Born to blog, and to update Bergy

My ears are still ringing from the Springsteen concert last night, so I'm having trouble hearing this blog.

At least I still have my voice, though I tried my hardest to destroy it during Thunder Road.

There's nothing like a 3 ½-hour show from The Boss to leave you exhilarated and drained at the same time. I could have sprinted all the way back to my car, but I would have collapsed on the hood and slept for days. (And the only redemption I can offer is beneath this dirty hood).

He did the entire Born to Run album. He weaved through the crowd during Hungry Heart, fell backward and let fans pass him back to the stage. He collected their signs and used them for his improvised play list, propping them against the mic stand one at a time after choosing song titles at random. Talk about being part of the show.

One young girl held up a sign that read "Forget Radio Disney. I Want to Listen to Radio Nowhere." And she did. He also borrowed another young girl's hat after inviting her onstage to sing. It was audience participation at its finest.

Many, many thanks to MASN's Jim Hunter for providing the ticket. He's a Jersey guy (I forget which exit) and he really hooked up a friend. He also does a killer rendition of Prove It All Night.

I saw Ken Rosenthal in the section below me, so I knew that he wasn't breaking Orioles news.

Earlier in the day, I received a call from Brad Bergesen as I was walking down Pratt St. I wasn't in position to take notes, but he passed along news that he ran twice this week as part of his program.

"It's going great," he said.

I didn't need to write down that part. I trusted that I could remember it.

I'll talk to Bergesen later this weekend. He's traveling through the Midwest and dealing with poor cell service. And I'm dealing with severe hearing loss.

Nick Markakis is back in town after going on a delayed honeymoon. He's handing out turkeys with his wife, Christina, at 11 a.m. at the Maryland Food Bank.

Yesterday, they took 21 kids from the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital to Ravens practice, the latest effort of their Right Side Foundation. The group toured the Owings Mills facility, watched practice and was treated to lunch. Coach John Harbaugh greeted the kids, invited them onto the field and signed autographs. Markakis later handed out
gift bags filled with Ravens and Orioles gear, posed for more pictures and signed more autographs.

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