The Baltimore Orioles Are Only A Game Out Of First Place

Say it with me, The Baltimore Orioles are only a game out of first place.

Doesn’t that have a nice ring to it?

The Baltimore Orioles are only a game out of first place.

After 14 straight seasons of hard living below the baseball poverty line, an Orioles fan like myself could get use to this.

The Baltimore Orioles are only a game out of first place.

To be fair, schools are still in session and we’ve witnessed these sort of speedy starts from the Birds before. But something about last night was different. Jake Arrieta pitched like a boss. Heck he didn’t allow a single Yankees baserunner to reach second base. That’s right, for 8 innings the likes of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, and Mark Teixeira were relegated to pedantic discussions with 1st base coach Mick Kelleher.

The Baltimore Orioles are only a game out of first place.

Has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? My flock is conditioned to believe that this string of early season success will eventually wilt under the warm summer sun and intense pressure of the eternally hyper-competitive AL East. With upcoming series against Boston, Tampa, and Texas, Baltimore’s┬áprecocious┬ástarting pitching staff will be tested and it’s hard to image that the bottom of the Orioles lineup, especially Chris Davis and Robert Andino, will continue to get on base and drive in runs as they have so far this season. But….

The Baltimore Orioles are only a game out of first place.

Not too shabby for a team picked by most to finish a distant 5th in the AL East. I was fortunate to be in “The House That $1.2 Billion Built” for last night’s game and unlike previous Yankee/Oriole tilts in the stadium New Yorkers were made to pay attention to and dare I say respect the performance of their once proud rivals from down the I-95 corridor.

The Baltimore Orioles are only a game out of first place.

14 years of losing and a heart full of optimism. If only the season ended today.

The Baltimore Orioles are only a game out of first place.