Seriously though, one thought went through my head as I sat in the press box at Camden Yards on Opening Day and watched last night's game on television. The Orioles' position talent is, you know, actually good.
Brian Roberts is one of the best leadoff hitters in the league. Behind him, Adam Jones looks
They've got nice lefty-righty balance in the line-up, a useful bench and a bunch of guys who can eat up ground on defense.
Let me repeat for you skeptics or those who haven't been watching: one through nine, this is a pretty intriguing team, especially with MVP-in-waiting (ok, that might be a bit much) Matt Wieters on the way.
Now, the pitching might undermine the whole thing as it almost did in the opener. But I haven't had these thoughts watching an Orioles team since Miguel Tejada, Melvin Mora and Roberts started 2005 on fire. Before that, the last team worth real optimism was what? 1998?
This isn't deep analysis or a prediction of some unexpected pennant run. It's just a note to say hey, maybe they're worth watching. And relative to many recent seasons, that ain't bad.