Thankfully, “we’re not in Kansas (City) anymore.”
Wow, that was ugly, huh?
After a nice, arms-flexing 9-2 win in the series opener on Monday night, the Orioles of 2013 went back to the Orioles circa 2008 in the final three games of the series, losing 7-1 on Thursday evening without putting up much of a fight.
Even Miguel Gonzalez stunk last night. That’s how bad it was.
The Red Sox arrive in Baltimore for a three-game series that starts tonight at Camden Yards and while it’s certainly nowhere near “must-win time” for the Orioles, it’s important they stand their ground (hopefully without shooting someone they confronted for no reason at all while he was minding his own business walking home from the store) against the Red Sox and keep themselves firmly in the A.L. East race as we enter the final two months of the campaign.
Yes, these three are big games against our friends from Boston.
Take solace in the fact that we’re watching baseball in Baltimore at the end of July and the games really, really matter. This is two years running now that we’re greeting August with enthusiasm, something we didn’t do from 1998 through 2011.
Win or lose ON the field, Baltimore baseball fans will win this weekend when the park is filled to the brim and the excitement in the air matches that of their stadium brethren next door.
It’s tough to ask for anything other than that.
Much will be made of last night’s “trapped catch” by Alex Gordon that diffused a potential Orioles rally in the 5th inning.
It was definitely trapped.
In fast motion – or “live play” as they call it – it certainly looked like Gordon caught the ball.
When you watch the replay of it, something the umpires don’t have the benefit of doing during the game, it’s very clear the ball wasn’t caught.
That’s the way it goes when you don’t have instant replay to sort through bang-bang plays or catches that weren’t.
I seem to remember a certain Orioles team getting a HUGE gift last September when the Yankees were in Baltimore and Mark Teixeira grounded into a game-ending double play in a close game…only he didn’t REALLY ground into a game-ending double play because he was clearly safe at first base.
Stuff happens when you can’t replay every, single moment in the game.
The Orioles lost on Thursday night because their starting pitcher wasn’t very good and their bats were largely silent save for that 5th inning.
I can’t get over how much garbage Alex Rodriguez is spewing about the Yankees not wanting him and how he’s ready to play and they’re holding him back, etc.
Of course they don’t want you back.
You’re a PED user.
You’re about to be suspended.
You’re a bad guy.
You can’t really play anymore.
Why SHOULD they want you back? Because you’ve ripped them off to the tune of $30 million a year?
It’s hilarious, really.
When your first three albums don’t have ONE bad song on any of them, you’re going to be #1 on my list of all-time most under-appreciated bands.
That’s why THESE GUYS made the list at #1.