



Other issues not discusses was green speed and pin placements. Most of the defense of the Road is the greens. If they're cut and rolled with certain pin placements 70 would be a heck of a score. Of course that's true for many courses but it makes a world of difference at the Road. Still there are enough holes at there to make birdies.



To the "average" player, I'm calling that 10-14 handicap the difference from playing the whites to the blues is 5-6 shots, if not more. It's that dramatic.

Bob     August 07
Chris,

Ted Williams missed a total of 4 years as a player serving in both WWII and Korea, no doubt he would be in the 500/3,000 club.

Chris in Bel Air     August 07
O's seem like they are on a mission to prove their worth. They are not going away. I feel pretty good that I'll still be saying that a month from now.

Yesterday's celebration... On the good side, it was good to see and hear Brooks and Eddie up in the booth yesterday during the broadcast. Brooks is a huge fan favorite obviously and Eddie starting to get appreciated even more... thankfully. On the downside, also missing from yesterday Markakis and JJ Hardy. Two fan favs from the Buck era. Also, they could have invited Delmon Young. Owner of one of (the?) most famous hit at the Yard. I know I'll never forget it.

Speaking of Eddie. I was discussing with a friend yesterday the 500 HR and 3000 hit club. For you baseball trivia nerds, Eddie is one of 7 players in that club. Also, are Hank, Mays, A-Rod (ugh), Pujols, Palmeiro (yes, him) and this year Miggy Cabrerra joined the club. Follow on interesting trivia, at least for me. Players that you would think have 3000 hits but do not.... Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson. Ted missed time due to his service during WW2. Greatest generation. Brooks also just missed at 2848.

Dean     August 06
Another day- another Out of towner roasted - baltimore has those fans for sure. Just mention Ray Lewis and see how quickly folks react. Outside Baltimore it raises and eye- here- not so much.

sam winchester     August 06
Rochester Roger sounds like a real genius. And yes we have those kinds of "fans" here in Baltimore, many are active on Twitter.

The uproar over kneeling is a case study is how cults control the minds of the weak.


Erick     August 06
Pretty sad Os could not coordinate- still disfunctonal- not like this year came as a surprise and still schedule conflicts?

kj     August 06
I was not blessed to have known Mr Stewart, only knew "of" him. What a good man may he rest in peace.

Gerry Jackson     August 06
Thanks for the beautiful tribute to “Mr. Stewart,” which is exactly what my siblings and me always called him. Our dad, James Jackson, shared a desk with him at The Sun for three decades. He was such a great friend to our dad, and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Thanks for sharing some of his story.

Eric in Gaithersburg     August 06
I hate what the O's did with the wall-move it back 15 feet instead of 30 or just make it higher don't do both. But the results dont lie- we 30-20 at home. Can't believe Drew didn't mention all the O's that have beefs that are not back today- Jones, Surhoff, Bordick and Brady. Cal has scheduling conflict. And don't look now but Gunnar Henderson has a hit in 15 of his last 16 .349/.431/.667 with 4 HR 4 2B 2 3B 187wRC+ and now has .946 OPS in AAA. It is time for him to join this formerly mediocre offense that has gotten worse since Mancini deal.

JohnInEssex     August 06
Kapernick indeed started the kneeling for the anthem thing...

The Ravens blew it up in England, for all to see, then stood up for God Save The Queen...

Steve of Pimlico     August 06
Have to wonder if the new dimensions in Oriole Park had got into Trey's head this year.

Erick     August 06
Interesting take on golf course- if someone were to highlight a certain website in a similar vein- Im curious if it would draw any ire from those that frequent it?

Don from Catonsville     August 05
I'm a GOLF NERD , that was a VERY ENJOYABLE story!!!

Chris in Bel Air     August 05
I generally lower the volume and/or try to tune out most announcers (MLB and NFL). Very few provide any value added. Listening to the O's broadcast the other night, I heard Newman get all excited for a LONG DRIVE TO CF... and the CF is under it makes the final out. The ball wasn't even close to the warning track or hit very hard. Ugh. Maybe it is just nostalgia, but I do miss hearing Chuck and Brooks.

Glad to hear your story with son, Drew. Sounded like a great day. My father passed away coming up on 10 years now. Among many other things, I wish I could play another round with him. Do it while you can people. Do it while you can.

unitastoberry     August 05
I moved to central PA in 1986. Great story many former Baltimore folks live here now and all of us go thru the transition minus becoming Penn St/Stiller fans. There's a lot of southern hospitality here my oldest son calls it Pennsatucky. Come back now ya hear !

TimD in Timonium     August 05
@DF, great story, enjoy the memories, enjoy getting away.



I've seen Little League games in Williamsport, have visited Penn State and Bucknell, but, other than that, Central PA is pretty wide open. Empty. God's Country.

Delray RICK     August 05
GOOD read on MUSHNICK bout VIN SCULLY and why we have turds calling games. DEM O'S have gone in the toilet with these "talking heads" that won't shut the hell up. PALMER pleasure to listen to but when squeaky voice lady comes I turn the sound down. LET THE GAME PLAY OUT and talking bout nuttin all the time. And that old fart in YANKEES still calling is a real joke. AUGUST 11 LIFE STARTS!!!

ChrisK     August 04
I'll preface this by saying that I am not an attorney, so take it with a (or several grains) of salt. But, the PGA doesn't have an anti-trust exemption (as MLB does). To me, banning certain players from participating in your events because you don't like them is a pretty clear anti-trust violation. I'm not a golf guy, so I certainly won't opine on the merits of LIV vs. PGA, but banning a sub-set of players because they wanted to spend some weekends playing with another organization strikes me as patently illegal.

Barry Holtby     August 04
Someone take away the "*" key from Drew's keyboard. The overuse is getting ridiculous.

larry     August 04
Trading away Mancini and Lopez did absolutely nothing to damage their chances of winning this year. Capable replacements are here.

The notion of "adding" is foolish. Sure they have a more stocked farm system than before, but do they have a surplus? And would it make sense to send some of those assets away, in exchange for the low odds of what Stats Nerd alluded to?

To me, had Elias traded say Stowers or Hall away, that would border on malpractice. He did the right thing, he just made one comment he should not have, that's all.

Some day the O's will be good, hopefully in a similar sustainable way like the Ravens, and some day certain people will stop obsessing over @Herman.

Unitastoberry     August 04
CIK...ty

David Rosenfeld     August 04
The Orioles have 54 wins with 57 games left. You start asking yourself how many games of those 57 will they have to win?

I'd say that 31-26 is a legitimate possibility. Will 85-77 be enough? Probably not. To get to 89 wins, they'd need 35-22. Maybe asking a lot.

Still, I'm surprised Elias said that, even if meant it in a completely mathematical way. At this point the difference in probability between TB and the Orioles is pretty much a wash.

K.C.     August 04
Give @Herman credit. He made a post and didn't reference Springsteen. I'm buying more and more into the idea started by someone here that @Herman is on the Dish staff in some capacity.

There's no possible way someone with this much dislike for a person goes out of his way 3 or 4 times a day to stop by and indirectly help fund that person's business. We already know for sure @Herman doesn't like "the site owner" so the only question left is "Why do you come around every day?"

He has to be on staff some how. He just has to be.

Conway     August 04
Ain't this the truth >>> Sure, those guys know all about the Washington Post journalist and they realize you're not really *allowed* to say anything negative about Saudi policies or decisions.



Drew gets it. So do the 3,300 American families who lost loved ones on 9-11. To some people like Herman those murders no longer matter. For some they still do.

Chris in Bel Air     August 04
I was surprised to hear Elias offer that statement the other night. As a GM, he should know better. I did not know the full story til I read today's edition but I'm glad to hear he did the right thing and spoke to the team.

I think his comments and the trades are clear evidence he is sticking with his plan. As a fan, it is tough to see your team right on the doorstep of a potential wild card (99% sure they have improved that format and it is now a 3-game series) and see them trade away players and not bring in pieces that could help them get to the post-season. But, for the GM and the plan, while I'm sure he's glad to see it, it does not factor into the plan. The current performance is just a nice little add-on.

I was disappointed to see Trey go but I understand it. I didn't mind Lopez going because his trade value will never be higher than it is now. I'm not convinced he can perform at the same level as now over the next 2-3 years. I was glad to hear Elias say the O's will be looking to sign true MLB talent starting next year but like everything with them, I'll believe it when I see it.

The Real Ricky     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..."

Really?

Drew, I sure hope you're doing as well as Paul McCartney if and/or when you're 80 years old. You know, when your kids are graduating college! LOL!





I kid!

CIK     August 04
@UTB

The 1 game playoff has been eliminated. It is now 6 teams from each league qualify. The top 2 teams get byes. The 3 seed hosts the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosts the 5 seed, in a best of 3.

kevin j     August 04
Totally agree it was good to see Elias rush to put out the fire he started. We all know he simply meant the "probability" of true post season success was low, ie fools gold, but competitive athletes never wanna hear that. Who says "the odds of us winning are small so why try hard"?

Elias was a player, he knows this. Obviously caught up int he moment of justifying his trades and probably realized as soon as it was said it was foolish thing to put out there. Does not change that he "did" the right thing, the comment was the mistake, not the trades.

@Geroge with great analogy between PGA Tour and our country, bravo good sir!

HERMAN     August 04
Get the popcorn this lawsuit could be fun to watch. The PGA enforcing a monopoly and the independent contractors crying restraint of trade. George with the post of the year so far.

What I "don't get" is how the site owner can love golf and love competition and not understand that the golfers want the freedom to play wherever and whenever they choose, and to compete for whatever prize money they are eligible to compete for. This idea that they "took the big money" and so don't need money from the FedEx playoffs is ludicrous. Tiger has a billion, should he just stop competing for the cash?

For those few who qualified for the FedEx Cup this year I don't see how they can be excluded, they met the qualifications and want to play. Billy Herschel and his "they want their cake and to eat it too" nonsense, yeah, they want to play golf and compete. Not hard to understand.

