The other night I was out at a sports bar with some friends watching the Baltimore Orioles get trounced by the Yankees. As a life time Orioles fan this was nothing new, we have been losing to the Bronx Bombers for as long as I can remember. But there was something different that night.
The usual apathy that accompanies an O’s loss was replaced with anger and discontent. People all around me were booing at the big screen TV after every lost opportunity. Drinks were being passed out like crazy as fans tried to drown their frustration with our team. And that’s when it dawned on me.
For the first time in my memory the Orioles are expected to win.
It is a new concept to the younger amongst the Orioles faithful. We grew up not knowing the glory days of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Instead of the Cal Ripken’s and Brooks Robinson’s of past we have players like Sidney Ponson and Melvin Mora to associate with.
Coming into the season there was little hope that things would turn around. Even after a ...