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2012-05-18 10:49:02 AM  
Baseball is a funny game. All you can do is what you can do. You just gotta take it one game at a time. You can't win the World Series in May but you sure can lose it in May. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Couple-a bounces here, couple of bounces there, who knows what our record is? We just gotta keep on keepin' on. The hardest thing in the world is hitting a round ball with a round bat, squarely. We just got 25 guys in there that believe in each other. Next man up. We're just playin' the teams in front of us, and giving 150%. Thing about baseball is, it is a funny, funny game. The only sport in the world where if you fail 7 times out of 10, you go to the Hall Of Fame. We're just trying to stay within ourselves and not let our grasp exceed our reach. Or our reach exceed our grasp. Just do the little things and the little things take care of the big things.
 
2012-05-18 10:57:24 AM  
I don't know if I would have predicted that they'd be this good early on... But at the end of last year, I was telling people that the Orioles would be in contention for the AL East... And everyone called me crazy.

That being said, it's still early. The Orioles could be this year's Pirates. Half way through the season: "Wow! Surprising how good they are!" End of the season: "And they've finished under .500 again."
 
2012-05-18 11:03:15 AM  
I'll be happy if they end over .500 this year.
 
2012-05-18 11:04:36 AM  
Yeah, but the Mariners are...HEY WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING, TWINS AND PADRES?
 
2012-05-18 11:07:10 AM  
Didn't they do this last year too?
 
2012-05-18 11:07:41 AM  
This with five straight wins in extra innings. It's going to be tough from hereon in though. Two? days off in the next four weeks? Something awful like that.
 
2012-05-18 11:09:31 AM  

netweavr: Didn't they do this last year too?


They started off ok, not like this though.
 
2012-05-18 11:12:13 AM  

mjones73: netweavr: Didn't they do this last year too?

They started off ok, not like this though.


Actually I just checked, this time last year they were 19-22 and in last place. They didn't get to 25 wins til 6/3.
 
2012-05-18 11:13:08 AM  

rickythepenguin: Baseball is a funny game. All you can do is what you can do. You just gotta take it one game at a time. You can't win the World Series in May but you sure can lose it in May. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Couple-a bounces here, couple of bounces there, who knows what our record is? We just gotta keep on keepin' on. The hardest thing in the world is hitting a round ball with a round bat, squarely. We just got 25 guys in there that believe in each other. Next man up. We're just playin' the teams in front of us, and giving 150%. Thing about baseball is, it is a funny, funny game. The only sport in the world where if you fail 7 times out of 10, you go to the Hall Of Fame. We're just trying to stay within ourselves and not let our grasp exceed our reach. Or our reach exceed our grasp. Just do the little things and the little things take care of the big things.


You know, a very wise man told me, some days you win, some days you lose, some days it rains. Think about that.

\Of course it's boring. That's the point. WRITE IT DOWN!
 
2012-05-18 11:15:43 AM  
As an O's fan, I've been waiting 16 years for this.

Dah Berds!
 
2012-05-18 11:16:45 AM  
Hey, the Mets aren't doing too badly either. David Wright is hitting .411!
 
2012-05-18 11:19:48 AM  

mjones73: mjones73: netweavr: Didn't they do this last year too?

They started off ok, not like this though.

Actually I just checked, this time last year they were 19-22 and in last place. They didn't get to 25 wins til 6/3.


mjones73: mjones73: netweavr: Didn't they do this last year too?

They started off ok, not like this though.

Actually I just checked, this time last year they were 19-22 and in last place. They didn't get to 25 wins til 6/3.


Wow, why do I remember them having a good 1st half of the season?
 
2012-05-18 11:20:49 AM  
Go O's!

Red Sox come to town next week. I guess when all the Boston Chowdaheads descend on Camden Yards this time, it will be because they have to come to Baltimore to see a first place team play.
 
2012-05-18 11:23:44 AM  

netweavr: mjones73: mjones73: netweavr: Didn't they do this last year too?

They started off ok, not like this though.

Actually I just checked, this time last year they were 19-22 and in last place. They didn't get to 25 wins til 6/3.

mjones73: mjones73: netweavr: Didn't they do this last year too?

They started off ok, not like this though.

Actually I just checked, this time last year they were 19-22 and in last place. They didn't get to 25 wins til 6/3.

Wow, why do I remember them having a good 1st half of the season?


They were good for about a week last year before the bottom fell out. The last time they were this good this far into the season was 2005. First place through June and in contention until July, but then the Palmeiro steroid scandal broke, Ponson gets arrested for another DUI, Mazzilli gets fired, etc. Plus that team was mostly over the hill.
 
