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Oscar fiasco barely registers in Orioles clubhouse

Eduardo A. Encina and Peter Schmuck discuss the new additions to the Orioles after the intrasquad game was canceled because of rain. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun video)

SARASOTA, FLA. -- — Obviously, the crazy ending of Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony is the talk of every town today, but it was hard to find anyone in the Orioles clubhouse who was even aware of it on Monday morning.

Really, if you mentioned the Academy Awards snafu during morning media availability, it was largely met with blank stares from a bunch of guys who were just as likely to think Oscar Fiasco was the latest left-hander that Dan Duquette signed to a minor league contract.

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The reason: Orioles players have to get up at about 6 a.m. every morning in Buck Showalter's highly regimented spring training camp. Maybe a few made an exception and stayed up until midnight to see who won Best Picture -- or almost did, as the wrong movie was announced -- but keep in mind that most of the players here are fighting for jobs and have to perform in both drills and exhibition games to impress the coaching staff. Sleep deprivation is not an excuse.

Also, keep in mind that baseball players work nights for six or seven months of the year, so the opportunity to see first-run movies is a bit limited.

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So, they missed out on all the clever sports references to the Oscar screwup on Twitter, including my own @SchmuckStop post: "Oscar screwup: They should have known that would happen when they put Pete Carroll in charge of the last envelope."

Another tweeter pointed out: "If La La Land had just taken a knee three times and kicked a field goal..."

Seriously, did that really happen???

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