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Strangest headline I’ve seen today: “Priest Carried Off By Party Balloons Vanishes”

You just knew something like this was going to happen sooner or later. 

Special thanks to whomever decided to wake up Alex Ovechkin.

I’ll admit that I don’t watch much hockey, but didn’t the home teams always wear white? Doesn’t seem to be happening anymore.

And while we’re at it, could someone please explain how the Knicks say they want to keep Isiah Thomas in the front office, but he’s reportedly been barred from having contact with anyone in the organization?

I’m not saying it’s a bad idea, I’m just trying to figure out how that’ll work.

Meanwhile, Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi are trying to do the same thing with Hank Steinbrenner.

I’m not implying that I never get any respect, but has anyone else noticed that every other person at The Sun who writes a blog – and the total now matches the population of Boise, Idaho – has their autobiography posted below their photo? There’s information in there dating back to elementary school. Or their journey through the birth canal. Yet, all mine says is, “Roch Kubatko covers sports for The Baltimore Sun."

Pretty revealing stuff.

And to think I was hoping to maintain my privacy! 

Maybe I need to update more than just the photo.

I haven’t gone in the office since one of the news reporters asked me to sit with him and then brandished a copy of my birth certificate.

I haven’t stepped outside yet, but the sun’s shining and it looks gorgeous. Great day to buy a bleacher seat and watch some baseball.

Or you can just wait until 10:10 p.m. and turn on your television.

I hate West Coast games…unless I’m coming home late and raiding my refrigerator. Then it’s a treat.

It’s interesting to hear so many of the new Orioles talk about how the clubhouse is the loosest and most fun of any they’ve been inside. Luke Scott and George Sherrill rave about it.

“It just makes it easier to win,” Sherrill told me over the weekend – while I was interviewing him on his 31st birthday and didn’t realize it. “I read something that Luke had said, and I told a couple guys in the bullpen the same thing: It makes you want to go into the gap or into the wall and dive and slide. Being a guy coming out of the bullpen, it just gives you that little extra to leave those guys stranded. You always want to do it because you love your teammates and you want to do your job, but it’s just that little extra.”

The guys have been teasing Sherrill about the straight bill on his cap, especially since Anita Marks said he looked like Charlie Brown during an interview with Melvin Mora that was being shown on two of the clubhouse televisions. (Memo to Melvin: Don't do a phone interview while sitting at your locker). Sherrill takes it all in stride, and with a big smile on his face. If you’re being teased, you’re being accepted.

“With these guys, once it starts, it never stops,” Sherrill said. “You’ve got to have a thick skin around here, but it makes it all worth it.”

Millar is the ringleader, but Aubrey Huff and Jamie Walker are right there with him. It’s such a relaxed atmosphere – and team officials should take that into consideration whenever they check the waiver wire.

If you believe in team chemistry, and plenty of people argue that it’s overrated, the Orioles have plenty of it. We’ll see if that translates into more wins as the season progresses.

They can use any advantage out there with a schedule that forces them to play 17 of their next 20 games on the road.

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