29 06 2010

First off, I just want to take a second to thank my dedicated readers and fans who still came to CAPSLove yesterday. I know that you, my faithful audience were in search of some sort of pleasantness to read or listen to, most likely to relieve you from the humidity and Metro woes of yesterday. I’m truly very sorry I was not able to provide any sort of blog post, but I have been absolutely swamped at work, so sacrifices had to be made. Thanks again for your dedication.

And now on with today’s post…

Many of you don’t know that I can be quite a fan of sports other than hockey. But when it isn’t hockey season, I need a replacement sport to get excited about. I have a history of liking baseball. I grew up an Orioles fan, and played on a Softball team for a number of years in my youth. So this summer my “anti-hockey” is baseball. I’ve already been to three O’s games and one Nat’s game and I’ve been having a lot of fun.

Since I’m always obsessing over one hockey player or another, I thought I’d introduce you to my favorite players in “the MLB” these days.

First off is the O’s own, Nick Markakis. He is number 21 and I have come to discover that really, most any player of any sport who has that number is bound to be good looking. (Brooks Laich is my case and point.)

Nick Markakis. #21.

Sometimes Nick looks very similar to Jake Gyllenhaal, which is not a bad thing. However, Nick has a wife and child, which is totally unacceptable in my books. But to my knowledge, the next guy is unmarried…

Every time Mr. Luke Scott is up to bat or makes a great play or save for the O’s, the crowd calls out his name, “Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuke!” The noise, sounds very similar to when Caps fans cheer on their coach with, “Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuce!” At the last game I went to, a friend commented, “Why are they booing?” Yeah, it does sound like the Orioles’ fans are booing their own player, but we aren’t. O’s fans love Luke Scott, as do I. That last game I went to (last Friday against the dreaded Nationals) was apparently Luke’s 32nd Birthday. An announcement was made and Luke appeared on the Jumbo-Tron. I really wanted the O’s to win their game as a sort of birthday present to Luke, and guess what? They did! Happy Birthday Luke Scott!


Another favorite Orioles player of mine is Julio Lugo, although really, I am just particularly fond of his name. In my dyslexic thinking, I have come to discover that if you switch the first letters of his first and last name, you get the Spanish word for juice as his last name: jugo. Thus I have dubbed Julio, “Mr. Juice” or just plain, “Juice.” Ha.

Apparently Mr. Juice used to play for the horrid Red Sox, so all of his pictures online are from Boston.

Are there any baseball players I like who don’t play for the O’s, you ask? Well when I went to the Nationals’ game last month, they were playing the Cincinnati Reds. Since I refuse to cheer on the Nationals, I found myself closely watching the Reds. The player on that team that stuck out to me was Mr. Jonny Gomes. I thought he was a cutie and I liked his name. I liked that he goes by Jonny and not Jon. Nice!

Here's Jonny!

There are probably some other players out there who I like, but these are possibly the highlights. Maybe I need to go to more baseball games and develop more baseball crushes. (No, that’s not the only reason I go to baseball games, silly!) It also doesn’t hurt either that baseball players (at least compared to hockey players) wear hardly any padding, so it is easier to get an idea of what their bodies look like. Nice!




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