There is whining about Rogers ownership and being a “long-suffering” Blue Jays fan and then there is reality. In reality, baseball is fun to watch and beer is fun to drink and the more frequently these two things coincide, the better.

Then there is being an Orioles fan. We here at Getting Blanked have all sorts of fun at the expense of the O’s because it is both fun and easy – you can’t really blame us.

We scoffed at the puzzling winter signings and chortled at the belief they’d finish ahead of the Jays this season. Keeping the Orioles down so we can feel better about ourselves is only natural.

But when Orioles fans publicly lose their religion like one of the writers at Camden Chat did today, it makes me feel a little bad about myself, about the pleasure I take in their suffering.

The piece goes over the inability to develop top talent and the misguided free agent signings in savage detail. But halfway down there is what I’d classify as “the money quote”:

Ten years after the publication of Defense Independent Pitching Statistics, we have the third worst groundball rate of any pitching staff in baseball; eight years after the publication of Moneyball, we have the third worst walk rate in the American League. We are stuck in the past, as symbolized by our free agent additions of some of the top stars of a decade ago.

As author James F notes: the Orioles are not an unloved club playing for a cheapskate owner just waiting for luxury tax payments.

They have a strong and supportive fanbase and an owner who, however misguided, opens the purse when asked by baseball operations. They just make terrible decisions at nearly every turn. Given the type of competition they’re up against, they cannot afford any mistakes, let alone only mistakes.

It’s all a very heartbreaking stuff. I was already to sympathize until I realized the Orioles constant failures are the only thing keeping the Jays from being the Orioles. In which case: suckers!

Comments (10)

  1. Tugged on my heartstrings a little bit.

  2. This makes me both laugh and cry.

  3. I laugh at the team and I cry at how the Orioles make a mockery of a very nice ballpark.

  4. It makes me feel good to think that I know more than the so-called “experts” on MLB Network who picked the Orioles to be significantly better than the Jays both this season, and last, in their pre-season preview shows. However, those analysts are stuck in the past far more than Angelos, McPhail et al.

  5. #7: You a Yankee fan?
    #5: No, Baltimore.
    #7: Baltimore? That’s like being hit in the head with a crow bar once a day.

    -12 Angry Men, 54 years ago…some things stay the same.

  6. The worst part is going back and reading those blog posts from February and December about the confusing O’s moves, and the responses from their fans claiming that people would be “eating crow” come September this year. It’s as if they had this glimmer of hope that they could be as arrogant as Yankees and Red Sox fans or something.

  7. They have had a team in the playoffs in the last 18 years, so no, not crying.

  8. Should’ve kept hall of famer Pat Gillick as your GM.

  9. Better than anything you could ever write.

  10. @Fart – please point out where the piece was criticized or run-down? Go on, I’ll wait.

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