Turn on sports talk radio in Baltimore any day of the week, any hour of the day, and I guarantee you will hear something about the Ravens. I understand, to an extent. It’s Baltimore’s team, they win, and their fans are passionate. But, in case you’ve forgotten, there is another team in Baltimore. One that wears black and orange, not purple. The baseball team that is currently 2 1/2 games out of first place in the toughest division in baseball, despite a number of injuries that has depleted the team to the point that they have “4A” players in their lineup every game. They are exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. They are annoying and fun to watch at the same time. But they are Baltimore’s team too. Baltimore should support them as they support the Ravens. Yes, I understand that the ownership doesn’t care about the fans, and I understand the team hasn’t been in the playoffs since 1997. But, they are our team. Baltimore’s team.
There are many in the local media that continue to ignore the Orioles, no matter if it’s June, September, or Opening Day. Just today I heard more talk about Rice, T-Sizzle etc. But nothing about Hammel, Wieters, and the fact that they took a series from the first-place Washington Nationals while only scoring five runs. Callers of said talk shows, when they do call about the Orioles, normally do in a negative manner, bashing everyone from the owner and the GM to the batboys and ballgirls. Especially when the team is down, and in their unfortunate yearly swoon. But, as soon as the team started winning this year, the few sports personalities that did talk Orioles baseball in a positive light were the same ones who bashed them before the season, predicting them to finish last. The hypocrisy of the O’s fan is appalling. They bash Duquette for some comments he made early in the year about how great Dana Eveland was going to be, but think about this: Duquette traded Mike Gonzalez to Texas for Pedro Strop. Strop currently has an ERA under a run a game, while Gonzalez is in Washington. Duquette picked up Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter for Koji Uehara. Uehara is doing well for Texas, but compare that to Davis’s (until recently) success, and it’s another successful trade. Jason Hammel is 8-2 with a 2.61 ERA. Matt Lindstrom had a 1.29 ERA in 14 innings before his injury. And what did the Orioles give up for those two? Jeremy Guthrie, currently 3-6 with a 6.34 ERA and 15 gopher balls allowed in 65 innings. Everyone thought that Duquette was “Rocky Mountain High” after that deal, but, again, success. Add Wei-Yin Chen into the equation, and you can’t help but think that Duquette is one of the major reasons the Orioles have been successful. The bullpen, after being the worst in baseball for many years, is now the best. But, as soon as something goes wrong, or the GM doesn’t do what the fans think he should do, the bashing begins again.
I’m not saying to lose your passion for the Ravens, but don’t forget there’s another team in town.