2012-05-18 11:24:11 AM  

netweavr: Didn't they do this last year too?


You might be thinking of the Indians. They started off blazing and ended up soaking wet.
 
2012-05-18 11:24:29 AM  

degenerate-afro: netweavr: Didn't they do this last year too?

You might be thinking of the Indians. They started off blazing and ended up soaking wet.


I think you nailed it.
 
2012-05-18 11:24:38 AM  
They better fire him soon, otherwise they won't win the world series.
 
2012-05-18 11:25:33 AM  
I predicted that the change back to the goofy bird logo would end their years of futility.
 
2012-05-18 11:26:14 AM  
www.fangraphs.com
 
2012-05-18 11:26:25 AM  

lunchinlewis: I predicted that the change back to the goofy awesome bird logo would end their years of futility.


FTFY
 
2012-05-18 11:34:41 AM  
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MAKE YOUR PEACE WITH GOD!!! O_O
 
2012-05-18 11:36:53 AM  

guestguy: [www.fangraphs.com image 640x496]


Awesome.
 
2012-05-18 11:41:37 AM  
This is a far cry from the org. that started a season with 21 straight losses. Tough division, but I don't think any baseball fan from another city would be disappointed to see this team get into the playoffs (outside of disappointment in their own team not making it).
 
2012-05-18 11:48:31 AM  

IAmRight: Yeah, but the Mariners are...HEY WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING, TWINS AND PADRES?


The Madres have an owner that does not want to own the team. How many teams can say that?

Oh what could have been Kerry. Thanks for the memories!
 
2012-05-18 11:54:09 AM  

Nana's Vibrator: This is a far cry from the org. that started a season with 21 straight losses. Tough division, but I don't think any baseball fan from another city would be disappointed to see this team get into the playoffs (outside of disappointment in their own team not making it).


I would, because fark Peter Angelos.

/Go Nats
//Battle of the Beltway series this weekend
 
2012-05-18 11:54:09 AM  

Nana's Vibrator: This is a far cry from the org. that started a season with 21 straight losses. Tough division, but I don't think any baseball fan from another city would be disappointed to see this team get into the playoffs (outside of disappointment in their own team not making it).


You never know. St. Louis Browns fans might still be holding a grudge.
 
2012-05-18 12:07:20 PM  
They showed a graphic on ESPN this morning that the Orioles had the best record in the majors over the ~25 years they had the cartoon bird as their mascot and ranked 26th after they switched to the more realistic logo.

Obviously it's not just the logo change that has them back on top, but even a little change like the logo can make a difference.

They've got arguably the best closer in baseball right now, they're leading the league in home runs, they have two starting pitchers a combined 8-1 with each have a sub 3.0 ERA. And on top of that it seems like they've just been getting all the breaks (bottom of the 16th against Boston and top of the 9th against the Royals the other night). In years past there's always been parts there, but never a whole team. This year it really looks a complete team.

I'll still be happy with 82 wins, just to have a winning season again, but I have to be honest, playoffs are looking more and more like a reality.
 
2012-05-18 12:16:57 PM  

ginandbacon: This with five straight wins in extra innings. It's going to be tough from hereon in though. Two? days off in the next four weeks? Something awful like that.


They have won their last five extra innings games, but they haven't played five straight extra inning affairs. And having 2 scheduled days off coming up is a huge improvement over this current stretch, where the went 3 straight weeks without one (they did get a rain out, but had to play a double-header the next day to make up for it).
 
2012-05-18 12:33:29 PM  

Fricknmaniac: They've got arguably the best closer in baseball right now, they're leading the league in home runs, they have two starting pitchers a combined 8-1 with each have a sub 3.0 ERA. And on top of that it seems like they've just been getting all the breaks (bottom of the 16th against Boston and top of the 9th against the Royals the other night). In years past there's always been parts there, but never a whole team. This year it really looks a complete team.

I'll still be happy with 82 wins, just to have a winning season again, but I have to be honest, playoffs are looking more and more like a reality.


I've said all along that I'd be happy with 75 wins, and ecstatic with 81+. I won't start looking at a playoff berth until September, though, assuming they're still in the chase for one.

What worries me is that they are not a complete team. They do not have anyone on the roster who can play decent defense at third or first base, and they really only have five regular players who are a threat to do anything other than strike out or hit the odd home run. Hammel is pitching so far above his career norms that it's ridiculous & Chen is still a rookie; both pitchers are likely going to struggle at some point.

Basically, pretty much everything is going right for them to this point--several hitters have been hot at any given time (Hardy & Jones right now) and the bullpen has been lights out all season long. While the other three starters have pretty underwhelming numbers overall, they've each been done in by horrible starts interspersed between good ones. In a nutshell this team needs all of those things to keep happening for the entire season in order to remain in contention, and that's a pretty tall order. Admittedly, getting Reimold and Roberts back at some point will help, along with Zach Britton, and it's looking like Dylan Bundy is going to be at the major league level sooner rather than later. But when I look at this team right now I see a roster that still has some significant holes to fill.
 
2012-05-18 12:34:19 PM  

Harv72b: ginandbacon: This with five straight wins in extra innings. It's going to be tough from hereon in though. Two? days off in the next four weeks? Something awful like that.

They have won their last five extra innings games, but they haven't played five straight extra inning affairs. And having 2 scheduled days off coming up is a huge improvement over this current stretch, where the went 3 straight weeks without one (they did get a rain out, but had to play a double-header the next day to make up for it).


Right, sorry. But no, I don't mean two days in a row. They only have two days off total in the next four (or five?) weeks. My schedule's on the fridge downstairs and I can't remember. It's grueling though.
 
2012-05-18 12:36:38 PM  

Losac: I guess when all the Boston Chowdaheads descend on Camden Yards this time, it will be because they have to come to Baltimore to see a first place team play.


I saw a quote from Mark Teixeira, current Yankee who originally hails from Maryland, about how nice it was to play "back home" and "against a first place team". Really surprised the New York press didn't make a bigger deal out of that one.
 
2012-05-18 12:40:46 PM  

ginandbacon: But no, I don't mean two days in a row. They only have two days off total in the next four (or five?) weeks.


I know, just saying that having any days off at all is a nice break from the current stretch. ;)

Actually, brought up their schedule & it isn't bad at all: they have the 24th & 31st scheduled off this month, followed by 4th, 11th, 21st & 25th in June. You must be thinking of the stretch they're currently in, which has been murder (look at how many players, pitchers in particular, they've had to call up).
 
2012-05-18 12:53:20 PM  

Harv72b: ginandbacon: But no, I don't mean two days in a row. They only have two days off total in the next four (or five?) weeks.

I know, just saying that having any days off at all is a nice break from the current stretch. ;)

Actually, brought up their schedule & it isn't bad at all: they have the 24th & 31st scheduled off this month, followed by 4th, 11th, 21st & 25th in June. You must be thinking of the stretch they're currently in, which has been murder (look at how many players, pitchers in particular, they've had to call up).


OMG I know! How many pitchers do they have on the farms? We're going Wed. which is exciting. It's going to be a nail-biter for me either way since I'm from Boston. *ducks* I did get my floppy sun hat on Mother's Day so I might wear it and secretly root for Boston.
 
2012-05-18 12:55:14 PM  

Harv72b:
I saw a quote from Mark Teixeira, current Yankee who originally hails from Maryland, about how nice it was to play "back home" and "against a first place team". Really surprised the New York press didn't make a bigger deal out of that one.


I love how Teixeira still gets booed pretty loud whenever he plays "back home". Hope all that Yankee money is worth it to him being a pariah in his hometown.
 
2012-05-18 01:14:07 PM  
Friend of mine wants me to go to one of the Boston games with her. I havent been to a game since the strike. The family used to have season tickets, broke my heart.
 
2012-05-18 01:14:22 PM  

ginandbacon: OMG I know! How many pitchers do they have on the farms? We're going Wed. which is exciting. It's going to be a nail-biter for me either way since I'm from Boston. *ducks* I did get my floppy sun hat on Mother's Day so I might wear it and secretly root for Boston.


Judging from the performances of a couple of them, less than they think. :)

My father's originally from New York, the Bronx to be exact, so I've learned not to hold birthplaces against anyone. Of course, he's not a baseball fan anyway so it was pretty easy in his case.

Losac: I love how Teixeira still gets booed pretty loud whenever he plays "back home". Hope all that Yankee money is worth it to him being a pariah in his hometown.


I've always thought that was lame. In my ideal world the Orioles would beat the Yankees 20-4 every time they played, with Teixeira going 4-4 with 4 home runs. Who wouldn't choose more money with a perennial contender vs. playing for Baltimore?
 
2012-05-18 01:30:16 PM  

Harv72b: I've always thought that was lame. In my ideal world the Orioles would beat the Yankees 20-4 every time they played, with Teixeira going 4-4 with 4 home runs. Who wouldn't choose more money with a perennial contender vs. playing for Baltimore?


Because he spent his entire early career with Texas talking about how it was his dream to play for the Orioles, and he grew up a diehard fan, etc. Then when he signs with the Yankees he gets up to the podium and talks about how he grew up a huge Don Mattingly fan.

O's offered him $140 million. Not bad money to get to play for your childhood team and help get them back to respectability. Instead he goes to a hated division rival. Not hard to see why O's fans hate him.
 
2012-05-18 01:36:58 PM  

Harv72b: Losac: I love how Teixeira still gets booed pretty loud whenever he plays "back home". Hope all that Yankee money is worth it to him being a pariah in his hometown.

I've always thought that was lame. In my ideal world the Orioles would beat the Yankees 20-4 every time they played, with Teixeira going 4-4 with 4 home runs. Who wouldn't choose more money with a perennial contender vs. playing for Baltimore?


Meh, personally I dislike him because he was a douche in high school, but it has nothing to do with his decision to go to the Yankees... actually let me amend that. He was a douche to some of my friends in High School. I was a Jr. when he was a Fr., so I didn't interact with him too often (far too busy with AP courses). So I guess part of it is influenced from friends and part of it is Yankees hate.

As for why other Orioles fans hate him, remember he was the one who basically said "I like the Yankees better than the Orioles because the Orioles suck and the Yankees are awesome. I like Cal and Eddie, but I've always been a Yankees fan at heart".

I'll try to find the actual quote, but don't expect Orioles fans to forgive saying that easily.
 
2012-05-18 01:48:04 PM  

degenerate-afro: As for why other Orioles fans hate him, remember he was the one who basically said "I like the Yankees better than the Orioles because the Orioles suck and the Yankees are awesome. I like Cal and Eddie, but I've always been a Yankees fan at heart".

I'll try to find the actual quote, but don't expect Orioles fans to forgive saying that easily.


Teixeira grew up in Baltimore, but instead of being drawn to Orioles players such as Cal Ripken, Jr., or Eddie Murray, his favorite was Mattingly.

"There was something about Don Mattingly," Teixeira said. "I would go to Orioles games wearing a Yankee cap. The first time I went to Yankee Stadium I was about eight or nine years old and saw Mattingly play. Donnie Baseball was my guy."


"In the back of my mind, the Yankees were always the top and once Leigh said, 'I want you to be a Yankee,' it was a done deal,"

"The whole Red Sox organization was great during this entire process," Teixeira said. "But at the same time, for my family, for my career, I felt New York was a better fit. It was nothing against the Red Sox. It just happened that between the contract and the proximity to my parents' house, the Yankees were a perfect fit."


Not only did he "always prefer the Yankees", but he even thanked the Red Sox for how great they were.

"In a perfect world, the Orioles would've won the World Series every year I was alive and I'd be an Oriole right now," Teixeira said. "I have so much love for this city, this organization. But in the business world, in the baseball world, sometimes you have to make difficult decisions. When it came down to it, the Yankees were a better fit for me.

So yes, it may have been his being a douche to my friends back in high school that started my dislike of Teixeira, but it was comments like that one that continued it.
 
2012-05-18 01:50:52 PM  

degenerate-afro: Nana's Vibrator: This is a far cry from the org. that started a season with 21 straight losses. Tough division, but I don't think any baseball fan from another city would be disappointed to see this team get into the playoffs (outside of disappointment in their own team not making it).

You never know. St. Louis Browns fans might still be holding a grudge.


What is it with Baltimore grabbing teams named "Browns"? Seriously, don't ever name your team that or it will move here.

/Baltimore born and bred
//root for all of my home teams
///but that has always bugged me
 
2012-05-18 01:53:06 PM  

Losac: Because he spent his entire early career with Texas talking about how it was his dream to play for the Orioles, and he grew up a diehard fan, etc. Then when he signs with the Yankees he gets up to the podium and talks about how he grew up a huge Don Mattingly fan.

O's offered him $140 million. Not bad money to get to play for your childhood team and help get them back to respectability. Instead he goes to a hated division rival. Not hard to see why O's fans hate him.


Well I don't expect him to get up on a podium in New York and say that he grew up a huge Eddie Murray fan. :p

degenerate-afro: As for why other Orioles fans hate him, remember he was the one who basically said "I like the Yankees better than the Orioles because the Orioles suck and the Yankees are awesome. I like Cal and Eddie, but I've always been a Yankees fan at heart".

I'll try to find the actual quote, but don't expect Orioles fans to forgive saying that easily.


I forgive him because it's basically true, or at least has been for the past 15 years.

Meh, to each their own but I'll continue to think that booing him every time he steps to the plate is pretty classless. Particularly since there are so many other Yankees who deserve it much more.
 
2012-05-18 01:59:04 PM  

bgddy24601: What is it with Baltimore grabbing teams named "Browns"? Seriously, don't ever name your team that or it will move here.

/Baltimore born and bred
//root for all of my home teams
///but that has always bugged me


The current Orioles started life as the Milwaukee Brewers, though. They were only renamed the Browns after they moved to St. Louis, and even then simply because the original St. Louis Browns (Brown Stockings in formal circles) had changed their name to the Cardinals.

And of course technically speaking the Cleveland Browns didn't move to Baltimore, but rather suspended operations for 3 years while a new franchise was formed using the Browns' roster. Which understandably doesn't mean much to Cleveland fans.
 
2012-05-18 01:59:09 PM  

Losac: O's offered him $140 million.


The thing to remember is that Andy MacPhail told Tex and his agent that the $140M was just the starting bid. If he was in any way seriously considering playing for the Orioles that number could go up but that he would not allow the Os to be used just to drive up the price another team paid. They never submitted a counter offer. Tex was never going to sign here and anything he said contrary to that was lip service.
 
2012-05-18 02:05:08 PM  

bgddy24601: Tex was never going to sign here and anything he said contrary to that was lip service.


He never said anything to the contrary. Everything that came out of his mouth officially was "Orioles? LOL whatever".
 
2012-05-18 02:05:29 PM  

LucklessWonder: Nana's Vibrator:
I would, because fark Peter Angelos.

/Go Nats
//Battle of the Beltway series this weekend


degenerate-afro:
You never know. St. Louis Browns fans might still be holding a grudge.


These are both very valid points. I stand corrected, although on the Angelos thing, I think he's still burning from that Albert Belle signing. Just wait until Duquette pulls Jose Offerman out of the heap and signs him for $15 mil.
(Don't worry, our ownership will never learn from Offerman, Renteria, Lackey, Cameron, JD Drew kinda,Beckett kinda although Mike Lowell takes the sting out of that, etc...)
 
2012-05-18 02:43:46 PM  

Harv72b: ginandbacon: OMG I know! How many pitchers do they have on the farms? We're going Wed. which is exciting. It's going to be a nail-biter for me either way since I'm from Boston. *ducks* I did get my floppy sun hat on Mother's Day so I might wear it and secretly root for Boston.

Judging from the performances of a couple of them, less than they think. :)

My father's originally from New York, the Bronx to be exact, so I've learned not to hold birthplaces against anyone. Of course, he's not a baseball fan anyway so it was pretty easy in his case.

Losac: I love how Teixeira still gets booed pretty loud whenever he plays "back home". Hope all that Yankee money is worth it to him being a pariah in his hometown.

I've always thought that was lame. In my ideal world the Orioles would beat the Yankees 20-4 every time they played, with Teixeira going 4-4 with 4 home runs. Who wouldn't choose more money with a perennial contender vs. playing for Baltimore?


How about because he spent most of his time at MSJ being a total douche nozzle?
 
2012-05-18 02:52:24 PM  

LucklessWonder: Nana's Vibrator: This is a far cry from the org. that started a season with 21 straight losses. Tough division, but I don't think any baseball fan from another city would be disappointed to see this team get into the playoffs (outside of disappointment in their own team not making it).

I would, because fark Peter Angelos.

/Go Nats
//Battle of the Beltway series this weekend


Psst, Baltimore isn't surrounded by a Beltway, it's a Loop, come up with a better name... :)

How about the B-W Parkway series.
 
2012-05-18 03:12:12 PM  

mjones73: How about the B-W Parkway series.


Most appropriately named roadway in the United States.
 
2012-05-18 03:13:37 PM  

mjones73: LucklessWonder: Nana's Vibrator: This is a far cry from the org. that started a season with 21 straight losses. Tough division, but I don't think any baseball fan from another city would be disappointed to see this team get into the playoffs (outside of disappointment in their own team not making it).

I would, because fark Peter Angelos.

/Go Nats
//Battle of the Beltway series this weekend

Psst, Baltimore isn't surrounded by a Beltway, it's a Loop, come up with a better name... :)

How about the B-W Parkway series.

I-695) is a 51.46-mile (82.82 km)-long full beltway Interstate Highway extending around Baltimore, Maryland, USA. I-695 is officially designated the McKeldin Beltway, but is colloquially referred to as either the Baltimore Beltway or 695.


B-W Parkway (or Parkway) series does sound better.
 
2012-05-18 03:18:48 PM  

Harv72b: mjones73: How about the B-W Parkway series.

Most appropriately named roadway in the United States.


I know, thank goodness with GPS now you can make a semi informed decision about BW Parkway or 95.

Go O's!!!
 
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