How One Great Season Could Turn Around the Baltimore Orioles
It’s no secret that the Baltimore Orioles have been one of the worst franchises in the last decade, but this year feels different. The O’s have jumped out to a hot start, and hold the American League’s best record, 27-15. As Orioles’ fans we’re used to seeing the O’s give up as soon as anything negative occurs, well, this year we’ve seen the complete opposite. The Orioles lead the Majors in comeback wins, and are in the top ten in ERA. When’s the last time you heard that? It’s probably been a while.
With all this success comes recognition. So far this season, you can’t watch an episode of “Baseball Tonight” without them mentioning the Orioles at least once– and trust me if you’re a die-hard O’s fan,before, you know the O’s might have only been mentioned weekly, if that much. Tim Kurkjian has even gone as far as saying, “This team isn’t going away anytime soon.”, referring to the Orioles of course.
And with all this success and recognition the Orioles might be able to catch the eye something they’ve been missing for years, a big free agent acquisition. If you ask the sheltered Baltimore Orioles fan about this, he’ll tell you this, “Angelos will never spend any money to help the ball club.”, and that’s a predictable answer for the casual fan that doesn’t pay any attention to the statistics. In the past Peter Angelos has had no problem spending a lot of money on players, but he obviously isn’t very good at scouting, and spends his money on players like Mark Reynolds. If the Orioles were to pull off some miracle and make the playoffs it could attract some big time players, and we all know you have to be able to sign the big names if you want to compete in the AL East. Signing a big bat or a big arm would bring excitement back to the community, people might actually compete to get a hold of tickets to see a game. But, all of this is just a theory, and the Orioles aren’t actually there yet. So lets become prisoners of the moment, and enjoy it while it lasts. Hopefully it won’t end anytime soon. Go O’s!