“I know how bad it is.” ~ Baltimore Orioles Manager Buck Showalter, via The New York Daily News
In case you don’t know how bad it is, the Baltimore Orioles are 42-106 and 59.5 games back in the AL East.
Primordially bad. (Maybe I’m not using that term correctly? Who cares?)
Suckity, suck, suck bad.
(I’m definitely using those terms correctly.)
“A week ago, Buck Showalter was sitting at his desk in the visiting team manager’s office at Tropicana Field when his bench coach, John Russell, dropped the lineup card in front of him for the day’s game between the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays. As he picked up the card, Showalter winced, then placed it on the desk face down.” ~ The New York Daily News, Sept 15, 2018
Place the lineup card face down bad.
That’s horroraciously uglificantly bad.
(It is so bad that I’m forced to make up words to assure you that the badness is not the run-of-the-mill style badness, but of a much more stinkificant quality. You’re with me on this, right?)
Let’s let longtime Oriole centerfielder Adam Jones sum things up …Embed from Getty Images
There you go.
But, that’s what rebuilds are all about, I’m told.
Years and years of bad ahead in the hopes that some good might grow out of it.
I’m not sure that’s how things work in other fields, but who am I to say?
I am tired of this horrible season. I am tired of having to read the box scores of other teams that are filled with my favorite Orioles who are no longer Orioles.
I am tired of waiting for things to get better because I don’t know what, exactly, I’m waiting for.
The Orioles haven’t always been this bad.
But, they have been bad.
In 1939, the Orioles, who were still the St. Louis Browns, were remarkably bad. They finished the season 43-111, finishing 64.5 games back of the Yankees.
As the season ended their manager made this promise to fans …
“Browns Can’t Be Any Worse Next Year.”
Now that’s some positive spin.
But, he was right.
The 1940 Browns went 67-87, just 23 games back of the pennant-winning Tigers.
(“Just 23 games back.” I just wrote that.)
To their credit, while they weren’t particularly good in 1940, they were better than the Washington Senators and the Philadelphia A’s that season.
Dear Baltimore Orioles,
If you lose today, you will have been swept – at home – by the Chicago White Sox, a bad team that is, clearly, not as bad as you.
You don’t want to be swept by the White Sox, do you?
Sincerely, Your Friend Who Is Finding It Increasingly Hard To Understand What It Is That You’re Doing, The Baseball Bloggess
Dear Baltimore Orioles,
Wait. One more thing.
It’s about Adam Jones.Embed from Getty Images
“But if the Orioles believed their fan base would react positively to sitting Jones, they’re probably wrong. That’s because Orioles fans aren’t dumb. They know this looks personal, that benching Jones in his final weeks as an Oriole is a punishment for Jones vetoing a potential trade to the Philadelphia Phillies at July’s nonwaiver trade deadline.” ~ The Baltimore Sun, Sept 11, 2018
First, I hope you saw that part about Orioles fans not being dumb.
And, second, I hope you understand this. Adam Jones is the heart of the Orioles. It’s the only heart that fans have left.
Adam’s been back in the lineup these past few games. There. That wasn’t so hard, was it?
Let him play these next two weeks. Let him play every day. Let him play for us.
There’s nothing – nothing – to be gained by sitting him so you can “take a look” at other players. Joey Rickard? You haven’t seen Joey Rickard? Because he’s been playing out there for a couple seasons now. I’ve seen him, so I’m pretty sure you have, too.
It’s one thing to be bad. It’s another to be a jerk about it.
That’s all I’m asking, my beloved Baltimore Orioles. Don’t be a jerk about it.
Sincerely, The Baseball Bloggess