And for all those locals foaming at the mouth over Dem O's, could it be that the few big market teams have grabbed up all the real talent leaving all the small market teams mediocre, allowing for Dem O's to seem competitive racking up wins against low life competition and giving them a false hope? In a sea of mediocrity some mediocrity will appear slightly superior to all other mediocrity.

And fake Herman is back, I didn't post that last reply. With two of the four potential imposters I have in mind on European vacations that narrows it down to two. Could even be the site owner himself, trying to goad me into leaving for good...

PLB     August 04
Really good column on Elias, Drew. You hit every button properly. Leaned on his data and his team of stats people, said the wrong thing publicly, went to Texas and tried to fix it with his players. Very well done today, my friend.



As for the PGA Tour lawsuit, it's all about Greg Norman and Phil getting their pound of flesh. It's just a fight to say "I beat you" now. I'm bored with it, honestly.



I do have a question about Tiger Woods, though. Is there some kind of lingering animosity between Tiger and Greg or Tiger and Phil that kept him from taking the $750 million LIV offered him? That seems like just too much money to refuse. Thoughts?






Brett B.     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..." hahahahahaha

Have to admit, I was shocked at how bad his voice was on 6/12 at Camden Yards. I know he's old and all but sheeesh, that was tough to listen to.

Unitastoberry     August 04
The one off MLB playoff game is a joke. If you want to get excited then go for it. But getting there isn't much more than a participation trophy. The next worst thing is winning your division and having a champagne party. Billick was right..Festivis!!

TimD in Timonium     August 04
Another thought on the O's trading deadline moves. Hope CBS Sports is wrong and the run continues. Go O's.



"Not everything in this game is an asset that must be micromanaged and leveraged to the fullest extent at all times. It's baseball, not an actuarial table. There are human beings involved, and rather than further encourage the good vibes, the O's front office snuffed them out."



And who thought the PGA would be newsworthy in AUGUST. Wow. Every day.


Delray RICK     August 04
DEM O'S only 11/2 games out of wild card...WOW!! Whoever picked COLE to win PICTER OF THE YEAR!!! He can't win without sicky stuff. MANCINI hits homerun in first game.

George     August 03
In a Nutshell – LIV Golf files antitrust suit against the PGA Tour, alleging monopolistic practices against LIV and its players in conspiracy with sponsors, DP Tour, Asian Tour, PGA of America, USGA, R & A, and the Masters Tournament. Three players otherwise eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs ask for restraining order against enforcement of their bans.

Eventual Outcome – after a flurry of self-righteous public-relations campaigns, the case is settled with LIV getting everything it wanted, except against the Masters Tournament, which has through its history maintained its private rights to do whatever it damn well pleases. [Note that its eligibility criteria do not offer an entry into the Tournament, but merely qualify a player for the possibility of an invitation.]

An interesting sideline to this [at least to me] is the evolution of the PGA Tour, originally formed by touring professionals to benefit themselves, into an organization dominated by executives who have gotten fat administering the Tour while relegating the players to the inferior status of independent contractors who must follow the rules the Tour sets. Sort of like the United States of America – originally designed as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and which has evolved into a nation run from time to time by one of two parties who happen to get a majority of electoral votes and who neither care a lick about the welfare of the sheep/citizens.

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i could use some help


Someone I bumped into last week at the Maryland Open has been in and out of the area over the last decade. A while back, circa 2010 or so, we were routinely paired together during tournaments, for whatever odd reason.

Last Monday was the first time I had seen him in probably 6 years.

"You still doing that radio thing?" he asked.

I explained that I was no longer on the air full-time, but had taken on a weekly golf radio show earlier this year. "Still on the air, just not every day," I said, trying to make it as simple as I could.

"What else are you doing?" he asked.

I was 15 minutes from my tee time, which is roughly how long it would take for me to summarize *everything* I do these days. But I rumbled through it quickly: "I own a sports website that publishes every day, I run my church's Outreach office that provides food and emergency assistance to our neighboring community and I coach golf."

"Coach golf" got his interest and he asked a follow up question. And we spent the next few minutes talking about Calvert Hall's golf program and the new Maryland Fellowship of Christian Athletes golf program I'm running.

I got his cell number and we exchanged a text or two later in the week. He seemed genuinely interested in my FCA Golf endeavors and in one of the texts, he tossed out those four words: "How can I help?"

What I'm sharing with you today, here at #DMD, I sent to him yesterday in an e-mail. It answers his question: "How can I help?"


Let me first say this. If you're reading this and you'd rather not help, I get it. We're all asked to do a lot of things, asked to support a number of different events and charities, and the "asks" never seem to dwindle. They just keep coming and coming.

So if you're not inclined to help me this time, maybe you will next time. Or the time after that. But if you are willing to help, please know I need it. And so do the junior golfers I'm trying to impact.

But if you're an active #DMD reader and you wonder on occasion how you might help me -- other than visiting here, which I greatly appreciate -- this would be a small way to lend support.

FCA Golf's popular free junior clinics have been well received in 2022 by area boys and girls. The next free clinic is this Thursday, July 21 at 6 pm at Pine Ridge Driving Range.

Here's what I'm trying to do. It's simple. I need to raise $10,000 to help get my program off the ground. I have $6,500 of it already, thanks to several key supporters and believers. Another $3,500 and I'm in good shape to start putting everything in place that I need to make Maryland FCA Golf run smoothly in our first year.

No, I'm not asking you for $3,500.

I'm asking you for $20.22.

That's it. Twenty dollars. And twenty two cents.

I'm trying to find 175 people to give me $20.22, which will go directly into my budget for Maryland FCA Golf.

You might be saying, "Sure, I'll give you $20.22. But what happens with it once you get it?"

Fair question. I love answering that question, actually.

Those of you who are familiar with "club sports" know the financial model all too well. You (the participant) pay somewhere between $2,000 and $4,000 annually to be "on the team", and then you spend who-knows-how-much-more on travel, tournament fees, hotel rooms and everything else associated with club soccer, club lacrosse, club swimming, etc.

And there's nothing at all wrong with club sports. Please don't think I'm saying there is.

But golf is different in that you can't go play golf somewhere "free of charge".

If you and your friends want to play soccer, find a field, get your ball out, and go play.

If you want to play football or baseball, find a field, bring your equipment, and go play.

You get the picture. Football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse...they can all be played somewhere, right now, without anyone having to pay anything.

Golf, of course, doesn't work that way. If you want to play golf, you can, but you're paying a fee to do so, whether it's at a public course or private facility. Golf costs money.

My goal with Maryland FCA Golf is to eliminate or greatly reduce the cost of being involved with our "club". We want our junior golfers to experience golf without the obstacle of money in the way. I'm trying to create a "club golf" concept but I'm not asking any of the junior golfers for $2,000, $3,000 or $4,000 annually.

And within Maryland FCA Golf, we're teaching kids *about* golf just as much as we're teaching them to play golf. We're teaching them about rules and self-called penalties and telling your opponent "that was a great shot" even though they might wind up beating you because of it.

We're talking with our junior golfers about on-course behavior, playing the ball as it lies and accepting responsibility for their bad shots and high scores. Pace of play and how to keep moving on the course will be featured parts of our program. We're anxious to show our junior golfers that they don't need to take 2 minutes over every shot to hit a good one.

We're in the process of creating a program where junior golfers will be "FCA Golf Ambassadors", showcasing both their talents and their personalities while they grow up learning about golf and how it can be a "sport for a lifetime".

My goal is to have our junior golfers playing in tournaments throughout the mid-Atlantic and have people say, "Tell me about FCA Golf. What's it all about?"

The more people that ask that question, the more answers our junior golfers get to share. And the more they share, the more people get exposed to the great things FCA does, both in golf and in sports in general.

FCA's mission statement is simple: To see every coach and athlete enter in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.

FCA is not a Catholic organization. It's not a Baptist organization. It's not Methodist, Lutheran or Jewish. It's for anyone and everyone, regardless of religious affiliation. FCA simply wants athletes and coaches to learn more about Jesus.

As for Maryland FCA Golf, we subscribe to the FCA mission statement, of course, but we're working hard to get junior golfers to understand that golf and faith can, and do, connect. We're looking for boys and girls of any age, race, religious affliliation and golf ability level.


So, back to that request for $20.22.

Where does it go?

It goes to every expense we incur in an effort to make Maryland FCA Golf a no-cost "club" for any juniors who want to be part of it.

We don't want them to spend money for instruction, range balls, tee times, equipment, tournaments, etc. And, no, we're not handing them money. We oversee it all. We secure the instruction they need, the range balls they need, the tee-times they need, the new putter they need and, in some cases, we'll provide both financial support for tournaments they wish to enter or we'll run the event(s) ourselves.

One such tournament comes up on Tuesday, August 23rd, when we host 44 golfers for the "Summer Shootout" at Pine Ridge. Our field is nearly filled. It's our hope to run 4-6 junior tournaments in the spring/summer of 2023. Our event on August 23rd and one in late October will help us smooth out the wrinkles in preparation for an expanded schedule next year.

In the meantime, our popular "free clinic" series continues this Thursday, July 21st, at 6 pm at Pine Ridge. Last month, we had 24 junior golfers come out for a night of instruction and golf "fun". No one paid a dime. Instruction was free, range balls were free and a great time was had by all.

If anyone wants to join us this Thursday, please come out. You can participate or simply observe and see what we're doing and how we're impacting the junior golfers of Maryland. Adults and juniors are welcome on Thursday. We'll be at Pine Ridge starting at 6 pm.

In the meantime, that $20.22 I'm asking for would be put to great use if you can see fit to help me with Maryland FCA Golf.

The easiest way these days seems to be Venmo. You can send your $20.22 to me there -- @Drew-Forrester-1.

I'll also gladly accept a check. You can contact me directly for check details: 18inarow@gmail.com is my e-mail address.

If you do send me something via Venmo, I'd like your e-mail address in order to send you pictures of our next clinic and summer golf tournament so you can see where/how your $20.22 was put to use.

Like I mentioned above, I realize you get a lot of "asks" in your life. If you're reading this and you're moved to support my FCA Golf program, that would be great. If you're not moved this time around, maybe you'll help in another way sometime down the road.

