The Birds Nest

Manny Machado Should Be in the Conversation

Plus the Blast does it again and other top news in Baltimore sports this week.

By Max Weiss | April 22, 2016, 10:00 am

-Courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles
The Birds Nest

Manny Machado Should Be in the Conversation

Plus the Blast does it again and other top news in Baltimore sports this week.

By Max Weiss | April 22, 2016, 10:00 am

-Courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles

Manny Machado should be in “The Conversation.”
Last year, Manny Machado was the only major leaguer to play in all 162 games, while batting .286, hitting 35 home runs, and playing the best third base in the game. This year he has started off positively en fuego, with a clean hit in each of the Orioles' 13 games and a .407 (no, not a typo) batting average. That’s why ESPN senior writer Eddie Matz thinks that Machado deserves to be in “The Conversation.” What conversation is that, you might ask? The one that argues that, along with Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, Machado is the best player in the game. Oh, and in case you had forgotten, Manny Machado is 23 years old. We are truly blessed, Os fans

Blast wins the MASL Championship.
Don’t look now, but the most successful professional team in Baltimore is quietly playing at the Royal Farms Arena. For the seventh time in the last 15 seasons (!), The Baltimore Blast won its league championship. While the final game was a 14-13 nail-biter against Mexico’s Soles de Sonora, the playoffs were something of a cakewalk for the talented squad, who went 6 and 0. However, the Blast won’t have a chance to repeat. Next year they’ll be leaving the Major Arena Soccer League and playing in the newly formed Indoor Professional League, headed by none other than Blast owner Ed Hale.

Terps start a cute dance craze.
The lovably goofy Maryland Terps Men's basketball players have started a random and hilarious dance craze, set to the tune of DJ Ghost Town’s 1996 single, “My Boo.” (Considering that none of the Terps were even born in 1996, I have no idea how they found the song.) Anyway, the “craze” is basically guards Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley doing this dance—it can best be described as the Macarena meets the Dougie—in various places, including parking lots and the Terps locker room. They posted their moves to Instagram and soon other NCAA teams got on board, including Virginia Tech, Marquette, and NCAA champs Villanova. Now all the dance needs is a catchy name.


Under Armour launches cheeky new Steph Curry ad campaign.
Local sportswear behemoth Under Armour never stops innovating. This time it’s with a new ad concept focused on their superstar basketball client Steph Curry. For every 3 pointer Steph hits in the playoffs, they’ll release one 3 second ad under the hashtag #BreaktheGame. (One video has Steph leaning in to share the secret to his success . . . just as the ad clicks off.) Under Armour got a bit of reprieve when Curry tweaked his ankle in the first game against Houston and sat out the second. But he’ll be back for the rest of the playoffs. And since he nailed roughly 5 three-pointers a game during the regular season (402 in all, breaking his own record), here’s hoping they filmed a lot of footage.

Adam Jones pays tribute to Prince at Thursday night's game.
News broke yesterday that iconic musician Prince passed away at the age of 57. To pay tribute, centerfielder Adam Jones chose Prince songs for his three at-bat moments.




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