Let’s face it. The Orioles have stunk since 1998. Chances are, they will stink this year. Yet every year, Opening Day brings anew sense of optimism. In fact, before last year’s opening day loss to eventual AL champion Tampa, the O’s had won seven straight to open the season.
But for many, the fanfare around Opening Day just isn’t the same. Whether it’s due to the Orioles’ losing ways, the economics of baseball, or even the shift of allegiance to the Ravens, it seems like baseball is becoming an afterthought locally. Sure, they’ll sellout today, and maybe even have more O’s fans than Yankee fans, but that will all change in a couple of weeks.
True Oriole fans have a lot to be optimistic about. Matt Wieters should be up from the minors at some point this season, and hopefully he will be bringing some of his young battery mates. Andy MacPhail has done a magnificent job changing the direction the team has been heading, electing to drafting, developing and stockpiling pitching in the minors.
But is it too late for the fans? What’s your take?