MLB Individual Awards and Predictions

Just before baseball kicks off its regular season, the PTY guys made their picks for 2013. To hear a rundown of the divisions, check out the podcast that will be posted later this week.

Cal @PTYApparel:

AL MVP : Mike Trout, CF LAA

NL MVP: Bryce Harper, OF WAS

AL CY YOUNG: Felix Hernandez, SP SEA


MVO (Most Valuable Oriole): Adam Jones, CF BAL

Breakout Star: Manny Machado, 3B BAL

Bold Prediction: Miguel Gonzalez leads the O’s in wins during the 2013 season.

Joe @JoePappa

AL MVP: Mike Trout, CF LAA

NL MVP: Joey Votto, 1B CIN

AL CY YOUNG: David Price, SP TB

NL CY YOUNG: Stephen Strasburg, SP WAS

MVO: Adam Jones, CF BAL

Breakout Star: Manny Machado, 3B BAL

Bold Predictions: An Orioles’ pitcher will throw a no hitter in 2013. Kevin Gausman will be called up before Dylan Bundy.


AL MVP: Robinson Cano, 2B NYY

NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen, CF PIT

AL CY YOUNG: Justin Verlander, SP DET

NL CY YOUNG: Clayton Kershaw, SP LAD

MVO: Matt Wieters, C BAL

Breakout Star: Anthony Rizzo, 1B CHC

Bold Predictions: The Braves win the NL East. Toronto will not make the playoffs. Derek Jeter will retire after 2013.  

Be sure to tell us your bold predictions for the 2013 season. Tweet us, and use #PTYPodcast. We’ll read some of them on the next show.


‘Fax’ual Healing for Ravens Nation

455px-Elvis_Dumervil_2011Just over a month after winning their second Superbowl, the Ravens have had eight key departures from the team. Each move more devastating than the previous. However, a simple fax machine mishap may be able to heal the bleeding hearts of Baltimore fans when the Ravens reached a five-year deal in principle with former Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil.

According the ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal for the 29-year-old Dumervil is reportedly worth up to $35 million with $8.5 million in the first year. Dumervil will receive $12.5 million guaranteed. The deal will reportedly have only a $2.5 million cap hit this year.

Dumervil has been highly regarded as one of the best defensive ends in the business since he entered the league in 2006, but the Broncos were forced to terminate their deal with Dumervil after a faxing error between the Broncos and Dumervil’s agent was 6 minutes late of the NFL’s deadline for official paperwork. Dumervil had agreed to take a paycut from the Broncos for the 2013 season. The easy solution for Dumervil was to fire his agent Marty Magid and hire Tom Condon.

The unfortunate mistake landed Dumervil in the open market. The two teams in the running for Dumervil were the Broncos and the Ravens. Dumervil may have been a little bitter that the Broncos wanted to give him a slight pay cut, and didn’t seem to want to outbid the Ravens to bring him back.

Elvis Dumervil is expected to play outside linebacker for the Ravens as the Ravens hold a 3-4 defense as opposed to the 4-3 defense run by the Denver Broncos. The move fills the void of Paul Kruger, and then some.

Dumervil is a 3-time Pro Bowler and has recorded 63.5 sacks (including NFL-best 17 sacks in 2009) along with 16 forced fumbles. Last season he chalked up 11 sacks, 6 forced fumbles and 54 tackles for the 13-3 Denver Broncos.

He will rejoin his former linebackers coach, Don Martindale, from 2009 when Dumervil had the best statistical season of his career. Martindale now serves as Ravens linebackers coach.

Let’s not forget that Dumervil is not the only signing the Ravens have inked since winning the Superbowl. The retooled defense added former Giants defensive lineman, Chris Canty, along with former Cowboys defensive lineman, Marcus Spears. This gives the Ravens many more schemes to work with on defense. We’ll see rising stars such as Art Jones and Pernell McPhee on the front line with some guys named Suggs and Ngata. The addition of Dumervil to this talented group doesn’t bode well for opposing quarterbacks.

Look at it this way…last time the Ravens won the Superbowl, they went and signed Elvis Grbac. This time, Elvis Dumervil. May put things into perspective. It is ironic how a slight mishap can heal the hearts of those in Baltimore that thought all hope was gone. Calm down and sleep easy…for now, Ravens Nation.

Protect This Yard Podcast 3/18

The NCAA tournament is about to start, so Sal, Cal and Joe are looking for an advantage to filling out their brackets. The boys discuss the Great Scheduling Conflict of Baltimore, and they offer their solutions to the problem. Before you fill out your brackets, be sure to listen to the interview with Josh Aspril. You do not want to miss Joe Pa’s confession, either.

