Opening day thoughts

April 06, 2009 | Keith Melchior

Today is not only opening day, it’s my daughter’s 26th birthday. Happy Birthday kiddo!

I have never been to an opening day in my 46 years of being an active Orioles fan.  I don’t plan on attending one in the future either.  Opening day always takes this town by storm. It’s like going to church on Christmas Eve and Easter. People you never see the rest of the year are there because they want to be seen as being a part of the hoopla. All the TV stations are out in full force interviewing the fan on the street, excitement is in the air, the Orioles are not mathematically eliminated from the post season yet, everyone is making their predictions, and everyone has Orioles fever. You will hear the manager and players claim that this game is important because it helps them set the tone for how they hope the season will turn out, and of course they want to get a win infront of the home crowd. This seems to last about 1 day.  By Thursday afternoon, today will be a distant memory. Opening day only means the cold, nasty winter weather is pretty much behind us and summer is around the corner and the morons will be predicting 82-88 wins yet again.

The age-old theory of baseball is that every team will win 50 games and lose 50 games. It is the record in those remaining 62 games that really matters. There is no actual timetable as to when those “remaining 62 games” begin for each team. Do they start after the All Star break, and before the trading deadlines?  For some teams, this may be true, but in my opinion, the Orioles stretch of 62 games begins TODAY, April 6, 2009. If they go on a 4-36 stretch, it will be very ugly around these parts and the NFL draft and Ravens training camp will, once again, be the highlight of the year.

As critical as I have become of the Orioles over the last 10 years, there is not 1 person around who wants them to do well and at least be competitive more then I. I had a 13 game plan until 2001, when it was obvious the fan base was dwindling as the team started to lose and lose and lose. I can’t drink the orange kool-aid until they prove to me they want to put a competitive team on the field and actively challenge the Red Sox and Yankees for dominance in the AL East. I wrote countless blogs about my rejection of all the 2011 theories and having to be patient. I don’t plan on throwing my hard earned money toward a team that doesn’t make it fun and enjoyable to go see them play to win and win and win.

As for them making the effort to improve enough to be a perennial contender, I’ll believe it when I see it. I’ll jump back on the bandwagon, but I’ll be wearing a safety harness to prevent the fall off to not be as painful as the last 11 seasons.

To those of you who are die hard Oriole fans who live and breathe on every pitch no matter what, I am happy that your season has begun and I wish you nothing but the best. It’s just a shame it has to be with listening to Manfra and Angel on the radio though.

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