Want a Fresh Perspective on O’s Baseball?

Don’t look on Splice Today.  Russ has this habit of sending me articles they post about the O’s to either A) stir me up or B) generate some traffic to his site.  Could be both but we don’t get enough traffic to make me think B is very plausible.  He’s certainly not afraid of bad publicity as my first encounter with him was less than positive.

So he sends me this gem, by someone other than himself.  Now, lately, I’ve been letting all the O’s bashing slide, as I don’t have much ground to stand on when defending them.  But, to placate Russ and give me something to do where I can say the F-word at someone on the internet (It makes me feel more like a man) I’ll knock the shit out of this one.  So without further ado, I present to you:

Orioles 2010: The good thing is it can’t get much worse

A disappointing start to yet another disappointing season.

Well, that was quick. What a start to the 2010 season for your Baltimore Orioles.

Why do you say your Baltimore Orioles?  Are you not an O’s fan?  Let me guess, Red Sox?  Wouldn’t surprise me a bit.

A 2-12 record, with that second win on Sunday stopping a nine game losing streak. In roughly a week the optimism emanating from Camden Yards was gone. The pitiful play, atrocious record, and what appears to be an indifferent attitude by some players has many fans in Baltimore looking towards Ravens season.

Show me an indifferent attitude or any evidence of it (Lugo doesn’t count, he isn’t actually on the team).  I usually laugh when people suggest shit like this.  It’s a lot like the ever-present theory of the “culture of losing”.  Show me a quote where someone said, “We lost, but who gives a fuck, I’m a millionaire.”

Sane Orioles fans were not predicting a playoff spot, following the 64-98 records last year, and only minor improvements through free agency and trades.

Correct.  Not that sanity has anything to do with it though.  Logic plays a big part.  Common sense, too.

This is still an organization that has not had a winning season since 1997, with handfuls of fourth and fifth place finishes. Adding to the arduous process of building a contender is that in my opinion the three best teams in the American League play in the Orioles’ division, including the World Series champions.

Two sentences that do not back up your main point.  Never mind they don’t add much to your thesis, they are two of the most played out comments when “outsiders” talk about Orioles baseball.  No fucking shit.  We are getting dominated in our division.  Go tell someone in Europe…there’s an audience that this might be breaking news to.

And for the record, Tampa Bay has been good for a few years.  They’re far from the perennial powerhouse that everyone claims they are.  Maybe they will be, but they aren’t yet, so gently remove their fist from your ass, it’s fucking up your thought process.

However, most fans were excited about the core of young players, and were ready to take modest steps towards improvement.

It feels like August in Baltimore because the team resembles one that is finishing another losing season. Usually the Orioles play tolerably in the beginning, hang around 5-10 games beneath .500, and flame out in the final two months. An April nine-game losing skid seems misplaced.

Maybe injuries to Koji, Mike “The Save Siduation”, Brian, Felix (one of our hottest hitters), Tejada, and what seems to be damage to Bergesen’s psyche after the ball to the shin or shoulder injury and subsequent shellings have something to do with hit.  Just a thought.

In each of the past five seasons the Orioles longest losing streaks have been in August or September:

—September, 2005: 9 game losing streak

—August, 2006: 5 game losing streak

—August, 2007: 9 game losing streak

—September, 2008: 10 game losing streak

—September, 2009: 13 game losing streak

Watching during the pathetic 0-6 homestand, the team already looked lifeless.

Again, prove it.

When you play well enough to win only to have your new closer blow two saves in the first four games, it must have an impact. Instead of 3-1 the O’s were 1-3.

Yup, that sucks.  But it’s early enough that these guys, professionals, would not let that bother them much.

Manager Dave Trembley deserves some of the blame. He has mismanaged the bullpen—in an 8-6 loss to Tampa Bay he pitched Matt Albers for the third consecutive game. Albers took the loss after Carlos Pena demolished a pitch into the stands for a home run. I’m unsure if he even knows how to fill out a lineup card. Miguel Tejada should not be hitting clean up at this point in his career.

Agreed on some points.  Agree he can’t fill out a line up card.  Tejada at clean up is a joke.  Bullpen management is usually not on par but very few of those games were lost because of either of those things.  The team simply didn’t hit.  Quality starts from everyone but Brad were wasted by the bull pen and the lack of hitting.

My biggest complaint about Trembley might be the goofy, perplexed look on his face. That stare that shows all Orioles fans he is out of ideas, and in over his head.

After a solid couple of points you go and throw away all your hard earned street cred with that.  Seriously?  That’s how I know you’re not an O’s fan.  Your biggest complaint is that Trembley looks like a puppy dog, when real O’s fans know, that that’s what makes him so damn lovable.  A real O’s fan’s biggest complaint would have been the shit you lead with.  Instead, you show your incompetence at either humor,  general sports knowledge, or both.

For those of you who still have some optimism, the good thing is it can’t get much worse. The blown saves will decrease, the 0-4 bullpen should pitch better, the Orioles will get on base more, and the horrendous RISP average will rise. Before Sunday’s game it was .153. That just sucks. I think the team may need internal changes in order to spark this team. Luckily it is still very early and goals can still be reached this year. If some of the young players can fulfill their potential and show leadership they should give Orioles fans something to cheer about this year. Maybe.

Hey, the smart you rejoined us for that last paragraph.  Finally some common sense.  The law of averages guarantees these predictions, though if we get hit with more injuries, it could get worse.  A lot worse.  But I’ll still be there with 5 of my best friends, heckling the shit out of carpet baggers like you.

Positively.

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7 responses to “Want a Fresh Perspective on O’s Baseball?

  1. Melissa

    This is so awesomely reasonable it’s ridiculous. Please bring some of this to Orioles Hangout.

  2. ESH FTW! Well done sir.

    (For the record, many OH’ers including myself are totally down with reason, logic, and perspective. Bring it on over. Please.)

    • I was sure to say “for the most part”. I know there are some logical thinkers over there but what can you expect when you get that many people crazy about 1 subject? Group think, agendas, and flat out lunacy. Comes with the territory.

      • I’m with you there bro. As much as I used to love the OH, it is absolutely brutal to even read these days. If I ever meet JTrea or OldFan in real life I’ll sock them straight in the crotch.

        • Melissa

          Approximately 99.9% of OHers would agree with your last statement (the exceptions being JTrea and OldFan themselves).

  3. It’s unfortunate that guys like JTrea and OldFan can have such a presence on our message board that you (and many others…I’ve had plenty of e-mail from sane, reasonable, logical people tell me they won’t participate in a single discussion until JTrea and/or OldFan are banned) perceive groupthink and agendas. What I see happen a TON amounts to thread-jacking by JTrea, OldFan, or someone like them. The result is a good, intelligent baseball chat derailed into other OH’ers trying to help JTrea/OldFan understand how batshit crazy they are.

    It sucks that two of the more active OH’ers are also the ones that are passive-aggressive in their insane message board antics.

    They both remind me of the SNL skit that spoofed Chris Matthews on “Hardball” in which Tracy Morgan played Harry Belafonte. “Poodles are the black man of the dog world!” Chris Matthews (played by Darrell Hammond) responds with, “What?!?! Good God…I don’t even know who that’s offensive to!”

    That’s generally what runs through my mind after a good JTrea/OldFan shit storm.

    BTW…Detective Ludlow…I read your comment WAY wrong. “Sock” is not what I thought you said you were gonna do to JTrea or OldFan’s crotch. I’m glad I re-read it to be sure…not that there’s anything wrong with that of course!

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