Drew’s Morning Dish — Thurs., September 12

September 12, 2013 | Drew Forrester

I’ll say it, even though it won’t be popular.  I’m going to say it because, frankly, it deserves to be said:  The Yankees have more guts than the Orioles.


Call it whatever you want; intestinal fortitude, guts, stones, mettle.  Whatever the word you apply, stick it to Joe Girardi’s team and move on.

They are one gutsy bunch.

They’ve been that way all season, really.  No Jeter, no Teixeira, no A-Rod until August.  They patched together a lineup that was noble in effort but not much more.  There’s no way – particularly with their star pitcher struggling all season – the Yankees should be in the playoff race, but they are.

And there’s no way they should have won two games in this series in Baltimore, but they have.  And they won two mainly because when they faced deficits of 4-1 on Tuesday and 3-1 on Wednesday, they “buckled up” and got the job done when it mattered.  There was the four-run uprising in the 8th inning on Tuesday and then a two-run 9th put them up for good on Wednesday night.

When the game was on the line the last two nights, the Yankees came through.   When the game was on the line the last two nights, the Orioles didn’t.

You probably don’t like reading that, mainly because you’re a homer who would never stoop so low as to openly compliment the Bronx Bombers.  That’s cool.  It’s my job, however, to sort through the rubble and the dislike and all that other stuff and present the truth to you.  It’s then your call as to what you do with it.

When it comes to guts, the Yankees have more of it than the Orioles.

The Birds aren’t gut-less – as in, having NO guts – mind you.  They’re fighters, as evidenced by the 9th inning last night when they tried to mount an improbable rally against Mariano Rivera.

But, New York – this season – has more fire in their belly than Baltimore.  In fact, it’s the only reason they’re still in the playoff race.

They have big time guts.

If the Orioles had any ability at all to finish off a wobbly opponent, they’d be up in this four-game series 3-0 and have the Yankees just about dead and buried in the 2013 playoff race.

Instead, by virtue of last night’s thievery at OPACY, it’s New York that has the Orioles on the ropes.  I can’t imagine Phil Hughes with his inflated ERA and lack of 2013 pedigree is beating the Birds tonight in the series finale, but if that should happen and Buck’s boys drop three of four, it will severely damage their playoff hopes.

Even Alex Rodriguez and Mark Reynolds have come through for the Yankees in this series.

That’s when you know they’re pulling out all the stops.


There’s been no mention of it in the 4-game series — but I’ll admit the Orioles don’t have to publicly “pre-promote” what they’re doing for Mariano Rivera in this, his final regular season stop ever in Baltimore.

So, I’m not overly concerned that three games have passed and we haven’t heard a peep from The Warehouse with regard to what they intend to do tonight for #42 to show their appreciation for the way he’s conducted himself throughout his career.

I’ll just say this and leave it alone for now:

The Orioles BETTER do “something” tonight for Mariano Rivera.

I assume they’re going to.

I “know” they’re going to, in that it’s so obviously the right thing to do that even the Orioles can’t possibly foul this thing up.

That said, you’re talking about an organization that revoked the media credentials of two people last week and neither of those people did anything to violate their silly rules.

The Orioles, as we all know, march to the beat of their own drummer when it comes to matters involving public relations.

Once more for impact:  The Orioles BETTER do something tonight for Mariano Rivera.


9 Comments For This Post

  1. Craig from Abingdon Says:

    Not sure who it was from either Dan Connoly or Eduardo Encina tweeted that the pregame ceremony for Mariano Rivera was going to be at 1855.

  2. Chris Says:

    The O’s just don’t have it this year. Maybe THAT will prompt them to try to get better in the offseason. A lot of the players helping the redsox to their magical season are players the O’s could’ve at least tried to get. And it’s not like they were signed for 5-10 year deals. Most were on 1-2 year deals.

  3. Patrick J Says:

    How many World Series has Buck is a duck won? He has no fire. He always “likes his guys” not that always works but the A’s manager ripped his guys in the media about 3 weeks ago and go figure they are now in 1st place. He made a calculated risk and it paid off. Gotta try something as Chris Davis said without saying it two nights ago. It was fun last year we have to get back to that. Something tells me all is not well in “Birdland” Huge road trip coming up but it may between those who were pretenders and never contenders. If Tampa hasn’t completely fallen apart the last month we’d be talking Ravens 24/7 again because we’d simply be eliminated by now. Their is genuine excitement in KC right now reminds me of us in 2012.

  4. unitastoberry Says:

    Last 2 games really hurt.

  5. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Mark Reynolds, good enough for the Yankees, but not the O’s. Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up ! How’s the overpaid Markakis doing?

  6. justafan Says:

    Joe Girardi should be a shoe-in for manager of the year.

  7. Chris from Bel Air Says:

    The O’s remind me of the Ravens from a few years ago, continually trying to beat Pittsburgh and New England and get to the next level. They were a good team and they were right there in it. But, when in came time to make a couple of those clutch plays to win the game, they didn’t do it. Here’s hoping the O’s find their way to win, the same as last year’s Ravens team did.

  8. tsnamm Says:

    Its funny you should mention the Mariano thing…i was thinking the same thing and sent an email to them yesterday on their web site… even teams like the Minnesota Twins were honoring him, I mean who saw him perform more than us? That being said I received a reply from Sarah Ostrander from the fan services team who assured me that the team would in fact have a ceromony prior to tonights game for Mo…it is the right thing to do, and its good to see the adults are running things for this.

  9. mel Says:

    they will lose 3 of 4 orioles suck accept it

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