Birds Watcher Staff:

Domenic A. Vadala, Senior Editor/Lead Columnist

I’ve been in and around sports since I was a child as a player, coach, and a fan. I coached youth basketball from 1996-’99, and consistently led the league in technical fouls. In one famous incident in 1999, I was tossed out of a game for protecting a player from what I perceived as poor officiating. I can still be heard barking at umpires from my perch in section 17 of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. When I’m pretending to work at my day job, my true profession of choice is that of a sports fan, analyis, critic, etc. I try as hard as I can to be a positive force on behalf of my favorite team, and while I’ll be critical if necessary, I try to do it in a constructive way. I attended my first Oriole game at Memorial Stadium with my Dad when I was eight years old. The Orioles beat the Oakland A’s 4-2 that day, and we had the most amazing seats, about halfway up the lower concourse behind home plate. While the “old lady” was far from a thing of beauty, to that point I had never seen grass so green, tasted hot dogs so good, or smelled beer so cold! Since then I’ve been to numerous other games, and I try to get out to at least ten or eleven or twenty per season if I can. Each time I go I pay a bit of homage to that eight year old boy sitting in Memorial Stadium with his father. Go O’s!!!

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @DomenicVadala


Steve Katz, Staff Writer
I’m a lifelong Orioles fan who somehow managed not to be completely repulsed by 14 losing years before being rewarded by the joyous surprise that was 2012. A Maryland grad who grew up an Oriole, Baltimore Colts, Baltimore Bullets and Maryland hoops nut. Pet peeves: Wrong names and cheerleading. This vehicle does not stop for sports announcers who can’t pronounce names right or don’t know any history before ESPN. If you can’t do that job your agent got for you, I’ll take it. What did I mean by cheerleading? I’d much rather call a spade a spade than sugarcoat.
Margaret Hooper, Contributor
I have a very unique view of growing up as a Orioles fan in Baltimore, which has definitely influenced how I talk & write about sports today. My grandfather is Vince Bagli, he was the sports director at WBAL & the voice of the Colts for many years, a Baltimore legend. Because of that, I have a deep appreciation for what it means to be a Baltimore sports fan. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some greats like Chuck Thompson & Jon Miller, I lived down the street from Mike Bordick & somewhere in my childhood bedroom are signed pics of me with Brady & Cal. My first game was in ’95, sitting in a skybox with my whole extended family to watch my grandfather throw out the first pitch; the game was against the Brewers back when they were in the AL! When I was 12, my dad’s new job moved us to Portland, Oregon, but I never stopped bleeding orange & black. I’ve been with you guys through every one of those 15 losing seasons, wondering, “maybe next year…” so what a relief that “next year” arrived this year with the magical 2012 season. I’m now based in California, ironically close to another team who sports orange & black, the 2012 World Series champion Giants, but I will always root for our boys of Eutaw Street.
Ryan Vowles, staff writer
Mike Franz, staff writer

My name is Mike Franz and I am a sophomore at Holy Cross College (Notre Dame, IN). This year I have been the beat writer of the Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Team for the athletic program’s In The Paint blog. Along with writing for Notre Dame Athletics, I am Holy Cross College’s first ever mascot.

Hailing from Baltimore, I have been a lifelong Orioles fan. My grandpa worked for the Orioles organization during the 1980s in the ticket office and I am pleased I can write about the team he loved to watch and work for. I am extremely excited about the opportunity to write for Birds Watcher and I can’t wait to get started. Go O’s!!!

Scott Cahoon, Staff Writer

Scott Cahoon is a lifelong O’s fan living in Washington, D.C. When not desperately scouring area sports bars for fellow Orioles fans, you can find him at the Yard or on his living room couch yelling at the television. Cahoon is a 2011 graduate of West Virginia University and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Twitter: @thebigcahoonah (Twitter)
Jacob Adams, Staff Writer
-I graduated last spring with my MFA in creative writing from the University of Baltimore,

-I was born and raised in the Eastern Shore of Maryland,

-now I live in the heart of Baltimore about a mile from Camden Yards,

-I was raised an Orioles fan and was actually born the day the O’s won the World Series (10/16/1983)

Twitter: @JacobHow

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