I didn’t even have to watch the games.

September 03, 2009 | Paul Hoke

Thankfully, I have been on evening shift this week, so I haven’t had to sit through any of the Oriole games during the Yankee series. Because, in the interest of full disclosure, if I would have been home during the evening this week, I would have put the game on in my kitchen, and watched at least parts of this disaster. What can I say, I enjoy suffering to a certain extent. But, thank God I didn’t have that opportunity.

I can’t get into the in game specifics because frankly, I don’t know what happened on the field. All I know is that my blog a few days ago proved to be true. The New York Yankees came down to Charm City and, as I said they would, swept our O’s right out of Yankee Stadium at Camden Yards. And you know what? I really don’t care. Look, I’ve bled black and orange for 30 years, but I’m so numb to this now, it really doesn’t bother me that the Yankees came down here in the first week of September and slapped our Birds around their own ballpark. And that bothers me. I care because I don’t care. If that makes any sense. What does still bother me is the fact that stand up guys like Brian Roberts have to endure standing in the batters box in September in his HOME ballpark in a game which means nothing, and get heckled by the obnoxious Yankee fans who fill our stadium. But, as I said, at least I didn’t have to watch it.

I will say again, that it does appear as though things are finally turning around, within the organization. On the field, that’s a completely different novel. But I’m tired of hearing that too. I’m tired of hearing that this team could be “competitive” in a few years. It’s been 12 years since they played a game that mattered! Don’t tell me how good they could be in the future, apologize for the disgrace they’ve been the past decade. It reminds me of the “Come see the kids play” fiasco a number of years back when the team was comprised of mostly starters who were over age 30. But, to be fair, at least I haven’t had to watch them.

At the end of the day, let’s face it….it’s football season. As meaningless as it is, I’m recording the Ravens-Falcons game tonight so i can watch it when I get home from work. And that, kinda sums it up. I’m at the point where I would rather watch the Ravens 4th pre-season game, then a September Orioles-Yankees game. And from the look of Camden Yards this summer…I’m not the only one.

Go Ravens!!! September 13th can’t get here fast enough.