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The 2010 Baltimore Orioles "Apple" Lineup!

Posted 10/7/2010 3:09pm by Ben Wenk.

Three Springs Fruit Farm

go o's!

 

In 2007, after several weeks of updating our farmers market customers with descriptions of apple varieties, I was struck with a nasty bout of writers block.  I had to come up with a new way to describe these apples - a way my customers could appreciate.  It was our first year of markets - all of them in Philadelphia where the hometown Phillies had just won the NL East after a legendary choke job by the Mets.  With Phillies Phever in full swing, I described the apples by comparing them to Phillies players.  It was a big hit (so to speak)!  The Phils fought admirably in the playoffs before falling to the Rockies that season.  However, emboldened by my 2008 Phillies Apple Lineup, the Fightin's went on to win the World Series.  They made a return trip last year after another Apple Lineup.  You'll recall how well Chase Utley played in October last year - no doubt miffed he wasn't included that season's lineup.

I've had a lot of fun with this over the years.  Fast forward to this season, and the last few months of the Orioles season were more fun to watch than any in years!  Buck Showalter got the team turned around and playing "The Oriole Way".  So in homage to the revived Baltimore Orioles AND since it's brought so much luck to Philadelphia's Phillies, I give you the inaugural Baltimore Orioles Apple Lineup.

Honeycrisp - Buck Showalter, "skipper" - Our tree fruit ripened early this year, thanks to a warm spring and elevated soil temperatures brought on by a long snow pack.  The Orioles, however, ripened late - thanks to the guidance of skipper Buck Showalter!  Sure, there were key guys who got healthy when he showed up, but you can't say that for the starting pitchers who were, all the sudden, going 7 innings strong after he took over.  Likewise, the only reason a lot of people show up for farmers markets in cold weather are crispy, sweet, tangy, Honeycrisp apples.

Jonagold - Luke Scott, DH/OF - Luke Scott was the MVP of the club this year and carried them single-handedly at times with an incredibly hot bat.  Fortunately for all O's fans, the streaky slumps he's known for were fewer and farther between this year.  Good thing Jonagolds aren't inconsistent!  They have a flavor that ranks with Honeycrisp and a bold, syrupy flesh.

Gala - Brian Roberts, 2B - I'm sure Brian would rather forget this year, one marred by injuries and rehab.  That being said, when he returned, he largely looked like the same player we've become accustomed to... a short leadoff hitter with speed who makes things happen on offense.  You won't be offended by the small, sweet morsels in the Gala crates at market.  They too are going fast!

Fuji - Nick Markakis, RF - One of the best defensive RF in the game, Nick had a steady year at the dish despite his power numbers suffering a bit.  We're glad his contract was extended so we can enjoy above average play in right for years to come.  Similarly, Fuji are not only sweet and crunchy for snacks and salads, they're known as GREAT keepers - lasting for months in refrigeration!

Nittany
- Adam Jones, CF - It was another up and down year for Adam Jones who showed flashes of brilliance at the plate yet is still not quite putting it altogether.  He's a little up and a little down, but he's growing!  Nittany are a little sweet and a little tart.  They're done growing... that's why we picked them!

Red Delicious
- Matt Weiters, C - Weiters looks really good in the batting cage.  We've been told for years now about how he's going to be a feared, middle of the lineup bat.  So far, we've been a little disappointed.  Red Delicious have always been a good-looking apple.  Some people have told us that they're really good... there's still plenty of time for Matt to make a real 'Honeycrisp' oughtta himself, no need to go tart on him yet, O's fans.

Golden Delicious - Cesar Izturis, SS - Cesar is an under-appreciated member of the O's because he doesn't bring much flair.  His offensive game is very average and he isn't a "web gem" highlight reel defensive star.  What's underappreciated is he makes all the plays he should.  All the best teams are built around strong defense up the middle... well, except maybe the Yankees (Jeter isn't 26 any more).  Golden Delicious apples are also under-appreciated and dismissed as mushy.  They don't make many "favorite apple" lists, but they are sweet, they are tangy, they have great texture and they've got a syrupy, winey quality when they are fresh!

Granny Smith
- Jake Arrietta, SP - Jake has a great fastball and above average breaking stuff, but he's still a little green.  Granny Smith have great texture and are above average for baking stuff... and they are very very green.

Empire
- Brian Matusz, SP - Just a perfect example of the impact of Buck Showalter.  All the sudden, the young lefty was pitching with confidence late into ballgames.  Just what we like to see!  In our Empire, we like to see a bi-colored skin with pretty white flesh when you bite in - I mean REALLY white!  The flavor is a little more sweet than tart.  If they call the Yankees The Evil Empire, I want to be sure to point out that all these apples have in common with the #*&$ Yankees is the state of origin.

Ida Red
- Jeremy Guthrie, SP - Jeremy ended the year with a good run of starts.  Had a few bumps along the way, but overall another very decent year for the righty who set a career mark for wins.  He can really bring the heat when he needs to.  Add heat to an Ida Red and you'll be remarkably surprised how well the apple maintains good texture and how the flavors brighten a little bit.

Rome Beauty - Felix Pie, OF - The ressurection project that is Felix Pie.  Depending on who you ask, it might be over - he might be a bona fide big leaguer!  He sure looked like one in longer stretches than ever before, and that's a terrific sign.  He always had all the physical ability in the world.  Oh wait, I should explain how Felix "Pie" is like this apple... are you really going to make me connect the dots for you?

Bosc Pears - Kevin Millwood, SP - It all went pear-shaped for Kevin Millwood in 2010.

Cameo
- Ty Wigginton, IF - Ty made a cameo appearance in the 2010 All Star game, as the O's representative.  Actually, the way he was hitting back then, if that goofball manager of the Yanks wouldn't have pinch hit that piece of garbage Nick Swisher and let Ty hit, we might have won the thing... anyhow.  He lost his All Star form in the second half.  Cameo lose a little of their tartness in storage and are a teriffic eating apple fresh or in the spring!

Mutsu - Koji Uehara, CL - I don't know if he's clumsy or just has bad luck, but I'm glad this Japanese import got healthy in time to contribute because he really attacks hitters coming in out of the bullpen late in games.  Mutsu are another Japanese import - a late ripener with good tangy zing, attacks the palate!