How many O's fans we got here on the zone?
I'm very excited for this season, I live about 45 mins away from Camden Yards and bought a 25 game package with my stepfather this season.
The young pitching looked GREAT allowing 1 run all series vs the Rays despite our #2 pitcher being out for 3-6 weeks. When Matusz gets back this staff could really be complete, we've been hearing for years now about how good the young pitching was going to be and it may be finally arriving.
The defense has also been very impressive Markakis's catch to save the tying run in the bottom of the 9th Saturday might be one of the top 10 plays in baseball this season.
The lineup hasn't been great yet very clutch coming up with key hits and rarely leaving runners in scoring position and moving runners unselfishly and playing good team offensive baseball.
Brian Roberts has been red hot to start the year. Not much yet from Vlad, D.Lee which is encouraging going 3-0. I go to my 1st game on Thursday and I'm pumped!
Hopefully Andy Mcphal and ownership are telling the truth about their plan. They have been telling the fanbase once the young pitching comes along and starts to click with our young core of position players like Weiters, A.Jones, Markakis as well as Roberts they will spend the $$ on top FAs when adding them will mean the team will be competitive.
It's been 13 consecutive hard losing seasons for the O's and I for 1 am praying the plan starts to work this year and next offseason the ownership lives up to it's word and adds a few high caliber FAs to springboard this team back to where it belongs-amongst baseballs elite. Not to long ago the O's once led MLB in payroll (mid 90's w/Cal, Palmeiro, Alamar, Bordick, Mussina, A.Belle etc) I just hope cheap ass Peter Angelos pony's up the cash for someone like Fielder, A.Gonzalez etc.
I'm not holding my breath but I think this team can show some real improvement this year and promise for the future. .500 with solid development from our young pitchers and position players especially Weiters would be nice. Small chance we do surprise some ppl and end up competing for the wild card however with our youth and lack of top tier dominate players I do not think that will happen this season.
O's fan or not I'd love to hear what baseball fans think of this years O's and their future potential.
[ Edited by matt49er on Apr 4, 2011 at 1:19 AM ]