Sorry Mike loved you as a ballplayer, commentator not so much. Where has Palmer been?
I think that the O's breaking the all time walk-up record last night with 11,000 fans buying tickets after 5pm for the game is arguably an even bigger boost for the club than the actual signing of Adam Jones and the O's current standings in the American League East. We have all talked about about a real "turning point" for years and something concrete that can be used to convince the owner to open up the purse strings and become proactive rather than reactive.
I think that DD will be meeting with ownership this weekend with all of the evidence and ammunition that he needs that as the season progresses and weaknesses become more apparent the O's must grab this moment to become buyers rather than sellers and buyers during the season rather than waiting for the off-season to attract top players.
For the last 14 years the O's would have been lucky to get 11,000 fans for a Friday night game against the Kansas City Royals and last night they got an extra 11,000.
Fan's and other clubs and players are beginning to take notice, Ownership would be very wise to do the same.
Jones, Markakis and Hardy seem like a nice foundation and the bullpen is nice! That of course leads us all back to the rotation. Hammel and Matusz might be anchors there and if Arrieta gets straightened out or Britton proves ready, this team just might go..........
In the meantime, at least every game means something and is fun to watch. You gotta agree with that. And it's already memorial day and they're still in first. Who would have ever thunk it!
If the team stays competitive thru the summer, I'd expect a big offseason push for a hitter and a pitcher. If things don't work out thereafter, he can just sell the team and push the contract burden on to the new ownership.
And he ALWAYS got his man...
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