Saturday was a great day with the family, especially with my boys – Zaire (8), Zachari (3) and Zaelin (1). “I like baseball, daddy, I like baseball, daddy,” said Zachari over and over again all day long. It was cool, although he drove my wife crazy.
After going to the National Aquarium and to lunch at Uno’s, it was off to the Baltimore Orioles’ game against the Texas Rangers. The excitement was in the air as the Junior Orioles Dugout Club from Chick-Fil-A had their first game of the year and yes, I have two members in my house. It was cool as the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles incorporated their teams that day with Orioles hats in purple and white. The Oriole bird wore a Ravens’ jersey and fullback LeRon McClain threw out the first pitch.
As I walked around and sit in my seat, I notice something very important about the Orioles through my boys’ eyes. We, as Orioles fans, are blessed to have a professional baseball team that our children are able to see, despite having eleven consecutive losing seasons, let alone the playoffs.
Baltimore wants the Orioles to be successful, winners and believe it or not the O’s are not the worst off. Others teams are facing longer consecutive seasons as well, but with no light down the tunnel. The Washington Nationals (formerly known as the Montreal Expos) haven’t been to the post-season in 14 years, Cincinnati Reds in 13 years, Kansas City Royals missed the playoffs for over 20 years and the Milwaukee Brewers missed the second-season for over 13 years before last year.
In terms of the AL East, the best division in the Major League, the top three favorites to win the World Series (based on computer estimations) are from the division. The Boston Red Sox (19.5) Tampa Bay Rays (16.5) and the New York Yankees (14.5). The Toronto Blue Jays were in fourth place last season with a 86-76 record. President of Baseball Operations, Andy MacPhil have a great track record for building winners. With MacPhil, the Minnesota Twins won two titles and was close to getting the Chicago Cubs to the World Series a few years ago. Expect to see the Orioles back on track soon. Most teams prepare to compete in their division and since the Orioles are in the best division in baseball, they will eventually get better.
We, as adults, know the ins and outs of professional sports. The Orioles are back on the right path to greatness with youth and wise spending, but we probably won’t see it until twenty years from now. All things (good and bad) come to an end and until that day comes and then on, I will continue to enjoy the Orioles, through my three little dudes’ eyes.