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And Here They Come

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

The countdown continues until the first spring training game. Pitchers and catchers have been there for awhile and the rest of the team continues to roll in daily.

Now we have have the daily blogs and articles surrounding this team in full force, from local press to the national media. Everything from how bad the team is going to be this year again to speculation on the gelling of our young pitching staff.

As a regular reader of magazines and blogs myself, I love how the little things are so important now. From newly clean-shaven Nick Markakis to the fact that Miguel Tejada was late showing up for camp. Serious concerns like Brian Roberts' back are certainly a concern, but for the most part it is a lot of gossip and guessing until the games actually begin.

I for one am looking forward to seeing Millwood pitch at Camden Yards. He is 35 and has played for multiple teams including the Phillies, where he hurled a no-hitter at the VET in 2003. His leadership should make a difference and while a lot of W's would be nice, I am hoping his example is much more useful to a squad on the rise.

Speaking of leaders, Adam Jones seems ready to absorb more of that role too. As our only All-Star last year he has become one of the faces for the current franchise so it is a good sign that he is apparently willing to shoulder more of the burden and command the troops.

As our pitching staff and lineup take shape over the next few weeks, I am watching intently from a distance and praying for a good season. It would be nice to break the .500 mark this year and stop the bleeding. On top of that, we can shove it back down the SI's of the world who think we still are among the dregs of MLB.

The future is always bright even when the present is not.

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