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Who is second-to-none at second base?

Had a late night last night, poring over the bar receipts from a banner day. An Orioles afternoon game and a discussion about which Oriole would best have your back in a bar fight made it one of Connolly's busiest so far.

So I just chilled out, counted my money and listened to the bar's kick-butt jukebox mix that features songwriters (Springsteen, Cash, Buffett, Lovett, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Jack Johnson), alt-country (Old 97s, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Drive By Truckers) to old-guy alternative/Irish punk (Clash, Talking Heads, Fuel, Live, Green Day, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys).

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The jukebox is always open for your suggestions -- we got some Motown and enough bad 80s heavy metal to make a 30/40-something wistful.

Speaking of the good old days, I was in a gas station line after an Orioles-Yankees game last month with some drunk, 20-something Yankees fan in a Bernie Williams jersey. That's right, Bernie Williams. You'd think if you have enough money to get hammered on $6 beers at the park, you could at least update your sports wardrobe.

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Anyway, this moron decided, for shock value, to loudly proclaim Alex Rodriguez as the greatest third baseman ever. I was trying to bite my tongue, when the clown bellowed, "That's right Baltimore. He's a better third baseman than your precious Cal Ripken."

I snickered. Because we all know around here that Brooks was the greatest third baseman. Cal's not even in the argument. We save Cal for the greatest shortstop debate.

It's obvious those two hold the "greatest" title for the left side of the infield in Orioles history. And as good as Boog was, Eddie Murray wins the first-base debate.

Those three are slam dunks. But then I started thinking, who would this moron put up against Robinson Cano?

Daily Think Special: Who do you consider the best second baseman in Orioles history? Davey Johnson? Bobby Grich? Rich Dauer? Robbie Alomar? Can Brian Roberts be in the conversation? Lots of good ones, but who deserves to be turning the DP with Cal and firing the ball to Eddie on the infield of Orioles' greatness?

Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. (Roberto Alomar, 1998)

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