Friday, June 08, 2012

The Orioles aren't your father's Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles are enjoying a resurgence. Since the days of Cal Ripken have passed the Baltimore Orioles have slipped into obscurity. Fast forward to this year, and it's all a distant memory about the bad years, the Baltimore Orioles are now on the top (tied) of the AL East along with the New York Yankees.

Since 1998, the Orioles have finished 4th in their division or 5th every year except one year, 2004, when they finished 3rd in the AL East. That is a long time to wait for a team to turn around. This year, the team looks as if it's turned a corner.

The team even changed it uniforms this year, it's the first time that the Orioles will use a cartoonish version of the Oriole on their hats as a third logo. The logo of the Oriole is part of the 'new look' and feel of the O's. Much of the Baltimore Orioles ballpark is what people wanted in Philly long before Citizen's Bank Park even broke ground. The nice "Bull's Barbeque" at Citizens Bank Park was almost a direct copy of what they had going on in Baltimore for years before the Phillies got a whiff of that delicious bar-b-que smell.

It's hard to believe that Oriole Park at Camden Yards is 20 years old this year. We must keep in mind that the Phillies are already playing their 9th season at Citizen's Bank Park this year, so time is flying!

The three game series starts off with the Phillies seeing a pitcher that hasn't had a great season for the O's so far. Jake Arrieta will get the start for Baltimore in Game 1 of the series, he is 1-4 with a 6.43 ERA. This could be the end of a nasty losing streak for the Phillies tonight.
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