I've always been grateful to the Orioles fans and even more so now that I'm looking back on it. I really enjoyed interacting and playing in front of them as much as you could ever imagine. This is my favorite team I played on with the Orioles in terms of the 25 guys and the coaches, and I'll miss them probably more than I even realize right now. The friendships have meant a lot to me. Those are the things that come to mind. And I really believe this team has a lot of good parts. I think they'll win and that will be hard for me. It will be hard not being part of it when I see them winning, which I expect them to do.
... There aren't many things the last five years that I don't remember. The ones I think of right away include my first opening day at Camden Yards, seeing the festivities, having never been on an opening day roster and seeing what it's all about in that city and that community. And my great teammates. Even Matt Wieters being called up to the big leagues is something I'll always remember, the excitement for that. There are countless memories and I don't anticipate forgetting those moments ever.
...I think everything that happened the past five years helped me grow and my family grow. My five years in Baltimore are a huge part of my family's lives and the foundation for what's going on the rest of our time here.
montero is traded for pineda
(That would be Seattle's Michael Pineda for NYY's Jesus Montero.)
Big news in Birdland: Source says #Orioles 2B Brian Roberts is "highly doubtful" to be at the club's FanFest on Jan. 21 for medical reasons
Source: #Orioles are prepared to make David Ortiz a two-year offer. Hearing there's interest from both sides.
Orioles and Dan Duquette have agreed to terms according to source close to Dan....press conference to follow as early as Monday.....
Orioles third base/infielders coach Willie Randolph acknowledged he was "a little disappointed" when he learned Thursday night in a telephone conversation with Orioles manager Buck Showalter that he would not be back with the club next season, "but I am always going to move forward."
"Are we really still talking about this? We've just seen a hurricane come through this region which has caused millions to be without power, tens of millions of dollars in property damage and even several deaths," Orioles director of communications Greg Bader wrote in an email to ESPNNewYork.com. "We've got people out there literally trying to put their lives back together and yet there are some still worrying about a rescheduled game time?
"We will be playing the game on September 8. We will be selecting a game time and will announce it shortly. It is time to move on to more pressing matters."
DVR Alert: MASN will be rebroadcasting the Orioles' final home game at Memorial Stadium tonight and tomorrow night at 10:30 p.m. The game, of course, features Mike Flanagan throwing the final pitches and closing down the stadium in style.
Y'all are on your own this week as I'm leaving shortly for a week's vacation. EME and the crew will be taking good care of the place in my stead so I'm sure you won't even notice that I'm gone.
Cheers! I'll catch you next weekend.