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Follow The I-95 Road

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh


Now that the loud Phillies fans have left with their tails between their legs (though they are nowhere near as annoying as Boston), we look forward to continuing our NL march with the rejuvenated Pirates here starting on Tuesday.

With more than 40,000 fans for each game over the weekend, it was clear that Oriole Park was the place to be.  The Oriole Wives teamed with the Maryland Food Bank to collect money and goods to benefit those in need.  And while the visiting Phillies fans outnumbered the home crowd by about 60/40 split, it was still a great series.

Started off rather poorly of course though, as Jake Arrieta clearly forgot how to pitch for a few innings and by the end of the night found himself in the bullpen rather than being banished to the Norfolk Tides.  The Orioles made a decent comeback in the Friday contest but fell short as the final was 9-6.  Thank the heavens above for a good bullpen as the blowout could have been much worse.

Saturday and Sunday were much more enjoyable outcomes although the Baltimore Orioles made them nail biters for us home fans.  I will certainly take two more wins any way I can get them.  Thank you to Mr. Jones and Mr. Wieters for shutting the visiting Phillies fans up.

Not many people would have predicted the Orioles would be one game out of first with a 34-26 record.  And with all the injuries we have had, along with the meltdown of certain starting pitchers, no one around here should complain.  Even the recent slide in Toronto and Tampa and losing two in Boston did not seem to shatter the team like it may have done in seasons past.  It appears to me, as a casual observer, that this club gets along and seems to enjoy themselves out on the field.

Roberts, Markakis, Britton, Reimold.  Remember those names?   They all will be returning soon from the DL, and while that means some other guys will need to be optioned, the reinforcements may make us even better.  Having options is much better than having no one to fill the holes.

So as we wave bye bye to the Phillies (and we thank the fans for all the money that they spent in Charm City) and await the Pirates, we hope our young and inexperienced Orioles will continue to flourish as the season marches forward.

I have only been to 20+ games this year already and looking forward to many more.  Finishing over .500 and remaining competitive is all I ask.  The postseason may be a long shot, but at least for now, it is still possible.  Why not?

June 11, 2012

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