FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Don't believe it? At our current pace, by the end of the spring, one guy from each of baseball's 30 clubs will be on record as guaranteeing a World Series victory in 2008.
The always-fun Kevin Millar was the latest to join the growing parade of big leaguers chirping "We're the team to beat!" on
Tuesday as the Orioles held their first full-squad workout.
their clubs the team to beat in '08.
Of course, it's like the old Sesame Street bit "One of these things doesn't belong with the others."
The Red Sox, Mets and, yep, even the Cubs have a reasonable chance of winning this year.
The O's? Uh, no.
That didn't stop the Millar Stand-Up act Tuesday morning though as he worked overtime at deflecting the steroids questions
"I'm guaranteeing a 2008 World Series," Millar crowed, grin plastered firmly in place. "Everybody else is.
"I'm going on the record right now. We're going to shock the world."
Then he took off after Dempster,
"I don't know who Dempster is in Chicago, but if he thinks he's going to win the World Series, he has to come through us
first," Millar continued. "I'm going deep off Ryan Dempster."
Actually, Millar does know who this Dempster cat is. The two were teammates with the Marlins in Florida several years ago.
Ah, details. They only get in the way, right?
Yep, Millar was revved up good. Lockering close to Brian Roberts, he provided the background noise as Roberts was being quizzed
by reporters about the possibility of being traded to the Chicago Cubs.
"Guaranteed World Series," Millar said of Roberts. "Cubs or Orioles, either way."
Likes: Kevin Millar's best days may be behind him, but he's one of those guys who add character to baseball. Football is simply too serious to mine for humor -- at least, that's the way most football coaches and players seem to see it. ... Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie telling me, regarding his outstanding rookie season last year (7-5, 3.70 ERA in 32 appearances, 26 starts), "I was pleasantly surprised, for sure." Honest to a fault. "I came into the rotation doing what I did, competing against the best hitters in the world in the best division in baseball, I was really pleasantly surprised. Now I have to build off of it because one year is only one year." ... Netflix. ... The Rock Me Gently Jeep commercial featuring the old Andy Kim hit. What an acting job by the animals -- or the computerized animals. ... Morning coffee strong enough you can chew -- especially when you're in the car and off to the next camp at 6:30, 7 in the morning.
Dislikes: Subway commercials congratulating Jared for keeping all those pounds off for 10 years. With whatever money they're paying him, he should keep himself from blimping out again. Wait, could that be the start of a Blimpie campaign?
Sunblock day? Cloudy, cool and sometimes rainy today in Fort Lauderdale. Why, I probably should have even worn long pants to camp today. Horrors. ...
Rock-n-Roll lyric of the day:
"Pale invaders and tan crusaders
"Are worshipping the sun
"On the corner of walk and don't walk
"Somewhere on U.S. 1"
-- Jimmy Buffett, Floridays