1 of 4 was my hope for this series. 2 or 3 in the next and I would be satisfied. Of the 15 games a 7 of 15 was expected. No I am supporting an 8 of 15. Yes Realism is necessary. This Oriole Team is not going to the playoffs. But it is better than the past SO FAR.
The Real Test, The Real Measuring Mark comes Jun 30. In the past 14 years the Orioles have had good May 3-4 times. But then the June Swoon and it remained for the balance of the season. So more time and more positive results are needed to determine if the organization is turning the corner.
If the Orioles are to turn the corner and stay turned it will require the elimination of the micro- managing by the owner. The GM/VP and the field manager need to have free hands to make the necessary moves. More a case of Not Asking Permission but suggesting a Request for Forgiveness when the decisions to not workout. Let Baseball minds run the organization. This in itself in the foundational problem with the Orioles. Until this is eliminated the future will continue to be shaky.
But we should go to the games. The attendance at yesterday’s game was less than the team deserved for its play so far. But like myself the fans are being asked to commit without a firm commitment by the team and ownership. Until HOPE can be replaced by consistent positive results and winning is not the prayer but within reach each night the seats will remain cold. It again lies at the steps of the owner. I at one time had a partial season ticket plan. Not for 8 years have I committed my money. I expect a return of this commitment for my money. That return is the expectation we are going into any game with the expectation we have a chance to win. Winning is going to warm the seats. Winning needs to be the norm not a HOPE. How many invest their money in a stock Hoping for positive returns. History has a way of producing our expectations. What has 14 years taught us to expect- More Meddling and micro managing?
Peter saved the franchise with his purchase. But after the debacle with his gm and field manager has drifted to a malaise that is more than the fans and organization deserve.
Here is Hoping I can no longer Hope but Expect winning to be the opportunity each night. I want to invest my money n warming a seat and going hoarse each night rooting for MY O'S. Since 1954 I have rooted for My O's. But in recent years my voice has not been as hoarse because the expectation gave way to a quiet hope. June 30 is my Hope for Expectation.