This week’s edition of the Norris & Davis Show Best Of includes an interview with Orioles great Cal Ripken about how the team has started this year among other MLB topics, and an interview with Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com about the Orioles trading Brian Matusz to the Atlanta Braves.

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CAL RIPKEN JR

Cal started by talking about the Orioles striking out 37 times in the last two games saying, “a strikeout is just an out, there are times in the game when it’s the worst thing that can happen and you absolutely cannot strikeout…there were time in my career where I could stop anyone from striking me out but then you become ineffective as a hitter.”

Cal also talked about Hyun Soo Kim and the kind of adjustments it takes to go to a foreign country and try to play baseball saying, “I think it is a big adjustment, I think of my teammates who went and played in Japan I’ve heard them speak of how difficult it is…in order to play well you have to be relaxed and part of being relaxed is being comfortable in your situation and with everything around you.”

Cal also talked about his son Ryan who is a part of the Nationals farm system and what it’s like to watch his son play professional baseball.

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BRITTANY GHIROLI

Brittany started off by talking about the trade that sent Brian Matusz to the Braves for a couple of minor league prospects saying, “I understand the Braves are going to DFA him, they get back a young lefty and a young righty who are okay prospects that were blocked in Atlanta.” As for what the Orioles achieved as a part of this trade Brittany said, “they added some pitching they lost Brian Matusz that was obviously the biggie, it just seemed like there wasn’t a spot for him because he wasn’t pitching well.”

Brittany also talked about Ubaldo Jimenez and what happens if he continues to struggle saying, “I think first off what you have to look at is when will Gallardo be ready because that’s the next feasible option.”

As for the big reason the Orioles won’t be able to move Ubaldo, Brittany said, “he’s owed $26.5 million over the next two seasons…you’re not going to get rid of him you’re not going to cut ties.”

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Brittany also talked about the future of the prospects the Orioles picked up in the Matusz trade and what she thinks of this start to the season by the O’s.