First, before I offer some insight on (the hottest team in baseball) our Orioles, I have to mention how deeply saddened I was at the news of the death of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys on Friday. The older I get, the more it seems I’m shaken by untimely deaths, like Yauch passing away at age 47, leaving behind a wife and a daughter. I hope that little girl grows up to know how cool her father was and how hard he worked for causes he believed in. It’s interesting to see how little media coverage Yauch’s death generated. Unlike recent musician-passings like Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, both of whom overdosed, Yauch lost a 3-year battle with cancer on Friday. I assume his story isn’t nearly as captivating as drug addiction and booze binges. Maybe that’s why I’m not reading or hearing much about it from those rat finks in the media. I went through the entire Beastie Boys catalog over the weekend and sort of re-discovered just how great they are. I’ve been a fan since “License to Ill”, but sometimes you need a refresher course to fully remember how much you enjoy(ed) a band or a singer. It’s been a while since a musician and/or celebrity death impacted me. The Adam Yauch news on Friday really saddened me.
Here’s a terrific review of Yauch’s life and the legacy he leaves behind if you’d LIKE TO READ IT HERE.
Thanks for letting me get that out.
Most of the sports media “experts” in town picked the Orioles to be lousy in 2012, with a win total somewhere in the mid 60’s.
I wasn’t one of them.
You’ll recall that I was the whack job who went on the air back on April 6 and said, “This Orioles team will be better than the 2011 team, for sure. In fact, they’re going to win 78 games and finish in 4th place, with Boston finishing last.”
Funny thing is, I might wind up being completely wrong about the 78 wins. They might wind up with 88.
At this point, though, I’m looking like a prophet with the Birds out to a scorching 19-9 start, punctuated by a series sweep in Boston, where the Red Sox are showing signs of crumbling. To reach my 78-win total, the orange and black merely need to go 59-75 from here on in.
I’d say that’s a safe bet.
However, I’m coming in contact with plenty of non-believers these days and nearly every single one of them has the same question for me. “What are the chances the Orioles can keep playing like this?”. It’s amazing how almost every person has the same distorted view of the first 28 games of the season: “how long until they screw this up?”
I’ll say the same thing I’ve been saying. If they keep getting this kind of pitching, both from their starters and the relief staff, the Orioles can win as many games as anyone in the division. I don’t know what the answer is to the obvious question — “Can they keep pitching like this?” — but I do know their success is tied directly to whatever happens on the mound. If the Orioles keep this solid pitching going, they could be in for a special season. It’s way too early to start talking about anything other than just watching the schedule play out, which is why I don’t like that question — “Do you think we can keep playing like this?”. Why worry about “can we?” and instead just watch the games and enjoy the scenery.
It’s been a while since the games were fun to watch. I mean, really fun to watch. I’m not talking about doing what you usually do, which is put the game on for white noise in the living room while you surf the net or play a video game on your laptop. I’m talking about sitting down and making it a point to get yourself comfortable in your favorite seat in the house with a drink of choice in your hand and watching the Orioles game as if it mattered. These games, so far in 2012, are fun to watch.
There are 134 games left. It’s way too early to start thinking about anything.
Just watch the games.
Better yet, go to one on this homestand. They have Texas for four (4), Tampa Bay for three and the Yankees for two. Get out to the stadium and have a good night watching the home team.
Stop asking if this can continue. Sure it can. It might not. But then again, it might.
So let’s just watch the games. For the first time since Bill Clinton was in the oval office, the team is worth watching again.
I’ll watch all summer long if it makes the Orioles wind up making me look good…