Archive for May, 2009

We are all witnesses
May 30, 2009

A nice add Nike ad campaign for LeBron James, and the perfect needling joke for a rookie catcher.  Orioles starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie had some fun pre-game with Matt Wieters.  The veteran righty taped signs on the back on the dugout that read, “WE ARE ALL WITNESSES”.  A mocking jab at Wieters for all the hype as he makes his debut, but one done in fun.  Wieters also received some heckling as a horde of media beelined for the catcher for his first interview as an Oriole. 

But as the veterans do their best to keep Wieters grounded, there is no denying the impact Wieters has already made in Baltimore.  Oriole Park glows a sea of orange, packed well beyond any Friday night game in May, against anyone other than the Yankees or Red Sox, the last decade.  This reminds me of the mid nineties love fest at Camden Yards.  Love directed squarely at the rookie catcher.

The ovations for Wieters deafened, and the roar for a line drive out in his first at-bat gave chills.  It feels like the dawn of a new era, like the Orioles may finally have found a formula for success in the beast that is the American League East.

Lax Escape
May 20, 2009

After a morning dominated by ad nausea ESPN coverage of Michael Vick leaving prison, and the relentless debates that ensued (should he be allowed to play in the NFL, where will he play, is he truly a man of remorse.. blechhh.!!!) I needed something healthier for the brain.  Sport that doesn’t cause repulsion.  Let’s get outside for some state championship lacrosse.

 Didn’t think I’d see the high school tournaments running longer than any of the collegiate men’s teams seasons, but here we are on May 2oth with the Century girls facing Patterson Mill for the 1A/2A title.  UMBC offering a fantastic venue on the most perfect of days to play and watch lacrosse. 

An interesting storyline as Century has a premier program led by the most premier of players.  For Patterson Mill it’s the first year of lacrosse.  First year, and in the title game.  But the cinderella story ends  for the Huskies today. 

Katie Schwartzman, who next year plays for Kathy Reese and Maryland, with 2:08 left in the first half has outscored P.M. 7-5 by herself.  Her 2nd goal of the game (a gorgeous shot after a first step quicker than Mike Vick’s out of Leavenworth… my brain has yet to fully recover) gave her 300 for her career.  Now at halftime Century leads 15-5, likely on its way to state championship number three.  Impressive for a program only in its 7th year of existence.

But seriously, I need to do this more often, and maybe we all do.  Our 24 hour news culture is dominated by so many stories that degrade, disturb, and desensitize.  But hopping in the car and joining about 300 others taking in sport at the purest of levels is helping my karma.