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Entries from Empyreal Environs tagged with “Reynolds (Mark)”

And Here’s to You, Mr. Robinson

Brooks Robinson joined Frank Robinson, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, and Cal Ripken, Jr. in bronze immortality at Camden Yards. No, he didn’t put on spray tan like Mitt Romney on Univision. He has a statue in the Legends Area, surveying the surging Orioles. The Orioles want to win the pennant so badly they can almost taste the champagne spray. After Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s two-run homer in the fifth brought the visitors to within a run Mark Reynolds went headfirst between the tarp and the wall for the final out of the inning. It was nice to see a reminder of what a hustle play looked like. Red Sox players wanting to stick around for 2013 should take note. Chris Davis, who clouted his 30th home run in the fourth, hugged his manager after the shot. Somehow I can’t imagine any player embracing Bobby Valentine. The victory tied the Orioles with the Yankees. In the season when Orioles legends were enshrined at their park the team on the field played with vivacity and purpose. Sadly Fenway’s 100th anniversary didn’t inspire its denizens the same way. Game 158: September 29, 2012 Boston Red Sox69-89 3 L: Felix Doubront (11-10) HR: Jarrod...

Filleted and Cooked

Aaron Cook looked death in the eye eight years ago, so a flesh wound to the leg wouldn’t likely stop him. In 2004 Cook had blood clots that traveled to his lungs. The clots, called pulmonary embolisms when they reach the lungs, caused shortness of breath and dizziness. A year after two surgeries he was the Rockies’ opening day starter. Since Cook’s return he was a serviceable starter in the hitter-friendly climes of Coors, even earning an All-Star appearance in 2008. His sinker ball style of hurling was thought to translate well between National and American leagues, so it was with high anticipation that the Red Sox welcomed Cook to the mound. Cook plugged right into the slot that Josh Beckett vacated due to latissimus soreness. In the second inning Cook started off inducing two outs but then allowed consecutive line drive singles to Chris Davis and Wilson Betemit. Most folks know that Cook throws the drop ball but that fact seemed to be lost on his battery mate. Jarrod Saltalamacchia failed to block a pitch to Mark Reynolds and Davis rushed home on the error. With utter disregard for life and limb Cook slid on both knees to block...

Reynolds Rapped

When Mark Reynolds isn’t striking out he’s clearing the fences with circuit clouts. Reynolds drove in half of Baltimore’s runs last night but amazingly didn’t strike out once. Only Drew Stubbs’s 200 strikeouts outpaces Reynolds’s 183 whiffs. The Red Sox are 4-13 since September 5, the day that began their string of games against AL East teams. While the last-place Orioles mounted a late-inning comeback the Yankees celebrated clinching a spot in the playoffs. At least wins but the Yankees kept the Rays trailing Boston in the wild card race. These Hair-itage shirts are fun, unlike watching the Red Sox in September. 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 strikeouts 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 LOB 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 LOB Did not play Don Orsillo’s tie was a black grid suitable for charting the late season decline of a team many thought would win the World Series. Game 156: September 21, 2011 Baltimore Orioles65-90 6 W: Clay Rapada (2-0)H: Willie Eyre (3)S: Jim Johnson (9)2B: Nick Markakis (28)HR: Mark Reynolds – 2 (36) Boston Red Sox88-68 4 L: Josh Beckett (13-6)2B: Dustin Pedroia (37), Carl Crawford (27)3B: Crawford (6)...

Place or Group of Stones

Jake Arrieta’s last name is Basque in origin according to Ancestry.com and is a habitational name. “Arri” means “stone” and “eta” means “place or group of stones.” Arrieta was rocked by Jacoby Ellsbury in particular — the center fielder blasted two solo shots. His third inning homer was retrieved by a poor soul in a black t-shirt in the sweltering Baltimore bleachers in right. In the seventh the souvenir ball made it to the standing room only area in right, chased down by a bevy of fans in Oriole orange. Yet it was Boston that topped GQ’s worst-dressed cities list while Charm City didn’t even make the list of 40. I guess it’s because the championship blend of Patriot blue, Red Sox red, Celtic green, and Bruins yellow is somewhat jarring. Mark Reynolds moves like a pile of animated stones at third, like a horta without the corrosive acid. One doesn’t need advanced defensive statistics to know that Reynolds is a poor fielder, his league-worst .899 fielding percentage at his position speaks volumes. What he lacks for in fielding he doesn’t make up for in batting average. That he walked twice in this game wasn’t a testament to Reynolds’s strike...


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