A little more than two months ago, the Orioles were in first place, a half-game ahead of the Yankees, and one of the surprises of the young season.
Can y'all remember that far back?
Seems like ages ago, I know. And if anyone thought May and June were rough (the Orioles went 12-16 in each month), welcome to July.
There's a popular movie quote I've used throughout my life writing about sports. When things look bleak and comebacks are null and void, when all hope appears lost, I turn to Col. Trautman telling John Rambo, "It's over, Johnny!" in a memorable scene from "First Blood."
Rambo, of course, goes into a soliloquy about Vietnam and war and heroes. But, 35 years later, we don't need Sly Stallone's acting chops for this.
Abandon all hope, ye who enter Camden Yards for the remainder of 2017.
It's over, Johnny.
Any visions of a hot start to the second half melted in the summer heat this weekend. Unless you're a Cubs fan, that is.
It's no shock that many of the 31,105 at the ballpark Sunday were clad in blue, on the verge of a three-game sweep to start their second half. Their team lost an eight-run lead in the first game yet still managed to come away with the win.
Those are the leads Orioles fans can only dream of these days.
Chicago capped the sweep with an 8-0 win, dropping the Orioles to 3-9 this month. Dropping them to seven games below .500. Dropping them further out of contention — if that even seems relevant at this point.
When fans are chiding the home team's players in the first three innings, and no one around them cares, do the jeers really count?
Sure they do.
Ubaldo Jimenez absorbed most of the boos when manager Buck Showalter took the ball from him in the fourth inning. Jimenez got through 3 2/3 innings and surrendered six runs on 11 hits; hence the disapproval from the fans.