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Sitting Pretty

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

Second place, only behind the Blue Jays? It is 2009, right?

The way the MLB season has started, has gotten a lot of people scratching their heads. Even the Pittsburgh Pirates are over .500 at this point. Of course, we are only 9 days into the season but anything can happen.

The Orioles are perched at 5-2, staring down at the Rays, Yankees, and Boston below them. Of course, our ERA and pitching woes are a hot topic of conversation at the moment but our offense has been on fire. Last night even Felix Pie got in on the action hitting his first home run in an Oriole uniform as the Birds held on to beat the Rangers 10-9 in Arlington, TX.

Like most orange & black fans out there, I have concerns with our pitching especially the durability of the starters. I also think that Adam Eaton will be a major bust but luckily the Phillies are paying his salary. And the number of empty seats last week at Camden Yards -even for the second to games of the NY series - was ridiculously low.

But, since most publications picked us to finish dead last I am certainly smiling a bit at the moment. There is a LONG season ahead of us, and our division is the toughest in the majors. But that little twinkle of hope and a few wins help build confidence. And sometimes that is all you need.

Anyone remember the 1989 Orioles?

PS - My condolences to all Phillies fans and to baseball fans in general on the passing of legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas yesterday. We remember that "voice" and our hearts are all heavy as those words "it's outta here" are silenced forever.

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