We don’t cover a lot of Orioles “news’ because…well…we have our own team now, and the Orioles have been the laughing stock of professional sports for over a decade. But as a life-long fan of the birds, and what some could call DC’s AL team, I just had to write about Cal. Our beloved Cal. The Iron Man. The nicest guy ever. The guy my friends and I grew up idolizing. Could it be? Could it be true that Cal Jr. is coming to be our savior and turn around the obnoxiously bad Baltimore Orioles? Front office, club house, I don’t care. Just give me Cal.
For all of you baseball fans in the DC area that existed between the years of 1972 and 2005, please join me in hating on the following four people: Gary Parker, 19, of Baltimore; Matthew Rayner, 19, of Chase; Patrick Reynolds, 18, of Middle River; and Jason Stonebuner, 19, of Essex. These four young souls dared to mess with #8.
Early this morning these kids stole the four foot aluminum number 8 from Camden Yards, a statue remembering the all-around awesomeness that was (is) Cal Ripken, a true DC/Baltimore area sports hero, and stashed it in the back of their truck to try and get away with it. Luckily this ridiculous theft was caught on a security camera. Police found the suspect’s truck, including the giant #8, about two hours after it was stolen. The disrespect is appalling!
Ok, so the Orioles are one of the worst teams in baseball and have been under .500 for a good 12 years or so now. But remember the good ol’ days. The days of the Ripken brothers, the days when #8 reigned supreme. Bad kids. Just be glad I didn’t catch you first. (Because I would have no idea what to do with you? Maybe I would yell at you. Get skurred.)