Big stretch coming up for O’s…or is it?

June 24, 2011 | Peter Dilutis

But are those people there for the Orioles or for something else? Are they there for the Orioles or because they thought they’d be seeing Albert Pujols? For the Orioles, or for the Cardinals?

For the Orioles, or for the ballpark?

We could go on and on with reasons why people still take in games at Camden Yards on a nightly basis.

But as far as the actual team is concerned, how many of you still care? How many of you plan your night around the Orioles game? How many of you know how many games below .500 the Orioles are?

Who could name all 25 players on the roster at this very moment? How about the probable pitchers in the upcoming series?

I want to know if the diehard baseball fans have totally checked out, or if they are waiting in the bushes, ready to come back in droves once this Orioles team shows any signs of life or fight.

I really want to know. Are you out there? Do you still care?

Contrary to popular belief, the opposite of love is not hate. Rather, the opposite of love is indifference.

Love and hate are not too different from each other. Both bring out strong, passionate, forceful emotions.

At this point, people hating the Orioles isn’t really that bad of an option for the organization. At least those that hate the Orioles still care and still have emotional ties to the team.

Do you still love the Orioles? Do you hate them?

Or are you indifferent, having become numb to the near decade and a half of loss after loss after loss after loss after loss?

As a pure, diehard Baltimore sports fan, I cringe at the answer.