Maybe it’s just me, but I doubt it. The Orioles have won 10 out of 14 since the All-Star Break, and it seems that I’m waiting for the “bottom to drop out.”
No, I’m not hoping that happens, in fact, I want the exact opposite. I would love nothing more than for the O’s to get over .500 and give me some hope for the off-season. I would love for the starting pitching to continue to dominate the American League. I would love for Brian Roberts to continue to be one of the best lead-off hitters in the game. I love the spirit of this team since Dave Trembley has taken over, and I would love for it to continue.
The truth is, I find myself just waiting for the 10 out of 14 losses. I find myself waiting for the 10 game stretch when the starting pitchers have an earn run average of six runs per game and average four innings per start. In spite of not wanting that, I find myself believing that might happen.
I find myself waiting for that because of the tremendous turn around this team has made since Trembley has taken over. Even though I’ve told my buddy Ray Bachman that managers and coaches really are that important, I had no idea that this team would respond quite like this. It’s not just the wins and losses either. It’s the way the team conducts themselves. It’s watching players in the dug-out greet other teammates at the top step after they do something productive. I’ve witnessed players go to other players to console them after failure. When I see that, I can’t help but ask, “Who are these guys?”
Here’s to hoping that the answer to that question is the Baltimore Orioles for a long time. Here’s to this team finding a new identity in a man who I did not think was the answer. Here’s to that man, Dave Trembley. And with the start of the Ravens’ training camp around the corner, it has become a tradition to put this team on the shelf. That, of course, is due to their level of play on the field. So, here’s to us looking us in September and realizing that this baseball team has had one heck of a turnaround.
Then, hopefully, we can sit in M&T Bank Stadium on September 23rd, talking about our Super Bowl chances, and an Oriole team that finished the 2007 season as one of the hottest teams in baseball. That is just one fan’s dream.