Category: Writing

Inside the Mind of the Former NASA Engineer Co-Piloting the Orioles’ Rebuild

Inside the Mind of the Former NASA Engineer Co-Piloting the Orioles’ Rebuild

Sig Mejdal has been finding data-driven ways to give teams an edge, almost as long as anybody in professional baseball, save for the early 2000s staff of the Oakland Athletics, who were featured in the book and movie Moneyball. That tale inspired Mejdal to consider his current career path and ultimately quit his job engineering for astronauts.

Will Mike Mussina Wear an Orioles or Yankees Hat Into the Hall of Fame?

Will Mike Mussina Wear an Orioles or Yankees Hat Into the Hall of Fame?

Mike Mussina, now 50 years old with gray in his goatee, was just finishing coaching a practice of his son’s high school basketball team Tuesday night in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, when his phone rang. The voice on the other end delivered the good news. In Mussina’s sixth year on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, the…

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Ravens Tight End Hayden Hurst Shares His Journey With Anxiety and Depression

Ravens Tight End Hayden Hurst Shares His Journey With Anxiety and Depression

When he’s on the football field, with a red beard and a long mane of ginger shoulder-length hair that protrudes from the back of his purple and black helmet, paired with mammoth muscular arms, Baltimore Ravens tight end Hurst is downright Viking-like. He certainly doesn’t fit Hollywood’s stereotypical description of a person who has struggled with his or her mental health.

There’s No Debate: Lamar Jackson Is the Ravens’ Future

There’s No Debate: Lamar Jackson Is the Ravens’ Future

There was a little less than 10 minutes left in the third quarter, and the Los Angeles Chargers were already leading by 17 points and looking like they were about to score again, when Ravens coach John Harbaugh finally approached quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Joe Flacco on the sideline and broached the touchy subject that…

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7 Reasons Why It’s Easy to Love Lamar Jackson

7 Reasons Why It’s Easy to Love Lamar Jackson

The first impression was just about the same as the current impression. Back in August, when we watched Lamar Jackson’s post-game interview following his stellar preseason debut at M&T Bank Stadium, there was this 21-year-old kid wearing a backpack, looking like he just got out of school, while also appearing completely comfortable delivering forthright answers…

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Tough Enough

Tough Enough

Cassy Lopez is the first woman to ever earn a Division I scholarship in wrestling, the traditionally male-dominated sport probably known more for cauliflower ear and singlets than female participation.

Review: Vinny’s Italian Cafe

Review: Vinny’s Italian Cafe

It feels funny to describe a restaurant that has been in business since 1999 as “off the eaten path,” but that’s exactly what Vinny’s Italian Café is. A five-minute drive east from the edge of Canton is all it takes to get you there, but you might as well be a world, not a neighborhood, away.

Mind’s Eye

Mind’s Eye

Sandy Greenberg’s story is a cruel irony and a fascinating paradox rolled into a remarkable life, powerful and inspiring enough to rally a group of the world’s top doctors and scientists, and undeniably audacious enough to garner the world’s attention. Yes, Greenberg, chairman of the board of governors of one of the best eye institutes on the planet, is blind.

Elvis of the Himalayas

Elvis of the Himalayas

Simply put, Prem Raja Mahat is a Nepali folk singing legend, considered his country’s equivalent of Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, even Elvis. Nonetheless, one of Nepal’s most famous exports more or less blends into the crowd in Baltimore, unless you stop to talk to him, and he reveals his varied roles: father of four, immigrant, special consul for his home country, restaurant owner, hit singer and songwriter.