Welcome to a traveling version of the bar this morning. It’s real quiet in here after last night’s St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans.
We hitched the bar to an RV and brought it down to Sarasota, Fla. Based on Monday’s rainstorm in Florida, I should have hitched it to an ark.
Anyway, there’s less than two weeks to go until Opening Day now.
And I want to know who you really want to see run down that orange carpet March 31 at Camden Yards who maybe hasn’t secured a spot on the 25-man roster yet.
The obvious answer is Manny Machado, who is still rehabbing from left knee surgery and probably won’t be ready by then. If he’s not, though, that could open up a spot for his buddy, infielder Jonathan Schoop. The kid has played exceptionally well in the spring and could be the Opening Day starting second baseman if Ryan Flaherty has to move to third base for Machado.
Infielders Alex Gonzalez and Jemile Weeks are still on the bubble, and technically, so are outfielders Steve Pearce, Nolan Reimold and Delmon Young.
I’m sure there’s a huge contingent out there -- including a lot of guys who attended Mount St. Joseph -- hoping hometown boy Steve Clevenger finally gets to trot down that orange carpet. That would be a really cool moment for him. But he is locked into a pretty good battle with Johnny Monell for the backup catcher job.
I think Zach Britton makes this team, but I guess it isn’t guaranteed at this moment. So you can include him in your answer. Or other pitchers who have had success for the Orioles, like Josh Stinson or another hometown boy, St. Paul's graduate Steve Johnson.
It’s your call.
Daily Think Special: Which Orioles player still fighting for a roster spot do you most want to see run down the orange carpet on Opening Day?