What do I say to that?
How can I say that?
Fans are acting like this team is heading in the wrong direction because they started 6-3 last season and started 2010 1-8.
Is this team really worse than the 2009 version? Absolutely not. The reasons outlined in this post still apply. The starting staff is better, the overall talent on offense is better, there is help on the way, and soon, from the farm system.
Does anybody remember the stretch over April/May 2009 when the O's went 3-14? 3-14! Better or worse than this stretch we're watching?
Get a grip. Just because this stretch starts the season makes it no worse. Growing pains. We'll have 'em.
And quit bringing up 1988. Let Grandpa Blogger tell you something. This ain't 1988. I lived through 1988! It was my baseball Vietnam!
Through the first 9 games of this season, Baltimore has been outscored 49-27. In 1988, they were outscored 61-14! And heartbreaking losses? The loss in the Brian Matusz game the other night pales in comparison to watching Mike Boddicker throw a complete game and give up only one run (while striking out 10 and walking none by the way) only to lose 4-3 to the Royals! Eddie Murray and Billy Ripken made the errors to give up the unearned runs! Or how about watching Mike Morgan throw 9 shutout innings only to lose 1-0 to Cleveland in 11? And you're going to punk out over a 1-8 streak? Don't come to me for compassion! Man up or go get your pink Red Sox hat and join The Nation! Quit 'yer whining!
1988...come back to reality.
Anyway, around the Blog-O-Sphere...
Roar From 34 says it all in the title to this post: O's Fans Should Be Waving Rally Towels, Not White Flags
Dempsey's Army raises our standard with you Matt!
Chris at Baltimore Sports Life looks in great detail at the 1-8 streak
Dave Mc of Weaver's Tantrum ponders the arguments for and against a managerial change.
The Eutaw Street Hooligans offer a dose of calm in the face of Oriole fan panic
Camden Crazies goes deep into the numbers and finds that while things are bad, they aren't as bad as you think..
Thursday, April 15, 2010