I’ve been away from the blog the last week (I’m sure nobody noticed) because I’m in the process of moving from San Francisco to New York to begin my studies. Sorry about the relative silence from the yanks fans here. YF is also busy with a move and Attackgerbil has been working away as well. I’m sure we’ll all be ready for the end of the world which is planned to start this Friday. In the meantime, we have the Baltimore Orioles.
First off, is there an AL team more hopeless than the Orioles? At least the Royals now have a good GM at the helm. The Orioles don’t have an especially good farm system, their one superstar wants to be traded, and they’re run by a sleazy lawyer. Secondly, the Orioles are the official stopper for the Boston Red Sox. Not Curt Schilling. Not Wakefield when he was healthy. The Baltimore Orioles. This is a team that couldn’t take one game from a Boston team that was trying to lose this past weekend. I have to agree with SF. The sweep of the O’s was not momentum-building; it was not the case of a team turning things around. It was the result of a team playing the hopeless Orioles during their usual abysmal second half stretch of craptastic crapalicious crappiness.
Now the Yanks get a chance to face these O’s: a team on the rise. Baltimore has one of the most promising young pitchers in the game, tonight’s starter, Eric Bedard. Mike Mussina will have to contend with a line-up featuring Tejada (who has something to prove), the comeback player of the year Brian Roberts, the dazzling Melvin Mora, and rising star Nick Markakis. This series should be difficult. I think I’d be happy with just one win from the Bombers this series: that would be a moral victory and might give us momentum going into Fenway.
But seriously, the Orioles truly stink. It’s time to gain more ground on those struggling Red Sox. This is your (long) gamer thread for tonight’s action. Comment away!