Orioles get “Sabathia’ed” — My final post-card from The Bronx

October 13, 2012 | Drew Forrester

Orioles get “Sabathia’ed” — My final post-card from The Bronx

The only “major” decision Showalter whiffed on was the call to NOT have Adam Jones bunt in the 8th inning of Game 1 in Baltimore.  There’s no telling what would have happened had Jones been given the sign and then successfully bunted J.J. Hardy to third base after his leadoff double.  But I know what happened when he didn’t bunt Hardy over.  Three up, three down, game over about 20 minutes later.

Other than that, Showalter was as sharp as Girardi.

The great golfer Bobby Jones once said: “There’s golf and then there’s tournament golf.  And in no way are the two similar.”

That sums up what the Orioles found out about playoff baseball over the last six days.

“There’s baseball and there’s playoff baseball…and in no way are the two similar.”

Just ask Jones, Wieters, Reynolds and Davis, all four of whom labored through the five games so much they gave birth to triplets on the train home last night.

Someone in the stands on Friday night asked me “what’s wrong with ‘dem guyzz?” and I said, “They’re not facing Aaron Cook or Zach Stewart or some other scrub from the Blue Jays or Mariners that they all feasted on over the last few weeks of the season.”

And that’s it, really.

What happened to the Orioles bats in the post-season?

Simple.

They faced really good pitching.

Just like the Yankees and their bats – which clearly were placed on vibrate mode in the five games, minus the 9th inning of Game 1 – the Orioles fell victim to solid pitching.  That’s why it’s called “playoff baseball”.  The teams with the bad pitching staffs are playing golf.  The team’s with good pitching are in the post-season.

There will be other playoff appearances for Adam Jones and Matt Wieters in Baltimore.  They’ll get their chance to make up for a dismal 2012 post-season and my guess is next time around, they’ll fare much better.

It was one helluva series.

I was proud to be there on Friday night.

As I watched the 8th inning unfold beneath me — from great centerfield seats that cost me $42 because the New Yorkers didn’t care enough to go themselves — I couldn’t help but think about how good it felt to be invested in a game of this magnitude and to be there to see it all in live, human high-definition.

The better team won the series.

But only by an inch.

And even in defeat, it was well worth it.

 

 

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  1. Winston Says:

    Jeter got Hardy by a step and a half. Lets be honest, if it was any other batter on the team (outside of Teagarden/Weiters/Thome), he’s safe. Hardy is slow to begin with, and wasn’t moving well at all last night. Solid play, but have to look at who’s running. Jeter knew he had all day.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    Lets all hope (pray) that some screws came loose at the Angelos house this season and that we can build on this with better players and get back to what was once here. We need a superstar or two on this team who can beat guys like CC with the stick and pitch like CC.So lets get on that with all that MASN cash. We have the manager.Pay him too. Go Ravens.

  3. OVER40DON Says:

    $42 for a seat? Good grief! The cheapest I saw on line was just over $100 for standing room only @ OPACY. Correcton from earlier post. It was 100-1 for the O’s making the playoffs. Over and under for wins 68 1/2 don’t know what it paid.

    Unfortunately the AngelO’s probably won’t pay for a #1 starter. Curious how much they made in 1 playff series. That could buy a lot of player any position I would expect. Cha-Ching goes the register.

  4. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Between MASN Balto and MASN Washington I am sure Angelos family are laughing all the way to the bank after those two series.Imagine if both made it to the World Series. We now know what the Orioles needs are, but Angelos has said before he will not pay big money for a every fifth day player, we will wait and see. The fans got a taste of what Octobers used to be in Balto. and hopefully Angelos will take note.

  5. tsnamm Says:

    Its totally true Drew…the O’s need an ace, and they have’nt had a true one since Mussina was here. CC earned his paycheck by winning the big game when it counted. I have had this argument with many of my friends in Balto. who think that nobody is worth that kind of money, and defend the the previous Oriole game plan of trying to save a buck. The O’s need to get a #1 guy here to be the stopper, the anchor AND the mentor to this staff. It would be worth every penny going forward. Frankly, subtract 2 blown saves and add 3-4 hits to the 0 for middle of the line up and we would be in Detroit right now. But alas thats not how it worked out. I will be very interested to see what the organization is going to do in the off season to improve this team. Lets face it nobody picked this team to do what it did this year for good reason. If management chooses to do little or nothing to address those weaknesses in the off season, we cannot expect a repeat of another wonderful but improbable season.

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