What he would be doing if there were no strike: Obando would be in St. Petersburg, Fla., attempting to pin down a spot on the Orioles' major-league roster. The Orioles were leaning toward keeping Obando this year, to fill in for designated hitter Harold Baines against tough left-handers, and as an extra outfielder and one of their primary right-handed pinch hitters. The feeling of some in the organization is that Obando has paid his dues in the minor leagues. At Triple-A Rochester last year, Obando batted .330 with 20 homers and 69 RBIs in 109 games.
What he's doing instead: Obando is at his home in Orlando, Fla., training every day for his major-league opportunity.
How he follows the negotiations: "Through the newspapers, although I don't really keep up with it too much. . . . One day, they will reach [a settlement] and I'll read it in the newspaper and I'll be ready to go. That's all I'm trying to do, is make sure I'm ready when [the strike] is over."
How he thinks the labor strife will be resolved: "I have no idea. I have no control over that situation, and I don't like to worry about what I can't control. I don't want to put my head into worrying about that. I'm just going to stay strong with my union."
How long he thinks it will take players to report to camp once a settlement is reached: "I haven't heard anything. A week, maybe. Five days. I don't know exactly."
Who he's picking in the NCAAs: "To be honest, I don't follow basketball that closely, or the NCAAs. But I would pick Kentucky." Obando likes the Wildcats' style -- their aggressiveness, three-point shooting and hustle.