Category: Writing

Let the Orioles “Year of Hope” Begin

Let the Orioles “Year of Hope” Begin

The first impression of this Orioles season was the stunned silence from the crowd at Yankee Stadium during player introductions of our dear visiting team. So many new names, they didn’t know who anyone was. Or maybe it was simply apathy. Only Chris Davis’ name and likeness elicited a few boos. At the same time,…

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Baltimore Streetcar Museum Rebuilds After CSX Derailment

Baltimore Streetcar Museum Rebuilds After CSX Derailment

On Monday, ten days after a CSX train derailed from a span of track above Falls Road near the Baltimore Streetcar Museum—several empty freighters and a tanker dangled then slowly fell from the overpass above, destroying the power source that runs the museum’s antique streetcars, ironically, on a different line of track below—a small construction…

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Maryland’s “Bmore Guys” Welcome Us to March Madness

Maryland’s “Bmore Guys” Welcome Us to March Madness

With one emphatic and timely two-handed dunk, Mount Saint Joseph’s alum and Maryland freshman forward Jalen Smith officially let us know Thursday that March Madness is here for the next few weeks. Breathe it in: The Terps advanced to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s round of 32 with a dramatic 79-77 win over Belmont University,…

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Is An Adam Jones-Orioles Reunion Possible?

Is An Adam Jones-Orioles Reunion Possible?

Opening Day is 20 days away, and—has anyone noticed?—Adam Jones is still a free agent. Yes, the beloved former pie-throwing, gum-chewing, sweet-swinging Orioles captain remains without a baseball home—and his actual home, the Lutherville estate he bought from Cal Ripken, Jr. about a year ago and renovated over the last several months, is on the…

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Transition Game

Transition Game

This time last year, Kyle Harrison came home and stepped onto something familiar—a lacrosse field in Baltimore—but saw a scene he didn’t expect: hundreds of school-aged black boys and girls running around with sticks and helmets and pads being exposed to the game that has touched nearly every part of his own life since he…

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Will UMBC Men’s Basketball Make March Madness Happen Again?

Will UMBC Men’s Basketball Make March Madness Happen Again?

If anyone is wondering what life is like for the UMBC men’s basketball program—coming up on one year after its star turn as America’s favorite underdog—just know that it’s still pretty great. Last night, on their suburban Baltimore campus, when the Retrievers faced America East rival Vermont, the UMBC athletic department proclaimed it Fortnite Night.…

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Lust for Life

Lust for Life

“Life is so interesting, isn’t it?,” says 97-year-old Lois Blum Feinblatt. She should know. In 1966, when most women her age were stay-at-home moms, she was already a trailblazer, working in Baltimore’s department of welfare, where she screened every couple in the city who was interested in adopting a child.

Remembering Orioles Legend Frank Robinson, the Reticent Pioneer

Remembering Orioles Legend Frank Robinson, the Reticent Pioneer

On Thursday, Baltimore—and baseball as a whole—lost a legend as Frank Robinson passed away at the age of 83 at his Los Angeles home after a long battle with cancer. Not only did Robinson fulfill more roles than any other person in the history of the Orioles organization, but the former manager, player, and front-office executive was multi-faceted when it came to his character.