About Joey Adams

My name is Joey Adams and I grew up in Manassas, Va. I have been an avid baseball fan since I was 11-years old. My dad took me to my first game in August of 1994, when I was only 5-years old. The game was between the Oakland Athletics and the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Incredibly I remember some of that game (including the walk-off walk). I always loved the game, but I began following it religiously in 2002 (ironically the year after Cal Ripken Jr., my favorite player retired). As an Orioles fan it was tough 10 years, all losing seasons, but the 2012 season was different. 2012 provided hope, the Orioles surprised the baseball world and nearly won the American League East. Awakening the Charm City from its meaningful-baseball slumber. Who knows what 2013 holds in store.

Movie Review: “The Rocket”

Originally released in Nov. 2005 as "Maurice Richard" in Canada,  "The Rocket" was distributed to the United States in April 2007.

Originally released in Nov. 2005 as “Maurice Richard” in Canada, “The Rocket” was distributed to the United States in Apr. 2007. (Movie poster courtesy of filmschoolrejects.com)

In the 1930’s, the United States and baseball had Babe Ruth, Canada and hockey had Maurice Richard.

Starring Roy Dupuis as a young Maurice Richard, the film tells the story of Richard’s rise from factory worker to right winger for the National Hockey League’s most historic franchise, the Montreal Canadiens.

“The Rocket” transports viewers into an era where working class French-Canadians were viewed as the “untouchables” of society.

On the ice, Richard battles with the unfair treatment of French-Canadians by NHL officials, coaches, players and referees.

Off the ice, Richard struggles with starting a family. His wife Lucille, played by Julie LeBreton, acts as Richard’s rock, the person he can go home to after wearing a mask of toughness all day.

Stephen McHattie plays Dick Irvin, a firecracker tempered coach of the Canadiens. Irvin at times tests and pushes Richard to his limits, testing the toughness and drive of Montreal’s newest player.

Can Richard survive the onslaught of punishment by the press and fellow players on top of the struggles of starting a family?

Roy Dupuis hits the ice as Maurice Richard in The Rocket. (Image Courtesy Alliance Atlantis. Courtesy Alliance Atlantis).

Roy Dupuis hits the ice as Maurice Richard in The Rocket. (Image Courtesy Alliance Atlantis. Courtesy Alliance Atlantis).

Overall, “The Rocket” is a great hockey movie that illustrates the toughness of the game, showcasing the historic rivalries between the Canadiens and their fellow Original-Six rivals (Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs), while chronicling the illustrious career of Maurice Richard.

Director Charles Biname does a magnificent job emphasizing the harsh treatment of French-Canadians. Perhaps the most disturbing example of their mistreatment is a chain-link fence that separates them from the “upper class.”

Biname entertains and grabs viewers with the fast-paced, hard-hitting hockey action while reminding viewers not to forget the past. Similar to African-Americans in the U.S., French-Canadians were treated unfairly for many years.

Richard’s brilliance on the ice helps unite Canada, giving hockey fans and non-hockey fans something to cheer for in the tough economic times of the 1930’s. His star power on hockey’s most historic franchise became his tool. And he paved the way for future French-Canadian players.

Winner of nine Canadian Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Director, “The Rocket” is available on DVD and on Netflix.

Finalized Opening Day roster

The Orioles finished 19-9 this spring, second in the Grapefruit league and third best overall. (Photo courtesy of James Gordon/Baltimore Sun)

The Orioles finished 19-9 this spring, second in the Grapefruit league and third best overall. (Photo courtesy of James Gordon/Baltimore Sun)

With Spring Training coming to a close and the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros playing baseball that actually matters last night at Minute Maid Park, the MLB regular season has officially begun.

The Baltimore Orioles are in Tampa Bay, Fla. and are preparing to open the 2013 season against the hometown Tampa Bay Rays.

Below is the Orioles’ finalized 25-man roster by manager Buck Showalter:

Starting Pitchers

  1. Jason Hammel
  2. Wei-Yin Chen
  3. Miguel Gonzalez
  4. Jake Arrieta
  5. Chris Tillman





Early this spring The Birdhouse speculated about the Orioles pitching rotation. It’s a bit of a surprise to see Matusz tabbed as a starter once again after he dominated out of the pen last season.

The Birdhouse posted on March 26 about Pearce and the possibility of him cracking the roster after Wilson Betemit left a Spring Training game against Boston with a knee injury. Pearce did indeed beat out Conor Jackson for that bench spot.

The Orioles and Rays kick off the season tomorrow with a 3 p.m. first pitch at Tropicana Field. Hammel gets the Opening Day start for the O’s and he will match up against David Price.

Pearce-ing the 25-man roster?

Steve Pearce’s surprising spring stats and Wilson Betemit’s knee injury might mean Pearce will earn a roster spot. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America)

The old proverb says, “One man’s loss is another man’s gain.”

In yesterday’s Spring Training game between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox, Wilson Betemit of the O’s went down in the 5th inning with an injury. After the game it was announced Betemit suffered a torn PCL in his right knee.

Betemit will be out an estimated 6-8 weeks, but that might be to the benefit of Steve Pearce.

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