Let me take you back to the year 2009 – it’s July and Dave Trembly has just pulled Jason Berken after going two and a third, and the Orioles trail by five to the Rays.
Those were the dark days of Orioles baseball and to be honest, there appeared to be no end in sight.
Our farm system was still recovering from the disasters that were Hayden Penn and Adam Lowen, and the animosity towards the Angelos family was at an all-time high. In those years, all you’d ever hear on the radio is how Orioles fans were just dying for this team to break .500 – ‘competitive’ was good enough.
Quite frankly, they were a team with very little talent which was in the middle of a rebuilding process that had been taking place since 1997.
Fast forward to the year 2018 and the Orioles have undoubtedly the best middle infield duo in all of baseball, as well as a young pitching staff with loads of potential.
These reason, among others, are why I’m super skeptical of the more popular view to “blow up the team” – an argument which aided by the poor start to the season seems to be growing more popular by the day.
As a fan who has become used to seeing the team in contention since 2012, I don’t want to see the likes of Luis Matos, Cesar Izturis, and Daniel Cabrera dawn the sacred Orange once again. Unlike many set to read this debut piece of mine, I never got to experience a winning Orioles team until 2012. The success of the 80s and 90s was before my time and I don’t take a winning team for granted.
So my view, which I accept may not be shared by the majority of Birdland, is that we should be demanding that the organization keep this team together as long as possible and do all that it can to achieve this. After 14 consecutive losing seasons us fans are owed some sustained success to make up for the years of constant heartache and misery we were put us through, and I think we can all agree that the ‘Yard is a lot more enjoyable place when Manny is hitting frozen ropes to the gaps, as opposed to Sidney Ponson taking the mound for a 70-win Orioles team.