An old adage says “April showers, bring May flowers” and as we turn the calendar page, hopefully this adage reigns true for the Orioles.
A 9- 13 record, 5.89 team ERA and the starting catcher and left fielder hitting less then .200 are some of the “showers” that have occurred this month, leaving fans wondering if there is any hope.
Adam Eaton, Greg Zaun, Felix Pie and the bullpen represent some of the doldrums of a month Orioles fans would love to forget.
The “hope” for the Orioles in the very near future comes the persons of Brian Roberts, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis who are hitting .356, .359 and .381 respectively with a combined eight home runs and 47 runs batted in.
Winning heals all, but this team will not be winning anytime, so what, if anything, will bring “May flowers” for the fans for the long term? The answer is simple, young players.
Brad Bergesen, the first of the young arms that is credited as being one the saviors of the franchise, was the first to make his major league debut and he embodies eternal hope for this franchise.
No matter how he pitches every time Bergesen comes to the hill Orioles fans forget about the 12 straight losing seasons and just watch a bright eyed, young, talented pitcher that could bring the “magic” back to Camden Yards.
In addition to Bergesen, players like Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta, Nolan Reimold, Troy Patton, Brian Matusz and Matt Wieters will be donning an Orioles uniform eventually.
Orioles fans are hoping these players bring Baltimore back to the baseball forefront where it rightfully belongs.
Organizational figures like Syd Thrift, Peter Angelos, Miguel Tejada, Rafael Palmiero, Steve Kline and Jorge Julio have been some of the April “showers” that have rained over this franchise for the last 12 years.
Players like Matt Wieters, Jake Arrieta, Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz will provide some sunshine and “flowers” in the immediate and not so distant future for a franchise and their fans that desperately need it.
So be patient O’s fans as the next 6 months of “showers” could bring years and years of “flowers”.