You wanted playoff baseball.
Well, you got it…sort of.
Tonight in Boston – and Wednesday and Thursday – you have what effectively becomes post-season action.
Every hit, every error, every managerial decision — they could literally change the season for the Orioles and the Red Sox.
From 1998 through 2011, we had no idea what this was all about, this baseball-that-matters as September rolls around.
I don’t know about you, but win or lose, I kind of like it. It’s certainly a lot better than watching a bunch of guys making $3.2 million go through the motions in September as another losing campaign comes to a close.
No matter what happens in Boston, the Orioles will leave Fenway Park part of the American League playoff race for the second consecutive season and you really can’t ask for more than that.
I might be in the minority, admittedly, but I remain convinced this O’s team still has a very real chance of making the post-season. Anyone who says “they don’t have a chance” is lying to themselves, because they DO have a chance. The standings reflect that statement. Now, if you want to say “they’re NOT going to make it”, you’re welcome to that opinion. You might wind up being right. But this much I know: The Orioles are once again going to play meaningful baseball in September, something they will NOT be doing this season in Toronto, Chicago, Milwaukee, Colorado, Seattle and Washington DC.
For the record, by the way, I think the Orioles are going to squeeze into the post-season as the second wild card team, nosing past Oakland in the final week of the regular season.
That’s how I see it.
Let’s hope I’m right…again.
If you’ve been watching the Rex Ryan saga unfold in New York and you’re surprised, you simply haven’t been paying attention over the last five years.
Rex, while a very good defensive coordinator, was never really fit to be a head coach in the NFL.
That he had some early success with the Jets was more a by-product of the blind-squirrel theory than anything else.
Some of you wanted Rex to be the head coach in Baltimore when Brian Billick was chased out following the 2007 campaign.
I told you then hiring him would have been a major mistake.
Fortunately for all of us in Baltimore, the Jets proved me right.
If you haven’t seen THIS TWO MINUTES OF MIKE TYSON, you really need to watch it.
Tyson fan or not, it’s very rare to see such a powerful person leave himself open and vulnerable the way Tyson does during this press conference last Friday.
I’m pulling for him, big time.