Why the Orioles are Worth Watching
As a fan of the Orioles it has been tough watching Orioles play for the last decade. The Orioles have been bogged down in a decade long losing streak which has been mostly painful to watch. There is only one thing worse than watching you favorite team lose year after year-watching your favorite team lose year after year with no hopes of improving. Over the years I have turned on the Orioles game not only expecting them to lose but also expecting that not to change anytime soon. That has now changed.
I am not going to sit here and try and sell you on the idea that the 4-1 Orioles will be this year’s great surprise and push the elite teams for a playoff spot. I am realistic and while it’s been great to get off to such an exciting start I think it would the greatest shocker of my lifetime if they actually made a strong post season run. This team is not quite built to win this year. But thanks to recent moves starting two off seasons ago, Andy McPhail has given us hope.
As I continue to watch the Orioles win games I am getting more and more excited. For the first time in ten years I am excited about are future. I am excited about the development of Adam Jones, who is appearing like a future all-star to pair with the two we already have in Markakis and Roberts. I am getting excited about the all but certain arrival of soon to be all-star Matt Wieters. I also check the paper to see how our young pitchers are doing down on the farm. With every successful outing, my excitement and expectations for our future increases.
I found it to be tough to watch Oriole baseball for the past decade because we were not watching a young team full hope pay their dues as they were beginning to grow into something special. Instead, I was a fan that was forced to watch my beloved Orioles fall short year after year with a host of over-paid, over-the-hill, washed up veterans. I have been saying for years that I wish the Orioles would once and for all stop acquiring the league’s retreads but rather try to develop a nucleus of youthful talent that would infuse a dormant organization with much needed excitement.
Win or lose, this year will be different. We are not watching a team of players heading for extinction but rather we are watching a team filled with potential. Each day I tune in not only to see if we will win, but also to see if Adam Jones is really the five tool player he projects to be or if Felix Pie is really the future for us in left. I do not just check scores in the paper but I check on the development of what could very well be one of the more talented minor league organizations that houses one of the deepest pools of pitching talents.
Thanks to the injection of youthful talent there is a reason to be excited about the future of the Orioles even on the nights when you watch with one eye closed hoping that it really is not that bad. The future may not be now, that remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure:
Break out the shades-the future is bright!!!