One thing I know for sure: I can't do this by myself. I need teammates. A lot of them, in fact. It takes a village, as they say, to put something together like this that impacts people in the community.

If you can spare $20.22, you'll be making your own impact.

If nothing else, I've accomplished one of my main goals today just by posting this, no matter how many people help support the program with their $20.22.

You know, if you've read this far, all about Maryland FCA Golf and what we're trying to do. That's a win all on its own.

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"running team or passing team?"


Carl in Owings Mills asks -- "A deep thought question for your Q&A this week. Why is it that certain teams have difficulty drafting players in specific positions? The Orioles haven't had much success drafting pitchers, even with the current regime doing the selecting. The Ravens have never been good at drafting receivers. The Steelers have never been effective drafting defensive secondary players. Why???"

DF says -- "Well, that is a deep-thought question and I will bow out gracefully and say, "I have no idea why." It's fair to point out that the Ravens have improved in the "drafting receivers" category. Hollywood Brown certainly wasn't a bum. He was probably a "1A" pick. Maybe not strong enough to be an elite, franchise receiver, but he wasn't Tandon Doss, either. Duvernay and Proche both look like they can make an impact. Rashod Bateman definitely looks legit. I don't know why the Steelers can't draft a cornerback or safety, but I love it. As for the O's and pitchers. Maybe it's the curse of Mike Mussina. Chasing the best home-grown pitcher since Jim Palmer out of town does merit a certain kind of long-term punishment, I'd say."


#DMD says, "If Greg Roman is the Ravens offensive coordinator, you can expect them to be a run first offense in 2022."

Ron asks -- "Hey Drew, what's your call on the Ravens in 2022. Running team or passing team? Thanks!"

DF says -- "Assuming Dobbins and Edwards are both healthy, I'd guess they'll do what Greg Roman-led offenses always do. They'll set up the pass by running the ball. So, in short, they'll be a running team. I'm including Lamar in there, of course. I mean, he's a threat to be the team's leading rusher in every game. If he's healthy and the two running backs are healthy, the Ravens should finish the season averaging somewhere around 160 yards per-game on the ground.

They averaged 145 yards per-game last season with no *real* running backs and Lamar out for half the season. They should be able to hit 160 per-game this season, right?

I do think Lamar and Bateman will link up and be a strong duo in '22 and we already know how much #8 likes to look for Mark Andrews. Jackson will definitely have plenty of chances to air it out this season. But the answer to your question is simple: They will be a running team on offense. Which is just the way Greg Roman wants it."


Rob Really asks -- "Several more moderate to high level golfers have announced or are about to announce the switch to LIV. How many more golfers have to switch before they become a critical mass? At some point won’t the PGA and the R&A have to come to some accommodation with LIV? Seems almost unstoppable now, doesn’t it?"

DF says -- "I'm not sure who the *several* more moderate to high level golfers are that you referenced...Paul Casey is the only name I've seen recently who officially moved over to LIV. We keep hearing Henrik Stenson is next, but he's a total nothing-burger. Casey is a name of sorts, but he's in his mid-40's and he has as many major championships as you, me and Noel Gallagher...combined.

But let's just pretend for a second that three or four *real* golfers jump ship; just for fun, let's say Cantlay, Hideki, Cameron Smith and (pick someone else) go to LIV. Won't the PGA and R&A have to come to some accommodation? Of course the answer to that is "no", they don't *have* to do anything. But *will* they do something? Will they make allowances for those guys?

My guess is all three of them would have to make allowances, not just the PGA Tour and R&A. LIV golf would also have to make some changes, too. What happened at the end of July -- where LIV played in Portland in an effort to upstage the John Deere Classic in Illinois -- is precisely the kind of thing that can't happen. The TOUR can't have a competing event in the U.S. at the same time they're hosting an event. It's just not good business.

I've said this for three months now. I do think the TOUR will eventually create a compromise of sorts with the LIV people. You can see the TOUR already laying the groundwork with their recently-announced 2024 schedule. I think the PGA Tour will stick with their January to August schedule and tell the LIV circuit they can "own" September through December. In other words, all LIV events get played in those four months, while the PGA Tour has a real, legitimate "off-season".

If LIV agreed to that and agreed to not play any competing events against the PGA Tour (and DP Tour), then I think a working solution can be ironed out. But LIV playing in the U.S. up against a PGA Tour event? That will never be part of an agreement.


Dan Cressfield asks -- "A multi-part question about Cameron Smith now that he has that first major under his belt. What's his ceiling? How many majors can he win? Do you think he'll jump to LIV now? And if he does, what does that do to his career and future legacy? Thanks so much for answering this (assuming you do)."

DF says -- "He will not be a one-time major winner, I don't think. Not as long as keeps putting the way he's putted in 2022, anyway. I think he can win 2, 3, maybe even 4 majors. I think the PGA might be tough for him to win because they generally punish wayward drivers of the ball with their course set up and he's not a great driver of the ball. I would be *really* surprised if he doesn't win at Augusta someday. That course and the set-up is perfect for him.

Do I think he'll jump to LIV? Yeah, probably. I mean, his answer at the press conference on Sunday night was pretty lame. He knows he's going but didn't want to say it right then and there, which is understandable, I suppose. Now that the four majors are done, I'm guessing you'll see a few more other big names go as well.

Career legacy? I don't know. I think that all depends on how you personally view LIV golf. I think it's terrible. There's nothing redeeming about it in the least, other than a lot of guys who were already rich are now going to get really rich. And that -- guys getting more money -- is really not even a concern of mine. They'll be playing the FedEx Cup for $11 million next month. That's kind of silly, too, if you ask me.

But the whole concept of LIV golf is garbage, which might not matter at all to Cam Smith. The whole "growing the game" angle has now been exposed for what it's always been: a lie. Patrick Reed is interested in "growing the game?" LOL. Yeah, and the Son of Sam was a gun control advocate back in 1977. LIV is about money. That's it.

The players refusing to just confirm that for us is what makes the whole thing look so awful. You've worked for Coca-Cola for 10 years and make $60,000 a year working like a dog to support your family and then Pepsi circulated a bunch of flyers at the County Fair and offered you $210,000 working 10 less hours a week with a month's vacation annually. And you jumped ship from Coke to Pepsi. That's what LIV is, essentially.

I'll add in that it's my opinion that supporting those creeps who helped engineer the 9/11 attacks is reprehensible. That's the "business" element of it that's hard to ignore. Cam is Australian, of course, so perhaps 9/11 doesn't connect with him the way it might (should) with an American. And I love how he tried to pass off his imminent move to LIV on Sunday by saying, "That's stuff my team worries about." Yeah, of course. You have a group of people who tell you what to do with your life. Sure thing. "Hey Cam, there's a rocket ship going to Jupiter next month and we, your team, think you should get on it just for kicks and giggles." I mean, come on Cam. It's your call. Not your "team's call".

Golf wise, no one with LIV has any pressure to win, play well or "stay on the Tour". Some folks like that and don't see anything wrong with it. I think it's an awful concept. But if Cam Smith wants to whore himself for $110 million and go from the A Conference to the C Conference, that's his choice. They'll pay him quite well to take the demotion, that's for sure."


Matt T. asks -- "This is sort of a Q & A submission or just something for a future edition of The Dish. What do you think the percentages are of the following things happening? Orioles make the playoffs as wild card team. Ravens start the season with a 4-0 sweep of the AFC East teams. Yankees fail to make the World Series. Tiger Woods plays a tournament in October or November with a reduced field strength in order to try and win his 83rd PGA tournament. Thanks, Drew!"

DF says -- "O's make the playoffs as a wild card team -- 20%. I think they have a shot. Not a great shot, mind you. But there is a chance they make it.

Ravens have Jets and Patriots away. Dolphins and Bills at home. Can they go 4-0 there? I'd say they have a 50% chance of doing it. They'll clobber the Jets and Dolphins. New England's tricky in their own stadium. Buffalo's not coming to Baltimore and winning, I don't think, but that one could be a shootout that goes down to who has the ball last. I'll go with 50% that they start 4-0.

Yankees fail to make the World Series. I'd say there's a 40% chance they don't make it. Houston is really good, too. And I can see one of the other A.L. East teams getting in and giving them a problem. It's 60/40 they make the World Series.

Tiger plays in October or November. You know...this is actually intriguing. For as much as Tiger said last Friday he was "done for the year", I could see him playing somewhere at the beginning of the wrap-around season just to try and get that 83rd win off his "to do list". I would say there's a 10% chance he plays somewhere, maybe Sea Island, GA, which would be a short flight for him to make every day."

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an all-star break report card


Although the baseball season is technically past the midpoint, the All-Star Break gives us a good opportunity to take stock in the Orioles season so far.

The team stands at 46-46, 18 games behind the Yankees and last in the AL East, which is record-wise the best in baseball this year. The O’s are also 3.5 games behind the third wild-card, with a myriad of other .500’ish teams.

The team’s strength has been their pitching, sitting 16th of 30 MLB teams in ERA, with lesser rankings in terms of WHIP and BAA (batting average against).

The hitters have fared less well, sitting 22nd in terms of OPS, and even worse by OBP and BA. Defensively, the Orioles also rank in the bottom half of the league by most measures, but by the naked eye they play really good outfield defense, and their infield turns a ton of double plays.

Overall, the Birds seem to be outplaying their stats, and their 18-11 record against less than .500 teams is an indicator of such. The post All-Star Break schedule is very daunting, with 15 against Toronto, 11 with the Red Sox, 7 vs. the Rays and the Astros, and 6 against the Yankees. We will learn much more in these 46 games, which is 2/3 of the remaining schedule.

Later this week, I will give some thoughts on what I would do around the trade deadline if I were Mike Elias. I will also highlight some news and progress from the minor league system. In the meantime, here is my report card on the primary Orioles players for the “first half”, relative to expectations.

We’ll feature the starters and relievers today and the position players tomorrow.


Starters:

Tyler Wells (Grade: A) - low expectations here, but 7 wins, 3.38 ERA and very few walks.

Jordan Lyles has already logged over 100 innings for the O's through 92 games of the '22 season.

Spenser Watkins (B+) - big positive surprise after last year, has made 12 starts with a sub 4 ERA.

