Before their team won the 2004 World Series, the Boston Red Sox faithful had an adage that went something like this: As surely as the autumn leaves would fall, so would the lowly but beloved Red Sox in the baseball standings.
That cynical mentality somewhat depicts what faithful Orioles fans have endured the past 14 seasons. What's going on here with this Baltimore baseball club? Does Buck Showalter actually have these young men believing they can play with, and possibly conquer, the beast (Yankees) of the American League East? Mr. Showalter is a savvy baseball wise man, molding these ballplayers to believe they can play the game among the elite. I wasn't sure I would see this kind of baseball fever again in the near future in Baltimore.
For the first time in many years, the Orioles are getting as much (well-deserved) attention this time of year as the Ravens, who are tuning up for another successful season.
To a certain degree, we are witnessing a not-so subtle shift in the balance of power in the East with the Tampa Bay Rays and our hometown Os positioning themselves for playoffs possibilities.
It would be pleasant to see Orioles fans out and support this patchwork but fun team in their remaining home games. Let's savor this while it lasts!
Patrick R. Lynch, NottinghamCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun