Friday, October 5, 2012

Orioles Magic--Pushed to the Brink

One game play in. The October hunt is underway.

It sounds great, right up until it is game day and the entire post-season is on the line.

The team that few of the pundits believed in at the start of the season is one of 10 teams still standing and starting the post season today. Twenty other teams are sitting at home watching on their televisions.

The odds seem stacked against the Orioles:

An away game, in Texas who won 5 games against 2 losses this season against them. The O's are 1-2 in Arlington this season.

Starting a pitcher who is a clear candidate for Rookie of the Year honors (Yu Darvish,16-9 with a 3.90 ERA and 221 strikeouts in 191 1/3 innings)

Texas, who has a guy who hit four home-runs against them in a single game this season (Josh Hamilton)

Coming off the final series of the regular season after being held to 5 hits and 2 runs over the last 18 innings (2 games) and losing two of three to the Tampa Bay Rays to wind up on the road for the Wild Card game.

But it is the Orioles!

The team projected to lose possibly 120 games (they lost only 69 while winning 93).

The team that was in the toughest division in baseball with one of the smallest payrolls.

The team that set a new major league record for roster moves during a season.

The team with two players with more than 30 home runs, and five with more than 20 home runs.

I like our odds.

Take one scrappy team living the dream and play against a team that blew a 17 game lead in their division, put them together to see who advances on one night .

This is post season baseball and regardless of the outcome, Orioles Magic is back!

Like the first verse and chorus of the Orioles Magic song:

Something magic happens, everytime you go
You make the magic happen, the magic of Orioles’ Baseball!

When the game is close, and the O’s are hot
There’s a thundering roar from 34 to give it all they’ve got 

And you never know who’s gonna hear the call
Every game there’s a different star
That’s the magic of Orioles’ Baseball! 

Orioles Magic! Feel it happen!
Orioles Magic! Feel it happen! 

O - R - I - O - L - E - S ! 

Magic! Magic! Magic! Magic! 

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD
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