Enjoying yesterday and bracing ourselves for a slew of tomorrows.
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Yesterday the O's put on an offensive show, something that will probably have to be a regular occurance until the Young Guns – Tillman, Arrieta, and Matusz - can show that they have the stuff to make it happen. Personally I think we will be lucky if two of them pan out, and more likely will only get real good production out of one of them (and no I am not picking one of them in particular. I am referring to the fact the the law of averages is against them all panning out like they are projected to. The human body is not designed to do what pitchers do. That is why they break down). I do plan on getting into the minors and what is in the pipeline for this team, because that is what we as fans should really be looking at. The fact is that this season is about getting the kids down on the farm ready to come up and lead this team back into contention (there will be a Matt Wieters post coming soon. There has to be. The kid might as well be Braveheart the way they describe him. Honestly, if Buster Olney popped up on Baseball Tonight right now and said that he just saw Wieters, that Matt was 9 feet tall, and could shoot fireballs from his eyes and bolts of lightning from his arse, you would not be any more than mildly surprised by this). This season is not about the wins and losses.
But what a win it was. A home run from our defensive specialist shortstop, our top 3 hitters going 8 for 11 with 4 RBI's. Flashes of leather all around the diamond, CC Sabathia getting his first career loss in Camden Yards (hell, his first career loss to the Orioles)… and when the dust settled our scrappy little franchise that is finally heading in the right direction after a dozen years in the wilderness standing on top of The Team That Hubris Built.
I do need to say here that I do not fault Mark Teixeira for going to the Yankees. Where is it written that because someone was born in a certain city (or in the plush suburbs of that city in Tex's case) that they have to flock to it as soon as they are able? Fact of the matter is that the Orioles look like they are going to be contenders in the next couple of years, but nothing is guaranteed. The Yankees have the ability to compete for a ring every year (the fact that they haven't brings me a bit of schadenfreude laced glee, but that has nothing to do with any one player, no matter where their parents live), and while the Orioles were Tex's team as a kid, his favorite player was Don Mattingly. And now he gets to play the same position for the same team as his childhood idol. Will I boo him? Yes, but I boo all the opposing players. Do I want to see him succeed? Not against my team. But do I hold a grudge against him for choosing to follow the money AND a better chance to win a championship? Not one bit, and neither should you. So go ahead and boo the Yankees, but don't place hatred and spite towards a young man who just did what he thought was best for himself and his career. And do NOT aim any of your rage at his family or friends. They CERTAINLY do not deserve it.
Tomorrow Koji is starting against Wang (it is just too easy sometimes, isn't it?). I have the feeling that there will be a decent contingent of Japanese reporters out at the Yard. Come one out. Look for me. I'll be the guy by Boog's with a Miller Lite in one hand and a BBQ sandwich in the other. And if you have any questions about the team or anything around it, or a comment on the blog itself, let me know. I want this to be an interactive blog. Let's talk baseball, baby!
About the Author
Written by Ron Burr
Ron is a lifelong resident of Maryland and has been a passionate player and fan of sports for as long as he can remember. When he is not watching the games or explaining to his lovely wife why he is cursing at the television, he runs an improv/sketch comedy troupe, Drop Three. He can't hit a curveball or run a sub 4.5 40 yard dash, but he knows the games and loves talking about it with anyone. Differing opinions are welcome and encouraged!