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Scott Erickson throws a pitch during game one of the 1997 ALCS. Those were better times for O's fans. (Harry How/Allsport)
Scott Erickson throws a pitch during game one of the 1997 ALCS. Those were better times for O's fans. (Harry How/Allsport)

It's been inevitable for some time, but now it's official: the Baltimore Orioles have had fourteen consecutive losing seasons.

There are an entire generation of children that have never seen a winning Orioles team. The last time they had a winning season, I was a freshman in college. Now I'm thirty-two years old and sometimes I wonder why I continue to care so much about a team that clearly doesn't care about me.

Since the Orioles' last winning season there has been a revolving door of managers, general managers, pitching coaches, and mediocre players. None of them has been able to fix the Orioles' woes, and now we're hearing that after this season there will be another overhaul of the Orioles front office. Not that they don't need it, because they do, but at this point it's hard to even muster up any excitement. People ask me who I think the next GM will be and my response is, "doesn't matter." We've seen so many management changes over the years with no results, what's the point in thinking this one will be any different?

I thought it would be different with Andy MacPhail. I won't make that mistake again. 2011 is no different than 2007 other than the fact that four more years have passed without us having watched any meaningful baseball.

But we press on. Right now we're wishing for another season to end, but we'll all be back to talk about the off season moves. We won't be able to wait for the 2012 season to start even if we know it'll just be more of the same.

We're sick.