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Schmuck: No matter how many games the Orioles lose, this season is still important to Baltimore

Schmuck: No matter how many games the Orioles lose, this season is still important to Baltimore

Conventional wisdom tells us this is not going to be a good year for the Orioles. The first full season of a rebuilding project seldom is, so it would be easy enough to write the whole thing off as irrelevant to the fans and the city.

It is anything but.

The Orioles might lose 100 games or more. They might be the kiddie corps laughingstock of the major leagues, but they are still important to the fans and to a city that is going to need all the help it can get to rebuild its social infrastructure and its national reputation.

If you haven’t noticed, there hasn’t been a lot of good news coming out of Baltimore the past few years, and the worst of it has had a measurable...

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