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Has anyone else come up with the idea that Tiki Barber should open a chain of Tiki Bars? And that, just maybe, he should send flowers and a note to Eli Manning?

It's gotten so bad. Ronde is probably trashing Manning, too. Or opening a chain of Barber Shops.

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Is anyone else surprised that the Orioles already decided to bring back Dave Trembley as manager next season, rather than wait to see who becomes available or expresses interest?

(I'm not saying they should have waited. Just wondering if you're surprised)

The Orioles are 29-25 under Trembley.

Surprised?

Look for the Orioles to also announce today that they've signed former Cleveland Indians reliever Fernando Cabrera, who taught me that you can resist a waiver claim, as he did when the Tampa Bay Devil Rays tried to obtain him.

It was so obvious that Erik Bedard owned Sammy Sosa last night, he should carry a receipt in his wallet.

Watching another episode of The Bronx Is Burning last night reminded me how former Oriole Paul Blair had the winning hit in Game 1 of the 1977 World Series, after failing to lay down a bunt.

I still don't remember him having a 'fro, though. And he doesn't, either, pointing out that's pretty much the only inaccuracy in the ESPN program.

I thoroughly enjoy it (the program, not Blair's hair). It also reminds me how shocked I was to learn that Billy Martin had died on Christmas Day, and under weird circumstances. Something about a single-car accident, and confusion over whether Martin was driving.

It's strange to remember that he's gone, because he was such a colorful personality - and a tortured soul who, hopefully, is finally at peace.

Say what you will about Billy Martin, but he was as good an in-game manager as you'll ever find.

Timothy Bascom, the Orioles' fourth-round draft pick this year, tossed six shutout innings for Single-A Delmarva last night, allowing three hits and striking out seven. Bascom had surrendered 16 earned runs over his last three starts.

Billy Rowell, last year's top pick, had a grand slam to support Bascom in an 8-1 victory over Hagerstown.

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