Dean Kremer (B+) - similar to Watkins, hasn’t shown much in the past, but improved command has led to a 2.57 ERA after early injury.

Austin Voth (B+) - although limited to fewer innings, don’t underestimate how important Voth’s role was since early June. Gave team innings when needed most.

Jordan Lyles (C+) - workhorse with 100+ innings, gets hit around a bit.

Kyle Bradish (D) - after two decent starts, he spiraled quickly as the league figured him out. Hopefully he returns from injury in 2nd half so O’s can see if he is a keeper.

Bruce Zimmerman (D) - might not have major league stuff after giving up 18 home runs in 67 innings. Chris Holt needs to figure out how to harness his good April.


Bullpen:

Keegan Akin (A) - this guy was close to being released in March and has thrown 53 innings to a 2.36 ERA. Hopefully has found his role.

Felix Bautista (A) - “Mountain Man” has been a huge find. Should be team’s closer next year.

Joey Krehbiel (A-) - a classic middle innings guy. O’s missed him when he was injured. 33 innings pitched and only 22 hits allowed.

Jorge Lopez (B+) - some may question this grade, but the 4 blown saves are too many. Has still been a pleasant surprise and might be moved in next 3 weeks.

Dillon Tate (B+) - has been a bit inconsistent, but when he is on, Tate is lights out with a heavy sinker. Under team control for several more years – do not trade!

Cionel Perez (B+) - has struggled a bit lately, but Perez is 4-1 and has only given up 5 earned runs all year.

Bryan Baker (B) - he doesn’t do anything great, but Baker keeps the Birds in games. His greatest stat is only allowing 1 home run in 39 innings.

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#dmd comments








rc     August 08
LOL @ John S...."do more research". Sure, what could go wrong by googling info on anything covid-related.

But you are right about Rose, guy was a POS. Why was he a topic today anyway?

Larry     August 08
Herman, I usually see your side of things but there isn't a chance in hell you would applauded Tiger Woods for anything (except maybe getting arrested). You and I both know that.

John S     August 08
Pete Rose and his nickname of Charley Hustle. It had nothing to do with how he played the game of baseball. Johnny Bench despises him. He has said that everything that Rose did was a "hustle". In old fashioned street lingo, it means a con artist, a liar, a rogue, a scoundrel.

The lady who came forward a few years ago is tip of the iceberg stuff. Rose often was seen in the company of teenage girls on the road. That is why he was an outsider on almost every club he was on. He is and has always been a scumbag.

But his defenders(there are many) prove a point. A huge point. People get fooled. We see it on a daily basis. Propaganda becomes facts.

You had "experts" claiming that if you got a new, untested vaccine...."the virus would be stopped". And the general populace believed it and helped with draconian mandates that ruined lives and commerce and friendships.

Be more cynical. Do more research. If someone claims expertise, check their record...not just their college.



As the great John Prince sang "Caravan of Fools". "When you can't stand to lose, you're running with the caravan of fools".

Be bold. Question everything.


bob singer     August 08
The only thing "on brand" is SOD rushing to call Herman a racist any time he posts. Really is childish and tiring, but any time someone calls for truce between SOD and HOD they get chewed up and spit out. SOD must be so proud.

Herrman's points on PGA are worth consideration if you ask me. Mind you, I do get the point of the traditionalists, and not convinced that model needs to be totally blown up.

But, on the hand, as Herrman points out, the revenue now out there is nuts and if you're an elite golfer, why wouldn't you question why you have to "earn your keep" while those "managing" the Tour make more than you do (at least initially).

I don't think the LIV format and approach is the answer BTW. Hope no one outside of Greg Norman and his funding sources believes that. But when one considers the revenue available and how most pro sports design their pay scales as part of a collective bargaining process, sure seems like the Tour needs to put their heads together and come up with a better model

HERMAN     August 08
@Ralph

You are incorrect, I would have applauded The Messiah for taking the cash and smashing the monopoly. I wouldn't sit and watch Tim Finchem for hours on Sunday, or Jay Monahan. If it's for "tradition, honor, and prestige" they can get paid in that and work for free. I find it interesting that the same empty suit that extolls the "virtues" of the broke college kid on scholarship, facing the challenges of Q school, his potential ticket to success.....as he heads out the door making a few hundred grand and dinner on the tour CC.

If The Messiah drives the needle worth a billion, write him the check. Just don't proseletyse over "Saudi Blood Money" wearing Nike sweat shop gear while Uyghurs die in concentration camps in China.

MJ     August 08
Good points from Ralph about HTH. On brand. Perfect description.

Ralph     August 08
Give Herman credit for the brand he's created. He never wavers from it. If Tiger would have taken the $$ he would have crushed him for it. Hilarious if not utterly predictable. But on brand, which is what matters to him most.

HERMAN     August 08
If LIV accomplished anything at all it was to expose the odd grip on the professional game of golf held by the PGA. They don't own any of the majors that are the highlight of their sport. They really can't control the stars of their sport, or require their presence in events. While they have tried hard to evolve their approach with a new season ending playoff series of events, and annual point system akin to NASCAR it hasn't caught on with the general public, and is only embraced by the golf enthusiasts. And while the golfers themselves still see the career path of moving through either Q school or the mini-tours to the PGA as the proper approach many of the young guns are starting to understand that having to drum up your own sponsorship and face expenses week-to-week without any guaranteed compensation by the tour is a burden compared to other sports. Sure a handful of guys start as multi-millionaires before they put a pro peg into the ground, but past the top 25 the rest are grinding week to week out of wallet. In today's cash oversaturated environment of sport that sounds like an anachronism, some kind of throw back, best left in the 1980s.

Hindsight is 20/20 but allowing the evolution of majors and those traditions to dominate the game without a shred of ownership, well, could you imagine Jerrah Jones of Cowboys fame letting the Super Bowl get out under someone else's control?

Somehow I think the next ten years is going to see some serious change to the mechanics of how things are run in pro golf. You can only "pay" the new participants in "legacy and tradition" for so long until they get a little frustrated carrying those initial expenses all on themselves until they can make it.

Ray     August 08
And Rose wonders why he got kicked out of baseball. SMH

Jk     August 07
Ricky Fowler finished 125 and made the PGA Tour playoffs on the last day. I get George is thrilled!

lou@palo alto     August 07
ditto, steve

agree UTB--seems many stars of his day cld hit and run but didn't know how to win as much as Frank

Steve of Pimlico     August 07
@ Lou@ Palo Alto looking forward to seeing you at our renuion in April

unitastoberry     August 07
@ Lou you are right about Frank but that's the way baseball should be played. Just like Bo Jackson breaking Dempsey' thumb at the plate.



@Del Ray I feel as do others our age and above ground that Ted would have been the goat and the king if not for military obligations. I talked once to the guy who made his bats at Louisville Slugger when I took the tour there long ago he felt the same.

lou@palo alto     August 07
frank robinson may hv gotten to 3000 hits--certainly wld hv hd 600hr if not for the injury breaking up a double play against the WS (al weiss) in early 67--was on a path for triple crown numbers again but the concussion/double vision til '69 cost him, and us

Delray RICK     August 07
BOB...TED already belonged in 500 hrs club

MFC     August 07
Not sure you've played the new tees at the Road. There is considerable length added to:

2- might be the toughest to par on the course

4- 40 yard difference between the white and blue tees

8- 30-40 difference

13- moved way back into a corner-

18- added at least 20-30 yards



That's substantial and when they move 7 all the way back into 12 that adds another 30 yards.



Other issues not discusses was green speed and pin placements. Most of the defense of the Road is the greens. If they're cut and rolled with certain pin placements 70 would be a heck of a score. Of course that's true for many courses but it makes a world of difference at the Road. Still there are enough holes at there to make birdies.



To the "average" player, I'm calling that 10-14 handicap the difference from playing the whites to the blues is 5-6 shots, if not more. It's that dramatic.

Bob     August 07
Chris,

Ted Williams missed a total of 4 years as a player serving in both WWII and Korea, no doubt he would be in the 500/3,000 club.

Chris in Bel Air     August 07
O's seem like they are on a mission to prove their worth. They are not going away. I feel pretty good that I'll still be saying that a month from now.

Yesterday's celebration... On the good side, it was good to see and hear Brooks and Eddie up in the booth yesterday during the broadcast. Brooks is a huge fan favorite obviously and Eddie starting to get appreciated even more... thankfully. On the downside, also missing from yesterday Markakis and JJ Hardy. Two fan favs from the Buck era. Also, they could have invited Delmon Young. Owner of one of (the?) most famous hit at the Yard. I know I'll never forget it.

Speaking of Eddie. I was discussing with a friend yesterday the 500 HR and 3000 hit club. For you baseball trivia nerds, Eddie is one of 7 players in that club. Also, are Hank, Mays, A-Rod (ugh), Pujols, Palmeiro (yes, him) and this year Miggy Cabrerra joined the club. Follow on interesting trivia, at least for me. Players that you would think have 3000 hits but do not.... Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson. Ted missed time due to his service during WW2. Greatest generation. Brooks also just missed at 2848.

Dean     August 06
Another day- another Out of towner roasted - baltimore has those fans for sure. Just mention Ray Lewis and see how quickly folks react. Outside Baltimore it raises and eye- here- not so much.

sam winchester     August 06
Rochester Roger sounds like a real genius. And yes we have those kinds of "fans" here in Baltimore, many are active on Twitter.

The uproar over kneeling is a case study is how cults control the minds of the weak.


Erick     August 06
Pretty sad Os could not coordinate- still disfunctonal- not like this year came as a surprise and still schedule conflicts?

kj     August 06
I was not blessed to have known Mr Stewart, only knew "of" him. What a good man may he rest in peace.

Gerry Jackson     August 06
Thanks for the beautiful tribute to “Mr. Stewart,” which is exactly what my siblings and me always called him. Our dad, James Jackson, shared a desk with him at The Sun for three decades. He was such a great friend to our dad, and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Thanks for sharing some of his story.

Eric in Gaithersburg     August 06
I hate what the O's did with the wall-move it back 15 feet instead of 30 or just make it higher don't do both. But the results dont lie- we 30-20 at home. Can't believe Drew didn't mention all the O's that have beefs that are not back today- Jones, Surhoff, Bordick and Brady. Cal has scheduling conflict. And don't look now but Gunnar Henderson has a hit in 15 of his last 16 .349/.431/.667 with 4 HR 4 2B 2 3B 187wRC+ and now has .946 OPS in AAA. It is time for him to join this formerly mediocre offense that has gotten worse since Mancini deal.

JohnInEssex     August 06
Kapernick indeed started the kneeling for the anthem thing...

The Ravens blew it up in England, for all to see, then stood up for God Save The Queen...

Steve of Pimlico     August 06
Have to wonder if the new dimensions in Oriole Park had got into Trey's head this year.

Erick     August 06
Interesting take on golf course- if someone were to highlight a certain website in a similar vein- Im curious if it would draw any ire from those that frequent it?

Don from Catonsville     August 05
I'm a GOLF NERD , that was a VERY ENJOYABLE story!!!

Chris in Bel Air     August 05
I generally lower the volume and/or try to tune out most announcers (MLB and NFL). Very few provide any value added. Listening to the O's broadcast the other night, I heard Newman get all excited for a LONG DRIVE TO CF... and the CF is under it makes the final out. The ball wasn't even close to the warning track or hit very hard. Ugh. Maybe it is just nostalgia, but I do miss hearing Chuck and Brooks.

Glad to hear your story with son, Drew. Sounded like a great day. My father passed away coming up on 10 years now. Among many other things, I wish I could play another round with him. Do it while you can people. Do it while you can.

unitastoberry     August 05
I moved to central PA in 1986. Great story many former Baltimore folks live here now and all of us go thru the transition minus becoming Penn St/Stiller fans. There's a lot of southern hospitality here my oldest son calls it Pennsatucky. Come back now ya hear !

TimD in Timonium     August 05
@DF, great story, enjoy the memories, enjoy getting away.



I've seen Little League games in Williamsport, have visited Penn State and Bucknell, but, other than that, Central PA is pretty wide open. Empty. God's Country.

Delray RICK     August 05
GOOD read on MUSHNICK bout VIN SCULLY and why we have turds calling games. DEM O'S have gone in the toilet with these "talking heads" that won't shut the hell up. PALMER pleasure to listen to but when squeaky voice lady comes I turn the sound down. LET THE GAME PLAY OUT and talking bout nuttin all the time. And that old fart in YANKEES still calling is a real joke. AUGUST 11 LIFE STARTS!!!

ChrisK     August 04
I'll preface this by saying that I am not an attorney, so take it with a (or several grains) of salt. But, the PGA doesn't have an anti-trust exemption (as MLB does). To me, banning certain players from participating in your events because you don't like them is a pretty clear anti-trust violation. I'm not a golf guy, so I certainly won't opine on the merits of LIV vs. PGA, but banning a sub-set of players because they wanted to spend some weekends playing with another organization strikes me as patently illegal.

Barry Holtby     August 04
Someone take away the "*" key from Drew's keyboard. The overuse is getting ridiculous.

larry     August 04
Trading away Mancini and Lopez did absolutely nothing to damage their chances of winning this year. Capable replacements are here.

The notion of "adding" is foolish. Sure they have a more stocked farm system than before, but do they have a surplus? And would it make sense to send some of those assets away, in exchange for the low odds of what Stats Nerd alluded to?

To me, had Elias traded say Stowers or Hall away, that would border on malpractice. He did the right thing, he just made one comment he should not have, that's all.

Some day the O's will be good, hopefully in a similar sustainable way like the Ravens, and some day certain people will stop obsessing over @Herman.

Unitastoberry     August 04
CIK...ty

David Rosenfeld     August 04
The Orioles have 54 wins with 57 games left. You start asking yourself how many games of those 57 will they have to win?

I'd say that 31-26 is a legitimate possibility. Will 85-77 be enough? Probably not. To get to 89 wins, they'd need 35-22. Maybe asking a lot.

Still, I'm surprised Elias said that, even if meant it in a completely mathematical way. At this point the difference in probability between TB and the Orioles is pretty much a wash.

K.C.     August 04
Give @Herman credit. He made a post and didn't reference Springsteen. I'm buying more and more into the idea started by someone here that @Herman is on the Dish staff in some capacity.

There's no possible way someone with this much dislike for a person goes out of his way 3 or 4 times a day to stop by and indirectly help fund that person's business. We already know for sure @Herman doesn't like "the site owner" so the only question left is "Why do you come around every day?"

He has to be on staff some how. He just has to be.

Conway     August 04
Ain't this the truth >>> Sure, those guys know all about the Washington Post journalist and they realize you're not really *allowed* to say anything negative about Saudi policies or decisions.



Drew gets it. So do the 3,300 American families who lost loved ones on 9-11. To some people like Herman those murders no longer matter. For some they still do.

Chris in Bel Air     August 04
I was surprised to hear Elias offer that statement the other night. As a GM, he should know better. I did not know the full story til I read today's edition but I'm glad to hear he did the right thing and spoke to the team.

I think his comments and the trades are clear evidence he is sticking with his plan. As a fan, it is tough to see your team right on the doorstep of a potential wild card (99% sure they have improved that format and it is now a 3-game series) and see them trade away players and not bring in pieces that could help them get to the post-season. But, for the GM and the plan, while I'm sure he's glad to see it, it does not factor into the plan. The current performance is just a nice little add-on.

I was disappointed to see Trey go but I understand it. I didn't mind Lopez going because his trade value will never be higher than it is now. I'm not convinced he can perform at the same level as now over the next 2-3 years. I was glad to hear Elias say the O's will be looking to sign true MLB talent starting next year but like everything with them, I'll believe it when I see it.

The Real Ricky     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..."

Really?

Drew, I sure hope you're doing as well as Paul McCartney if and/or when you're 80 years old. You know, when your kids are graduating college! LOL!





I kid!

CIK     August 04
@UTB

The 1 game playoff has been eliminated. It is now 6 teams from each league qualify. The top 2 teams get byes. The 3 seed hosts the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosts the 5 seed, in a best of 3.

kevin j     August 04
Totally agree it was good to see Elias rush to put out the fire he started. We all know he simply meant the "probability" of true post season success was low, ie fools gold, but competitive athletes never wanna hear that. Who says "the odds of us winning are small so why try hard"?

Elias was a player, he knows this. Obviously caught up int he moment of justifying his trades and probably realized as soon as it was said it was foolish thing to put out there. Does not change that he "did" the right thing, the comment was the mistake, not the trades.

@Geroge with great analogy between PGA Tour and our country, bravo good sir!

HERMAN     August 04
Get the popcorn this lawsuit could be fun to watch. The PGA enforcing a monopoly and the independent contractors crying restraint of trade. George with the post of the year so far.

What I "don't get" is how the site owner can love golf and love competition and not understand that the golfers want the freedom to play wherever and whenever they choose, and to compete for whatever prize money they are eligible to compete for. This idea that they "took the big money" and so don't need money from the FedEx playoffs is ludicrous. Tiger has a billion, should he just stop competing for the cash?

For those few who qualified for the FedEx Cup this year I don't see how they can be excluded, they met the qualifications and want to play. Billy Herschel and his "they want their cake and to eat it too" nonsense, yeah, they want to play golf and compete. Not hard to understand.

And for all those locals foaming at the mouth over Dem O's, could it be that the few big market teams have grabbed up all the real talent leaving all the small market teams mediocre, allowing for Dem O's to seem competitive racking up wins against low life competition and giving them a false hope? In a sea of mediocrity some mediocrity will appear slightly superior to all other mediocrity.

And fake Herman is back, I didn't post that last reply. With two of the four potential imposters I have in mind on European vacations that narrows it down to two. Could even be the site owner himself, trying to goad me into leaving for good...

PLB     August 04
Really good column on Elias, Drew. You hit every button properly. Leaned on his data and his team of stats people, said the wrong thing publicly, went to Texas and tried to fix it with his players. Very well done today, my friend.



As for the PGA Tour lawsuit, it's all about Greg Norman and Phil getting their pound of flesh. It's just a fight to say "I beat you" now. I'm bored with it, honestly.



I do have a question about Tiger Woods, though. Is there some kind of lingering animosity between Tiger and Greg or Tiger and Phil that kept him from taking the $750 million LIV offered him? That seems like just too much money to refuse. Thoughts?






Brett B.     August 04
"fading faster than McCartney's voice..." hahahahahaha

Have to admit, I was shocked at how bad his voice was on 6/12 at Camden Yards. I know he's old and all but sheeesh, that was tough to listen to.

Unitastoberry     August 04
The one off MLB playoff game is a joke. If you want to get excited then go for it. But getting there isn't much more than a participation trophy. The next worst thing is winning your division and having a champagne party. Billick was right..Festivis!!

TimD in Timonium     August 04
Another thought on the O's trading deadline moves. Hope CBS Sports is wrong and the run continues. Go O's.



"Not everything in this game is an asset that must be micromanaged and leveraged to the fullest extent at all times. It's baseball, not an actuarial table. There are human beings involved, and rather than further encourage the good vibes, the O's front office snuffed them out."



And who thought the PGA would be newsworthy in AUGUST. Wow. Every day.


Delray RICK     August 04
DEM O'S only 11/2 games out of wild card...WOW!! Whoever picked COLE to win PICTER OF THE YEAR!!! He can't win without sicky stuff. MANCINI hits homerun in first game.

George     August 03
In a Nutshell – LIV Golf files antitrust suit against the PGA Tour, alleging monopolistic practices against LIV and its players in conspiracy with sponsors, DP Tour, Asian Tour, PGA of America, USGA, R & A, and the Masters Tournament. Three players otherwise eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs ask for restraining order against enforcement of their bans.

Eventual Outcome – after a flurry of self-righteous public-relations campaigns, the case is settled with LIV getting everything it wanted, except against the Masters Tournament, which has through its history maintained its private rights to do whatever it damn well pleases. [Note that its eligibility criteria do not offer an entry into the Tournament, but merely qualify a player for the possibility of an invitation.]

An interesting sideline to this [at least to me] is the evolution of the PGA Tour, originally formed by touring professionals to benefit themselves, into an organization dominated by executives who have gotten fat administering the Tour while relegating the players to the inferior status of independent contractors who must follow the rules the Tour sets. Sort of like the United States of America – originally designed as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and which has evolved into a nation run from time to time by one of two parties who happen to get a majority of electoral votes and who neither care a lick about the welfare of the sheep/citizens.

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a dud of a 64 if ever there was one


I like Cameron Smith.

I love the way he plays golf. I admire the manner in which he comports himself. He is, by virtually any standard, the kind of guy you don't find yourself rooting against.

I only wish he wouldn't have won yesterday at St. Andrews.

Sure, had he thrown a 64 at Bryson, DJ, Sergio or one of the other LIV creeps, I would have felt much different about the outcome, I think.

With a one shot win at the British Open on Sunday, Cam Smith moved to #2 in the world rankings.

But he shot 64 to beat Rory. And that, sadly, was a gut punch I wasn't quite expecting.

I suspected McIlroy would play better than the 2-under 70 he posted yesterday. I'm sure Rory himself figured he'd play better than that, too. But once he fell behind and Smith showed no signs of wilting, I think we all knew what was coming.

I was watching it all unfold at the 105.7 studio as I hosted a 2-hour edition of "Fairways and Greens". When Smith went ahead with a birdie at #14 and McIlroy failed, minutes later, to post a birdie of his own on the only par-5 hole on the back nine, I knew Rory was in trouble.

"Cam Smtih just won the British Open," I said to my show producer, Caleb.

"It's early, Drew," Caleb responded.

"Yeah, I know. But it's not going to happen for Rory today," I reiterated, my voice drifting off in sadness.

Of course, there was a lot more golf left to play and the Australian had to navigate the difficult 17th hole, but I just knew when Rory didn't birdie the easy 14th that it wasn't his day. Regrettably, I turned out to be right.

It wasn't a choke job. It wasn't a collapse or even close to it. It just wasn't good enough to win. It was more of a disappointment than anything else. Three rounds of great golf and all that hope and promise, vanished. Gone.

Oh, and here are two staggering stats about Rory. He found one bunker in four rounds at St. Andrews. One. And he holed that shot out for an eagle two on Saturday at the 10th hole. And he didn't make a bogey on Sunday, in the final round, with the legacy of winning at St. Andrews on the line.

Imagine saying to someone last Thursday, "Hey, I saw the script for St. Andrews. Rory hits it one bunker over the entire four days and doesn't miss a green in regulation or make a bogey on Sunday." They would likely -- and rightly -- have assumed Rory was going to win by 6 shots or more. No bogeys on Sunday? No missed greens in regulation? Get that man another Claret Jug.

But he came up short. And he came up short standing at the plate in the bottom of the 9th in Game 7 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium, needing a single to win the title for his team.

That's what this British Open was to McIlroy. Game 7 at Yankee Stadium, with the whole golf world -- maybe minus a few million folks in and around Sydney and Melbourne -- rooting for him to win.


Players don't really care all that much about things like "Player of the Year" and all that jazz, but Smith launched himself into the discussion with yesterday's win. Scottie Scheffler (4 wins, a Masters victory, and a T2 at the U.S. Open) probably still leads the race, but Smith is in the mix now. He has 3 wins, including The Players, and a T3 at the Masters last April.

And then yesterday he closed out the British Open with an unblemished round of 64 when anything higher than that would not have guaranteed a victory. It's one thing to shoot 8 under in the final round at Colonial or Bay Hill. It's another thing, entirely, to do it at the final round of a major championship, particularly when you've never before won one of those.

If Smith isn't the Player of the Year, he's definitely the "wedge player and putter of the year". His work around and on the greens at St. Andrews over four days was nothing short of sensational. Sure, he had his share of kick-in birdies like everyone else, but he made birdie putts from 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 feet and an eagle putt of 60 feet over the four days.

While we're discussing Scheffler and seasons and all that stuff, let's also throw this in for good measure. The rankings might say Scheffler's #1 and Smith's #2, but it sure feels like it's the other way around when it comes to *actually* putting them in order. Scheffler's a terrific player, no doubt. He spit the bit on Sunday when he headed into the final round at 11-under par and had nothing to offer, but there's no doubt he's an elite, "worldly" player.

But other than driving the ball, which clearly isn't Smith's forte, he's a smidge better than Scheffler in virtually every other facet of the game. The bet here is Scheffler has the Player of the Year on lockdown unless Smtih somehow wins the FedEx Cup ahead of the former University of Texas star.

If rumors of Smith's jump to LIV in the next seven days turns out to be true, that will change the FedEx Cup in a big way. Smith would, we assume, immediately be suspended by the TOUR if he plays next week's LIV event in Bedminter, NJ. With that suspension, he's no longer eligible for the FedEx Cup.

Stick around for a chance to win $11 million by playing three or four playoff events?

Or take a reported $90 million from the Saudis and be on cruise control and under no golfing duress except when you play in the four majors (if you can still get in them)? That's what faces Smith. You tell me which way you think he'll go.

But LIV talk aside, the Player of the Year award is not the sure thing it was before Smith's dramatic final round yesterday. Sunday at St. Andrews changed a lot of things.

It changed the way we might eventually look at the Player of the Year for '21-22.

It changed the way we view Cam Smith, too.

And, if we're being honest here, it might also change the way we look at Rory McIlroy.


Back to yesterday's final round for a second and more analysis about how the Australian was able to get past McIlroy down the stretch.

Six putts were the difference. Four from Smith...and two from McIlroy.

The winner used his putter four times on the 71st and 72nd holes and that work, it turned out, was the separation between winning and losing. He missed the green at the 17th hole on Sunday, eschewed what would have been an incredibly delicate chip, and then putted his ball away from the pin on the approach. The effort from off the green left him with a 10-footer for par to keep the lead at 19-under. And...he rolled that one in the way you and I would make one from three feet.

Then, at 18, he failed to hit the green with his tee shot, leaving himself 80 feet to the pin from roughly 10 yards off the green. He rolled that one up to 3 feet and, just a minute after Cameron Young snagged a share of the lead with 14-foot eagle putt, Smith brushed in his short birdie putt to take the lead -- and the title.

Rory, meanwhile, missed birdie putts at 14 and 17 that turned out to be the back breakers. He played the 17th "majestically", as the British announcers said on Sunday, hitting a dead-solid left to right drive and a towering 8-iron into the green that left him just 18 feet above the hole. But that one didn't go in, either. And when Cam made birdie seconds later at the final hole, it left McIlroy needing an eagle at the last to tie.

It's not quite as simple as "drive for show, putt for dough" these days, because the players who drive it the longest and straightest have a great chance of scoring well, too. But the object of the sport has always remained the same -- get it in the hole as quickly as possible. The best putters usually have a chance to win.

And on the final Sunday of the 2022 British Open, the best putter was Cameron Smith. And the guy we all wanted to win, Rory McIlroy, didn't make anywhere near enough putts. It turned out to be that simple.

Rory spoke admirably of Tiger Woods earlier in the week as the focus shifted to the 15-time major champion.

"I think we all have immense respect for what he's done in his career," McIlroy said on Tuesday. "There's no understating how great he's been for the game and how much he's meant to the Open Championship. I'd love to join him as a winner here."

Perhaps that quest and the effort to break an 8-year major-less skid were simply too much for Rory to overcome on Sunday. It's one thing to try and win for the first time in 32 majors. It's another thing, entirely, to try and keep up with Tiger, who wouldn't have ever frittered away a back-nine lead in a major championship in his halcyon days.

The moment might have been too big for Rory on Sunday, but it certainly wasn't too big for Cameron Smith.

When it came time to make something happen, that's exactly what Smith did. Rory couldn't. Cameron could. And he's the one with the Claret Jug.

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five important questions


1. Did Rory *lose it* or did Cameron Smith *win it* ? -- This is the question golf analysts and pundits were tossing back and forth throughout Sunday evening. It's certainly a legitimate question. McIlroy himself said in the aftermath of his final round 70, "No disrespect to Cam, he played a great final round, but I felt like I definitely helped him by not shooting a better score."

When he has a minute to think clearly, McIlroy will certainly feel as if he gave the 2022 British Open away. He only made two birdies on Sunday, despite hitting all 18 greens in regulation. Now, that stat is very misleading because of the size of the St. Andrews greens, but what's more important isn't that he hit them all, but how far from the hole he finished with all of his approach shots. He didn't have his best wedge game on Sunday, that's for sure.

McIlroy's score of 2-under 70 was the 4th worst score of every player who finished inside the top 20. Only Viktor Hovland (74), Si Woo Kim (73) and Adam Scott (71) scored worse than Rory on Sunday. Based on what players did throughout the day, the par for the final round -- especially for those in contention -- was roughly 67.5. McIlroy's 70 was akin to shooting 2 or 3 over on a standard day of golf on a TOUR length course. It wasn't terrible, by any means, but it wasn't great, either.

Cam Smith shot 64, yes he did. That's a great round of golf, as we've documented. But Rory's 70 was as much the story as Cam's 64. St. Andrews did not play difficult all week and it certainly wasn't all that tough on Sunday, as the scores indicated. When he needed even just a "good round", Rory couldn't produce one.


Did Viktor Hovland's spotty play on Sunday help keep Rory McIlroy in neutral?

2. Did the lackluster play in the final group impact Rory and/or Viktor Hovland? -- This is another very fair question to ask, since both players failed to produce any sizzle at all in the final round. Did Hovland's uninspiring play lead Rory to play any differently than he might have, say, if Viktor would have been taking dead aim and making three or four birdies on the front nine?

And the same for Hovland, who plodded along without much fanfare on Sunday en-route to a lousy round of 74. Did the lack of fire from Rory lead him to a mediocre scoring day? In cases like the one both players faced at the start of Sunday's final round, it often becomes a de facto match play event where they basically just focus on one another. McIlroy went ahead by one early on and then the two got involved in golf's version of a pillow fight.

Rory didn't do anything. Viktor didn't do anything, either. They were keeping up with each other, but that was about it. Suddenly, Cam Smith caught fire and the two co-leaders had nothing in their tank to answer what the Australian was doing.


3. When will they return to St. Andrews? -- There were more hints dropped on Saturday and Sunday -- particularly by NBC's Mike Tirico -- and it appears the British Open might return in 2026 in the spot that is currently unoccupied. The next three tournaments are spoken for already, but '26 is empty. The natural rotation has St. Andrews hosting the Open Championship every five years. But two people might serve to influence the R&A to bump up a return to the Old Course by one year: Tiger. And Rory.

Tiger, of course, is probably more on their minds than is Rory, who has at least two more cracks at St. Andrews, if not three. Under *normal* rotation circumstances, they'd play at St. Andrews in '27, '32 and '37. McIlroy would be 38, 43 and 48 at those events. Assuming he stays healthy and all, he should be competitive at the next two at the very least.

Woods, though, will be 51 if they wait until 2027 to bring the tournament back to St. Andrews. They once moved the British Open at St. Andrews up a year to placate Nicklaus in his "waning years", so it's not like the R&A isn't aware of things like an iconic player reaching the end of his competitive days. By moving the '27 Open to '26, they not only give Woods the chance to play it one final time at age 50. but it also means Rory will play it at ages 37, 42 and 47.

The guess here is they move it up a year and the British Open returns to St. Andrews in 2026, in what will surely be Tiger's final appearance at The Old Course and potentially at the Open Championship itself. Royal Lytham and Muirfield will both have to wait an extra year to re-join the rotation.


4. Is Cameron Young's 2022 season a fluke? -- No it's not. Not in the least. He'll be someone to follow and watch in '23 and beyond. There was very little quit in him, despite a terrible break on #16 in Saturday's 3rd round and a short missed par putt on the 1st hole on Sunday.

His eagle-2 at the closing hole on Sunday could have been one of golf's greatest moments ever if Smith somehow fails to make a birdie and Young goes on to win in a playoff. Knowing he needed an eagle to have any kind of chance, the former Wake Forest star drove the 18th green and then made the putt. If only McIlroy could have duplicated that feat.

He finished T2 at the Genesis last February, T3 at the RBC Heritage, T2 at the Wells Fargo and T3 at the PGA Championship. A three-week dry spell in June and July didn't make him much of a favorite this week, but there he was on Sunday, finishing 2nd, just one shot out of a playoff with the eventual winner.

Young will be the easy Rookie of the Year winner unless Sahith Theegala does something spectacular in the upcoming FedEx Cup playoffs. Cameron Young is someone to watch in 2023, particularly in the majors.


5. Will LIV players be able to play in next year's British Open? -- The R&A was very clear in their Tuesday press conference. They will not restrict LIV golfers from playing in the Open Championship. But it does appear as if their qualifying standards are going to be tweaked and those new regulations might very well impact LIV players.

There's no telling what might happen. Perhaps the "automatic exemption" until you're 60 years old will go away. They've changed that one before, remember. Perhaps they'll tweak the way a player makes it based on his world ranking, so that LIV players who see their ranking slip will now have to qualify instead of getting in on their points.

There are a myriad of ways the R&A can make it much more difficult for a LIV golfer to be fully exempt into their championship. They'll never come right out and say "you can't play", but it's fairly evident they're planning on changing things so that LIV golfers have a much more difficult time qualifying for their event. You can expect the Masters to follow suit next April.

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weekend notes


There were actually other sports being played this past weekend, believe it or not. Yes. Yes. I'm serious.

The ever-improving Orioles fell 7-5 to the Rays on Sunday, ending the proverbial "first half" of the season at 46-46. There were lots of people -- yes, Buster Olney, we're looking at you -- who didn't think the O's could win more than 55 games or thereabouts. They'll have that total in their hip pocket by early August, at the very least.

The Mariners won their 14th straight game on Sunday and enter the All Star break at 51-42, a half-game behind the Rays. Toronto is next in the A.L. Wild Card race at 50-43. Then you have Boston (48-45), Cleveland (46-44), the White Sox (46-46) and the Orioles.

This playoff chase is far from over for the Birds, but the schedule gets much more difficult when the regular season resumes next weekend.

The Yankees come to town for three games, then Tampa Bay visits for four. After that, the Birds are in Cincinnati to face a Reds team that just beat the Yankees twice in three tries in New York and finished the first half winning 6 of their last 10. Then it's off to Texas to try to outscore the Rangers and a 3-game home series with an improving Pirates team looms after that.

Then it's about three weeks worth of Red Sox, Blue Jays, Rays...lather, rinse, repeat.

No matter what happens over the next two and a half months, all that we've seen from the Orioles thus far in '22 is far better than being 15 games out of the wild card race on July 1st, which is usually where the O's have been in recent years.


Aaron Judge is having an MVP season thus far for the Yankees. The A.L. East leaders start a weekend series in Baltimore this Friday.

Speaking of the Yankees, they've cooled off a bit recently, although they did batter Boston pitching on Saturday and Sunday, winning 14-1 and 13-2 respectively. New York owns a 13-game lead on the Rays and owns the best record in MLB at 64-28.

For those wondering if the Yankees can win 117 games and set the record for victories in a season...

They'd have to go 53-17 from next Friday through the end of the season to go 117-45.

OK, I'll say it: That's. Not. Happening.

Sure, the Yankees might finish on top in the American League and they might very well go to the World Series. But at least we don't have to worry about them making Major League history in 2022 with 117 wins. They're not doing that.


I will admit that I have no idea why the NBA is so adamant about playing summer league basketball or why it's so important. But it's been all over ESPN for the last week or so.

I mean, I know *what* it is. It's basically rookies and young players playing in some sort of truncated off-season circuit. Portland apparently won the title over the weekend, for whatever that's worth.

But didn't the NBA season -- the real one -- just end a month ago? I watched Golden State beat Boston in the Finals. It was June, I'm certain of that.

And now...the summer league? I don't understand. No wonder the players complain about playing too much.


Our monthly Maryland FCA Golf free junior golf clinic is slated for this Thursday at Pine Ridge driving range at 6 pm.

The clinic is open to all ages, actually, but we're really happy when we see juniors in attendance who want to learn the golf swing. Best of all, it's absolutely free, both for juniors and adults who want to come out.

Following the golf clinic, we engage in the popular FCA "Huddle", talking to those in attendance about the impact faith can have on us both in our daily lives and our golf games.

Also this Thursday night, we'll be joined by University of Maryland golfer Will Koras. We'll take everyone through the full swing, wedge game and, this month, we're going to do a chipping and pitching session as well.

Boys and girls ages 6 and up are invited to attend. Adults...bring your sticks and come out as well. Everyone's welcome!

The free clinic is part of my Maryland FCA Golf program, which is putting together a massive schedule of events for the remainder of '22 and all of '23, which we'll be highlighting here tomorrow at #DMD.

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rc     August 08
LOL @ John S...."do more research". Sure, what could go wrong by googling info on anything covid-related.

But you are right about Rose, guy was a POS. Why was he a topic today anyway?

Larry     August 08
Herman, I usually see your side of things but there isn't a chance in hell you would applauded Tiger Woods for anything (except maybe getting arrested). You and I both know that.

John S     August 08
Pete Rose and his nickname of Charley Hustle. It had nothing to do with how he played the game of baseball. Johnny Bench despises him. He has said that everything that Rose did was a "hustle". In old fashioned street lingo, it means a con artist, a liar, a rogue, a scoundrel.

The lady who came forward a few years ago is tip of the iceberg stuff. Rose often was seen in the company of teenage girls on the road. That is why he was an outsider on almost every club he was on. He is and has always been a scumbag.

But his defenders(there are many) prove a point. A huge point. People get fooled. We see it on a daily basis. Propaganda becomes facts.

You had "experts" claiming that if you got a new, untested vaccine...."the virus would be stopped". And the general populace believed it and helped with draconian mandates that ruined lives and commerce and friendships.

Be more cynical. Do more research. If someone claims expertise, check their record...not just their college.



As the great John Prince sang "Caravan of Fools". "When you can't stand to lose, you're running with the caravan of fools".

Be bold. Question everything.


bob singer     August 08
The only thing "on brand" is SOD rushing to call Herman a racist any time he posts. Really is childish and tiring, but any time someone calls for truce between SOD and HOD they get chewed up and spit out. SOD must be so proud.

Herrman's points on PGA are worth consideration if you ask me. Mind you, I do get the point of the traditionalists, and not convinced that model needs to be totally blown up.

But, on the hand, as Herrman points out, the revenue now out there is nuts and if you're an elite golfer, why wouldn't you question why you have to "earn your keep" while those "managing" the Tour make more than you do (at least initially).

I don't think the LIV format and approach is the answer BTW. Hope no one outside of Greg Norman and his funding sources believes that. But when one considers the revenue available and how most pro sports design their pay scales as part of a collective bargaining process, sure seems like the Tour needs to put their heads together and come up with a better model

HERMAN     August 08
@Ralph

You are incorrect, I would have applauded The Messiah for taking the cash and smashing the monopoly. I wouldn't sit and watch Tim Finchem for hours on Sunday, or Jay Monahan. If it's for "tradition, honor, and prestige" they can get paid in that and work for free. I find it interesting that the same empty suit that extolls the "virtues" of the broke college kid on scholarship, facing the challenges of Q school, his potential ticket to success.....as he heads out the door making a few hundred grand and dinner on the tour CC.

If The Messiah drives the needle worth a billion, write him the check. Just don't proseletyse over "Saudi Blood Money" wearing Nike sweat shop gear while Uyghurs die in concentration camps in China.

MJ     August 08
Good points from Ralph about HTH. On brand. Perfect description.

Ralph     August 08
Give Herman credit for the brand he's created. He never wavers from it. If Tiger would have taken the $$ he would have crushed him for it. Hilarious if not utterly predictable. But on brand, which is what matters to him most.

HERMAN     August 08
If LIV accomplished anything at all it was to expose the odd grip on the professional game of golf held by the PGA. They don't own any of the majors that are the highlight of their sport. They really can't control the stars of their sport, or require their presence in events. While they have tried hard to evolve their approach with a new season ending playoff series of events, and annual point system akin to NASCAR it hasn't caught on with the general public, and is only embraced by the golf enthusiasts. And while the golfers themselves still see the career path of moving through either Q school or the mini-tours to the PGA as the proper approach many of the young guns are starting to understand that having to drum up your own sponsorship and face expenses week-to-week without any guaranteed compensation by the tour is a burden compared to other sports. Sure a handful of guys start as multi-millionaires before they put a pro peg into the ground, but past the top 25 the rest are grinding week to week out of wallet. In today's cash oversaturated environment of sport that sounds like an anachronism, some kind of throw back, best left in the 1980s.

Hindsight is 20/20 but allowing the evolution of majors and those traditions to dominate the game without a shred of ownership, well, could you imagine Jerrah Jones of Cowboys fame letting the Super Bowl get out under someone else's control?

Somehow I think the next ten years is going to see some serious change to the mechanics of how things are run in pro golf. You can only "pay" the new participants in "legacy and tradition" for so long until they get a little frustrated carrying those initial expenses all on themselves until they can make it.

Ray     August 08
And Rose wonders why he got kicked out of baseball. SMH

Jk     August 07
Ricky Fowler finished 125 and made the PGA Tour playoffs on the last day. I get George is thrilled!

lou@palo alto     August 07
ditto, steve

agree UTB--seems many stars of his day cld hit and run but didn't know how to win as much as Frank

Steve of Pimlico     August 07
@ Lou@ Palo Alto looking forward to seeing you at our renuion in April

unitastoberry     August 07
@ Lou you are right about Frank but that's the way baseball should be played. Just like Bo Jackson breaking Dempsey' thumb at the plate.



@Del Ray I feel as do others our age and above ground that Ted would have been the goat and the king if not for military obligations. I talked once to the guy who made his bats at Louisville Slugger when I took the tour there long ago he felt the same.

lou@palo alto     August 07
frank robinson may hv gotten to 3000 hits--certainly wld hv hd 600hr if not for the injury breaking up a double play against the WS (al weiss) in early 67--was on a path for triple crown numbers again but the concussion/double vision til '69 cost him, and us

Delray RICK     August 07
BOB...TED already belonged in 500 hrs club

MFC     August 07
Not sure you've played the new tees at the Road. There is considerable length added to:

2- might be the toughest to par on the course

4- 40 yard difference between the white and blue tees

8- 30-40 difference

13- moved way back into a corner-

18- added at least 20-30 yards



That's substantial and when they move 7 all the way back into 12 that adds another 30 yards.



Other issues not discusses was green speed and pin placements. Most of the defense of the Road is the greens. If they're cut and rolled with certain pin placements 70 would be a heck of a score. Of course that's true for many courses but it makes a world of difference at the Road. Still there are enough holes at there to make birdies.



To the "average" player, I'm calling that 10-14 handicap the difference from playing the whites to the blues is 5-6 shots, if not more. It's that dramatic.

Bob     August 07
Chris,

Ted Williams missed a total of 4 years as a player serving in both WWII and Korea, no doubt he would be in the 500/3,000 club.

Chris in Bel Air     August 07
O's seem like they are on a mission to prove their worth. They are not going away. I feel pretty good that I'll still be saying that a month from now.

Yesterday's celebration... On the good side, it was good to see and hear Brooks and Eddie up in the booth yesterday during the broadcast. Brooks is a huge fan favorite obviously and Eddie starting to get appreciated even more... thankfully. On the downside, also missing from yesterday Markakis and JJ Hardy. Two fan favs from the Buck era. Also, they could have invited Delmon Young. Owner of one of (the?) most famous hit at the Yard. I know I'll never forget it.

Speaking of Eddie. I was discussing with a friend yesterday the 500 HR and 3000 hit club. For you baseball trivia nerds, Eddie is one of 7 players in that club. Also, are Hank, Mays, A-Rod (ugh), Pujols, Palmeiro (yes, him) and this year Miggy Cabrerra joined the club. Follow on interesting trivia, at least for me. Players that you would think have 3000 hits but do not.... Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson. Ted missed time due to his service during WW2. Greatest generation. Brooks also just missed at 2848.

Dean     August 06
Another day- another Out of towner roasted - baltimore has those fans for sure. Just mention Ray Lewis and see how quickly folks react. Outside Baltimore it raises and eye- here- not so much.

sam winchester     August 06
Rochester Roger sounds like a real genius. And yes we have those kinds of "fans" here in Baltimore, many are active on Twitter.

The uproar over kneeling is a case study is how cults control the minds of the weak.


Erick     August 06
Pretty sad Os could not coordinate- still disfunctonal- not like this year came as a surprise and still schedule conflicts?

kj     August 06
I was not blessed to have known Mr Stewart, only knew "of" him. What a good man may he rest in peace.

Gerry Jackson     August 06
Thanks for the beautiful tribute to “Mr. Stewart,” which is exactly what my siblings and me always called him. Our dad, James Jackson, shared a desk with him at The Sun for three decades. He was such a great friend to our dad, and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Thanks for sharing some of his story.

Eric in Gaithersburg     August 06
I hate what the O's did with the wall-move it back 15 feet instead of 30 or just make it higher don't do both. But the results dont lie- we 30-20 at home. Can't believe Drew didn't mention all the O's that have beefs that are not back today- Jones, Surhoff, Bordick and Brady. Cal has scheduling conflict. And don't look now but Gunnar Henderson has a hit in 15 of his last 16 .349/.431/.667 with 4 HR 4 2B 2 3B 187wRC+ and now has .946 OPS in AAA. It is time for him to join this formerly mediocre offense that has gotten worse since Mancini deal.

JohnInEssex     August 06
Kapernick indeed started the kneeling for the anthem thing...

The Ravens blew it up in England, for all to see, then stood up for God Save The Queen...

Steve of Pimlico     August 06
Have to wonder if the new dimensions in Oriole Park had got into Trey's head this year.

Erick     August 06
Interesting take on golf course- if someone were to highlight a certain website in a similar vein- Im curious if it would draw any ire from those that frequent it?

Don from Catonsville     August 05
I'm a GOLF NERD , that was a VERY ENJOYABLE story!!!

Chris in Bel Air     August 05
I generally lower the volume and/or try to tune out most announcers (MLB and NFL). Very few provide any value added. Listening to the O's broadcast the other night, I heard Newman get all excited for a LONG DRIVE TO CF... and the CF is under it makes the final out. The ball wasn't even close to the warning track or hit very hard. Ugh. Maybe it is just nostalgia, but I do miss hearing Chuck and Brooks.

Glad to hear your story with son, Drew. Sounded like a great day. My father passed away coming up on 10 years now. Among many other things, I wish I could play another round with him. Do it while you can people. Do it while you can.

unitastoberry     August 05
I moved to central PA in 1986. Great story many former Baltimore folks live here now and all of us go thru the transition minus becoming Penn St/Stiller fans. There's a lot of southern hospitality here my oldest son calls it Pennsatucky. Come back now ya hear !

TimD in Timonium     August 05
@DF, great story, enjoy the memories, enjoy getting away.



I've seen Little League games in Williamsport, have visited Penn State and Bucknell, but, other than that, Central PA is pretty wide open. Empty. God's Country.

Delray RICK     August 05
GOOD read on MUSHNICK bout VIN SCULLY and why we have turds calling games. DEM O'S have gone in the toilet with these "talking heads" that won't shut the hell up. PALMER pleasure to listen to but when squeaky voice lady comes I turn the sound down. LET THE GAME PLAY OUT and talking bout nuttin all the time. And that old fart in YANKEES still calling is a real joke. AUGUST 11 LIFE STARTS!!!

ChrisK     August 04
I'll preface this by saying that I am not an attorney, so take it with a (or several grains) of salt. But, the PGA doesn't have an anti-trust exemption (as MLB does). To me, banning certain players from participating in your events because you don't like them is a pretty clear anti-trust violation. I'm not a golf guy, so I certainly won't opine on the merits of LIV vs. PGA, but banning a sub-set of players because they wanted to spend some weekends playing with another organization strikes me as patently illegal.

Barry Holtby     August 04
Someone take away the "*" key from Drew's keyboard. The overuse is getting ridiculous.

larry     August 04
Trading away Mancini and Lopez did absolutely nothing to damage their chances of winning this year. Capable replacements are here.

The notion of "adding" is foolish. Sure they have a more stocked farm system than before, but do they have a surplus? And would it make sense to send some of those assets away, in exchange for the low odds of what Stats Nerd alluded to?

To me, had Elias traded say Stowers or Hall away, that would border on malpractice. He did the right thing, he just made one comment he should not have, that's all.

Some day the O's will be good, hopefully in a similar sustainable way like the Ravens, and some day certain people will stop obsessing over @Herman.

Unitastoberry     August 04
CIK...ty

David Rosenfeld     August 04
The Orioles have 54 wins with 57 games left. You start asking yourself how many games of those 57 will they have to win?

I'd say that 31-26 is a legitimate possibility. Will 85-77 be enough? Probably not. To get to 89 wins, they'd need 35-22. Maybe asking a lot.

Still, I'm surprised Elias said that, even if meant it in a completely mathematical way. At this point the difference in probability between TB and the Orioles is pretty much a wash.

K.C.     August 04
Give @Herman credit. He made a post and didn't reference Springsteen. I'm buying more and more into the idea started by someone here that @Herman is on the Dish staff in some capacity.

There's no possible way someone with this much dislike for a person goes out of his way 3 or 4 times a day to stop by and indirectly help fund that person's business. We already know for sure @Herman doesn't like "the site owner" so the only question left is "Why do you come around every day?"

He has to be on staff some how. He just has to be.

Conway     August 04
Ain't this the truth >>> Sure, those guys know all about the Washington Post journalist and they realize you're not really *allowed* to say anything negative about Saudi policies or decisions.



Drew gets it. So do the 3,300 American families who lost loved ones on 9-11. To some people like Herman those murders no longer matter. For some they still do.