The bartender is gone for the weekend. Dan Connolly’s out of town, so I’m taking over. I’ve been waiting for this for a while.
Happy hour will be a little longer. Margaritas are two-for-one. Oh, and half-price apps at the bar.
We have something to discuss. And I know you’ll have an opinion.
Former Orioles closer Jim Johnson made his first appearance at Camden Yards in an opposing uniform Saturday night, entering a three-run game in the sixth inning.
There was no “Cue the Foo,” only a familiar face in green and gold.
I was curious how Johnson, who posted back-to-back 50-save seasons before he was traded to the Oakland Athletics in December when the club decided it wasn’t paying a closer $10 million a year, would be received in his first game back in Baltimore.
As Johnson jogged in from the bullpen, many fans stood up and cheered, but from what I heard, there were definitely more boos emanating from the Camden Yards seating bowl.
Hold grudges often, O’s fans?
You can still blame Jim Johnson for those nine blown saves last year, and you can still say that was the difference between a third-place finish in the American League East and a playoff spot.
But Johnson was a career-long Oriole. And he didn’t want to go anywhere. I remember hearing the shock in his voice the day after he was traded to Oakland.
So, in Baltimore, shouldn’t wanting to stick in orange and black mean something?
Before Saturday’s game, Johnson was on the field while the Orioles were taking batting practice, talking to his old teammates, coaches and manager.
Once Johnson entered the game, his nightmare season in Oakland continued. Two pitches into his outing, he allowed a two-run homer to David Lough.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Johnson has struggled this year. He lost the closer job, almost got it back, then lost any remaining chance of getting it back.
That’s why he was in a three-run game in the sixth inning.
But when old friends return, you welcome them home, don't you? It was pretty cool to see how Rangers fans greeted Nelson Cruz in his return to Texas earlier this week.
Daily Think Special: Should Jim Johnson have been cheered or booed Saturday night?