We’ve been through the Davey Johnson fiasco.
O’s fans have witnessed the despicable teams of the early 2000s.
Everyone watched as Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa, two potential Hall of Famers, were both sent home by the Orioles towards the end of the 2005 season.
Sam Perlozzo. Dave Trembley. Steve Kline. Mike DeJean. Luis Hernandez. Marty Cordova’s tanning bed incident.
Adam Loewen leaving the O’s high and dry to sign with Toronto. The botched Sidney Ponson trade for injured pitchers.
Syd Thrift. Aaron Sele. Albert Belle.
The failed pursuit of Mark Teixeira.
The list of misfortunes for the Baltimore Orioles over the past 14 losing seasons could go on and on. We could spend weeks upon weeks of radio time talking about everything that has gone wrong for the Birds throughout this miserable and near historic streak.
None of those times, however, compare to where the Orioles are right now. Seriously. This is rock bottom.
Before you say I’m crazy, I fully acknowledge that the Orioles have much more talent on their current roster than they ever dreamed of having throughout, for example, the Hargrove years. Players like Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters, and Jake Arrieta have game-changing talent that those Orioles teams just did not have.
But throughout all of those horrible times for baseball fans in Baltimore, there was always some form of hope. In 2002 there was hope that things would get turned around when Syd Thrift finally hung up the cleats..err keyboard…err typewriter…err pencil and paper…err stone and chisel.
In 2004, there was hope that Erik Bedard, Matt Riley, Kurt Ainsworth, and Daniel Cabrera would work together to lead the O’s back to respectability.
In 2005, there was hope that Sammy Sosa would turn back the clock and bring his 40 home run power to Baltimore.
Each year had different story-lines which brought upon different levels of hope for Orioles’ fans across the region.
Most importantly, after every season that finished with the Orioles in 4th or 5th place, there was always hope that someone would come along and save the Orioles with a full-scale rebuild. As bleak as things looked after Jim Beattie, Mike Flanagan, and Jim Duquette tried year after year to patch up holes with aging veteran Band Aids, there was still light at the end of the tunnel because someone like Andy MacPhail had never come along and attempted to overhaul the organization.