On July 24, 2012, the Baltimore Orioles faced the Tampa Rays at Camden Yards. The O’s lost, 3-1.
Adam Jones homered, the Oriole’s only run. Nick Markakis was in right and hit a double. Wilson Betemit played third. Manny Machado was still a shortstop in the minors taking grounders at third “in secret.”
In Los Angeles, the Royals beat the Angels. Mike Trout went 0-for-3.
In St. Louis, the Cards roughed up the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw for eight earned runs. The Mets’ R.A. Dickey gave up five to the Nats, ending his 11-game win streak. And, the Giants squeaked past the Padres with a walk-off single from Brandon Crawford.
Just another day in baseball.
And, I started this blog.
Don’t go looking for those first posts from 2012. I didn’t tell anyone about my blog at first, and now, looking at the early stuff, well, it’s cringe-worthy.
I’ve summed up my early blogging career here.
Today, 178 posts later, I have a patient Editor/Husband and the decency to share photos of cats.
Happy 3rd birthday, blog.
(You’ve outlived the average blog by two years and 11 months. Congratulations!)
And, happy 51st birthday, Barry Bonds. (People still don’t like you, do they?)
Third anniversaries require gifts of leather so, to celebrate, here’s a flash of leather for you …
A few things have changed for me since 2012. But, really, I still like the same stuff.
I like to win in the post-season.
(And, I’ve finally been to my first post-season games. The Orioles lost ‘em both.)
I like the College World Series as much as the big league one.
(The University of Virginia Cavaliers won the College World Series last month – their first national baseball championship since they started playing at UVa in 1889. Go Hoos!)
I like a quiet-eyed Starter and a Bullpen that plays with matches.
I like the Astros’ ‘70s-era uniforms, but not the Padres’.
I like baseball on grass, walk-up music, and night games under lights.
I like bobbleheads and minor league mascots and The Baseball Project.
Otey the Swamp Possum, awesome official mascot of the Arkansas Travelers
(Editor/Husband: “You can’t go wrong with a swamp possum.”)
(Dear Little Rock fans, Pay attention. Otey’s a possum, not a rat.)
I like the edamame dumplings at Camden Yards and the “lucky” sodas from Mark’s stand at UVa’s Davenport Field. (They really are lucky.)
I like the Curse of the Andino and I especially like posting this a few times a year:
I like a neat scorecard, the Designated Hitter rule, and Jon Miller calling a Giants game late into the night.
I like a 4-6-3 double play slightly more than a 6-4-3 double play, but I can’t tell you exactly why.
I like Jonathan Schoop …
… and, Willie Mays …
And, I’ll never like the Yankees.
So, whatever happened to those guys from three years ago?
Mike Trout, and his 10.8 WAR, was Rookie of the Year in 2012 and is Most Valuable Everything today.
R.A. Dickey went on to win the Cy Young, and, even on an off day, Clayton Kershaw continues to be better than most pitchers and leads the league this season with 185 strikeouts.
The Giants won the World Series.
Following the debut of my blog in July, the Orioles went on to win the 2012 Wild Card play-off and lost to the Yankees in the ALDS. It was the O’s first postseason appearance in 15 years which can’t possibly be a coincidence.
In August, shortstop Manny Machado made his big league debut for the O’s at third. He’s still there and well on his way to being the Orioles MVP.
Wilson Betemit ended up in Tampa’s minor league system and is currently a free agent.
Nick Markakis is a Brave. (I still miss you, Nick.)
It’s July 24, 2015 and the Orioles are 4th — and seven long, difficult, frustrating, but not impossible, games back — in the AL East.
February 1, 1938 – July 24, 2012