The Baltimores are in last place.
But, there’s a bright side too, today.
Last night it didn’t get far worse,
Because they didn’t play.
Despite my nagging and feeble poetry, the Orioles season has not turned around.
I wrote to them on Sunday which did no good, because they lost on Sunday, too.
Thank you Cincinnati Reds for losing last night — you have, at least for the moment, nudged just under the O’s to have the worst record in baseball.
Off days are becoming a solace. At least I won’t be disappointed.
You know that old saying, “You can’t lose if you don’t play.”
Well, it goes something like that.
One hundred years ago today, May 8, 1918, the Boston Braves were having a bad start, too. They began the season 5-13, a .278 win percentage.
Just like the 2018 Orioles (and their 8-26 record), the Braves had their league’s worst record.
But, on May 8, 1918, the Braves won, defeating the Brooklyn Robins (today’s Dodgers) 4-3.
They came from behind three times to do it. But, they did it.
They committed three errors in the game.
But, they won.
It gave them their first two-game win streak of the season.
Sure, they lost their next game, but …
You do know what happened after that horrible-bad start by the Braves? You know what happened with them don’t you?
They went on to win …
Well, they went on to win 53 games. This wasn’t good enough to win the World Series (some other team from Boston did that).
And, it wasn’t good enough to win the NL pennant (they were 28.5 games back of the Cubs).
But, it also wasn’t bad enough to finish last. (The Cardinals and their 51-78 record did that.)
See, even I’m ready to set the Orioles bar down to – “please don’t finish with the worst record in baseball.”
On Sunday, I suggested that the Orioles follow in the steps of the 1896 Baltimore Orioles who, after a poor start, dealt with an unlucky opossum mascot in order to break the jinx.
For those of you that believe that opossums are underrepresented in baseball, I present to you Otey, the Swamp Possum mascot of the Arkansas Travelers, the Single A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.
The Travelers, led by Otey the Swamp Possum, are 14-15 on the year, and currently fourth in the five-team Texas League North division.
Real opossum. Harmless and kinda-sorta cute.
OK, so maybe opossums aren’t the way to go.
But, someone better do something, because if I have to keep coming up with poorly written poetry about how bad this season is going, my brain will melt.
Dear Baltimore Orioles,
Please win today. Please.
Your very sad friend, The Baseball Bloggess