This will be a week for football and weather talk. Just before the Super Bowl, there’ll be some baseball talk around here. On Saturday, the Orioles will hold FanFest at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Autograph vouchers sold out in a snap, so there’s lots of interest, and that’s good. There’s lots of passion from fans as well, and one of the more interesting parts of the day will come when fans get an opportunity to ask questions of Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter.
Usually, Showalter is the center of attention. Not so this year. Fans have lots of questions for Duquette, and he has five days left before he has to answer them.
Lots can happen this week, and Orioles fans are hoping Duquette will have a signing or two to talk about on Saturday.
The Orioles have a special availability for season ticket holders to ask questions of Duquette and Showalter on Saturday morning, and there should be one for the general public to do so later in the day. During the season, the two answer questions from season ticket holders before a game.
The press will also have an opportunity to question Duquette and Showalter during the day.
Late last night, in the midst of the Grammys and Pro Bowl, Wei-Yin Chen’s interpreter Tim Lin tweeted his goodbye. For Chen’s first two years in the big leagues, Lin served as an effective and friendly liaison for the press.
Lin also had to fend off a very aggressive Taiwanese press, and he did an excellent job.
Matt Garza, who was never seriously linked with the Orioles, finally signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.