0:00-17:30 Scheduling Difficulties. For once, the guys are in total agreement on how the issue should be resolved.

17:30-20:30 NITerps. Cal recaps the ACC tournament, and Sal gives his thoughts on the 2012-2013 Maryland Terps.

20:30-39:00 Josh Aspril Interview. The “Commish” helps the PTY guys fill out their brackets by breaking down coaching styles, calling out a “pretender” and making a Final Four prediction.

39:00-40:00 Protect This Yard. Cal announces the winner of the McLouth shirt poll. Thanks to everyone who participated.

40:00-49:00 Confessions. The weekly cleansing that has everyone poking fun at Joe, Sal and Cal. This installment, they ask their guest for his confession.

Again, be sure to follow the guys on twitter. Special thanks to Josh for his help. Please provide feedback, and as always, thanks for listening.

March Madness

September 5, 2013

The Ravens, as Super Bowl champions, are granted the opportunity to kick off the NFL’s regular season. Baltimore would play a home game that night against one of the top AFC teams. However, the Orioles and White Sox are scheduled to play that evening at Camden Yards. The MLB has released its schedule and sold tickets for that game already. The two teams cannot both host games on the same night. The NFL wants to avoid playing on Rosh Hashanah, and Ravens would like to avoid opening their season on the road. Fans are heated about this issue.

Baseball Side: MLB already released schedule. The regular season games in September have a greater importance. The NFL has played on Rosh Hashanah in the past. The NFL changed their opening game last season to appease the Democratic National Convention. Moving the game up would impact travel and rest schedules for the teams. The MLBPA, White Sox and O’s must accept a change to the schedule.

Football Side: The Ravens won the Super Bowl, and they are entitled to open the season at home. The Orioles could play at 1pm, so the Ravens could play in the evening. The Orioles have 81 regular season home games, and the Ravens only have 8. Football will make more money, as will the city of Baltimore, from hosting an NFL game.

We want to know where YOU stand! Vote below and leave comments, or tweet us @ProtectThisYard using #PTYPodcast


Protect This Yard Podcast 3/11/2013

Your back is against the wall, and you have no other options left. It’s time to fight, and you can pick one current Orioles’ player to cover your back. On this PTY podcast, we tell you who we would take. The guys react to Towson’s shady elimination of baseball and soccer, Adam Jones doing Adam Jones stuff in the WBC and a certain Ravens trade.

0:00-5:00 RIP Towson Baseball: Now that it’s official, Joe and Sal are outraged.

5:00-9:00 World Baseball Classic: Is anybody watching? Why is Italy playing so well? Can the USA finally win the WBC?

9:00-13:00 Mexico/Canada Brawl: Thoughts and reactions to a bench clearing brawl on the world’s stage.

13:00-20:00 Street Fight: Which Orioles player are YOU taking in the fight. Joe makes a surprising pick.

20:00-37:00 30 Seconds or Less: Is Tiger going to win a major? Can anyone beat the Heat? Is the WBC good for baseball?

37:00-40:00 Bolden Aftermath: Did the Ravens get enough? What is Ozzie’s plan?

40:00-48:00 Confessions: Cal and Sal probably won’t be visiting China any time soon.


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Bench Clearing Brawl

The Latest Protect This Yard Design


With Opening Day just around the corner, it’s time to load up on some 2013 PTY gear. Help Cal decide which shirt to make. Leave any comments or feedback. Also, tweet him @ProtectThisYard and let him know what you think of the two designs!

Ravens’ Offseason Podcast

In this episode, the guys troll Dunkin Donuts for sponsorship, talk about Flacco’s enormous “McContract” and debate which players the Ravens need to resign next.

0:00-3:00 Towson Basketball: The two TU tigers talk about the highs and lows of Towson Sports (editor’s note: recorded the day before the school officially announced the cancellation of the baseball and soccer programs- a move that the PTY guys are very, very against)

3:00-14:00 Grapefruit O’s: The Birds are racking up Ws in Spring Training. Will the success carry over? Will Flaherty make the Opening Day roster? Will the new warning track make a difference? PTY answers those questions and more.

14:00-23:00 Flacco’s McMillions: You just signed a 120 million dollar deal and you’re hungry: where are YOU going to eat? Cal makes the case for Dunkin Donuts.

23:00-37:00 30 Seconds or Less: A special Ravens’ offseason edition. Will Joe Pa extend his win streak?

37:00-41:00 Pollitics: If you like free PTY shirts, comment and vote for our polls. Cal announces the winner from last week.

41:00-50:00 Confessions: Joe hates a cult classic movie, Sal picked the wrong time to be honest and Cal admits something incredibly surprising.

As always, thanks for listening. Please leave questions/comments/concerns/criticism.

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