Talk about riding the midlife emotional roller coaster. The
I keep telling myself that I'm not that old -- a concept which is bolstered by the presence of a 49-year-old guy who doesn't throw any harder than me in the O's minor league system -- and the Orioles go and draft the young prince of Baltimore baseball. I realize that all of the high school draftees are 17 or 18 years old, but this just brought home the fact that they drafted a kid who was born four years after I moved to Baltimore and about 10 years after I first interviewed his father.
Ripken is a big, rangy first baseman who has committed to the University of South Carolina. (I was kind of hoping he would go to the real USC, but I guess he wanted to stay closer to home.) It probably would be in his best interests to play three years of college ball, if only to give himself the opportunity to forge more of his baseball identity separate from his Hall of Fame dad, but that will -- no doubt -- be a family decision that is not made lightly.
Bringing Moyer back into the organization is a no-risk signing that could pay off if the O's need an experienced starter to fill a gap in the major league rotation. Some people might think that's crazy, but it really isn't.
The case can be made that Moyer has pitched better this year than