This week, with a little more downtime in my schedule, I've been able to dig into "From 33rd Street to Camden Yards," a book by John Eisenberg. Using quotes of Orioles, from Boog Powell to Earl Weaver, Eisenberg has taught me Orioles history through first-hand accounts. While I have yet to finish the book, I have been reminded of the rich history of Baltimore baseball while simultaneously watching current Orioles in the World Baseball Classic and spring training this week.
Talk about perspective. As I continue to read the accounts, I get to wonder which Orioles are currently working their way toward their place in the history books.
This week, there were many memorable and notable moments surrounding the Orioles, including standout players in the World Baseball Classic. From Jonathan Schoop's monster home run for the Netherlands to Adam Jones' big knock versus Canada to Pedro Strop's multiple outings of dominance for the Dominican Republic, Orioles players have made themselves known as they represent their respective countries.
In spring training, the Orioles saw their top pitching prospects, Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy, take the mound Saturday and yesterday in Sarasota.
While the Orioles are nursing some injuries, they still have a few weeks to recover before opening day. Although Nick Markakis has a slight herniated disc in his neck, he's optimistic about playing April 2. Also confident for opening day is Brian Roberts, who has been playing without any health issues in camp.
As the spring training weeks wind down, and as you continue to count down the days until the regular season, more cuts are coming in camp. For up-to-the-minute camp news, be sure to follow Roch Kubatko and Steve Melewski on Twitter.
In case you missed them, read more on these stories and other headlines:
* The injury factor
* Will the Bronx Bombers turn into a Bronx bust?
* O's sign Clayton Tanner
* Dylan Bundy discusses yesterday's outing
* Tsuyoshi Wada ready to increase baseball activity
* A closer look at Daniel McCutchen