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And So It Begins

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

We are about a week into spring training and as of this writing the Orioles sit at 4-2-1 within the Grapefruit League. A quick 3-0 start turned a few heads and got the chatter going on a lot of news shows and Internet blogs.

Like many people, I love the victories in spring training but I also know the importance of making sure we put the best product on the field and getting the best team combination in place before Opening Day arrives on March 31/April 1.

The Orioles are not 100% healthy yet. Brian Roberts had some neck issues and Derrek Lee has yet to make an appearance at the plate. Luke Scott has been flat with his bat as has the newly acquired Mark Reynolds.

There are still several weeks to work out the kinks. Tonight the split-squad Birds will be featured in a game against the Yankees on MASN. I will put it on for a bit to see how we look and pacify my appetite for the moment. I am longing for the regular season to start, especially since I do not have the funds to get to Sarasota this year.

Not really a lot of news to print at this point of the pre-season. More speculation than anything which is certainly not worth getting worried over. I will say that the Washington Post, of all publications, did a nice positive column today on the Orioles and the sincere optimism that seems to flow from the Warehouse these days. It also goes on to compare the off seasons of Washington and Baltimore, and gives the Orioles the clear victory in building the better team. I was shocked at that revelation.

So let us sit back and enjoy what remains of spring training. All signs look good at this point. And if the end of last season was any indication, we will have a lot to cheer about come April.

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