Dear Baltimore Orioles,
It’s been a while since we talked and I didn’t want it to come to this. Really, I didn’t.
But, you leave me no choice.
You see, I’ve put up with a lot from you lately. And, by lately, I mean over the past 1,183 days.
That starting point is not arbitrary. It was March 29, 2018 – Opening Day. You won that game. Good for you.
Sure, it took 11 innings. But, you won.
In the past 1,183 days since Opening Day 2018 you have played 458 games. You’ve lost 67 percent of them – 309 games.
You’ve lost games by a run, two runs, 13 runs. Like Baskin-Robbins ice cream, you offer a lot of variety in your losses.
While I hate math, even I can see that you have lost nearly all of the games you have played since 2018.
Nearly all of them.
I have kept my mouth shut long enough.
I was doing my best to enjoy my morning coffee today as I scrolled through a newsfeed littered with bad news. A covid Delta variant threatening our world’s health. A filibuster threatening our democracy. Severe weather threatening people, homes, and our food supply.
I’m sure you’ll agree, my sweet Orioles, that there’s more than enough bad news in the world. Bad news that’s far more important and far, far worse than your embarrassing and lazy 13-0 drubbing by the Houston Astros last night.
I do not need any more bad news. I cannot handle any more bad news.
And, I certainly do not need to read in this morning’s Baltimore Sun that you’re dangling Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini as a trade chip.
What is wrong with you people?
I’ve been friends with you for a long, long time. Thirty-three years. You see, I keep track of our anniversary, even if you don’t.
Can you just give me one sliver of hope? One bit of promise? Can you let me keep one of the only bright spots on the Orioles this season? Can you let me hang on to the hope that Mancini – who fought Stage 3 colon cancer last season and has returned to the team with an inspiring fire of purpose – will stay with the team?
You talk about rebuilding this team. Look no further than Trey Mancini.
His 14 homeruns this season leads the Orioles. So do his 52 RBI. But, I don’t care about any of that.
Mancini fought through cancer and brutal chemotherapy last year to get back to baseball, to get back to the Orioles, to get back to us. His story and his fight is the inspiration we all need right now.
Seriously. What is wrong with you people?
I don’t want to break up with you. We’ve had a long relationship and, sure, it’s been rocky at times. But, I’ve stayed with you.
Loyalty is important to me. Staying loyal to you is important to me.
But … this is unacceptable.
There’s a line that comes in many relationship breakups. “It’s not you, it’s me.”
Because, it’s not me. It’s you.
And, you need to make things right … right now.
You need to assure me that Trey Mancini will stay with the Orioles. You need to assure me that you have learned the value of loyalty from a fan base that has been extremely patient through these past 1,183 days … through days and days and days and days of flaccid pitching, powerless hitting, and listless fielding.
I’m not asking you to win today. Or, tomorrow. Or, even ever again.
I am asking for one thing. Trey Mancini.
Your Friend (for now), The Baseball Bloggess