The important thing to remember is that it is OKAY if the Orioles struggle mightily in the 2nd half. It is OKAY if the Orioles finish in 5th place. It is OKAY if the Orioles battle the Royals for the worst record in the American League. It is OKAY if the Orioles don’t give us the good feelings in the 2nd half that they gave us early on.
It is OKAY………..as long as they continue on the path to rebuilding.
As long as the Orioles continue to acquire young players who can be part of the rebuilding path in Baltimore; the likely demise of the ’08 Orioles is not only OKAY; it is what we should expect. I know I previously predicted that the Orioles wouldn’t get back over .500 after May 31; but after watching last night’s game-I now think the Orioles have reached the point where they won’t get back over .500 after July 8. They just don’t have the horses at this point.
You’re going to be doing some yelling and screaming over the next few weeks. But as long as Andy MacPhail continues down the path to rebuilding; remember-everything is OKAY.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say…
Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:
Drew Forrester thinks Ravens should consider Favre acquisition
Lonnie Nelson impressed with Palace’s performance in Open Cup
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jays’ 4 run 7th dooms Birds in loss
The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss
The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Olson will try to right ship tonight vs. Burnett
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Loewen re-aggravates stress fracture in elbow
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says 33 year old rookie Castillo finally gets to big leagues
The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says ’83 Championship team to be honored July 23
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Roberts trails Longoria in voting
Blue Jays Official Site’s David Singh says Rolen’s grounder gets past Bynum, walks off Jays
The Sun’s Rick Maese says Hall of Famer Morgan thinks Birds should trade for big league help
The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Ripken heading to South Africa in ‘09
The Sun’s Dan Connolly says locker room somber after loss
The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Huff homers again in loss
The Sun’s Dan Connolly says scan reveals Loewen’s injury ‘widening’
The Sun’s Dan Morrison cleans up after me
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Cubs prospects going to Oakland, not Baltimore
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Castillo performed well vs. lefties in minors this year
Carroll County Times says Birds transfer Patton to 60 day DL to make room for Castillo
The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says former Bird Ryan works perfect inning in Jays’ win
The Examiner’s Eric Detweiler says Payton finding room in Birds’ OF
Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Cabrera pulled early in costly 7th
Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Loewen will consult Dr. Andrews, team orthopedist Wilckens before making decision on future
The Official Site’s Jeff McAdam says tall Czech could make roster as kickoff specialist
The Examiner doesn’t want to see Ravens pursue Favre
Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg says controversy surrounds Poe’s mascot contest victory
CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco thinks Boller will be Ravens’ starter Week 1
CBS Sports’ Eric Kay says mascot contest ended day early due to ballot stuffing
CRYSTAL PALACE USA:
New England Revolution Official Site says Palace run in Open Cup ends in penalty kicks
The Hartford Courant says Palace loses 2-1 on PKs
Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem previews D-Line (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps working on new bigs for ’09 (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in from I-95 event (must subscribe)
The Official Site says alum Mundorf MLL All-Star again
The Official Site says nine Jays All-Stars
The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Niumatalolo, not Johnson did majority of Navy’s ‘08 recruiting
Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says assistant Ross finalist for Ohio State gig
The Sun’s Stefen Lovelace says Broadneck Coach Ware dead at 62
The Sun’s Doug Donovan says land deal paving way for slots in Cecil County
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-The Adam Loewen situation is EXTREMELY unfortunate. It is almost assuredly to the point that we will never see Adam make an impact as a Major League pitcher. Adam will have to REALLY show courage to work through this, but I don’t know he will ever be effective enough to make the return.
-I do not believe Brett Favre will wear a jersey other than that of the Green Bay Packers next season. The Packers may not want Brett just as badly as Peter King says; but I also don’t think Brett wants to play so badly that he will be willing to go somewhere else. I believe that Brett wants to play; but the desire to learn a new area, a new system, a new staff, and a new group of teammates likely does not burn inside the same way his passion to play does. If the Packers pass on him, I imagine he will remain retired. And just as a note-Bill Williamson, who wrote the ESPN.com story that got everyone worked up about the Favre to Baltimore possibilities-declined a request to join us on WNST and discuss the possibility any further.
-With no offense to Pete Prisco, who does a nice job of covering the NFL; I actually think Joe Flacco has a better chance of starting Week 1 than Kyle Boller.
-Congratulations to Crystal Palace USA for a nice run in the U.S. Open Cup. Get out and see some professional soccer when you get the chance.
-Brooks Robinson will clearly get my vote in the 2nd round of the King of Baltimore Sports contest. Quite simply-during his time in Baltimore-Brooks was a 15 time All-Star over 23 seasons, won 16 Gold Gloves, an AL MVP Award, 2 world series titles, 4 AL Pennants, and even an All-Star Game MVP. On the flipside, Wes Unseld played just 5 seasons in Baltimore-posting 4 All-Star appearances, an MVP, and a Rookie of the Year honor.
Talk to you soon.