Whacko for Flacco!!!
Earlier on Thursday, the Baltimore Orioles
drafted third baseman Mike Flacco from the
Community College of Baltimore, Catonsville
(formerly Catonsville Community College) in
the 31st round of the 2009 Major League
Baseball draft. Mike Flacco, 22, is the younger
brother of Ravens starting quarterback Joe
The Orioles were one of several teams who
were interested in Mike Flacco, who as a
freshman, hit .399, with 14 home runs and 51
This was the first time that he had played
baseball in three years after suffering a back
injury playing football.
Catonsville Coach Dan Blue calls Flacco
humble and unassuming, happy to just go about
his business, which usually includes class in
the morning, baseball in the afternoon and then
dinner out with his brother. Mike said that he
tried cooking a few times, with not-so-yummy
results. Instead, the brothers head out for dinner
at a nearby restaurant and some light
conversation. Soon, Mike hopes, he can join
Joe as a professional athlete.
Mike Flacco was happy that the Orioles drafted
him today, though it rankled the 22-year-old
slugger that he lasted until the 31st round.
“Yeah, I was disappointed that I didn’t go
sooner,” said Flacco, the CCBC-Catonsville
third baseman and brother of Ravens
quarterback Joe Flacco. “I thought I did pretty
well at my workout at Camden Yards last week.
Joe was pretty mad, too. But being ticked off is
good motivation. Now I have to prove to [the
Orioles] that I was a better pick than where they
The Orioles were his team of choice, and
Flacco’s selection will certainly create a buzz for
the club, given his brother’s success as the
According to the Baltimore Sun, Mike Flacco
said he had received cyber-congratulations via
text messages from a couple of dozen friends in
the first hour after learning his baseball future.
“I was laying on the living room floor when my
mom got on the computer and saw my name on
mlb.com,” he said. “[Orioles scout] Dean Albany
called a couple of minutes later. He said they
were happy to get me, that they like my
athleticism — and for me to show them now
what I can do.”
Flacco’s response? I’m ready.
“I’ve got no timetable [for progress],” he said. “I’ll
take things one day at a time and just try to get
the barrel of the bat on the ball.”
But playing “what-if” can be tantalizing, he said.
“Playing at Camden Yards would be awesome.
If I were to get up there, I think a lot of people
would show up just because I’m Joe’s brother,”
“Who knows, if I make it maybe Joe and I can
live [in Baltimore] together. Maybe we could get a mansion — though Joe would have to foot the
bill for awhile.”
At the very least, Mike Flacco said, his selection
“definitely insures that Joe will be an Orioles fan
for the next couple of years.”