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Remember When

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

I am in a bit of a nostalgia mode today. So no discussion today about the Orioles pitching staff or injuries, or Buck's comments in the news. I want us to reflect on great days of baseball past and the way things once were and maybe can be again. Just don't bring back astroturf. That junk was just awful and phony.

Remember when Washington did not have a team? Life was good.

Remember when Boston was a crappy franchise? Easy to get a ticket, they were lousy, and no one paid them any attention. Took bloated payrolls and some good cheating to get them back into the public eye again.

Remember when there were no teams in Florida? Now they have two but it still seems like they have none, given their attendance.

Remember when the Pittsburgh Pirates were actually good?

Remember when Bud Selig was not in charge?

Remember when the Cubs did not play night games?

Remember when corporate sponsors did not put their names on ballparks?

Remember when the Phillies could not draw at all and Veterans Stadium was 1/3 full?

Remember when there was no interleague play?

Remember when the Orioles were the dominant team in the American League over a two decade period?

I hope I have triggered some old memories and put into perspective just how things can change in baseball and how, to often, we forget how things were.

Opening Day is March 31. Time to right the ship.


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