The Orioles organization announced this past week that they are bringing the "cartoon bird" back. In reality, the current state of this club is no laughing matter.

Dan Duquette was recently named the executive vice president of the team. There may a change in the front office, but more years of mediocrity lay ahead for the Birds, who struggle mightily each season to achieve a .500 record. Andy MacPhail left a frustrated man, not being able to change the fortunes of the club during his tenure here. That was a first for him after a distinguished baseball career.

The organization recently announced that they were not going to pursue the top-tier free agent pitchers, namely C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle. It leaves me asking the question, just who do they plan to pursue to bolster the team? It's like saying the war is over before the first round is fired.

It is pathetically sad to see an organization such as the Orioles flounder year after year. The days in which it was one of the model franchises of major league baseball are now only a hazy memory.

Could it truly be that the "Curse of the Bambino" has found a comfortable setting here in Ruth's hometown since the Red Sox won the World Series twice in the past decade?

At times, it certainly feels that way.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham