I am not a traitor.
Although, I admit, this might not look too good.
I’ve been sitting around for weeks waiting for the Baltimore Orioles to just get on with things and re-sign Nick Markakis.
How hard can it be? It’s not like he’s asking for $300 million. Or, 13 years.
Really, guys, sign someone. Anyone.
But, mostly Nick.
This happens every year. Thanksgiving comes. Thanksgiving goes. Christmas comes. Christmas goes. New Year’s …
Other teams spend money. The Orioles sit tight.
Patience is not my strong suit.
I was planning on a silent protest. Not saying a word on here until the Orioles did something.
(I know, that’d show ‘em.)
But, I miss you. So, I’m cancelling the boycott.
So, here’s the traitor thing. With no Orioles news to report, this post is about the Boston Red Sox.
As an Orioles fan, I’ve got no love for the Red Sox. Those are the rules.
That’s why I post this video from 2011, the only highlight in a lousy Orioles season, on here from time to time.
Just to relive a moment when we weren’t supposed to, but we beat the Red Sox anyway.
This weekend, the Red Sox apparently spent nearly $200 million to sign free agents Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. (Why, Panda, why?)
And, they’ve still got money to throw around.
The Orioles swept up a few minor leaguers last week, which is sweet and all, sort of like a hot night out at the Dollar Store. But, it’s always so sad to watch the free agent list scroll by … “nope” … “nope” … “can’t afford him” … “nope” … “nope” … “too expensive.”
I hate all this off-season money business. But, this post isn’t about money.
(Well, it’s not anymore.)
In September, my Red Sox-loving, baseball guru Jay arranged for us to go down on the field for batting practice when the Sox played the Orioles at Camden Yards.
So, while I wait for the Orioles to get Nick to sign on the dotted line, here are the Red Sox doing Yoga.
Second baseman Mookie Betts was so joyful in his stretch that this photo has become one of my favorites.
Mookie Betts doing a modified “Cat Tail Asana.”
Ryan Lavarnway moving into “Supta Padangusthasana.” (That’s fancy talk for leg stretch.)
Jackie Bradley, Jr. reaching into “Janu Sirsasana.” (That’s head to knee pose.)
How can I dislike a team that has a Mookie doing Yoga?
Now, how about some “Free Agent Sign-asana”, Orioles, so I can stop writing about the Red Sox?
Photos: Red Sox vs. Orioles, September 20, 2014 & Royals vs. Orioles (ALCS Game 2), October 11, 2014. Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore. © The Baseball Bloggess