Orioles Card "O" the Day

An intersection of two of my passions: baseball cards and the Baltimore Orioles. Updated daily?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Brian Roberts, 2013 Topps #515

My closing thoughts on the Orioles' division-winning 2014 season will have to wait another day. While Janet and I were visiting her family in Charlotte last weekend, a former Oriole with North Carolina ties officially called it quits. Durham native Brian Roberts announced his retirement in an interview with Fox Sports Radio, saying that two "very good teams" showed interest in him following his midseason release from the Yankees, but that he declined. He realized that he wasn't able to play at the level he'd previously been accustomed to, and didn't wish to keep dragging along.

Here in Baltimore, we already said our goodbyes when the O's decided not to re-sign Roberts after last season, leading to his short-lived stint in the Bronx. The second baseman concluded his 14-year career with a batting line of .276/.347/.409, with a perfectly adequate 101 OPS+. He totaled 367 doubles, 97 homers, 542 RBI, and 285 steals in 358 tries. He was an All-Star in 2005 and 2007, and led the American League in doubles twice, including a career-high and franchise-record 56 two-baggers in 2008. He also went 50-for-57 in stolen bases in 2007 to top the junior circuit.

I'm glad that Brian was healthy enough this season to play 91 games, but I'm sorry that his career ended so soon, and that he wasn't able to participate in the postseason with the Orioles. He deserved it after everything he did in Baltimore, but baseball isn't always about who deserves what.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gregg Zaun, 1996 Score Dugout Collection #110

Now that the Orioles unfortunately cleared my schedule for the weekend, I'm going silent until Monday. I'll be back with an elegy for a fantastic baseball season that ended a bit too soon. I promise I won't be away as long as Gregg Zaun, who hasn't been featured on this blog since his brief return to the O's roster back in 2009.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jim Palmer, 2014 Topps Heritage Baseball Flashbacks #BF-JP

It's Jim Palmer's 69th birthday. The Orioles couldn't possibly get swept out of the ALCS on their greatest pitcher's birthday, could they? This season has been so much fun. I'm not ready for it to end. Not yet.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ben McDonald, 1994 Pinnacle #184

I remain stubbornly optimistic about the Orioles' chances to win in Kansas City tonight, and I'm not the only one. Courtesy of Twitter:

Just to recap, Ben McDonald went out hunting today and painted an "O" into the camouflage pattern on his face. I don't see Kevin Appier in the brush with a "KC" painted on his cheek. Do work, boys.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Matt Riley, 2000 Skybox Metal Universe Talent Show #2

Tonight's schedule Game Three of the ALCS in Kansas City was a bigger washout than Matt Riley. The game was postponed due to heavy rains, called off three hours before the scheduled 8 PM start time. The Orioles and Royals will try again tomorrow, with Wei-Yin Chen trying to best Jeremy Guthrie and prop up Baltimore's flagging hopes. The waiting is driving me up a wall, but I'll hang in for another 22 hours.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Darren O'Day, 2014 Orioles Postcards

You know it's been a rough weekend at the office when Darren O'Day is the losing pitcher on back-to-back days. But maybe the flight back to Kansas City will dislodge the lucky horseshoe that has been jammed up the rear ends of the Royals. Even down 2-0, I'm not counting out the O's, especially after Jarrod Dyson went and stuck his foot in his mouth. As a wise man once said:

"What? Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! And it ain't over now. 'Cause when the goin' gets tough... the tough get goin'! Who's with me? Let's go!"

Forget it, he's rolling. I'll see you back in Baltimore on Friday night, Birds.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Nick Markakis, 2014 Donruss Jersey Kings #37

Okay, so last night didn't go according to plan. But it was still an incredible, strange, tense game, and it takes four wins to go to the World Series...not one. I figured it was a good omen when I pulled this Nick Markakis jersey relic from a rack pack of 2014 Donruss Series Two on Thursday, but 'Kakes had an uneven first game of the ALCS. He collected two singles, a double, a run scored, and a stolen base, but was slow to get to Alex Gordon's three-run double in the right field corner and also made the final out in the tenth inning with the tying runs on base. So it goes. In a few minutes, Bud Norris will get a shot at evening up the series.