Two pretty good posts. The job in front of us, or rather Mike Elias and the Orioles is tremendous. We really are not rebuilding. We are constructing. Small difference, but the magnitude is there. Last year, with skepticism, I looked through my orange colored glasses and hoped that with the addition of Cashner and Cobb, that the Orioles would have a chance for 87 wins and maybe squeak into the playoffs. The Orioles, as everyone knows missed that mark by 40 games. 40. With 160 Million or so, they went for it and tried to extend a window. It failed, but I do appreciate the attempt even if it was, in hindsight a poor one.
This year, I hope for 63 wins and a #1 draft pick and I brace myself for painful construction of the future World Series Champion Orioles. As I fully expect to see lots of bad baseball, I will try and focus on little things. Signs of development, the inevitable dispatch of Chris Davis, hopefully the avoidance of games like the 30-3, or the Mothers Day Massacre. But the challenge. The real challenge will be to summon fortitude, to endure 2019 without judging from day to day. I don't want the O's to lose, nor to make decisions to lose. But I will try to brace myself for decisions that are designed to improve future Oriole teams.
It's kinda funny and ironic, but if ever there was a year for a slogan. Buck up!!!
I'm excited to see this thing get built and I know it will be harder than ever. We are behind everyone, and everyone seems to be coming to the same analytical table, but every journey begins with one step. I'm in.