the Orioles line up is so bad, O's pitchers lose their side session, simulation games due to a lack of run support.
The Oriole lineup is sooooo bad......
....even LockerCombo can make some valid points
the O's line is so bad they shudder at the thought of facing Amanda Whurlizer....
when it becomes tedious to criticize the short comings of this failure of a franchise, then it is time to move on to root for another team...
At this point I've made peace with the fact that I may never see another Orioles team in the playoffs again, and I can't unwire the part of my brain that cares, so I've turned the entire thing into a kind of sick joke. It's a little bit funny, watching them flounder and flail after the ownership and GM do absolutely nothing year after year after year in the most competitive division in sports.
At the heart of it, I'm just angry. Angry that the ownership not only doesn't care, but doesn't even have the decency to give the team to someone who does. Angry that the front office has been incompetent for nearly a decade (again, likely due to ownership). Angry that our scouting department is piss poor. Angry that we somehow have the worst farm system in the AL East, as well as the worst team. And mostly, I'm angry that there's absolutely no signs at all that any of this is going to change for years and years. The few good players we have will go, we'll bring up new ones just in time to replace the ones that left, and we'll tread water as a terrible team until we either learn to develop more than one player per draft, overpay for talent in free agency, or get new ownership, and I'd not be surprised if none of those things happened for another decade or more. If literally everything goes right, maybe the team can be competitive in 5 years (and I'm talking perfect storm, Bundy turns into Roy Halladay, Machado turns into A-Rod, Scoop turns into Cano, etc. etc.), but by that time the players we're watching now will be gone, so why invest yourself?
"Rebuilding," "Young Pitching," "Talented Prospects," "Steps Forward"... these are all just buzz words that we eat up every year, and it's all a lie. None of those things have saved us. Our prospects are no better than anyone elses. Our young pitching might result in one major league starter, and 2 if we're lucky. We've been sold on aiming for .500 for 15 years. Most teams would look at a .500 season as a disappointment that demands improvement. We clamor for it like a gulp of wine in the desert. Does it not occur to you how suckered we've been? Our ownership has us HOPING for mediocrity, and gets money for OTHER TEAMS BROADCASTS. Is this a George Orwell novel? How did it come to this?
The only response that makes any sense is to laugh.
Last edited by Slidemaster; 04-14-2012 at 12:04 AM.
Orioles are 5th in the MLB in hitting and 4th in the MLB in home runs, 3rd in slugging percentage. They are also awful with men on base but improved that stat greatly with tonight's performance.
I also like the bullpen this year.
So far, it's been a good start for the Orioles.. However, we said this last year, and once they start hitting the DL list, the lack of depth will show.
.....Brian Roberts was voted 'fan of the game'!
Every year, I say I quit. And I come back and get hopeful and repeatedly have those hopes dashed. But I think its more, or just as much because, I enjoy the game and can't watch it unless I root for a team and I have never rooted for anything other than the home team.
But if all I could do is complain, I'd just give it up and move on.
I am very satisfied with the way my team is playing right now, thank you very much.
I wish I could unwire the part of my brain that makes me an Orioles fan, but I can't. However what I can do is choose not to let their perpetual and inevitable failure ruin my enjoyment of good baseball, since I'm a fan of the game first. The Rangers just happen to be the closest one who play a brand of baseball I respect. In other words, it's less about being a fan of another team as it is about refusing to support a team that craps on its fanbase and doesn't care.
As for the Orioles, they have no commitment to winning, no plan, and no hope for the forseeable future because they have no desire to change. Never love anything that doesn't love you back. I imagine you remember the days of Brooks and Frank and Palmer, right? Forget them. That team is dead and buried. All that's left is this shell we've seen for the last 15 years.
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