Some Fans Need an Orange Chill Pill

man standing up in stands with arms out to side yelling

The Orioles just lost their 4th game in a row, getting swept by Kansas City. Trust me, I get that losing four games in a row sucks. Yes, every single game matters BUT there’s a fine line between getting upset over a loss & acting like it’s the end of the world.

I’m not a fan of comparing football and baseball, but let’s humor ourselves a little. Football has 16 regular-season games, which is I guess more of a reason to throw your remote at your TV or punch a hole in the wall after your team loses. With each loss, that’s one less chance & hope to watch your team play in the Super Bowl. When their team loses, fans pretty much mope around that whole following week before, hopefully, getting over that loss with the next scheduled game. If you’re a Cleveland Browns fan, of course, it’s usually just going from one disappointing loss to the next…but I digress.

This isn’t football! I get it – the Ravens were pretty much the only game in town from, oh, 2000 until 2011 or so. They were pretty much always good, while the O’s were always bad. As a result, a generation of fans learned – and older fans had their brains rewired – to treat everything like a 16-game season.

In baseball, there are 162 games in the regular season so each day is basically a new day. While every game does matter, some of you are going to give yourselves a heart attack before the season even ends if you continue to overact after every single loss – or every single out!

I’d be a hypocrite if I said I didn’t have a few choice words after a tough loss, but like I said before, there’s a fine line between being angry over a loss & acting like the Orioles are the worst team in the league. (Spoiler alert, they’re not).

We’re all passionate about our sports, about our teams & about our players, but let’s be realistic here. Is it really worth going on a Twitter rant or posting in an Orioles Facebook fan page & rambling on about how Buck needs to be fired or how Manny needs to be traded for a starting pitcher?

Most of us have been through the dark times with the Orioles, which, if you remember, was way worse than a few losses in a row.

If you were lucky enough to not be old enough to remember those times, God bless you & don’t ever google “Orioles season record 1998-2011.”

Everybody, just chill out! It’s May. We’ll see who the Orioles really are over the next few months. Live and die with your team, hang on every pitch, sure. But don’t forget to sit back and relax a bit, and enjoy the games.

As Earl Weaver famously said…”this ain’t a football game. We do this every day.”

This entry was posted in Bird Feed, Blog View, Featured by Megan Schaufert. Bookmark the permalink.

About Megan Schaufert

Megan Schaufert
Megan grew up & lived in Pennsylvania until 2012, when she decided to be a permanent Maryland resident to match her love of Maryland sports. While she loves the Ravens, her life pretty much revolves around the Orioles & baseball. She tend to make slightly inappropriate jokes while tweeting about...more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Hot off the street

The *New* Oriole Way: Good Enough is Good Enough
The *New* Oriole Way: Good Enough is Good Enough

It’s a bit mind-blowing that not long ago the Orioles sat atop the AL East with one of the best records in baseball. Now they sit one game below .500 sporting a pedestrian (35-36) record, tied for l...read more

Thursday Thoughts: Machado Seems More Comfortable Hitting Second
Thursday Thoughts: Machado Seems More Comfortable Hitting Second

This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. This year, I’ll be cutting it down to four or five, so consider it t...read more

Wednesday’s O’s Links: O’s Won’t Sell, but Here are Top Trade Chips Anyway
Wednesday’s O’s Links: O’s Won’t Sell, but Here are Top Trade Chips Anyway

The O's allowed five runs again, because of course they did, but Manny Machado's huge game, a clutch double from Adam Jones, and a bullpen that FINALLY shut things down was enough to help them pull ba...read more

The Rundown: Birds’ Pitching Problems Run Deep
The Rundown: Birds’ Pitching Problems Run Deep

Lack of Pitching The pitching struggles continue for the Orioles as Chris Tillman was once again ineffective on Tuesday night. The right-hander has an 8.39 ERA and 2.17 WHIP for the season after al...read more

O’s Set AL Pitching Futility Record & It’s Time to Send McDowell Packing
O’s Set AL Pitching Futility Record & It’s Time to Send McDowell Packing

Sixteen. Sixteen straight games in which the Baltimore Orioles have allowed their opponent to score at least five runs. That sets a new American League record, and is just four shy of the MLB record, ...read more

View More