That’s the question I’ve asked myself many times over the past 5 or 6 years.
I have a 3 year old son who absolutely loves baseball. In fact, during the snow storm last week he wanted to go outside and “practice”. We live in York and spend many a Summer evening attending York Revolution and Harrisburg Senators games. He’s been to two games at Camden Yards and has asked on a couple of occasions this Winter if we can go back to the “Big” ballpark.
I have many fond childhood memories of going to O’s games with my Dad. I always assumed that when I had a son that he would share my love of the Orioles and we’d spend many a Summer night at the Yard. The fact that the franchise has become a civic embarrassment and the doormat of the AL East has left me with a dilemma: Do I even want my son to support this franchise?
After everything the Orioles have put me through; 12 losing seasons, running off Jon Miller, Davey Johnson and Pat Gillick, the Syd Thrift era, Albert Belle, 30-3, Camden Yards over run with Boston bandwagon hoppers, etc. The list goes on, but you get the idea. The logical conclusion would be that this franchise no longer deserves our support, and in many cases the team acts like it doesn’t even want our support. But being a sports fan isn’t a logical endeavor. To be a fanatic means to support your team in the face of logic.
So yes, in spite of it all I do still bleed orange and black, much to my chagrin. I wish I could say “To hell with Orioles” and really mean it, but I can’t. To borrow a line from The Godfather III “Every time I think I’m out they pull me back in”. And yes, for that reason this will probably be the team that my son grows up rooting for. The Orioles have done a great disservice to Baltimore over the past 12 years, but to withhold support of the team by refusing to go to games would do an even greater disservice to my son and I and the memories that we could be creating. I’m from Baltimore and I bleed orange and black. How about you?