Although I’m a Bosox fan, I live in Baltimore, work with a few guys who favor the O’s and attend a lot of games at Camden Yards, and this is, in fact, a pretty interesting turnaround in what was expected to be a complete rebuilding season directed by the franchise’s impressive president Andy MacPhail.I lived in D.C. and made many trips to Camden Yards and the city at large back when I was in law school, and I can tell you that Baltimore is a great, great town that wants badly to love its baseball team again. To the extent MacPhail is making that possible -- and to the extent Angelos stays the hell out of the way and lets him -- it's a very very good thing indeed.
. . . MacPhail doesn’t have an easy job trying to resurrect the franchise that aging owner Peter Angelos did his best to destroy, but he’s making more progress than anyone expected at this point in his tenure.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Consider the Orioles
Baltimorian Russ Smith knows why people aren't paying much attention to the Orioles' steady improvement -- they're a little boring and the better-than-expected role has been filled admirably by Tampa Bay this year -- but he wants folks to notice these guys all the same: