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Bird's Eye View - Episode 42

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BEV is a weekly Orioles podcast from the perspective of two die-hard fans. Here, we experience the ups and downs of Orioles baseball, and do our fair share of praising and mocking our beloved team. Our position from the cheap seats helps provide that "Bird’s Eye View." What we bring is perspective. We offer content that will entertain, (very) occasionally inform, and more often than not, validate a little homerism. When it comes to the Orioles, this is your official source for a lack of insight, and baseless opinion.

Help JFK's Quote of the Day:

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Hello, I’m jrockies and a member of Purple Row. Every day I post a baseball related quote to the site noted as "JFK’s Quote of the Day." I have, however, come up with a problem. Most of the quotes I have are from former players/coaches (Berra, Mayes, Hornsby, Peter Uueberroth, etc.) or older authors and sports writers (Boswell, Russell Baker, Kahn, etc.) and I don’t have many from players and writers of today’s period. As an attempt to build my list of quotes I have decided to ask the different baseball communities around SBNation to help me out. I don’t get to read local articles for non-Denver teams very often and I know that players have said something wise/funny/absurd that should be remembered somewhere ("These are thin mints. I put them in the freezer. My favorites. So good." ~Reds outfielder Adam Dunn, on the Girl Scout cookies he keeps in his locker) So here is the challenge: In the comments section post your all-time favorite baseball quotes (I don’t have all of them) and your favorite quotes you’ve heard from around the league in recent years. For the next two weeks I will post my quote of the day in the comments here. Thanks, jrockies JFK

Bird's Eye View - Episode 40 - Ring My Bell

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Leading Off Scott unveils his second attempt at the Drunk Gary Thorne (0:55), which is somewhat less likely to kill you than the last one. More "news" becomes available for the The Brian Roberts Watch (2:10), and a Terry Crowley reference! We take a trip through the Medical Wing (4:00)- Wei-Yin Chen turns out to be the only bright spot. The O’s continue to have a strong showing in All-Star voting (5:55), as Birdland is voting orange en masse. The Orioles have 4 players set to start as of RIGHT NOW, and could see a couple of others get the nod as a manager’s selection. How good does this look? Here comes the cavalry! Remember the cavalry (10:00)? Remember how much we were looking forward to seeing the likes of Brad Bergesen mowing down hitters in the AL East? Yeah, that didn’t work out so well. The guys review a brief, depressing "where are they now." Warning: Dave Trembley is referenced. These kids are not alright Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton make their returns to the Orioles rotation this week against one of the premier offenses in the American League. WHAT COULD GO WRONG ? Arrieta has already lost, as of recording of this episode. The guys are willing to write him off as either a bullpen arm, or the quintessential "change of scenery" guy (13:30). Jake gets bitter while Scott slips into his Zach Britton give-away t-shirt (16:25). With the rest of the cavalry, some of them simply flamed out. Others ended up in the bullpen. One or two ended up as trade chips. But there is one bright spot: Chris Tillman (20:50). He may not be an ace, but he Tillman a dependable Major League starter who has asserted himself as a stopper in this inconsistent rotation. Baseball is big on nicknames. Maybe Tillman should be "The Cavalry." (Sexy) Potpourri Yes, you read that correctly. No, it’s not any less awkward on the podcast (25:55). Sott channels his inner Baltimoron, and keeps Jake on a timer by ringing a bell (26:30). You’re welcome, all you earbud listeners. The guys hit the dead smelly flowers of topics that can’t stand on their own: The media vs. the boo birds: who will own it? (27:25) Casilla usually hurts the team. Did his finger injury hurt it worse? (29:20) Should the Orioles make it rain? (31:00) The guys consider extensions for: Manny Machado Matt Wieters Chris Davis The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Who had a great week? Who had a terrible week? Who made us ashamed to be Orioles fans? Find out in this week’s GB&U. The guys run through their Good, Bad, and Ugly (37:10).

Baltimore Sun: Talking Orioles with Camden Chat's Mark Brown

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EME answered a few questions for Matt Vensel at the Baltimore Sun. Read them!

Chris Davis

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This short article shows how Chris Davis is much improved against breaking pitches this year. Another article ranks him as the top hitting performer in MLB last week: http://www.bsports.com/statsinsights/mlb/stephen-strasburg-is-back-on-top

Bird's Eye View - Episode 37 - Bring on the Ga(u)sman

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Leading Off Episode 37 of the podcast is a very special one, as it coincides with the debut of Kevin Gausman, who wore #37. Spoiler Alert: we talk about him a little later on in the show. Also, on the top of the show, we thank you for joining us in the adventure that is Twitter, and encourage you to tweet #SorryWilson to take one of Scott’s balls. That may have come out wrong. Quick shout-out to the guys over at Section 336, and their Night at the Yard event(1:30). The podcast is worth checking out, and you should definitely join them (and us!) for their event. You get a ticket, a shirt, and the opportunity to catch a game with people who are just as Orioles crazy as you are. The BEVys: Biggest Regression to the Norm As a reminder, we’ll be hosting The BEVys during the All Star break (3:30). Our first BEVy category is ‘Biggest Regression to the Norm.’ This award goes to the player who statheads and haters told you before the season "this guy can never do that again." Whose star has fallen back to the pack in the most meaningful way? Send us your nominees: Tweet your response to us with #BEVys Email us at contact@birdseyeveiwbaltimore.com Leave us your thoughts in comments below This is the Dawning of the Age of Gausmania So some kid got called up on Thursday (9:30)… What are we calling this phenomenon? The guys discuss the move, its permanence, and what the mark of success should be for Gausman in 2013. Then it’s on to Thursday’s start: what we liked, what we didn’t, and what does it all mean? From Pretender to Protestor Long-time listeners will remember our special "affection" for Kevin Gregg, who we deemed "The Protestor." Scott provides pretty compelling evidence that Jim Johnson has replaced him in that area (25:55). Jake fights his heart and his head, and the guys try to put some perspective on the most logical (or likely?) path forward. Is it time to change the picture? Battle of the Beltways Scott mocks Jake (a surprise?) for attending a fine DC academic institution(44:25). It’s that time again – the time where we pretend that O’s/Nats is a real rivalry worth paying attention (45:40). MASN needs to understand how much fans hate the "bring the MASN family together" nonsense during O’s/Nats broadcasts. The guys talk about the 4-game series, and Jake drags Scott into some MLB fashion (52:45). Actually, Scott gets more into it than usual, as he proposes some interesting ideas for Orioles camo: Tip of the cap to National Discourse - a Washington Nationals podcast run by our buddy Josh. Go check it out, if that’s… your thing. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Who had a great week? Who had a terrible week? Who made us ashamed to be Orioles fans? Find out in this week’s GB&U. The guys run through their Good, Bad, and Ugly (57:50). Listen to BEV on iTunes! You can find Bird’s Eye View all over the web, including iTunes. Be sure the check for the show, and leave us all sorts of favorable comments and ratings. Flattery will get you everywhere, you know. Contact Bird’s Eye View There’s plenty we got wrong in this episode. Be sure to tell us exactly how. contact@birdseyeviewbaltimore.com Tweet @birdseyeviewbal Bird’s Eye View on Facebook

Battle of the Uniforms championship round: Orioles vs. Cardinals

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ESPN has been doing a battle of the best uniforms, and the Orioles are in the championship round against the Cardinals. Go vote for the O's!

Bird's Eye View - Episode 34 - Back from the Wild Wild West

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Leading Off Fresh off a 11-game road trip, and a brutal 20-game stretch without a break, the Orioles and their weary fans can take breather with an off day, and a brief homestand. Here on the podcast, we start (as always) with The Brian Roberts Watch (1:40) followed by a trip to the Medical Wing (2:30). A Chris Davis scare and Miguel Gonzalez’s blister are the only real updates. http://baltimoronspodcast.tumblr.com We take a time-out to tell you about a great Orioles podcast called Baltimorons. Jake and Scott made an appearance on the Baltimorons podcast which will be posted on Wednesday. We encourage you to go check out Sam and Alan’s fine work – their unique perspective as O’s fans "in abstentia" is can’t-miss stuff. These guys "get" being Orioles fans, and make talking about the Birds fun (8:25). Thanks, again, Baltimorons! Look for Sam and Alan on Bird’s Eye View next week! The Wild, Wild West Scott does his best DJ Jazzy Jeff (11:28), as we review the Orioles’ West Coast trip. The Birds are winning games against the teams that helped decide the fate of the AL East in 2012 (15:10). Wins are good, mkay? The run differential is up from last year, too, so there’s that… Despite how it felt at the time, this was a pretty good road trip (16:25). The games they lost were devastating, but the overall performance was exactly what you need for a extended road trip. Freddy Garcia gave us hope that the 5th starter carousel may be slowing down (19:48). Where do the Orioles stack up against the rest of the AL (21:55)? This trip goes a long way to setting them up to stand with the postseason contenders. Hopefully the Birds can get fat on the Blue Jays the way the AL West will beat up on Houston. Potpourri Our potpourri segment returns, with a look at items that don’t necessarily belong together, but that don’t belong anywhere else. We run down: Whether Roberto Alomar is a legit Orioles HOF (28:42) Jake Arrieta’s essential media rage (32:45) The Next Knuckler: Zach Clark (36:37) Chase Utley? (40:00) The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly The guys run down their list of the Birds who had the best, the worst, and the most unbearable weeks(43:49).

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