My Christmas wish..Fix MY Orioles

December 26, 2010 | Paul Hoke

First of all, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  My Christmas was wonderful, spending the day with my wife and kids, and calling my father.  And as I sit here, waiting for the snow to start falling, I have one more Christmas wish to dole out. Please, PLEASE..FIX MY FREAKIN’ ORIOLES!!!!!

Last night, I was in my kitchen watching television as I did the dishes and on the MLB network was the 1971 season.  Ironically, it’s the year my wife was born, but it’s also a year that the Baltimore Orioles went to their third straight World Series.  Imagine that.  The ORIOLES went to their third straight WORLD SERIES.  Now my wife is going to be 40 in 2011.  And 40 years ago, this baseball team mattered.  Hell, in 1997, this team mattered.  And that was just 14 years ago.  But in Oriole years, it may as well be 100 years.  Because coming in April of 2011, they aren’t going to matter.  And that’s where my blog starts.  Because Uncle Andy promised me that in 2011, the Orioles were going to compete again.  Guess what???  The joke’s on me.  They STILL STINK!!!!!!

But I will tell you something, these aren’t MY Orioles.  These clowns they have wearing the orange and black, aren’t my team.  Because, you see, my team won 98 games in 1983.  They won the World Series that year.  They also won 98 games in 1997.  Ironic???  I think not.  My Christmas wish is simple.  It’s elementary.  FIX MY ORIOLES!!!!!!!!!

I don’t care how they do it.  I don’t care how much money they spend, Hell, spend $300 million as far as I’m concerned.  Just fix my freaking team.  Fix the team that I grew up rooting for.  Fix the team that I bled for in the days when we didn’t have football here.  Fix the team that I have passed on to my son, who at 10 years old, has never seen an Orioles’ game that mattered.  FIX MY ORIOLES!!!!

Can you hear me PETER!!!  Can you hear me ANDY!!!???!!!  Fix my team.  Fix this disgrace that you clowns pass off as an MLB team.  Make my team relevant again.  This is my Christmas wish.  My one Christmas wish.

Please, become the Ravens of the MLB. That’s all I ask.