Team Squander did it again last night and this time it really came back to bite them in the butt.
The Orioles were gifted a no-outs-bases-loaded situation in the top of the 3rd inning at Fenway Park and were in great position to blow the game wide open with a few timely hits or one big blow.
What could have been a five or six run inning that most certainly would have chased Boston starter Felix Doubront turned into your basic no-harm two-run inning.
That was the last time our orange feathered friends scored in a 13-2 shellacking at the hands of the Red Sox.
Look, I realize Wei Yin Chen stunk it up last night and even with a five run 3rd inning the Birds might have figured out a way to lose 9-7 or 10-8. But, when you have a chance to put up a big-run inning at Fenway Park, you either do it or you get your feelings hurt later on in the game.
It’s hard to make fun of Danny Valencia this morning since he had two of the four Baltimore hits last night, but when your late- August-playoffs-looming lineup includes Valencia and Steve Pearce, I’m not sure how you really expect to beat a quality team like the Red Sox.
Tonight and Thursday become nearly must win outings for the Birds.
If we’re playing H-O-R-S-E and the word is MUST, the Orioles have M-U-S heading into these final two games at Fenway Park.
It’s exciting to watch, of course, particularly since we went from 1998 through 2011 without witnessing an Orioles game that mattered. I’d still rather sit in front of my TV and observe a 13-2 loss that “matters” instead of a 7-4 loss to the Twins that puts us 26.5 games behind the first place Yankees…which is what we saw for more than a decade.
That said, this Orioles team is better than what they showed on Tuesday night.
At least I hope they are — tonight and tomorrow, in particular.
As of this writing, I haven’t yet heard the on-air exchange between our very own Glenn Clark and the Denver sportscaster who appeared on Glenn’s show to discuss his “defacing” of the Joe Flacco posters in downtown Denver.
It’s in our audio vault and I will make it a point to listen today, but I almost intentionally DIDN’T listen to it yet because I didn’t want my opinion of the situation to be influenced by what I hear.
So, what I’m writing next has nothing at all to do with the interview and/or the words exchanged between Glenn and Vic Lombardi.
I read the Deadspin story yesterday where Lombardi took issue with the NFL for putting up Joe Flacco posters in Denver to help promote the season opener next Thursday night.
I understand what the NFL intended to do: They’re looking to create excitement in Denver…the defending Super Bowl champs are coming to town to kick-off the entire NFL campaign.
That said, it was a poor choice on the league’s part when you take into account that Flacco and the Ravens eliminated Denver last January in the post-season.
All you have to do is ask yourself this: If Ben Roethlisberger came into Baltimore on a gray January night and sent the Ravens packing from the playoffs, what would OUR collective reaction be the following September if we woke up one morning and the NFL had placed 250 “Big Ben” posters all over downtown Baltimore and across the facade of the football stadium so everyone driving on 395 could see it as the season opener between the Steelers and Ravens approached.
We’d go effing nuts.
Well…let me re-phrase that: I would go nuts.
Perhaps this is what the NFL wanted, by the way. They already scammed the Ravens out of their rightful position as the owner of the 2013 season opener. Maybe this “Flacco Poster move” was done to drum up some anxiety in Denver just to raise the blood pressure of BOTH teams.
I’m not sure the league’s that smart, frankly, but if all of this was done to drum up some additional interest in the season opener next Thursday, they definitely accomplished that goal.
So, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has finally surfaced and he says, “Of course I didn’t take money for those autographs I signed…that would be illegal.”