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Bird's Eye View - Episode 53

Leading Off Scott takes a turn for the worse, as the O’s losses start to pile up. His Debbie Downer persona continues as we discuss: Drink of the Week #TheBrianRobertsWatch The Medical Wing The guys introduce a new segment: This Week on Twitter (TWoT). Our first TWoT consists of : Critical listener feedback (hate Tweets) Limericks (bad Irish accents) The return of football season Current events creep in Through the Looking Glass alice-in-wonderland A Look Back… The O’s have gone 15-16 in the last 31 games. The team keeps giving away series. Game 4 of the Yankees series was one of the worst fan experiences Jake has ever had. He treats Scott to a "brief" recount of his evening. A Look Ahead… Despite their best efforts, the Birds are still in the Wild Card race (or ARE THEY?!?!) 13 games remain – all against AL East opponents Still in "no excuse" mode: the Orioles can’t give away at-bats, outs, or games. If they do, they’re toast. Fantasy Boss Jake 6, Scott 4 Elvis on the intro means Scott won again. Michael Morse was more hapless than Adam Jones in terms of o-swing%, – which means that Scott has pulled within 2. With two weeks to go, Scott will have every opportunity to catch up and prove that he is, indeed, The Boss. This week, he’s pulled another "voodoo stat" in WPA (wins probability added). Scott talks Jake through its value, and Jake mocks. Jake went with Adam Jones, Scott took Chris Davis. Who will own it? 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.

Bird's Eye View - Episode 42

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.

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

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).

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

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 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. Tweet @birdseyeviewbal Bird’s Eye View on Facebook

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

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. 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).

Bird's Eye View - Episode 33 - The Audacity of Strop

Leading Off The show is a little heavier at the top than normal. We actually have something to talk about in The Brian Roberts Watch (1:45), and the Medical Wing fills up a bit more (3:00). The guys express their great "affection" for West Coast baseball (7:35), and ask themselves "when do we start caring about the standings (9:55) ?" The Audacity of Strop Apparently, the show has changed formats to where the guys pick a pitcher to beat like a pinata (12:30). This week’s topic is Pedro Strop: deadly weapon for the Dominican Republic, just deadly for the Orioles. The Surgeon General warns not to play the Kevin Gregg Drinking Game while listening to this segment. Jake and Scott flip their usual apologist/cynic roles on this one – you have no idea how difficult it was to avoid a "roleplay reference here." We include a tip of the hat to Roch Kubatko over at for his insightful rant that said everything we’ve been thinking (21:20). Roster Moves It’s been an interesting week on the roster front (24:50). Here’s a rundown of the faces we’ve seen moving in, moving out… Alex Burnett Josh Stinson Zach Britton Luis Exposito Chris Snyder (we cheated, he won’t appear until Tuesday) What about Freddy Garcia and Jair Jurjens (31″56)? These guys are piching lights-out in AAA, and can opt out of their contracts soon. The Orioles risk getting nothing for them (other than the satisfaction of knowing they facilitated an audition for the rest of the league) if they don’t pull the trigger and make a roster move. 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(38:05).

Bird's Eye View - Episode 31 - Bubblegate and Beyond

Leading Off We start by taking a moment to recognize the events that took place today – the terrible events that took place at the Boston Marathon. Say what you will about Boston, for its sports (and Lord knows we have), but tihs transcends rivalries. Jake and Scott make a plea for thoughts, prayers, and support (1:10). Moving on to actual O’s content, the guys review The Brian Roberts Watch (4:45). and the Medical Wing (5:25). Stupid Arguments Baltimore sports fans are capable of tremendous stupidity (6:00). This week, people actually debated whether Adam Jones dropped that ball because he was chewing bubble gum. Really? Are we doing this? Really (6:45)? The other stupid argument from this week was which backup second baseman is worse (11:30)? Alexi Casilla and Ryan Flaherty are doing their best to make an argument for who is the best/worse option to replace the injured Brian Roberts. Bullpen Gets Its Swagger Back The bullpen has gotten back to its 2012 form (21:00). After the first week of games, we all wondered if the bullpen could get back to the level that made them so scary last year. The Birds’ bullpen has responded by making opposing hitters’ life miserable. The guys go through the ‘pen, from Johnson (24:30) to the forgotten man – Patton (34:45). Potpourri Here are the items that didn’t fit into any other categories: Connor Jackson retires (38:00) Wait, WHAT? Jackson was the last ML cut, and he was bound to make the roster at some point this season. Connor Jackson’s retirement comes as a great surprise. He said that he simply lost the love of the game… Buck Showalter indicated that there might be more to the story, but we’ll have to wait until Jackson is willing to comment himself.E Earl Weaver celebration (39:45) The celebration for Earl Weaver has been moved from 2:00pm top 6:00pm. This accommodates ticket holders from the 7:00 ballgame who want to take part in the celebration. Unfortunately, it also shuts some fans out from a celebration of a great Baltimore sports figure. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly The guys go through the players they want to praise and call out from the week’s games. Who makes the list, and who gets a free pass (45:30)? Feel Free to Share Your Feedback! Comment on the show notes, below. Email us directly at Click on our Social Media links above and to the right. Check us out on iTunes! You can also listen to Bird’s Eye View on iTunes. Be sure to rate the show, and leave a comment to let us know what you think.

