I have been an Orioles fan since I was around 7 years old in the early 1950s. I remember when they would trade for a 38 year old guy like former all star Whitey Lockman and the press would get all enthused. They would go get old stars at the end of their career like Johnny Temple, Dave Philly, Harvey Haddix, Walt Dropo and Robin Roberts and you would think we won the World Series.
I can understand the frustration of 14 losing seasons. Who the hell wouldn't. At one time the Orioles were the baseball organization that others tried to copy.
Doesn't anyone appreciate the fact that we have a team? We have some good players too. Especially guys like Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold, & JJ Hardy all of who can be an all star and who have won or should have won a gold glove.
We have two of the best prospects in baseball including the highest rated in Dylan Bundy.
Yet most of the post say we are a lousy fielding team or lets trade Adam Jones or Bundy.
Why trade Jones? Replace him with who? A few years ago we had bodies playing CF and we complained and we finally get a guy who is a team leader, who hustles, who hits for power, has a great arm, can run but who is not 100% disciplined at the plate yet and people want to trade him. Again...for who? More prospects?
If this team is going to win they need to sign Jones to a long term and they need to do the same with Wieters and Reimold and show that we are not a stopping post for players to be future Yankee or Red Sox stars. If the sign these players th fans will start to come back to the park like the old days when 30,000 was considered poor attendance.
This team is playing well. We have a damn good manager. We have guys like Andino and a few others who aren't stars but who bust their butts and try hard.
10,000 people at the game last night is going to happen early in the season but all of this negative posting (probably by people who never even played high school baseball yet are statistic experts and fantasy league gurus) is nuts.
I see some real talent on this team and while the season is young a lot of these guys believe they can compete. I think I may just go and buy some more tickets. Regardless of what the so called experts say this is not he worst team in baseball. In fact...I think they just may surprise some folks this year.
We have a major league team and a beautiful ball park. If you like baseball stop Bth-ing and enjoy what a lot of other cities would love to have.
I was playing in a charity golf outing on Tuesday and was having breakfast at my table with Rick Dempsey and some old Colt players. Dempsey is always up beat and positive and it was great to hear him talk about some of these young guys in a frank and honest manner. He thinks that Bundy is the real thing and has the potential to be the best Oriole pitcher ever. Man, I am looking forward to that.