The Orioles have promoted a losing culture for too long now. They lose on the field and they lose off the field. They put terrible teams out to play and they provide a terrible ballpark experiences for the fans. Today the Orioles blew a 6 run lead and the worst part was that every single fan on Camden Chat could see it coming the minute that Michael Gonzalez came into the game and gave up one hit. It was almost a joke, as in "Hey wouldn't it be funny if we blew another 6 run lead" No, it wasn't funny.
NESN showed a clip from 2007 of Julio Lugo jumping up and down as the Orioles bullpen blew a 6 run lead. Nothing has changed, nothing .A bunch of free agent relievers come in and blow the game, same old story.
We were told that Buck Showalter would come in with an iron fist and remove any one who wasn't a nugget or a pile jumper. Newsflash, Micheal Gonzalez will never jump in a pile and Kevin Gregg is not a nugget. Our lineup did a job today and scored 7 runs; I don't care if we could have scored more, we scored 7 today which should be good enough to win any game. Chris Tillman pitched well, but had to leave with an injury. Our bullpen couldn't hold onto a 6 run lead. Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic. I don't care about the errors because frankly even if Reynolds makes that play in the 6th, it would have been tough to get Crawford. Either way, a good relief pitcher would be able to pick up his teamate and bail him out. That wasn't the case, because Gonzalez is a pathetic baseball player who could care less about winning because he is making his millions with no effort and with no fear of repercussion. It's time to show these guys who they really are.
It's time to remove Kevin Gregg from the closers role, because if he can't throw a strike under pressure then maybe he can throw one while in a mop up role. It's time to send Gonzalez down to AAA to see if he can get minor leaguers out because he can't get anyone out in the Majors. It's time to release Jeremy Accardo because he is useless and can be cut with the snap of a finger. If Buck and Andy can't come together and realize this has to be done, then I lose all respect for them.
We are tired of being a laughing stock of this league, We are tired of watching other teams celebrate while our overpaid, 2 year rentals walk off the mound with their heads hung. We are tired of having all of my love for this team thrown away by seeing a bunch of free agent relievers who could care less about the fans. This has to end now and if Buck Showalter and Andy MacPhail don't see the need for change then they don't deserve to be in baseball. This is an offical plea for a real change and a real desire to win. When Buck fails to do this he becomes no different than Dave Trembley and Sammy Perlozzo and every other interem manager just like Gregg and Gonzalez are no different than Jamie Walker and Chris Ray and Danys Baez and every other bum that has been trotted out there.
More to come on different topics later in the week. Stay tuned.