Bird's Eye View - Episode 30

Leading Off The 2013 season is finally here! It’s nice to be able to talk about real baseball. It’s a sad day for The Brian Roberts Watch (01:33), and the guys take a run through the Medical Wing (04:03), and the roster in general. The O’s pulled a trade today, sending Luis Ayala to the Braves for a minor league arm (05:21). Opening Day Opening Day at Camden Yards has that extra dose of Orioles Magic (09:58). How did 2012 compare to previous years? The ceremonial first pitch was pretty weak (14:10). The Ravens’ refusal to participate in Opening Day was pretty bush league (15:08). Buck has a ton of respect for Earl Weaver (15:06). Get a Grip on Reality! It’s only been 7 games. Some fans are ready to jump off a cliff (19:02), others are in full apology mode – others are sure the Birds will still win 100 games. Are any of them right? What kind of assessments can you actually make this early in the season? Jake and Scott lay out the case for both sides, and try to bring some reason to the discussion (21:43). Pitching Woes and Lineup Ups/Down This team needs more innings from its starters. A quick look at the first run through the rotation (or so) and how each starter looked(21:00). The bullpen has had its moments, too, but the early going has shown us that they can’t be as good as the all-world 2012 bullpen. Manny Macahdo and other lineup considerations (31:00). The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is back for the first time in 2013(38:20)! Jake and Scott reveal the players that made their list in the first 7 games.

Bird's Eye View - Episode 29

Bird’s Eye View returns for our last pre-season podcast, on our brand-new home. Come on in and look around – go ahead and put your feet up on the table. This new site is here for your enjoyment. Let us know what you think of the look and feel!

Bird's Eye View - Episode 27

We open up with a discussion of the World Baseball Classic, and Jake's sheepish confession: he's been watching. And he likes what he sees (2:45). The Canada/Mexico brawl, scary as it was, was notable (4:15). We talk about whether it's good for the US to win a competition designed to grow the game internationally (9:00), and profess Adam Jones as a True American Hero (8:40). Next, on to Spring Training (yes, we have to). The first series of cuts have been made, but no surprises thus far (11:00). Scott mocks Jake for his love of Xavier Avery. The media loves the Bundy/Gausman connection (13:00), and the Brian Matusz identity crisis continues (14:30)! Jake gets a little too excited over The Brian Roberts Watch (16:00).  Visiting hours at the Medical Wing (17:15): how bad are the injuries to Nick Markakis and Noland Reimold? Is the silver lining that we get a better look at fringe players, or are we reaching? Lastly, we examine the 25-man roster (20:30).

Bird's Eye View - Special Edition

It's now Sunday, October you know where your Baltimore Orioles are? That's right, they are in the ALDS against the Yankees. We break out a special edition podcast to talk about the wild card game and the upcoming ALDS. Topics include: WC Game: The "build-up" Joe Saunders vs. Steve Johnson What were our expectations going in? What actually happened? What was the big moment(s)? TBS Broadcasting? Not Very Funny. ALDS Hosting a playoff game Facing the hated Yankees 2-3 format – does this help the O’s (over a 2-2-1) Roster – 25 man hasn’t been released

Birds' Eye View - Week 26

Week 26: Playoff Baseball... We're going to mix it up this week and look towards the future instead of the past. Its time to talk playoffs.. We talk about clinching a playoff spot on Sunday Night and the race for the AL EAST division title. We share our thoughts and make predictions for this week and who we expect to play and how far we have the potential to go. How far do we need to get to feel good about this season? Is just playing good enough?

Bird's Eye View - Week 24

We talk about the most important week for the season. This is getting a bit redundant isn't it? (02:00) We talk the Rays series. We lose another player...shit! We talk about losing Hammel and how significant it is going forward. But hey we swept the series...and boy how we did it. Machado play discussion and Orioles magic once again... (19:00) We take a hiatus to discuss the trip to the West Coast and the Costume Party! (20:30) We move to the A's series. Squandered opportunities the first game, lack of control by Britton in the 2nd, and a smack around in the 3rd. Tough series...good series...and a WINNING SEASON! (38:00) we talk an opening win against the Mariners...and I accurately predict Taylor Teagarden being clutch. (41:30) We talk Pennant Chase... (44:30) The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly...

