I'm not a patient man. If the person ahead of me in line at the grocery store waits until being told how much they owe at the register before swiping their ATM card, I begin to fume. Get a head start!
Anyway, I'll apologize again for any inconveniences you're experiencing when it comes to posting your comments or calling up an entry. I know the system keeps asking for your personal information, and I've forwarded your complaints to the appropriate parties.
I filed an entry last night, waited about 30 minutes for it to appear, then gave up and went to bed. But it was there in the morning, so I guess I should have been more patient.
But we know that's not an option.
Hang in there. It's going to get better. At least, that's what I'm told.
Just don't tell me to be patient, or I might become one. Wearing sleeves that tie in the back.
The top two names on the Orioles' draft board, in order, were David Price and Matt Wieters. Price, of course, was assured of going No. 1.
If Wieters had been taken before the fifth selection, the Orioles would have chosen between pitchers Ross Detwiler, Phillippe Aumont and Casey Weathers. The Orioles wanted a college position player, but the drop-off after Wieters was too extreme for them to settle. They would have gone with an arm.
In the two previous drafts, the Orioles took the best available player - Brandon Snyder and Bill Rowell - once their selection came up. But they were geared more toward a college position player this year. They zeroed in on Wieters, who just happened to be the best available player.
Funny how Scott Boras actually worked in their favor yesterday. The Cubs and Pirates wanted Wieters, but they weren't going to negotiate with Boras. The Orioles will take their chances.
The major league minimum salary is $380,000, in case anyone asks you.
And with that, I'm heading to Camden Yards to check on a few injured players, visit Rodrigo Lopez and LaTroy Hawkins and get updates on the second day of the draft. I'll be back shortly.
Just be patient.