As a 40 year old lifelong Orioles fan-born and raised in NY(to make matters worse), I approach the upcoming 2014 season with mixed emotions. From the high of sitting with my then 9 year old son in Yankee Stadium in October 2012 watching the deciding game 5 of the ALDS (trying to explain to him how rare this opportunity to see our beloved O's in playoffs-not to mention a chance to eliminate the enemy), to the low of watching the 2013 collapse in the months of August and September. Shame on me for letting one 250 game stretch ruin a lifetime of pessimism.
As far as the offseason has gone, I whole heartedly agree with the Johnson trade, although I was hoping for something a little more established for a guy who has racked up 100 saves in the last two seasons. That said I can't tell you how many times I went to bed last year cursing him and wishing anyone else was out there in the 9th. Even on games he saved there were always the mandatory two runners on base and two malox in my hand. That said-good riddance to him and my ulcer and lets hope Weeks becomes a younger, healthier more productive version of Brian Roberts.
My real issue with management is reading article after article this winter about how the O's wont be a player in the high priced pitching market. I can't get this logic for the life of me. This is finally a team that has some real pieces and is 1or 2 pitchers away(assuming Hunter can close successfully) from really making some noise in the brutal AL East. Think about how nice it would be to trot David Price out every 5th day. God forbid they do something to address the biggest problem that has haunted them since the Mussina days. At least with a rotation of Price, and Tillman going back to back we would have legitimate 1-2 punch and then if some of the young arms(Bundy and Gausman)develop we could be set for the next 5 years. Now I appreciate the work Hammel, Gonzalez etc. have done, but you dont win in the AL east with guys like them-especially matching them up vs the Sabbathias and Lesters of the world . Now throw in the fact that the Yankees reloaded and the Red Sox and Rays are clearly better off than us, all I see in 2014 is another 4th place finish and a complacency level which for one reason or another is readily accepted by Oriole fans and management.
One time Orioles- make all of your fans happy and spend big on Price. Imagine all of your loyal fans in Maryland,New York and everywhere in-between going to bed in August and September with smiles on our faces, and not pulling out what's left of our hair wondering if things will ever change.