“Hey, I know the rules. Someone has to have the worst record in baseball. I just wish it wasn’t the O’s.” ~ A thoughtful Orioles fan in this morning’s Baltimore Sun. (Oh wait … hey, it’s me!)
I am in a bad mood this morning.
Fun Fact 1: The Baltimore Orioles lost their 100th game last night and the Kansas City Royals will likely lose 100 before the season is through. The Boston Red Sox would have to stink mightily to not win 100+.
Fun Fact 2: In 2017, three teams – the Dodgers, Indians, and Astros – each won more than 100 games. No one lost 100.
Fun Fact 3: In 2016, one team – the Cubs – won 100+. And, one – the Twins – lost 100+.
Fun Fact 4: In 2015, one team – the Cardinals – won 100. No one lost 100.
Fun Fact 5: In 2014, the Orioles, with 96 wins, won the AL East. No team won or lost 100 games.
Fun Fact Analysis 1: Losing 100 is rarer – and, ergo, much more interesting – than winning 100.
Fun Fact Analysis 2: The Baltimore Orioles winning the AL East in 2014 is the best part of this analysis.
(Am I helping?)
There are other teams that have had worse seasons than the 2018 Orioles. I don’t care. The Orioles are the worst of now.
When you go from trying to win games, to trying to win “to salvage the season,” to “we’re rebuilding, so we’re not really trying to win at all,” it requires a new mindset.
I still don’t know what that mindset should be.
Why are you still smiling?