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Long time Baltimore Orioles Manager Earl Weaver died at the spry age of 82.

Weaver died late Friday while on a baseball-themed cruise.  Because who wouldn’t die while on a baseball-themed cruise.

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“I am the dark lord of nightmares. The bringer of terror! Tremble before me. Fear me!”

Now, can a take a moment to bring up how stupid a name the Baltimore Orioles is?  You might as well be the Finches.  Or the Parakeets.   Literally, The Mighty Ducks are 1,000 times more intimidating than the Baltimore Orioles.  Even a Padre can take on an Oriole down.

Weaver was known for having a temper that was as short as he was.  He was ejected from 98 games in his career.  That’s so cool.

In the early 1970s, Weaver yelled to Bobby Grich “home run or [go back to Triple-A] Rochester!” at the young second baseman as he went up to bat. Grich came back to the dugout and — after a loud verbal exchange — threw Weaver down steps that led to the clubhouse.

This guy was awesome!  He was the anti-Stan Musial!  He drank, he smoked, he yelled at his players!

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Weaver, seen here about to take a roundhouse from guest ump Chef Boyardee.

In 2000, he was being roasted by his friendly rival, Jim Palmer.  Weaver thought Palmer went to far and retorted with calling him an idiot and an egotist who often had little stomach for pitching with discomfort.  In the end, Weaver had to be dragged off the stage by two other guys!  This guy rocked!

Now, he’s just rockin’ the coffin.

And he puts Tailgating with Jesus in a three-way tie for the lead!

We’re two and a half months into the Ghoul Pool year and we already have 16 hits!  We are on fire!  And by “we,” I mean everyone who is not me.

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Dawn-n-Mike – 30 (Oscar Niemeyer – 0, Norman Joseph Woodland – 10, Patti Page – 20)

Joanne – 30 – (Freddy Schmidt – 10, Robert Bork – 20)

Tailgating with Jesus – 30 – (Marvin Miller – 10, Earl Weaver – 20)

The Girl on Fire – 20 – (Dear Abby – 20)

Team Sushi – 20 – (Conrad Bain – 20)

Babysitter – 20 (Clive Dunn – 10, Ravi Shankar – 10)

Jami – 20 – (Larry Hagman – 20)

Nikki the Bad-Ass – 10 – (Stan Musial – 10)

The New Dick in Town – 10 – (Jack Klugman – 10)

Gainna – 10 – (Lucille Bliss – 10)

“Sister” Mary Sheila – 10 (Lee MacPhail – 10)

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