If you are going to the game tomorrow, make sure that you save your ticket stub. It could be memorable.
Call it a conspiracy theory or whatever, but here is what I think could happen in the next 24-48 hours:
When the Orioles wrap up their home stand tomorrow evening (which I think will result in another sweep), they will have a day off Monday and then head to San Diego for three games, then to Arizona for three games. Unfortunately for Sam Perlozzo — if my theory is correct — he will not have to worry about having enough clean clothes for the trip, because he will not be making it.
If the Orioles are swept tomorrow, I think there is a very strong chance that the Perlozzo era is done here in Baltimore. I spoke with someone from the Orioles this afternoon who told me that “something has to be done, and a message needs to be sent.” Well sure enough, later this afternoon Todd Williams was made the sacrificial lamb. Interestingly enough, the person that I spoke with also said they thought it would start with players, then Sam would be next: “We have got to shake things up."
So with the Orioles heading off to San Diego, I think word will be sent out that Sam has been fired. Now, here is part of my reason for this: Some people feel that he should have been kicked to the curb after the Jay Payton-Melvin Mora incident in Toronto, and part of the reason he has hung on is because of Leo Mazzone, so maybe the time has come.
Also, if the Orioles can him on the beginning of a road trip, there are fewer media they have to answer to. When they get to San Diego, chances are there will only be two or maybe three media members on the road trip from Baltimore: Jeff Z from The Baltimore Sun, Spencer Fordin from mlb.com and maybe someone from The Washington Post or Times.
Where if they fired him on a day off before a homestand, there’d be six people from The Sun, four from The Washington Post, two from The Washington Times, two from the Associated Press, three from The Examiner, three from The Carroll County Times, Outside Pitch, Pressbox, USA Today, Arbutus Times, Dundalk Eagle, City Paper, Orioles Hangout and so on and so forth. Then there would be people from Fox 45, WBAL-TV, WJZ, WMAR, and Comcast. Oh, and do not forget the radio people — WNST, WTOP, WBAL, WJFK, WPOC, and probably 980 in Washington.
My point is that if they are going to pull the trigger and know it, it would be easier to do it Monday before a road trip that they will not return from until June 26th, when it would not be that much of a story before. If it happens and say Dave Trembley is named the manager, the story would be when they got back home — about how it has been to be a big league manager, you know the “feel good story.”
I know it may sound crazy to think that the Orioles would factor the media and not having to deal with us on when they fire the manager, but it IS the Orioles — so nothing would be surprising. Also keep in mind that the last manager they fired, Lee Mazzilli, was while the team was on the road.