Today it was the minors, tomorrow it will be the majors. In an effort to have some fun on a shoestring budget, XL has taken some time off and joined me in the Keystone State for some baseball. Tonight we went to Harrisburg to see one of the Orioles top prospects take on the local boys. Brian Matusz was the Bird's top pick in '08, and he's already made it to AA. XL and I like to peep the future of our team while they are still down on the farm, and we did so last year with a few other highly touted youngsters: Chris Tillman and Matt Weiters.
Matusz had just as good an outing for us as the other boys did last year. He went 7 innings and allowed just one run on 4 hits with one walk and 4 k's. The only run came on a monster homer off the bat of former big leaguer and Oriole Freddie Bynum. With any luck Matusz will be more John Maine than Hayden Penn, who were both highly rated prospects in the O's system who I drove to Harrisburg to see. Maine went on to be very effective... for the Mets, and Penn is now bagging groceries somewhere. Only time will tell.
Next stop: PNC Park and then Primanti Brothers!