Painful collapses have become a habit for the Orioles, and this one was another illustration of something that’s been obvious for months. These guys just don’t know how to win, because none of them ever have.
Are you are saying that the players on the current roster, have never been a part of a winning team in all of their years in baseball? Not even little league, high school, college, or minor league teams?
Or did you mean that after recording two outs in the ninth, Jim Johnson said to himself, “Shit, what do I do now? Groove a pitch to let the other team take the lead? That sounds right.” Yet, prior to tonight, he was 4-4 in save opportunities since taking over the job from Sherrill. I know, small sample size, but still.
They do know how to win. There’s not a secret to it. You score more runs than the other team. They’re just not as good as the teams they’re playing. That makes it hard to win.
Did the Rays have a bunch of “winners” on their team when they made it to the World Series last year? Nope…they had good pitching, good defense, and good hitting.
They also didn’t run themselves out of a lot of innings…while I’m thinking about it, the argument raging about firing Juan Samuel over at OH is ludicrous too.
When Pie tagged and tried to make it to third…it was retarded.
When Brian forgot how many outs there were and ran home…it was retarded.
When Huff got picked off by the “fake to third-throw to first move”…it was FUCKING retarded! I’ve never, ever, seen that work.
So, Juan Samuel called all the players on the team retarded in the newspaper. I for one am for it.
People are calling him an awful coach. I personally don’t think the third or first base coach has a significant impact on the game. Unless your Tom “Windmill” Trebelhorn.
People are claiming that the team doesn’t respect Trembley because he never played the game. Well Juan Samuel did play the game. And he was a beast on the basepaths, so there is credibility there. Say what you will about his coaching/teaching abilities, there is no denying that Juan could tear it up, running the bases.
People are saying that he shouldn’t have done it in the papers. Our base running has been a joke all year. Even Rolling Stone ragged on us. Do you think that Juan hasn’t been trying to hammer it into these idiots? I’m ready for some of these players to get publicly embarrassed.
A) They’re grown-ass men and they don’t need to be coddled like 5 year olds.
B) They are professionals who aren’t performing their job to the highest level.
We could use a little accountability in the clubhouse.
Finally, I think a few of us are headed to the game tonight. Keep an eye out in the right field bleachers for some fans with their heads in their hands…that’ll be us. It’s getting hard to watch.