Bird's Eye View - Week 21

Still in the hunt...and a week of the Chi Sox and Yankees to set us up for September. (1:30) We talk the Rangers series...briefly...Tommy went boom...we have the inside scoop on why Hunter was sent down to AA... (7:00) We go into the Jays series...and the Deputy is back in town shooting for the fences...and quality starting pitching from Britton and Johnson (12:00) Touching on the White Sox series and Natty McClout (There can only be one!) with the game winning 2 run homer...But we see Saunders and the Protester in the 3rd game to give it away... (18:00) We talk Luis Ayala and how smooth he is when he picks up women... (23:00) The view of the national media on the Orioles...MLB Network, ESPN, and SI Power Rankings... (29:00) What will happen in September? Is it a five, six, or seven man rotation going forward? (34:00) The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (with Sound FX)

Bird's Eye View - Week 20

Week 20 - We Have a Playoff Race (1:30) - Red Sox Series...we don't need Bobby Andino to beat those losers and Bobby V (couldn't have happened to a nicer guy)...we talk the Sheriff and whiny quick pitches for this series... (12:00) - Tiger Series...Verlander v. Hunter, but the umpires are blind bastards that deserve to be stabbed in a back alley...Britton rallies us with 7 shutout innings; Wait Britton?!?!?!? (26:00) - Playoff Talk...who would have thought that we'd be talking about this shit in August? (34:00) - Who is coming up in September? 40-Man Roster Thoughts. (43:00) - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly...and the Orioles may be in the bad column? Why and Who would say such things?

Bird's Eye View - Week 18

(01:00): Yankees Series: Quality Pitching from M. Gonzalez...Huge Comeback on Tuesday...Explosion of Epic Failure on wednesday (2-1) (7:00): Rays Series: Squandered Game by Tommy Hunter (2-0...8 Hits on Moore).....Wei-Yen Chen Masterful (4-0, 7IP); 13 LOB though....Gonzalez beats Price, HOW?!?!? (7IP) (2-1) (12:00): Game 1 of Mariner Series: Great start by Tillman with timely hitting. (13:30): We talk attendance at Game 1 of the Mariner Series and the potential demise of baseball in Baltimore with football. Hello Baltimore...its Baseball Season. Believe and go to the games. (18:45): Why do we discount the Orioles? Run differential is talked about heavily right now in the media. We talk the importance of this statistic and what it means for the Orioles. (34:50): The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Bird's Eye View - Week 17

Week 17 - Trade Deadline What an exciting trade deadline...oh wait... (1:50): We talk the Rays Series in Baltimore. Poor hitting against good pitching equates to losing. But the series is salvaged by Chris Davis...wait, he's back? (1-2) (6:30): Athletics series...let's distinguish ourselves on Friday...oh wait...nuclear combustion meltdown. Hangover Saturday and another salvaged game. (1-2) (19:00): Trade Deadline....THRILLING DISCUSSIONS OF BIG MOVES! But should we have made a move? (31:45): The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Bird's Eye View - Week 14 Podcast

We actually made it to the All-Star break! (1:00) We discuss the Angels, Indians, and Mariners series. Ugh...enough of this Trout guy and the Angels demolishing us. (4:00) Is this an utter collapse entering into the All-Star break? Is it over? (6:20) Demotions galore...Matsuz, Arrieta, and Hunter all in Norfolk. So much for that starting pitching and the return of the Cavalry. We also talk the badassery of Buck Showalter yielding to Arrieta demotion. (13:30) Good news though...Tillman and Gonzalez. Alright, but its only one start. (19:00) Bye Bye Brian Roberts...we hardly knew thee. (24:00) Jim Thome trade....good, bad, or ugly? (31:00) Trade Deadline...what and who can we get? (40:00) Recap of our predictions at the beginning of the season. (45:00) We make more ridiculous predictions and predict their final record...and it ain't pretty or happy...but here is something pretty.

Bird's Eye View - Week 9 Podcast

(0:30) - Not a good week for Orioles Baseball...where and when does the misery end? Is the swoon in effect or is this a bump in the road? (3:18) - Jake Arrieta: When is enough enough? Do we have other options? Should we take him out to the woodshed? (7:18) - Hitting: Where did the Offense go? Lack of home runs and clutch hitting equates to losses. Jakes questions the plate discipline of the Orioles. (12:12) - Carrying the team...Adam Jones and Matt Wieters. Do they and can they be the players that pick it up when the rest of the team struggles? Or do the Orioles need someone else? (17:50) - Can the Orioles recover and be competitive in this division for a playoff berth? (21:40) - Injuries and the Cavalry: Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Exposito...Zach Britton, Brian Roberts, Miguel Tejada (34:10) - Who the hell is Steve Pearce? (36:50) - Revisted Predictions prior to the All Star Break...where will the Orioles stand?

Bird's Eye View - Week 8 Podcast

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CCC: Blow a bubble or let it pop?

The 2011 season started with the notion of another "Why Not?" season, but it ended and has continued this offseason with the hiring of Dan Duquette leaving us with, "Now What?" The Orioles front...

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