Anyone who knows me personally knows that I’m a bit of a sports fan. Not a huge one, but I at least follow my favorite teams throughout the season. Specifically, I follow the NFL and the MLB. Now, I’ve always been a bit of a homer, someone who roots for his home team. Who can blame me, I mean, I’ve lived in the same area for practically all of my life (if you don’t count the two 3-month periods that I lived in the Seattle area). I grew up rooting for the Baltimore Orioles, and fell for the Baltimore Ravens when they came to town in the mid 1990s.
Of course, anyone that knows recent MLB history would probably know that the Orioles have been in the basement of the MLB for more than a decade now. Heck, their last winning season (more games won than lost) was in 1997. Those were the glory days for me. The days of Cal Ripken and the like. That magic seemed all but lost in the Baltimore area. The season always starts with that clear-eyed optimism, which quickly seems to give way to the realization that the Orioles were going to have another losing season… Last year, for instance, they started out with 2 wins in their first 18 games (that’s how quickly the optimism goes away). Hell, they didn’t win their 4th game last year until the 27th of April, the 20th game of their season.
However, things started looking up as last year came to a close. The O’s hired a new manager, Buck Showalter, and suddenly something very interesting happened to the bottom of the basement team: they started winning games. They won 34 of the last 57 games last year, one of the best records for that period of the year in the MLB. That winning didn’t stop there either, as it seems to be carrying into this season as well. The Orioles have won their first 4 games of the season, giving up a total of 4 runs to the competition during that time. Hopefully this is a sign of things still to come.
It looks like after more than a decade, that Orioles Magic might be back in Baltimore. Its a long season, but maybe this is the Orioles’ year.