Great! The Red Sox are playing the Baltimore Orioles again. Boston is already 10-4 against them this year and winners of the first game of this series. The Orioles are 24 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East and have routinely found ways to lose ballgames this year. I wonder how this series is going to turn out.
Regardless of what you see in the standings, the Orioles are the worst team in the American League. This is a team with a $95 million payroll, the 1oth highest in all of baseball, and they have been getting pounded lately. Recent loses have included a 30-3 nail biter to the Texas Rangers and 17-2 thrashing at the hands of the always tough Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Not only are Oriole fans outnumbered at home by Red Sox and Yankee fans, but they are shelling out a lot of money to see players like Kevin Millar, Jay Payton, and Aubrey Huff, players who have bounced around to several teams and routinely stink it up. To make matters worse, the Orioles have lost ten straight games at home, and Baltimore’s three best pitchers are on the disabled list at the price of $19 million a year.
Watching last night’s game, things got so bad that Oriole announcers Jim Palmer and Gary Thorne were yelling at the Oriole players in disgust when they threw to the wrong bases, allowing the Red Sox to sneak back in the game. Maybe Jim “Jockey underwear” Palmer could have dusted off his jock strap and attempted yet another comeback. It couldn’t be any worse.
This is an organization that had some great Hall of Famers over the years – Cal Ripken, Jr., Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer – and has won the World Series three times. But with an owner like Peter Angelos spending wastefully on a glorified men’s softball team, it appears that the Orioles have flown the coop.