Welcome to Episode 52 of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with Jake McDonnellNolan McGraw, and Ian Schultz.

This week we celebrated the podcast’s one-year anniversary with a very special episode. It’s crazy to think we have released a show every week for a year straight but we love to do this and we appreciate everyone who listens.

An episode like this needs a special guest and this week we were pleased to welcome on MASN Orioles Reporter Roch Kubatko (6:27 SoundCloud, 6:57 other). Jake and Roch talked about some of the latest O’s news as well as John Means breakout campaign and the possibility of trading Trey Mancini at this years deadline.

Following Jake’s interview with Roch, we dove right into a lengthy discussion about the Orioles abysmal series against the New York Yankees (26:39 SoundCloud, 27:09 other). Nothing seemed to go right for Baltimore this past week, especially on the mound and on defense. That didn’t stop Nolan and Jake from trying to seek out some positives, but Ian was not as forgiving. As always the Orioles segment is rounded off with our players and stinkers of the week (54:10 SoundCloud, 54:40 other).

After a few weeks without much news, the Ravens are back on the rundown for Episode 52. OTA’s are underway and a handful of players spoke to the media on Thursday including Lamar Jackson, Marlon Humphrey, and Mark Ingram. We picked some standout quotes from each of them as well as some of what head coach John Harbaugh had to say at the podium (1:04:32 SoundCloud, 1:05:02 other). 

For our weekly numbers segment there was only one player to highlight for the Ravens but we spent a good amount of time reminiscing over his career (1:12:59 SoundCloud, 1:13:29 other). Anytime Ray Lewis comes up on the podcast our conversation drifts off into a trip down memory lane and this week was no different. We also had some fun trying to name the Orioles players that have worn the number 52 during their respective tenures in Baltimore. 

Our one-year anniversary episode concludes with the first installment of the Charm City Bird Watch Awards (1:26:50 SoundCloud, 1:27:20 other). Hopefully this will become a yearly event, but for now we have a few categories including best guest, worst take, and best rant. There were plenty of choices for each category but in the end there can only be one winner.

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Featured Image Credit: Nick Wass / Associated Press